VARIETY: Variety is pleased to announce the final programming for its second annual Virtual TV Festival, presented by Amazon Advertising, airing on June 8, 9 and 10. An exclusive panel with the stars of Marvel’s “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier,” “Loki” and “WandaVision” will premiere on Wednesday, June 9. This will be the first time that the stars of all three shows will appear together in one panel. Paul Bettany, Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan will come together to talk about the three shows and how they co-exist in the Marvel Universe.
In addition, Variety will host a “Women in Late Night” panel with Samantha Bee (“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”), Phoebe Robinson (“Doing the Most With Phoebe Robinson”), Amber Ruffin (“The Amber Ruffin Show”) and Ziwe (“Ziwe”). The women will discuss the changing landscape of late-night programming on network and streaming services.
Variety’s Virtual TV Fest features a keynote conversation, “Reaching TV Streaming Audiences With Amazon”, in which Marie Donoghue, vice president of global sports video, Amazon; Ryan Pirozzi, co-head of content and programming, IMDb TV; and Lauren Anderson, co-head of content and programming, IMDb TV discuss Amazon’s ad-supported streaming video content.
“Amazon Advertising is thrilled to partner with Variety on TV Fest, and speak about our robust TV content, including live sports and IMDb TV,” said Mark Eamer, VP, OTT, brand advertising at IMDb TV. “Today’s TV audiences want a compelling and convenient viewing experience, and we look forward to highlighting our on-demand and live options for sports, originals, and catalog favorites with TV Fest attendees.”
A Documentary roundtable with the producers and directors of some of the top Emmy-contending projects will include:
Josh Kriegman, executive producer and director, “Couples Therapy” (Showtime)
Hao Wu, director and producer, “76 Days” (MTV Documentary Films)
Brian Armstrong, executive producer, co-director and co-writer, “Secret of the Whales” (Disney Plus)
Stephen Kijack, producer and director, “Equal” (HBO Max)
Matthew Heineman, director, “The Boy From Medellin” (Amazon Prime)
Jehane Noujaim, executive producer and director, “The Vow” (HBO)
Christina Clusiau, director, “Immigration Nation” (Netflix)
Jane Cha, executive producer, “Dear…” (Apple TV Plus)
Rashidi Harper, executive producer, “Hip Hop Uncovered” (FX)
Variety’s TV Fest will also feature a non-fiction reality roundtable featuring Heidi Schreck, executive producer, “What the Constitution Means to Me”; Padma Lakshmi, host and executive producer, “Taste the Nation With Padma Lakshmi”; Smriti Mundhra, creator and executive producer, “Indian Matchmaking,” and Steve James, director, producer, cinematographer, editor, “City So Real.”
The panel discussion “Artisans of Unscripted” will feature Jamal Sims, choreographer, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”; Leland, music and lyrics, “RuPaul’s Drag Race”; James McGowan, set design, “The Challenge: Double Agents and The Real World” and Skye Topic, casting, “The Challenge: Double Agents.”