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  1. #1

    Default "SeriesFest" sets 26 titles in first competition

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    The inaugural SeriesFest, an international TV and content festival to be held in Denver June 18-21, today will announce its preliminary lineup.

    In conjunction with the Denver Film Society, the screenings will be held at the Sie FilmCenter. The Opening Night Ceremony will be at Red Rocks Amphitheatre on June 18.

    Highlights include a screening of Starz series “Survivor’s Remorse,” followed by a discussion with Executive Producer/Creator/Showrunner Mike O’Malley and the cast; a screening of USA Network’s “Mr. Robot” followed by a Q&A with Creator and Executive Producer Sam Esmail and actors Carly Chaikin and Martin Wallström; and a sneak preview of the series premiere of Fusion’s “Outpost” followed by a conversation with Showrunner Gabriel Leigh.

    Panels with showrunners, sessions on digital platforms, branding, and scoring music for TV and film are planned.

    The list of panels from the release:

    Schedule of Panels & Descriptions

    Heavy Hit-ters: How a Power Team Creates Score and Songs for Film & TV
    Friday, June 19th, Sie FilmCenter in Denver, CO
    Panelists: Composer Daniel Alcheh (SVETLANA)
    Score Producer Elliot Hunt (THE TROUBLE WITH BLISS)
    Music Consultant Celeste Chada (FIFTY SHADES OF GREY)
    Singer/songwriter/producer Robbie Nevil (BOYHOOD).
    Moderator: Denver Film Critic, Robert Denerstein, MOVIE HABIT

    How can a film’s music be elevated from simply effective to seismic? Add a power team! A power team pools its talents under one roof, harnessing its collective ability to produce a higher-level product than a single creator could.
    Come meet Elliot Hunt and Daniel Alcheh, the founding partners of Boulder/Los Angeles-based music house alcheh&hunt, and their core star-collaborators Robbie Nevil (singer/songwriter/producer) and Celeste Chada (music director/supervision consultant).

    Combined, the four have covered all aspects of music for television and film: from hit songs to feature films, from trailers and TV series to countless commercials and promos.

    Learn what goes into licensing music for picture and collaboratively creating original score, and hear how each of this power team’s members uniquely contributes to the creation of effective visual products by way of infectious earworms and outstanding sound
    SAG-AFTRA Presents: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About TV Contracts But Were Afraid to Ask
    Friday, June 19th, Sie FilmCenter in Denver, CO
    Presenter: SAG-AFTRA Director, TV Contracts Dan Bowser

    The television landscape has changed dramatically over the last few years. With more delivery platforms and distribution models being created, it’s an exciting time for both content creators and professional performers.

    This presentation, by one of SAG-AFTRA’s TV contract experts, will provide an overview and Q&A on the signatory process, including current rates and rules of engagement, with an emphasis on how to navigate pilot season. You’ll also learn about the benefits of working with professional union talent.

    TV in the Digital Age
    Friday, June 19th, Sie FilmCenter in Denver, CO
    Panelists: Erika Weinstein, Director of Scripted Programming, AMC
    Sam Toles, VP of Content Acquisition and Business Development, VIMEO
    Moderators: Dani Faith Leonard & Alex Cirillo, Founders of BIG VISION EMPTY WALLET

    No longer are the days of rushing home to watch Primetime live. Now more than ever audiences are turning to their computers, phones and tablets to watch their favorite series at the click of a button. So how are content creators and TV platforms adjusting to meet the audience’s desire for binge watching at their own convenience?

    Join us as Erika Weinstein from AMC and Sam Toles from Vimeo discuss how TV shows are expanding to multiple platforms and are getting interactive to build and engage audiences. Moderated by Dani Faith Leonard & Alex Cirillo, Founders of Big Vision Empty Wallet, they will also explore how creators with big visions and empty wallets are building audiences and breaking through via web series and digital platforms.

    Branding in the Business of Show
    Saturday, June 20th, Sie FilmCenter in Denver, CO
    Panelists: Amy Janes, CEO, FANOLOGY
    Richard Janes, Co-Founder, FANOLOGY and CEO and Co-Founder, GOGOGAB

    # this, @that, follow who, LIKE what, mention where*. there are so many ways to engage yourself, your project and your brand that a whole new category of businesses has popped up in the last decade revolving on making an impact on a social level.

    Join us as Richard Janes, the founder of Fanology and GogoGoGab, and Amy Janes, the CEO of Fanology, discuss how they’ve successfully boosted social chatter around Pretty Little Liars, Vampire Diaries, Scandal, Dancing with the Stars, and numerous other shows. Together, their mission is to help creators craft their brand story and provide them with in-depth analysis to increase their reach and engagement. Listen as they explain how to utilize the most up-to-date technology to maximize social influence. And learn new tricks that will increase your value to future partners for a greater monetary return on your brand and project.

    Showrunner Panel
    Saturday, June 20th, Sie FilmCenter in Denver, CO
    Panelists: Brannon Braga, Showrunner of STAR TREK: VOYAGER, COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY
    Patrick Smith, Showrunner of CHASING LIFE
    Randy Zisk, Showrunner of MONK

    Have you ever wondered how to get a job in the television industry? Better yet, ever dream what it would be like to run a prime time TV show?

    Breaking into the business and creating working relationships is a vital part of a successful career in any industry, let alone the cutthroat industry of entertainment television.

    Come join us at our SeriesFest Showrunner Panel and listen to stories from acclaimed showrunners. How did they get their start, what lead them on the path to creating and running some of our favorite shows and find out how you can make a career for yourself, land a job and pave your way in the television business?

    Storytellers Initiative
    Saturday, June 20th, Eugenia Rawls Courtyard Theatre at the King Center in Denver, CO

    Parallel Entertainment and YayBig are honored to partner with Seriesfest to discover creative, fresh comedy writers. We have read hundreds of scripts and it all comes down to THREE!

    Come witness the THREE FINALISTS scripts brought to life by professional actors on stage. Laugh out loud with us and be part of the Storytellers Initiative, where one person will win a development deal and the opportunity to have produced a pilot presentation!


  2. #2

    Default "SeriesFest" sets 26 titles in first competition

    From The Denver Post:

    “SeriesFest: Season One” today announced the Independent TV Pilot Competition official selections that will be in contention June 19-20 in Denver.
    Established creators and talent — including Malcolm McDowell, John Glover, Alan Thicke, Missy Pyle, Keith Powell, Michael Raymond James, Rachel Dratch and Mary Lynn Rajskub (pictured) — will be represented along with emerging artists.

    The winning pilot will be screened on Comcast on Demand statewide after the festival.

    “We received hundreds of submissions and are excited by the incredibly diverse lineup—comprised of 26 finalists—featured in this year’s inaugural pilot competition,” Randi Kleiner, CEO of SeriesFest, said in a statement.

    The festival will also include previews of coming network fare including USA’s “Mr. Robot,” ABC’s “Quantico” and “Blood and Oil,” HBO’s “Sex On//,” AMC’s “Humans” and FX’s “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.” Some screenings, most of which will take place at the Sie Film Center, will be followed by interviews with cast or producers.

    Ticket information and the full schedule are at the SeriesFest website.




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