2011 AFF Outstanding Television Awardee Announced
CREATOR OF “BONES” COMES TO AUSTIN WITH EMILY DESCHANEL AND DAVID BOREANAZ
HANSON WILL LEAD THIS YEAR’S LINEUP OF TELEVISION WRITERS & SHOW CREATORS AT THE CONFERENCE
AUSTIN, TX (February 14, 2011) – Austin Film Festival (AFF) proudly announced today that this year’s recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Television Writer Award will be Hart Hanson, creator, executive producer, show runner, and writer of 20th Century Fox Television’s “BONES.” “BONES” stars Emily Deschanel (Cold Mountain, Glory Road) and David Boreanaz (“Angel,” “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer”) will present Hanson with the Award at the Festival’s annual Awards Luncheon held on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at the Austin Club. “I am thrilled the Austin Film Festival is recognizing the talents of Hart Hanson,” said Deschanel. “He is such a gifted writer and storyteller, and is truly the voice of our show. It’s been a joy to work with him, and it’s a great honor to celebrate his work.”
Hart Hanson is perhaps best known for his current work on the highly acclaimed television series “Bones,” now in its sixth season, where he serves as creator, executive producer, and show runner.
A native Canadian, Hanson received a B.A. from the University of Toronto and an MFA from the University of British Columbia. He began his writing career on the iconic Canadian show, “Beachcombers” and went on to write and produce episodes of many acclaimed Canadian shows including “North of 60,” “Road to Avonlea,” “The Odyssey,” “Ready or Not,” “Poltergeist,” “Street Legal,” “Neon Rider,” and the made for television movies “Trust in Me,” “Whale Music,” “Guitarman,” and “African Sky.” Hanson created and ran the show “Traders”, which was nominated for multiple Gemini Awards (Canadian Emmy’s).
Upon moving to the United States, Hanson served as a writer and producer on the television shows “Joan of Arcadia,” “Judging Amy,” “Snoops,” “Cupid,” “Stargate SG-1,” and “The Outer Limits.” He is a CTU fellow at the Banff Television Festival, A Trustee for the Humanitas Foundation, and an Advisor to the Canadian Film Centre.
Hanson will speak on panels during the Conference, including ‘A Conversation with Hart Hanson’ moderated by producer – and Austin Film Festival board member – Barry Josephson (LIFE AS WE KNOW IT, ENCHANTED, HIDE AND SEEK). In addition, Hanson, Josephson, Deschanel, and Boreanaz will present a special screening of an episode of “Bones.” The show is produced by Far Field Productions and Josephson Entertainment in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Hanson, Stephen Nathan, Ian Toynton and Barry Josephson are executive producers. In honoring Hanson, the Austin Film Festival is especially pleased to reach out to and be involved with the Canadian screenwriting and filmmaking community and the Writers Guild of Canada.
The Austin Film Festival annually recognizes an Outstanding Television Writer for their elevation of and impact on television writing and contributions to the culture of television. Previous recipients of the award include David Simon (“The Wire”), Mitchell Hurwitz (“Arrested Development”), Greg Daniels (“The Office”), David Milch (“Deadwood”), Garry Shandling (“The Larry Sanders Show”), David Chase (“The Sopranos”), Tom Fontana (“Oz”), Darren Star (“Sex and the City”), and Mike Judge (“King of the Hill”), among others.
Since 1994, Austin Film Festival has been dedicated to furthering the art and craft of filmmaking by inspiring and championing the work of screenwriters, filmmakers, and all artists who use the language of film to tell a story. The AFF’s Conference offers over 125 panels, craft sessions and roundtable discussions led by more than 100 industry professionals. Focusing on the art, craft and business of film and television writing and production, it provides registrants unparalleled access to the best writers in the field. Some of the speakers confirmed for 2011, schedules permitting, include:
• Alec Berg, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Seinfeld”
•Shane Black, KISS KISS, BANG BANG, LETHAL WEAPON, THE LONG KISS GOODNIGHT
•Lindsay Doran, producer Nanny McPhee, Nanny McPhee Returns, Sense and Sensibility
•Rodrigo Garcia, “In Treatment,” MOTHER AND CHILD
•Ted Griffin, OCEAN’S ELEVEN, MATCHSTICK MEN
•Lawrence Kasdan, RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, BODY HEAT, THE BIG CHILL
•Luisa Leschin, “Are We There Yet?,” “Everybody Hates Chris,” “George Lopez”
•Craig Mazin, THE HANGOVER 2, SCARY MOVIE 3 & 4
•Tim McCanlies, ALABAMA MOON, SECONDHAND LIONS, THE IRON GIANT
•Peter Murrieta, “Wizards of Waverly Place,” “Hope and Faith”
•Pamela Ribon, “Samantha Who,” “Romantically Challenged”
•Alvaro Rodriguez, MACHETE, FROM DUSK TILL DAWN 3: THE HANGMAN’S DAUGHTER
•Alex Smith, DANCE WITH THE ONE, THE SLAUGHTER RULE, SON OF THE GUN
•Donald Todd, “Samantha Who?,” “Caroline in the City,” “Dave’s World,” “ALF”
The Conference will also include representatives from Overbrook Entertainment, 20th Century Fox Animation/Blue Sky Studios, Fortis Films, CAA, UTA, and many more. The complete list is available at www.austinfilmfestival.com/ or upon request. Film screenings, additional panelists and special events will be announced in the coming months. Attendance of Conference speakers is schedule permitting and subject to change without notice.
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