BUZZ: February 2016 

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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.

Devra Māza was a big winner at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism (NAEJ) Awards for her Huffington Post feature stories. For Best Entertainment Blog by an Individual, recognizing the year's best body of work by an Online writer nationwide, Maza's win is represented by "The Adaptation Game: Playing With Fifty Shades of Sex for Film", a sensuously speculative look at how graphic sex in the erotic novel can be cinematically adapted for screen. Maza also won Best Celebrity Feature, Online for "Ode to Joy: Robin, Joan and Laughter's Long Life". Judges hailed Maza's tribute to trailblazing comedians Robin Williams and Joan Rivers as "an inspiring piece of work." Maza also took a second place for Best Arts & Entertainment Feature, Online for “Shooting Diamonds: Directing The World Series” in which two of MLB’s top directors reveal the technical and creative challenges in making championship TV. In conferring Maza's major award for Best Blog, the judges praised, “Good writing makes the difference here, as it elevates entertainment journalism from casual observation to something more involving and in-depth. Devra Maza exhibits the talent to delve into many different subjects, while always bringing a spark to the writing.” For NAEJ Award winners, judges' comments, and gala photos, visit lapressclub.org. Follow on Twitter @DevraMaza and visit DevraMaza.com

Short film Speedwriting, written, directed and starring former WGAW Board member Michael Russnow, was announced among the Official Finalists of the 2015 London Film Awards. This is in addition to its prior 2015 festival selections for the Orlando Film Festival, Temecula Independent Film Festival, WMM Fest (WeMakeMovies collective) and Honorable Mention at the SaMo Indie Festival (1:26 on Vimeo reel).

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.

OTHER ANNOUNCEMENTS

Diversity Attribute Directory
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.

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 wgfoundation.org or call the Foundation at (323) 782-4692.