ATX TV Festival To Present Breakthrough Award To “Euphoria” And “The White Lotus” Star Sydney Sweeney


Television Academy to present “Powerful TV,” a Panel Conversation Highlighting
TV’s Ability to Expand Understanding, Empathy, and Community

Emmy Award-winning Creator and Host Phil Rosenthal will join for a Special Screening and Conversation of his hit Netflix Docuseries “Somebody Feed Phil”

Shudder to present a First-Look Panel for
the Upcoming Original Docuseries “Queer For Fear” with Bryan Fuller

FOX Musical Drama “Monarch” will Host a First-Look Conversation
with Creatives and Cast

AUSTIN, Texas – ATX TV Festival has announced that it will present its second annual “Breakthrough Award” to actress Sydney Sweeney (“Euphoria,” “The White Lotus”), who will attend for a featured one-on-one conversation about her breakthrough performances on two separate HBO original series over the last year, her career thus far, and her creative goals for the future.

The Breakthrough Award recognizes an individual whose creative voice has made a substantial and unique imprint on the current moment in TV, and whose work exemplifies the emotional, entertaining, and artistic possibilities of the medium. The award was first presented to actor, writer, producer, and human rights advocate Angelica Ross (“Pose,” “American Horror Story: 1984”) last June.

The Television Academy, a long-time partner of the festival, will present “Powerful TV,” a panel conversation with showrunners, writers, and actors about TV’s unique ability to expand understanding, empathy, and community through powerful narratives around gender, race, religion, aging, immigration, health care, and many more. Panelists will be announced soon.

Emmy Award-winning creator, showrunner, writer, producer, author, and host Phil Rosenthal (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) will join for a special screening of his critically-acclaimed food & travel docuseries “Somebody Feed Phil,” featuring an episode on “Madrid” from the series’ upcoming fifth season. Following the screening, Rosenthal will be joined by Rolling Stone journalist David Wild for a live recording of their “Naked Lunch” Podcast to discuss the episode, their shared love of good food and great conversation, and more.

“Somebody Feed Phil,” which is nominated for a 2022 James Beard Award, will release new episodes of its highly-anticipated fifth season on Netflix on May 25. The first episode of “Naked Lunch” will be available on Stitcher and all major podcast platforms on May 12. SOMEBODY FEED PHIL: THE BOOK – available for pre-order now – will be released on October 18 via Simon & Schuster. As the companion cookbook to his hit Netflix show, this is the ultimate collection of must-have recipes, never-before-heard stories, behind-the-scenes photos, and more from the first four seasons. More info can be found at:

Shudder will present a first-look panel for the upcoming original docuseries “Queer for Fear,” which centers on the history of Queer people in the thriller/horror genre. From its literary origins with authors Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, and Oscar Wilde to the pansy craze of the 1920s that inspired Universal Monsters and Hitchcock, through the “lavender scare” alien invasion films of the mid-20th century, and the AIDS-obsessed bloodletting of 80s vampire films, Queer For Fear explores the role the LGBTQ+ community played in front of and behind the camera. The panel will include executive producer Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal”), with additional panelists to be announced soon. “Queer for Fear” premiers later this year on Shudder.

FOX’s upcoming country music drama “Monarch” will host a first-look conversation with creator/executive producer Melissa London Hilfers, executive music producer Adam Anders (“Glee,” “The Prom”), and cast member and singer-songwriter Beth Ditto (“On Becoming a God in Central Florida”), diving into the series’ original music. “Monarch,” is a multigenerational musical drama starring Anna Friel, Trace Adkins, Susan Sarandon, Beth Ditto and Joshua Sasse, and is created by Melissa London Hilfers. The series will premiere this fall.

Previously announced programming includes a reunion for “Scrubs” with creator/showrunner/EP/director Bill Lawrence and cast members Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, John C. McGinley, Judy Reyes, and Neil Flynn in attendance. Additionally, the festival will feature “Parenthood” and “Justified,” panels all of which were postponed from the 2020 festival.

Additional announced panels and participants can be found here.

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ATX TV Festival is an annual event produced by ATX TV, taking place every June in Austin, TX. As the leading television festival, it brings together fans and industry to celebrate the television medium by looking at its history, where it is now, and where it is headed.The festival consists of screenings followed by Q&As, panels, and events (parties, live music, meet-ups, super-secret happy hours, etc) and is known for reunions of both classic shows and cult hits. Screenings showcase never-aired pilots, canceled too soon series, and current favorites, as well as world premieres of new series. Panels span from industry deep dives, to fan-focused conversations, along with discussions on representation (in front of and behind the camera) and responsibility in storytelling. The ATX TV audience is comprised equally of consumers and industry professionals, and ATX Television Festival is the only place they come together as one community to discuss and celebrate all aspects of #TVTogether.