ATX Television Festival

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My absolute favorite festival is just around the corner! The 7th Annual ATX Television Festival in Austin, TX is just around the corner, happening on June 7 – 10th, 2018. The ATX Television Festival is unlike any other festival out there celebrating the wonderful world of television. The Festival proudly celebrates not only current and future television shows, but it also spotlights classic shows, never aired pilots, canceled too soon series, cult favorites, web series and classic Saturday morning programming. The festival is not only geared toward the television fan but also toward the person that is or wants to work in the television industry. The panels range in topics from “behind the scenes” looks at your favorite series, to more technical topics on where the medium is headed and how technology and “where we are watching” effects content.  Ultimately, ATX Television Festival 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 together.

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Highlights of this year’s festival include:

Sharp Objects panel and screening (Opening Night Thursday, June 7):

Based on the book by The New York Times bestselling author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Dark Places), this eight-episode series tells the story of reporter Camille Preaker (Adams) who returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely.

Panelists: Amy Adams (EP/Actor), Jean-Marc Vallée (Director/EP), Marti Noxon (Showrunner/EP), Gillian Flynn (Author/EP/Writer), Jason Blum (EP/Founder/CEO, Blumhouse Productions), Pancho Mansfield (EP/President of Global Scripted Programming, Television eOne), David Levine (EVP, HBO Programming)


"Royal Pains" Panel - ATX Television Festival

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A Conversation with Ray Liotta (Thursday, June 7):

While he may be best known for his icoic roles in movies like Goodfellas and Something Wild, Liotta TV career spans from Soap Opera’s to the Simpsons to an Emmy winning performance on ER. Liotta was nominated twice by the Screen Actors Guild for his work on the miniseries Texas Rising and The Rat Pack. Ben Travers (Indiewire) will interview Liotta about is vast and varied career.


The Pitch Competition (Friday, June 8):

Ten finalists get to pitch live their idea for a TV show. The judges are all broadcast veterans who hear pitches for a living. The winner receives a development meeting with one of the judges and a chance to pitch to an actual network. The winner just might be on your TV screen next season.

Judges: Anna Fricke (Valor), Franklin Leonard (Founder, The Black List), Bryan Seabury (SVP Drama Development, CBS), Katy Rozelle (SVP Creative Development, Paramount), Dina Hillier (Vice President Original Series, Disney Channel).


The OC Pilot Script Reading - ATX Television Festival

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Critics Throwdown (Thursday, June 7)

Some of the leading TV critics from around the country will dicuss the state of Telelvision and debate topics such as; How long should a season be? Are time jumps an effective tool? Just how many TV shows do we need?

Panelists: Maureen Ryan, Tim Goodman (The Hollywood Reporter), Sarah Rodman (Entertainment Weekly), Tara Ariano (Previously.TV)


Thirtysomething Years Later (Saturday, June 9)

The show that defined a generation and captivated a nation. The cast was huge and the scripts were intelligent and timely. Marriage, infidelity, casual sex all made up the lives of the people on thirtysomething. Winner of multiple Emmy awards, the show was groundbreaking from the start.

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Panelists: Marshall Herskovitz (Creator), Edward Zwick (Creator); Cast: Melanie Mayron (Director), Timothy Busfield (Director), Peter Horton (Director), David Clennon, Polly Draper.


ATX Television Festival

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Brockmire Panel  (Friday, June 8)

This comedy is shot in Georgia and stars Hank Azaria as a famed major league baseball announcer who suffers an embarrassing and very public meltdown. A decade later his is trying to revive his career with a small town baseball team.

Panelist: Hank Azaria (Actor/EP), Joel Church-Cooper (Writer/EP), Tyrel Jackson Williams (Actor).


Felicity: 20 Year Reunion (Sunday, June 10)

From creators JJ Abrams and Matt Reeves was a show about a young woman name Felicity (Keri Russell) who follows her high school crush (Scott Speedman) to a college that wasn’t her original choice. The show made Keri Russell a star.

Panelists: Lawrence Trilling (Director/Producer); Cast: Keri Russell, Scott Speedman, Scott Foley, Tangi Miller, Amy Jo Johnson, Amanda Foreman, Ian Gomez, Greg Grunberg, Rob Benedict.


ATX Television Festival

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Futurama Table-Read Reunion (Friday, June 8):

Relive the wacky adventures of the crew of the U.S.S. Planet Express as they cast table-reads a script.

Panelists: David X Cohen (creator/showrunner); Cast: Billy West, Maurice LaMarche, Phil LaMarr, and David Herman.


One Day at a Time Panel (Saturday, June 9):

Reboot of the 1970s series, One Day at a Time follows three generations of Cuban-Americans living in one house. The show has been hailed by critics as one of the best shows out there.

Panelist: Gloria Calderon Kellett (Co-Creator/EP), Pamela Fryman (Director); Cast: Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, Isabella Gomez.

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