BUZZ: December 2013
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co-produces SCI-FEST: The 1st Annual Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Festival with Lee Costello and Michael Blaha. The May 2014 festival will consist of two evenings of four to five one-act plays. Submission criteria: 1) subject matter: all areas of sci-fi/fantasy welcome; click this link for ideas; 2) running time five to twenty minutes; optimum ten minutes; 3) must adapt/work dramatically for stage (not pulled from on-camera script); 4) register your script with the WGAW before submission; 5) deadline: Sunday, December 15, 2013; and 6) WGA members please email submissions to DDB with “WGA SUBMISSION” as subject. Selections announced late December or January 2014. Majority of Sci-Fest’s budget will be used for best possible physical production and promotion. Small license fee for selected playwrights; performers covered under AEA 99-seat theater plan. Well-known actors from sci-fi franchises have expressed interest in appearing in the festival.
will be signing his book Shedding Light on the Hollywood Blacklist: Conversations with Participants on Saturday, December 7, 12-4 p.m. Free Admission. Book contains foreword by Ed Asner and interviews with guild screenwriters: Norma Barzman, Oliver Crawford, Bernard Gordon, Robert Lees, Richard Powell (known as “the other Dick Powell”), Jean Rouverol (Butler), Joan Scott; actors Jeff Corey, Marsha Hunt, John Randolph and others. Held at Hollywood Heritage Museum (De Mille/Lasky Barn), 2100 N. Highland Avenue, Hollywood. Free parking in lot. Dyrector and Arnold Weiss will do a 10-minute re-staging of book excerpt.
co-authored The Hollywood Pitching Bible: A Practical Guide to Pitching Movies and Television with producer Ken Aguado. The book breaks down the pitching process step by step, from choosing the right idea to selling it in the room, with a point of view from both sides of the desk. Also available as an eBook on Kindle, Nook, iTunes and Smashwords.
's new play, Crazy Horse And Custer, premiered early November at the Sacramento Theatre Company and runs through Dec 15. For tickets and information, visit above links. After those long years in film and television, it is George’s first foray into professional theater. Fun, but, wow, is it limited!
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.
On January 16, 2014, 7 p.m., Emmy-winning from Mad Men are featured in a continuing writers series which spotlights lauded writers as they analyze an episode of their own scripts. (Missing, Haunting Hour) hosts. RSVP required: MSMC Writers Series. $10 general admission, $5 WGA members, free to MSMC students. Sessions takes place at the Doheny campus of Mount Saint Mary’s College near USC. Details available upon RSVP. Sponsored by the M.A. Humanities Program at Mount Saint Mary’s College.
's second-play, the award-winning Aspirin & Elephants is being honored with a 25th anniversary production at Santa Monica Playhouse where it first premiered in 1988. A buoyant dead serious comedy about love and survival that asks the question, "Are men really more trouble than they're worth?" as a mother and father take their daughters and sons-in-law on a happy anniversary cruise and quickly find themselves awash in a sea of stormy relationships. Runs through Jan 26, 2014, followed by a German-language version (Aspirin und Elefanten) opening in Hamburg, Germany in 2015. See Playhouse link above for tickets and information.
has been nominated for two National Entertainment Journalism Awards in this year's Special Centennial Awards category, honoring exceptional entertainment writing over the past century. Maza's Los Angeles Times cover story "Dance With Me" a seductive analysis of romantic dances in film, has been nominated for Best Entertainment Feature. The article was one of a series of annual Valentine's Day Weekend cover stories written as odes to romantic films. Maza is also nominated in the Centennial category of Best Investigative Entertainment Story for "Are you Game?" This LA Times article featured Joe Morgan and other great MLB sportscasters sharing insights on how to watch a game on television. The feature was one in a series of Calendar Weekend MLB Opening Day cover stories which broke new ground by bringing baseball out of the sports page and into the Entertainment section. The NEJ Awards will take place on Sunday, November 24, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles. For finalists, tickets or further information, please contact the Los Angeles Press Club.
's Geekie Award-winning comic book (Best Art, Artist, Cover, Graphic Novel) Colonus will be published by Dark Horse Comics in their Eisner and Harvey award-winning anthology series Dark Horse Presents. Created and written by Pisani, with art by Arturo Lauria, Colonus tells the dark sci-fi tale of a future after Earth, "a bleak but enrapturing look at what we, as humans, will do to survive, to prosper, and to do so by whatever means necessary," according to All Geek To Me. To read full announcement, click here.
In recognition of his contributions to the arts, WGAW Vice President was chosen by the French government to receive the Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters honor. The ceremony took place at the French Residence in Beverly Hills on Thursday, October 31. According to France’s Cultural Counselor Antonin Baudry, “Howard’s advocacy for French culture in L.A. and the United States has been enormous and strong bridges have been built between the countries thanks to his dedication.” Rodman’s screenwriting credits include indie films Savage Grace (Spirit Award nomination, Best Screenplay) and August, both U.S. premieres at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival. He also penned Joe Gould’s Secret (2000 Sundance Film Festival opener). Vice President since 2011, Rodman has served on the WGAW’s Board of Directors for several terms. He is professor and former chair of the writing division at the USC School of Cinematic Arts, an Artistic Director of the Sundance Institute Screenwriting Labs, a member of the Executive Committee of the Writers Branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities. Rodman founded and chairs the WGAW’s Independent Film Writers Committee and has chaired Film Independent’s Spirit Awards feature film jury, as well as the USC Scripter Awards. He is a trustee of the Writers Guild Foundation, Vice-Chair of the WGAW’s Committee on the Professional Status of Writers, and continues to serve on several non-profit organization boards, including the Franco-American Cultural Fund. As a journalist earlier in his career, Rodman – starting as Editor-in-Chief of The Cornell Sun – published articles in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, and the Village Voice, for which he was a monthly columnist.
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.
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.