April 2012, Vol. 5, Issue 4
www.wga.org
THE LIST

In Memoriam
Peter Bergman
11/29/39 - 3/9/12
Benedict Freedman
12/19/19 - 2/24/12
Bob Henry
7/27/19 - 3/18/12
Jerome Ross
2/10/11 - 2/11/12
Maggie Williams
1/30/20 - 1/28/12

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POLS, PACS & PALS

April 19 PAC Fundraiser

Please attend our April 19 WGAW PAC reception with special guest California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris. Funds raised at the reception will be used to support candidates to the US House and Senate who have shown support for WGAW board-identified public policy issues. Read more

Why Political Action?

"We're in a time of real change. As writers have seen since the early '90s, the power to get writers' words produced are now in the hands of a very few. . . I believe writers share a perspective that is completely different from anyone else's - one about freedom of ideas and expression and sharing it. If the Internet gets choked off in the same way television has it will be to the detriment of writers. It's important to keep in mind that if we're not in the room it doesn't mean other groups won't be. The conglomerates will all be there and don't share our perspective. Having a political program and a PAC are two ways of being in the room." Read more

- John Vezina, WGAW Political Director

Our Friends on Capitol Hill

Of the 535 members of Congress, a few are especially aware of writers' public policy concerns and meet with our political team to better understand and support issues that matter to writers. Read more


WRITERS EDUCATION

TV Virgins Learn the Lay of the Land

With the television staffing season looming...for the recent Writers Education Committee's "TV Series for Virgins," which drew an impressive panel that included comedy showrunners Lee Aronsohn (CBS' Two and a Half Men) and Jenny Bicks (Showtime's The Big C)... Read more


DIVERSITY

Getting the Gay Green Light

The economics of producing gay- and lesbian-themed independent movies are tougher than ever. While the 1990s and early 2000s saw an influx of LGBT films, more recent changes in the financing and distribution of independent movies... Read more

WGAW CALENDAR

See the full calendar and BUZZ

HIGHLIGHTS:

4/4 - WGF: MICHAEL PATRICK KING & LISA KUDROW, THE COMEBACK

4/11 - WGF: MIKE MILLS, BEGINNERS

4/12 - HEALTH INSURANCE - IF YOU'RE NOT COVERED

4/17-4/23 - COLCOA FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL

4/21 - TRANSMEDIA WORKSHOP (ALL DAY)

5/1 - CHECK OUT MY PACKAGE: MAKING YOUR FILM PROJECT IRRESISTIBLE

5/16 - CANNES FILM FEST: MAISON DES SCENARISTES

Members please note BUZZ items can be submitted to WriteNow.
FILM SOCIETY:

4/6 - MONSIEUR LAZHAR

4/7 - 21 JUMP STREET

4/13 - JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI

4/14 - BULLY

4/14 - DAMSELS IN DISTRESS

4/15 - THE HUNTER

4/22 - BERNIE

4/28 - NATURAL SELECTION

4/30 - DARLING COMPANION

See the full film society.