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Nationwide writers' strike forces changes to ATX TV Festival

The festival has been forced to cancel four events so far, but it has also added new panels, including a conversation about the strike.

AUSTIN, Texas — The effects of a nationwide writers' strike are now hitting home. 

Multiple events have been canceled from this year's ATX TV Festival as members of the Writers Guild of America continue to protest across the country.

The festival has been forced to take four events off the lineup so far because of the strike, according to KVUE's media partners at the Austin American-Statesman. Those events include "Late Night with Seth Meyers," "Andor:" A conversation with Tony Gilroy, "Tiny Beautiful Things" with Liz Tigelaar and Cheryl Strayed and the "Dawson's Creek" 25th anniversary screening and conversation. 

However, the festival has also added several new panels, including "WGA On Strike!," a conversation about the strike and the changes writers are fighting for. The panel will feature WGA members Zoanne Clack, Greg Iwinski, Damon Lindelof, Julie Plec and moderator Beau Willimon. 

The festival's founders, Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson, also released a statement in support of TV writers

"There wouldn’t be television without writers. They have always been the rock stars of our festival, and though this year will look a little different, it will continue to be a place to showcase their talents and importance," the statement reads in part. "The stories and characters we care so deeply about would not exist without them and neither would this festival."

The festival runs from June 1 to June 4 at various locations in Downtown Austin, including the Driskell Hotel and Paramount Theatre. It will feature dozens of panels and events, from Q&As and conversations to screenings. 

To see the full lineup and to buy tickets, head to atxfestival.com.

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