The Tribeca TV Festival presented by AT&T, is focusing on bringing driving conversations from some of the entertainment world’s best and brightest.  The festival is scheduled to run Sept. 22 through 24 at Cinepolis in New York City, and will feature numerous premieres and panel Q&As.  The TV festival will serve as a supplement to it’s acclaimed annual film festival that takes place every year in April.  

‎”Ten years ago we wouldn’t have needed a TV festival. Now, with the change in the TV landscape, both the quality and quantity of shows, it makes sense,” Tribeca co-founder Robert De Niro said in a statement. “As the Tribeca Film Festival has done, the Tribeca TV Festival will act as a curator in bringing people together for this emerging experience.”

The three-day event will bring people together to discover new television series, see new episodes of returning shows and hear interesting things from interesting people.  Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar is included among the series that received a stamp of approval from Tribeca and is scheduled to debut it’s mid-season premiere on Sunday September 24th at the festival.

Following the episode, the cast of the series, Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, and Kofi Siriboe will discuss their acclaimed performances and rich characters, working with an all-female directing team, and maybe providing a few clues as to how season 2 will end!

In addition to Queen Sugar, Oprah Winfrey will premiere her new OWN series Released, which chronicles formerly-incarcerated men and women who are restarting their lives.  If you are in NYC, this is definitely an event that you do not want to miss out on!

Tickets for the festival went on sale, Wednesday, Sept. 6, and can be purchased online at http://www.tribecafilm.com/tvfestival.

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