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ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL AND ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY ANNOUNCE AN UNPRECEDENTED PARTNERSHIP FOR THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL


 

ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL AND ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY ANNOUNCE AN UNPRECEDENTED PARTNERSHIP FOR THIS YEAR'S FESTIVAL

 

EW Will Present the Highly Anticipated "Gilmore Girls" Reunion on Closing Night, And Hold a First-Ever Panel at 35,000 Feet on ATX's Southwest AirlinesĀ® TV Party Plane

Austin, TX - ATX Television Festival and Entertainment Weekly announced an unprecedented partnership for this year's festival, which will take place June 4-7, 2015, in Austin, TX.  The highly anticipated "Gilmore Girls" reunion will be presented in association with Entertainment Weekly (EW) as the Closing Night panel of the festival, and as previously announced, will feature creator Amy Sherman Palladino along with cast members Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Kelly Bishop, Jared Padalecki, Scott Patterson, Keiko Agena, Liza Weil, Liz Torres, Sean Gunn, Yanic Truesdale and John Cabrera.  Newly added to the panel are cast members Danny Strong, Todd Lowe, Jackson Douglas and Matt Czuchry. 

 

In addition, EW will present and moderate the first-ever panel at 35,000 feet in the air to kick off the festival on ATX's legendary Southwest Airlines TV Party Plane. 

 

"I've admired the ATX Television Festival since it started," said Henry Goldblatt, Editor-in-Chief, Entertainment Weekly.  "I couldn't be happier for us to partner in the festival's fourth year. It's quickly become the premiere destination for the actors, writers, directors, creators, and showrunners who are responsible for so many of the shows that EW's TV obsessed audience loves."

 

"Entertainment Weekly readers and ATX Television Festival attendees are one in the same - a savvy blend of both television fans and those who follow the entertainment industry - so a partnership with EW was the perfect fit for us," said Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson, Co-Executive Directors and Founders, ATX Television Festival.  "We're thrilled to have EW present 'Gilmore Girls' as Closing Night, as it will allow us to host it in a larger venue for more fans to enjoy, and those who can't attend will still have the chance to watch it on EW.com.  We couldn't be more excited to be working alongside EW, and look forward to more opportunities in the future."

 

Previously announced panels for this year's festival include "Boomtown;" "Boy Meets Girl Meets World;" "Brooklyn Nine-Nine;" "Bunheads;" the world premiere of USA's "Complications" on Opening Night; a "Dawson's Creek" writers room reunion, along with a first-ever "Dawson's Creek" pilot script reading presented by creator Kevin Williamson; "Dream On;" "Drunk History's History;" "The Fosters;" "Gilmore Girls;" "Hannibal;" "Journeyman;" "Justified;" "Playing House;" "Power;" "Queer as Folk;" "The Simpsons; "Suits;" and "Wayward Pines."  In addition, television icon James L. Brooks will receive the second annual Achievement in Television Excellence Award.  Confirmed panelists include Beau Willimon ("House of Cards"), Phil Rosenthal ("Everybody Loves Raymond"), Noah Hawley ("Fargo") and Marta Kauffman ("Friends"). 

 

Additional programming, panels and panelists will be announced at a later date.