PaleyFest Overview

Named for William S. Paley, founder of both the Paley Center and CBS, the annual William S. Paley Television Festival has celebrated television's rich and diverse programming and the creative process behind the medium since 1984.

  • My whole involvement with the Paley Center and the festival has been a complete waste of time and energy.  I was all but on the plane when I learned Thursday, March 1, that The Office cast would not be participating in its panel discussion on March 6.  As a result, I canceled my entire trip to the festival.  Even though I got a refund on The Office panel, I could not get my $75+ back on the three other panels that I planned to attend.  I figured why not make it a multi-day spring vacation with some events to garnish the one thing I wanted to do.  Now that I read the comments preceding mine, I realize how unprofessional and disorganized this ordeal was to begin with.  Tickets went on sale in mid-January but the panels were not announced until Feb. 17.  I basically had 2 choices: buy the ticket early only to find out your favorite person from the show would not be on the panel or try to buy the ticket once the panel was announced only to risk the tickets being sold out, airfare too high/sold out, etc.  You would think a tv show in its 8th season would have the ability and experience to schedule around such an important festival especially after posting the entire cast's names on the festival site.  I think there's way more to the story than they're telling and the Paley Center could have done better at avoiding this fiasco. Unfortunately, my wallet is paying the price. 

    williamsc89, March 05, 2012 at 10:20 am

  • You can see a seating chart for the Saban here:

    Looks like the most expensive ticket level goes a ways back, instead of just 10 or so rows like in previous years.

    Earth2Kim, January 21, 2010 at 4:41 pm

  • Where are the front orchestra seats?  For $25 extra it would be nice to know what we are buying.

    nycityny, January 20, 2010 at 6:07 pm

  • Interesting, they give us a 2 day warning that tickets are going on sale, and don't include the time. That's barely enough time to figure out if the schedule works for you, but without the time it goes on sale, it's almost like not knowing anything. And no prices, hmmm, how to budget for that? And listing the shows doesn't really help either when you don't list the guests. After all, you may get tickets assuming everyone in the picture is going, and that may not be the case. For out of towners, that's just not fair.

    I would expect more from an organization that's been around this long. This is just poor presentation and planning.

    Yukailin, January 20, 2010 at 1:15 pm

  • Count me also bummed. No information on ticket prices of any kind, nor what time or where they go on sale. Not all of us can afford premium packages.

    Brittany, January 20, 2010 at 12:49 pm

  • So how much are the regular tickets when they go on sale?  At what time do they go on sale?

    Why didn't the Paley folks put up this info when they posted the complete schedule this morning?

    nycityny, January 20, 2010 at 11:18 am

  • Dear Dean,

    Thanks for your interest. We actually will be hosting an evening celebrating All My Children at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills this Thursday, January 21. Tickets are available here:;jsessionid=AD1D66206C3B690CDC24F0B23ADED488

    Hope you can attend. A good selection of the cast, including Susan Lucci, Cameron Mathison and Jacob Young will be in attendance>


    Rene - Paley Center LA


    Rene, January 19, 2010 at 5:06 pm

  • I agree with the previous comment about more histotorical television content has been missing the last few years.

    It may be too late, but with the All My Children move to LA and their 40th anniversary this year, I'm hoping an "Evening with All Mt Children" will be part of this years Paley Fest.

    PS, I will miss the Dome.


    Dean, January 01, 2010 at 12:14 pm


    The location isn't necessarily a concern. I'm more concerned that there is more concentration over new and current programming (2005 to present) and not enough about vintage programming! Is the reason behind this is due to the fact that few people care about shows from another era? I would like to see an evening that concentrated on “lost” shows and the hunt to find them, or more stuff on news, sports, and trends in media! Let the San Diego ComicCon present panels on shows that cater to the “fanboys” (and “fangirls”) out there!

    Rich Borowy
    Los Angeles, CA

    Rich Borowy, December 29, 2009 at 6:32 pm

  • Nevermind my comment;)  I just saw that the capacity is a lot bigger at Saban.  I get it now.  Still bummed, but I understand.

    Cindy, December 15, 2009 at 1:20 pm

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