Graham Yost, creator and executive producer of FX's "Justified," will be the Creative Keynote speaker of this year's New York Television Festival, joining previously announced participants including head writers of several late night shows, "Carrie Diaries" executive producer Candace Bushnell, and the cast of "Jersey Shore."
The festival highlights the work of independent writers and producers as they vie for several development deals. Yost follows last year's speaker, "Lost" co-creator Damon Lindelof, who offered a remarkably candid and detailed take on the creative process behind the series. Among his admissions, he said he longed to quit the show for years.
This year's festival, the week of Oct. 22, features an opening night screening of the CW's midseason show "The Carrie Diaries," featuring Bushnell, whose books inspired the series. It will also include executive producer Amy Harris, and the show's star, AnnaSophia Robb.
Yost will speak Tuesday. The night will also feature a talk about political humor with the head writers of "The Late Show with David Letterman," "The Daily Show," "The Colbert Report" and "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."
Wednesday will feature a farewell to "Jersey Shore" featuring the cast, MTV executives and the show's creator, Sally Ann Salsano.
Thursday will focus on Fox's new Tuesday comedy lineup, and will include talent from "The New Girl" and "Ben and Kate."