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Sunday, April 22 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
SeriesFest Presents: Books to TV, Conversation 2152

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For decades, books have been important minefields for visual storytelling. From Ready Player One to Outlander to Pretty Little Liars, we’ve watched novels be re-told through film, miniseries and television. But what goes into adapting best sellers into critically acclaimed TV shows? And how are some companies successfully reversing this process by beginning with a script, transitioning into a book, and then remaking it into a visual medium? Join SeriesFest as they talk to some of the leading producers and writers behind today’s adaptations from book to TV and TV to book.The panel will identify the similarities in which books have brought about inspiration for both the big and small screen. Our expert panelists, including producers, screenwriters, and novelists, will also discuss co-developing a project across multiple platforms and the various ways to find success in building a story.

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Dan Farah

Farah, under his Farah Films banner, is a prolific producer of commercial entertainment.  Among his credits, he has developed and produced a number of book adaptations, most recently, the blockbuster "Ready Player One," directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the New York Times #1... Read More →
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Toni Graphia

Graphia has written over 80 episodes of quality drama, in addition to 17 network and cable pilots, and garnered overall deals with both Paramount and Twentieth Century Fox Television. Her writing/producing credits include “Battlestar Galactica,” which Time Magazine named as the... Read More →
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Randi Kleiner

Kleiner is the Founder and CEO of SeriesFest, an award-winning episodic content and television festival held annually in Denver, Colorado. She also owns Trifecta Studios, an event production agency that works with major brands, including Marc Jacobs, Macallan, WWD, Sephora, Godiva... Read More →
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Sara Shepard

Shepard is the author of over thirty novels, including the #1 New York Times bestselling "Pretty Little Liars" series, which was also a show on Freeform. Her new novel, "The Elizas" is out now
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Kaily Smith Westbrook

Smith Westbrook is an actress, writer, producer, director and co-founder of SeriesFest, a non-profit, award winning television festival held annually in Denver, CO. Originally from Denver, she is a graduate of the University of Southern California's BFA acting program. After graduating... Read More →
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Matt Wise

Wise oversees all creative book development and publishing operations for Adaptive Studios. Since joining the company in August 2016, he has published 14 titles with both award-winning and emerging authors. In his tenure at Adaptive, Wise has personally acquired 12 projects slated... Read More →