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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.
Co-founders ANTON DIETHER and JON WILLIAMS of the new Austin WGAW Members Group invite WGAW guild members in active status, living in or visiting the Austin, TX area, to join their mailing list for notification of regular and special local events. To join the community (aka “rally” on this site), visit WritersGuildinAustin.
Film Struck subscription streaming services (presented by Turner Classic Movies and The Criterion Collection) will feature clips from The STANLEY DYRECTOR Show, in which Dyrector interviews Cooley High screenwriter Eric Monte, as part of its feature on the making of Cooley High. The 9-minute special is available now on Film Struck, sharing about the genesis of Monte’s storytelling and how the film made it to screen. See more of Dyrector’s interviews archived under LA36 Public Access.
GARY GOLDSTEIN's stage play April, May & June will have its world premiere March 16-April 16, 2017 at Theatre 40, 241 S. Moreno Dr., in Beverly Hills. The comedy-drama, written by Goldstein and directed by Terri Hanauer, involves three adult sisters who gather to close up their late mother's house only to discover a surprise about the mom they thought they knew. $30 tickets (half-price for WGA members w/ID at door on standby basis). Thurs.-Sat. at 8 p.m., Sun. matinees at 2 p.m. Friday, March 17 performance begins earlier at 7:00 p.m. www.theatre40.org; (310) 364-0535.
On Jan. 2, 2017, DARRYL PONICSAN (School Ties, Nuts, Cinderella Liberty, Taps) was awarded the first star of the new year on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars. He has a film in post-production, based on his novel and co-written script, Last Flag Flying, with writer/director RICHARD LINKLATER (Boyhood, Before Sunset), starring Steve Carrell, Bryan Cranston, and Laurence Fishburne.
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: https://apps.wga.org/agency/Findwriter.aspx. 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: https://my.wga.org/home/login.aspx. 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 wgfoundation.org or call the Foundation at (323) 782-4692.