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Modern Fandom: Creativity, Visibility, and Dissolving the Fourth Wall
What defines TV "fandom" in 2018? Depending on your proximity to Twitter, cosplay, or fanfic -- the answer to that question may differ wildly. From fan conventions to activism, the visibility of fandom has increased in every way due to the accessibility provided by social media. With the unavoidable loudness of Twitter, how indicative is the show’s fandom to the average viewer or its overall success? How does the decision to engage affect those who create or produce a series? Hear from the writers, actors, and execs who are taking fandom along for the ride, and what that engagement means to them on a business, creative, and personal level.
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Nash Bridges Writers Room Reunion
CBS’ 1996 procedural dramedy NASH BRIDGES, starring Don Johnson and Cheech Marin as San Francisco’s finest (and often dysfunctional) buddy-cop detectives, was not only a ratings and critical success -- but also boasted a powerhouse room of writers that would go on to create, write, and show-run some of TV’s most influential series. Join us for a conversation with prolific creator Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel, Jack Ryan), and the writers that went on to create and/or run The Shield, Timeless, Walking Dead, CSI:NY, Hell on Wheels, and Damien (to name a few) for a look back at the series’ 122-episode run, and what they learned from their time in that room.
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On Duty presented with Student Veterans of America
This past and current season of TV has seen multiple series capture what life is like while serving in the military. The creators/showrunners of these series work closely with military consultants, including hiring veterans on their crews and writing staffs, to ensure accuracy. These writers and consultants discuss their working partnerships, the objectives they are trying to portray in representing active military life, military culture, and the challenges they face when recreating service and reintegration storylines for mainstream audiences.
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One Day at a Time presented by Netflix
Netflix presents a panel conversation with co-creator and executive producer Gloria Calderon Kellett, and cast members Justina Machado, Rita Moreno and Isabella Gomez discussing the importance of representation and how the critically-acclaimed series showcases women across generations.
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Opening Night Screening: Sharp Objects presented by HBO
Based on the book by The New York Times bestselling author Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl, Dark Places), this eight-episode series tells the story of reporter Camille Preaker (Adams) who returns to her small hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls. Trying to put together a psychological puzzle from her past, she finds herself identifying with the young victims a bit too closely.
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Painting the World of the Genius: Picasso
The team responsible for recreating the life of one of the world’s most prolific artists discuss their individual roles and collaboration in the making of Genius: Picasso. From a look at the behind-the-scenes reconstructing of turn of the century Spain and Paris during World War II, to how they transformed Antonio Banderas into Pablo Picasso, and recreated some of his most iconic masterpieces, these are the people challenged with bringing words on a page into a textured and vivid real world.
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PARKS & REC Outdoor Screening
Attention all beautiful tropical fish and poetic, noble land mermaids! ATX Season 7 is going full on Pawnee! Join us for an evening of awesome music, Harvest Festival themed activites, delicious food and drink, a Smallest Park in Texas photo op, and a screening of 2 episodes of Parks & Recreation. PLEASE NOTE: This event is NOT eligible for Fast Pass reservations. All are welcome to attend!
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The Pitch Competition presented with Final Draft and Maxwell Locke & Ritter
The Pitch Finals have arrived! After narrowing down from hundreds of applicants, the judges are aching to hear our finalists pitch live, and name a winner! Join us as our ten finalists each get 3 minutes to give their best pitch. The winner will receive a development meeting with one of our judges and a chance to pitch to our network partners. Y’all never know, one of these series could be on your TV (or computer) next year!
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Power(ful) TV presented by the Television Academy
As society has changed, so has the role of storytelling on TV. In the current political climate, what is the obligation of series creators and writers to showcase divisive social issues, diverse cultures and ethnicities, and opposing opinions on an array of ‘hot topics’? These creators have already excelled at including storylines that have expanded awareness on these issues, and they now discuss what they feel is the responsibility of TV in not only entertaining, but pushing the norm, challenging beliefs, and ultimately moving the social needle by presenting audiences with different points of view.
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Queen Sugar
An early look at season three, Darla and Ralph Angel come face-to-face, Hollywood offers Violet a business solution, and Charley learns more about the Landry and Boudreaux families. Plus, Davis reveals a hidden secret to Micah, and Nova reveals something personal to Remy.
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Round 1: Penultimate vs. Finale
Penultimates (a.k.a second to last, a.k.a the one before the end) are often beautiful works of episodic TV that are favored over the finale by critics and fans alike. Is it a fair fight though? A penultimate has all of the advantages of a finale - fully formed storylines, character development, complicated relationships - yet, none of the added pressure or immense expectation of tying up lose ends, creating closure, and assuring the final moment is both earned and satisfying. Join creators, executives, and critics as they debate the pros and cons of penultimates vs. finales, including some of their all time favorites.
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Show Me All Your Flaws
Flawed characters can often blur the line between endearing and infuriating. How many times have you wanted to yell at your TV about a choice one of your favorite characters is currently (or continuously) making? Or cheered when they overcame personal battle? This discussion dives into the delicate balance of creating and portraying character imperfections that are realistic while also leading the audience to a better understanding of a character’s motivations and actions, whether they be right, wrong, or somewhere on the large spectrum in between.
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