Friday, February 25, 2011

Free Food and Drinks at Hungry-Man Webseries Event!

From my pal Mike:

I'm producing a series of Webisodes for Hungry-Man Foods and we're creating a fake restaurant in the process. We're turning our shoot into a 3 day extravaganza with free food, "drinks ;-)", and prizes.

We will be filming and you might be caught on film, but we aren't asking anyone to act. Just normal people enjoying the pop-up restaurant. We have three actors that will be running the place, and they will be in character, so it focuses on them. There will be trivia, a video game contest, prizes, a mechanical bull to ride, oh and FREE DRINKS.

It takes place Monday, February 28, 2011 from 3:30 PM - 10:00 PM.

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Being a screenwriter without moving to LA

A lot of my readers are faced with the problem of wanting to be a writer but not wanting to move to LA. Make sure you read John August's blog today for a guest post from Austin-based writer Bradley Jackson for more on the subject - AND John's counterpoint about how difficult it might be.

For new readers, check out my old post on the topic:
Move to LA? Maybe. Have a Plan? Fo Sho.

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Thursday, February 24, 2011

826LA panel with Jane Espenson, Damon Lindelof and more!

Join us for the next four panels in our Writing Series for Adults:
TV Writing! A Four Part Series
Sundays, March 6, 13, 20 and 27 at 7:00PM
826LA EAST, 1714 W Sunset Blvd, LA CA 90026
213 413 3388

click here for tickets!

Join us in a panel discussion with writers from some of the best programs currently on TV. Our professional and hilarious panelists will discuss such topics as creating one’s own work vs. staff writing, business vs. art (and whether it’s always a “vs” situation), long days, stale jokes, breaking new ground, and the looming threat of new media. Panelists will also answer your questions and give tips for breaking into the business.

$12 per installment or $36 for the full series
Tickets prices are non refundable and panels are subject to change without notice.
All proceeds go to 826LA. Click here to purchase tickets.

Each Seminar will feature 3-4 writers and, in some instances, include an industry executive.
Moderated by Ben Blacker.

Allan Loeb
Phoef Sutton
Rob Roy Thomas

Emily Cutler
David Fury
Jeff Greenstein

John Enbom
Dan Harmon
Steven Levitan

Jane Espenson
Drew Z. Greenberg
Jen Kirkman
Damon Lindelof
Brian Stack

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Entertainment job websites

I got an email from a woman working for ESPN asking me to include their careers website on my link list...and I realized that I didn't have a list of all the entertainment job websites out there - so now I do. (It's under "Job Sites" on the right side of this page.)

Keep in mind that you may apply to 100 jobs online and not even get one interview. Overall, people don't get jobs this way; they get them through people - and often do unpaid internships first to make contacts. But if you don't have any contacts yet, applying for jobs online might be worth a shot. Back in 2007, I did land an interview in NY through Media Bistro.

Anybody have an online job search success story? Please comment!

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More interviews: sex, violence and comedy

Blood, Starz, Sex and CGI Magic: Steven DeKnight, creator of Spartacus
"What I find most liberating isn’t the fact that I can show naked people, that I can show really violent, horrible acts…What excites me is that I can tell stories where these things are important, where these things are integral to what’s going on."

Doing All Right: Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, writers of The Kids Are All Right
"We wanted to win the audience in the first 30 minutes and get them to love the characters, get them to laugh with them, laugh at them at some points. Then slowly, as the seeds we sowed started to sprout, we wanted people to realize this wasn't a lighthearted romp, all of these actions had implications. We wanted you to feel the emotional heft of it by the end, and have it almost catch you by surprise."

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

JHRTS panel tonight: Women in Hollywood

JHRTS Panel - Women in Hollywood
Wednesday, Feb 16 @ 8 pm

Katherine Fugate (Screenwriter/Creator, Army Wives)
Ellen Rakieten (President, Ellen Rakieten Enterainment)
Sonya Rosenfeld (Television Agent, CAA)
Jane Tranter (EVP & Head, BBC Worldwide Productions)

Cynthia Littleton (Deputy Editor, Variety)

Self-Parking: $10
Enter Garage From Constellation Blvd.

Members: Free
Non-Members: $10

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011