BUZZ: March 2014
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's new comedy L.A. Deli, a series of twelve show business-related sketches will open Friday, March 21, at Lee Strasberg Theatre, 7936 Santa Monica Blvd, and run until April 27. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online through Plays411, or calling (323) 960-7738. Offers through Goldstar and LA Stage Alliance may be available later.
(animated features The Princess and The Frog and Treasure Planet) explains five keystones to completing a winning story, sharing tricks and tools he learned while at Disney / Pixar. Professional and beginning screenwriters are invited to hone their writing skills to create page-turning, dynamic scripts! “The 5 Keystones to Great Screenwriting: A Master Class” is a two-day workshop scheduled on March 8th and 9th, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Center Stage Gallery, Burbank. WGA members receive a 10% discount (see promo code under “The Writers Guild”. Click here for info/registration.
's one-act play Chestnut Trees premieres at the 2014 Playwright's Festival. Preview performance March 6, continuing performances March 7, 14, 15, and 16 in the historic BeeKay Theatre, 110 S. Green St., Tehachapi, CA 93561. Tickets available through Tehachapi Community Theatre for $10 or call (661) 823-8145.
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.
's Valentine's weekend feature story "A Tobor the 8th Man Valentine: My Secret Superhero Romance Revealed!" has been published by the Huffington Post's Entertainment page. The article is a playfully romantic look at the author's first crush, as she declares: "I was in love with a TV cartoon superhero robot and I don't care who knows it!" Her latest sports story, "Shooting Diamonds: Directing Sandman's Exit and MLB's Best TV" was published by the Huffington Post's Baseball page. The article is the first of an exclusive three-part series that reveals how Major League Baseball’s A-list directors deliver to fans some of the most moving and thrilling visuals in sports television. Permanent links to both feature stories can also be found on Devra's Huffington Post archives page, as well as on her own website's Articles page at www.devramaza.com.
's e-book Automatic Pilot is now available on Amazon. Adapted from his UCLA Writers' Program online workshop, “Writing A Spec Pilot”, Taub’s experience writing numerous produced episodics have led to the development of his definitive guide on how to create and write an original pilot. If you’ve been considering creating a show, take a look!
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.