or


[01/09/18 - 04:51 PM]
Freeform Announces Panels for the First Ever "Freeform Summit"
The format of the summit is guided by Freeform's identity, which continues to set itself apart from other content platforms by delivering stories that celebrate the power, possibility and inclusivity of youth culture.

[via press release from Freeform]

FREEFORM ANNOUNCES PANELS FOR FIRST EVER 'FREEFORM SUMMIT'

EVENT WILL BE LED BY PIONEERS OF CHANGE IN TELEVISION, ENTERTAINMENT AND CULTURAL EVOLUTION AND FEATURE LEADING VOICES AT THE FOREFRONT OF FREEFORM'S 2018 PROGRAMMING SLATE

Participants will include Yara Shahidi, Karlie Kloss, Kenya Barris, Katie Stevens, Karey Burke, Aisha Dee, Nikohl Boosheri, Trevor Jackson, Melora Hardin, Joanna Coles, Marlene King, Amanda Lasher, Peter Paige, Bradley Bredeweg, Joanna Johnson, Eline Powell, Esther Povitsky, Benji Aflalo, Meghann Fahy, Patrick Starrr, Katherine Power, Luvvie Ajayi, Rhonesha Byng, Sophia Rivka Rossi, Shan Boodram, Ariana Romero, Phillip Picardi, Elaine Welteroth and Kirbie Johnson

Additional "Marvel's Cloak & Dagger" Panel Forthcoming

Freeform, Disney's young adult television network, announced today the initial panel lineup for the network's first-ever "Freeform Summit;" a network-wide event that will feature a series of panel discussions addressing activism, social change, representation in television and various other important cultural issues defining modern youth culture today. *Panelists and speakers (outlined below) will include talent, executives, showrunners and directors across multiple Freeform series spotlighting the brand new 2018 programming lineup including, but not limited to, "grown-ish," "Marvel's Cloak & Dagger," "Siren" and "Alone Together," as well as fan-favorite shows including "The Bold Type," "The Fosters" and more. The Freeform Summit will also feature key influencers, tastemakers and pop culture titans who are embracing and effecting cultural change through storytelling, mentorship and engagement.

The format of the summit is guided by Freeform's identity, which continues to set itself apart from other content platforms by delivering stories that celebrate the power, possibility and inclusivity of youth culture - stories that are bold, sophisticated, inspirational, culturally significant and most importantly, on the pulse of young adult life.

MILLENNIALS ARE DESTROYING ALL THE INDUSTRIES

Every day, millennials are blamed for the end of times. They've been accused of singlehandedly killing entire industries with their bare hands. First, they came after music. Then, they ruined dating. Then, they did away with face-to-face interaction and now they're coming after our TVs. "Experts" have called them everything from self-centered and lazy to spoiled and entitled - but the truth is, they're saving the world. Today's young adult is leveraging technology to disrupt fundraising, demanding transparency from our government, challenging gender stereotypes, modernizing the retail segment and breaking down traditional organizational norms. Join the "everyday changemakers" of today for a discussion about effecting change and making a difference through storytelling, social connection and creativity.

Moderated by Ariana Romero, Entertainment Writer @ Refinery29
Panel participants will include:
Kenya Barris (Executive Producer, Freeform's "grown-ish")
Yara Shahidi (Actress and Activist; Star of Freeform's "grown-ish")
Karlie Kloss (Model, Coder and Entrepreneur; Star of Freeform's "Movie Night with Karlie Kloss")
Katie Stevens (Star of Freeform's "The Bold Type")
Karey Burke (Executive Vice President, Programming & Development, Freeform)
Elaine Welteroth (Editor in Chief, teenVOGUE)
Katherine Power (Co-Founder and CEO of Clique)
Luvvie Ajayi (Author of New York Times Best Seller "I'm Judging You," Speaker and Digital Strategist)
Rhonesha Byng (Award-winning Journalist and Founder of Her Agenda)

UNDERSTANDING AND CULTIVATING LOVE ON AND OFF SCREEN

Thirty years ago, Murphy Brown disrupted the social and political norms, giving voice to a baby boomer generation of women who saw themselves in her character - as pioneers in their fields, but still having to conform to domestic responsibilities. A decade later, Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte didn't just date, sip cosmos and talk about men... They were examples of the powerful women in the workforce who were no longer settling on marriage and no longer being boxed into the "sad fate" of single, female characters on television. Here we are in 2018 where everything is instantaneous - we can get a cab, groceries, take out, a date and even sex by the swipe of our fingertips. But love isn't instant. It's not a simple "like" or "tap" and doesn't always look perfect. How do our current and future television heroes and heroines provide a real-life portrayal of what it's like to grow in life and love in today's hyper-connected world? How do you correctly create and showcase the complexity of merging career, love and sex without sacrificing one over the other? And how can our male counterparts contribute to the rise of the empowered female?

Moderated by Kirbie Johnson, Host and Producer @ POPSUGAR
Panel participants will include:
Joanna Coles (Chief Content Officer, Hearst; Author of "Love Rules;" Executive Producer, Freeform's "The Bold Type")
Melora Hardin (Star of Freeform's "The Bold Type")
Esther Povitsky (Actor and Comedian; Co-Creator and Star, Freeform's "Alone Together")
Benji Aflalo (Actor and Comedian; Co-Creator and Star of Freeform's "Alone Together")
Marlene King (Executive Producer, Freeform's "Pretty Little Liars," "Famous in Love," "The Perfectionists")
Joanna Johnson (Executive Producer, Freeform's "The Fosters")
Meghann Fahy (Star of Freeform's "The Bold Type")
Trevor Jackson (Musician and Star of Freeform's "grown-ish")
Sophia Rivka Rossi (Co-Founder of HelloGiggles)

EXPLORING THE NARRATIVE WITHOUT EXPLOITING IT

In the last few years, television and film have aimed to include members across the LGBTQ alphabet. From first kiss to first marriage, from reality to scripted, narratives of gay, lesbian, bi, trans and non-binary gender are popping up in some very unexpected places. From Asia Kate Dillon's non-binary character on "Billions" to Elliot Fletcher's ground breaking trans sex scene on "The Fosters," television is continuing to push the boundaries and open a dialogue with their audience. Not only are actors portraying an often overlooked community, but viewers are seeing them in situations never seen on television before. But to what point are we exploiting a narrative for buzz? How do you create a holistic depiction of a character's path for the average viewer to understand without discounting the authentic journey of the individual? Does the rise of online platforms where members of all communities are able to create powerful voices for themselves and others help hold the entertainment industry accountable?

Moderated by Phillip Picardi, Chief Content Officer @ them. and Digital Editorial Director @ teenVOGUE
Panel participants will include:
Amanda Lasher (Executive Producer, Freeform's "The Bold Type")
Peter Paige (Co-Creator and Executive Producer, Freeform's "The Fosters")
Bradley Bredeweg (Co-Creator and Executive Producer, Freeform's "The Fosters")
Aisha Dee (Star of Freeform's "The Bold Type")
Nikohl Boosheri (Star of Freeform's "The Bold Type")
Eline Powell (Star of Freeform's upcoming drama, "Siren")
Shan Boodram (Sexologist and Author)
Patrick Starrr (Beauty Business Expert & Global Beauty Influencer)

Freeform's slate of new scripted original series for 2018 includes critically-acclaimed new comedies "grown-ish" and "Alone Together," the much-buzzed-about mermaid thriller, "Siren," and the eagerly awaited drama, "Marvel's Cloak & Dagger." The network's current slate includes 2017 breakout hit, "The Bold Type," paranormal thriller "Beyond," "Famous In Love" starring Bella Thorne, critically acclaimed "The Fosters," supernatural phenomenon "Shadowhunters" and fan favorite comedy "Young & Hungry."

*All panels and panelists subject to change

About Freeform

Part of Disney|ABC Television, Freeform connects to audiences and goes beyond entertainment with bold original programming and immersive social engagement. As Disney's young adult television and streaming network, it delivers a unique mix of quality original and acquired series, plus fan-favorite movies and the holiday events "13 Nights of Halloween" and "25 Days of Christmas." The Freeform app is a service that allows viewers with participating TV subscription services access to 24/7 live viewing of the network, as well as continued on-demand access via a wide array of devices.





  [january 2018]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
 


· ALONE TOGETHER (FREEFORM)
· BOLD TYPE, THE (FREEFORM)
· FOSTERS, THE (FREEFORM)
· GROWN-ISH (FREEFORM)
· MARVEL'S CLOAK & DAGGER (FREEFORM)
· SIREN (FREEFORM)





[06/19/18 - 08:12 AM]
Monday's Broadcast Ratings: ABC, "The Bachelorette" Hold Off Competition
The Alphabet takes home top honors in total viewers and adults 18-49.

[06/19/18 - 08:02 AM]
Video: Trailer - "Last Chance U" - New Season, New U
The quaint town of Independence, Kansas, is the new setting, as the underdog Pirates of Independence Community College have a chance to finally stand tall after more than a decade of losses.

[06/19/18 - 07:32 AM]
Video: Featurette Debut - It's "GLOW" Up Time! Watch the Cast Transform Behind the Scenes
Season two launches globally on Netflix next Friday, June 29.

[06/19/18 - 07:03 AM]
FOX Sports Announces BIG3 Broadcast Team for 2018 Season
Charissa Thompson, Mike Hill, and Kristina Pink will rotate as studio hosts for the BIG3 during the 10-week season, setting the stage for viewers between games every Friday night.

[06/19/18 - 06:54 AM]
Netflix Closes First European Overall Series Deal with Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese, The Creative Duo Behind "Dark"
Under the terms of the deal, Jantje Friese and Baran bo Odar, who hail from Germany, will produce new series and projects for Netflix's 125 million members around the world.

[06/18/18 - 03:19 PM]
VH1's Record Breaking Phenomenon Continues with the Return of "Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood" Monday, July 23 at 8PM ET/PT
Ripped straight from the headlines, Tinseltown heats up as R&B songstress Kimberly Pate, formerly known as K. Michelle, returns to the franchise alongside several newcomers and series vets climbing their way to the top in the toughest city in showbiz.

[06/18/18 - 02:38 PM]
Bravo Media's "Shahs of Sunset" Returns for a New Season on August 2 at 9PM ET/PT
Though feisty best friends Golnesa "GG" Gharachedaghi, Mercedes "MJ" Javid, Mike Shouhed, and Reza Farahan have gone through just about everything together, the adventure is only just beginning as they each embark on the newest chapter in their lives.

[06/18/18 - 02:01 PM]
Global Humanitarian and Music Icon Janet Jackson to Receive Inaugural "Impact' Award at the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards
Jackson joins previously announced honorees including Carrie Underwood, who will be receiving the "Hero" Award, and Kelly Clarkson, who will be receiving the "Icon" Award.

[06/18/18 - 01:10 PM]
Global Road Entertainment's Unscripted & Alternative Division to Join The Miss America Organization in Producing "The 2019 Miss America Competition"
Award-winning producer Phil Gurin, the company's president of Unscripted & Alternative Television, will join the team serving as an executive producer.

[06/18/18 - 10:34 AM]
"Steven Universe" Returns for Five-Night Event Monday, July 2 on Cartoon Network
The five-episode arc, "Heart of the Crystal Gems," comes on the heels of "A Single Pale Rose," which left fans reeling from the revelations about the Crystal Gems' former leader, Rose Quartz.

[06/18/18 - 10:07 AM]
Video: Trailer Released for Sundance Now's "Next of Kin," Making Its U.S. Debut on Thursday, June 21st
All episodes of the six-part drama star Archie Panjabi and Jack Davenport, and will be available to binge at once.

[06/18/18 - 10:02 AM]
Showtime(R) Orders First Ever Weekly Late-Night Talk Show Starring Desus and Mero
The first ever weekly late-night talk show on Showtime will feature popular TV and podcast personalities Desus and Mero, speaking highly off the cuff and chatting with guests at the intersection of pop culture, sports, music, politics and more.

[06/18/18 - 10:01 AM]
Marshmello and Disney's "DuckTales" Set to Debut Special Collaboration of "Fly" Music Video Saturday, June 23, on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW
A mix of animation and live-action, the music video launches Scrooge, his nephew Donald, great-nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie and their friend Webby into a musical outer space adventure.

[06/18/18 - 09:21 AM]
CNN's "The History of Comedy" Returns for Season Two on Sunday, July 15
The six-part docuseries examines what makes people laugh and how comedy has affected the social and political landscape throughout history.

[06/18/18 - 08:32 AM]
Schedule Change Alert - Reelz Summer Premieres
Look for new episodes of "Collision Course" and "Murder Made Me Famous" on Sunday, August 12 and Saturday, August 18, respectively.