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Thursday, October 13 • 1:00pm - 2:15pm
*Roundtable: The Art, Craft, and Business of Television

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*Get in-depth answers to your questions about the art, craft and business of writing for television. How do you break in? What is the dynamic in a writers’ room and the difference between various jobs involved? How is the changing landscape of television affecting the role of a writer? This roundtable session offers registrants exclusive access to TV writers, producers, showrunners, and executives in an informal setting. Come prepared with questions that focus on the importance of both the creative and business sides of breaking into and writing for television.


*This Roundtable requires advance registration at the Roundtable Sign-up Table in the Driskill Mezzanine; the Roundtable takes place at St. David’s Episcopal Church’s Crail Hall, located at 301 E 8th Street. Only one roundtable sign-up slot per registrant. Registrants must have the day-approopriate badge.

ROUNDTABLE SIGN UP HOURS:
Registrants must sign up for Roundtable Sessions in the Mezzanine of the Driskill Hotel!
Wednesday, October 12 | 12:00PM–5:00PM
Thursday, October 13 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Friday, October 14 | 8:30AM–5:00PM
Saturday, October 15 | 8:30AM–3:00PM

Panelists
avatar for Katie Cates

Katie Cates

Katie has over a decade of experience in the talent agency business, and she is currently a television literary and packaging agent at ICM Partners where she works with leading artists in entertainment including writers, directors, actors, comedians and musicians. After starting her career in Daytime TV Production at Proctor & Gamble's TeleVest Productions in New York, she relocated to Los Angeles where began working... Read More →
avatar for Graham Davidson

Graham Davidson

executive producer Shipping Wars, Marshal Law: Texas, Skin Tight; producer Chalk, The Aviatrix
Graham Davidson is an award winning executive producer having worked on nearly 200 hours of television, numerous short films and feature films.   A native Texan, he began his career developing and producing scripted content including the feature film Chalk which won both the audience and jury awards at AFF 2006, and eventually a nomination for an Independent Spirit Award.  After producing a number of shorts and... Read More →
avatar for Bob Dearden

Bob Dearden

writer iZombie, Play It Again, Dick
Bob Dearden is a former forestry worker and decorated free-throw shooter hailing from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He received an MFA from The University of Texas at Austin in 2013, and during his studies submitted multiple entries to the AFF Screenplay Competition (results included semi-finalist, second rounder, and abject failure). During his time in Austin, Bob began an internship with ex-collegiate football star and current acclaimed... Read More →
avatar for Kristi Felton

Kristi Felton

VP of Scripted Programming at AMC/Sundance TV
Kristi Felton is the VP of Scripted Programming at AMC and Sundance TV and she is currently overseeing the series Hell on Wheels, Feed The Beast, Turn: Washington Spies and Hap & Leonard.  Prior to AMC, Kristi was an executive at AT&T DIRECTV’s Audience Network where she worked on original series including Kingdom, Hit & Miss and international acquisitions such as Black Mirror, Rake, and The Slap.
avatar for Chet Garner

Chet Garner

Moderator; host/executive producer/writer The Daytripper
Chet Garner is the creator, host, executive producer, and writer of The Daytripper, a 6-time Emmy-award-winning travel show airing on PBS across the country.  Chet earned a degree in Radio-Television-Film from the University of Texas at Austin and went on to graduate from Baylor Law School.  However, after practicing law for 3 years, he decided to follow his passions and simultaneously inspire folks to appreciate the beauty... Read More →
avatar for Samantha Levenshus

Samantha Levenshus

Managing/Literary Director at Stage Rights; writer
Samantha Levenshus has been at Stage Rights since 2008, where she now serves as Managing and Literary Director. In her time with the company she has helped publish more than half of their catalog and works with playwrights and theater administrators on a daily basis. A playwright herself, Samantha’s script The Grimm World, premiered in Los Angeles in 2012 and now plays around... Read More →
avatar for Justin Marks

Justin Marks

writer The Jungle Book (2016), creator/executive producer Counterpart (upcoming)
Justin Marks is a screenwriter known for his work in multiple genres. He has written on major studio projects including He-Man, Green Arrow: Escape From Supermax, and Suicide Squad for Warner Brothers, Voltron for New Regency, 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea for Disney, and Zorro for 20th Century Fox. Produced films include the celebrated masterpiece, Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li. He has... Read More →
avatar for Alvaro Rodriguez

Alvaro Rodriguez

writer Last Rampage (2017), You, Mine (2018), Machete, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series
ALVARO RODRIGUEZ began his writing career in the sixth grade with a short story that likely would have gotten him referred for counseling and intervention in a post-Columbine America. Luckily, it was written in 1982. He is the writer of true-crime thriller LAST RAMPAGE starring Robert Patrick, Heather Graham, Bruce Davison, John Heard and Alex MacNicoll (2017) and co-writer/producer of YOU, MINE (2018), an adaptation of an Italian coming-of-age... Read More →
avatar for Noelle Stehman

Noelle Stehman

Betsy Van Stone and Noelle Stehman are a female-driven comedy writing team across various mediums. Upon finishing respective stints in the NBC Page and DGA Trainee Programs, they began their career together at VH1 in New York where they worked on such high-brow shows as Awesomely Naked, Wacky Baby Names and Hottest Celebrity Dads. After writing and training in the fast-paced VH1 pitch rooms, they turned their focus to scripted and began exploring... Read More →
avatar for Betsy Van Stone

Betsy Van Stone

Betsy Van Stone and Noelle Stehman are a female-driven comedy writing team across various mediums. Upon finishing respective stints in the NBC Page and DGA Trainee Programs, they began their career together at VH1 in New York where they worked on such high-brow shows as Awesomely Naked, Wacky Baby Names and Hottest Celebrity Dads. After writing and training in the fast-paced VH1 pitch rooms, they turned their focus to scripted and began exploring... Read More →
avatar for Tom Szentgyorgyi

Tom Szentgyorgyi

executive producer Bates Motel (2015-2016), The Mentalist (2009-2015); writer/producer Journeyman (2007), NYPD Blue (2002-2005); writer Sports Night (1999); playwright
Tom Szentgyorgyi is a television writer and playwright. Currently an executive producer on the A&E show Bates Motel, he was a writer and producer on The Mentalist for six years and was its showrunner for its final season.  Other shows he has written for include NYPD Blue, Law and Order, Sports Night, and Journeyman.  His play Among the Thugs, an adaptation of the book by Bill Buford, has been produced around the country, was... Read More →
avatar for Amanda Verdon

Amanda Verdon

Manager of Scripted Programming AMC, SundanceTV
Amanda Verdon is the Manager of Scripted Programming for AMC and SundanceTV. At AMC, she oversees The Son, based on the acclaimed novel by Philipp Meyer (premiering in 2017) as well as TURN: Washington’s Spies, Feed the Beast and a number of things in development. At Sundance, she covers Hap and Leonard. Prior to AMC, Amanda worked at Late Night with David Letterman and Rolling Stone Magazine. She lives in New York City.
avatar for Nick Watson

Nick Watson

Creative Executive at Artillery Creative; Freelance Animation Writer at Hasbro Studios
Nick hails from Melbourne, Australia, where he completed a Masters of Screenwriting at the Victorian College of the Arts, and went on to teach Screenwriting at the University of Melbourne. While there, he wrote for three seasons of late-night comedy, and was a freelance sitcom writer. After moving to North America, Nick came up in the trenches of physical production in Vancouver and Los Angeles, assisting directors and producers on features for... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Windsor

Rebecca Windsor

Manager of Warner Bros. Television Workshop
Rebecca Windsor is the Manager of the Warner Bros. Television Workshop, helping to find and cultivate new emerging voices to develop TV and digital series.  Previously, she was the Creative Producing Initiative Manager of Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, playing a key role in coordinating the Creative Producing Lab and Summit, Screenwriters and Directors Labs, and Episodic Story Lab.  Prior to Sundance, Windsor was... Read More →


Thursday October 13, 2016 1:00pm - 2:15pm
St. David’s Episcopal Church, Crail Hall

Attendees (115)