Throughout the North Fork TV Festival weekend, panels and conversations provide our guests with new insights into the TV industry. The 2018 Festival with include two panels. Stay tuned for speaker and topic announcements.  

2017 COnversation

Saturday, September 9th at 3:30 PM

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Julie Klausner is the creator, writer and star of Hulu’s critically-acclaimed “Difficult People,” produced by Amy Poehler and starring Klausner and Billy Eichner as two pop culture-literate, struggling comedians in New York City who hate everything in the world except each other.  The series will return for its third season this August. Klausner’s television writing credits include “Billy on the Street” (Head Writer/Co-Executive Producer, Seasons 1-4), “Mulaney,” “Triumph & Jack,” “Best Week Ever with Paul F. Tompkins” and “The Big Gay Sketch Show.” She’s also written for Robert Smigel’s “TV Funhouse” on “Saturday Night Live” and for comedy legend Joan Rivers on a few different occasions.

Her long-running podcast, How Was Your Week?, was called “one of the few essential podcasts” by the New York Times and was named one of the best ten comedy podcasts by Rolling Stone and GQ. Her first book, I Don’t Care About Your Band, was released in 2010 and optioned for HBO by Gary Sanchez Productions as a series.  Her YA novel Art Girls Are Easy was published in 2013 and she has written pilots NBC and Hulu. Klausner’s voice acting credits include regular roles on Comedy Central’s “Ugly Americans” and guest star credits on “Bob’s Burgers” and “Zoolander: Super Model.” Her acting credits range from music videos for the New Pornographers and Ted Leo to guest starring roles on “Delocated” and “Strangers with Candy.” Klausner’s editorial writing credits include pieces for The New York Times, New York Magazine, Vulture, McSweeney’s, Salon, The A.V. Club, Nerve and The Awl.  

She performs her own solo shows live in New York City where she resides. 

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Bill Persky

Bill Persky is a 5 time Emmy Award winning writer, director and producer for shows such as the Dick Van Dyke ShowThat GirlSid CaesarBill Cosby and Kate And Allie

After graduating from Syracuse University, class of '52, Bill started his career at WNEW radio. He then moved to California and wrote for a variety of shows including, The Steve Allan ShowThe Andy Williams Show and the Julie Andrews Show, until he found a home with Carl Reiner on The Dick Van Dyke Show. 3 years and 2 Emmys later, Bill and his partner Sam Denoff, created That Girl, for Marlo Thomas. 

In the mid '70s, the successful partnership ended amicably, as Bill went on a new path as a Director, specializing in Television pilots. From 1975 to '82 he directed 22 pilots, 16 of which were put on the air as series, the most memorable being Who’s The Boss?. There were also 5 television films, and the Paramount feature, Serial, before he moved to New York to produce and direct 100 episodes of the series, Kate And Allie, winning an Emmy for directing. 

Of late he has compiled a memoir of stories, both professional and personal, which he performs as a one-man show, based on his memoir, My Life is a Situation Comedy, and is a contributing writer to USA Today. In addition, Bill is a guest lecturer at NYU Film School and Yale University, and teaches comedy writing at The New York Film Academy and The University of New Haven where in 2015, he was the commencement speaker and received a doctorate of Human Letters in addition to a Giants of Television award from the radio and television executive society.

2017 Industry Panel

Saturday, September 9th at 12:45 PM

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Janine Sherman Barrois

Janine Sherman Barrois is an award-winning writer/producer who has recently signed an exclusive multi-year overall deal with Warner Brothers Studios to create and develop new series. Currently, she is the Showrunner and Executive Producer of Claws, a dramedy starring Niecy Nash that will air on TNT. Barrois has also recently sold the network her suburban family drama Hinges, a project she is executive-producing along with John Wells, Emmy-winning director Anthony Hemingway and his producing partner, Mark Taylor. Previously, she spent five years as an Executive Producer on the hit CBS series Criminal Minds. Prior to that, she was an Executive Producer on ER and worked on the final four seasons of the show. Before ER, Barrois spent five seasons on Third Watch, rising from Story Editor to Co-Executive Producer. She has also written on Eddie Murphy's The PJ's and The Jamie Foxx Show. Barrois got her start on Lush Life, where she was placed after participating in the Warner Bros. Writers Workshop. 

In 2014, Barrois won an NAACP Image Award for best dramatic writing for her work on the Criminal Minds episode entitled “Strange Fruit.” Prior to that she was nominated for six Image Awards and a Humanitas Award for her writing. She is also active in the WGA, where she serves in their Mentoring Program, as a judge for their Writers’ Access Project and, recently, on the board of their PAC. In addition, she serves on the board of the William H. Johnson Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to giving scholarships to African-American contemporary artists. Barrois graduated from Howard University. 

Barrois is repped by WME and Patti Felker at Felker Toczek Suddleson Ambramson. 

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Sarah Treem

Sarah Treem is a celebrated television writer, producer and playwright. Treem is the co-creator and showrunner of the Golden Globe-winning Showtime drama THE AFFAIR. The series, has received 4 Golden Globe nominations during its run, including wins for Best Television Drama, Best Actress in a Television Drama, and Best Supporting Actress in a Television Drama. Additionally, the show has received a Writer’s Guild nomination for Best New Series and was named a finalist for the 2016 Humanitas Prize. 

Previously Treem wrote for and co-executive produced the first season of David Fincher's hit Netflix series HOUSE OF CARDS. She also wrote on all three seasons of the acclaimed HBO series IN TREATMENT. Additionally, Treem wrote and produced HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA while under an overall deal at HBO. In addition to her Golden Globe win for Best Television Drama for THE AFFAIR, Treem’s work has earned her nominations for the Humanitas Prize, Primetime Emmy Awards and four Writers Guild Awards, including two wins for New Series for HOUSE OF CARDS and IN TREATMENT.

Treem began her career in the theater, most recently writing WHEN WE WERE YOUNG AND UNAFRAID, which ran in summer 2014 starring Cherry Jones and directed by Pam MacKinnon. Her previous plays include A FEMININE ENDING, THE HOW AND THE WHY, EMPTY SKY, ORPHAN ISLAND, HUMAN VOICES and MIRROR MIRROR. Treem holds a B.A. and M.F.A from Yale University, where she has also taught playwriting. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her children.


Christina Wayne

Christina Wayne is an executive producer and runs Assembly Entertainment, a scripted production company that produces TV series for cable channels and digital platforms, with an overall deal at ITV Studios America. Christina is currently executive producing Showtime’s series I’M DYING UP HERE alongside Jim Carrey, which premiered June 4, 2017. She is also a consulting producer on the TNT series WILL, premiering summer 2017. Christina/Assembly will be executive producing a pilot for Youtube Red this fall. Christina is also currently executive producing a TV series with Jessica Chastain, written by Todd Komarnicki (SULLY). Christina/Assembly has sold fourteen scripted TV series to date to A&E, Amazon, BBC America, Bravo, Cinemax, Showtime, Spike, USA, WGN and Youtube Red. Before founding Assembly Entertainment, Christina was the President of Cineflix Studios, overseeing development, sales and production of all scripted series worldwide. While at Cineflix, she executive produced BBC America's COPPER for two seasons with Tom Fontana and Barry Levinson.

Prior to Cineflix, Christina was SVP of Original Programming at AMC, where she launched the scripted series and miniseries departments. Under her leadership, AMC produced the Emmy-winning hit miniseries BROKEN TRAIL as well as the Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning series MAD MEN and BREAKING BAD.

In early 2017, Christina launched, comprehensive online educational courses about the creative and business sides of creating content for television and digital platforms. She began her career in entertainment as a screenwriter and director. She wrote and directed the feature TART for Lionsgate in 2001 and has been a member of the Writers' Guild of America since 1997. She is a graduate of Columbia University and now lives with her husband and daughter in New York.