2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Family Values Viewed Through Primetime Animation

Monday, March 14
12:30PM - 1:30PM

Four Seasons
Ballroom CD
98 San Jacinto Blvd

Looking at the current crop of popular animated shows on network television, you will see a common theme: family. Legendary shows like the Simpsons and Family Guy, along with the (relatively) new Bob's Burgers all center on working class families. This anchor is in sharp contrast to much of the live episodic content out there, which drifts more towards affluent families or friend groups. Come join the creators and creatives behind the Simpsons, Family Guy and Bob's Burgers as they look at the idea of family in their shows, and how this motif has led them to connect with audiences across the country and create shows with incredible longevity.

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Al Jean


The Simpsons

Emmy Award-winning producer/writer Al Jean has worked on THE SIMPSONS since it became a series in 1989. He has a credit on more than 500 episodes and has been showrunner for more than 300. In addit...

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David Silverman

Consulting Producer

The Simpsons

Jim Dauterive


Bento Box Entertainment

Rich Appel


Family Guy

Born in Wilmette, IL, Rich Appel is a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He worked as a federal prosecutor in New York before joining the writing staff of THE SIMPSONS, on which he...

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Steve Callaghan

Exec Producer/Showrunner

Family Guy

Steve Callaghan has worked on FAMILY GUY since its inception. He is the author of “Family Guy: Stewie’s Guide to World Domination” and “Family Guy: The Official Episode Guide, Seasons 1-3.” He also...

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