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  • C.L.A. invites Harvardwood to What's New in Copyright & Entertainment

    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 07:00 PM · $20.00 USD
    Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, CA

    Over the past year, there have been significant developments in copyright, trademark, right of publicity, and entertainment law. Robert Rotstein will discuss the major cases, with an emphasis on how they affect the rights of artists, publishers, producers, and distributors of intellectual property.  The program is appropriate both for those who practice art and entertainment law and those who want to become familiar with those areas.

    Presenter: Robert Rotstein, Esq. is a partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP.  He specializes in litigation with a focus on intellectual property and technology, copyright, and entertainment matters.  Mr. Rotstein is a frequent lecturer on copyright law, defamation, trademark law, and legal ethics, recently at the Los Angeles Copyright Society, Southwestern School of Law, and the USC Intellectual Property Institute.

    This program is designed for an attorney audience, but all members of the community are welcome.

  • Harvardwood Heads To... The Ivy Plus Society's February Networking Mixer

    Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 07:00 PM · $15.00 USD
    Wokcano in Santa Monica, CA

    Join The Ivy Plus Society on the patio of the beautiful Wokcano Santa Monica, an “upscale nouvelle-cuisine experience, catering especially to young professionals doing meetups after work” (LA Splash). Mix and mingle with professionals from tech, entertainment, marketing, education, finance, and more at the February Networking Mixer.

    Attire: Business Casual

    Harvardwood members receive a 20% discount with code ALUMNI20

  • Harvardwood Heads To... Oscars Countdown Party

    Friday, February 24, 2017 at 07:00 PM through February 25, 2017 · $60.00 USD
    The District in Beverly Hills, CA

    You are cordially invited to start the 2017 Oscars off right with this one-of-a-kind experience. Countdown to Oscars Sunday with the help of IVY Entertainment and The District's Hannah An. Mix with motion picture professionals from CAA, WME, Paramount, and Sony, and Universal and alums from Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Brown, Cornell, U. Penn, Stanford, Columbia, Dartmouth, NYU, UCLA, and USC in a fun and relaxed environment.  

    The evening will commence at the posh lounge at The District in Beverly Hills. The first hour will feature free tray passed hors d'oeuvres compliments of Hannah An. For those who wish to continue in style, the IVY Entertainment exclusive limo bus will pick up VIP party guests and whisk them away to The Argyle with a complimentary toast with sparkling wine. The party culminates at The Argyle with FREE entry, FREE bottle service, an IVY VIP section, and a countdown toast to the Oscars nominees.

  • Harvardwood Meet-up at the Black List DC Happy Hour

    Wednesday, March 01, 2017 at 04:00 PM
    CIRCA at Dupont in Washington, DC

    The Black List is creating social hubs for writers around the world where they can meet other screenwriters and discuss the craft and the reality of the screenwriter's life. So join your fellow writers at the DC happy hour! Come to enjoy the drinks and the company. You never know who you might meet!

    This event is free and open to the public (cash bar). RSVP at the link below.

    See the cover story on Black List founder Franklin Leonard AB ’00 in the July-August 2016 Harvard Magazine—and Harvardwood's profile from a few years ago!

  • C.L.A. invites Harvardwood to Relax with Tax for Artists and the Self-Employed

    Saturday, March 04, 2017 at 10:00 AM · $40.00 USD
    Art Share LA in Los Angeles, CA

    Don't miss this invaluable 2-1/2 hour seminar on the essentials of income tax for individual artists of all disciplines. Learn how artists and artists groups can efficiently track income and expense throughout the year and how to correctly file your taxes. Topics will include record keeping, IRS form 1040, Schedule C, and self-employment schedules, itemized deductions, hobby losses, home offices and much more!

    A comprehensive 38-page tax workbook "The Art of Deduction" is included with paid admission!

    Presenter: Abe Carnow, C.P.A. is very active in tax practice and tax education. As a nationwide lecturer for Gear Up Tax Seminars. Abe teaches other accountants about individual income taxation, business income taxation, and ethics. In his tax practice, Abe works with a variety of professions, including graphic artists, performers, and other service professionals. From 1974-1990, Abe worked for the Internal Revenue Service, in the examination and appeals divisions. Abe has taught the California Lawyers for the Arts Relax with Tax Seminar for a long, long time and looks forward to not only this year but into the future.

    Parking is located at 321 Hewitt Street. Please park up the ramp on the 2nd floor. Parking is free and unattended.

    These workshops are made possible, in part, by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission and the Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional support provided by the California Arts Council.

  • Tackling Diversity from the Front Lines: #WritingWhileAsian

    Sunday, March 05, 2017 at 05:00 PM · $20.00 USD
    Emerson LA in Los Angeles, CA

    After last year's #OscarsSoWhite outcry, the Academy improved its diversity rates in the 2017 Oscars nominations. So our work here is done, right?

    Not so fast.

    In this new series, Harvardwood aims to bring together and spotlight diverse creatives and execs from all parts of the industry—actors, producers, directors, showrunners, development execs, managers, and agents—to talk frankly about their experiences and the challenges specific to their fields, with the aim of furthering the discussion of diversity in Hollywood and what can be done at all levels to address the lack thereof.

    We're kicking off the series with #WritingWhileAsian, featuring Harvard alumni TV writers Leonard ChangSue Chung, Teresa Hsiao, and Ryan Koh. The event will begin with a small wine reception before we launch into a moderated discussion with our guest speakers, followed by a brief Q&A open to audience members.

    Please register at the bottom of this page.

    • FREE for Harvardwood members & friends // $20 for non-members
    • $25 for everybody at the door, regardless of Harvardwood membership (online registration closes at 10am the day of the event)

    Guest Speakers

    chang.jpegLeonard Chang is the author of eight novels, including the recently published Triplines, and the forthcoming The Lockpicker (May 2017). He wrote for NBC's Awake and FX's Justified, and is currently a writer/co-executive producer for the new FX drama, Snowfall, about the introduction of crack cocaine to Los Angeles, and premiering this summer. He studied philosophy at Harvard (AB '91), creative writing at UC-Irvine's graduate writing program, and lives in south L.A.


    After graduating from Harvard University with a degree in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Sue Chung started her career as a freelance beauty and health writer for various Time Inc. publications including In Style and Real Simple.

    Since breaking into screenwriting in 2013, she has sold drama pilots to 20th Century Fox, ABC, the CW, Warner Bros., and Odd Lot Entertainment.  She has also staffed on Fox's GOTHAM and Marvel's AGENT CARTER on ABC. 


    Hsiao.jpgAfter graduating from Harvard, Teresa Hsiao brought great shame to her family by turning down a job offer from Lehman Brothers and moving to LA.  She is currently a writer/producer for AMERICAN DAD and has also written for FAMILY GUY. She has developed pilots for ABC and COMEDY CENTRAL. Her parents think she's in her eighth year of business school.


    Ryan Koh AB '00 
    has written TV commercials, game show trivia, kids' shows and episodes of The Office, Workaholics, New Girl and The Simpsons. He is now middle-aged.


    Members, register here

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  • From the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard:

    Jennifer Egan
    Author of Look at Me (2002), The Keep (2007), and A Visit from the Goon Squad (2011); Winner of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, and LA Times Book Prize

    in conversation with

    Claire Messud
    Novelist and Senior Lecturer in English, Harvard University

    Free and open to the public. Seating is limited.

  • Harvardwood Presents: Former NEA Chair & Tony Winner JANE ALEXANDER

    Thursday, March 09, 2017 at 06:30 PM · $15.00 USD
    Seyfarth Shaw LLP in New York, NY

    Cost: $5 for dues-paying Members of Harvardwood (and their guests); $15 for all others.

    The event begins at 6:30 with a reception with wine and really nice nibbles; the discussion will start promptly at 7 pm.  Advance registration is REQUIRED—no tickets will be sold at the door.

    Jane_Alexander.jpgOne of the great actors of our time, Jane Alexander has performed on Broadway, Off-Broadway, London, and regional theaters, in more than a hundred roles. Her Broadway appearances include The Great White Hope, 6 Rms Riv Vu, First Monday in October, and The Sisters Rosensweig.  She won a Tony for The Great White Hope, and has been nominated seven times.  She has received four Oscar nominations, for The Great White Hope, All the President's Men, Kramer vs Kramer, and Testament.  On television, she played Eleanor Roosevelt in Eleanor and Franklin, and has received 8 Emmy nominations, winning twice, for Playing for Time and Warm Springs.

    Wild.jpgJane Alexander was the Chair of the National Endowment of the Arts under President Clinton from 1993 to 1997, and wrote about those years in Command Performance: An Actress in the Theater of Politics, a New York Times Notable Book in 2000.  She has long been deeply involved with wildlife conservation, and has been a Trustee of the Wildlife Conservation Society.  She is currently on the Board of the National Audubon Society and has been a Commissioner of New York State Parks.

    Alexander will discuss her new book Wild Things, Wild Places telling stories from her 35 years of travels in the wild with field biologists.

    VictoriaWilson.jpgOur interviewer is a distinguished figure in her own right, Victoria Wilson, author of the acclaimed two-volume biography A Life of Barbara Stanwyck.  Wilson is a Vice President and Senior Editor at Alfred A. Knopf.  She has served on many Boards, including PEN American Center and the National Board Review of Motion Pictures.  President Clinton appointed her to the US Commission on Civil Rights (2000-2001).

    Jane Alexander's book will be available for purchase, and a booksigning will follow the talk.

    Special thanks to Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and to Andy Goodwin and the Plymouth Hill Foundation.

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    Purchase tickets   $5.00 Members & Friends

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  • Harvardwood Heads To... HOLD ME (Animated Short) at SXSW

    Friday, March 10, 2017 at 08:00 PM through March 16, 2017

    Flap flap flap flap flap. A large bird and a small boy cohabit in an unhappy relationship, trapped by four walls and a mutual codependency. The delicate balance of their relationship is cracked by an egg-citing new arrival.

    Screenings on March 10th, March 13th, and March 16th.

    Renee Zhan AB '16 graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Visual and Environmental Studies: Film/Animation. She likes wearing pretty dresses and making ugly films.

  • Harvardwood Heads To... IT BEGAN WITHOUT WARNING (Short) at SXSW

    Friday, March 10, 2017 at 11:30 PM through March 17, 2017
    Alamo Lamar & Alamo Ritz in Austin, TX

    Attend the world premiere of IT BEGAN WITHOUT WARNING in SXSW's Midnight Shorts Competition

    "The time has come," the Walrus said. 
    And all the little Oysters stood and waited in a row.

    Santiago C. Tapia AB and Jessica Curtright co-direct/write/edit. Santiago's a first generation Peruvian-American from Brooklyn and attended Harvard University. Jessica's background is in theater, ballet, and opera in The States and abroad. Growing up on a steady diet of Hitchcock, Twilight Zone, Lovecraft, and King, they're rabid lovers of the thriller/horror/sci-fi genres.

    Screenings on March 10th, March 12th, and March 16th.

    Twitter:  @ItBeganWW
    Instagram:  @itbeganww
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