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Power(ful) TV: The Ultimate Medium for Social Change
Through its innate intimacy and week-to-week stories, television is arguably our most impactful medium, having the power to literally change hearts and minds. Hear creators, EPs, and executives discuss how their series have surpassed diversity trends and token characters by organically weaving in storylines of race, religion, the foster care system, immigration, abortion, health care, and many many more, with the belief that exposing audiences to a variety of people, experiences, and worlds they might never encounter will normalize these unfamiliar issues and defuse them once and for all.
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Preacher
A preacher heads out on a journey to combat the supernatural evil that just decimated his Texas hometown.
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Pulp Page to Small Screen: A Look at Comic Adaptations
Comic books have been the subject of film and TV adaptations for decades, but the last 10-15 years have seen a boom in quantity and quality as more and more of these stories appear on the small screen, bringing iconic characters and shared universes to life. But how does a storyteller infuse their own voice into an often stylized and specific world, while still satisfying a pre-existing (and passionate) fan base? The writers and EPs of comic adaptations past, present, and future discuss the the unique challenges of adapting one highly visual format to another, and what makes TV such an appealing medium for exploring these fantastical series.
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Queen of the South
QUEEN OF THE SOUTH tells the powerful story of Teresa Mendoza, a woman who is forced to run and seek refuge in America after her drug-dealing boyfriend is unexpectedly murdered in Mexico. In the process, she teams up with an unlikely figure from her past to bring down the leader of the very drug trafficking ring that has her on the run.
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RESCUE ME Reunion
It’s been five years, and the Gavins, Keefes, and guys of Ladder 62 have returned! Groundbreaking in its unflinching examination of PTSD, survivor’s guilt, and alcoholism (to name just a few), Rescue Me masterfully earned its place as a seminal series of television’s latest “Golden Age.” Co-creators Denis Leary, Peter Tolan, and cast members will revisit their series from start to finish, including discussing some of storytelling's toughest tightropes, examining the importance of paying tribute to NYC firefighters, and what they feel is the show’s ultimate legacy.
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Rooster Teeth: Evolving Entertainment for a Digital Generation
The co-founders of pioneering studio Rooster Teeth join the creative leads and talent from two of the company's new feature shows to discuss programming and producing series for an ever-evolving digital landscape. Learn how Rooster Teeth developed Day 5 and Crunch Time to meet the growing demand for high quality programming.
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Royal Pains
SPECIAL MUSICAL EPISODE SCREENING FROM THE FINAL SEASON. When Ms. Newberg’s life-long best friend, Annette, visits the Hamptons for her wedding to Eddie, she begins seeing every situation around her as a musical number. While Hank attempts to diagnose what is wrong with her, everyone at HankMed bursts into song and dance. Meanwhile, Hank struggles to reconcile Eddie and Evan’s father-son relationship before the wedding, and Paige and Evan eagerly await the results of a pregnancy test.
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Search Party
A dark comedy about four self-absorbed twenty-somethings who become entangled in an ominous mystery when a former college acquaintance suddenly disappears.
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Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll
A middle-aged once famous rock singer, who desperately wants his glory days back, finds out he has a talented daughter, who wants to reunite and front his old band - and date his guitar player. They're dysfunctional, but they don't care.
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THE SHIELD Writers Room
In 2002, FX’s original series The Shield - an unblinking, unapologetic take on the cop-procedural - sent a shockwave through television, due largely in part to creator Shawn Ryan and his equally unblinking writing team. While these writers have gone on to create, show-run, and produce a prolific amount of excellent television, we’re bringing them back to discuss where it all started, and how their experience on the critically-revered series has shaped their respective careers.
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Shifting Landscapes: The Effect of 9/11 on Storytelling
TV has the power to be reflective, contemplative – and at times, eerily prescient. The aftermath of 9/11 signaled a fundamental shift in storytelling, heightening the sensitivity in themes of suspicion, terrorism, and pro or anti-American mentalities. The creators of series that focus on these subjects (24, The West Wing, Colony, and Rescue Me) discuss the practical impact of 9/11 on long-form storytelling, the evolution of it over the past 15 years, and with the current power of television, what level of social responsibility there should be in writing a story that could contribute to stereotyping or invoke fear-mongering towards different cultures and social groups throughout the world.
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Short n' Sweet: The Single Season
It’s a heartbreaking fact of life (and TV): sometimes we want more than we get. Single seasons are at times planned (ie limited, mini or event series), but more often are due to cancellation — whether they have fallen victim to misguided branding, timing, creative struggles, or unforeseen circumstances within an ever-evolving industry. Come hear from those closest to these dearly departed, single-season series — as they discuss the lessons they have learned, constantly-changing definitions of success without compromising creative vision, and how these short-lived series have shaped their ongoing careers.
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