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Stareable Fest 2020 - Key Highlights

Katja Blichfeld, co-creator of HBO’s High Maintenance

Creator Achievement Award, Thursday, October 15 @ 6:00 PM ET

Stareable Fest is excited to present Katja Blichfeld with our inaugural Creator Achievement Award. Katja will offer brief remarks on her innovative career and how web series and digital creation have shaped her path. Following her remarks, Stareable Fest’s founder, Ajay Kishore will host a fireside chat with Katja.

sWooZie (Adande Thorne), YouTube Sensation

Panel: The Online Comedy Landscape, Wednesday, October 14 @ 6:00 PM ET

The comedy entertainment ecosystem has rapidly evolved over the past few years. Is it still economically viable to make content for an online ecosystem, and if so, how? What companies and business models are navigating this the best?

Shannon Lee, Producer of Cinemax’s Warrior

Panel: Narrative Storytelling as Activism, Sunday, October 18 @ 4:00 PM ET

How can narrative storytelling support social justice initiatives, even when it’s not explicitly political in nature? How do we reckon with television’s role in perpetuating biases and stereotypes, and collectively make a change for the better? Why is storytelling such an important asset in the revolution?

Mel Eslyn, Writer & Director of HBO's Room 104

Panel: Limitations as a Source of Creativity, Friday, October 16 @ 4:00 PM ET

How can creators turn constraints, from budget to locations and casting to COVID-19, into opportunities for greater creativity? What are the ways in which creators can leverage limitations in order to probe for more depth in their content?

Pitch Competition

Saturday, October 17 @ 6:00 PM ET

Hear Stareable Fest finalists pitch LIVE for 90 seconds apiece to a panel of industry judges. Judges will provide instant feedback, allowing creators and audiences to learn from the experience.

Stareable Fest 2020 Award Ceremony

Sunday, October 18 @ 6:00 PM ET

Join us to help crown the best of the best in web series and indie TV. Meet the next generation of hit TV creators and be able to say - “I saw them first at Stareable Fest.”

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Stareable Fest 2020 - Full Agenda

Day 1 - Wednesday, October 14

1:00 - 1:30 PM ET - Q&A Talkback: Long Form Comedy - Block 1

2:00 - 2:30 PM ET - Q&A Talkback: Long Form Comedy - Block 2

4:00 - 5:00pm ET - Panel: What Does the Future of Representation Look Like?

  • What acquirers are looking for, how client-manager relationships are evolving, how distribution is changing and what that means for monetization, and how managers source their clients.
  • Featuring: Ra Kumar (co-Head of Unscripted, UTA), Jason Newman (Head of Digital, Untitled), and Michael Rosenberg (Head of Television, Untitled)

6:00 - 7:00 PM ET - Panel: The Online Comedy Landscape

  • Covering 1) the rapid evolution of the ecosystem over the past few years 2) whether it is still economically viable to make content for an online-exclusive audience and if so, how? 3) what are the companies and business models that are navigating this the best?
  • Featuring: sWooZie (Adande Thorne, 6M YouTube subscribers), Dave Bernath (General Manager, Comedy Central), and Luke Kelly-Clyne (President, Big Breakfast)

Day 2 - Thursday, October 15

1:00 - 1:30 PM ET - Q&A Talkback: Long Form Drama - Block 3

2:00 - 2:30 PM ET - Q&A Talkback: Long Form Drama - Block 4

4:00 - 5:00 PM ET - Panel: Truth in Non-Fiction

  • How do non-fiction filmmakers make compelling content while balancing issues of access and agenda? Documentaries like Michael Jordan's The Last Dance make it clear that today's athletes want to control their own biographies. But how do filmmakers weigh that against their pursuit of objective storytelling capturing multiple perspectives? RebelCode producers Sean Carey and Ben Lyons, and Emmy-winning and Sundance-selected filmmaker Sarah Gibson discuss how they've approached this challenge in their own careers.
  • Featuring: Ben Lyons (Host and Producer, RebelCode), Sean Carey (Producer, RebelCode), Sarah Gibson (Producer of 10 Social Justice Documentary Feature Film), and Quentin Richardson (ex-NBA player, current TV host)

6:00 - 7:00 PM ET - Creator Achievement Award: Katja Blichfeld

  • Award presentation and fireside chat with Katja Blichfeld, co-creator of HBO's High Maintenance. The Creator Achievement Award presentation at Stareable Fest 2020 is being presented by DELL Technologies, who makes workstation and monitor solutions purpose-built for creators like you.

Day 3 - Friday, October 16

1:00 - 1:30 PM ET - Q&A Talkback: Short Form Comedy - Block 5

2:00 - 2:30 PM ET - Q&A Talkback: Short Form Comedy - Block 6

4:00 - 5:00 PM ET - Panel: Limitations as a Source of Creativity

  • How can creators turn constraints, from budget to locations to casting to COVID, into opportunities for greater creativity? What are the ways in which creators can leverage limitations in order to probe for more depth in their content?
  • Featuring: Mel Eslyn (Writer & Director, Room 104 @ HBO), Michelle Graham (Head of Development & Production, Delirious Media), and Scott Chaloff (Head of Television & Film Development, Adventureland)

6:00 - 7:00 PM ET - Panel: Creative Solutions for the New Normal

  • Join Shutterstock Creative Director Flo Lau for a round table with 2 Stareable Fest Official Selections on how they have solved some of their hardest creative and production challenges. They'll discuss the challenges of producing something new during COVID and how content libraries and skillful post-production can make creators' lives easier and their projects better.
  • Featuring: Flo Lau (Creative Director, Shutterstock), Bri Castellini (Film Community Manager, Seed&Spark), Hang Nguyen (Top 5 Female Creators, AMC Networks & Stareable Competition), and Rohil Aniruth (Narrative Designer, Video Games with 30+ million downloads)

Day 4 - Saturday, October 17

1:00 - 1:30 PM ET - Q&A Talkback: Short Form Comedy - Block 7

2:00 - 2:30 PM ET - Q&A Talkback: Short Form Drama - Block 8

4:00 - 5:00 PM ET - Panel: The Future of Short Form

  • Given the well-publicized struggles at Quibi, what does the future of high-quality short form video look like?
  • Featuring: Kevin Dreyfuss (Head of Digital, AMC), Lily Ladewig (Head of Originals, Group 9), and Bernie Su (Emmy Award-winning creator)

6:00 - 7:00 PM ET - Pitch Competition

  • Eleven competitors have 90-seconds to pitch their web series to 3 industry judges for a chance to take the top prize. Judges include: David Person (IFC TV, AMC Studios), Gabriella Yacyk (Talent & Series Development Executive, Comedy Central)

Day 5 - Sunday, October 18

1:00 - 1:30 PM ET - Q&A Talkback: Short Form Drama - Block 9

2:00 - 2:30 PM ET - Q&A Talkback: Unscripted / Reality / Documentary - Block 10

4:00 - 5:00 PM ET - Panel: Narrative Storytelling as Activism

  • How can narrative storytelling support social justice initiatives, even when it’s not explicitly political in nature? How do we reckon with television’s role in perpetuating biases and stereotypes, and collectively make a change for the better? Why is storytelling such an important asset in the revolution?
  • This is beyond just representation, though it includes that. It is about acknowledging how we've burnished the reputations of law enforcement through shows like CSI and Law and Order, that we rarely see Black and Brown communities portrayed with empathy, and that LGBT+ communities are usually presented as separate from straight society (if at all).
  • Featuring: Shannon Lee (Cinemax’s Warrior) and Crystal Holt (Director of Scripted Programming, AMC)

6:00 - 7:00 PM ET - Awards Ceremony

  • Join us as we crown the newest winners of Stareable Fest! The Awards Ceremony at Stareable Fest 2020 is being presented by DELL Technologies, who makes workstation and monitor solutions purpose-built for creators like you. View the Official Selections

Stareable Fest 2020 will be going virtual from October 14–18, 2020.

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