ATX Television Festival Announces Next Wave Of Programming
ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES NEXT WAVE OF PROGRAMMING
FEATURING A “VERONICA MARS” PANEL FROM HULU,
A NEW EPISODE OF HULU AND BLUMHOUSE TELEVISION’S “INTO THE DARK,”
A SCREENING OF HULU’S CANADIAN COMEDY “LETTERKENNY,”
AND A “ONE DAY AT A TIME” SCREENING WITH CAST & CREATIVES
Season 8 will also include ATX Advisory Board Member Beau Willimon who returns for an Interactive Conversation and “Playwrights” Conversation with Tanya Saracho (“Vida”), Rachel Rusch (Bad Robot)
ATX Television Festival continues to announce programming for year eight of the festival, which will take place June 6-9, 2019, in Austin, Texas.
Hulu’s highly-anticipated “Veronica Mars” revival will host a panel discussion with creatives and cast ahead of the series’ upcoming fourth season, which picks up after the events of the crowd-funded film continuation. Panelists will be announced at a later date.
Season 8 will also feature a premiere screening of “Into the Dark: Culture Shock,” the July installment of Hulu and Blumhouse Television’s horror event series “Into the Dark.” “Culture Shock,” which is directed by Gigi Saul Guerrero and written by Guerrero, James Benson & Efren Hernandez, follows a young Mexican woman in pursuit of the American Dream, who crosses illegally into the United States, only to find herself in an American nightmare. Following the screening, Guerrero will be joined by cast members for a Q&A conversation about the episode. Additional panelists will be announced at a later date.
The festival will feature a screening and Q&A for Canadian comedy “Letterkenny,” which streams stateside on Hulu and was renewed for four additional seasons last December, as well as just announced its first U.S. tour dates. The comedy revolves around the dustups Wayne (creator/executive producer/co-writer/star Jared Keeso) and his pals get into with their small-town rivals. For the hicks, skids and hockey players of Letterkenny, getting your ass kicked is a legitimate concern on a day-to-day basis. Director/executive producer/cast member Jacob Tierney, executive producer Mark Montefiore, and cast members Nathan Dales, Michelle Mylett and K. Trevor Wilson are confirmed to join the Q&A.
Also joining ATX are the cast and creatives of “One Day at a Time,” who will participate in a screening and conversation for the recently cancelled Netflix original series from executive producers Norman Lear, Gloria Calderon Kellett, and Mike Royce. Confirmed participants include Royce and cast members Justina Machado, Isabella Gomez, Todd Grinnell, and Stephen Tobolowsky. The series, which has received an outpouring of support from fans & critics alike in an ongoing effort to “#SaveODAAT,” is still actively working to secure a fourth season at a new network.
Every year at ATX, Advisory Board member and writer/creator Beau Willimon conducts an intimate, interactive talk about the creative process in which the audience becomes the panel. This year will be no different and entirely different. During these improvised discussions, neither Beau nor the audience fully knows what to expect. All we can promise is that it will be a one-of-a-kind experience.
Willimon will also take part in the panel conversation, “A Playwright Walks Into a Writers Room…,” featuring writers and executives who made the transition from theater to television in a discussion about the unique challenges of writing for both stage and screen, and what this trend means for both industries moving forward. “Vida” creator/showrunner Tanya Saracho and Bad Robot’s Senior Vice President of Television, Rachel Rusch, are confirmed to join. Additional panelists will be announced soon.
Previously announced programming includes:
- “Presidents of the Guilds” panel, featuring Gabrielle Carteris, president, SAG-AFTRA, David A. Goodman, president, WGAW, and Thomas Schlamme, president, DGA
- ABC Family series “Greek” reunion
- “The House that Horror Built: Inside Blumhouse Television;”
- “Inside the Writers Room” panel with Starz’s critically-acclaimed series “Vida”
- Closing Night Screening of Showtime’s “City on a Hill”
- A panel exploring the “Power of Female Partnerships”
- “Cancelled Too Soon” panel with “Men In Trees”
- Freeform’s “Good Trouble”
- “Let’s Talk about Sex (Scenes),” an honest discussion about empowering both writers and actors, and improving safe “sex” practices behind the camera
- A panel presented by the Casting Society of America, featuring some of TV’s top casting directors
- A one-on-one conversation titled “Scene Partners & Roommates,” with actors Margo Martindale and Shane McRae
- “Everyone Is Doing Great” screening and Q&A
- Netflix’s series “Atypical” panel
- EPIX’s new series “Perpetual Grace, LTD” panel
- An inside look at the “Tremors” pilot
- USA’s summer drama “Dare Me”
- IFC’s musical variety comedy “Sherman’s Showcase”
- Comedy Central’s new sketch series “Alternatino with Arturo Castro”
- Individual panelists Beatrice Springborn, Vice President, Content Development, Hulu; Jessica Rhoades, EP, “Sharp Objects,” “The Affair,” and Principal, Pacesetter; ATX Advisory Board member Kyle Killen, 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’s podcast The TV Campfire 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 atvxp.com/podcasts.
Lauren Kelcher Stevenson