Panels

Inside Rick and Morty (2015)

Inside Rick and Morty (2015)

Executive producers Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland take the stage to discuss their original series, answer fan questions, and show a sneak peek of their upcoming second season. Panelists: Justin Roiland, Dan Harmon, Ryan Ridley Moderator: Debra Birnbaum www.atxfestival.com Season 6: June 8-11, 2017 www.artsandlabor.co

Diversity in Progress (2015)

Diversity in Progress (2015)

Diversity in television isn’t a new issue. It’s a problem whether it applies to gender, race, or other minorities that hasn’t been solved, and won’t be unless we take significant action. Join a conversation on the current state of affairs in the TV writing industry. Hear from those that are dealing with it from season […]

Turn Down for What?! A Look at Testing + Focus Groups (2015)

Turn Down for What?! A Look at Testing + Focus Groups (2015)

For many TV series, testing a pilot is a thing of the past, yet, the major networks still keep the process alive, and to many creators, it’s an excruciating part of the pilot process. Kyle Killen returns for another indepth look at a specific track of television production with a presentation on the testing process. […]

It’s Debatable (2015)

It’s Debatable (2015)

Last year there were 1,715 TV shows in primetime alone. Often viewers look to critics to help them wade through the plethora of the great, the good, and the soon-to-be cancelled. A panel of critics will discuss how the abundance of shows has changed their job and how they decide what they will and won’t […]

The (New) American TV Family (2016)

The (New) American TV Family (2016)

With the definition of what it means to be a traditional always evolving, TV has become a powerful place to educate and showcase the changing world we live in — in particular, what happens inside homes. Hear creators of half-hour comedies discuss the TV families they grew up watching, the affect their families have on […]

Fantasy TV: Creating the Believable in an Unbelievable World (2016)

Fantasy TV: Creating the Believable in an Unbelievable World (2016)

The main rule of fantasy is simple, “don’t break the rules you create.” Viewers will follow you to the edge of your universe, as long as you don’t betray them. But what and who dictates the “rules” of the universe? Producers, writers, and development execs talk about what goes into the process (freedoms and limitations) […]

Fandom Rising: The Impact of Fan Culture in the Age of Social Media (2016)

Fandom Rising: The Impact of Fan Culture in the Age of Social Media (2016)

Though the concept of Fandom has been active for decades, in the current age of Kickstarter, hashtags, trending topics, and streaming platforms, TV fan(atic)s have found relatively new power to make, break, or even revive a series. Hear from showrunners, writers, and actors who regularly engage with their audiences as they discuss the ever-evolving impact […]

Reflective Casting: Trends or Content? (2015)

Reflective Casting: Trends or Content? (2015)

From beginning to end, casting directors work with directors, writers, and producers to shape the look and feel of a series from leads to guest stars. They are the front line in creating the casts of your favorite series. Listen to this unique and diverse group discuss the trends they have seen in the past […]

The Buyers (2015)

The Buyers (2015)

How does a studio or network know whether or not a show is “right” for them? What happens when multiple executives from different companies want the same series? Hear from a panel of network, cable, and platform executives responsonsible for buying content. These individuals will discuss what makes them unique, as well as, how they […]

A Conversation with Kevin and Julie (2015)

A Conversation with Kevin and Julie (2015)

Over the past fifteen years Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec’s careers have intertwined over and over and over again. Join them in a conversation as they look back over their working relationship, where it started and what they’ve learned from each other when it comes to navigating their way through Hollywood, co-creating a hit TV […]

POV: An Actor in the Pilot Process (2014)

POV: An Actor in the Pilot Process (2014)

If you’re a real TV fan, by now, you’ve heard the term “Pilot Season.” It’s the time of year where the TV industry is creating/producing/selling your potential new favorite series. Studios are producing the shows, networks are buying them, and actors are running all over LA auditioning, reading, and testing for (fingers crossed) their next […]

What is an Adult Swim? (2014)

What is an Adult Swim? (2014)

Adult Swim has no contemporaries. Starting out as a late night programming block on Cartoon Network, today it has grown into the #1 basic cable network for 18-34 yr olds with a full-fledged prime time slate starting at 8pm. Their programming trends towards the risqué, unorthodox, and sometimes just bizarre. Producers, executives and stars discuss […]