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Drunk History
Now it's in fifth season, Drunk History is proving there's still a LOT to learn (and drink). Join creator & host Derek Waters for a new episode plus a look at some never-before-seen stories with some very special guests!
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Emerging Studios
With Peak TV infinitely expanding the options for networks and platforms, the ""backend"" of television is shifting more than ever towards the importance of ""content ownership."" Historically, there have been major independent studios (Sony, Warner Brothers), and network-based studios (20th Century Fox, ABC Studios), but now there are emerging studios acting as a hybrid between traditional studio and production company, wearing many different hats in creating content that ends up on traditional broadcast, cable, and platforms. Come hear from both sides as these executives discuss the current state of how TV is ending up on your screens, and where it could end up next year.
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Everyone Is Doing Great
Seth and Jeremy enjoyed relative success from ‘Eternal’, a hit television vampire drama. Five years after their show has ended, they lean on each other as they struggle to reclaim their previous level of success and relevance, awkwardly navigating the perils of life and love amidst a humorously painful coming of age.
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Felicity: 20 Year Reunion presented with Entertainment Weekly and Hulu
Dear Sally: Can you believe it’s been 20 years? ATX, Entertainment Weekly, and Hulu invite you to a special reunion celebrating 20 years since the premiere of the college-angst classic Felicity, from creators JJ Abrams and Matt Reeves. Join cast and creatives as we revisit the series that launched a generation of college grads, from the hair, to the loft, to the 4 season love triangle, and even some time travel. Moderated by super fan Lennon Parham (Playing House), we'll look back at your favorite moments, and uncover what it felt like from inside the iconic series.
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Freeform's Evolution of Millennial Programming
Capturing the coveted 18-34 age demographic is no easy task for programmers, advertisers and creators. What makes that task even more difficult is that it encompasses two generations -- Millennials and Generation Z, which engage with, shape and distribute media in very different ways. Millennials had instant messenger, Gen Z has Instagram; Millennials have DVRs, Gen Z consumes content exclusively on their phone. Millennials seek to be a part of the group while Gen Z seek uniqueness in everything, including the television they watch and the brands they buy. As these two generations seek out new content, Freeform has evolved into a network and platform that represents a combination of the two with series like “The Bold Type,” “The Fosters,” “grown-ish,” “Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger,” and more. Join Freeform’s programming executives and series creators for a discussion on navigating the generational divide, and harnessing the power of Gen Z viewers with narratives that are inclusive, diverse, raw, powerful, and smart.
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From Pitch to Punchline
Pitching a TV show can be an intimidating process, but these creators have the added level of having to sell “funny.” What do the does and don’ts of a comedy pitch? What’s the balance between humor and story? And what happens with the network/studio doesn’t “get the joke”? These creators rehash their process for creating the perfect pitch, what happened in the room, and how their series evolved into what we see on our screens today.
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From the Sound Up: Composing Character Themes
From the title sequence to the end credits, and everything in between, composers have an indelible impact on the emotional lens through which we view a story. How do you create a sound that captures the essence of a character, or elevates an already-great scrip to the next level? In this conversation, go behind the score with some of TV's most dynamic composer/creator pairs as they discuss how the two roles come together to shape a characters story, and how a show's themes can deepen our connection to the characters we love.
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Futurama Table-Read Reunion presented by Hulu
All aboard the U.S.S. Planet Express Ship as the Futurama crew jets to Austin for a special reunion table-read, followed by a panel discussion with co-creator David X. Cohen and cast!
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Get Shorty presented by Epix
Catch an exclusive sneak peek of season two ahead of this summer’s premiere – and hear from cast and creators – of Get Shorty, EPIX’s breakout dark comedy. Get Shorty is the story of Miles Daly (Chris O’Dowd), the muscle for a murderous crime ring in Nevada who, in his attempt to save his marriage and family, tries to go legit and become a movie producer the only way he knows how. When he heads to LA to produce a script he stole from a corpse, he offers his mob boss, Amara (Lidia Porto), the business opportunity of a lifetime: fund the film and launder her money for a profit to the tune of several million. Everyone wins. As the stakes grow, along with the film's budget, Miles must bully his way up the studio ladder, where he quickly discovers there are no sure things and very little difference between the world of crime and the world of Hollywood.
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Her Body, Her Choice: TV’s Abortion Dilemma presented with Hollywood, Health & Society
In the 45 years since Norman Lear faced off with standards & practices over Maude's “dilemma” (a first for the small screen), creatives have been fighting to de-stigmatize the female body and by extension the right to choose by including birth control and abortion as more than just a "special episode." Primetime and Cable have seen major characters faced with a decision about sex and pregnancy, unplanned motherhood, and even onscreen abortions. While the topic remains a cultural, social and political pressure point, women are slowly seeing their experiences reflected back with urgency and empathy. Join creatives behind these stories as they discuss the challenges of tackling women’s reproductive health onscreen, the challenges and successes they experience, and why realistic depictions of choice are still so hard to come by.
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Impulse presented by YouTube Red
IMPULSE, based on the novel by Steven Gould, follows 16-year-old Henry Coles, an outsider in her new town of Reston, New York. With a major chip on her shoulder and no friends, she remains withdrawn and isolated, but everything changes when a traumatic encounter with a classmate triggers something deep within Henry— unleashing a power she cannot control. All 10 episodes of the new drama from YouTube Red premiere this summer.
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Inside a Writers Room: Power Dynamics
The writer’s room is known for being a sacred space that strives for creative freedom, protecting those inside its walls with a sense of safety and respect. Yet, it is also a place where different levels of superiority can make this type of vulnerability difficult to navigate. Join us for a glimpse into the power dynamics that take place within the walls of a TV writers room, the struggles that come with them, and the ways they are changing in the current climate.
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