May 5 @ 8:00 pm – 10:15 pm
USA | Unscripted | 90 min | World Premiere | English
Peak TV presses play on a new era of groundbreaking television, ushering in new types of storytelling from new creators driven by a new type of competition: the streaming service wars. Big-budget popular dramas like Game of Thrones and ground-breakers like Orange Is The New Black opened doors for premium TV dramas and new creative voices. Prestige brands like HBO, Showtime, Netflix, AMC, FX, and Hulu competed with television networks and cable stalwarts, each breaking out with unique hits like Mad Men, Bojack Horseman, Atlanta, Mr. Robot and American Horror Story. Creative talent from the feature film world signed on for TV projects like Homeland, Boardwalk Empire and Fargo. At the same time, the internet was mined for creators of comedies like Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Portlandia and Broad City. Shows weren’t just watched each week but binged all at once in an evolving climate of newness and creativity.
In Attendance: Alysia Reiner (Actress), Mark Herzog (Executive Producer), Kirk Saduski (Executive Producer)
Moderator: Lisa Respers France (Entertainment Reporter, CNN)
Blake Bruns, Michael Goetzman, Diana Miller, Patrick Roscoe and Jane E. Russell Co-Producers: Rachel Fleischer, Lauren Foster, Eli Goetzman, Evan Gore, Fay Robles, Austin Trizinsky Associate Producers: Katherine Dudas, Guillermo Hernandez, Elisabeth Larson Dan Rascon, Chloe Searcy Line Producer: Nicholas Ward
Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, and Mark Herzog
Avner Shiloah(ACE), Frederick Chappell, Brett Jacobsen, Kat McGinty, David Palmer and Brett Whitlow
Directors of Photography: Jack Kney and BJ Strongman
Theme By: Blake Neely
Score By: Nathaniel Blume
Award-winning Alysia Reiner is best known as SAG award winning “FIG” on 7 seasons of Orange Is the New Black, and originating Agent Sadie Deever in Ms. Marvel (Pan Asian Critics Choice Best Ensemble Cast) She just finished her 5th season as Sunny on Better Things (just nominated for a Critics Choice in 2023) , her second season as Kathryn in STARZ’s Shining Vale starring with Courtney Cox and Greg Kinnear, as well as 2 seasons as KIKI on THE DEUCE. A few other filmed adventures include getting married in the Oscar winning film Sideways, getting naked in an Emmy Award winning episode of Broad City, and going head to head against Viola Davis on How To Get Away with Murder, and she just starred in The Feeling That the Time for Doing Something has Passed (Cannes 2023) and O HORIZON with David Strathairn and Maria Bakalova.
Alysia conceived of, developed, produced, and starred in the feature film EQUITY, which was bought/distributed by Sony Pictures Classics at Sundance Film Festival. She produced/starred in EGG which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival & is 100% FRESH on Rotten Tomatoes. Both on itunes and amazon now.
She loves working as a change maker, is on the board of the Geena Davis Institute for Gender in Media and Earth Day Initiative, she is a member of Resistance Revival Chorus, a volunteer fire fighter (yes really), and received the Acclaimed Collaborator Award from Women in Arts and Media, a MUSE “MADE IN NY” AWARD from The Mayor’s office and New York Women in Film and Television, SARAH POWELL HUNTINGTON LEADERSHIP AWARD, VOICE OF A WOMAN AWARD, the PIONEER IN FILMMAKING AWARD, and the FOUNDERS AWARD FOR SUPPORT.
Mark Herzog is an Emmy Award-winning producer and director who founded Herzog & Co. in 1995. His latest project includes the upcoming 7-part, 9-hour series The 2010s, the last installment of the Emmy-nominated Decades series for CNN Originals which also includes The Sixties, The Seventies, The Eighties, The Nineties, and The 2000s. Produced in partnership with Tom Hanks’ and Gary Goetzman’s Playtone, their other collaborations include Tis The Season: The Holidays on Screen, the 12-hour documentary series The Movies, and the four-hour event special 1968: The Year that Changed Everything.
As Executive Producer, current projects also include: MPower, a four-part series in partnership with Zoe Saldana’s company, Cinestar, on the impacts and origins of Marvel female superheroes for Disney+; Watergate: Blueprint for a Scandal, a 50th
anniversary retrospective told through the eyes of John Dean for CNN; and theone-hour special A Night in the Academy Museum for ABC, hosted by Tom Hanks and Laura Dern.
Past projects include The Witnesses and The Forgotten West Memphis Three for Oxygen, the Webby-winning podcast Chasing Cosby in partnership with the LA Times, and two seasons of the Dirty John scripted series for Bravo and USA Network. For ESPN, Mark produced two series for the 150th anniversary of college football, The American Game and The Greatest. For Showtime, Herzog was an Executive Producer on the six-part retrospective Shameless: Hall of Shame, and for National Geographic, the documentary hybrid Killing Lincoln.
In partnership with Todd Milliner and Sean Hayes of Hazy Mills, Mark was the Executive Producer of two seasons of the award-winning History of Comedy for CNN. Other highlights include the Emmy-winning Gettysburg for History Channel, the PBS documentary Mission of Hope, the IMAX film Magnificent Desolation, The Work to Come: A Tribute to Ted Kennedy, co-directed with Ken Burns, the Oscar-shortlisted documentary David McCullough: Painting With Words, the Oscar-winning documentary short On A Note of Triumph, and We Stand Alone Together, the Emmy-nominated, Oscar short-listed companion documentary to the multiple Emmy-winner HBO series Band of Brothers.
Kirk Saduski has a B.A. in history from UCLA and an M.A. in history from S.F. State. He has been a producer and executive at Playtone since 1998. He was Executive-in-charge of the HBO mini-series Band of Brothers as well as a Co-Producer of the HBO mini-series John Adams and The Pacific and the HBO movie Game Change. Mr. Saduski was Co-Producer of the HBO documentary David McCullough: Painting with Words and Producer of the HBO documentary He Has Seen War. He was a Co-Executive Producer of the CNN documentary series The Sixties, The Seventies, The Eighties, The Nineties, 1968, and The 2000s, the 2010s, Tis the Season, and The Movies. Mr. Saduski is a member of the Presidential Council at the National World War Two Museum, a Narrative consultant to the National World War Two Museum in Washington D.C., and a former instructor in UCLA’s Extension program.
Lisa Respers France is a senior writer for CNN’s entertainment team, former host of the “Lisa’s Desk” franchise, and author of the “Pop Life Chronicles” newsletter.
She previously held positions as a reporter at the Los Angeles Times and the Baltimore Sun and as an editor for St. John’s University’s magazine in Jamaica, New York. Her short stories have appeared in two anthologies, “Baltimore Noir” and ‘A Hell of a Woman.”
She’s an avid reader, music enthusiast, and all-around inquisitive person – which is a nice way of saying she’s nosy.