Ryan Murphy to Join Barbra Streisand in Conversation at PaleyFest LA 2018 Opening Night

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – March 16, 2018 – The Paley Center for Media today announced Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, and director Ryan Murphy will join beloved entertainer Barbra Streisand in conversation at the opening night of PaleyFest LA 2018 on March 16. The PaleyFest Icon Tribute to Ms. Streisand marks the first time she has been honored for her body of work in television.

Adding to the excitement, the Paley Center will live stream from select conversations through the official Paley Center Facebook page. The selected conversations include: “The Handmaid’s Tale” (March 18 at  2:25 pm PT), “Supernatural” (March 20 at 7:35 pm PT); “The Big Bang Theory” and “Young Sheldon” (March 21 at 7:44 pm PT); “The Good Doctor” (March 22 at 8:22 pm PT); “Mom” (March 24 at 2:30 pm PT); “Queen Sugar” (March 24 at 7:30 pm PT); “Riverdale” (March 25 at 2:50 pm PT); and “Stranger Things (March 25 at 7:30 pm PT). Go to paleyfest.org for details.

Celebrating thirty-five years as the premier television Festival, PaleyFest LA will take place at the iconic DOLBY Theatre in Hollywood, giving fans access to special screenings, exclusive conversations, and behind-the-scenes scoops and breaking news from the stars and creative minds behind their favorite shows. The lineup of shows also includes FOX’s “The Orville,” NBC’s “Will & Grace,” and HBO’s “Silicon Valley.”

“We’re honored to open this year’s PaleyFest with the incredible team of Barbra Streisand and Ryan Murphy for what promises to be an electrifying and unforgettable conversation,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President & CEO. “And we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share other PaleyFest conversations with a global audience through our official Facebook page.”

Ms. Streisand and Mr. Murphy join a stellar lineup of stars from today’s hottest television shows including: Seth MacFarlane, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Elisabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Anna Faris, Allison Janney, Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Iain Armitage, Zoe Perry, Freddie Highmore, Rutina Wesley, Ava DuVernay, KJ Apa, and Lili Reinhart.

Leading all PaleyFest conversations will be moderators who represent the best of entertainment and media including: Jim Halterman, TV Guide (“The Orville”); Dan Bucatinsky (“Will & Grace”); Debra Birnbaum,Variety (“The Handmaid’s Tale”); Stacy Hunt Wilson, Vulture/New York Magazine (“Silicon Valley”); Samantha Highfill, Entertainment Weekly (“Supernatural”); Jessica Radloff, Glamour (“The Big Bang Theory” and “Young Sheldon”); George Pennacchio, KABC-TV (“The Good Doctor”); Nischelle Turner, Entertainment Tonight (“Mom” and “Queen Sugar”); and Tim Stack, Entertainment Weekly (“Riverdale”).

In addition, guests attending the Supernatural event will be treated to the world premiere of “Scoobynatural,” the highly anticipated “Supernatural” and “Scooby-Doo” crossover episode. In celebration of this exciting mash-up episodic event, “The Mystery Machine” and “Baby” will be parked just steps away from the DOLBY Theatre in the Hollywood & Highland center court, on March 20, from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm; retailer Hot Topic will release an exclusive collection of “Scoobynatural” merchandise; and to top it off, Scooby-Doo himself will stop by from 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm.

The Festival benefits the Paley Center’s preservation and archival digitization efforts, and its ongoing mission to explore the importance and impact of media on society. The Paley Center is home to the nation’s foremost publicly accessible archives of television and radio content, over 160,000 programs spanning the history of media including the recently launched African-American, Hispanic, LGBT, and Women’s collections.

PaleyFest LA 2018 is proudly sponsored by: Citi, the Official Card; and JetBlue, the Official Airline.