ATX Television Festival Announces First Panels And Programming For Season Eight, Taking Place June 6-9, 2019, In Austin, Tx


Panels Include A Conversation with the Presidents of the Guilds,
The House That Horror Built: Inside Blumhouse Television,
Inside the “Vida” Writers Room, A “Men In Trees” Retrospective,
And a Discussion about Sex Scenes and On-Set Safety Moderated by Glen Mazzara

ATX Television Festival announces the first panels and programming for year eight of the festival, which will take place June 6-9, 2019, in Austin, Texas.

ATX will host a “Presidents of the Guilds” panel, featuring a discussion with Gabrielle Carteris, president, SAG-AFTRA; David A. Goodman, president, WGAW; and Thomas Schlamme, president, DGA. For the first time on a single stage, the leaders of some of the most prominent entertainment unions and guilds will take part in a discussion about what goes in to shaping the forward-movement of the industry, the state of television, the ongoing push for equal pay, equal opportunity, and safety standards across all of entertainment, and the importance of fostering a creative culture.

Blumhouse Television co-presidents Marci Wiseman and Jeremy Gold will also join the festival for a panel conversation titled, “The House that Horror Built: Inside Blumhouse Television,” a unique case study of the company’s journey from go-to producer of low-budget horror hits, to a multi-genre, consumer-facing studio with a growing presence in TV. Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.

ATX will continue its “Inside the Writers Room” series with Starz’s critically-acclaimed show “Vida,” featuring creator/showrunner Tanya Saracho, along with the series’ all-Latinx writers, for a conversation about how they approach storytelling. “Vida,” which was “Certified Fresh” by Rotten Tomatoes with a perfect score of 100%, and the Audience Award winner at the 2018 SXSW Film Festival, will return for a second season next year.

Cancelled-Too-Soon dramedy “Men In Trees” will host a retrospective with creator/showrunner Jenny Bicks, writer/co-EP Anna Fricke, writer/producer Chris Dingess, producer Antonia Ellis, and cast members James Tupper, Emily Bergl, Suleka Mathew, Cynthia Stevenson, and Lauren Tom. Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.

The festival will also include “Let’s Talk about Sex (Scenes),” an honest discussion about empowering both writers and actors, and improving safe “sex” practices behind the camera.

The panel will be moderated by ATX Advisory Board member Glen Mazzara (“Damien,” “The Shield”), with creator/showrunner Tanya Saracho (“Vida”), and actor Nicki Micheaux (“Animal Kingdom”) confirmed to participate. Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.

Season eight individual panelists thus far include Beatrice Springborn, Vice President, Content Development, Hulu; Jessica Rhoades, EP, “Sharp Objects”, “The Affair,” and Principal, Pacesetter; ATX Advisory Board member Kyle Killen, who currently serves as EP/showrunner of Showtime’s upcoming “Halo” series; and Mauricio Mota and Katie Elmore Mota, EPs, “East Los High,” and Co-Presidents of Wise Entertainment.

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About ATX Television Festival
ATX’s focus is the celebration of the television medium – looking back at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed. Our weekend consists of events in which attendees can interact with actors, writers, directors, creators, showrunners, music supervisors, casting directors and studio executives involved in all stages of bringing their favorite shows to the small screen. We have all the functionality of a traditional film festival – spotlighting classic shows, never-aired pilots, cancelled too soon series, cult favorites, current hits and premieres of new series. In addition, we feature episode screenings with Q&A’s with the cast and creators, panels focused on industry related topics, and parties, live music, meet-ups, social media events and “super-secret happy hours.” ATX’s goal is to serve both the community and industry professionals equally, by giving them the opportunity to discuss and celebrate all aspects of TV.

ATX recently launched the original podcast The TV Campfire, as part of its commitment to year- round programming, which features one-on-one conversations with some of TV’s top creatives, and panel conversations recorded live at the festival. All episodes can be found on Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and


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