The television world sits at one of its most intriguing crossroads.

The quality of shows has never been better, and the quantity of programming options across the dial, and Internet, has never been higher. Everyone, from congloms to programming entrepreneurs, is looking to seize the moment.

That will be one of only many discussions at today’s Variety’s TV Summit, co-produced by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, that’s being held at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood.

The keynote conversation will feature Dana Walden and Gary Newman, chairmen of Twentieth Century Fox Television. Other panels will cover not only how programs are created, but also how they’re distributed, marketed and talked about via social media.

Among those scheduled to participate are HBO programming topper Michael Lombardo, “Parks and Recreation” exec producer Michael Schur, CBS Television Distribution president John Nogawski and JD Roth, founder of reality shingle 3Ball Prods.

Schedule of Events

8-9 a.m.


9-9:15 a.m.

Opening remarks. Jerry Petry, chairman, ATAS Foundation; Bruce Rosenblum, chairman-CEO, ATAS

9:45-10:15 a.m.

Keynote conversation. Dana Walden and Gary Newman, chairmen, Twentieth Century Fox Television

10:15-11 a.m.

State of the Global TV Industry. Panelists: Marc Graboff , CKX; Michael Wright, TBS, TNT and TCM; Chris Grant, Electus; Jeff Wachtel, USA Network, Universal Cable Prods.; Michael Lombardo, HBO; Ted Chervin, ICM

11:15 a.m. – 12 p.m.

The Art of the Show Launch: How to Break Through the Clutter. Panelists: Bill Abbott , Crown Media Family Networks; Walter Levitt, Comedy Central; Marjorie Kaplan, Animal Planet/Science Channel; Ben Spergel, Ipsos MediaCT; Joe Earley, Fox

12-12:45 p.m.

The New Kids on the Block: Surging Strength of Original Web Programming. Panelists: Erin McPherson , Yahoo; David Eilenberg, Mark Burnett Prods.; Gabriel Lewis, Huffington Post Streaming Network & AOL Studios; Scott Reich, Vevo; Ashley Kaplan, Magical Elves

12:45-2 p.m.


2-2:45 p.m.

Building Viewer Engagement and Ratings Through Social Media and the Second Screen. Panelists: Andy Nobbs, Civolution; John Corpus, Milyoni; Zane Vella, Watchwith; Jesse Redniss , USA Network; Trevor Doerksen, Mobovivo

2:45-3:30 p.m.

Extending Life and Revenues of the TV Show Past Air. Panelists: John Nogawski, CBS Television Distribution; Peter Blacker, Telemundo; Jim Packer, Lionsgate; Shanna Preve, Google

3:45-4:30 p.m.

The Power of TV: Making Content That Matters. Panelists: Lisa Sherman, MTV Networks; Christopher Gebhardt, Participant Media; Orly Adelson , Dick Clark Prods.; Alice Cahn, Cartoon Network; JD Roth,

3 Ball Prods./Eyeworks USA

4:30-5:15 p.m.

Showrunners Super Session

Panelists: Alex Gansa, “Homeland”; Cynthia Cidre, “Dallas”; Mike Schur, “Parks and Recreation”; Emily Kapnek, “Suburgatory”; Jonah Nolan and Greg Plageman, “Person of Interest”

5:45-7 p.m.

Networking reception

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Variety’s TV Summit 2012