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The Women of Grace & Frankie (2017)

The Women of Grace & Frankie (2017)

An intimate conversation with the on and off-screen women that create “Grace & Frankie;” a comedic and heartfelt series that boldly tackles gender, age, sexual orientation, and a spectrum of relationship dynamics from mother/daughter to husband/wife to dating and of course, friendship. Relationships define the stories both in front of and behind the camera, from […]

Too Close To Home (2017)

Too Close To Home (2017)

Inspiration for a story can be drawn from an infinite amount of places, one of which is the writer’s own personal experience. These writers discuss storylines they’ve created or by happenstance been assigned to that have mirrored parts of their own lives, how they walked the line between truth and fiction, and how they personally […]

I’ll Have What Phil’s Having… for Breakfast! (2017)

I’ll Have What Phil’s Having… for Breakfast! (2017)

Phil Rosenthal may have created Everybody Loves Raymond, but his heart is in his stomach, and he’s taken his love for food to the small screen with his James Beard Award winning series, “I’ll Have What Phil’s Having.” 5 Words that won’t steer you wrong. In this conversation, Phil and writer/creator Jennifer Kaytin Robinson sit […]

Pre-Packaged For Your Enjoyment (2017)

Pre-Packaged For Your Enjoyment (2017)

“Peak TV” means that there’s room in the marketplace for both original ideas and pre-existing stories, much of which is mined from source material (graphic novels, comics, fiction and non-fiction books, movies), otherwise known as I.P. (Intellectual Properties). Join a conversation with executives and creatives as they discuss the pros & cons of finding and […]

A Showrunner Defined

A Showrunner Defined

“show·run·ner ˈSHōˌrənər/ Noun the person who has overall creative authority and management responsibility for a television program.” Despite a clear and succinct definition, the job is anything but concise. Every series is run differently, and every job has a new set of perks and challenges. Listen as this group of showrunners have an in-depth discussion […]

Hannah’s Squad: Sometimes It Takes a GIRLS Village (2017)

Hannah’s Squad: Sometimes It Takes a GIRLS Village (2017)

From early to late twenties, these “girls” grew up to become “women” with the gentle help (sometimes obstructive, other times self-absorbed behavior) of the characters around and the production team behind them. Following the final season of HBO’s Girls, we discuss how the series was sold and the evolution from the point of view of […]

First Gigs & Big Breaks: A Look at Both Sides of Opportunity (2017)

First Gigs & Big Breaks: A Look at Both Sides of Opportunity (2017)

Breaking into every industry requires a combination of timing, luck, talent, and relationships. For many TV writers, that “big break” is getting a showrunner to take a risk by inviting a newcomer into the writers room for the first time. This unique conversation between pairs of writers, one who took a chance and one who […]

Creating & Casting: Collaboration Built on Trust (2017)

Creating & Casting: Collaboration Built on Trust (2017)

The delicate relationship between the creator and the Casting Director is rarely explored. Often the first to be hired on a project, the Casting Director collaborates with the showrunner from the ground-up to begin fulfilling their vision. Together, they navigate creative preferences, negotiate with agents and managers, take on studio and network input, location casting, […]

Talk Show the Game Show: LIVE! (2017)

Talk Show the Game Show: LIVE! (2017)

Late night talk show meets game show in this comedic mash-up from host Guy Branum, creator of truTV’s TALK SHOW THE GAME SHOW. Judges Casey Schreiner & Karen Kilgariff joined Guy at ATX for a special live event, with guest competitors Tate Donovan, Jon Glaser, and Wanda Sykes! Panelists: Casey Schreiner, Karen Kilgariff, Tate Donovan, […]

TV Mixtapes: The Ultimate Playlist (2017)

TV Mixtapes: The Ultimate Playlist (2017)

In the age of too-many-shows-and-not-enough-time, a distinct musical language can be the make or break element that sets a series apart and strikes a lingering note with viewers. When creating a “world” and “setting the tone,” it starts with the music supervisor and creator and expands from there. What’s the secret to crafting the perfect […]

Power(ful) TV: A Look at Socially Impactful Television (2017)

Power(ful) TV: A Look at Socially Impactful Television (2017)

Through its innate intimacy and week-to-week stories, television is arguably our most impactful medium, having the power to literally change hearts and minds. Hear creators, EPs, and executives discuss how their series have surpassed diversity trends and token characters by organically weaving in storylines of race, religion, sexual assault, the foster care system, immigration, health […]

Presidents of the State of TV

Presidents of the State of TV

From network to cable to streaming platforms, these individuals are deciding the fate of your current and future favorite programming. As we continue to live in a perpetual state of “”Peak TV,”” how does a network or studio decide what content to create? How do they balance their brand, while continuing to grow and challenge […]