If you are a TV series fan and was not quick enough to buy a ticket for the Comic-Con San Diego, I present to you the Paley Fest.
Of course the Paley Fest is not a Comic Con, but The Paley Center for Media association promotes year-round panels with the outstanding series of the moment. It’s almost the same style of the panels at Comic Con, where cast and creators are invited to an hour chat regarding the series.
When I was in LA, the event happened in March and took place at the Kodak Theater, the same place of the Academy Awards. In late January they started selling tickets and for those with short money is a good idea to hurry, because the cheapest tickets sell out quickly. But buying the most expensive ticket is not so bad, cause you sit closer to the stage and you can also ask questions. Also, at the end of the panel you can go in front of the stage for autographs and photos. For anyone who is a member of the Paley Center, you have the advantage of buying tickets beforehand, but do not worry, there is always enough tickets left for us, mere mortals.
In 2014, I was in the How I Met Your Mother and Veronica Mars panels.
The location of the theater is the most touristic as it can be, on Hollywood Boulevard, easily accessible. When I was coming to the event, it was happening the premiere of Captain America 2 (the perks of living in LA) at the movie theatre right in front. When I was entering the event, I had no problems and didn’t see any confusion, Some people were trying to eavesdrop the mini red carpet set up to receive press celebs. I tried to peek, but guys, you can not see anything.
I headed into the theater and realized it was worth buying a ticket. What a theatre! If you do not want to spend money making the tour of the Kodak Theater, mix business with pleasure and go to Paley Fest. Just being there is already pretty cool.
Just like at the Comic Con, before starting the panel they have an episode or exclusive video for you. In How I Met Your Mother they presented the second to last episode of the series and for the Veronica Mars panel they presented the making of the exclusive film. After the video, they start the panel with the vast majority, if not all, of the main actors and their creators. It’s really nice to watch live, rit is great experience for anyone who is a fan of the show biz.
In the end, those who paid the most expensive tickets were able to go in front of the stage to ask for autograph and photo, but as I was not part of that group, I got up and left.
The whole event lasts about two hours. It was an amazing experience to see how these things happen.
If you are interested, do not waste time because the tickets this year are now on sale at http://www.ticketmaster.com .
The 2016 lineup includes:
March 11: Empire
March 12: Scream Queens
March 13: Black-ish
March 20: Power
March 20: AHS: Hotel
For more information about the event go to http://media.paleycenter.org/paleyfest-la-2017-lineup