December 2012, Vol. 5, Issue 12
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Member Holiday Party
WGAW members eat, drink and make merry at annual holiday bash
Photo Gallery

Online voting is now underway for the WGAW Awards' Original Screenplay and Adapted Screenplay categories.

In Memoriam
Bob Brunner
8/3/34 - 10/28/12
Henry Colman
9/15/23 - 11/7/12
Fred Engelberg
3/22/29 - 10/14/12
Barbara Esensten
3/7/39 - 11/14/12
Earle R. Lyon
4/9/23 - 10/16/12
Ira M. Miller
10/14/40 - 9/23/12
Bert F. Mulligan
6/16/25 - 10/19/12
Frank G. Peppiatt
3/19/27 - 11/7/12
William C. Tennant III
5/31/41 - 10/14/12
James R. Turbeville
11/26/41 - 10/28/12

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Congrats Matt!
Groening named 2012 AWC Animation Writing
Award honoree; Writers add their two cents.

As creator of Futurama and The Simpsons, the longest-running scripted show in history, now in its 24th season, Matt Groening changed the face of primetime television. Groening was recently named this year's recipient of the Animation Writing Award, presented by the WGAW's Animation Writers Caucus. Read more


Politics, Policy Year-End Wrap-Up
As the Guild tallies electoral wins and policy initiatives, the forecast for 2013 looks good -- with more work to
be done.

Election Day 2012 represented another step forward for the WGAW's political and public policy work on behalf of writers. Of the 21 candidates for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives endorsed by the WGAW PAC, 19 were successful in their bids for elective office. Additionally, California Proposition 32, on which the PAC recommended a "no" vote, was defeated. As the Guild continues to work on legislative and regulatory issues that affect the creative and economic interests of WGAW members, we have a growing list of allies to work with. Read more


Managing Your Management
WEC panel gives the lowdown on making your management work for you.

Learn how to get the most out of the people who guide your career: your agent and manager. Watch the full-length video of the WGAW Writers Education Committee's recent panel "Managing Your Management."


Improv for Writers
Guild members tap into their inner thesps and learn techniques that translate onto the page...and in
studio pitches.

As a writer, you put words on paper for actors to bring to life. Ironically, most writers know very little about acting and aren't aware of how it can help them in their work. Read more


The Gay Scene
Writers explore LGBT themes at evening of readings.

The WGAW's Gay & Lesbian Writers Committee recently staged its 8th annual evening of staged readings of LGBT-themed scenes from members' unproduced scripts. Selections this year were written by Brad Bauner, Gary Goldstein, Kellie Griffin, Philip Pierce, Jennifer Ralston, D.J. Richardson, David Rothmiller, Scotty-Miguel Sandoe, Daniel Vaillancourt & David A. Lee, and Thomas Wong. Photo Gallery

See the full calendar and BUZZ

HIGHLIGHTS:

12/12 - MEETING: COMMITTEE OF BLACK WRITERS

12/12 - MEETING: COMMITTEE OF WOMEN WRITERS

12/15 - TV WRITERS FUND (AGE DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT BENEFICIARIES)

1/17/2013 - WGF: FROM IMPROVISER TO WRITER

1/23/2013 - MEETING: WRITERS EDUCATION COMMITTEE

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

12/8 - RISE OF THE GUARDIANS

12/8 - RUST AND BONE

12/10 - THE CENTRAL PARK FIVE

12/16 - KILLING THEM SOFTLY

12/17 - PROMISED LAND

12/22 - LES MISÉRABLES

12/23 - ZERO DARK THIRTY

12/29 - THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

12/30 - CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY

12/30 - THIS IS 40

See the full film society.

Lake Arrowhead Retreat Returns
The WGAW Activities Committee will sponsor its second annual retreat on the shores of beautiful Lake Arrowhead from June 7 - 9, 2013. This year, Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and four other top TV and screenwriters (TBA) will join in and lead discussions. Attendees relax, feel rejuvenated and dine on fabulous food shared with peers, all for one low price. Attendance is limited. Last year's event sold out early, so mark your calendars now and email Activities for updates.