ATX Television Festival has announced the new Advisory Board members and Ambassadors.
Joining the ATX Advisory Board are “Fargo” creator Noah Hawley, “House of Cards” boss Beau Willimon, Graham Yost (“Justified,” “The Americans”) and Kevin Falls (“Minority Report,” “Franklin and Bash”). Abigail Spencer (“Rectify,” “True Detective”) joins the festival as an Ambassador.
The new additions join current Advisory Board members — who help to curate the festival’s programming and provide guidance with their range of expertise and knowledge in the television industry — Peter Billingsley, Ben Blacker, Dina Hillier, David Hudgins, Arielle Kebbel, Kyle Killen, Laura Kincaid, Jordan Levin, Richard Linklater, Julie Plec, Michael Rauch, Bryan Seabury, Betty Thomas and Liz Tigelaar, and Ambassadors Wilson Cruz, Matt Lauria, Scott Porter, Nick Wechsler and Mae Whitman, who serve as the festival’s spokespeople.
“We are thrilled to add Graham, Noah, Beau and Kevin to our Advisory Board,” said Emily Gipson and Caitlin McFarland, co-exec directors and founders of ATX. “As individuals, they have been contributing to our event for years, from reunions, to sponsorships, to strategizing on future plans for the festival.”
The duo added, “Abigail Spencer has been an incredible supporter since she first attended the festival in 2014 with ‘Rectify,’ and we’re excited that she will be back this year for multiple screenings in our Never Picked-up Pilots category with Krista Vernoff. Together, our Advisory Board and Ambassadors strengthen the festival, as an extremely talented group of creative leaders of the television community, and we are honored they’ve agreed to join us.”
ATX also announced a call for submissions for the 2016 Pitch Competition, starting Dec. 4. The competition is for hopefuls looking to pitch their original ideas for a TV series to execs, creators and producers in the entertainment industry. The 10 finalists will pitch in front of a live audience during the summer festival, and the winner will receive a mentorship with an ATX judge and the chance to pitch his or her show to the festival’s studio and network partners.
This year, the judges are Ryan Andolina (VP of production, Amazon Studios); Shondaland’s Betsy Beers (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal,” “How to Get Away with Murder,” “The Catch”); David Hudgins (“Game of Silence,” “Parenthood,” “Friday Night Lights”); Kyle Killen (“Mind Games,” “Awake”), Kate Lambert (VP of series development, FX); Franklin Leonard (founder of The Black List); Noreen O’Toole (co-producer, Bad Robot); Bryan Seabury (VP of drama development, CBS); and Yost.
ATX’s fifth annual fest runs next year from June 9-12 in Austin, Texas.