October 2013, Vol. 6, Issue 10
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Call For Submissions
"The Gay Scene, Year 9"
The WGAW's Gay and Lesbian Committee is seeking submissions for "The Gay Scene, Year 9," its annual event hosting staged readings of a dozen LGBT-themed scenes from Guild members' unproduced screenplays, short film scripts and teleplays and produced/unproduced stage plays. Read more

Great sessions and Texas-sized WGAW networking party at this year's Austin Film Festival & Conference (10/24-10/27).

In Memoriam
Gary Brandner
5/31/30 - 9/22/13
Aaron Butler
2/19/38 - 8/12/13
Arlene Davidson
8/13/35 - 8/27/13
William Hellinger
8/1/24 - 5/28/13
Dale Kern
4/12/46 - 8/23/13
Lou Morheim
3/25/22 - 9/8/13
Don Nelson
1/20/27 - 9/10/13
Fred Rosenberg
7/28/52 - 8/20/13
Michael Serafin
6/17/46 - 8/17/13

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5 Questions for Lawrence Kasdan
WriteNow talks to the award-winning screenwriter, whose work will be spotlighted at The Guild Screenings during October.

The Guild Screenings will debut this month with four films by screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan: The Big Chill (October 10), Body Heat and Grand Canyon (October 17) and The Accidental Tourist (October 24). A Screen Laurel recipient, six-time WGA nominee (and 1983 winner) and four-time Academy-Award nominee, Kasdan's work spans decades and genres, from epics and comedies to crime noir and intimate human dramas. Read more


Pregnancy and Parenting Leave
You're having a baby? Congratulations! Although the Guild contract doesn't address maternity or parenting leave, we can provide a few tips and resources so you're ahead of the stork.

Having a baby is great news, but for writers on staff in the middle of a season, it can also be fraught with anxiety and concern over pregnancy and parenting leave. Although the WGA contract doesn't address leave, per se, most writers - both mothers and fathers - have the right to take leave under federal and state law. Read more


Sublime Primetime 2013
When seven Emmy-nominated writers gathered to talk about their careers, storylines and television, the evening was, well, sublime.

The challenge of writing Behind the Candelabra, explained Richard LaGravenese, was making Liberace's larger-than-life persona seem real and capturing the love story between the showman and his "assistant" Scott Thorson. When no studio would touch the project, LaGravenese found a home at HBO, where he happily recounts getting practically no notes from executives. Read more


Retransmission Consent
The Guild files with the FCC supporting broadcasters' fair compensation for content, much of which is created by WGA members. Our message to Congress and the FCC: don't change the rules.

Although it was the dog days of August, when fewer Americans are watching broadcast television, a real life drama had consumers angry, members of Congress calling on the Federal Communications Commission to act, and two major corporations airing television commercials against each other. Read more

See the full calendar and BUZZ

HIGHLIGHTS:

10/11- MTG: WRITERS WITH DISABILITIES COMMITTEE

10/15 - MTG: COMMITTEE OF WOMEN WRITERS

10/24 - THE GUILD SCREENINGS WITH LAWRENCE KASDAN (The Accidental Tourist)

10/24 - WGAW AT AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL

10/30 - MTG: ASIAN AMERICAN WRITERS COMMITTEE

11/5 - "FETF: A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITY - INTERNATIONAL TELEVISION

11/9 - "DIGITAL FRONTIER" SATURDAY

Members please note BUZZ items can be submitted to WriteNow.

Call for Judges
We are looking for members in good standing who are interested in being judges for this year's Writers Guild Awards. Please contact Jennifer Burt. For more awards information, click here.