July 2012, Vol. 5, Issue 7
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Need to Know
Dodger tickets! Award-winning plays and musicals! Writers' workspace! Check out new discounts for WGAW members!

THE LIST

In Memoriam
John W. Ashby
7/26/28 - 5/11/12
Ray Bradbury
8/22/20 - 6/6/12
David Chantler
5/24/25 - 3/13/12
Bud Friedgen
3/10/37 - 6/24/12
Esther O. Mitchell
5/31/20 - 5/30/12
Joan Scott
5/21/21 - 6/19/12
Don Sherman
11/16/31 - 5/23/12
Kurt Taylor
9/21/44 - 6/4/12
Lucille "Wyn" Walder
6/18/25 - 6/15/12
Charles C. Washburn
5/1/38 - 4/13/12

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ELECTION 2012

Slate of 17 on September Ballot

The WGAW Nominating Committee has announced its list of candidates for the September 2012 Board of Directors election. Eight of the 16 seats on the Board are up for election for two-year terms. The candidates set to run are (in order determined by lot)... Read more


DIGITAL/NEW MEDIA

Bowles and Flaum's Written by a Kid

WGAW members Will Bowles and Josh Flaum really do believe that kids say the darndest things. In fact, they're counting on it. Mining the fertile terrain of childrens' imaginations is at the heart of the duo's new Guild-covered web series, Written by a Kid, which premieres at Comic-Con... Read more


PUBLIC POLICY

Why Data Capping Matters To Writers

Over the past year, the WGAW has raised serious concerns about data capping, which is the practice of setting limits on consumers' Internet usage. The issue is heating up in Washington, where the Justice Department has reportedly started an antitrust investigation into whether capping unfairly quashes competition... Read more


LOS ANGELES FILM FESTIVAL

Talking, Networking, Spotlighting Screenwriters

LAFF Coffee Talk:
Write What You Want
To See Onscreen

Something John August said during the Los Angeles Film Festival's Screenwriters Coffee Talk, sponsored by the WGAW, really knocked me sideways. Read more
The WGAW co-sponsored our annual Los Angeles Film Festival reception with SAGIndie and SAG-AFTRA recently in the courtyard of downtown L.A.'s Rivera Restaurant. More than 150 screenwriters, actors, directors, producers and other industry guests enjoyed the festive networking opportunity, with many conversations focused on what the guilds offer writers and actors. In addition to the WGAW member co-hosts, Vice President Howard A. Rodman and writer/director/actor Todd Berger (It's A Disaster)... Read more


POINT OF VIEW

DISH's Ad-Skipping DVR: An Opportunity Not a Threat

Three major broadcasters have sued DISH Network over its recently debuted ad-skipping DVR, the Hopper. Ad-skipping has typically required fast forwarding through commercials, which the networks actually argue increases awareness of the brands advertised. Read more

WGAW CALENDAR

See the full calendar and BUZZ

HIGHLIGHTS:

7/5-7/26 - WGF: WRITERS ON GENRE SERIES

7/14 - COMIC-CON WGAW EVENTS

7/18 - 1st ANNUAL LWC SHORT FILM SCREENING

7/21 - WGF: WRITING FOR TELEVISION (ALL-DAY)

7/29 - TOPANGA/PARKER MESA HIKE

8/22 - VOICE AWARDS

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

7/6 - TED

7/8 - TO ROME WITH LOVE

7/9 - PEOPLE LIKE US

7/21 - LUNCH

7/21 - THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

7/22 - THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES

7/22 - TAKE THIS WALTZ

7/23 - THE MAGIC OF BELLE ISLE

7/28 - RUBY SPARKS

7/29 - THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

See the full film society.