WGAW April 2018 Calendar

Knowing what’s going on in the Writers Guild of America can be helpful to TV and film writers in many ways, even if you aren’t a member. So, for your edification:


WGAW April 2018 Calendar

NOTE: Events listed are current at time of publication. Dates and details are subject to change during the month. Please click here (member login required) to see live calendar. For this month’s member BUZZ listings, click here.

April

Tuesday
03

Meeting: Genre Committee

7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B.

Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings

Info: (323) 782-4589. WGAW’s Genre Committee was formed with sole purpose of attracting writers interested in a certain genre to meet, discuss and exchange information in a peer-to-peer setting. Our mission is to push education, diversity and camaraderie among all writers no matter their background. The Committee welcomes all writers because writers work in all genres. Open to WGAW Current, Post Current, Associate, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.

Thursday
05

A Call To Men

7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor.

Category: Inclusion and Equity

Eligible* members, no guests, RSVP: ACallToMen. Advisor Ted Bunch provides insight into the construct of sexism, challenging privileges and entitlements given to men by men. He will address the #MeToo movement and how men should respond. Beyond education as to why the problem is pervasive, this is an invitation to Guild writers, men and women, to be a part of the solution. Sponsored by WGAW Inclusion and Equity Group (IEG), co-chaired by Glen Mazzara and Shonda Rhimes. IEG’s mission is to educate industry professionals and champion hiring practices that create an entertainment industry that directly reflects our nation’s diverse voices. *Open to WGAW Current, Post Current, Associate, and Associate Caucus members in Active status only.

Monday
09

Meeting: Committee of Women Writers

7-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor.

Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings

7 p.m. “Happy Half Hour” (networking, snacks, beverages); 7:30 p.m. meeting. Info: (323) 782-4589. This committee represents the interests of female WGAW writers who are seeking WGA-covered work. We sponsor events designed to increase our knowledge of the craft and the marketplace, discuss the role of women as storytellers, and foster networking and collaboration between women in all Guilds, as well as increase opportunities for education, employment opportunities and creative expression. Our goal is to empower all writers and improve the profile and perception of Women writers in the industry. Open to WGAW Current, Post Current, Associate, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.

Tuesday
10

UnREAL Episode Sneak Peak

7-10 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor.

Category: Inclusion and Equity

7 p.m. screening episode 308; 7:45 p.m. panel; 8:45 p.m. reception. Info: (323) 782-4589. Eligible members* + 1, RSVP: UnREAL. WGAW’s Committee of Women Writers and Lifetime present a special panel and sneak peek episode screening of Emmy-nominated, Peabody award-winning series UnREAL, a scripted, fictitious, behind-the-scenes glimpse into the chaos surrounding production of a dating competition program. This season, ladies “reign supreme” in front of and behind the camera. With a female led writers’ room, UnREALcontinues to use story to explore headline-making social issues, including gender stereotypes, sexism and mental illness. Panelists: Sarah Gertrude Rose Shapiro (co-creator, EP), Stacy Rukeyser (showrunner/EP), Emmy-nominated actress Constance Zimmer, Jordan Hawley (Co-EP), Ariana Jackson (Supervising Producer), and Sharon Bordas (VP, Scripted Series Programming, Lifetime). Moderator: entertainment reporter Taylor Ferber. Reception follows. *Open to WGAW Current, Post Current, Associate, and Associate Caucus members in Active status only.

Thursday
12

Write Around the World… Salon with Sydney J. Levine

7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor.

Category: Writers Ed

Eligible members*, RSVP with “WATW” as subject: WritersEd. Join us for an intimate evening of conversation with former executive and blogger Sydney J. Levine, who travels extensively on the international film market circuit as a lecturer, trainer and consultant for feature screenwriters and filmmakers. Learn how to navigate the global film market, how to understand the protocols, and how to meet the players in the global media business. Moderated by Maria Elena Rodriguez. Hosted by WGAW Writers Education Committee. Snacks and drinks available before and after talk. *Open to WGAW Current, Post Current, Associate, and Associate Caucus members in Active status only.

Friday
13

Q&A: The Guild Screenings – A Quiet Place with Bryan Woods & Scott Beck

after 7:30 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.

Category: Guild Screenings

WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with A Quiet Place co-writers Bryan Woods & Scott Beck begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 90 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.

Saturday
14

Q&A: The Guild Screenings – Tully with Diablo Cody

after 5:00 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.

Category: Guild Screenings

WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with Tully writer Diablo Cody begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 96 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.

Tuesday
17

“Living in the Middle” Series with Jose and Javi: How Much Free Work Should I Do?

7-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor.

Category: TV/Digital Media

7 p.m. light reception; 7:30 p.m. program start. Current Active status members only, no guests, RSVP with “LITM” as subject: TV/Digital. Developing a TV series was once the exclusive province of the experienced showrunner, but now with 500 outlets and a mandate to find “fresh voices,” writers of all levels are called upon to develop their own ideas and I.P. But how much work should a writer do “on spec”? A pitch, bible, script? As always, Jose and Javi bring their own experience — good and bad — to tackle a current regular concern of TV writers: how much free work must I do for a shot at the brass ring?

Wednesday
18

Meeting: Committee of Black Writers

7-9 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B.

Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings

Info: (323) 782-4589. WGAW’s Committee of Black Writers is dedicated to empowering and increasing industry visibility of African-American writers and generating more career and networking opportunities. Open to WGAW Current, Post Current, Associate, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.

Thursday
19

Meeting: Asian American Writers Committee

7-9:30 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B.

Category: Inclusion and Equity Committee Meetings

7 p.m. “Happy Half Hour” (networking, snacks, beverages); 7:30 p.m. meeting. Info: (323) 782-4589. WGAW’s Asian-American Writers Committee represents the professional and creative interests of Asian-American Guild members. Its mandate is to be dedicated to the encouragement, empowerment and employment of writers of Asian heritage. Join us for an informative and fun evening in a relaxed environment. Snacks will be provided. Open to WGAW Current, Post Current, Associate, and Associate Caucus members in Active status.

Thursday
19

WGF: Showrunner Sessions with This Is Us‘s Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger

7:30- 9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor.

Category: Writers Guild Foundation

Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. NBC’s This Is Us co-showrunners Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger share how they craft each season’s episodes, from plotting the layered character arcs to navigating through multiple timelines, how they run the writers’ room, and all the lessons they’ve learned along the way.

Saturday
21

Activities Committee “Day at the Races”

11 a.m.-5 p.m. – Santa Anita Park, Arcadia 91007

Category: Activities

RSVPs full. Waitlist available, based on cancellations: Activities. “And down the stretch they come! Man O’ War. Secretariat. Affirmed and Alydar.” Now you can be part of the excitement at the Activities Committee’s “Day at The Races” at Santa Anita Park on Saturday, April 21! $10/person covers: box seat, program, clubhouse entrance, vouchers for one entrée, one side, one non-alcoholic beverage, general parking, and even help with the racing form! Here’s your chance to bet the Daily Double and be a winner at a full afternoon of racing that will leave your heart pounding. Seats reserved only with advance payment.

Saturday
21

Q&A: The Guild Screenings: Chappaquiddick with writers Taylor Allen & Andrew Logan

after 5:00 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills.

Category: Guild Screenings

WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with Chappaquiddick co-writers Taylor Allen & Andrew Logan begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 101 minutes). Guild membership card required for entry.

Monday
23

2018 COLCOA French Film Festival – Program announced 4/4 on colcoa.org

Mon. 4/23-Mon. 4/30 – Directors Guild of America theaters, 7920 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.

Category: Other agencies

Free to WGA members in good standing and a guest. Click here for member code and RSVP instructions (login required) to prepare for when program is announced Wednesday, April 4. The WGAW, in partnership with the DGA, MPA and SACEM, proudly presents the 22nd annual COLCOA French Film Festival, “A Week of French Film Premieres in Hollywood”. COLCOA showcases the latest in French film production, including several U.S., International and World Premieres. Opening Monday night (4/23) is by invitation only; no walk-ins.

Monday
23

2018 Annual Membership Meeting

7-9 p.m. – WGAW 4th Floor Boardroom.

Category: Communications

Current WGAW members in good standing are entitled to attend the WGAW annual meeting; no guests. RSVP: AnnualMeeting. “Good standing” is defined as having dues paid through March, 2018.

Wednesday
25

Groundbreakers Screening Series: Erin Brockovich & The China Syndrome + Q&A with Susannah Grant

7:30 p.m. – Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica 90403

Category: Communications

Open to public: Tickets. Join us for the latest event in WGAW’s “Groundbreakers: Screenwriters Who Moved Hearts & Minds” screening series: Erin Brockovich(2000) and The China Syndrome (1979), two landmark films spotlighting environmental threats, health and energy issues, and female empowerment. Conversation with Writers Guild and Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Susannah Grant follows first film. Presented by WGAW Publicity & Marketing Committee, American Cinémathèque and sponsor Final Draft, this screening series spotlights screenwriters whose groundbreaking works made an impact and opened our eyes to personal and universal challenges. 7:30 p.m. Erin Brockovich; 9:30 p.m. Q&A; 10 p.m. The China Syndrome. (*WGA members receive a 20% discount for onsite venue ticket purchases for this event with WGA membership card; no discount online.)

Wednesday
25

What the Spec is Going On?

7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor.

Category: Writers Ed

Eligible members*, RSVP with “Spec” as subject: WritersEd. Panel discussion examining the current feature “spec” market. Studios are making fewer films, while streaming services have become big players. In this changing marketplace, where do writers sell their specs? Panelists: screenwriter Christina Hodson, David Boxerbaum (Verve Agency), Adam Kolbrenner (manager/producer, Madhouse Entertainment), Bryan Unkeless (producer, I, Tonya and Bright[Netflix]), and others. Reception follows. Hosted by WGAW Writers Education Committee. *Open to WGAW Current, Post Current, Associate, and Associate Caucus members in Active status only.

Monday
30

Military Minded: Writing Stories About the Armed Forces

7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor.

Category: Inclusion and Equity

Info: 323-782-4589. Eligible members* +1, RSVP: Military. Defending freedoms on foreign soil. Bravely saving lives. Battling hostile alien forces. Whether we tell big stories or intimate moments, military life and the soldiers who serve keep audiences enthralled decade after decade. WGAW Genre Committee WANTS YOU to join the discussion on how to tell stories featuring these courageous people who sacrifice. Panelists: TJ Brady (Co-EP, Shooter; West Point graduate), Z. Nagin Cox (systems engineer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Air Force veteran), Chris Kim (Multicultural Engagement, Walt Disney Studios; U.S. Army veteran, military entertainment consultant), and more TBA. Moderator: screenwriter Jason Major. Reception follows. *Open to WGAW Current, Post Current, Associate, and Associate Caucus members in Active status only.

More info at wga.org

LB: Untold Tales of the Animated SILVER SURFER TV Series Ep. 18 Teleplay

by Larry Brody

Over the past several weeks I’ve posted the scripts for Season 2 Episode 1, Episode 2, Episode 3, and Episode 4 of the FoxKids Network The Silver Surfer animated series for those who wondered what all of us involved in the show back in 1998 intended to come if we hadn’t been cancelled.

Today it’s the turn of Season 2 Episode 5, The Hunger.  This one’s a “Final Draft,” dated April 14, 1998. Almost twenty years ago? Whoa. To me, it only feels like nineteen.

PREVIOUS SEASON TWO EPISODES:

THE END OF ETERNITY: PART TWO

SOUL HUNTER: PART ONE

SOUL HUNTER: PART TWO

REBIRTH


NOTE: If you’re new to TVWriter™ and/or to the original animated SS series, you have some backstory to catch up on. Fortunately, TVWriter™ just happens to have a section dedicated to The Silver Surfer. To reach it, CLICK HERE!

And now it’s time for:


THE SILVER SURFER

THE SILVER SURFER

THE HUNGER
(#2147-18)

WRITTEN BY
LARRY BRODY

FINAL DRAFT
APRIL 14, 1998

THE SILVER SURFER

“THE HUNGER”

TEASER

FADE IN:

EXT. PLANET OF BIRJ – DAY

PANNING ACROSS a landscape of heavy industry — hi-tech
generators, smokestacks, power cables…dirt, grime, smog.

BIRJIAN MAN 1 (O.S.) BIRJIAN MAN 2 (O.S.)
Where’d he go? Keep looking! He can’t
have gotten far!

The O.S. voices GROW LOUDER as we CONTINUE PANNING TO:

A HUGE HIGH VOLTAGE TRANSFORMER

Surrounded by other, similar structures. A shadowy, human-
like form flies behind it, landing with a MUFFLED THUD, and,
immediately:

BIRJIAN MAN 3 (O.S.)
There he is!

WIDER

Where three uniformed, human-like Birjians fly toward the
transformer, FIRING THE VARIOUS ENERGY WEAPONS they hold —
one like a GUN — one a BOLO — the third one a WHIP. The
ENERGY BEAMS hit the transformer, and it EXPLODES!

ANOTHER ANGLE

As the shadowy form is BLOWN clear of the ruined structure,
and we get our first good view of TERRAX, tall and imposing,
with a fringe of dark hair hanging from low on an otherwise
bald crown.

In his hand Terrax carries not a gun but an ENERGY AXE, its
head made completely of a cascading FIELD OF FORCE. He
raises his AXE at his attackers, and the FIELD OF FORCE stabs
outward at them, like lightning.

BIRJIAN MAN 1
Watch out for his axe — !

As the first man speaks, he and the others throw themselves
out of the way and resume FIRING, Terrax immediately moving
his axe so that its FIELD OF FORCE intercepts the BLASTS,
seeming to suck their ENERGY into it, when:

BRODY THE SILVER SURFER 2147-18 FINAL DRAFT 04/14/98
2.

NOVA (O.S.)
Naughty, naughty…

NOVA

Comes flying down at the combatants. She holds out her
hands, BLASTING at the three attackers with her COSMIC FLAME,
and they dive for cover.

NOVA
Didn’t your mothers ever tell you
three against one isn’t fair?

Nova BLASTS again, the ground around the three Birjians
EXPLODING WITH FIRE. Turning, they flee through the sky.

READ THE ENTIRE SCRIPT HERE

TVWriter™ Don’t-Miss Posts of the Week – April 2, 2018

Good morning!

Time for TVWriter™’s  Monday look at our most popular blog posts of the week ending yesterday. They are:

Empty Promises: My experience submitting scripts to Amazon Studios

LB: Untold Tales of the Animated SILVER SURFER TV Series Ep. 17 Teleplay

‘The Following’ Season 4 was Cancelled by Fox Because the TV Series Became a Victim of Lazy Writing!

Tyler Perry Tells Us How to Become a Famous Writer

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

And our most visited permanent resource pages are, also in order:

Writing the Dreaded Outline

PEOPLE’S PILOT Writing Contest

SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED SECOND SEASON ARC

The Logline

Larry Brody’s Master Class in TV and Film Writing

Major thanks to everyone for making this another great week at TVWriter™. Don’t forget to click above and read what you missed and re-read what you loved!

munchman: Kudos to Tumblr

by munchman

Yeah, yeah, yeah…okay, okay, okay. I gotta admit that Tumblr, which Yer Friendly Neighborhood Munchacho has always thought of as a kind of Blogspot wannabe, has manned up and done the right thing vis a vis Russian Intelligence, fake news, and all that pathetic poo that Trump, Putin, and their various handlers, enablers, and subjects hath wrought.

In other words, here’s an email I got over the weekend from Tumblr about muncharoni’s very own Tumblr account:

Thanks for caring about us, Tumbleros. And for doing what neither Twitter or Facebook have. You now have something I very seldom give anybody for anything – my respect.

Yer Friendly Neighborhood Muncher

LB: Untold Tales of the Animated SILVER SURFER TV Series Ep. 17 Teleplay

by Larry Brody

Over the past three weeks I’ve posted the scripts for Season 2 Episode 1, Episode 2, and Episode 3 of the FoxKids Network The Silver Surfer animated series for those who wondered what all of us involved in the show back in 1998 intended to come if we hadn’t been cancelled.

Today it’s the turn of Season 2 Episode 4, Rebirth.  This one’s a “Final Draft,” which incorporates a set of changed pages so that everyone involved in the prep for Season 2 was satisfied that it was ready to shoot.

PREVIOUS SEASON TWO EPISODES:

THE END OF ETERNITY: PART TWO

SOUL HUNTER: PART ONE

SOUL HUNTER: PART TWO


NOTE: If you’re new to TVWriter™ and/or to the original animated SS series, you have some backstory to catch up on. Fortunately, TVWriter™ just happens to have a section dedicated to The Silver Surfer. To reach it, CLICK HERE!

And now it’s time for:


THE SILVER SURFER

REBIRTH

(FORMERLY: BATTLE CRY)

(#2147-17)

WRITTEN BY

LARRY BRODY

REV. PAGES *
APRIL 8, 1998

FINAL DRAFT
MARCH 30, 1998

THE SILVER SURFER

“REBIRTH”

TEASER

FADE IN:

EXT. A NEW STAR SYSTEM – CLOSE ON A COSMIC BOLT

EXPLODING through the BLACKNESS of space. WIDENING, we SEE
the SILVER SURFER on his board, soaring over the planet of
Zenn-La, with the rest of the worlds in the new system
visible in b.g.

SILVER SURFER
Shalla Bal is gone! Gone!

Frustrated and furious, he FIRES again and again. His BOLTS
are random, directed at nothing in particular, until:

NEBULA VIRAL (O.S.)
Get yourself together, Surfer.
You’ve got a job to do for me —

ANOTHER ANGLE

The NEBULA VIRAL floats in space near the PLASMA JUMP we all
remember from #2147-16. The Surfer’s board slides toward it.

SILVER SURFER
Nebula, you are the one
responsible! Viral in form — yet
still pirate in heart!

And, in his rage, the Surfer FIRES TWIN COSMIC BOLTS that
EXPLODE against the Viral’s ENERGY BUBBLE! The Nebula Viral
CRIES OUT WORDLESSLY, and the BUBBLE goes plummeting down,
down toward:

EXT. PLANET OF ZENN-LA – MEADOW OUTSIDE THE ACADEMY – DAY

Where the Nebula Viral CRASHES down to the ground, shaken but
unhurt in the intact ENERGY BUBBLE. In b.g., surprised
students look on as the Surfer soars down after her. The
Viral rears upward.

NEBULA VIRAL (V.O.)
Stop! Surfer, we have a bargain!

SILVER SURFER
A bargain already broken by your
treachery! You caused the crisis
in the Soul Hunter’s Dimension!

BRODY THE SILVER SURFER 2147-17 REV. PAGES 04/08/98
2.

NEBULA VIRAL (V.O.)
(wryly)
How else could I get you to help
a poor pirate?

READ THE ENTIRE SCRIPT HERE