The Countdown Is On, As ATX Announces Additional Programming Leading Up To This Year's Festival, June 4-7, In Austin, Texas


Newly Added Panels Include Fox’s Hit Series “Empire,”
A Marquee Event and Screening of FX Networks Comedies,
Including the World Premiere of “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,”
Adult Swim Presents “Rick and Morty;” El Rey Network and Miramax’s
Along with “Married” and “You’re the Worst;” Plus a New Episode of “The Comedians;”
“From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series;” And the Premiere of TV Land’s “Teachers”

April 28, 2015 — Austin, TX – ATX Television Festival announces additional panels and programming as this year’s festival draws closer, including “Empire: The Creatives;” a marquee event and screening of FX Networks comedies, including the world premiere of “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” along with “Married” and “You’re the Worst,” plus a new episode screening of “The Comedians;” “Inside ‘Rick and Morty,’” presented by Adult Swim; the season two world premiere of “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” presented by El Rey Network and Miramax; and the premiere of the new TV Land series “Teachers.” The ATX Television Festival will be back for a fourth year June 4-7, 2015, in Austin, TX.

Fox is bringing its massive hit series “Empire” to ATX, with “Empire: The Creatives,” featuring executive producers Danny Strong and Ilene Chaiken, and co-executive producer Wendy Calhoun. The conversation will take an in-depth look at this blockbuster show, how the writers and producers broke beyond stereotypes, and what they think attributes to its unprecedented week-to-week growth.

FX Networks will host a marquee event and screening of several of its comedy series, including the world premiere of “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll,” with executive producer and star Denis Leary, and fellow cast members Elizabeth Gillies, Bobby Kelly, Elaine Hendrix and John Ales; an all-new episode from the upcoming season of “Married,” with creator and executive producer Andrew Gurland and cast members Nat Faxon and Judy Greer; and a screening of last season’s finale of “You’re the Worst,” with creator and executive producer Stephen Falk, along with cast members Aya Cash and Chris Geere.

FX is also presenting a new episode of its comedy series “The Comedians,” and will host a discussion with co-creators and executive producers Ben Wexler and Matt Nix, who was previously announced as part of the opening night premiere of his new USA series, “Complications.”

Adult Swim is presenting “Inside ‘Rick and Morty,’” featuring a behind-the-scenes discussion of the series with creators and executive producers Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland.

El Rey Network and Miramax are hosting their season two world premiere and Q&A for “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series,” with creator and maverick filmmaker Robert Rodriguez. Rodriguez will be joined by executive producer and showrunner Carlos Coto, along with cast members D.J. Cotrona, Zane Holtz, Eiza González, Wilmer Valderrama, Madison Davenport, Brandon Soo Hoo, Jake Busey and Jesse Garcia. Following the premiere, El Rey Network will host a post-premiere happy hour at the badge-holder lounge, located at Stephen F. Austin Intercontinental Hotel.

TV Land is presenting the premiere of its new summer series “Teachers” with cast members/writers/creators Katie O’Brien, Caitlin Barlow, Katy Colloton, Cate Freedman, Kate Lambert and Katie Thomas, and showrunners and executive producers Jay Martel and Ian Roberts.

This programming joins previously announced panels for this year’s festival, “Boomtown;” “Boy Meets Girl Meets World;” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine;” “Bunheads;” the world premiere of USA’s “Complications” on Opening Night; a “Dawson’s Creek” writers room reunion, along with a first-ever “Dawson’s Creek” pilot script reading presented by creator Kevin Williamson; “Dream On;” “Drunk History’s History;” “The Fosters;” “Gilmore Girls;” “Hannibal;” “Journeyman;” “Justified;” “Playing House;” “Power;” “Queer as Folk;” “The Simpsons; “Suits;” and “Wayward Pines.”

In addition, television icon James L. Brooks will receive the second annual Achievement in Television Excellence Award. Confirmed panelists include Beau Willimon (“House of Cards”), Phil Rosenthal (“Everybody Loves Raymond”), Noah Hawley (“Fargo”), Marta Kauffman (“Friends”), Kerry Ehrin (“Bates Motel”) and Julie Plec (“The Vampire Diaries” and “The Originals”), among others.

Additional programming, panels and panelists will be announced at a later date. For the latest developments, tickets and badges visit the ATX Television Festival official site and follow us on Facebook & Twitter.

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About the ATX Television Festival
Our focus is on 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 where attendees can interact with actors, writers, directors, creators, showrunners, music supervisors, casting directors and studio executives involved in all stages of bringing their favorite series 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 focus on episode screenings with Q&A’s from the cast and creators; panels focused on industry related topics like streaming and innovative outlets to continue production outside of the network/studio system; and will include parties, live music, meet-ups, social media events, and “super secret happy hours.” Ultimately, ATX has the goal of serving both the community and industry professionals equally by giving them the opportunity to discuss and celebrate all aspects of TV.

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