Terrence Howard is one of many premier talents slated to appear at the 2015 aTVfest, which will be held on Savannah College of Art and Design’s (SCAD) Atlanta campus, Feb. 5-7. The Oscar-nominated actor currently starring as artist-turned-music mogul Lucious Lyon on the hit Fox primetime series, Empire, is being honored with this year’s Spotlight Award.
Now in its third year, aTVfest is the highly anticipated three-day event that attracts some of television programming’s most notable performers, producers, writers, directors, agents, managers and executives. Various networks come out to screen episodes of current and debuting comedies, dramas and animated programs at various venues throughout SCAD Atlanta’s campus.
Cast and crew members then participate in post-screening Q&As to speak more in-depth before the audience about their respective shows. Other panels, breakout sessions and informative town hall discussions throughout the day are themed around topics prevalent in the television industry such as casting, reality shows, changes in digital media and technology, business and developing/pitching new shows.
aTVfest also puts on a juried showcase on opening day for student filmmakers to present their new works.
Along with Howard and Empire are programs featuring casts of color. The 2015 aTVfest will host the Atlanta premiere of BET’s upcoming original miniseries, The Book of Negroes. Actresses Aja Naomi King and Karla Souza from ABC’s legal drama, How To Get Away With Murder, are also attending with a few of their co-stars to receive the Rising Star Award.
Each day at aTVfest provides invaluable networking opportunities and informative moments for young people that are aspiring to pursue careers in television. It’s one signature industry event that shouldn’t be missed
Check out the schedule for aTVFest here.
This post was written by Christopher A. Daniel, pop cultural critic and music editor for The Burton Wire. He is also a contributing writer for Urban Lux Magazine and Blues & Soul Magazine. Follow Christopher @Journalistorian on Twitter.