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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)

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

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 […]

Television in a Trumped Up America (2017)

After an election that resulted in riveting and addictive TV-viewing, much of the world has come out the other side feeling a spectrum of emotions: from fear to anger to confusion and perhaps, motivation. We’re often faced during this time of change with the question, “Where do we go from here?” Join creatives as they […]

The Comeback (2017)

In 2005, perhaps no show arrived at a more appropriate time or place in the television zeitgeist as HBO’s landmark cult-sensation comedy, The Comeback. A wildly quirky combination of the era’s most innovative formats (mockumentary, reality TV, “autobiographical fiction”), Lisa Kudrow’s fully realized performance as Valerie Cherish skewered many of the best and worst aspects […]

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 […]

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)

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 […]

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)

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)

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 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 […]