BUZZ: October 2014

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Mark A. Altman (Free Enterprise, Castle, Necessary Roughness) moderates “Write On! Selling Your Sci-Fi, Fantasy or Horror Film & TV Script Seminar” at New York Comic Con Super Week on Friday, October 10, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street, New York City. Six-hour master class features leading industry speakers (subject to availability): Amy Berg (Person of Interest, Eureka), Craig Engler (Z Nation), Sarah Watson (Parenthood, About A Boy), Brendan Deneen (Macmillan Publishers), Andrew Goldman (HBO/Cinemax), Chris Parnell (Sony Pictures Television), Pouya Shabazia (producer, Divergent, Insurgent), Thomas P. Vitale (Syfy Original Movies) and others. Segments range from “Breaking Good: How To Create the Perfect Pilot Pitch,” “You Look Marvel-ous: Creating, Publishing and Optioning Your Comic Or Graphic Novel,” “Executive Session: What’s Selling in Television Today and How To Get Your Show Made!” “Inside The Writers Room,” “In the Movie Business of Madness: How Film & TV is Changing and How That Can Work For You,” “Novel Concept: How To Write & Sell Your First Novel,” and more. All segments include Q&A. Limited tickets available via New York Comic Con. WGA member discount with code COLLEGE in order box.

Alpha Blair's feature script, "The Seduction of Auntie Rose," won for Best Original Screenplay in the 6th Annual Burbank International Film Festival. Just a week before, her new short screenplay, "Dancing in the Age of Paranoia," won for Best Short in the 10th Annual Action On Film International Film Festival.

Emmy-winning Wayne Brady stars in Pasadena Playhouse’s Kiss Me, Kate with Merle Dandridge, directed by Sheldon Epps. The beloved backstage musical includes many recognized Cole Porter songs: “So in Love,” “Another Op’nin’ Another Show,” “Too Darn Hot,” and “Brush Up Your Shakespeare.” This classic show celebrates Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew and the joys, madness and rewards of working in the theatre, both onstage and off. Runs through Sunday, October 12. Purchase tickets online or call (626) 356-7529. WGAW members can login to Special Offers page to get Pasadena Playhouse discount code.

Deirdre Hanssen invites all WGAW members to Santa Barbara for monthly “First Fridays” networking lunches. Email Deirdre directly to check whether a gathering is scheduled in the upcoming month, time, location (usually Stella Mare’s French Country Cuisine in Montecito), and to be added to the email reminder list.

Jordan Harrison’s (Orange Is the New Black) new play, Marjorie Prime, made its World Premiere at the Mark Taper Forum in September. This poignant new drama invites you on a twisty ride to uncharted theatrical terrain. In the age of artificial intelligence, how do you compute the reality of loss and keep your loved ones from becoming a distant memory? Directed by Les Waters with a cast including Lisa Emery, Lois Smith, Jeff Ward and Frank Wood. Runs through Sunday, October 19. WGAW members can login to Special Offers page to get the Center Theatre Group discount.

David Misch (Mork and Mindy, Saturday Night Live, Funny: The Book) presents his seminar "Understanding Comedy: The Rules" at iO West in Hollywood on Saturday, Sept. 6 at 1 p.m. The talk is aimed at show-biz professionals and people who'd like an in-depth (if three hours is deep) look at how comedy works, accompanied by copious comedy clips. Click for info. Tickets $50, $40 for WGA members with code "COMEDY!"  

Arnold Rudnick (Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Star Trek: Voyager, The New Addams Family, and author of the middle-grade book ESPete: Sixth Grade Sense) is co-hosting "Would A Ghost Say That?", a seminar on the paranormal ESPecially for media professionals, with parapsychologist Loyd Auerbach, on Saturday, September 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Universal Hilton. By learning the fundamentals of ghosts, poltergeists, hauntings, extrasensory perception, near death and other universal experiences, based on real world reports and investigations, entertainment creators can increase the suspension of disbelief for their paranormal projects. Discount for WGA members (use promo code WGA). Register here.

A.M. Zweiback's original spec screenplay Nice People and Other Perverts made 1st Quarter Finals (the top 25% of 1300) of the ScreenCraft Comedy Screenplay Contest.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

WGF: Do You Have Children’s Books?
To schedule a delivery or drop-off of your children’s books, contact the Foundation at (323) 782-4692. The Writers Guild Foundation is looking for children’s books to distribute to needy parents and children in the Los Angeles area through organizations such as Sojourn Services for Battered Women & Children, The Children's Bureau of Southern California, Prototypes (Domestic Violence Shelter), and School On Wheels. Pick-ups may be possible for large donations. Visit www.wgfoundation.org for more information about Writers Guild Foundation programs.

Diversity Attribute Directory Now Functional!
It is now possible to search for a WGA member according to self-identified diversity attributes. The information is available through the WGAW website using this link: http://www.wga.org/agency/memberlookup.aspx. This online directory of writers from diverse backgrounds can be used as a resource for producers, executives, directors and other industry professionals. To be included, members must grant permission for publication of their diversity attributes. Sign in or create your MyWGAW Account via: https://my.wgaw.org/home/login.aspx. Go to the "change attributes" link on the left side of your myWGAW homepage, and click Yes under each “OK to publish”. For technical support with your My WGAW Account, call (323) 782-4885, M-F, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.