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ATX Television Festival Announces First Round of Programming, With Amy Sherman Palladino, Graham Yost in Attendance and an 'Everwood' Reunion Planned

Photo of Alison Willmore By Alison Willmore | Indiewire November 8, 2013 at 10:54AM

The third ATX Television Festival will take place in Austin, TX from June 5-8th, 2014. The fest consists of a weekend of panels with actors, writers, directors, showrunners and more, as well as screenings of classic shows, never aired pilots, current series and new premieres. Its success speaks to the growing interest in having film festival-style events and opportunities for community interaction in a medium that by its nature tends to mainly be consumed at home.
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Patrick McElhenney/FX Graham Yost at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in April

The third ATX Television Festival will take place in Austin, TX from June 5-8th, 2014. The fest consists of a weekend of panels with actors, writers, directors, showrunners and more, as well as screenings of classic shows, never aired pilots, current series and new premieres. Its success speaks to the growing interest in having film festival-style events and opportunities for community interaction in a medium that by its nature tends to mainly be consumed at home.

They're still months out from the next iteration, but the festival has already announced its first round of confirmed series and guests, among them "Justified" creator Graham Yost, Amy Sherman Palladino of "Gilmore Girls" and "Bunheads" and writer and actor Paul Scheer of "The League" and "NTSF:SD:SUV." Here's a look at the list so far:

Confirmed Guests:
Amy Sherman Palladino, Creater/Writer: Gilmore Girls, Bunheads
Graham Yost, Creator/Executive Producer/Writer: Raines, Boomtown, Justified, Hey Dude
Carlton Cuse, Executive Producer/Writer: Bates Motel, Lost
Kerry Ehrin, Executive Producer/Writer: Bates Motel, Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, The Wonder Years, Moonlighting
Ben Blacker, Nerdist Writers Panel
Kyle Killen, Creator/Writer: Lone Star, Awake, Mind Games
Liz Tigelaar, Creator/Writer: Bates Motel, Life Unexpected, Nashville
Julie Plec, Creator/Writer: The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, The Tomorrow People
Richard Hatem, Writer: Grimm, Once Upon a Time in Wonderland
Andrew Miller, Creator/Writer: The Secret Circle
David Hudgins, Executive Producer/Writer: Parenthood, Friday Night Lights, Everwood
Bryan Seabury, VP of Drama Development at CBS
Paul Scheer, Creator/Writer/Actor: The League, NTSF:SD:SUV::
Tim Doyle, Executive Producer/Writer: Last Man Standing, Roseanne, Ellen
Arielle Kebbel, Actor: The Vampire Diaries, Gilmore Girls
Scott Porter, Actor: Hart of Dixie, Friday Night Lights
David Semel, Director/Producer: Hemlock Grove, Homeland, Intelligence, American Dreams, Dawson's Creek

Confirmed Series:
Bates Motel from A&E
Rectify from Sundance Channel
Everwood
Hey Dude

Including Programming from participating Network/Studios:
ABC
A&E
AMC
BBC AMERICA
FOX
FX
Hasbro Studios
Sony Pictures Television
Sundance Channel

"Everwood" and "Hey Dude" will be reunions with David Hudgins, Rina Mimoun, Chris Pratt, Emily Van Camp, Gregory Smith, Tom Amandes, Treat Williams, Scott Wolf, Stephanie Niznik, Vivien Cardone, John Beasley, and Merrilyn Gann present for "Everwood" and Graham Yost, Alan Goodman, Lisa Melamed, Debrah Kalman, Kelly Brown, David Lascher, Geoffrey Coy and David Brisbin in attendance for "Hey Dude."

The ATX Television Festival will also hold its second annual Pitch Competition, in which aspiring writers and show creators have 90 seconds to pitch their idea for an original scripted series via self-filmed video. The 25 selected semi-finalists will be judged by a panel that includes Scheer, CBS VP of drama development Bryan Seabury, "Vampire Diaries" creator Julie Plec, Kyle Killen of "Awake," Cartoon Network's director of comedy animation Katie Krentz "Dawson's Creek" director David Semel and more. Ten finalists will pitch live before the panel of judges at the festival, with this winner received both a meeting with one of the judges to get notes to better develop the series, as well as a pitch meeting in front of one of the festival's studio/network partners to try and sell their pilot for production. Submissions will be accepted December 6, 2013 to January 15, 2014 here.

This article is related to: Television, TV News, ATX Television Festival, Graham Yost, Amy Sherman Palladino, Carlton Cuse





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