Speaker Spotlight: Katie Krentz (Cartoon Network)

Written by Austin Nauert | December 9, 2014

Next up in our Speaker Spotlight series is Katie Krentz of Cartoon Network. Katie’s 2015 panel, Should You Develop Your Film Into a TV Series?, is part of the Future of TV Convergence track, which is accessible to Music, Film, Interactive, Gold and Platinum badges. Katie, along with filmmakers Hannah Fidell, Julia Pott and Sarah-Violet Bliss, will talk about the do’s and don’ts of adapting your film into a TV series. Below are a few questions that we asked ahead of her appearance at the Film Conference.

2015 SXSW Speaker: Katie KrentzIs this your first time at SXSW? If not, what is your favorite memory from your previous SXSW experiences?
This will be my second time at SXSW. I am so impressed with this festival because it really pulls in the best of the best and everyone is so accessible and nice. I'm also a big foodie and hoping to attend the David Chang Southbites session at Interactive - I’m a huge fan of his work.

What is your session about?
I'll sit with talented SXSW alums who have proven themselves on the festival circuit and are now getting the opportunities to develop their films and characters into TV series. We'll hear their thoughts on the development process, which can hopefully help other SXSW attendees make this transition.

What excites you most about this session?
These panelists are primarily in the early stages of their career, developing for TV based on successes they've had in film. They're pros, but they're also new enough to where they'll be able to share honest accounts of what it's really like to transition from being an independent filmmaker to integrating into the traditional studio system.

Tell us an interesting fact about yourself that is not in your official bio.
I am a second generation closet freestyle rapper. My mother taught me everything I know.

Finally, what is your favorite movie from the last year and why?
Boyhood blew me away. To map out a compelling story that you want to tell over the course of twelve years and then to successfully execute that, well, it's amazing. Beautifully shot, wonderful performances by everyone, and the film gave me parental pangs of joy and loss that I didn't know I had in me.

Thanks Katie! To attend this 2015 session, register for your badge today!

Photo courtesy of Katie Krentz