Television fans are taking over Austin this weekend for the second annual ATX Television Festival. Created by Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gibson, the festival was designed to celebrate the medium of television. It gives fans the opportunity to attend panels about the industry and screenings of shows as well as interact with the actors, directors, writers who make shows possible.
What makes ATX Television Festival so unique is that it is celebrates television’s history, present, and future. Several off-air favorites, including Boy Meets World, Friday Night Lights, and My So-Called Life, will be having cast reunions and screenings at the festival. Two shows, AMC’s upcoming drama Low Winter Sun and FOX’s upcoming comedy Enlisted, will be holding special screenings of their series premiere while returning cable shows including Perception, Hell on Wheels, Royal Pains, and Falling Skies will screen their season premieres. They also look toward the future, with a panel that looks at the way TV viewing has changed recently and what that means for the future. Jane Espenson’s and Brad Bell’s web series Husbands will be featured in a panel about CW’s web producers as they talk about their experience going from an independent web series to one with the backing of The CW.
It’s also the place for fans to learn more about the way the industry works. Panels will be given on music composition, writing, directing, and how to succeed in multiple roles in the industry.
It is truly a weekend for people who love television and want to be with other people who share that love. Just by looking at the official twitter feed, it is obvious how much the people who run it love television. All of the industry-related people who attended last year seemed to love it, many of whom are returning for season 2. I expect that it will continue to grow in popularity and I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us next year.