BUZZ: July 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 through 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

Showrunner Brent Forrester (The Simpsons, The Office) invites members and writers to a free lecture on TV Writing at United Talent Agency (UTA) on Tuesday, July 7, 7:00 p.m. Forrester has also written for King of the Hill and Late Night with Conan, and is currently showrunner on Love, a Netflix show produced by Judd Apatow, debuting in 2016. UTA Theater, 9336 Civic Center Drive, Beverly Hills. RSVP email with “7/7 Forrester” as subject: UTA. He’d love to see you there!

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.

Michael January’s novel Frankenstein Diaries: The Romantics – The Secret Memoirs of Mary Shelley debuted June 15 with Winged Lion Publications and Prestbury Books, and is now available via Amazon in paperback and for Kindle. A speculative collaboration with Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley from her journal diaries, the book recreates the 1814 elopement trip of the 16-year old future author and Percy Byssche Shelley.

Devra Māza has again been honored at the Los Angeles Press Club’s Southern California Journalism Awards for her Huffington Post feature stories. “Shooting Diamonds: Directing The World Series” garnered 2nd Place for Best Sports News or Feature, Online, sharing inside looks with two of Major League Baseball’s best television directors, Bill Webb (FOX Sports) and John Moore (YES Network). Maza also won 2nd Place for “Baseball’s Library: Inside the Hall of Fame Archives” in the Best Sports Commentary, Online category, written on the occasion of viewing her poem “The Great Greg Maddux” iin the Hall’s Poetry Archives, featuring an interview with Hall Library’s esteemed director Jim Gates. This the ninth consecutive year in which Maza has been nominated in entertainment or sports award categories. Please visit and follow on Twitter @devramaza

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.


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.

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.