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Crisis of Faith: Religion & Spirituality on TV
Even in the age of ‘Peak TV,’ explorations of religion and spirituality remain scarce -- but comedies and dramas alike are finding the humanity and nuance in faith-based storylines, whether it’s reconciling concepts of self and sexuality in religion, or questioning a long-standing ideology. How does a series navigate what role a character’s faith will play in his or her story, or the show as a whole? These creatives discuss how they navigate questions of God and church within their own series, and the role of religion in an ever-expanding landscape of content.
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Critic Tweets: Land of Hot Takes, Screener Privilege, and Subtweets
The age of Twitter and intense social im(media)cy has granted TV lovers a peek into the nitty gritty details of series from start to finish. Arguably the most entertaining is the live discourse among the community of television critics that has emerged over the last decade. With direct and instant engagement with their favorite writers, balancing live viewing discussions, a bounty of showrunner post-mortem interviews, bi-annual TCA press tours, plus the addition of fans voraciously consuming endless amounts of content – how are TV’s most thoughtful, overworked, underpaid, opinionated, loudmouth critics supposed to keep an impartial balance? Listen to them discuss the joys and struggles that come with navigating the immediate and rapid-response world of social media all while keep their personal perspectives ultimately theirs.
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Dead of Summer
It's the 1980s, school is out for the summer, and when Camp Clearwater's dark, ancient mythology awakens, what was supposed to be a summer of fun soon turns into one of unforgettable scares and evil at every turn.
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Development Executives: Business Meets Creative
We’ve heard creators talk about (bemoan, complain, and at times, compliment) getting “notes” from the studio and network, but there’s not much known about who these phantom note givers are and what their role entails. Meet the Development Executives. These studio and network gurus will explain their role in the process of getting an episode from pilot script to production to ready for air. Hear their POV and goals, the factors viewers might never have considered, as they give us an inside look at creating shows from the “business” side of “show business.”
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The Director's Medium
In a medium that ostensibly belongs to writers, what creative input does the TV director get, have, or fight for? Outside of the clear task of running the physical production and shooting an episode on site -- what contribution does s/he get to inpart on the storytelling process? From producing directors to weekly "guests" of the production, hear what goes into balancing a show's pre-established voice while leaving a mark in a medium driven by the script and narrative of its writers. With directors who have effortlessly slipped in and out of the stark realism of corrupt Baltimore, to the ambitious world of pro basketball in Atlanta, to the rapid-fire banter of the White House, we explore the evolving abilities of the TV director and discuss the balance between individuality and service to the larger story.
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Drama On Demand: An Afternoon with Amazon Studios
An inside look at this season’s new shows for Amazon Prime Video. Join the executive producers of upcoming Amazon Original Series debuting this fall. With a new group of shows scheduled to launch, Amazon Studios’ Head of Drama Development Morgan Wandell take us behind the scenes with some of the most exciting shows to stream for Prime members – anytime, anywhere! Joining Wandell will be Jonathan Shapiro – Executive Producer of Trial, Graham Yost – Executive Producer of Sneaky Pete and Ben Watkins – Executive Producer of Hand of God.
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Escapism: A Look at Comedy and Characters That Give You a Break presented by KIND
Whether your laughs are delivered to you in single or multi cam formats, with a dose of sweetness, sarcasm or silliness, the comedy series is designed to provide a respite from the real world. The creators, actors and EPs behind TV's most likable characters and worlds discuss how and why a KINDer approach to storytelling may be exactly what viewers want and need to LIVE KIND. every day.™ Their thoughts on the sprawling landscape of comedy, and where they believe the pendulum will land next.
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Fandom Rising: The Impact of Fan Culture in the Age of Social Media
Though the concept of Fandom has been active for decades, in the current age of Kickstarter, hashtags, trending topics, and streaming platforms, TV fan(atic)s have found relatively new power to make, break, or even revive a series. Hear from showrunners, writers, and actors who regularly engage with their audiences as they discuss the ever-evolving impact of fan culture, and how social media is rapidly closing the gap between those who watch, love and engage with TV, and those who create it.
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Fantasy TV: Creating the Believable in an Unbelievable World
The main rule of fantasy is simple, "don't break the rules you create." Viewers will follow you to the edge of your universe, as long as you don't betray them. But what and who dictates the "rules" of the universe? Producers, writers, and development execs talk about what goes into the process (freedoms and limitations) of creating a fantasy TV series, from building the look of a new world and the characters that inhabit it to placing supernatural characters into our everyday lives.
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Fargo: The Music Team
The musical tone of a TV series is created not by an individual, but by an entire team dedicated to balancing story and character with the use of original and licensed music. Following the sophomore season of the FX Emmy award winning series Fargo, join their music team of creator, composer, and music supervisor as they discuss their collaboration on the series’ musical landscape — including their goals and intentions to specific scenes + the overall series, touching on both the creative and the necessary, in addition to how the music contributed to the immersive world that is Fargo Year Two.
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Fargo Vinyl Launch & Acoustic Showcase
End the festival on the right note, with a convergence of TV and music. In celebration with the launch of a new vinyl featuring covers from the series and iconic Coen Bros movies -- we will drink blood marys, at tacos, and listen to live music from Noah Hawley, Jeff Russo, Sweet Spirit, Quiet Company and Special Guests. *Not eligible for Fast Passes
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First Timers: Showrunners & Creators
Writing a pilot is a mostly solitary experience, but what happens next becomes intensely collaborative -- from pilot pick up, series order, writers rooms, casting, and on and on. For those that are not versed in the TV process, who didn't come up in a room, how do you handle being thrown into the deep end of running a small empire? First time creators and showrunners discuss how they navigated being paired with seasoned showrunners (or having to learn to become one themselves), the pros and cons of having the worlds they created live outside themselves, and what it's like to see their shows on the small screen for the first time.
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