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  • Who better to tell you EVERYTHING you've ever wanted to know about TV drama than Peter Blake AB '91, JD '95 of HOUSE, THE PRACTICE, GOTHAM, and more?! Join our small group for a candid discussion with Peter about his extensive TV writing experience. Seats for Harvardwood Salons are extremely limited (capacity = 10) in order to nurture a more intimate conversation among attendees and our Salon guest.

    $15/attendee
    Attendees will cover their own food & drink at dinner

    The Harvardwood Salon Series gives attendees the unique opportunity to engage in in-depth discussion with the featured guest in an intimate setting. Salons are only open to Harvardwood Members & Friends. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to find out how you may attend.

    Peter_Blake_headshot_2017.jpgPeter Blake AB '91, JD '95
    TV Writer

    Peter Blake was a lawyer and management consultant before he started writing for television. He wrote for HOUSE, M.D. for eight seasons, and has written for THE PRACTICE, ELEMENTARY and BILLIONS, among other shows. He has also written screenplays for Universal, Warner Brothers and Paramount. He is currently a Co-Executive Producer on Fox’s GOTHAM.

    Peter earned three Emmy nominations as producer for HOUSE, MD. His teleplays have won the PEN/USA literary award and the Edgar award, and have been nominated for the WGA and Humanitas awards.

    Peter is from New York City and is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Jennifer and two-year-old son Sullivan.


    If you're interested in attending this Harvardwood Salon, please read the information below carefully and follow the steps.

    1) You must be a dues-current Harvardwood Member or Friend. Not a member

    2) Complete this brief interest form so we can learn more about you and your interest in attending this event. Please log in to access the form. The deadline for the interest form is October 10, 2017.

    3) You will be contacted by the Directors of Harvardwood Salons. If it is possible for you to attend, the Directors will send you the link to RSVPIf not, you will be placed on a waitlist. Capacity is extremely limited, and priority for future Salon registrations will be given to people who have previously been waitlisted in order to ensure equitable distribution among the membership.

    This is a restricted event, and advance and approved registration completed per the steps above is required. Due to extremely limited capacity, no walk-ins will be admitted; anyone who is not registered will be turned away at the door.

    We appreciate you waiting to be contacted by the Directors. Please read this page carefully to make sure your question can't be answered by information here before reaching out with any email inquiries.

  • Harvardwood Heads To... A Conversation with CAA Agent Kevin Lin AB '12

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 12:00 PM
    Harvard OCS in Cambridge, MA

    Interested in learning what it's like to be a Theatre Agent at one of the world's leading entertainment and sports talent agencies? Want to hear about CAA's diversity initiatives and other career opportunities? Join us for a conversation with Kevin Lin, '12! Among the clients Kevin represents are Leslie Odom, Jr., Matthew Lopez, Pulitzer Prize finalist Taylor Mac, Academy Award nominee Demian Bichir, and Tony nominees Michael Arden and Robert Fairchild. Pizza will be served.

  • "Town Hall" with the Harvardwood Board

    Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 08:30 PM
    Los Angeles Film School in Los Angeles, CA

    Here is your chance to meet the Harvardwood Board and fellow members/friends to share your thoughts, suggestions, and questions about the Harvardwood community. Our dedicated Board members—who are all volunteers giving their time to help run Harvardwood's programs and events—are eager to hear directly from YOU, our community members, in this "town hall" meeting format.

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    All Harvardwood members & subscribers are welcome! Just RSVP below so that we know how many folks are coming. Thanks so much, and we are very excited to see you all in person.

  • THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

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

    Advance registration is REQUIRED. No tickets will be sold at the door. (Just 3 seats remain as of mid-day Monday!)

    The doors will open at 6:30 pm (please do NOT arrive earlier) and the evening will begin with a reception with wine. The discussion will begin promptly at 7 pm.

    Puchner_Book.jpgStories and literature are more than "entertainment"—they shape our world. They have inspired the rise and fall of empires and nations, sparked our understandings of the world through basic political and philosophical concepts, and have given birth to religious beliefs. Stories and literature touch the lives of generations and change the course of history.

    Harvard Professor Martin Puchner's about to be published new book The Written World: The Power of Stories to Shape People, History, Civilization examines the tangible importance of works from Gilgamesh to Harry Potter, exploring the impact of The Tale of Genji, the Thousand and One Nights, The Communist Manifesto, and more.

    fac_puchner.jpgMartin Puchner is the Chair of Harvard's new program in Theater, Dance, and Media, and is the Byron and Anita Wien Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Harvard. His prizewinning books have ranged from philosophy to theater to literature and the arts. He is the General Editor of the 6-volume Norton Anthology of World Literature. Professor Puchner also teaches a Harvard X online course with students around the Globe.

    Special thanks to Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, and to Andy Goodwin and the Plymouth Hill Foundation.


    THIS EVENT IS NOW SOLD OUT.

  • Harvardwood Chicago Writers' Meet-up

    Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 05:00 PM
    The Celtic Knot in Evanston, IL

    Join us for a non-fiction writers' meetup on Tuesday, October 24, at The Celtic Knot in Evanston.

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    Harvardwood's Chicago Chapter is creating a space for writers from varied backgrounds to get together and connect in person. Writers in all genres and career stages, from beginner to working professional, are welcome. Playwrights, comedy writers, screenwriters, authors, novelists, poets, content producers... all writers, all genres, any specialty!

    Writer friends are welcome. Free to attend. Cash bar and food options available.

  • Harvardwood Masterclass with Aleen Keshishian AB '90

    Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 05:00 PM · $15.00 USD

    Harvard to Hollywood

    Talent manager Aleen Keshishian describes her path through the entertainment industry to becoming one of the most highly respected talent representatives in the business. Some of her clients include Jennifer Aniston, Selena Gomez, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Jason Bateman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laura Linney, Orlando Bloom, Josh Gad and Justin Theroux, to name a few. She’ll explain her transition from New York to LA and the dedication she has to her work, family, and personal goals.

    Masterclasses are only open to dues-current Harvardwood Full Members. You must be logged in to the site to access the RSVP link below. Join or renew your membership.

    Aleen Keshishian AB '90
    Founder, Lighthouse Management & Media
    Manager & Producer

    AK_Approved_Picture.jpgAleen Keshishian is the founder and CEO of Lighthouse Management & Media and is one of the most highly respected talent representatives in the business. Her clients include Jennifer Aniston, Selena Gomez, Paul Rudd, Mark Ruffalo, Jason Bateman, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laura Linney, Orlando Bloom, Josh Gad, Topher Grace, Billy Crudup, Justin Theroux, Emily Mortimer, Kathryn Hahn, Nina Dobrev, Miranda Kerr, writer/directors Maya Forbes and Wally Wolodarsky, and director Jesse Peretz.

    Keshishian knows a thing or two about managing stars from the very beginning. Her 1st client was Natalie Portman (before she came out as the precocious star of THE PROFESSIONAL). Keshishian put Darren Aronofsky together with Portman to collaborate on BLACK SWAN, the film that earned Portman an Oscar for Best Actress.

    Four years ago, Selena Gomez asked Keshishian to be her manager overseeing her music, film, and branding career. Since then, her singles “Good For You,” “Same Old Love,” and “Hands to Myself” hit #1 on radio and Gomez became the highest-selling female artist of 2015. Her album REVIVIAL transitioned Gomez from Disney household name to global superstar. This year, Gomez released the hit single "It Ain't Me" and critically acclaimed records "Bad Liar" and "Fetish." In addition to guiding her music career, Keshishian helped Gomez nab 6 films including Woody Allen's latest and helped negotiate record breaking deals for Gomez with Puma & Coach and campaigns with Luis Vuitton, Pantene, Verizon, Coca-Cola, and Apple.

    In addition to her role as a representative, Keshishian has also produced films including MY IDIOT BROTHER starring Paul Rudd, HESHER starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, HAVEN starring Orlando Bloom and Zoe Saldana, LIFE OF CRIME starring Jennifer Aniston, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE AND ZOMBIES starring Lily James, and JANE GOT A GUN starring Natalie Portman and Joel Edgerton. Most recently, Keshishian sold Evan Romansky's script RATCHED to Netflix in a two-season order and will executive produce the show with Ryan Murphy directing and Sarah Paulson starring.

    Keshishian graduated magna cum laude from Harvard in 1990. She got her start in the entertainment industry as an assistant to New York casting legend Juliet Taylor, with whom she cast films directed by Woody Allen, Steven Spielberg, Mike Nichols, Nora Ephron, and Neil Jordan.

    In 1993, Keshishian was hired as an agent at ICM in New York where she spent 6 years under the tutelage of the legendary Sam Cohn. In 1999, she made the transition to management, and was hired to run the Talent Department at Artists Management Group (which was bought out by The Firm in 2002). She joined Brillstein Entertainment as a partner in 2005 and left in 2016 to be the founder and owner of her own company, Lighthouse Management & Media.

    Married to her Harvard classmate, Kit Troyer (a criminal defense attorney), Keshishian lives in Hancock Park with their two children, Lulu and Jesse.


    NOTE: Harvardwood is instituting a new late-arrival policy. Those who arrive over 15 minutes past the event's listed starting time will not be admitted. THIS EVENT WILL BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 5:00PM.

  • Harvardwood Heads To... 24th Annual Austin Film Festival

    Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 12:00 PM through November 03, 2017
    Various in Austin, TX

    Austin Film Festival & Conference showcases the very best that the city has to offer – convenient downtown venues, fun parties at Austin’s fine bars and restaurants, and community partnerships – while presenting an outstanding program of narrative, animation and documentary features and shorts, including premieres, advanced screenings, and independent films.

    What do I get with a Badge?

    • all of the advantages of the Film Pass with priority entry into films; AND
    • daytime panels with unparalleled networking opportunities; and
    • insider access to the best screenwriters and filmmakers in the industry; and
    • entry to the exclusive late-night parties* where you just might meet America Ferrera, Wes Anderson, Oliver Stone, Mike Judge, Luke Wilson, and more.
    • Buy your Badge now!

    *For admittance into parties, all attendees must be 21 or over.
    *various levels and add-ons available

    What do I get with a Film Pass?

    • Opening Night Premiere
    • Centerpiece Premiere
    • Closing Night Premiere
    • Film Pass Party*
    • 8 days of the best indie and studio films around!

    A limited number of $50 Film Passes were released on May 16!

    *must be 21 years old or over to attend Film Pass Party.

    Travel & lodging info here.

    Purchase an AFF Badge or Film Pass

  • Harvardwood Heads To... Haunted Hollywood Halloween Party

    Friday, October 27, 2017 at 08:00 PM through October 28, 2017 · $55.00 USD
    Cinematic Pictures Gallery in Los Angeles, CA

    Haunted Hollywood is coming and you won’t want to miss it. Grab your tickets today to get into the most terrifying and tantalizing Halloween Party with The Ivy Plus Society as we condemn the gothic Cinematic Pictures Gallery.

    Ticket price includes a premium open bar, live DJ, small bites, and scandalous costume contest with awesome prizes.

    LA_Halloween_2017_Invite.jpgThis year's party will be held a the private Cinematic Pictures Gallery with a velvet rope and step-and-repeat – so dress to impress. Join Tinseltown icons, ghosts, goblins, and blood suckers as we haunt well into the witching hour. Only the brave will survive.

    $5 off promo code: ALUMNI5

  • Harvardwood Heads To... IVY Entertainment Summit & Awards

    Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 09:00 AM · $150.00 USD
    AFI in Los Angeles, CA

    You are invited to the first ever IVY Entertainment Summit and Awards, an exclusive experience and AFI. Learn how to sell your story, create your winning team with an agent or manager, fund and produce your project, and get the edge with distribution and marketing. The event will feature a power networking reception FREE for All Access Pass Holders. Featured speakers include Aisha Tyler (GHOST WHISPERER, CRIMINAL MINDS, "Archer"), Jewerl Ross (rep for Barry Jenkins, 2017 Best Picture Oscar Winner Moonlight Writer & Director), Gavin Dorman (Vertigo Entertainment / THE LEGO MOVIE), and Kohei Obara (Disney). Variety and the Hollywood Reporter will be invited. Additional speakers will be listed here as they confirm so check back frequently.

    9am - 9:30am - Arrival & Networking
    9:30am - 11am - How to Sell Your Story
    11am - 11:30am - Break
    11:30am - 12:30pm - A Conversation with Visionary Rep Behind 2017 Oscar Winner Moonlight / Mentoring Roundtable
    12:30pm - 1:30pm - Lunch
    1:30pm - 3:00pm - A Conversation with Aisha Tyler of "Criminal Minds" and "Archer" / Blair Tindall Mentoring Rountable
    3:00pm - 3:30pm - Snack
    3:30pm - 5:00pm - Digital Distribution: How Streaming Services Impact Content / Aisha Tyler Mentoring Roundtable
    5:00pm - 7:00pm - Networking Reception
  • Harvardwood Presents WILL FRIEDWALD: The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums

    Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 06:30 PM · $15.00 USD

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

    Advance registration is REQUIRED. No tickets will be sold at the door.

    The doors will open at 6:30 pm and the evening will begin with a reception with wine. The talk will begin promptly at 7 pm.

    Friedwald_Book.jpgThey were not just entertainment—the great classic jazz and pop albums were works of art where the songs, wonderful as they were individually, interacted to make something grander than just the songs themselves. The singers were some of the best loved artists of their times—Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole, Peggy Lee, Ray Charles, and more and more and more.  And in his new book, The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums, Will Friedwald analyzes and celebrates 57 of these American treasures. In his talk, Friedwald will discuss a handful of these, with video and audio demonstrations.

    Advance praise for The Great Jazz and Pop Vocal Albums has been euphoric. Doris Day writes, "Will Friedwald's thoughtful analysis and insight into the background and nuances of the music . . . make each song a more enriching experience for casual listeners and music afficionados alike.  I'm honored to be included and grateful to Will for keeping the American Songbook and jazz classics relevant for generations to come." In a starred review, Publishers Weekly wrote, "With verve and an infectious love of music, jazz critic Friedwald tells the stories of 57 jazz and pop albums that have become benchmarks . . . His passionate description of each album in this indispensable guide will drive readers to listen to the albums once again, or for the first time." And, in another starred review, Booklist called it "Absolutely indispensable . . . A magnificent achievement."

    Friedwald.jpgWill Friedwald is widely considered the leading authority on the classic American jazz and pop singers. His Sinatra! The Song is You is a definitive study of Sinatra's art.  He co-authored Tony Bennett's memoir The Good Life. Friedwald's other books include A Biographical Guide to the Great Jazz and Pop Singers, Jazz Singing: America's Great Voices from Bessie Smith to Bebop, and Stardust Melodies: The Biography of 12 of America's Most Popular Songs. Friedwald writes about music for The Wall Street Journal and was jazz and cabaret critic for The New York Sun. He has written liner notes for almost 500 CDs, for which he has received eight Grammy nominations. He has also written for Vanity Fair, The New York Times, and many other publications.

    Friedwald's book will be available for purchase, and a booksigning will follow the event.

    The event is all the way West on 27th Street, between 11th and 12th Avenues. The entry to the Gallery is behind glass doors with GRIMSHAW written on them, directly across from the entry off of 27th Street.

    Special thanks to Grimshaw Architects for providing the space. 
    Special thanks as well to Andy Goodwin and the Plymouth Hill Foundation.


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