Megan Amram AB ‘10
(Author & Comedy Writer, Silicon Valley, Parks & Rec, Science… For Her!)
By D. Dona Le
Most classical musicians start taking lessons in early childhood. Olympic-level athletes often begin training as soon as they’ve learned to walk.
But contrary to what her meteoric career as a comedy writer would suggest, Megan Amram ‘10 didn’t sprout from her mother’s forehead, fully formed and armed with the mighty pen. In fact, Amram wasn’t even funny as a child, describing herself instead as a math and science nerd.
Her first foray into comedy writing happened shortly before college, when she took a comedy class offered at her high school. With the encouragement of her teacher, Amram considered a career in comedy writing as “something that maybe I could do” for the first time.
Maybe was quite the understatement. Five years after high school—about five months after Amram arrived in Los Angeles after graduating from Harvard—she landed her first writing job… for The Academy Awards.Read more
Dan Goor '97 (Co-Creator, Executive Producer, Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
By Dayna Wilkinson
“When I went to college I wanted to be a doctor and a comedian—like my idol Jonathan Miller, from the British comedy revue Beyond the Fringe.”
Dan’s twin interests can be traced back to his upbringing in Bethesda, Maryland down the street from the National Institutes of Health. “I’ve always been very interested in science and molecular biology,” he says. “I grew up with it—my Dad and everyone around us worked at NIH. Scientists describe what they do as stories, and I think that fostered my fascination with storytelling.”
His appetite for comedy emerged early. “My brother was a really talented pianist--he’s four years older. While he’d practice, I’d read Woody Allen short stories to him. We got hold of a video camera and spent hours making up sketch comedy routines and cracking each other up. We imitated what made us laugh on TV--Saturday Night Live, Monty Python, televangelists...”Read more
Claudia Weill '69 (Theatre, Film & TV Director, Girlfriends, thirtysomething, The Belle of Belfast)
By Dayna Wilkinson
Claudia Weill didn’t set out to be a director. A first generation American, she grew up drawing and painting: “the arts were to my Swiss family what sports are to an American family, what you did on weekends.” After her junior year in college, a summer job changed everything. “I was a PA on a documentary about the ‘Summer of Love’, 1967 in the Haight-Ashbury. I was happy to do anything, from taking publicity stills to casting and locations, dropping the director’s laundry off on the way to the film lab, making meals for fifty and interviewing folks on camera. It was way too much fun to go back to school after that summer.”Read more
Harvardwood published Feature YOUR company product, service, and gift certificates in our inaugural Summer Silent Auction in News 2015-06-02 12:49:49 -0700
Harvardwood is having an online silent auction this summer, and we are requesting donations of YOUR company's services, items, products, and/or gift certificates to feature in the first-ever Summer Silent Auction 2015.
We are especially thrilled that, thanks to the generosity of the Sundance Institute, our feature auction item will be a Sundance Film Festival ticket package for two people, to be used during the second weekend of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. This includes 2 tickets each to 6 pre-selected films (2 tickets to 2 films each on Friday, January 29; Saturday, January 30; and Sunday, January 31, 2016 – a total of 12 tickets); 2 festival guest credentials (priority admittance to non-theatre festival venues such as Sundance House, Filmmaker Lodge, and the Music Café); 2 tickets to the Awards Party on Saturday, January 29, 2016; and a Sundance Film Festival catalog. This package is valued at $650.
Please complete the form below to let us know what you can donate. Example items include signed film/TV/sports memorabilia; set visits to your current show; gift certificates for gym/studio memberships, spa treatments, hotels and resorts, restaurants, etc.; signed books; jewelry and artwork; movie/festival ticket packages; and professional lessons or consultations.
We are deeply grateful in advance for your support of Harvardwood. All auction proceeds will go toward the Harvardwood Fund. Harvardwood is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and all donations to Harvardwood are 100% tax-deductible. Find out more about what it means to become a Harvardwood supporter.
Harvardwood published Associate Trends & Entertainment Writer - NY in Job Listings 2015-05-19 11:56:01 -0700
Company: The Dodo
Location: New York, NY
Type of Position: Full-Time
Minimum Education Level:
Minimum Years of Experience:
Job Description: The Dodo is looking for funny, strong, creative writers who can create entertaining animal-related content and cover trending issues, from heartwarming rescues to viral videos. Candidates should appreciate animal causes, and be able to write and edit engaging original content (stories, listicles, quizzes, etc) tailored to The Dodo’s audience of social sharers.Read more
Harvardwood published Exclusive Q&A with JODI REDMOND, Producer in The #HWIRE 2015-04-23 16:17:08 -0700
By Sara Lynne Wright
THIS YEAR AT SUNDANCE, The Witch, produced by Jodi Redmond GSE '08, received the Directing Award: U.S. Dramatic and then was acquired by A24 & DirecTV (U.S. distribution rights) and Universal Pictures International Productions (foreign rights).
New England, 1630. William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life, homesteading on the edge of an impassable wilderness, with five children. When their newborn son mysteriously vanishes and their crops fail, the family begins to turn on one another. In his debut feature, writer/director Robert Eggers painstakingly designs an authentic re-creation of New England - generations before the 1692 trials in Salem -- evoking the alluring and terrifying power of the timeless witch myth. Told through the eyes of Thomasin, the teenage daughter (in a star-making performance by Anya Taylor-Joy), and supported by haunting camera work and an ominous score, The Witch is a chilling portrait of a family unraveling within their own fears and anxieties, leaving them prey for an inescapable evil.Read more
Harvardwood published We need volunteer READERS for the Harvardwood Publishing anthology! in News 2015-04-06 20:04:44 -0700
Harvardwood Publishing is seeking volunteer readers and judges for our upcoming anthology, which is expected to be published this summer.
The Seven Deadly Sins is an anthology of original fiction (poetry and short stories) for which we are currently seeking submissions (through April 15, 2015) and for which we will also require readers and judges.Read more
Harvardwood published Lead Editor (Humor & Entertainment) - LA in Job Listings 2015-04-06 12:13:44 -0700
Company: Whalerock Industries / howardstern.com
Location: Santa Monica, CA
Type of Position: Full-Time
Minimum Education Level: Bachelor's
Minimum Years of Experience: 7-10 years (at least 4 years online)
Job Description: Seeking an experienced senior Lead Editor, 7-10 years (at least 4 years online) with a proven background in new media to run day to day operations for howardstern.com. The ideal candidate will work across multiple teams, and should demonstrate the ability to effectively manage a bi-coastal editorial team. Position will include traditional editorial responsibilities (writing, photo selection, publishing), and requires one to maintain the editorial calendar of the site, inform and support strategic business and social media initiatives, drive PR announcements and escalate outreach campaigns, be the public face of the site, support the management of day to day and long term operational editorial production, and work with ad sales on dynamic product integration.Read more
Harvardwood published April 2015 | Colleen McGuinness '99 in Alumni Profiles 2015-04-01 13:24:19 -0700
Colleen McGuinness '99 (Comedy Writer-Producer, About a Boy, 30 Rock)
By Sara Lynne Wright
“A lot of recent graduates, especially Harvard students, want to do the responsible thing and have a job lined up when they move to Hollywood, but it’s really hard to do that unless you already live here.”
Comedy writer-producer Colleen McGuinness has practiced what she preaches.
As a writer for film and television, including 30 ROCK and ABOUT A BOY, she has no shame admitting that when she first moved out to L.A., she was unemployed.
Half-Korean and half-Irish but raised by her Irish-Norwegian grandparents since she was six months old, Colleen says the feeling of being an outsider is part of what has fueled her to write.Read more
Harvardwood published Harvardwood Toronto Co-Hosts A SIX-STRING HISTORY OF AMERICA — April 8th! in Toronto News & Announcements 2015-03-31 22:27:15 -0700
On April 8, 2015, the Harvard Club of Toronto and Harvardwood Toronto are pleased to present:
A Six-String History of America with historian, guitarist and singer/songwriter Jay Pilzer. He describes his most recent book, also titled A Six-String History of America, as "a series of essays that look at American history through the lens of guitars, the guitar industry, and the music made on them."
Harvardwood published FOLLOW this blog for Toronto chapter updates! in Toronto News & Announcements 2015-03-31 22:23:32 -0700
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Harvardwood published Seeking panelists for "I Was a Showbiz Intern" ARTS FIRST Panel in News 2015-03-09 23:13:51 -0700
Harvardwood is putting together an on-campus panel event, "I Was a Showbiz Intern," ahead of ARTS FIRST weekend on April 29, 2015 (Wednesday) from 4-5pm at the OCS.
If you've participated in HSIP or a 101 J-termship in the last couple of years, live in the Cambridge/Boston area, and are willing to participate in this career-oriented panel for students, please email Dona Le at [email protected] with the subject line "Showbiz Panel." Thanks!
I am working on a web startup - which is an invite only platform to introduce investors to film projects (projects with budgets of 5-25MM with top level talent already attached). I was interested to speak with any folks who may have invested in films that would fall into this category or directors/screenwriters/producers who have made films that fall into this bucket.If this is you, or you know someone, would love a chance to chat. We'll be opening up our closed beta very soon and looking for great film projects (with top talent attached) as well as investors who have invested in films or interested to invest but never taken the leap.Please drop me a note.Thanks
Film production company on the Fox Lot is currently seeking highly motivated and reliable development interns. Primary duties include script coverage, project research, covering magazines and books, and basic office tasks. This is a non-paid, school credit internship only. We are a small office so the experience will be comprehensive and hands-on. Ideally looking for 2-3 day/week commitment. Please email resumes and cover letters with your availability included to: [email protected]
Harvardwood published Harvard College 2008 Grad Seeks Entry-Level Job in Film/Television in Film 2015-03-05 16:16:56 -0800
Harvard College 2008 graduate looking for entry-level position in film/television. I am interested in working in story development but will accept any job that provides industry experience. My long term goal is a career in writing or writer/production for film/television. I graduated Cum Laude with a degree in English; for my High Honors creative thesis, a play entitled American Promise, I received the Lee Patrick Award in Drama for Harvard’s most promising young playwright. During my time on campus, I held significant management positions in the Glee Club, the Winthrop House Committee, and with the Harvard Summer School. I am extremely motivated, organized, and hardworking, and I am willing to do whatever it takes to start out in the industry. If you or anyone you know might be interested, please contact me at[email protected]. I’ve attached my resume to this posting. Thank you most sincerely for your help!