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News Release: June 16, 2009
Writers Guild, West’s Latest Seasoned Readings Series Launches with Larry Gelbart Pinnacle Premiere

LOS ANGELES -- The Writers Guild of America, West launched its latest Seasoned Readings series to spotlight the work of veteran writers on June 15 with the premiere staged reading of Pinnacle, a dark comedy TV pilot which is the latest project from Writers Guild and Emmy Award-winning writer Larry Gelbart (M*A*S*H, Tootsie, And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself).

Drawing an SRO crowd, cast members appearing in Tuesday night’s special staged reading included actors Bradley Whitford (The West Wing), Cary Elwes (Saw), James Frain (The Tudors), Carl Reiner (Ocean’s Thirteen), David Paymer (Drag Me to Hell), Steve Sandvoss (Latter Days), and Erin Mathews (Hannah Montana), among others in attendance.

A pitch-black comedy set in UFA, the fabled German motion picture studio, as the Nazis came to power, limited-run series Pinnacle is “meant to demonstrate how a film director with a myopic, misguided ambition barely notices the suffering all about him in his pursuit of a successful career,” according to Gelbart.

“This series is a godsend in an age of one ‘ism’ after another that today’s writers are faced with,” commented Gelbart on the value of Seasoned Readings and the Guild’s continuing efforts to address ageism in the entertainment industry.

Presented by the WGAW Career Longevity Committee and part of the WGAW’s ongoing diversity initiative, the Guild’s Seasoned Readings program continues to promote, celebrate, and provide a forum for the work of older writers. The CLC’s mission aims to assist writers of all ages in planning for long and successful careers by giving them the tools and knowledge to adapt to changes in the entertainment industry marketplace.

Upcoming Seasoned Readings special events are slated through Fall 2009.

For press photos from June 15’s Pinnacle WGAW staged reading, please visit the following link to access/download:  Photo credit: Michael Jones

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) is a labor union representing writers of motion pictures, television, radio and Internet programming, including news and documentaries. Founded in 1933, the Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members. It is involved in a wide range of programs that advance the interests of writers, and is active in public policy and legislative matters on the local, national and international levels. For more information on the WGAW, please visit: www.wga.org.