TV lovers unite: ATX Television Festival kicks off in Austin

TV lovers — rejoice. A four-day event celebrating the past, present and future of TV is coming to Austin. It’s called the ATX Television Festival.

Now in its sixth season, the festival consists of panels, screenings and events where attendees and leaders in the industry talk, watch and experience TV as a united community.

According to the ATX Television Festival, this season will focus on TV’s historic, current and upcoming series through Q&As and panel discussions that will range from pilots that were never picked up, reunions, current series and series that have yet to premiere.

While dozens of panels and screenings are scheduled this year, some of the buzzworthy events include an "Alias" (ABC) “Writers Room Reunion,” a post-finale discussion of "The Leftovers" (HBO), a panel on "Fear the Walking Dead" (AMC), a discussion on the final season and evolution of the series "Girls" (HBO), and a dissection of the emotional hit "This Is Us" (NBC).

Among a long list of writers, producers, actors and other TV professionals, the following stars are a few of those scheduled to make an appearance as a panelist:

  • Adam Scott of "Parks and Recreation" (NBC) and "Big Little Lies" (HBO)
  • Alison Brie of "Community" (NBC) and "Bojack Horseman" (Netflix)
  • Brooklyn Decker and Diane Raphael of "Grace and Frankie" (Netflix)
  • Chrissy Metz and Milo Ventimiglia of "This Is Us" (NBC)
  • Craig Robinson of "The Office" (NBC) and "Mr. Robot" (USA)
  • Jason Mantzoukas, Paul Scheer and Mark Duplass of "The League" (FX, FXX)
  • Kaitlin Olson of "The Mick" (FOX) and "It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (FX, FXX)
  • Lisa Kudrow of "Friends" (NBC) and "The Comeback" (HBO)
  • Jon Glaser and Ebon Moss-Bachrach of "Girls" (HBO)
  • Kyra Sedgwick of "The Closer" (TNT)
  • Will Ferrell of "Saturday Night Live" (NBC)

The ATX Television Festival also consists of a pitch competition, which the festival says gives undiscovered TV writers the opportunity to pitch an idea to a studio or network partner and have their scripts read by top executives.

The top 10 finalists have already been selected and will compete live at the festival. The winner of the competition will receive:

  • A week to sit in on a working writers room, as well as lunch with a showrunner or executive producer
  • A meeting with one of the competition’s judges to explore the winning pitch idea and get notes to better develop the series
  • A pitch meeting in front of one of the festival’s studio/network partners
  • A three-month subscription to the THE BLACK LIST (a network of script writers, buyers and representatives) and two script evaluations to help fine-tune their pilot script
  • And one industry badge to next year’s ATX Television Festival

Festival badges and 1-day wristbands for this year’s festival appear to be sold out on atxfestival.com, but single tickets to select events at the State and Paramount Theatres are still available. The festival notes that single tickets don’t guarantee entry but are refundable or transferable to another event of equal or lesser value at those theatres.

Other Austin venues participating in the ATX Television Festival include the Alamo Drafthouse Ritz, Google Fiber Space, Hotel San José and the InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel.

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