WGAW Calendar: 2014

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July

Wed 2 
Special Pre-Release Screening of Affluenza with Q&A
7:30-10 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Members in active status and a guest, RSVP: Diversity with “Affluenza” as subject. Info: (323) 782-4589. An aspiring young photographer finds himself caught up in a heady world of money, sex and privilege when he moves to wealthy Long Island the summer of 2008. Q&A with screenwriter Antonia Macia follows, plus dessert reception. Host: WGAW Latino Writers Committee.
Tues 8 
Screening + Q&A of 100 Days (in Mandarin with subtitles)
7:30-10 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Members in active status and a guest, RSVP: Diversity with “100 Days” as subject. Info: (323) 782-4589. When a cold hearted telecom executive returns to his small island town for his estranged mother's burial, he learns of the Chinese tradition that mandates him to marry within 100 days so that the parent's spirit can transition peacefully. When a typhoon leaves him stranded on the isle, a romance rekindles with his free-spirited, childhood sweetheart—who’s engaged to a local villager. Q&A follows with co-writer Weiko Lin. (TRT: 104 minutes) Host: WGAW Asian American Writers Committee.
Sat 12 
The Series of Tubes: Serial Storytelling in an Expanding World*
9 a.m.-6:15 p.m. – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. In the old days, we called TV "the boob tube." But with the introduction of platforms like Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and a multitude of cable channels, these days it's more like a series of tubes. Through it all, the need for good storytelling hasn't changed. Join the WGF as they welcome the writers and producers behind Community, The Killing, Pretty Little Liars, Husbands, Burning Love for this day-long event.
Tues 15  
Genre Smash!*
7-8:30 p.m. – NerdMelt Showroom, 7522 Sunset Blvd. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. Join the Writers Guild Foundation for its fastest-growing event series, held monthly in the back of the world-famous Meltdown Comics.

Meeting: Gay & Lesbian Writers Committee
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 4th Floor Boardroom. Info: (323) 782-4589. The GLWC seeks to provide a resource to writers portraying lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders (LGBT) in their work, nurture an understanding of how sexual orientation affects the lives of writers, provide networking/social activities, create a greater Guild awareness of sexual orientation as a minority, articulate instances of industry homophobia and/or discrimination, and encourage all LGBT members to become more active with the Guild. WGA and Caucus members in active status only.
Tues 22 
HH&S: Affordable Me – The Face of Obamacare on the Ground & on the Air
6:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. WGA members, RSVP. Guild members are invited to Hollywood, Health & Society's panel on health coverage in America, with television writer/producers and health experts sharing real-world stories and more. Panelists include guild writers Dr. Zoanne Clack (co-EP, Grey’s Anatomy), Dr. Zachary Lutsky (The Night Shift), Meg Marinis (Grey’s Anatomy), Hayley Schore (The Black Box), Patrick Sean Smith (EP, Chasing Life) and others. Refreshments will be served.
Wed 23 
Meeting: Career Longevity Committee
7-9 p.m. – WGAW Room 4B. Info: (323) 782-4589. Formerly the Age Awareness Committee, the mission of the Career Longevity Committee is to assist writers of all ages in planning for long and successful careers by giving them the tools and knowledge to adapt to changes in the marketplace. WGAW and Caucus members in active status of all ages are encouraged to attend.
Fri 25 
Meeting: Writers with Disabilities Committee
2-4 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B. Info: (323) 782-4589. The WGAW Writers with Disabilities Committee is looking for ways to aid disabled writers in pursuing their careers in Hollywood and to encourage accurate portrayals of the disabled in film and television. Please come, shake hands and talk about expanding opportunities for all of us. WGA and Caucus members in active status only.
Sat 26 
AWC Comic-Con Panel: Why Not Serious? Comedy vs. Drama in Animation
10-11 a.m. – Room 9, San Diego Convention Center. Attendees must have Comic-Con badge for panel access. Info: www.comic-con.org. Around the world, animation comes in all flavors: for kids, adults; comedies, dramas, romances, action-adventure. In the States, animated features are mainly comedies, and fewer and fewer TV series are action-adventure. Craig Miller (Curious George, Beast Wars) leads panel of writers, producers, and network executives, including Ted Biaselli (VP, Programming and Development, The Hub), Brian Hohlfeld (Transformers Rescue Bots, My Friends Tigger and Pooh), and James Krieg (Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Teen Titans Go!), who discuss possible reasons and potential for change.

AWC and VWC Comic-Con Reception
7-9 p.m. – San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina (Bayside Pavilion, Lobby Level), 333 W. Harbor Drive, next to San Diego Convention Center. RSVP: Animation. Guild and Caucus members plus a guest are invited to San Diego for hors d'oeuvres and drinks at the annual WGAW Comic-Con Reception presented by the Animation Writers Caucus and Videogame Writers Caucus. Great opportunity for animation and videogame writers to network with fellow writers and other industry professionals. Hosted beer and wine first hour: 7-8 p.m.
Sun 27 
Activities: Summer Cruise!
3-6 p.m. – Marina del Rey. RSVP early! Details given to active members who RSVP, $10/member: Activities. Welcome aboard the Tiki Mermaid's premiere luxury yacht for a Reggae-inspired 3-hour harbor tour of Marina Del Rey and surrounds. Hosted appetizers with cash bar. Member price includes raffle for latest Final Draft software! Guest tickets available at discounted rate. Brought to you by the WGAW Activities Committee.
Mon 28 
Meeting: American Indian Writers Committee
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW Room 2B. Info: (323) 782-4589. This Committee represents the professional and creative interests of American Indian writers. It works to mentor, encourage, empower and increase the visibility and employment of writers of American Indian heritage, and serves as a cultural and educational resource for all Guild member-writers seeking to portray American Indians in their work. WGA and Caucus members in active status only.
Tues 29  
Screening + Q&A of Rob The Mob
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Members in active status and a guest, RSVP: Diversity with “Rob the Mob” as subject. Info: (323) 782-4589. A Queens couple who specialize in robbing mafia social clubs stumble upon a score bigger than they could ever imagine, becoming targets of both the mob and FBI in the process. Q&A follows with writer Jonathan Fernandez, plus reception. Directed by Raymond De Felitta, starring Michael Pitt, Nina Arianda, Andy Garcia, Ray Romano, and Griffin Dunne. Host: WGAW Latino Writers Committee.
Wed 30  
WGAW: A Frank Discussion on Depiction of Women in Film and Television – WAITLIST ONLY
7-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. WGA Members in active status only. No guests, no press. Waitlist RSVP: MemberServices with “7/30 Waitlist” as subject. In the wake of the Isla Vistas shootings, the topic of depiction of women in Film/TV has taken a wider scope, including media influences on male demand and expectations for sexual wish fulfillment by a woman. This tragedy hit a raw nerve, and misogyny within Hollywood culture again became big news. Following last year’s WGAW panel on gun violence prompted by the Newtown shootings, the guild gathers a panel of film and television writers for a frank, open and philosophical exchange on the depiction of women. As writers, are we helping or hurting? Where and how do women fit into the equation? Introduced by WGAW President Chris Keyser and Board member Katherine Fugate, James Duff (Major Crimes, The Closer), Jay Kogen (The Simpsons, Malcolm in The Middle), Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead, The Shield), Erica Messer (Criminal Minds), Melissa Rosenberg (Dexter, Twilight), and Veena Sud (The Killing, Cold Case) initiate discussion, moderated by Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding).
Th 31  
Meeting: Writers Education Committee
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 4th Floor Boardroom. RSVP: WritersEd. This committee brainstorms and develops events and programs which provide WGA members with practical, inside knowledge about how the industry works and how it is changing, emphasizing tips and tools to help writers succeed. We strive to provide "working knowledge for writers" and invite you to contribute your ideas. WGAW and Caucus members in active status only.

August

Wed 13 
2014 Voice Awards
6 p.m. doors open; 7:30 p.m. ceremony – UCLA Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr., Westwood 90095. Dessert reception follows. Free to WGA members and their guests. Email by Fri., 8/8: Barbara Demming Lurie. The Career Achievement Award will be presented to Jason Katims (Parenthood, Friday Night Lights), with honors also going to Elementary, Mike & Molly, Mom, Nashville, and features Frankie & Alice, Short Term 12, and The Spectacular Now. The Voice Awards, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, SAMHSA, WGAW, DGA, SAG-AFTRA, PGA, and national organizations, recognize industry creatives who have contributed to the public's understanding of behavioral health through their productions, as well as spotlights local, community heroes. Free lot parking.

 

*Presented by the Writers Guild Foundation. Proceeds benefit the Writers Guild Foundation Shavelson-Webb Library and other Foundation programs.