WGAW Calendar: 2015  

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2015 IDA Documentary Screening Series – Registration open!
The International Documentary Association’s (IDA) annual Documentary Screening Series presents some of the year’s best documentary films to members of industry guilds and organizations, and the IDA community. A Q&A with filmmakers follows each screening. Priority seating given to guild members. WGA members register online to receive direct invitations.


Mon 3 
A Salon with James Lopez, Screen Gems SVP Production
7:30-9:30 p.m. - WGAW 4th Floor Boardroom. Members in active status, RSVP: Diversity with “Screen Gems” as subject. Info: (323) 782-4589 Join us for an intimate conversation with James Lopez, SVP Production. Since joining Screen Gems in 2010, he has been a conduit between film, music and youth culture by utilizing his previous experience in the music industry as SVP Marketing, Urban Division for Atlantic Records. He has overseen projects such as Think Like A Man, Battle of The Year, About Last Night, Think Like A Man Too, The Wedding Ringer, and upcoming Padre and When the Bough Breaks. Hosted by WGAW Latino Writers Committee.
Wed 5 
WGF: Words Into Pixels - Couches, Consoles and Creating Worlds*
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. Moderated by Neil Druckmann (The Last of Us, Uncharted 4), panelists Tom Bissell (Gears of War: Judgment, The Vanishing of Ethan Carter), T.J. Fixman (Ratchet & Clank series) and Marianne Krawczyk (God of War series, Star Trek) will discuss how to write scripts for video games and how to break into the gaming industry.
Tues 11
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.

WGF: Master Class with Meredith Stiehm, hosted by Pam Veasey*
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. In this Writers Guild Foundation master class, moderator Pam Veasey (CSI: Cyber, CSI: NY, In Living Color) is on hand to guide us through Meredith Stiehm’s impressive career as creator of The Bridge and Cold Case, executive producer of Homeland, and writer on ER and NYPD Blue.
Wed 12 
2015 Voice Awards
6 p.m. partner-sponsored Meet & Greet; 7:30 p.m. ceremony – UCLA Royce Hall, 340 Royce Dr., Westwood 90095. Free to WGA members and their guests. RSVP by Wed., 8/5: Barbara Demming Lurie. 2015 host is Chandra Wilson of Grey’s Anatomy. The Voice Awards, sponsored by SAMHSA, WGAW, DGA, SAG-AFTRA, PGA, NAB and other national organizations, recognize writers and producers who have contributed to the public's understanding of behavioral health through their productions. This year’s event focuses on the importance of suicide prevention. Hors d'oeuvres served during early Meet & Greet. Free parking in Lot 5.

Doc U: The Writers Guild and the Documentary Filmmaker – co-presented with IDA
7-8 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. WGAW and Caucus members in active status, and International Documentary Association members only/no guests, RSVP by 8/10 with name and email: IndieFilm or (323) 782-4731. Find out what the WGAW offers Writers working on documentary films and nonfiction projects. WGAW’s Independent Film Executive Kay S. Wolf and Contracts Administrator Elisabeth Flack will be on hand to answer your questions. Presented in association with the International Documentary Association (IDA).
Tues 18 
“Are Management/Production Companies the New Mini-Studios (for Features)?”
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Guild/Caucus members in active status, no guests, RSVP: MgmtCos. An informational evening with representatives from leading management companies. Panelists to discuss company backgrounds and individual approaches on producing independent feature films, their target market and creative product, relationships with writers (clients and non-) and how that might affect what is produced, packaging/funding/production/distribution, and more. Speakers include Tai Duncan (Zero Gravity), Ben Forkner (Management 360), Tom Lassally (3 Arts Entertainment), Jennifer Levine (Untitled Entertainment), Mike Marcus (Echo Lake Entertainment), and Luke Rivett (Anonymous Content). Hosted by WGAW Writers Education Committee, which intends to examine later the TV realm at similar future event (2016). Note: Unsolicited material will not be accepted by our guest panelists.
Wed 19 
Meeting: Committee of Black Writers
7-9 p.m. – WGAW 4th Floor Boardroom. Info: (323) 782-4589. The Committee of Black Writers is dedicated to empowering and increasing industry visibility of African-American writers and generating more career and networking opportunities within the Guild. All WGAW and Caucus members in active status welcome.
Mon 24 
Meeting: Committee of Women Writers
7:30-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 4th Floor Boardroom. Info: (323) 782-4589. This committee works to enhance the opportunities, advance the careers, and highlight the accomplishments of women in the Guild, to end discrimination against women writers in the industry and to improve the image of women in film, television, and radio. The group sponsors events designed to increase knowledge of the craft and the marketplace. WGAW and Caucus members in active status only.
Tues 25 
A Salon with Carlos Bombadilla and Brandon Guzmán (Valor Entertainment Group)
7-9 p.m. – WGAW 4th Floor Boardroom. Members in active status, RSVP: Diversity with “Valor” as subject. Info: (323) 782-4589 Join us for an intimate conversation with Carlos Bobadilla and Brandon Guzmán, co-partners of Valor Entertainment Group, a full service talent management and production company, currently working with content for Spanish and bilingual markets. Hosted by WGAW Latino Writers Committee.
Wed 26 
WGF: Master Class with Winnie Holzman, hosted by Jason Katims*
7:30-9 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Tickets/Info: WGFoundation. In this Writers Guild Foundation master class, we get a glimpse into Winnie Holzman’s (My So-Called Life, Once and Again) process of writing such beloved stories and characters, who continue to captivate audiences and influence new productions on stage and screen. Discussion will be moderated by writer, developer and producer Jason Katims (Parenthood, Friday Night Lights). Jason and Winnie were colleagues on My So-Called Life, so you can bet that Winnie will have a few questions for Jason about his craft and career too!
Fri 28 
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. WGAW and Caucus members in active status only.
Sun 30 
Q&A: The Guild Screenings – Z for Zachariah with Nissar Modi
after 5:00 p.m. screening – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. WGAW members only with guests. Q&A with writer Nissar Modi begins immediately after the screening (TRT: 98 minutes). Based on the Book by Robert C. O'Brien. Guild membership card required for entry.


Wed 2
Candidates Night 2015
6-9:30 p.m. – WGAW 2nd Floor. Current active WGAW members only, no guests, RSVP: CommEvents or (323) 782-4602. WGAW Officer and Board candidates share their priorities and goals for the Writers Guild, and welcome your questions at this year’s election forum. 6:00 p.m. drinks; 6:30 p.m. Board Candidates+Q&A; 7:30 p.m. dinner; 8:30 p.m. Officer Candidates+Q&A.
Sat 12
Writers Salon 2015 – Save the Date!
2-5 p.m. – RSVPs open September. Venue TBA. It’s Back-To-School time, guild writers! At a local high school, with class sizes no larger than 30 member peers, esteemed show creators/writers will share their experiences, answer questions and set their own agendas. No Panels. No Moderators. Just one-on-one conversations. Free for WGA members in active status only. No guests. Speakers, RSVP guidelines and method soon to be announced. Please check back at this listing first week of September. A Writers Education Committee favorite!
Th 17
2015 Sublime Primetime* – Emmy nominee panel
7:30-9 p.m. – Writers Guild Theater, 135 S. Doheny Dr., Beverly Hills. Tickets/Info: Writers Guild Foundation. Variety’s Cynthia Littleton (Managing Editor, TV) moderates this season’s celebrated panel of Emmy-nominated writers (subject to availability): Jane Anderson (Olive Kitteridge), Stephanie Gillis (The Simpsons), Matthew Weiner (Mad Men), and others to be announced. Light reception follows. Co-presented by WGAW, Writers Guild Foundation and Variety.


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