October 2012, Vol. 5, Issue 10
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2012 Sublime Primetime

A panel discussion with Emmy-nominated writers

Photo Gallery

• Writers needed to judge the television categories for the WGA Awards. Contact Jennifer Burt

The WGA is now accepting submissions for 2013 Writers Guild Awards

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In Memoriam
Louise E. Brooks
10/23/46 - 9/2/12
Kenette Lee Gfeller
5/18/47 - 5/30/12
Harry Harrison
3/12/25 - 8/15/12
Jack Jacobs
11/17/19 - 8/312
Victoria M. Karess
5/27/66 - 5/30/12
Micheline Musseli Lerner
1/5/21 - 8/6/12
Norma Monty
3/13/26 - 7/3/12
Victoria Trostle
4/1/51 - 8/13/12

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POLITICS

Guild Endorses 12
Writer-Friendly
Candidates in Tough Races

With the November election just weeks away and a number of important races hanging in the balance, the Writers Guild West's Political Action Committee (PAC) has announced its endorsement of 12 Congressional and Senate candidates and contributed a total of $52,500 towards their campaigns. These candidates, the majority of whom receive contributions, have articulated and demonstrated support for the issues affecting writers... Read more


DIVERSITY

Three New Films Tell Unique Stories About Disabilities, Strike Universal Themes

For three Guild members who have written a veritable bumper crop of films this season featuring central characters with disabilities, the challenges have been nearly as complex as the stories they have set out to tell. Read more


DIGITAL/NEW MEDIA

At the Intersection of Writing, Creativity and Social Networking

A couple of years ago, the extent to which most writers engaged in social media was choosing between MySpace or Friendster. Today, an array of social networking tools, including Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, even Pinterest, among others, is fostering... Read more


POLICY

Comments to FCC Spotlight Shrinking Opportunities for Writers

In the ongoing battle to preserve a competitive marketplace for writers, the Writers Guild West's recently-filed comments to the FCC on video competition spotlight the gravity of the situation and the potential repercussions. The overall message: Consolidation of ownership in television translates into limited choices for writers and consumers. Read more


FINIS

250 Alums Laud Contributions of Cosby Writing Program

For 18 years the Guy Hanks & Marvin Miller Screenwriting Program - commonly referred to as the Cosby Writing Program in honor of its creators and funders Drs. Bill and Camille Cosby - trained talented African-American television and film writers, many of whom have gone on to have impressive careers. Read more


CHARITY

Guild Earmarks Nearly $1 Mil for Industry Workers in Need

The Writers Guild of America, West, is contributing almost one million dollars to The Actors Fund, earmarked specifically as emergency financial assistance for entertainment industry professionals in need of funds... Read more

See the full calendar and BUZZ
HIGHLIGHTS:
Thursdays - WGF: NOTES ON CRAFT SERIES

10/6 - WRITTEN & DIRECTED BY - FIRST FILMS, FIRST PERSON

10/9 - MANAGING YOUR MANAGEMENT (WEC)

10/13 - NORMAN CORWIN MEMORIAL

10/15 - THE ART OF WRITING FOR THE WEB

10/16 - WELCOME TO MY HEAD BY SAM BOBRICK

10/17 - CBW AND NAACP HOLLYWOOD BUREAU

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FILM SOCIETY:

10/5 - TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE

10/7 - THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER

10/7 - THE SESSIONS

10/8 - SMASHED

10/12 - LOOPER

10/13 - THE MASTER

10/14 - FRANKENWEENIE

10/14 - WON'T BACK DOWN

10/26 - SEVEN PSYCHOPATHS

10/27 - ARGO

See the full film society.