The Syndication Project hosts community events throughout the year.
ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL: ON DUTY
"On Duty" presented with Student Veterans of America at ATX Season 7.
Friday, June 8 // 10:15 AM // Trinity Hall
This past and current season of TV has seen multiple series capture what life is like while serving in the military. The creators/showrunners of these series work closely with military consultants, including hiring veterans on their crews and writing staffs, to ensure accuracy. These writers and consultants discuss their working partnerships, the objectives they are trying to portray in representing active military life, military culture, and the challenges they face when recreating service and reintegration storylines for mainstream audiences.
Mikko Alanne (The Long Road Home), David Broyles (Six), Graham Yost (The Pacific), Anna Fricke (Valor), Tyler Grey (SEAL Team), Eric Bourquin (Consultant, The Long Road Home)
Moderator: Jared Lyon (President of SVA)
ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL: BREAKING DOWN THE BINARY
"Breaking Down the Binary" at ATX Season 7.
Friday, June 8 // 12 PM // InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Ballroom
For LGBTQIA viewers, TV has long been a medium of binaries -- gay or straight; male or female; cisgender or transgender -- but the past few years have seen a swell of characters who aren’t so easily defined. From teen soaps, to cable dramedies, the spectrum of visibility has grown to include bisexual+ and non-binary characters who are more in tune with the viewers they represent, and less the product of tropes and stereotypes. Hear from the creators & creatives behind these series as they discuss what this visibility means for LGBTQIA audiences, and why breaking down the binary is an essential part of moving representation forward.
Panelists: Rhea Butcher (Take My Wife), Cameron Esposito (Take My Wife), Bradley Bredeweg (The Fosters), Nico Tortorella (Younger)
Moderator: Lesley Goldberg (The Hollywood Reporter)
ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL: WHY DOES TV MATTER?
Saturday, June 9 // 11:45 AM // Trinity Hall
We often ask ourselves, would Friends or Seinfeld be made in 2018? A story that follows 4-6 white, heterosexual characters. Every year executives strive to expand representation behind and in front of the camera to include a wider range of races, religions, sexualities, and cultures. These key decision makers discuss why these changes are essential, what strides their companies are making to be more inclusive of all types of people, and how (if at all) they believe this evolving television landscape is impacting society.
Panelists: Sarah Aubrey (EVP Original Programming, TNT), Lauren Whitney (President of Television, Miramax), Karey Burke (EVP, Freeform Programming & Development), Carolyn Newman (SVP Scripted Programming, eOne)
Moderator: Lesley Goldberg (The Hollywood Reporter)
ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL: STORIES WITHOUT WALLS
"Stories Without Walls" presented with the ACLU at ATX Season 7.
Saturday, June 9 // 5 PM // InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Ballroom
In recent months, immigration storylines have become central plots for a number of TV shows. These writers and producers, along with a representative from the ACLU, discuss the importance and power of story, how they work together to ensure authentic representations of current issues, the impact it has on viewer’s opinions on immigrants, Dreamers, refugees, and deportation, as well as the actions they hope audiences are inspired to take by these fictional characters.
Panelists: Mauricio Mota (East Los High), Tanya Saracho (Vida), Bob Daily (Superior Donuts), Gloria Calderon Kellett (One Day at a Time), Paul Sciarrotta (Jane the Virgin)
Moderator: Lorella Praeli (ACLU Immigration Advocacy Leader)
ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL: POWER(FUL) TV
"Power(ful) TV" presented by the Television Academy at ATX Season 7.
Sunday, June 10 // 10 AM // InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Ballroom
As society has changed, so has the role of storytelling on TV. In the current political climate, what is the obligation of series creators and writers to showcase divisive social issues, diverse cultures and ethnicities, and opposing opinions on an array of ‘hot topics’? These creators have already excelled at including storylines that have expanded awareness on these issues, and they now discuss what they feel is the responsibility of TV in not only entertaining, but pushing the norm, challenging beliefs, and ultimately moving the social needle by presenting audiences with different points of view.
Panelists: Gloria Calderon Kellett (One Day at a Time), Tanya Saracho (Vida), additional TBA
Moderator: Lindsay Scola (Television Academy)
ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL: HER BODY, HER CHOICE - TV'S ABORTION DILEMMA
"Her Body, Her Choice: TV's Abortion Dilemma" presented with the Hollywood, Health & Society at ATX Season 7.
Sunday, June 10 // 2 PM // InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Ballroom
In the 45 years since Norman Lear faced off with standards & practices over Maude's “dilemma” (a first for the small screen), creatives have been fighting to de-stigmatize the female body and by extension the right to choose by including birth control and abortion as more than just a "special episode." Primetime and Cable have seen major characters faced with a decision about sex and pregnancy, unplanned motherhood, and even onscreen abortions. While the topic remains a cultural, social and political pressure point, women are slowly seeing their experiences reflected back with urgency and empathy. Join creatives behind these stories as they discuss the challenges of tackling women’s reproductive health onscreen, the challenges and successes they experience, and why realistic depictions of choice are still so hard to come by.
Panelists: Mauricio Mota (East Los High), Rina Mimoun (Everwood), Paul Sciarrotta (Jane the Virgin)
Moderator: Kate Langrall Folb (Hollywood, Health & Society)
best. morning. ever. Cartoon breakfast
Presented by DreamWorks Animation Television, ATX Television Festival, and The Syndication Project
Saturday, September 9 // 9 AM // Alamo Drafthouse (5701 W. Slaughter Ln.)
DreamWorks Animation Television has teamed up with ATX Television Festival and The Syndication Project to bring some awesome Saturday morning cartoons to kids and parents alike. Join us for the our annual Best Morning Ever, a family-friendly cartoon breakfast at the Alamo Drafthouse!
What is the Best Morning Ever? Well, get ready for tasty breakfast treats and amazing games & activities before snuggling up to watch DreamWorks Animation Television's Spirit Riding Free, Home Adventures with Tip & Oh, and Dragons Race to the Edge! And as always, we encourage you to come in pajamas - both little and BIG kids - we'll be wearing ours!
While attendance (and breakfast) is free, please RSVP if you plan to attend.
ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL: TOO CLOSE TO HOME PANEL
TSP presents "Too Close To Home" at ATX Season 6.
Friday, June 9 // 11:45 am // InterContinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel
Inspiration for a story can be drawn from an infinite amount of places, one of which is the writer’s own personal experience. These writers discuss storylines they’ve created or by happenstance been assigned to that have mirrored parts of their own lives, how they walked the line between truth and fiction, and how they personally tackled subjects that might be a little too close to home.
PANELISTS: Javier Grillo-Marxuach (The Middleman), Robia Rashid (Atypical), Liz Tigelaar (Life Unexpected), David Hudgins (Parenthood) MODERATOR: Natalie Abrams (Entertainment Weekly)
ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL COMMUNITY SCREENING OF PARKS & RECREATION
Friday, June 9 // 6 - 10 pm // Hotel San Jose parking lot
Each summer during the ATX Television Festival, The Syndication Project hosts an outdoor community screening event. We encourage everyone to come outside to enjoy live music, activities and watch some of your favorite TV shows under the Austin sky.