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Dawson's Creek Script Reading
Fall in love with Dawson, Joey, Pacey, and Jen all over again as ATX's favorite actors perform a stage of the iconic pilot episode of Dawson's Creek presented by Kevin Williamson.
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DAWSON'S CREEK Writers Room Reunion
Great television series are often shaped in the writers' room and, as in the case of DAWSON'S CREEK, sometimes those writers go on to shape their own series (or two, or three). We host our first writers' room reunion with some of TV's most prolific and influential creative forces. Listen to creators, executive producers, and writers tell the inner workings and emotions that live inside the writers' room, and what they learned working on an iconic series that shaped many of our teenage years.
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Defining Docu-Series
The landscape of unscripted television continues to expand to include multiple sub-genres like "celebrity," "lifestyle," "competition," and "docuseries." Understanding the definitions of each is near impossible, with viewers and producers bringing their own perceptions to the table. Are the "Real Housewives" a docuseries? Are they celebrities? As "reality" series rise to peaks of sensationalism, viewer's expectations for quality reach an all time low. Though there are still some networks and producers who are raising the bar, creating content not only on par with scripted but at times surpassing it with cinematic storytelling. Join executive producers and network executives responsible for "High Profits," "Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown," "Morgan Spurlock Inside Man," "30 Days" and more discuss, debate, and ultimately define, once and for all, what a "docuseries" should be.
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The Devoted Niche vs. The Casual Mass: Is It Really All In the Numbers?
What makes an audience valuable? We know the ability for a show to continue comes down to advertisers and subscribers. We understand if a show's not making money, it can't continue. But that doesn't change the fact that 20 million people who casually tune in might not notice if their show goes away, and 2 million who are passionately devoted to a show may never recover from its early demise. Can a loyal, passionate fan base whose voice is ten times louder than a casual viewer make an impact? What would a producer/creative team rather have: a show that is continuously talked about by a small audience OR one that is enjoyed by the masses but doesn't stick with them? Is it possible to be both? Creators, showrunners, and execs of the highest and lowest rated shows on television discuss where they fall in the niche vs mass appeal, how it varies from network to cable to streaming, and essentially what their audiences mean to them."
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The Directors
Television has always been called a writer's medium, but it is the director who commands the words from the page to the screen with that writer. Hear from these prolific television directors as they discuss how the director's role has changed in this new more competitive era of television, the difference between shooting for network, cable, and streaming, and how the quality of the small screen must compete with that of the movies, while budgets and production schedules have remained the same.
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Diversity in Progress presented by WGA E
Diversity in television isn't a new issue. It's a problem whether it applies to gender, race, or other minorities that hasn't been solved, and won't be unless we take significant action. Join a conversation on the current state of affairs in the TV writing industry. Hear from those that are dealing with it from season to season -- the showrunners, creators, writers, executive producers, who can talk about ways it should be tackled, the challenges and solutions, as well as some of the WGA initiatives that are already in place. They're inviting you to not just listen, but to participate in the discussion by gaining perspective and sharing your ideas on how to create a new reality.
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Dream On
Gibby convinces a reluctant Martin that the big Xmas book should be the memoirs of a gay man dying of AIDS.
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Drunk History's History
A panel that features an interactive look at "Drunk History" that explores the creation of the series on the web and its move to Comedy Central with a panel that showcases new premiere content from the third season with creators/EPs Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner; plus TBA cast.
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Empire: the Creatives
Following a record-breaking first season, join a conversation between co-creator, showrunner, and an executive producing writer of EMPIRE as they take an in-depth look at this blockbuster series, how they broke beyond stereotypes, and what they think attributes to its unprecedented week-to-week growth.
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The Evolution & History of 'The Simpsons'
The Simpsons' has spanned 27 years. It has shaped many people's childhood, young adolescence, and adulthood, while defining a culture and a medium. Come hear from co-creator James L. Brooks, and long time writers and producers discuss its long running history and how it has evolved and shifted over three decades.
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The Final Finale. presented by Entertainment Weekly
As true fans, we've all had show depression. As our favorite story fades to black, that final image ingrains itself in our hearts forever. Now, imagine the weight that comes with deciding on that final shot, satisfying a viewer while doing the characters justice, and still being able to sleep at night. Only a select few shows are given the opportunity to end how and when their creators decide. Hear from these showrunners as they discuss the pressure, the satisfaction, the luxury, and pain of wrapping up their story.
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