Panels

Reality Check (2014)

Reality Check (2014)

Reality. Unscripted. Docu-series. Competition. Lifestyle. With so many sub-genres, how do studios, networks, and producers navigate which version of “reality” they want? Hear producers and executives discuss the growing popularity of the genre, how much of what audiences see is “real”, the importance of casting to the success (or failure) of a show, and the […]

Are You Listening? Fine-Tuning the Television Soundtrack (2014)

Are You Listening? Fine-Tuning the Television Soundtrack (2014)

As television becomes more cinematic, the swelling of the music must follow suit. As a single episode now lives on by streaming, DVDs, and downloading, the artists must agree to their songs being used beyond comprehensible scope. And as audiences can now marathon an entire series, the quality of the music must be as consistent […]

An Assistant’s Tale (2014)

An Assistant’s Tale (2014)

Breaking into the industry is daunting. There’s no single guaranteed way to accomplish it — you may go to film school, you may not graduate high school, you could start at an agency, a studio, on a production, or even working for your hero. Beginning as an assistant is one of the most common first […]

The Casting Director’s Production (2014)

The Casting Director’s Production (2014)

The right casting choice can make or break a series, change the landscape of a story, or launch a career. However, the Casting Director’s role is more complex than simply picking the right actor for the job. Our panelists discuss their contribution to the production of a TV show, the balance of creative collaboration with […]

Pairing Off: A Look at Co-Creating and Writing Partners (2014)

Pairing Off: A Look at Co-Creating and Writing Partners (2014)

Every TV series needs a leader. A mastermind known as the showrunner or creator that is setting the tone and pace of the production. But what about a series that is co-created and run by a pair? How do two minds create and execute a singular idea? Listen to writing partners and co-creators discuss how […]

Hemlock Grove: Sneak Peek (2014)

Hemlock Grove: Sneak Peek (2014)

From executive producer Eli Roth and based on Brian McGreevy’s novel of the same name, Hemlock Grove is a riveting one-hour supernatural thriller that revolves around the residents of a former Pennsylvania steel town coming to grips with the shocking massacre incurred by one of its deadliest creatures. Catch a sneak peek of Season 2 […]

Defining Docuseries (2015)

Defining Docuseries (2015)

The landscape of unscripted television continues to expand to include multiple sub-genres like “celebrity.” “lifestyle,” “competition,” and “docuseries.” Understanding the definitions of each is near impossible, with viewers and producers bringing their own perceptions to the table. Are the “Real Housewives” a docuseries? Are they celebrities? As “reality” series rise to peaks of sensationalism, viewer’s […]

Can We Get Back to Politics? (A Guide to Fictional America) (2016)

Can We Get Back to Politics? (A Guide to Fictional America) (2016)

From judges to presidents, elections to courtrooms, scandals to power plays — the drama and hope within the American political system often lends itself to some of TV’s bleakest and most inspiring moments. In this conversation, creatives and executives from iconic political series examine working with an existing framework of D.C., what happens when fictional […]

Fargo: The Music Team (2016)

Fargo: The Music Team (2016)

The musical tone of a TV series is created not by an individual, but by an entire team dedicated to balancing story and character with the use of original and licensed music. Following the sophomore season of the FX Emmy award winning series Fargo, join their music team of creator, composer, and music supervisor as […]

Blind Casting (2016)

Blind Casting (2016)

Historically, most character breakdowns are intrinsically tied to age, gender, race, and ethnicity — which can make casting extremely specific when it comes to finding the actor to embody that character. But times they are a changin’. The concept of “blind casting” comes when a creator has shaped a character in his or her mind, […]

The Director’s Medium (2016)

The Director’s Medium (2016)

In a medium that ostensibly belongs to writers, what creative input does the TV director get, have, or fight for? Outside of the clear task of running the physical production and shooting an episode on site — what contribution does s/he get to impart on the storytelling process? From producing directors to weekly “guests” of […]