April 2013, Vol. 6, Issue 4
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Effective May 2, 2013, the contribution rate to the Producer-Writers Guild of America Pension Plan will increase by .25%.

In Memoriam
Haskell Barkin
5/11/33 - 2/27/13
Henry Bromell
9/19/47 - 3/18/13
Sylvia Hecht
4/12/19 - 2/15/13
Fay Kanin
5/9/17 - 3/27/13
Lester Lewis
11/26/67 - 3/19/13
Peter A. Meyerson
7/12/31 - 3/11/13
Don Payne
5/5/64 - 3/26/13
June Randolph
4/13/29 - 3/19/13
Hal Spear
12/12/62 - 3/10/13
Edward Taylor
9/4/13 - 2/12/13

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Crowdfunding
By harnessing the power of the Internet, writers and filmmakers are financing their projects and reaching investors all over the world. Sometimes in just a few hours.

The story of how writer-producer Rob Thomas financed his Veronica Mars movie project through Kickstarter is fast becoming the stuff of crowdfunding lore. Thomas put out a $2 million request on the online financing website last month and raised the money in 11 hours through online donations. Two days later he was up to $3.7 million, and donations were still going strong. Read more


E! Show Labor Dispute
Fashion Police writers file with state alleging wage and hour violations. WGAW assists.

Writers on the E! Channel's popular Fashion Police filed claims last week with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE) that could result in the cable TV network having to pay more than one million dollars in back wages.

The nine writers who filed the complaints - assisted by the Guild - allege that E! has broken state labor law by not compensating them for all of the regular and overtime hours they've worked. Read more


Letter From San Francisco
At this year's Game Developers Conference, a WGAW videogame writer discovers "Humanity's Final Game." Want a peek into the wild, weird world of gamers? Read on.

Most writers have come to recognize that video gaming is now a multi-billion-dollar industry, primed to surpass the movie and television industries by light years. Mindful of this, the Writer's Guild Videogame Caucus has been keeping a watchful eye on gaming trends, and each year sends representatives to the Game Developers Conference (GDC), one of the largest videogame expos in the world, heavily attended by game publishers and developers from around the globe. Read more


TV Writing Staffs
WGAW report reflects slow progress in diversity. "Despite a few pockets of promise, much more work must be done."

It's no surprise that diversity, or lack of it, remains a serious problem in television writing. To help improve the situation for minority TV writers and to increase their employment opportunities, the WGAW's Writers Access Project (WAP) identifies experienced diverse writers... Read more

Despite incremental gains for women and minorities, diversity in TV staffing remains a serious problem, and staffing levels for diverse groups continue to be disproportionate to demographics within the U.S. population.

"We cannot tell the whole story if only half of us write it," said WGAW President Chris Keyser, at the Guild's news conference unveiling the findings of the 2013 TV Staffing report. Read more

See the full calendar and BUZZ

HIGHLIGHTS:

4/9 - ACTION! MAKE YOUR SCRIPT A FILM!

4/16-4/22 - COLCOA FRENCH FILM FESTIVAL

4/16 - WGF: WRITERS ON WRITING - BRIAN HELGELAND

4/22 - FEMALE ASIAN WRITERS PANEL

4/24 - LATINO WRITERS MIXER WITH NHMC

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FILM SOCIETY:

4/6 - THE CROODS

4/6 - THE CALL

4/7 - KON-TIKI

4/7 - THE ANGEL'S SHARE

4/13 - AT ANY PRICE

4/13 - THE COMPANY YOU KEEP

4/14 - DISCONNECT

4/19 - TRANCE

4/21 - 42

4/27 - OBLIVION

4/28 - IT'S A DISASTER

4/28 - SIGHTSEERS

See the full film society.