The preliminary slate of panels for the 2016 edition of television and content festival Seriesfest have now been unveiled. Happening June 22-26 in Denver, Colorado, highlights from this year’s Seriesfest include “Women in Media” with Kim Cattrall and Vanity Fair’s Krista Smith, a discussion of BBC America’s The Hunt with Emmy-winners Alastair Fothergill and Huw Cordey, and an all new “Anatomy of a Show” focused on FX’s The Strain. The festival previously announced the Independent Pilot Competition taking place June 23–25, with 34 new shows in competition featuring the likes of Brad Leland, Jane Lynch, George R.R. Martin, Tahmoh Penikett, Maisie Williams and Michael K. Williams. Seriesfest 2016 kicks off June 22 at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre with an opening night performance by Grammy award-winner Sia, and the North American premiere of The Hunt. Opening night tickets and VIP passes are currently on sale, with tickets for single events and programs to be available starting May 27.
The announced panels are:
Getting Unstuck: How To Get From Where You Are To Where You Want To Be
Thursday, June 23rd, 9:30am – 11:15am
Led by Laura von Holt, The workshop aims to help participants overcome creative blocks
In Conversation with Alastair Fothergill and Huw Cordey of BBC AMERICA’s The Hunt
Thursday, June 23rd, 1:15 PM-2:15 PM at the Sie FilmCenter
The panel will discuss the upcoming series, the 4K film technology behind it, and more.
Thursday, June 23rd, 2:30pm-3:30pm at the Sie FilmCenter
Moderated by Rob Archuleta (founder of ‘Addict to Athlete’), the panel examines the problem of drug abuse and addiction as well as unveiling the finalists in a new slate of Meth Project prevention commercials.
An Inside Look at the IFP Screen Forwards Lab
Thursday, June 23rd, 3:00pm-4:00pm at the Sie FilmCenter
Panelists include Zach Mandinach (Program Manager & Producer, IFP)
Susan Skoog (Director, What Martha Said).
In Conversation with Kim Cattrall and Krista Smith
Thursday, June 23rd, 8:30pm-10:30pm at the Sie FilmCenter
The event includes a special screening of an episode from the Netflix series Sensitive Skin, followed by an in-depth conversation. Afterward, Cattrall will screen her favorite Sex and the City episode.
Crowdfunding to Build Independence
Friday, June 24th, 12:45pm-2:15pm at the Sie FilmCenter
Presented by Seed & Spark, the workshop on artistic independence and crowdfunding will be led by Erica Anderson of Seed&Spark
Science in Narrative
Friday, June 24th, 2:00pm-3:00pm at the Sie FilmCenter
In Partnership with The Science & Entertainment Exchange, panelists include Amy Berg (Writer/Producer, Da Vinci’s Demons, Person of Interest), Samantha Corbin-Miller (Writer/Producer, ER, The Practice), and Phil Plait (The Bad Astronomer). Moderated by Rick Loverd (Program Director, The Science & Entertainment Exchange).
Anatomy of a Show: FX’s The Strain
Friday, June 24th, 3:00pm-4:15pm at the Sie FilmCenter
Panelists include Carlton Cuse, J. Miles Dale, Kevin Durand, and Ra’uf Glasgow.
Journey to Success
Saturday, June 25th, 1:00pm-2:00pm at the Sie FilmCenter
The discussion of achieving success in entertainment includes panelists
Ian Harding, Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter (2016 Jury Member; Parenthood & Gravity Falls), and Pablo Schreiber (2016 Jury Member; Orange is the New Black & The Brink).
From Web to TV: Teachers Case Study
Saturday, June 25th, 4:45pm-5:45pm at the Sie FilmCenter
Panelists include Kate Lambert and Katy Colloton (Creators and Stars, TV Land’s Teachers), and Brad Garner (SVP of Originals and Development, TV Land).