Meet the Press
2012 WGAW Fall-Winter Screenwriters Reception 

By WGAW member Gary Goldstein 

(November 6, 2012) 

Helping kick off this year’s movie awards season, the WGAW Publicity & Marketing Committee, in conjunction with the Guild’s Communications Department, hosted its 2012 Fall-Winter Screenwriters Reception on Tuesday, October 30, at The Capital Grille in West Hollywood. The two-hour event brought together a terrific group of writers – representing WGA-covered feature films released from September through the end of the year – with an array of entertainment journalists from print, broadcast, and online outlets.

The Capital Grille, located at L.A.’s Beverly Center, provided a clubby, relaxed setting on its upper, city-view patio for writers and press to mingle, enjoy cocktails and appetizers, and chat about the current crop of awards-season films—and the business of screenwriting in general.

WGAW Director of Communications Neal Sacharow and Communications Specialist Gregg Mitchell, along with Publicity & Marketing Committee Chair Aaron Mendelsohn and Committee members (Bruce Cameron, Michael Conley, Gary Goldstein, Margaret Howell, Ken Pisani, Ari Rubin, and Susan Walter) helped connect screenwriters and journalists for informal interviews, friendly conversation, and casual photo ops.

For the various feature writers, including John Gatins (Flight), Robbie Fox (Playing for Keeps) and Randy Brown (Trouble With the Curve), the evening provided an exciting window to visit with fellow notables, get to know their rising peers, and talk shop with such journalists as John Horn from The Los Angeles Times, Variety’s Dave McNary, Le Monde’s Claudine Mulard, Sue Zeidler from Reuters, and Fade In magazine’s Audrey Kelly.

Many internet press outlets, including scribes for Screenwriters Online, The Huffington Post, Press Pass L.A., Backstory, and The Atkin Report, were also there conducting interviews with the evening’s honored screenwriters.

Enthused Arbitrage writer-director Nicholas Jarecki, “It was an honor to participate in the WGAW reception, especially because it was an opportunity to really connect with people – not only with our hard-working reps at the Guild, but also with other great writers in a year of exemplary scripts. For me, it's important to share a sense of community with writers I am proud to call peers…p.s., the food was good!”

Actor-writer John Krasinski (co-screenwriter of Promised Land, with Matt Damon, story by Dave Eggers) happily noted he was proud to finally join the Guild and the reception was his “first official event as a member of the WGA.”

On the Guild side, Writers Guild Foundation Executive Director Angela Kirgo, WGAW Independent Film Executive Kay Wolf, WGAW Member Services’ Todd Amorde, and WGAW staffers Melinda Foley and Alex Maddox were in attendance as well.

Click here to view a photo gallery from the WGAW’s 2012 Fall-Winter Screenwriters Reception.


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