BUZZ: January 2015  

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"Backbone" -- René Balcer's collaboration with Chinese artist Xu Bing -- will be on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art from December 20, 2014, to July 26, 2015. The work, a multi-media installation featuring blues artists Captain Luke and Big Ron Hunter, is an epic poem in praise of the black women who worked the tobacco fields of Virginia. On view at the Hammer Building, level 2 as part of the retrospective "The Language of Xu Bing", the exhibition is included in general admission. LACMA: 5905 Wilshire Ave., Los Angeles 90036

Stanley Dyrector’s one act play "Ira and Max” which starred Ed Asner as “Max” will be published by One Act Play Depot, available in February online and in its cover edition early June. “Max” is a seasoned Hollywood screenwriter, and young actor “Ira” seeks a job. Critic Fran Lewis wrote “a play filled with so many different dynamics: comedy, humor, sarcasm and heart…” Dyrector’s nonfiction book is Shedding Light on the Hollywood Blacklist: Conversations with Participants.

Deirdre Hanssen 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.

Devra Maza‘s feature article "Shooting Diamonds: Directing the World Series", has been published by The Huffington Post as the lead feature story on its Sports and MLB pages. The article is the latest installment of an exclusive three-part series that reveals how Major League Baseball’s A-list directors make the technical and artistic choices that turn baseball's biggest games into championship television. Part one of the series, "Shooting Diamonds: Directing Sandman's Exit", about Mariano Rivera's last All-Star and Yankee Stadium home games, was awarded third place for Best Online Analysis/Commentary at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards. For these and Devra’s other articles, visit

In the spirit of fostering creativity, building friendships, and maybe lowering BP by venting industry frustrations, Fred Shafferman invites all writers to join a weekly indoor full-court WGA basketball game. Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. in Hollywood and Sundays 9:30 a.m. in North Hollywood. Email Fred for details.


WGF: Do You Have Children’s Books?
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 for more information about Writers Guild Foundation programs.

Diversity Attribute Directory Now Functional!
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: 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: 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.