Plus, Writers Access Project, social commentary in horror, and CA legislative round-up
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NOVEMBER 12, 2021

NAIWC Sees Encouraging Changes in 2021

Despite bleak inclusion report stats, Native & Indigenous writers say progress is being made.

October 2021 was busy for Tazbah Rose Chavez. The co-chair of the Native American & Indigenous Writers Committee spent mornings as co-producer in the Rutherford Falls writers’ room and afternoons as co-executive producer with Reservation Dogs. The same month, she went into development on a personal project. Then there was the pilot she had been commissioned to develop. Her schedule is so packed she’ll be stepping down as NAIWC co-chair, while remaining an active member. Read more >>

Nightmare on Our Street: Social Commentary in Modern Horror

Writers talk tackling complex issues in horror scripts at recent WGAW panel.

“Horror has been a vehicle for social commentary going all the way back to Frankenstein, Night of the Living Dead, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, to contemporary films like Get Out, It Follows, and the Purge franchise. Hell, we should probably throw in The Social Network at this point,” said moderator Lori Rosene-Gambino at the onset of the Guild’s October 27 virtual panel, “Nightmare on Our Street: Social Commentary in Modern Horror,” presented by the WGAW’s Genre Committee. Read more >>

TV Writers Access Project Call for Submissions

Historically underrepresented writers encouraged to submit by Dec. 3 deadline.

On Monday, November 8, you may have seen a message in your inbox asking for submissions for the TV Writers Access Project. The Writers Access Project has been around for just over a decade and is part of the Guild’s ongoing efforts to increase diversity and promote inclusiveness in the entertainment industry. The program is designed to identify and honor excellent writers who are members of historically underrepresented communities—and puts them in front of showrunners who are eager for these talented, experienced, fresh voices. Read more >>

2021 State Legislative Roundup

California lawmakers expanded access to broadband, bolstered workers’ rights, and progressed on antitrust reform.

After surviving an ill-fated recall attempt, Governor Gavin Newsom closed out the legislative year by signing 770 bills into law and vetoing 66 that were sent to him by the Legislature. Following a year dominated by COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts, the Legislature broadened its scope in the 2021 session by addressing longstanding issues facing Californians, many of which were only exacerbated by the pandemic. Read more >>

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