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News Release: July 2, 2003
WGAw Gay & Lesbian Committee and Outfest 2003 to Co-Host a Panel Discussion: "The Gay Pitch"

LOS ANGELES -- The Writers Guild of America, west Gay & Lesbian Committee will co-host the panel, "The Gay Pitch," as part of Outfest 2003: The 21st Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, on Saturday, July 12, 5:00 P.M. at the Directors Guild of America, Theatre #2, 7290 Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles.

Is there a trick to pitching gay work? How do you stay true to your idea while presenting it as a marketable one? A panel of writers, producers and studio executives will explain successful pitching techniques of gay-themed feature material, after which several audience members will have the chance to pitch their script ideas to the panel. Those wishing to pitch must have their treatments registered with the WGA. On-site registration will be available.

The panel will be moderated by Stephen Macias (vice president, Michael L. Levy Enterprises) and will include Del Shores (screenwriter. "Sordid Lives") C.Jay Cox (screenwriter, "Sweet Home Alabama," "Latter Days"), Jonathan Tolins (screenwriter, "The Twilight of the Golds"), Dan Bucatinsky (screenwriter, "All Over the Guy"), George Bandele (head of development, Funny Boy Films), Monica Chuo (sr. vice president, Artisan Entertainment), and Michelle Archer (vice president, Reel One Entertainment).

Admission is free and open to the public, but reservations are necessary. For reservations call: (213) 480-7065.

Outfest 2003: The 21st Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival takes place July 10-21 at the Directors Guild of America, the Ford Amphitheater, the Regent Showcase, Pacific Design Center, and the Laemmle Monica theater, among others. For a more complete schedule and to purchase tickets, visit the Outfest Web site at www.outfest.org or call 213-480-7065.