BUZZ: May 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

Stanley Dyrector’s new one act play Ira and Max which starred Ed Asner as “Max” can be preordered for its June 23 arrival via link at OneActPlayDepot.

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.

David Misch hosts two exciting opportunities: on Sunday, May 3, 2:00 p.m., Misch talks about "Comedy and Morality: Satire, Censorship and Dirty Words" at the Skirball Cultural Center. Click HERE for Skirball tickets and information. Then on Friday, May 22 at 10:00 a.m., David teaches "The World of Musical Satire" through UCLA Extension, everything from Weird Al to Wagner, Bernstein to Python. Five weekly classes, ending June 19. For registration information, please visit UCLA Extension webpage HERE.

This summer, Deborah Pearl makes her directorial debut with her penned short film, “Getting Ed Laid,” starring Ed Asner, a funny "coming of OLD age" story written for Ed. Deborah's last short "In Confidence" directed by Mitch Levine, starring Beege Barkette will be in the upcoming 2015 Cannes Film Festival “Short Film Corner”. Her first short, "Waiting For Yvette," directed by Justin Ross, starring Wendie Malick aired on the Logo network. In addition to the short film’s webpage, please also visit which links to introductory video with Ed and Deborah.

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.

Advisory Board Member Adam Westbrook encourages WGAW members to take a look at SeriesFest: Season One, a brand new festival for TV pilots, with support from Denver Film Society. Beyond providing excellent screening and panel opportunities with professionals from all aspects of the television industry, SeriesFest proudly introduces a competition for half-hour comedy scripts, in partnership with Parallel Entertainment and production company YayBig. Next submission deadline is Friday, May 15! Winner receives a development deal and opportunity to have a pilot presentation produced ($60,000 value). Finalists announced June 1 and will be flown to Denver (airfare, accommodations, and VIP badge included) during the festival (6/18-6/21) to participate in a two-day Storytellers lab that includes creative workshops with industry professionals and a reading of their pilot by professional actors in front of live audience. Submission details can be found here. Writers, we hope you will join us at Mile High!


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.