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Friday, October 22 • 3:15pm - 4:30pm
Make It or Break It: Pilots

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It's time to get started! For television, the pilot episode is a make-or-break moment. It can set the tone for a great show or send you back to the drawing board. Join this panel for tips on writing a pilot that'll set up your storyline, introduce compelling characters, and keep viewers hooked.

Must have an AFF Producers or Conference Badge for entry.

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Paul Alvarado-Dykstra

Writer/producer Paul Alvarado-Dykstra co-founded Fantastic Fest, the largest genre film festival in the US. He is currently developing several film and television projects such as MadScrap, an animated “junkpunk” adventure series for Qwaxza that he represented at Banff and Kidscreen... Read More →

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Javier "Javi" Grillo-Marxuach

writer/producer Lost, The Dark Crystal, Cowboy Bebop; creator The Middleman
Though best known as one of the Emmy winning writer/producers of Lost (Outstanding Drama Series, 2005) and The Dark Crystal (Outstanding Children's Program, 2020), and for creating The Middleman graphic novel and TV series, Javier "Javi" Grillo-Marxuach is a prolific of TV, movies... Read More →
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Felischa Marye

creator/writer/producer/showrunner Bigger; writer 13 Reasons Why
Felischa Marye is a writer, producer, director and showrunner. A graduate of the MFA screenwriting program at UCLA, Felischa transitioned into the film industry after a successful career in public relations/integrated marketing in Chicago, where she was born and raised. While still... Read More →
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Leigh Dana Jackson

writer/co-executive producer Foundation, Raising Dion; writer 24: Legacy, Sleepy Hollow
Leigh Dana Jackson is the creator and Executive Producer of the upcoming FX series The Spook Who Sat by the Door, based on the novel by Sam Greenlee. He is also Co-Executive Producer of the Apple TV+ series Foundation and the Netflix series Raising Dion. In addition, he is adapting... Read More →

Friday October 22, 2021 3:15pm - 4:30pm CDT
800 Congress 800 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701