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  • published Issue 203 | December 2021 in HIGHLIGHTS Magazine 2021-12-01 10:23:57 -0800

  • published Release Form in Writers Competition 2021-11-01 17:07:56 -0700

    Release Form

    HARVARDWOOD WRITERS COMPETITION
    Release Form 

    I, the undersigned, hereby voluntarily submit to Harvardwood, and grant to Harvardwood the right to read and evaluate for purposes of considering and in support of my application for the Harvardwood Writers Program (“HWP”), my material, summarized on Exhibit A (“Material”), pursuant to my agreement with the following terms and conditions:

    1.    I declare that all of the important features of my Material are summarized on the attached Exhibit A and that I have disclosed no other features to Harvardwood.  I warrant that the Material is original with and wholly owned by me, that I have full and unconditional right to disclose the Material, that no one else has any right to it, and that I have the right to enter into this submission release.  I agree to indemnify and hold Harvardwood and its related, affiliated or parent company(s), employees, interns, volunteers, representatives, assignees and designees (collectively “Harvardwood”) harmless from and against any and all claims, loss or liability (including reasonable attorneys’ fees) that may be asserted against Harvardwood or incurred by same at any time in connection with the Material or any use thereof, and/or arising from any breach or alleged breach of any warranty, representation or covenant made by me herein. 

    2.    I believe my Material and its features to be unique and novel.  However, I recognize, acknowledge and agree that other persons may have previously originated and/or submitted to Harvardwood or to others or made public, or may in the future originate and/or submit or make public, similar or identical material and that I will not have any legal claim against Harvardwood, or be entitled to any compensation, because of Harvardwood’s access to or evaluation of the Material for purposes of HWP consideration. 

    3.    I acknowledge that no confidential relationship is entered into by reason of Harvardwood’s consideration of the submitted Material or by reason of any oral discussions between Harvardwood and me.

    4.  Any controversy arising out of, or in connection with, this submission release or any alleged wrongful use of the submitted material or a dispute with reference to this submission release, or its validity or effect, will be determined by binding arbitration in the County of Los Angeles conducted by and in accordance with the rules of Arts Arbitration & Mediation Services, a program of California Lawyers for the Arts; provided, however, that said arbitration will be held before a single arbitrator well-acquainted with the entertainment industry in Los Angeles.  I agree that any arbitration proceeding that I may choose to bring against Harvardwood will be initiated within six (6) months after the date of Harvardwood’s alleged first use of any material that I claim to be mine.

    5.  I have retained a copy of the Material being submitted pursuant to this submission release and release Harvardwood from any and all liability arising out of Harvardwood’s evaluation of the Material for the purposes hereunder. I agree that Harvardwood does not assume any obligation to return the submitted Material to me and that any decision shall make in connection with my HWP application shall be in Harvardwood’s sole discretion. 

    6.    This submission release, including Exhibit A, constitutes my entire understanding with reference to the subject matter hereof, and no oral representations of any kind have been made to me.  Any modification or waiver hereof must be in writing, signed by me.  The invalidity of any provisions shall not affect the remaining provisions.  This submission release applies equally to any other material that I may submit to Harvardwood, unless agreed in writing to the contrary at the time of the submission.

     


  • published Issue 202 | November 2021 in HIGHLIGHTS Magazine 2021-11-01 12:05:11 -0700

  • published Harvardwood Artist Launch Fellowship in Fellowships 2021-09-14 15:57:18 -0700

    Harvardwood Artist Launch Fellowship

    Mia and David Alpert Harvardwood Artist Launch Fellowship

    Harvardwood is pleased to announce the Mia and David Alpert Harvardwood Artist Launch Fellowship for graduating seniors or recent Harvard alumni working or seeking to work in the arts, media, and entertainment fields. The multiyear gift, generously donated by Harvardwood Co-Founder Mia Riverton Alpert ’99 and her husband, producer and media entrepreneur David Alpert ‘97, includes a $24,000 grant, awarded annually, to support one recent graduate from the College for one year as they pursue their artistic projects. Each Alpert Harvardwood Fellow will also be paired with a mentor in their field of interest to help guide their creative endeavors and will receive additional assistance through Harvardwood.

    The Harvardwood Artist Launch Fellowship will be awarded annually to a different artist, with the inaugural term running from June 1, 2022 through May 31, 2023. Current seniors at Harvard College (class of 2022) as well as College alumni from the classes of 2021 and 2020 are eligible to apply. Grant funds can be used at the grantee’s discretion. The purpose of the funds is to provide the opportunity for an individual to choose the pursuit of artistic endeavors without consideration of financial need for the duration of the grant period. There is no restriction on the artistic field; musicians, dancers, visual artists, actors, writers, filmmakers and artists/creators in all disciplines are encouraged to apply. 

    “Creating more equitable access to careers in the arts has been a lifelong passion for us and was a motivating force behind Harvardwood’s founding 22 years ago.  David and I are honored to support the next generation of emerging Harvard artists as they begin their professional journeys,” said Mia Riverton Alpert.

    Harvardwood President Allison Kiessling said, "We have long known that to have a greater impact we need to invest more deeply in individual artists. This fellowship will allow Harvardwood to amplify our efforts to promote diversity, equity and the positive impact of new voices in the arts. We are incredibly grateful for the Alperts’ generosity."

    Eligibility

    To apply, individuals must be current Harvard College seniors or have graduated from Harvard College within the past two years (i.e. class of 2020, 2021 or 2022), complete the application form, provide a resume, a work sample or portfolio, an introductory video, an artist statement (in written, audio or video format), a letter of recommendation, a creative plan with an overview of envisioned projects to be completed or substantially developed during the term of the Fellowship, and a projected budget for the term of the Fellowship. The finalist round will include a video interview. Individuals who have previously been beneficiaries of Harvardwood grants or scholarships or have participated in Harvardwood programs are eligible if they meet the other terms of eligibility.

    Applications will be accepted beginning October 4th, 2021 and are due by January 10, 2022, with the grant announcement to be made by March 1, 2022.  Funds will be distributed monthly to the inaugural Alpert Harvardwood Fellow beginning on June 1, 2022 and ending by May 31, 2023. 

    Harvardwood will host two virtual informational sessions on Monday, October 4th at 3 pm ET and Wednesday November 10th at 6 pm ET to answer any questions about the application process.


    Please register for which information session you would like to attend.

    10/04/2021 Information Session #1: Register HERE

    11/10/2021 Information Session #2: Register HERE 

    The link to the application is here.

    For any questions, please contact [email protected]


  • published Issue 200 | September 2021 in HIGHLIGHTS Magazine 2021-09-01 00:31:23 -0700

  • published Issue 199 | August 2021 in HIGHLIGHTS Magazine 2021-08-01 10:55:35 -0700

  • published August 2021 | Zadoc Angell AB '03 in Alumni Profiles 2021-08-01 08:54:54 -0700

    August 2021 | Zadoc Angell AB '03

     Zadoc Angell AB '03 began his career as a TV Literary Agent at Paradigm, where he worked for seven years. Transitioning to Literary Management in 2010, Zadoc joined forces with manager Dave Brown and grew a team of literary managers which they brought with them to Echo Lake in 2013. You can read about his new Co-President position here.

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    written by Brandon Boies

    If I proclaimed that growing up on a 400-acre dairy farm could lead to an exciting and successful career as a television literary manager, there might be a few objections. Not from Zadoc Angell. I had the pleasure of talking with Zadoc, who was recently named Co-President of Echo Lake Entertainment’s Management Division, to discuss his life story, passions, and overall career as a TV literary manager. He was very personable, extremely motivated, and – as you may have guessed – grew up on a dairy farm in rural New York. 

    That’s where we began our conversation. After all, it seemed a bit unexpected to start in a small-town setting and eventually take a career path that would adventure toward the glamorous lights in Los Angeles. Even Zadoc understood the unlikelihood of his own journey. “Few people ever got away,” he said. However, he always felt in tune with his creative side. “I always loved television and storytelling. I was just exploring all of these interests in a place that wasn’t very accommodating.” 

    The answer to his problem? Applying to and attending Harvard, where he would study VES (Visual and Environmental Studies) with a focus on film. He reflected on his time there and how he enjoyed the city. More notably, he discussed how his upbringing paired nicely with the challenges he faced being in such a new place with the pressure Harvard creates. “I had this insane farmer work ethic. You have to have a really strong work ethic. And in my case, today, that means to keep fighting for my clients.” 

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  • published Exclusive Q&A With Eric J. Cheng AB '20 in The #HWIRE 2021-08-01 08:51:52 -0700

    Exclusive Q&A With Eric J. Cheng AB '20

    Eric J. Cheng AB’ 20 is a Chinese American actor, writer, and producer based in LA. He recently was a part of the 24 Hour Plays: Nationals and acted in AFI thesis Cure. At Harvard, was a cast member of The Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

    Q. When did you know you were a storyteller? What experiences in Michigan made you know you wanted to act?

    A.
    I remember growing up and performing with kids in the family friend group—five girls who all danced and sang. I vividly recall performing in front of all the Chinese families every New Years and having the time of my life. It wasn’t until I approached high school though that I got to really act. When I was in eighth grade, I saw a production of The Drowsy Chaperone at my local high school, and I immediately fell in love. I promised myself that I would try to be a part of the troupe, so when I started freshman year, I took a leap of faith and auditioned. If I remember correctly, I got cast in a tiny role in the play Harvey but later got promoted to a slightly bigger role when the boy originally cast dropped out (or got kicked out— I can’t remember). After that, I kept at it, and with every production I fell in love even more.

    Q. What has it been like transitioning from Harvard to LA, even part-time, as a recent grad? Can you talk about the journey to LA and what you've seen thus far in our increasingly remote (and changing) industry?

    A.
    It’s been a crazy ride with ups and downs; I’m very thankful for it. My move to LA feels like it’s been a long time coming. I came to LA for the first time during the summer of 2019 to pursue an internship at MTV. I aimed to know once and for all if I really wanted to pursue this path after graduating. The summer served its function; I had gotten a taste of LA and the industry, and I left the city with the awareness that that I wanted to be a creative as an actor and writer.

    Outside of coming to LA for few weeks or months at a time before going back home as the pandemic worsened, I’ve attempted pursuing an acting and writing career remotely— writing at home, taking Zoom classes, doing virtual performances— for the past year. Now that we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with the pandemic (fingers crossed) , I feel a sense of purpose and fulfillment being here. I’m finally able to shoot the project I’m working on and collaborate with other creatives.

    I have a lot of hope for the industry with regards to representation. This past year has demonstrated that we need stories that reflect the state of our world. As someone who creates projects from the Asian and LGBTQ+ perspective, I feel a sense of excitement. Though I still get discouraged at times, I think that the change that we are seeing will only continue. In a way, I think that the shift towards more virtual processes has actually been conducive to this. There are new ways to tell stories and get one’s voice out that didn’t previously exist, and the need for content to be high-budget has dissipated. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in all of this (and one singular piece of advice that I’ve universally received), it’s that creating one’s own work and opportunity leads to positive outcomes. And in a time when people are looking for authentic, diverse, and new stories, I like to think that holds true now more than ever.

    Q. For a young actor/writer/producer, how do you balance your days? What do they look like?

    A.
    Often I still don’t know! I think I am still and will continue to be striking a balance; I feel like my day-to-day always changes. Usually though, my day starts after I knock out some tasks for my part time jobs. I try to prioritize writing at least four times a week, though in reality my inability to counteract distraction sometimes makes this an unmet goal. Other than that, I spend my days taking acting and improv classes at The Groundlings (which I’ve loved), filming tapes/doing auditions, trying to meet new people and collaborators, and producing the project that I’m currently working on.

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  • published HSIP Events in HSIP 2021 Webinars 2021-07-06 11:11:06 -0700

    HSIP Events

    Harvardwood is excited to offer educational entertainment company events for members who are interning in the arts and entertainment industries this summer, two of which will be open to all Harvard alumni!

    Dates and speakers open to all Harvard alumni include:

    July 13Jamie Dávila - Campanario- A Los Angeles-based television and digital content production company approaching things from a distinct Latinx perspective.

    To register for Jamie Dávila/Campasario, go HERE.

    August 3 - Gene Pao, SVP Digital Enterprises at Shout! Factory - Capitalizing on both traditional and emerging digital platforms, Shout! Factory is a media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture.

    To register for Gene Pao/Shout! Factory, go HERE

    All events will begin at 6 pm Pacific Standard Time. 

    If you are interning this summer, fill out our form and you will be invited for free! Events are free for Harvardwood members and summer interns and $5.00 for non-members. 

    Please email [email protected] if you are interested in attending, and look for a registration page in the coming days!

     


  • published Issue 198 | July 2021 in HIGHLIGHTS Magazine 2021-07-02 08:47:56 -0700

  • published July 2021 | Mynette Louie AB '97 in Alumni Profiles 2021-06-25 18:00:22 -0700

    July 2021 | Mynette Louie AB '97

    What do the films Swallow, The Tale, Children of Invention, The Invitation and the upcoming I Carry You with Me have in common? They are all independent films. They are all lauded by critics. And they are all produced by Mynette Louie AB ’97, who has already made an indelible mark on the world of independent cinema in a remarkably short amount of time.

    But it was never certain that Mynette would end up in the world of film, a point we returned to numerous times throughout our conversation. Born to working-class parents who immigrated from China and Hong Kong, Mynette didn’t have the opportunity to form industry connections until years after she graduated college. That doesn’t mean she wasn’t interested, however. In her characteristically peppy and charming manner, Mynette informed me, “I’ve been consuming films like crazy since I was a little kid.” She also attended Hunter College High School, which has produced the likes of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Robert Lopez. “So I’d been around that world, but I never thought it was a practical path,” she told me. “And it still isn’t, it’s a very impractical path. So, I decided to just do well in school and go to Harvard.”

    At Harvard, Mynette concentrated in East Asian Studies but focused on Chinese literature and film, never relinquishing cinema from her life. “Leo Ou-fan Lee was one of my professors,” she said, “and he introduced me to a lot of film theory and cultural theory and feminist theory… a lot of my papers [took] a socio-political view of films.” Mynette said that taking East Asian Studies and, more specifically, classes like Lee’s that dealt with fifth generation Chinese films, “was a great education in Chinese sensibilities… and indirectly influenced how I approach story and the kinds of notes that I give.” It also instilled her with a need to make films that, while not overtly political, have something to say about the world around her. When we discussed her filmography, Mynette explained, “I Carry You with Me is about these two gay undocumented immigrants living in New York… The Tale was about child sexual abuse and dealing with trauma… [and] Swallow was about a woman feeling stifled by the patriarchy.” She paused for a moment. “They aim to be entertaining, you know, first and foremost, and compelling… [but] there is something that I want to say with my movies.”

    These films would come years after she graduated from Harvard. “After graduating from Harvard with debt,” she laughed, “I was like, gotta find a job to pay [it] off!” She wound up working in marketing at Time Magazine and later in business development at SportsIllustrated.com. “I didn’t love the jobs that I had right after college,” Mynette said, “But I thought it was a great general media business education that has served me well as a producer.” Our conversation was full of answers like these, because Mynette is someone who chooses not to focus on what a situation takes away from her, and instead on what she gained and how she can apply it to building herself and her career.

    It was right after 9/11 that Mynette’s life took a dramatic turn. “A bunch of my colleagues [at SportsIllustrated.com] had been laid off and, you know, I was hoping to get laid off and get a severance package and that didn’t happen,” she told me, chuckling. “They [said], if you want to leave you have to quit.” I could almost hear her shrug over the phone. “So I actually did quit my job… and decided to figure out how to get into this film industry once and for all.”

    Her decision was courageous, especially considering she still didn’t have any connections in the film industry. Her networking began when she answered an ad with a post.harvard.edu address. It belonged to a Harvard alumnus working on a PA-starved NYU graduate student film. Mynette worked as a PA on the short film for three days, her first hands-on foray into the film industry. She would go on to produce two more NYU graduate student films. “I feel like I got a free NYU film school education, just by producing these short films,” Mynette told me, laughing. “Then I moved on to co-producing my first feature, Mutual Appreciation.” 

    Four years after Mutual Appreciation, Mynette got her first self-described big break when she produced the film Children of Invention, an even more impressive feat considering she was still learning on the job. “As lead producer, I didn’t have a lawyer,” she explained. “Our film was so small, it had a $150,000 budget… I basically had to read a bunch of books on film law, and [make] a bunch of my own contracts, and it was a very DIY effort.” The film got into Sundance and, according to Mynette, “just blew the doors wide open… I was able to build my network from there and continue to produce feature films.”

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  • published Media Internship - LA in Job Listings 2021-06-13 08:39:14 -0700

    Media Internship - LA

    Company: Ipsos North America
    Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Start Date: IMMEDIATELY
    Type of Position: Paid Internship
    Minimum Education Level: N/A
    Minimum Years of Experience: N/A

    Job Description: Immediate opening for paid Internship, reporting to SVP, Media  Development and Head of Revenue Activation at Ipsos North America.

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  • published Designer - Stamford, CT in Job Listings 2021-06-02 17:20:49 -0700

    Designer - Stamford, CT

    Company: NBC Sports
    Location: Stamford, CT
    Start Date:
    Type of Position: Full-Time
    Minimum Education Level: Bachelor's
    Minimum Years of Experience: 5 years

    Job Description: 

    • Responsible for the design and production of animated elements for network graphics including packaging and insert graphics
    • Effectively communicate concepts and ideas to the Art Director and design team
    • Understand and translate network’s brand strategy into quality design
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  • published Issue 197 | June 2021 in HIGHLIGHTS Magazine 2021-06-02 08:40:23 -0700

  • Angela Chao Gift Announcement

    Harvardwood is pleased to announce that it has received a $5,000 donation from Angela Chao (AB 1995, MBA 2001), Chair and CEO of Foremost Group and Co-Chair of The Asian American Foundation Advisory Council, to support Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) artists. The donation will support Harvardwood members who self-identify as AAPI and their work, artistic efforts and desire to share their lived experience as a member of the AAPI community. 

    The duration of the gift will span one year of Harvardwood programming and provide a financial stipend to both a Summer Internship student participant and 101 Boot Camp student participant, a Heroes grant, prize awards for the 2022 Harvardwood Writers Competition, and free participation for both the fall and spring modules of the Jeff Sagansky TV Writers Program and the Features Writers Program.  All Harvardwood members who identify as Asian American or Pacific Islander will be welcome to apply, and Harvardwood will announce opportunities for each program. 

    Harvardwood is committed to spotlighting and promoting diverse voices, as a core aspect of our mission is providing creative and professional growth opportunities to artists who have been traditionally under-represented in the arts and entertainment fields. This gift enables AAPI students and alumni to gain opportunities to explore a creative field regardless of financial support.

     “We are thrilled and honored to partner with Angela Chao on an initiative to uplift AAPI artists and stories,” said Harvardwood Co-Founder Mia Riverton Alpert. “During this challenging time for our world at large, and the AAPI community in particular, we continue to believe in the power of the arts to foster empathy and understanding by telling stories that highlight the common humanity we all share.”

    Justin White, Harvardwood’s Director, shared; “We look forward to working with Ms. Chao as we implement this incredibly generous gift over the next few months, and we are excited about this new chapter for Harvardwood.”

    Angela Chao commented, “It’s always an honor for me to be able to support Asian-American and Pacific Islander students and graduates as they express their voices and tell their stories through art. Especially during these times where issues facing Asian-American and Pacific Islanders are at the forefront of public attention, I’m looking forward to seeing the artists’ work and highlighting our community’s stories and experiences.”


  • published Fall 2021 Music Intern - Remote in Job Listings 2021-05-20 20:57:14 -0700

    Fall 2021 Music Intern - Remote

    Company: WarnerMedia
    Location: Remote / Burbank, CA
    Start Date:
    Type of Position: Internship
    Minimum Education Level: 
    Minimum Years of Experience: 

    Job Description: WarnerMedia seeks a Fall Music Intern for the Warner Bros. Pictures Music department.

    The Fall Music Intern will work alongside the Music Team of WB Pictures Music, New Line Cinema Music and WaterTower Music providing assistance in various aspects. They will collaborate with the Music Creative team on feature projects that are currently in development, production and post, as well as some of our soundtrack releases for those titles.

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  • Coordinator, Worldwide Creative Content - LA

    Company: Paramount Pictures
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    Start Date:
    Type of Position: Full-Time
    Minimum Education Level: Bachelor's
    Minimum Years of Experience: 1 year

    Job Description: Do you love all things movies and entertainment? We are Paramount's Marketing in-house production and creative division responsible for storytelling beyond the film itself! From greenlight to release, we work the entire life cycle of a film, capturing behind the scene's content on set, executing special shoots with talent during post and working on branded content with partners among many other tasks!

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  • Executive Assistant to President - NY

    Company: CBS News
    Location: New York, NY
    Start Date:
    Type of Position: Full-Time
    Minimum Education Level: Bachelor's
    Minimum Years of Experience: 2 years

    Job Description: CBS News is seeking an Executive Assistant to support the President and Co-head of CBS News and the CBS Television Stations.

    • Provide executive-level administrative support including meeting and travel planning, managing of expense reports, scheduling, phone/mail, supplies, filing, and other business-related duties.
    • Schedule and arrange meetings and conference calls with internal and external parties at a fast and constantly changing pace.
    • Handle heavy telephone contact with all levels of internal and external executive management and employees.
    • Screen telephone calls, visitors, and letters. Answer routine questions and furnish information.
    • Keep executive abreast of trends and new developments in the news space by reading industry publications, monitoring social media, and tracking competitor’s initiatives.
    • Providing good judgment in monitoring and prioritizing information flow and meetings throughout the day
    • Utilize judgment in handling inquiries from vendors, candidates, employees, and resolve concerns/issues, as necessary.
    • Handle confidential information with absolute discretion.
    • Plan staff and other team events including staff meetings, senior team meetings, and off-sites when necessary. This includes managing all aspects including vendor selection, catering, audiovisual, and other logistics.
    • Assist with short and long-term projects, research, and presentations.

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  • published Rotating Assistant (Music) - Nashville in Job Listings 2021-05-20 20:41:56 -0700

    Rotating Assistant (Music) - Nashville

    Company: WME / Endeavor
    Location: Nashville, TN
    Start Date:
    Type of Position: Full-Time
    Minimum Education Level: 
    Minimum Years of Experience: 

    Job Description: Floating Assistants service the company across all departments, primarily within the Music department. They complete ad-hoc projects and temporarily cover desks while assistants are away. The position also entails assisting with a variety of daily administrative office tasks. Floating Assistants will be eligible to apply for assistant desks after training is completed.

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  • published Assistant to Talent Manager - LA in Job Listings 2021-05-20 20:31:35 -0700

    Assistant to Talent Manager - LA

    Company: Beverly Hills Talent Management Company
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    Start Date:
    Type of Position: Full-Time
    Minimum Education Level: Bachelor's
    Minimum Years of Experience: 1 year

    Job Description: Beverly Hills Talent Management Company seeks a sharp, ambitious, and dynamic assistant to talent manager who represents on-screen talent. Ideal candidates should have superior organizational and communication skills, be detail oriented, resourceful, have the ability to multi-task and shift priorities. Assistant  will manage a busy desk where duties range from office tasks to interacting with A-list clients. Must have a ‘do whatever it takes’ attitude. Candidates must have 1-2 years previous experience at a mainstream management company or talent agency. Must know the players in town and the basics of the talent landscape. Bachelor’s degree required. 

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