BUZZ: December 2015  

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The new musical Who's Your Baghdaddy or How I started the Iraq War (music and book by Marshall Pailet and A.D. Penned) based on J.T. Allen’s screenplay "Curveball" opened September at the Temple Theatre, 339 West 47th Street, NYC, 10036, and runs through November.

Walter Davis invites all WGAW members to Santa Barbara for monthly “First Fridays” networking lunches. Email Walter directly to check whether a gathering is scheduled in the upcoming month, time, location (usually Wine Bistro in Montecito), and to be added to the email reminder list.

Weiko Lin presents a staged reading of his dramedy The Best Man in partnership with the Japanese American National Museum. In this 95-minute one-act, Mitchell spends the evening before his wedding at a hotel suite with his brother and best man, Danny, a DJ burnout who makes his money pimping out his young, naive girlfriend, Misty. Mitchell is marrying Julia, who is also Danny's ex-wife. When the women arrive, the drinks flow and the charade begins. Beneath its high-stakes surface and temptation, a dark vengeful secret explodes as the night unfolds. Talkback with Lin and cast members Stacy Fan, Carrie Lazar, Jason Ryan Lovett, and Eric Martig immediately follows. Wed., December 9, 8 p.m. Tateuchi Democracy Forum (next to Japanese American National Museum), 100 N. Central Ave., Los Angeles 90012. Free admission for reading; RSVP by clicking here. Metered parking or public lots (varies $4-$7).

Devra Māza is nominated for five National Arts & Entertainment Journalism (NAEJ) Awards for her Huffington Post feature stories. For best Entertainment Blog by an Individual, Online, Maza's nomination is represented by "The Adaptation Game: Playing With Fifty Shades of Sex for Film" which takes a sensuously speculative look at how graphic sex in the erotic novel could be cinematically adapted for screen. "Ode to Joy: Robin, Joan and Laughter's Long Life" is nominated in three categories for best in Humor Writing, In Appreciation Feature in all platforms, and Celebrity Feature, Online. “Ode” pays tribute to trailblazing comedians Robin Williams and Joan Rivers. Maza is also nominated for “Shooting Diamonds: Directing The World Series” in best Arts and Entertainment Feature, Online, examining two of Major League Baseball’s top television directors who reveal technical and creative challenges in making championship TV. This is the ninth consecutive year in which Maza has been honored in entertainment and sports award categories. The 2015 NAEJ Awards takes place Sunday, December 6, at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. For tickets, finalists and information, go to For more on Maza, follow on Twitter @DevraMaza and 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.


Diversity Attribute Directory
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: Share Your Expertise with the Community!
The Writers Guild Foundation offers volunteer opportunities throughout the year for all WGAW members who want to connect with the writing community, particularly with youth and military veterans who aspire to tell their stories. Opportunities range from one-time guest lectures to longer term mentorships--we work with members' levels of time commitment and availability. For more information, visit or call the Foundation at (323) 782-4692.