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 CalendarNOTE: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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?
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.
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.
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.
Activities Committee “Day at the Races”
11 a.m.-5 p.m. – Santa Anita Park, Arcadia 91007Category: 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.
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.
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.
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.
Groundbreakers Screening Series: Erin Brockovich & The China Syndrome + Q&A with Susannah Grant
7:30 p.m. – Aero Theater, 1328 Montana Avenue, Santa Monica 90403Category: 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.)
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.
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