BUZZ: November 2015  

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The new musical Who's Your Baghdaddy or How I started the Iraq War (music and book by Marshall Pailet and A.D. Penned) based on J.T. Allen’s screenplay "Curveball" opened September at the Temple Theatre, 339 West 47th Street, NYC, 10036, and runs through November.

Alpha Blair's new short screenplay, Tea for Two, won the Arthur Rosenfeld Award for Excellence in Dramatic Writing and was also the runner up for Best Short at the recent Action On Film 11th Annual International Film Festival & Writers Celebration.

Walter Davis invites all WGAW members to Santa Barbara for monthly “First Fridays” networking lunches. Email Walter directly to check whether a gathering is scheduled in the upcoming month, time, location (usually Wine Bistro in Montecito), and to be added to the email reminder list.

Former WGAW President and showrunner/EP Christopher Keyser joins EP Howard Gordon (Homeland, 24) and Producing Director Gwyneth Horder-Payton to discuss FX show Tyrant at NewFilmmakers LA on Thursday, November 12, 8P at “TV 2.0 Panel”. Shot in several countries with an international cast and crew, Tyrant creatives will discuss the show's journey, as Created by Gideon Raff, further Developed by Howard Gordon & Craig Wright, to the success it is today. WGAW $5 discount code (reg. $20): NFMLATV2 for Tickets.

David Misch presents his seminar "Understanding Comedy: The Rules" -- what comedy is and how it works -- at iO West in Hollywood on Sat., Nov. 7. More info at

In the spirit of fostering creativity, building friendships, and maybe lowering BP by venting industry frustrations, Fred Shafferman invites all writers to join a weekly indoor full-court WGA basketball game. Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. in Hollywood and Sundays 9:30 a.m. in North Hollywood. Email Fred for details.


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: 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: 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.

WGF: Share Your Expertise with the Community!
The Writers Guild Foundation offers volunteer opportunities throughout the year for all WGAW members who want to connect with the writing community, particularly with youth and military veterans who aspire to tell their stories. Opportunities range from one-time guest lectures to longer term mentorships--we work with members' levels of time commitment and availability. For more information, visit or call the Foundation at (323) 782-4692.