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Savannah College Of Art And Design Announces Lineup For 2019 SCAD ATVfest

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Savannah College Of Art And Design Announces Lineup For 2019 SCAD ATVfest

Today, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) announced the initial line-up for the 2019 SCAD aTVfest, Atlanta's only festival dedicated to television. Now in its seventh year, the university's annual signature event celebrating the television industry will be held at SCADshow on February 7 - 9, 2019. Entertainment Weekly (EW) will serve as the first ever Official Media Partner for SCAD aTVfest.

"Georgia's only festival dedicated to television, SCAD aTVfest gives attendees direct access to performers, producers, and industry experts as well as screenings, exclusive looks, and program premières. The world needs SCAD aTVfest to stay current on everything from streaming platforms to network news. This year, we fête the funny and wildly talented Ellie Kemper as well as everything about the small screen. And with EW as our first official media partner, we've drawn in more talent and unique programming than ever before. I can't decide who's luckier: SCAD students, or the industry professionals who get to meet our rising stars and hear their best pitches!" said SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace.

Ellie Kemper, who stars in Netflix and Universal Television's "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," will receive the annual Spotlight Award. NBC and Universal Television's "New Amsterdam" will receive the Outstanding Cast Award with cast members Ryan Eggold, Freema Agyeman, Anupam Kher, Tyler Labine and Jocko Sims attending. Honorees are scheduled to attend screenings of their respective episodes. In honor of SCAD's 40-year anniversary, SCAD alum Mir Zafar Ali (B.F.A. visual effects 2015) will receive the SCAD40 prize.

The Emmy award-winning team behind "The Buzz" will debut "G.R.I.T.S." ("Girls Raised In The South"), SCAD's latest student-produced sitcom created by dramatic writing student Chad Morton (B.F.A. dramatic writing, 2018). "G.R.I.T.S." is an all original student-produced sitcom which is written, directed, produced and performed by African-American SCAD students. This sitcom stars Candice Glover (B.F.A. dramatic writing, sophomore) winner of "American Idol" and George Lovett (M.F.A. performing arts candidate) from "Showtime at the Apollo." This series is another milestone in SCAD's legacy of original programming performed in front of live studio audiences. The show will premiere opening day of the festival.

As the Official Media Partner for SCAD aTVfest, EW helped curate this year's programming and will have staff on-site to moderate select talent panels. EW will also host a photo and video studio for talent to come through and galleries will be available exclusively on and its social platforms, as well as special events. Shows and representatives attending this year's festival include the following (subject to change):


The star of the Netflix comedy series, produced by Tina Fey and Robert Carlock, "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt," Ellie Kemper has earned two Emmy Award and two Screen Actors Guild Award nominations for her breakout performance. Previously, Kemper portrayed Erin Hannon on NBC's hit sitcom "The Office." She first gained attention with her one-woman show "Feeling Sad/Mad with Ellie Kemper" at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. Kemper's other credits include a co-starring role in "Bridesmaids" and appearances in "21 Jump Street," "Identity Thief," "They Came Together and Somewhere." A graduate of Princeton University, Kemper has also written for GQ, Esquire, McSweeney's, The Onion, and The New Yorker.

"New Amsterdam" is inspired by Dr. Eric Manheimer's memoir Twelve Patients: Life and Death at Bellevue Hospital and his 15 years as medical director there, this unique medical drama follows the brilliant and charming Dr. Max Goodwin. In order to tear up the bureaucracy and provide exceptional care, Max must disrupt the status quo and prove he will stop at nothing to breathe new life into this understaffed, underfunded and underappreciated hospital.

A native of Karachi, Pakistan, Mir Zafar Ali has achieved remarkable success as a visual effects artist on some of the most honored animated films of all time. In the last six years alone, he has contributed to animated feature film Oscar winners "Frozen," "Big Hero 6" and "Zootopia," along with Oscar nominee Moana. Ali began working for Digital Domain in Los Angeles one quarter shy of graduation, returning to complete his degree in 2015. Awarded at signature events throughout this 40th anniversary year, the SCAD40 Prize is presented to graduates who give all of themselves - hand, head and heart - to their creative careers in the highest ranks of culture and business.


The SCAD aTVfest panel series welcomes industry experts from a wide range of professions to engage in meaningful conversations about their work. This year's panels and workshops with industry experts include: Break into Television: Nickelodeon Writing Program; The Science of "Grey's Anatomy" Storytelling; SCAD gets Real; Inside the Writers Room; Below the Line: Postproduction; Before and After: Transformation TV; Event TV: Live; Invisible Visual Effects: Hollywood's Best Kept Secret; The Future of Brand Storytelling; Below the Line: Costume Design; Short and Social; TED TV; How to Get Ahead in Television; True Crime: From Podcast to Series; Meet the Executives; A Very Brady Renovation; Wonder Women: Acting for TV; Below the Line: Casting in Atlanta; Below the Line: National Casting; and In Conversation: Miss J Alexander.

For SCAD students, aTVfest offers valuable insight into the world of agents, managers, casting, comedy, integration, pitches, production partnership, programming placement, reality television, visual effects, post-production, and the convergence of digital media and television. An integral part of aTVfest is premiering SCAD student work alongside their professional counterparts. A juried showcase will include dramas, comedies, web productions and more from SCAD's School of Digital Media. The event takes place at several SCAD Atlanta locations, including the SCADshow theater and the main SCAD Atlanta campus at 1600 Peachtree Street.

SCAD offers the nation's only university-run casting office, and is the only university with two original, student-run TV shows currently in production. SCAD's original TV sitcom, "The Buzz," won for Best Scripted Series at the 2017 College Television Awards.

More than 8,100 SCAD students and alumni work in the fields of animation, entertainment, motion pictures, media production, writing, editing, broadcast media and performing arts, with over 2,800 in Georgia alone. The program's unique project-based approach to film, TV and performing arts provides SCAD students a distinct advantage before they graduate with unparalleled access to industry tools, experts and life-changing opportunities-from cross-disciplinary collaborations that mirror major film and TV productions to acclaimed Academy- and Oscar-award winning faculty, including D.W. Moffett, Craig Anton and Geoffrey Fletcher. Last year, more than 70 SCAD alumni worked on Oscar-nominated films as production designers, sound designers, graphic designers, producers, actors and more. In fact, 11 SCAD graduates worked on one of last year's top blockbusters, "Black Panther".

Additional programs and honorees to be announced. The current lineup is available at

About SCAD aTVfest

SCAD aTVfest is Atlanta's only TV festival attracting industry-leading producers, directors, writers and actors to SCAD's award-winning campus in Midtown Atlanta. This international television festival, in its seventh year, is focused on design, creativity and innovation in television and media production. The festival brings together professionals from all aspects of content production, including broadcast, cable, Web, social media, and advertising to discuss the current industry trends and showcase the best work in the field from Feb. 7-9, 2019. Past honorees include Zach Braff, Connie Britton, Alan Cumming, Jenna Elfman, Angie Harmon, Terrence Howard, Timothy Hutton, Jennifer Morrison, Christina Ricci, Lili Taylor, as well as the casts of "Gotham," "How to Get Away with Murder," "The Walking Dead," "Black Lightning" and many more acclaimed shows.

Visit for a complete list of screening locations or follow the festival on and on Twitter @atvfest, and use the hashtag #aTVfest.

SCAD: The University for Creative Careers

The Savannah College of Art and Design is a private, nonprofit, accredited university offering more than 100 academic degree programs in more than 40 majors across its locations in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia; Hong Kong; Lacoste, France; and online via SCAD eLearning. SCAD enrolls nearly 15,000 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 100 countries. The innovative SCAD curriculum is enhanced by advanced, professional-level technology, equipment and learning resources, as well as opportunities for internships, professional certifications and collaborative projects with corporate partners.

In 2017, the prestigious Red Dot Design Rankings placed SCAD as the No. 1 university in the U.S. and in the top two universities in the Americas and Europe. Career preparation is woven into every fiber of the university, resulting in a superior alumni employment rate. According to a recent study, 99 percent of Spring 2017 SCAD graduates were employed, pursuing further education or both within 10 months of graduation. For more information, visit the official SCAD blog.

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