May 2013, Vol. 6, Issue 5
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Fashion Police Writers On Strike!

Do not write for Fashion Police!
(E! Network/Rugby Productions)

Please support the Fashion Police writers by encouraging your non-member friends and colleagues to respect this strike and to refuse to take these jobs. Spread the word!

Latino Writers
The Latino Writers Committee hosted past fellows of the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) Writers Program to celebrate ten years of preparing Latino writers for television staffing. NHMC alums - now WGA members - shared their stories.

In Memoriam
Deanne Barkley
3/28/31 - 4/2/13
Richard L. Breen, Jr.
10/14/46 - 3/21/13
Barry Dantzscher
2/21/42 - 4/8/13
Roger Ebert
6/18/42 - 4/4/13
Michael France
1/4/62 - 4/12/13
Robert S. Hickey
4/1/64 - 3/6/13
Bob Noonoo
5/2/48 - 4/7/13
Ivan E. Robertshaw
2/16/26 - 3/7/13
Mickey Rose
5/20/35 - 4/7/13
Jack Shea
8/1/28 - 4/28/13
Stephen A. Stone
1/3/37 - 3/14/13
Jonathan Winters
11/11/25 - 4/11/13

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Writer Access Project
Ten writers debut scenes from their winning scripts - just in time for TV staffing season.

What do you get when you put ten writers, six directors and 43 actors in a room together (besides a union rave)? In the case of the recent Writer Access Project evening of readings, an abundance of talent showcasing the work of new writers. Read more


Action! Make Your Script A Film!

Have a script stashed away in a bottom drawer? Time to make it into a film. Five filmmakers discuss the nuts-and-bolts of becoming produced filmmakers at the Writers Education Committee's recent panel "Action! Make Your Script A Film!" Moderated by WGAW Vice President Howard A. Rodman.


A Friend to Writers
During a visit to the Guild, FCC Commissioner Rosenworcel stresses the importance of burgeoning new outlets and an open Internet for writers.

"Decisions without you are decisions against you," said Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel during a recent meeting with Writers Guild members and staff. Rosenworcel was in Los Angeles to discuss public policy with members of the entertainment industry. Read more


"Bring the Funny"
First of its kind panel explores how female Asian American comedy writers have found a place in the industry.

It is no secret that comedy writers rooms often lack a female touch. But does an Asian American female comedy writer face even more issues as a "double minority?"

The WGAW's Asian American Writers Committee and the Committee of Women Writers recently co-hosted an evening with female Asian American comedy writers to find out. Read more


Elections
Nominations welcome as WGAW gears up for September ballot.

Each year the Guild conducts an election for eight of the 16 seats on the Board of Directors. This year, as in all odd-numbered years, the cycle also includes the election of three officers: President, Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer. Read more


COL•COA 2013

This year marked the 17th City of Lights, City of Angels (COL•COA) Film Festival, a stellar annual event that promotes new French films in the U.S. and showcases the vitality and diversity of French cinema in Hollywood. Presented by the Franco-American Cultural Fund, which was co-founded in partnership with the WGAW, the April 15-22 festival featured WGAW moderators including FACF Board Member/WGAW Vice President Howard A. Rodman, FACF/WGAW Board Member Katherine Fugate, WGAW Secretary-Treasurer Carl Gottlieb and Jeffrey Stockwell, with Jeremy Doner serving as a Short Film Award Juror. Photos

MEMBER SURVEY!
Here's your chance to tell the Board what you think of the Guild, negotiating priorities, even interactions with staff.
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See the full calendar and BUZZ

HIGHLIGHTS:

5/8 - MTG: WRITERS EDUCATION COMMITTEE

5/15 - CANNES FESTIVAL BEGINS

5/20 - MTG: AMERICAN INDIAN WRITERS COMMITTEE

5/22 - MTG: ASIAN AMERICAN WRITERS COMMITTEE

5/23 - WGF & HUMANITAS: I WISH I HAD WRITTEN THAT; WHAT MAKES A GREAT MOVIE?

5/29 - WGF: INSIDE THE WRITERS ROOM WITH THE MINDY PROJECT

Members please note BUZZ items can be submitted to WriteNow.

FILM SOCIETY:

5/4 - LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED

5/4 - STUCK IN LOVE

5/5 - MUD

5/13 - FRANCES HA

5/17 - THE BIG WEDDING

5/19 - IRON MAN 3

5/25 - STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS

5/26 - THE GREAT GATSBY

5/31 - WHAT MAISIE KNEW

See the full film society.