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    Harvardwood ITVFest Mixer feat. Co-Founder Adam Fratto AB '90

    Friday, October 12, 2018 at 05:00 PM
    Gringo Jack's in Manchester, VT

    Join fellow Harvardwood members and friends for a mixer at the 2018 ITVFest. You'll have the opportunity to mingle with other TV industry execs and creatives, before we hear from Harvardwood Co-Founder Adam Fratto AB '90, the SVP of Series for Reel One Entertainment, about the current shape of the TV landscape.

    FREE to attend // cash bar. Just RSVP below so we have a headcount of how many folks are coming!

    And if you're attending ITVFest this year and are a Harvardwood member, you can get a 25% discount off your festival pass!

    Adam Fratto AB '90
    (Producer, ClevermanHaven; SVP of Series, Reel One;
    Harvardwood Co-Founder)

    Adam Fratto is a seasoned creative executive with a proven track record in TV development, current programming, production, and feature films. Specialty in finding and developing genre programming (fantasy, sci-fi, supernatural, horror, action). History of creating profitable international business models and launching creative strategies.

    Through his company, Adam has consulted with clients from tech startups to established networks, most recently for A+E Networks in 2016. Currently, Adam is Exec Producing SEA CHANGE, a backdoor pilot for Lifetime TV, based on the YA genre novel of the same name. Recently, he was co-Executive Producer of HAVEN, a supernatural drama based on Stephen King’s “The Colorado Kid,” airing on Syfy in the U.S. and 100+ cable channels abroad. This hit show, produced in Nova Scotia, has just concluded its sixth and final season. 

    In addition, Adam spent the last five years working closely with Pukeko Pictures, sister company to New Zealand's famed Weta Workshop (LORD OF THE RINGS, AVATAR, DISTRICT 9), overseeing live-action content and developing a global slate of TV and feature projects. This includes an edgy fantasy epic called CLEVERMAN, based in aboriginal mythology, which aired in 2016 to much acclaim on SundanceTV, Netflix, Australia’s ABC, and BBC3. Adam is Executive Producer of that series, along with Red Arrow Entertainment and Goalpost Pictures. 

    Other projects recently developed by Adam include: an epic JOAN OF ARC series created by Craig Pearce (Gatsby, Moulin Rouge); a fantasy series based on the acclaimed LOWTOWN novels, written by David S. Goyer and Matt Fraction, for Universal TV; and a John Rogers-penned adaptation of the fan favorite comic RAT QUEENS.

    Originally from upstate New York, Adam is a graduate of Harvard University and USC’s graduate program in Film & TV Production, where he produced the environmentally themed, Emmy-winning documentary WALKING WITH GIANTS. 

    He began his career in 2000 at Mutual Film (Speed, Saving Private Ryan), then served as Creative Executive for Michael Douglas's Furthur Films. There, he helped develop WONDER BOYS, ONE NIGHT AT McCOOL’S, DON’T SAY A WORD, and SWIMFAN.

    In 2002, Adam joined Piller/Segan as VP, overseeing development and serving as Associate Producer on THE DEAD ZONE and WILDFIRE and Co-Producer on GREEK. He was Associate Producer of indie feature BICKFORD SHMECKLER’S COOL IDEAS (Patrick Fugit, Olivia Wilde, Matthew Lillard). From 2008 to 2011, Adam helped launch Atticus Entertainment, managing sports icon Jim Lampley’s first-look deal with HBO.

    He is a member of the TV Academy, the Hollywood Radio & Television Society, and the Producers’ Guild.  He is also co-Founder of Harvardwood, an international association of 7,500+ alums in arts, media and entertainment.  A lifelong sinophile, he has lived, worked and studied in Beijing, Taipei and Hong Kong.  He currently resides with his family in South Pasadena, California.

    Harvardwood Heads To... IVY Entertainment's Fashion Week Salon

    Sunday, October 14, 2018 at 01:00 PM · $30.00 USD
    The District by Hannah An in Los Angeles, CA

    Join IVY Entertainment for the culmination of Fashion Week with an exclusive salon curated by Antonella Commatteo.

    Featured in numerous magazines, with appearances on many a red carpets, the Award Winning Designer has since made a name for herself ‘as the one to watch’, who firmly stands by her motto of “Fashion that let’s you be who you want to be”. As a Decorated Designer, and Fashion Disruptor, Commatteo looks to reflect today’s culture into one’s lifestyle, validating the freedom for individuals to self-identify. A Wales native, Commatteo began her career in fashion when she was taught to sew by her mother at the young age of 12. Inspired by making her own daughters hand-embroidered Irish dance costume, she became locally recommended for her work, and was privately commissioned to create traditional embroidered pieces symbolizing aspects of Welsh culture. In 2005, Commatteo had the honour to be commissioned to create items for HRH Prince Charles, the Duchess of Cornwall, Jimmy White OBE, and The Marquis of Bath. Commatteo entered the University of Wales, Newport in 2009 while working alongside with Welsh Designer, Julien MacDonald and Robyn Cole. She also worked in Costume Design at Thaumatop Media, recreated the Hairspray Musical Edna gown, and was awarded the title of Best Welsh Designer. Upon graduation in 2012, Commatteo relocated to the United States. Winning awards for Best Men’s Designer, Social Media, California’s Designer of the Year, and Best of Hollywood, International and Fashion Philanthropy, Commatteo designs have since been seen in film, music videos, and television and on the runways at the New York, San Diego and Las Vegas Fashion Show weeks. Most recently, several of her pieces were worn at the opening and closing ceremony during musical performances at both the NYFW and LAFW. In addition, some of her latest pieces were worn during the powerful opening speech at the United Nations supporting anti-bullying. As an avid supporter of anti-bullying, Commatteo was inspired to launch a children’s line and was awarded by the State of California in 2017 the lifelong service award for her participation to end all forms of bullying.

    Harvardwood Co-Hosts DISENCHANTMENT: Episode Screening + Discussion

    Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 07:30 PM · $15.00 USD
    Emerson LA in Los Angeles, CA

    Harvardwood and the Harvard Club of Southern California are delighted to present a special screening of an episode from Netflix's Disenchantmentfollowed by a discussion with two of the show's writers and co-executive producers, Patric M. Verrone AB '81 and David X. Cohen AB '88! Patric and David have a long history of collaboration on The SimpsonsFuturama, and now Disenchantment, the latest adult animation hit from Matt Groening. At this event, they'll chat about how the sausage gets made, focusing on Episode 2 ("For Whom the Pig Oinks") to shed some light on the inner workings of the comedy writers' room.disenchantment.jpeg

    The evening will begin with a screening of Episode 2 of Disenchantment. To prevent spoilers, we encourage all attendees to have already watched Disenchantment Episode One ("A Princess, an Elf, and a Demon Walk into a Bar"), now streaming on Netflix!

    This event is only open to Harvardwood Members & Friends. If you're not currently a member, visit this page to join today before you register to attend. Advance registration is mandatory, so that we can give all guest names to Emerson LA security in advance. You will be asked to log in at the front security desk, before being directed to the Emerson LA screening room.

    David X. Cohen
    (Writer & Producer, DisenchantmentFuturamaThe Simpsons)

    DavidXCohen.Headshot.jpgDavid XCohen ’88 is a writer and producer of the Netflix original animated series Disenchantment.  He graduated magna cum laude in physics from Harvard College, where he also served as President of the Harvard Lampoon and delivered the class day Ivy Oration.  He went on to earn a Masters Degree in theoretical computer science from U.C. Berkeley before abandoning his long and expensive education and heading for Hollywood.  There he spent five years as a writer for The Simpsons and developed the animated series Futurama (along with Simpsons creator Matt Groening).  He subsequently served as Futurama’s showrunner, head writer, and voice director throughout its long and frequently-interrupted run.  He is the recipient of four Emmy Awards, four Annie Awards, three Environmental Media awards, and zero Nobel Prizes.

    Patric M. Verrone
    (Writer & Producer, DisenchantmentFuturamaThe Simpsons;
    Former President of the Writers Guild of America West)

    patric-m-verrone_person_image.original.jpgPatric M. Verrone ‘81 is co-executive producer of the Netflix original animated series Disenchantment. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1981 (where he was an officer of The Harvard Lampoon) and earned a J.D. from Boston College Law School. His television writing credits include The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The Larry Sanders Show, The Critic, The Simpsons, Pinky and the Brain, rugrats, Muppets Tonight!, Class of 3000, and Futurama (including all three TV incarnations and two mobile app games). He has been nominated for 11 Emmys in four categories and won three. He also has an Environmental Media Award, two ASIFA Annie Awards, a People’s Choice Award nomination, and the Writers Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award for Animation Writing. He is a past president of the Writers Guild of America West, and current president of the Harvard Club of Southern California. He is married to fellow writer Maiya Williams ‘84. They have three children including Patric C.W. Verrone ‘18 whose own IMDB page is making things very confusing.

  • Apply for a mentorship in 2018-19 (LA only)

    Seeking a mentor in your field in the arts, media, or entertainment? Apply by October 5th for your opportunity to be matched with a Harvardwood mentor this year.

    The Harvardwood Mentorship Program fosters meaningful professional relationships by matching Harvard graduates with more established alums in their fields of interest for a period of eight months of one-on-one career mentoring.

    Mentees will connect with their mentors in three one-on-one meetings (preferred) or phone conversations over the course of the year, usually October - June. Although not required, optional experiences include shadowing a typical workday, meeting, or conference call; offering a tour of the mentor's company offices; or attending HMP events.

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    Deadline extended for submissions to ONCE UPON A FAIRYTALE anthology

    We are extending the deadline to submit your short story, poem, or prose work to our upcoming anthology, Once Upon a Fairytale! The new deadline is November 1st.

    This second anthology from Harvardwood Publishing will feature modern retellings of classic fairytales in the form of short stories, poems, and songs. What would a contemporary version of a Cinderella, Hansel and Gretel, or Little Red Riding Hood read like if written today?

    Submissions must be written in English. Open to unpublished and previously-published authors. No Harvard or Harvardwood affiliation necessary, so spread the word to all of your writerly friends and colleagues!

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