PaleyFest is not just for the west coast anymore! From X-Files Reunions to a brand spanking new east coast TV fest, the Paley Center for Media offers fans of the small screen a place to celebrate. Can’t make it to NYC — no worries, you can stream it LIVE online. And it all starts tonight.
The Paley Center for Media and the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment will present the first annual PaleyFest: Made in NY on October 2-6 at the Paley Center in New York. For thirty years, The Paley Center for Media has presented the iconic PaleyFest in Los Angeles—the premier television festival in the country. PaleyFest: Made in NY builds on this history, reputation, and dedicated community, giving an audience of avid media consumers the opportunity to connect with leading creators—and one another—and have meaningful dialogue around quality programming and content. TV Guide Magazine will serve as the official media partner for PaleyFest: Made in NY and for She’s Making Media: Kerry Washington. In addition to PaleyFest: Made in NY, the Paley Center is announcing an exciting line up of Fall programs with further announcements to come! Additional Fall programs include an X-File reunion with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson and New York Comedy Festival events with David Cross and Nick Kroll.
Check out the schedule at The Paley Center for Media .
|She’s Making Media: Kerry WashingtonWednesday, October 2, 2013
1:00 pm ET
Moderator: Pat Mitchell, President/CEO, The Paley Center for Media
The Paley Center welcomes actress Kerry Washington for an in-depth discussion of her career. Washington has received rave reviews for her work in films including Ray, The Last King of Scotland, and Django Unchained, and she currently rivets the attention of legions of obsessed fans of her addictive hit series Scandal, playing complicated crisis manager
Olivia Pope. Scandal boasts the first lead performance in an American network drama series by an African-American woman since 1974, and Washington’s work in that series has been recognized by the NAACP and the Primetime Emmy Awards. TV Guide Magazine is the official media partner for She’s Making Media: Kerry Washington
| PaleyFest: Made in NY Orange Is the New BlackWednesday, October 2, 2013
8:30 pm ET
The Netflix Original Series Orange Is The New Black has rapidly become one of the most talked about and critically adored series on television (the San Francisco Chroniclecalled it “a new definition of television excellence”). The comedic prison drama, with its novel setting, cast of richly diverse and multidimensional characters, and ability to seamlessly blend intense drama and no-holds-barred comedy, has been met with rapturous response by fans of challenging, quality television (it’s also more addictive than chocolate).
Viewers follow Piper Chapman’s (Taylor Schilling) journey from privileged, happily engaged urbanite to overwhelmed inmate after a youthful indiscretion catches up with her and she must serve time in a federal women’s prison; through her eyes, the audience navigates the surprisingly complex prison world, confronting issues of race, class, sexuality, and religion while being richly entertained by the compellingly fleshed out characters and countless did-you-see-it moments built for a social TV world.
The Paley Center is delighted to welcome OITNB’s creator and executive producer, Jenji Kohan, members of the phenomenal cast, and Piper Kerman, author of the memoir that served as the basis for the show, to discuss the production of this remarkable new series.
PaleyFest: Made in NY Person of Interest
Thursday, October 3rd
Actors Jim Caviezel, Michael Emerson, and creator/exec producer Jonathan Nolan are among the people of interest who make CBS’s Person of Interest one of the most provocative shows on television, assuming even greater relevance in the wake of recent revelations of massive government surveillance programs. Now in its third season, the series—created by Nolan (whose screenplays include Memento and the two Dark Knight movies, both directed by his brother Christopher) from a script he cowrote with TV uber-auteur J.J. Abrams—stars Caviezel as Reese, a presumed-dead former CIA agent who teams up with the mysterious billionaire Finch (Emerson) to thwart violent crimes that Finch’s software invention has identified as about to happen (Time magazine calls them “quasi-legal vigilantes—using power to achieve a definite good, saving the lives of the innocent). Though typically classified as a crime show—TV Guide praised it as a “rare crime drama that revels in actual mystery, it’s dark, paranoid tone embodied by two damaged heroes”—Nolan himself told a San Diego Comic Con audience over the summer that he is “unabashed about the fact that it’s a science fiction show.” When news broke this year of PRISM and other real-life government surveillance programs, television critics were quick to draw analogies to Finch’s invention, The Machine, and Nolan responded by saying, “Now that reality has caught up to us, we aim to push a little further in the third season out into that [science-fiction] space.”
Critics have lauded Person of Interest not only for its riveting, thought-provoking concept, but also its artful depiction of a post–9/11 universe and its splendidly nuanced characterizations. The series also stars Taraji P. Henson and Kevin Chapman as New York coppers, plus Amy Acker and Sarah Shahi, both joining the regular cast this season. Joining Nolan and Abrams as exec producers are Greg Plageman and Bryan Burk.
Thursday, October 3, 2013
Blair Breard, Executive Producer
Moderator: James Poniewozik, Columnist, TIME
Louis C.K. has emerged as the comic philosopher king of our times, investigating existential despair in his highly original FX series Louie. For three seasons he has crafted a very intimate work by almost doing the impossible: starring, producing, writing, and directing a weekly series. Louie has the quirky rhythms of an independent film, constantly juxtaposing moods and subverting audience expectations as we follow the travails of Louis C. K.’s alter ego. Louis C.K. and his creative team will discuss how they have used New York as a character in their personal show, as well as reveal some of their plans to sustain the show’s unpredictable spirit for the upcoming fourth season.
| PaleyFest: Made in NY The AmericansFriday, October 4, 2013
6:30 pm ET
Moderator: Matt Zoller Seitz, TV Critic, NYMag.com
Even in the age of the conflicted hero, FX’s The Americans is impressively bold: the series stars Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys as—get this—a pair of undercover Soviet agents, clandestinely plying their trade while posing as travel agents in suburban Washington, D.C., during the Reagan eighties. Recipient of the Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding New Program, The Americans was created by Joe Weisberg—himself a former CIA agent. The series crackles with all the suspense inherent in the genre, but as fellow executive producer/showrunner Joel Fields says, “The Americans is at its core a marriage story; international relations is just an allegory for human relations.” Elizabeth and Philip navigate not only their own marriage—arranged by the KGB—but also relationships with their two young children, based completely on lies since neither of them knows anything about their parents’ true identities. Meanwhile, Elizabeth and Philip constantly sneak out in service of the motherland, committing acts so treacherous that we, as viewers, are confronted with “TV’s deepest moral dilemma since The Sopranos,” as the St. Louis Post Dispatch sees it. Complicating matters even further: FBI Agent Stan Beeman (Noah Emmerich), ostensibly the good guy, who just so happens to be the Jennings’s next-door neighbor, is engaging in questionable behavior of his own—possibly about to get much worse.
| PaleyFest: Made in NY Graduates of the Made in NY PA Training Program Panel DiscussionSaturday, October 5, 2013
11:00 am to 1:00 pm ET
Recent graduates of the PA Training program and others seeking careers in film and television production in New York are invited to this professional development workshop. Attendees will hear how previous graduates of the program found their way into production work as a result of the program.
A Q&A session and an informal networking opportunity will follow the discussion.
| PaleyFest: Made in NY Small Empires with Alexis Ohanian Saturday, October 5, 2013
2:00 pm ET
Stephen Greenwood, Senior Producer
The web series Small Empires with Alexis Ohanian gives insider access to tech startups in New York that are transforming how the entire country lives. In each edition Internet guru Ohanian illuminates how such tech innovators as ZocDoc and Rap Genius create their disruptive products, beginning only with a laptop. Ohanian envisions his show as “Inside the Actor’s Studio meets Dirty Jobs for tech in New York.” Hosted on technology-meets-art website The Verge, Small Empires profiles tech entrepreneurs who candidly relate the struggles and successes of their early days. The series also features behind-the-scenes tours of these burgeoning startups, offering valuable insight into how new companies can flourish in a digital world. Ohanian will discuss his web venture with many of the influential innovators he has covered.
Ohanian is the cofounder of community-based news site Reddit, founder of Breadpig, which marries commerce and philanthropy, and advisor to travel site Hipmunk. He sits on the NYC Mayor’s Council on Tech and Innovation and will release his first book Without Their Permission in October 2013.
|PaleyFest: Made in NY ElementarySaturday, October 5, 2013
6:00 pm ET
Jonny Lee Miller
Jon Michael Hill
Rob Doherty, Executive Producer
Carl Beverly, Executive Producer
Craig Sweeny, Executive Producer
Moderator: Bruce Fretts, Articles Editor, TV Guide
The most influential of all fictional crime solvers, Sherlock Holmes, has found a home in modern day New York, and it suits him to a tee. The highest rated new series of the 2012-13 television season, CBS’s Elementary, created by Rob Doherty, seamlessly blends Arthur Conan Doyle’s celebrated creation into a contemporary police procedural format. Jonny Lee Miller portrays a recovering addict with brilliant and methodical powers of deduction, helping the NYPD crack their most difficult cases with the nimble assistance of Joan Watson (Lucy Liu). Bringing a bit of urban smarts to the table is Captain Gregson (Aidan Quinn), a character mirroring an inspector introduced in A Study in Scarlet whom Holmes deemed “the smartest of the Scotland Yarders,” who doesn’t always understand the super sleuth’s systematic approach, but whose department reaps the benefits of his genius. This eclectic team of crime fighters is rounded out by Detective Marcus Bell (Jon Michael Hill), a top-notch investigator with sharp intuition and formidable interrogation skills.
| PaleyFest: Made in NY The OutsSaturday, October 5, 2013
8:30 pm ET
Jay Gillespie, Director of Photography
Doug Anderson, Sound Designer
Moderator: John Cameron Mitchell
From the creative mind of actor-director-writer Adam Goldman (and thanks to crowd-funding from a Kickstarter campaign), comes one of the Internet’s most welcome original series, The Outs. Focusing on a pair of exes who are cautiously navigating the difficult and not always fulfilling world of dating and occasional random hook-ups, the series has garnered a devout following for its droll look at contemporary gay life among Brooklyn-based twentysomethings who aren’t quite as hip to the ways of the world as they’d like to be. Joining Goldman in the search for romantic bliss are his writing partner, Sasha Winters, as his often caustically outspoken best friend Oona, and Hunter Canning, as his one-time partner Jack, whom he finds it not so easy to break away from. Interview Magazine declared, “The most accurate and essentially human portrayal of young gay men today can be found on the Net, not the networks.”
As an added attraction, the evening will include the debut of an episode of Goldman’s newest series, Whatever this is., which he created with director of photography Jay Gillespie. Asking the universal question, “How long are you expected to do work that you hate, for pennies, until it becomes something that you love that pays the rent?,” Whatever this is. follows three struggling roommates—two production assistants and a teacher—as they seek employment or bounce from one low or unpaid gig to the next. Along with Canning, the other stars of the show, Dylan Marron and Madeline Wise, will be on hand.
|PaleyFest: Made in NY Early Career Networking Meet UpSunday, October 6, 2013
11:00 am to 1:00 pm ET
Participants in this networking event will have the opportunity to chat with film and television professionals and discuss the jobs they do in various fields of production such as: cinematography, set design, editing, hair and make-up, special effects, etc. Attendees will rotate the room and visit with up six different professionals to learn more about possible careers in those fields.
A reception with light refreshments will follow the event.
PaleyFest: Made in NY Nurse Jackie
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Anna Deavere Smith
Richie Jackson and Clyde Phillips, Executive Producers
In Showtime’s hit comedy series Nurse Jackie, the staff at New York’s All Saints Hospital knows a thing or two about pain, whether it comes to healing patients or coping with their own personal demons; none more so than Jackie Payton. A recovering addict, the hard-edged Jackie walks a daily high wire consisting of butting heads with hospital administration, coping with an ever-collapsing family life, and saving lives by whatever means necessary, all the while struggling with sliding back into her unsavory ways. Edie Falco’s astonishing, Emmy-winning performance sets the tone for this dark, funny view of our flawed medical system. Surrounding her are a colorful array of sharply defined characters, including Jackie’s upbeat “protégé” Zoey Barkow (Merritt Wever); smug, Ivy League doctor Fitch Cooper (Peter Facinelli); Jackie’s new love interest, Officer Frank Verelli (Adam Ferrara), by-the-book administrator Gloria Akalitus (Anna Deavere Smith), and newcomer to the ER, Dr. Carrie Roman (Betty Gilpin).
|PaleyFest: Made in NY Boardwalk EmpireSunday, October 6, 2013
6:30 pm ET
Terence Winter, Executive Producer and Creator
Howard Korder (writer)
Michael Kenneth William
Moderator: Alan Sepinwall, TV Critic, Hitfix.com; Author, The Revolution Was Televised
For three seasons Boardwalk Empire has brought the rivalries and turf wars of Prohibition-era Atlantic City to vivid, bloody life. The series’s dazzling production values and cinematic flair are a testament to the creative team working throughout the five boroughs of New York City—because not a frame of the series has been shot in New Jersey. The fourth season, set in 1924, promises more gangland conflicts for political fixer Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) as new business opportunities emerge in Florida. According to showrunner Terence Winter, the embattled Nucky will emerge “a much more shrewd gangster” as a violent and charismatic rival from Harlem, Valentin Narcisse (Jeffrey Wright), tries to usurp Chalky White’s (Michael Kenneth Williams) reign as leader of Atlantic City’s African-American community.
Creator and executive producer Terence Winter, along with key members of the cast, will preview a new episode and discuss how HBO’s Boardwalk Empire interweaves historical and fictional characters in its complex tapestry of 1920s America. The series has received many honors, including a dozen Emmys and two Golden Globes.
|She’s Making Media: Renée FlemingMonday, October 7, 2013
6:30 pm ET
Moderator: Pat Mitchell, President/CEO, The Paley Center for Media
One of the best loved and most celebrated opera and concert singers of our time, soprano Renée Fleming is renowned for the sheer beauty of her voice along with her consummate artistry and captivating stage presence. In addition to her peerless portrayals of such roles as the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, Desdemona inOtello, Tatyana in Eugene Onegin, and the Marschallin in Der Rosenkavalier, she has been a champion of new works—originating the role of Blanche DuBois in André Previn’s 1998 opera A Streetcar Named Desire—and of bringing opera to a wider audience via the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series, of which she is a frequent host and star. In a one-on-one conversation with Paley Center president Pat Mitchell, the four-time Grammy Award–winning singer will reflect on her career and the role of media in the arts.
An Evening with Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Friday, October 11, 6:30 pm
Warner Archive and The Paley Center for Media, in conjunction with New York Comic Con, celebrate Batman: The Brave and the Bold, the Warner Bros. Animation series teaming the Caped Crusader with heroes from across the DC Universe, mixing high-octane action with a touch of comic relief.
| The Truth Is Here: David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson on The X-Files Saturday, October 12, 6:30 pm
IN PERSONDavid DuchovnyGillian Anderson
Trust us on this: David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson are coming to the Paley Center to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the premiere of The X-Files.“Come Fly With Me”: Sammy Cahn on TV,
A Centennial Celebration
Monday, October 21, 6:30 pm
Additional talent TBA
Docu-Jam Fall Showcase 2013
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Docu-Jam is a unique youth documentary showcase presented by The Paley Center for Media, in association with Downtown Community Television Center in New York. Selected documentaries are screened at the Paley Center, and will become part of the Center’s permanent collection. The screenings will be followed by an informal Q&A.
The Beatles Meet America:
Friday, October 25, 6:30 pm
New York Comedy Festival An Evening with David Cross
The Paley Center and the New York Comedy Festival welcome David Cross (Mr. Show with Bob and David, Arrested Development) to discuss his career, his creative process and thoughts on comedy, and life as a never-nude.
New York Comedy Festival Oh Hello: Kroll Show
Saturday, November 9, 2013; 4:00 pm
The Paley Center and the New York Comedy Festival welcome the star and creative team of Comedy Central’s Kroll Show. Join us for the panel discussion plus the premiere of two season-two episodes.