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    Harvardwood Chicago Writers' Meet-up

    Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 05:00 PM

    Old-school elegance, the Annenberg/Harry Potter vibe, and hip hospitality combine in this famously re-imagined space praised by Travel and Leisure for its “strong design and honest story telling.” Harvardwood CHI writers will meet informally in one of the many comfy conversational areas of the laptop-friendly Drawing Room of the lobby (2nd floor) of the historic Chicago Athletic Association. 

    All writers and their friends are welcome. Cash bar and menus. On-site Apres hotspots include: Cindy’s Bar on the 13th floor with sweeping views of the lake and Grant Park; the Game Room; and more.

    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!

    Harvardwood Heads To... IVY Entertainment's Production Nightmares: Stories From The Top

    Tuesday, June 26, 2018 at 06:00 PM · $30.00 USD
    Ignited Spaces in Los Angeles, CA

    Join your fellow IVY Entertainment Members at Ignited Spaces for an exciting panel highlighting untold stories of some of the industry’s most well-known producers at the Production Nightmares event! Expect a lively evening as big-name producers spin yarns about the worst experiences they’ve ever had in production. Learn from the best as our panelists retell their production horror stories and help you avoid your own. The evening is the first in an event series hosted and sponsored by our friends at Castifi.

    6:00PM - 7:00PM - Event kickoff - drinks, networking, and light refreshments

    7:00PM - 8:00PM - Moderated panel featuring experts in entertainment
    8:00PM - 9:00PM - Networking cocktail hour


    Sharon Waxman
    (CEO & Editor in Chief, The Wrap)
    Sharon Waxman, CEO and Editor in Chief, is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, a former Hollywood correspondent for The New York Times and a leading authority on the entertainment business and media. Before the Times, she was a correspondent for eight years for The Washington Post. She started out as a foreign correspondent, covering Europe and the Middle East for a decade. She is the founder and CEO of The Wrap, and the author of two books, including, “Rebels on the Backlot: Six Maverick Directors and How They Conquered the Hollywood Studio System.” She can be reached at sharon@thewrap.com


    Daniel Schnider
    (Producer, Straight Outta Compton)
    Daniel has spent the last 20 years as a producer & executive in the film & TV businesses working across all genres. In addition to running Zoe Saldana’s production company, Daniel spent half a decade partnered with Dr. Dre at Crucial Films, where he developed the Oscar nominated smash hit STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON.

    Shelby Stone
    (President, Executive Freedom Road Productions)
    Shelby Stone is the President of Production and Development for Freedom Road Productions. She has produced over 80 hours of episodic television, including the critically acclaimed The Chi, for Showtime, as well as 12 feature films, including HBO’s Emmy Award-winning BESSIE, which was written and directed by Dee Rees ( Mudbound) . Shelby is the recipient of over 60 awards and nominations, including Emmys, Golden Globes, People’s Choice, GLAAD, George F. Peabody Awards, Humanitas Award, and NAACP awards. Shelby was an active member of Women in Film, where she served on the Board from 2007-2014, as well as the Producers Guild, and Film Independent where she taught the Producer’s Lab.

    Rich Hull 
    (CEO and Founder, Pongalo)
    Richard Hull is the CEO and Founder of Pongalo, which controls one of the largest libraries of Spanish-language content in the world. He has produced more than 20 films and television shows, including SHE'S ALL THAT starring Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook. In 2011, he won the NAACP Image Award for his film FOR LOVE AND LIBERTY: The Story of America’s Black Patriots, which he produced with Halle Berry.

    Holly Brown
    (Executive Producer, The Founder) 
    Holly Brown is a producer and executive with over 12 years of experience in both film and television, most recently having produced Rob Siegel's film CRUISE starring Spencer Boldman and Emily Ratajkowksi. Prior to that, Holly was VP of Development at Jeremy Renner's production company The Combine, where she oversaw the development of their feature and television slate. Holly executive produced THE FOUNDER with John Lee Hancock directing and starring Michael Keaton. She also co-executive produced the TV movie THE THROWAWAYS for Crackle.com starring James Caan and Kevin Dillon. Before joining The Combine, Holly spent six years as an executive at Will Smith's production company Overbrook Entertainment working on films including I AM LEGEND, HANCOCK, SEVEN POUNDS, and THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES and KARATE KID. She got her start in the entertainment industry working at The Kohner Agency followed by Mandeville Films and Television.

    Natalie Sakai
    (Executive Producer & Cofounder, ContagiousLA)
    Sakai began her professional career as an assistant to Academy Award-winning documentarian Robert Amram. She moved into production for commercials, television and features at the management and production firm Anonymous Content and Twentieth Century Fox Television, before segueing into an independent producing role for new media and short form media for companies including HBO On-Demand and Caviar/Atomik. Natalie now is the Executive Producer at ContagiousLA and boasts a talented roster of Directors. 

    Harvardwood Heads To... The Ivy Plus Society's Summer Social

    Thursday, June 28, 2018 at 07:00 PM · $25.00 USD
    The District by Hannah An in Los Angeles, CA

    See for yourself why the House of An dynasty exists when you join The Ivy Plus Society at the 2017 Experts’ Choice Award Winner, The District by Hannah An. Viva LA Foodies says this dining destination is an “exquisite culmination of dynamic flavor, invigorating style and tranquil ambiance.” This West Hollywood hot spot is so popular it even has a secret entrance for celebrities like Beyonce and Jennifer Lopez. So be like Queen Bey and make your way over to the social mixer of the Summer.

    Attire: Smart Casual

    20% Off Promo Code: ALUMNI2018

  • Enter the 2018 Harvardwood Writers Competition

    We are now accepting submissions to the 2018 Harvardwood Writers Competition!

    Industry professionals, with support from the Harvardwood Board of Directors, will evaluate all scripts entered to determine the winner and two runners up from each category. Results will be announced in late 2019.

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    Catch up with the 2013-2017 Heroes grant recipients!

    Celebrate the first 5 years of our Heroes community service program by catching up with the 2013-2017 Harvardwood Heroes grant recipients!

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