• VIP Lunch with TV Drama Writer & Executive Producer MELINDA HSU TAYLOR

    Melinda_Hsu_Taylor_headshot_1MB.jpgMelinda Hsu Taylor is an Executive Producer on The Vampire Diaries and a proud genre geek.

    Previous credits include Lost, Falling Skies, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Medium, and drama pilots for NBC and Lifetime. She is an alum of the Warner Bros. TV Drama Writers' Workshop as well as the WGA Showrunner Training Program, and serves on the Advisory Board for the Sarah Jones Film Foundation, which fosters on-set safety through awareness and accountability.


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  • VIP Lunch with TV Writer & Executive Producer SAMUEL BAUM

    baum.jpgSamuel Baum is the co-writer of the upcoming HBO Original Film The Wizard of Lies, starring Robert De Niro. Mr. Baum is currently creating and executive producing television projects for HBO under his development deal with the network.

    Previously, Mr. Baum created the Fox television drama Lie to Me. Executive produced by Baum and Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer and David Nevins, the award-winning series ran for three seasons.

    Mr. Baum also co-created the ABC series The Evidence, which he executive produced along with John Wells Productions.

    Additionally, he has written and executive produced television pilots for Amazon, CBS, and the former WB.

    As a playwright, Mr. Baum has worked with the Old Globe Theatre, the Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater.

    Mr. Baum is originally from New York City and is a graduate of Harvard College.

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  • Welcome to the VIP Lunch Silent Auction


    Bidding ends 11:00am PT on Monday, August 8, 2016.*

    *Harvardwood members get ONE extra hour of bidding! If you're a dues-current Harvardwood member, you can continue to place bids until 12:00pm PT on August 8th.

    Please review the auction rules and guidelines below before placing any bids.

    By bidding in Harvardwood’s silent auctions, each bidder agrees to these auction rules.

    1. All sales are final. There will be no exchanges or refunds. All items are “as is.” Harvardwood has attempted to describe and catalog items correctly, but neither warrants nor represents and in no event shall be responsible for the correctness of descriptions, genuineness, authorship, provenance or condition of the items. No statement made in this catalog, or made orally at the auction or elsewhere, shall be deemed such a warranty, representation, or assumption of liability.
    2. Payment for VIP lunch(es) purchased must be made in full within 48 hours of notification that the bidder has won the item. Harvardwood accepts payment by credit card online.
    3. Following payment(s), you will be put in touch with the VIP's office to schedule the lunch.
    4. Any VIP Lunch left unclaimed, without prior arrangements, will be sold and proceeds will go to Harvardwood. 
    5. Harvardwood reserves the right to add or withdraw items, without notice, to or from the auction.
    6. Each person bidding assumes all risks and hazards related to the auction and items obtained at the auction. Each bidder agrees to hold harmless from any liability arising indirectly from Harvardwood, their elected and appointed officials, members and employees, the auctioneer(s), the auction company and its agents and employees, the event organizers, sponsors, and/or volunteers connected with the auction.
    7. The lunch attendee must be a Harvard student, alum, staff, or faculty member, but is not required to be a Harvardwood member.
    8. A non-Harvard-affiliated individual may place a bid as long as s/he is doing so on behalf of a Harvard-affiliated lunch attendee (see #7 above).
    9. Once the lunch attendee is identified, the lunch is strictly non-transferable.
    10. The lunch is a one-on-one meeting. Winning bidders may not bring additional guests to the VIP lunch.
    11. The bidding period will end at 11:00am PT on August 8, 2016 for non-members, but Harvardwood members can continue to bid until 12:00pm PT on August 8, 2016. The auction will close at 12:00pm on August 8, 2016.

  • followed Digital Staff Editor - LA 2016-04-18 12:32:06 -0700

    Digital Staff Editor - LA

    Company: Entertainment Weekly
    Los Angeles, CA
    Start Date:
    Type of Position: 
    Minimum Education Level:
    Minimum Years of Experience:
    4-5 years

    Job Description: The digital staff editor for Entertainment Weekly will provide daily editorial support across our television, movies, music, and books verticals. A jack-of-all-trades, able to write and report, as well as assign and edit, the digital staff editor will work closely with the West Coast deputy news director on daily content production. The ideal candidate will have expert news judgment and a nose for what clicks online (before it's clicking online for everyone else).

    Time Inc. is one of the largest branded media companies in the world. The company reaches more than 130 million people globally each month across multiple platforms, with influential brands like Time, People, Sports Illustrated, Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, Real Simple, Travel + Leisure, Food & Wine and Wallpaper. Time Inc. is home to celebrated events and franchises including the Fortune 500, Time 100, People's Most Beautiful, Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of the Year, Essence Festival in New Orleans and the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen.

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  • published November 2015 | Alan Yang '02 in Alumni Profiles 2015-10-30 20:48:04 -0700

    November 2015 | Alan Yang '02

    alanhead2.jpgAlan Yang '02 (Writer & Executive Producer, Master of NoneParks & Recreation)

    by Sara Lynne Wright

    Master of None, the upcoming Netflix series co-created by Alan Yang and Aziz Ansari, is the most autobiographical show Alan’s ever worked on. “I always wanted to do stories that were universal. So I didn’t want to write a show people could categorize as an Asian show. But I think the lesson you learn over and over again – and I’m not claiming to know anything about writing - is that the universality you’re looking for is in the specificity of your experience.”

    Alan’s refusal to claim he knows anything about writing reads like a joke, but he’s serious. He’s that humble. This humility, along with his evident and uncommon talent, must have helped him work his way up from staff writer to co-executive producer on Parks and Recreation over the seven seasons of the show. Before that he wrote for South Park and Last Call With Carson Daly

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  • Feature your product or service in our 2015 Holiday Silent Auction!

    Become a champion of the Harvard arts, media & entertainment community by donating an item from your business or service in support of Harvardwood's education events, professional programs, and service initiatives. All donations are 100% tax-deductible and auction proceeds will go to the Harvardwood Fund.

    HolidaySilentAuction.jpgAll Harvardwood donors are crucial to aiding Harvardwood in equipping a community of bright and talented artists and art enthusiasts to ultimately serve the world with their talents and resources. Harvardwood donors will receive special recognition on our website, as well as recognition at selected events and programs throughout the year. They will also receive invitations to periodic exclusive VIP Harvardwood events.

    In addition to getting exposure via our online silent auction, promoted to our 6,000+ members worldwide, this is a great way to promote your product/service to Harvard alums AND Stanford alums, since all auction items will be featured at our jointly hosted holiday party in Los Angeles on December 7th!

    We are currently seeking tax-deductible items valued at $100 or above to be donated for the auction, such as:

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  • responded to 70% off Treasury Wine Estates wine cases! 2015-10-21 17:25:10 -0700

    70% off Treasury Wine Estates wine cases!

    The Treasury Wine Estates Friends and Family Case Sale starts this Tuesday with up to 70% off wine cases!! Wines range from "everyday" wines to high end wines that aficionados will love, like Stags' Leap, St. Clement Oroppas and Beringer Private Reserve.

    PLEASE FEEL FREE TO SHARE THIS! Be sure to type "Alexis Walsh" in the Referral box at the top of the checkout page.

    How to shop:

    • Go to: www.treasurywineevent.com
    • Register as a new user or login if you're a wine sale vet 
    • Go shopping! 
    • Type "Alexis Walsh" in Referral Box before check out 
    • If you have any difficulties, contact Customer Service at 800-395-0052.

    A few reminders:

    - Great wines up to 70% off 

    - My network (i.e. people using my name in the referral box) can start shopping TUES OCT 20... but everyone else has to wait until the next day. Get in on Tuesday morning, the best deals sell out right away!

    - More mixed cases this time, and a bunch of magnums!

    - Great wines for corporate gifts, holiday parties, Thanksgiving, etc. 

    - Shipping included!  (and now MA people can order too!)

    Some of my favorites and recommendations are below: 

    Everyday wines

    • Chateau St. Jean North Coast Chard - $7/bottle
    • Campanile Pinot Grigio - $6.50/bottle
    • Gabbiano Reserva Chianti - $10/bottle
    • Matua Sauvignon Blanc - $7/bottle
    • Chateau St. Jean Sonoma County Cab - $13.50/bottle
    For Collectors/ Wine Cellars/ Gifts!
    • Beringer Private Reserve Cab - The ultimate Cab, amazing wine - $82.50/bottle (usually $165)
    • Penfolds Bin 389 Cab/Shiraz - "Baby Grange" - $42/bottle
    • St. Clement Oroppas - not usually in the sale and 58% off! $25/bottle!
    • Etude Napa Cab - wow, 60% off! Go with 2012 vintage - $34/bottle (usually $85)
    • Penfolds Bin 9 Cab - Aussie style, entry bin, $12/bottle
    • Chateau St. Jean Alexander Valley Cab - really great Cab, $17.50/bottle
    • Beringer Knights Valley Cab - a classic at only $17/bottle
    • Etude Napa Valley Cab - $34/bottle
    • Stags' Leap Cab - Can't beat Stags'! $30/bottle
    Chardonnay Lovers
    • Beringer Napa Valley Chard - What a deal for a NAPA Chard thats gorgeous! $10/bottle
    • Beringer Luminus Chard - A beautiful wine with some classic Napa Chard flavors, but more acidity and crispness. I love this one. $19/bottle
    • Beringer Private Reserve Chard - The ultimate, and Wine of the Year winner. A way to impress.  $23/bottle
    • Chateau St. Jean Robert Young Chard - Always award winning and delicious. $12.50/bottle
    • Chateau St. Jean Sonoma Coast Chard - one of my personal favorities. $12/bottle
    • Etude Carneros Chard - lighter, crisper in style than Napa chards. Love this one too.  $16/bottle
    • Stags' Leap Chard - another personal favorite. Very French in style.  $15/bottle
    Pinot Noirs
    • Chateau St. Jean Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir - one of my favorite Pinots! Great region for it. $14/bottle
    • Etude Carneros Pinot Noir - $22.50/bottle
    • Etude Fiddlestix Santa Rita Hills Pinot - Can't go wrong with any Etude Pinot! $25/bottle
    • Etude North Canyon Santa Maria Pinot - $20/bottle
    Others Varietals/Blends/Mixed Cases
    • Beringer Quantum Red - A delicious wine, crowd pleaser. $32.50/bottle
    • Beringer Luxury - get 6 Luminus Chard and 6 Quantum! $309/case
    • Etude Pinot Noir ROSE - If you like Rose, you'll LOVE this! Not usually in the sale! $14/bottle
    • Etude Pinot Gris - my favorite white we make.  $14/bottle
    • Gabbiano Bellezza Chianti - Gorgeous wine, amazing deal. $20/bottle
    • Penfolds Grenache Shiraz Mourvedre Bin 138 - fun, different, interesting, yummy! $20/bottle
    • Penfolds Best of Bins case - 3 bottles of Bin 707 (not much of this wine around!), Bin 8, Bin 9 and Bin 28! Great way to get some of each.

  • published Issue 129 | October 2015 in HIGHLIGHTS Magazine 2015-09-30 23:16:59 -0700

  • published October 2015 | Kermit Roosevelt '93 in Alumni Profiles 2015-09-30 22:39:22 -0700

    October 2015 | Kermit Roosevelt '93

    Kermit Roosevelt AB '93
    (Professor & Author, In the Shadow of the LawAllegiance)

    by Terence O'Toole Murnin

    Kermit_Roosevelt.jpgKermit Roosevelt’s Real-Life Tales of a Government Bent on Repeating History Inform the Historical Fiction of Allegiance, His Latest Novel, while also Sharpening His Vision as a Professor of Law

    Kermit Roosevelt has the kind of brilliant, beautiful mind that makes attorneys look cooler than Matthew McConaughey in THE LINCOLN LAWYER. Shifting seamlessly from his role as Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he has prolifically published on matters focusing on constitutional law and conflict of laws, in 2005, he also published his first novel, In The Shadow Of The Law (Farrar, Straus and Giroux). Paramount quickly snapped up the rights to the entrancing book set in a powerhouse Washington, D. C., law firm, and Carol Mendelsohn of CSI fame served as Executive Producer of a TV Pilot that featured Joshua Jackson, Frank Langella, Kevin Pollak and Alan Tudyk.

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  • Take our membership survey for 1 month FREE MEMBERSHIP!

    Harvardwood is planning some new initiatives for 2016, and we appreciate your thoughtful feedback and suggestions.

    This survey is intended for Harvardwood (past and current) members, Friends of Harvardwood, and subscribers. If you have a few minutes, we would love to hear from you!

    ALL RESPONSES WILL BE KEPT STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL. Past or current members who wish to earn one (1) month of free Harvardwood membership can opt to enter their identifying information at the beginning of the survey. This offer does not apply to new members.

    Please complete the survey by October 15, 2015.

    Thank you for helping us continue to make Harvardwood a vibrant and enriching arts, media, and entertainment community!


  • published Issue 128 | September 2015 in HIGHLIGHTS Magazine 2015-09-01 15:21:09 -0700

  • September 2015 | Eric d'Arbeloff MBA '93 & Howard Cohen AB '81

    Eric d’Arbeloff MBA ‘93 and Howard Cohen AB ‘81
    (Co-Founders, Roadside Attractions)

    by Cristina Slattery

    roadsideattractions.jpgEric d’Arbeloff MBA ‘93 and Howard Cohen AB ‘81 are the founders of Roadside Attractions, a specialty film distributor based in L.A.

    They are also a married couple and parents of a ten-year-old son. The films they acquire and distribute are designed to appeal to an intellectually curious audience and films have included everything from a documentary about Anna Wintour and VOGUE magazine to a story about Brian Wilson from the Beach Boys. 

    STONEWALL, a film about the famous Stonewall riots that initiated the gay rights movement in Greenwich Village in New York City in June of 1969, will be released on September 25th.

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  • Member Discount to World Premiere of WAITRESS at the A.R.T.

    This fall, attend the world premiere of Waitress at the A.R.T.! Harvardwood members can receive a special discount off certain shows in September; the code is good for discounted, fee-free tickets.

    About Waitress

    Book by Jessie Nelson
    Music and Lyrics by Sara Bareilles
    Based upon the motion picture written by Adrienne Shelly
    Choreographed by Chase Brock
    Directed by Diane Paulus

    Jenna, played by Tony Award winner Jessie Mueller (Beautiful), a waitress and expert pie maker, is stuck in a small town and a loveless marriage. When a baking contest in a nearby county offers her a chance at escape, Jenna must choose between her commitments and her dreams. Her customers, co-workers, and the town’s handsome new doctor all offer her conflicting recipes for happiness—but Jenna ultimately has to decide for herself. This poignant and uplifting new musical celebrates friendship, motherhood, and the courage it takes to pluck a long abandoned dream off the shelf. Featuring music and lyrics by Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles (“Brave,” “Love Song”) and directed by Diane Paulus (Pippin, Finding Neverland).

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  • responded to Call for sketch comedy groups - LA 2015-08-10 15:03:47 -0700

    Call for sketch comedy groups - LA

    Sony Pictures Television and Tenth Planet Productions are currently searching for the best and funniest sketch comedy groups to participate in an 8 episode prime-time series for a major broadcast network. The first episode (PILOT) as currently scheduled shoots during the second half of October. The remaining 7 episodes are tentatively scheduled to shoot in late spring of 2016. 

    During each show, groups will be featured doing short comedy sketches that could range from any of these touchstones of sketch comedy: 

    • Original Characters

    • Celebrity Impressions

    • Mockumentary 

    • Commercial Parody

    • Musical Comedy

    • Fake Movie or TV Trailer

    • Fake Reality

    • Grounded Sketch

    • Themed Sketch

    All groups should have experience performing on-stage in front of a live audience and shooting comedic short films.  There will be celebrity comedy experts on-hand to critique each performance, and the live studio audience will play a big part in how performances get scored. The groups with the highest scores will have a chance to win a cash prize every week.

    The Biggest Laugh is not a typical elimination competition. We want to give every group the best possible chance to succeed, so groups will be given several opportunities to show off their comedic skills before the first group gets eliminated.  At the end of the series, one group will win the biggest prize of all and be declared the Biggest Laugh Champion.

    More info here: http://www.thebiggestlaugh.com/.

  • published Issue 127 | August 2015 in HIGHLIGHTS Magazine 2015-08-01 13:44:00 -0700

  • published August 2015 | Alexandra Petri '10 in Alumni Profiles 2015-07-31 19:44:03 -0700

    August 2015 | Alexandra Petri '10

    Alexandra_Petri.jpgAlexandra Petri AB '10
    (Playwright, Author, Washington Post Columnist/Blogger)

    By Dayna Wilkinson

    Photo courtesy of Trina Sobotka

    “I love being able to communicate with people and tell stories. People ask, ‘why do you spend so much time writing?’ Well, why do you eat cake?”

    Writer and humorist Alexandra Petri ‘10 had a happy but slightly unconventional upbringing. From the time she was a child, she traveled from Washington D.C. to Wisconsin to campaign for her father, former Congressman Tom Petri ’62, HLS ’80. “There were parades,” she recalls. “Lots of parades.”

    Alexandra was always a voracious reader, but not of the books you’d expect. “When I was really young my mom (Anne Neal ’77, HLS ’80) said she’d either read me her old art history text book or a graphic novel of Othello with the unabridged text.  I chose the latter, and just loved it, though as you’d expect a lot of it went over my head. After that, we’d read King Lear and other works out loud.”

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  • Seeking a volunteer to serve as Harvardwood Chicago's Co-Chapter Head!

    Chicago.jpgThe Chicago Chapter of Harvardwood is seeking an enthusiastic Co-Chapter Head to help direct Harvardwood programming and events in that region.

    We have a great volunteer interested in reviving Harvardwood's Chicago chapter, and we're seeking another volunteer to help serve as Co-Chapter Head. Ideally, this person is energetic, full of ideas, people smart, and able to organize events and programs effectively. In addition to having an interest in the arts, media, and entertainment, the Co-Chapter Head should be based in Chicago to help coordinate, for example, guest speaker events, film screenings, a writers' group, etc.

    If you are in the Chicagoland area and have an interest in cultivating the Harvard arts, entertainment, & media community in that region, please email programs@harvardwood.org to tell us more about yourself and your arts-related interests!

  • VIP Lunch with Noah Oppenheim AB '00

    Senior Vice President of NBC News, Executive-in-Charge of the Today show, and Screenwriter

    Noah_Oppenheim_Headshot_1_.jpgNoah Oppenheim is Senior Vice President of NBC News and Executive-in-Charge of the Today show.  He oversees all aspects of the morning show franchise – both broadcast and digital.  

    Also a screenwriter, Oppenheim co-wrote The Maze Runner, which has grossed $300M+ since its release, and the upcoming The Divergent Series:  Allegiant.  His original screenplay, Jackie, produced by Darren Aronofsky and starring Natalie Portman is currently in production.

    Oppenheim began his career in news—leading political talk shows such as Hardball with Chris Matthews and Scarborough Country.  An Emmy winner, he also helped create Mad Money with Jim Cramer, has covered three presidential elections, and reported from Iraq, Israel, Gaza, the West Bank, and Libya. 

    Oppenheim has also served as Head of Unscripted and Digital Development at Reveille, the production company behind hits like The Office and The Biggest Loser.  While at Reveille, he created and executive produced primetime shows for NBC, Fox, MTV, and Lifetime, as well as online programming for a variety of brands and platforms.  

    Oppenheim is co-author of the New York Times bestselling series, The Intellectual Devotional.  His essays have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Esquire, Men's Health, and The Weekly Standard.

    Estimated Value: Priceless!
    Starting Bid: $100
    Bid Increments: $15

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  • published Issue 126 | July 2015 in HIGHLIGHTS Magazine 2015-07-01 11:23:04 -0700

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