The inaugural three-day aTVFest will offer attendees expertise from a diverse group of professionals for various panels from Feb. 14 - 16. Among them will be Stephen Nathan, executive producer for the T.V. Show "BONES," John Hill, Bravo senior producer, and Karen Kirkland, executive director of the Nickelodeon Writing Fellowship.
The festival is primarily aimed at people looking to break into the television industry, but the general public will have the chance to understand all that it takes to create a television show.
"Atlanta TVFest is an opportunity to bring the television creative industry together with our students and the public," said Danny Filson, executive director of aTVFest. "This is a unique festival in terms of television, small screen, and digital media."
TVFest will encompass a wide variety of workshops from writing and directing to branding and marketing. Panels and workshops include:
"Breaking into TV: The Writers Room," a panel with writers and literary managers about what it takes to write for television today;
"How to Pitch a Series," an interactive workshop about the essential elements of a TV series pitch;
"Channeling Integrated Media," a discussion on how social media and platforms such as Facebook and YouTube impact the television business;
"Forget the Show, Watch the Titles!," a panel with today's leading title sequencing companies about creating main title sequencing;
"Building the Brand: HGTV and DIY," a talk about creating and maintaining a brand;
"The Reality of Unscripted Television: Breaking into the Business," a panel with reality show producers about all aspects of the reality television business, from producing to editing.
Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to see episodes of BONES, The Americans, The Walking Dead, Banshee, and several others that haven't aired on television. "It's a chance to see something that nobody has seen yet, and then it's a chance to really dig deep and really get your questions answered," said Filson.
Nathan will lead a question and answer panel after screening an episode of BONES to illustrate the "demands and challenges" in producing a network television show. "The entire television business is changing ... The technology and delivery systems are so radically different than they have been traditionally," said Nathan. "The discussion to me will be interesting because I actually believe that the students might have a more visionary view of the future than I might."
Passes are on sale now at aTVFest.com.
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