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IVY Entertainment's first Women in Television Salon celebrates Women's History Month featuring the brightest minds changing the television landscape and discussing the most relevant topics of the year at The District by Hannah An in Beverly Hills. The salon will also include an exclusive power networking opportunity for guests and panelists.
Mia Riverton Alpert AB '99 (Co-Founder, Harvardwood)
Mia Riverton Alpert is the co-founder of Harvardwood, a nonprofit Shared Interest Group (SIG) of the Harvard Alumni Association focused on strengthening ties between the arts, media, entertainment and education through community programs and online resources. Mia has also worked as an actor, writer and producer, appearing in TV shows including The Mentalist, Leverage and Curb Your Enthusiasm and in films including Spare Parts for Lionsgate. She co-created a TV pilot for CBS based on Red Doors, an award-winning independent film that she starred in and produced. Originally from Indianapolis, Mia was named a Presidential Scholar by Bill Clinton and graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University. Mia lives in Los Angeles with her husband, producer David Alpert, and their two children.
Morenike Balogun (Writer, ABC's "How To Get Away With Murder" / Business Affairs, NBC & Fox)
Morenike Balogun is a television writer for ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder." Born in Nigeria, Morenike is a graduate of Dartmouth College and recieved her JD from the University of San Diego before passing the California bar and becoming a licensed attorney. She went on to work in Business Affairs at NBC and Fox. While working at Fox she launched her tv writing career with NBC's "Crisis" and ABC's "Last Resort" before writing for ABC's "How to Get Away with Murder."
Blair Tindall (Memoir Writer & Musician, Amazon's "Mozart In The Jungle")
Grammy-nominated oboist Blair Tindall penned Mozart in the Jungle, now an Amazon Studios comedy series of the same name winning two Golden Globes, an Emmy, and a Director’s Guild Award. In addition writing for such publications as The New York Times, she enjoys a musical career ranging from the classical stage of Carnegie Hall to the late-night ambiance of New York's famed Blue Note Jazz Club. A busy classical artist, Blair has appeared both at home and abroad with the New York Philharmonic and its fifteen-member chamber ensemble and has played principal oboe with the New York Philharmonic. Blair holds degrees from Manhattan School of Music, Columbia University (business) and Stanford University (communication), and has taught music and journalism at UC-Berkeley, Stanford, and Mills College. She is signed as a writer and speaker with The Gersh Agency.
Mercedes Young (Actress, Bravo's "To Rome for Love")
Mercedes Young is an actress, model, author, content creator currently starring in Bravo's To Rome for Love and best known for her role in 2-Headed Shark Attack starring alongside Carmen Electra and Brooke Hogan. Mercedes was is in other films from Straight Outta Compton to Think Like a Man Too as well as television shows such as Comedy Central's Tosh.0, Discovery Channel's Married with Secrets and Lifetime's My Crazy Ex. Mercedes is also a successful entrepreneur and author of the children’s book, Look at All the Things My Hair Can Do. Mercedes is also an upcoming tv showrunner and creator with her first semi-autobiographical TV series in development.
Nina Ameri (Entertainment Attorney, ONE LLP)
Nina Ameri is an entertainment attorney and Partner at One LLP. Mrs. Ameri represents independent film producers, production companies, writers, actors, and directors in a variety of transactions ranging from: acquisition of intellectual property and life story rights, corporate formation, talent agreements, writer agreements, producer agreements, director agreements, music licensing agreements for independent motion pictures, sales agency and distribution agreements. As a Los Angeles native, Mrs. Ameri has many relationships within the sphere of entertainment, media, finance and law which are valuable resources for entertainment clients in assisting them with the development, financing and distribution of their projects.
Donna Budica (dBu & CAA)
After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School with a degree in finance and an MBA in Media and Entertainment Marketing from USC, Donna went on to work at CAA in Motion Picture Lit and Talent with A-list writers, directors, and talent including James Cameron, Guy Ritchie, Hugh Grant, and Sandra Bullock. She went on to work at Atom Factory who represented musicians including Lady Gaga, John Legend, and Miguel. As a strategy and influencer marketing consultant, she consulted for brands such as Bacardi, Samsung, Spotify, and Airbnb. Most recently, Donna launched dBu Creatives, a full service entertainment firm focused on artist/talent management, creative, strategic, marketing consulting, and philanthropy.
Anna-Kay Thomas (NBC's "Steve" Hosted By Steve Harvey & VH1 Reporter)
Anna-Kay graduated from Dartmouth with a degree in Neuroscience before moving to New York to pursue TV Hosting. After years of working to break into the industry, Anna-Kay won a 2014 national VH1 competition to be a reporter alongside Nick Lachey. She has since hosted and co-produced several digital shows for Condé Nast, including her popular "Bachelorette Recap" series. She's covered The GRAMMYs, The Oscars and The Tony Awards for Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter and also writes for HuffPost and Penguin Random House. She currently works on Steve Harvey's new talk show "STEVE" as on-camera talent. Anna-Kay is also proud to serve as Co-President of the Dartmouth Alumni in Entertainment & Media Association (DAEMA).
Come raise a glass with other Harvard alums and learn about CityStep's plans for national expansion, including to L.A.! CityStep is the arts and service program that was started at Harvard 30+ years ago and has since expanded to Penn, Princeton and Yale. It brings teams of undergrads into surrounding city elementary and middle schools to teach creative self-expression and community-building through dance. Every year culminates in an evening-length production about a theme relevant to kids' lives, told entirely through dance and music. CityStep.org
Based on a true story, Freud and Jung in America examines the tumultuous and passionate relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud during their visit to America in 1909. Father/son issues, homoerotic attractions and anti-Semitic tensions emerge, testing their loyalty and friendship and forever altering the study of the mind. Join us for a reception after the reading!
Director: Tim Kirkman.
Cast: Harvardwood Co-Founder Mia Riverton Alpert AB '99, Joré Aaron, Piercey Dalton, Daniel Dugan, Faline England, Aaron Costa Ganis, Amy Gumenick, Bruce Nozick, Perry Ojeda.
Narrator: Drew Barr.
It can be hard to grab a couple minutes before or after an event to chat with your fellow Harvardwood friends, so here's your chance to socialize with them over happy hour at St. Felix Hollywood! Attend the Harvardwood LA Social Hour to meet and mingle with other Harvard folks in the arts, media, and entertainment. We'll be in the back garden of the bar—just ask the host(ess) where to find the Harvardwood group.
Friends are welcome too! Just RSVP below so we can get an accurate headcount of who's coming.
Free to attend. Cash bar. St. Felix is located in the heart of Hollywood within easy walking distance to the ArcLight, W Hotel, Amoeba, The Hotel Cafe & Pantages. Boasting LA's most awarded happy hour from 4-8pm: 1/2 off special drinks, beer, all wine, and well cocktails, + food specials!
A woman's journey to -- and across -- the soul-destroying chasm between veterans and others. A film about the power of love and connection.
If you're not a veteran and think this film does not concern you, well, that's the point. Veterans, their loved ones, and nonveterans love the film. Veterans say "THIS is what I want my loved ones -- and the nation -- to know!" Nonveterans say the film humanizes veterans for them. The film has appealed to people across all political lines.
Endorsed by: National Veterans Foundation; William Joiner Institute for the Study of War and Social Consequences; Minnesota Humanities Center; Returning Veterans Project; & Culturas Music-Arts in Coachella,CA
With more than thirty years of experience as a writer, producer, and director, Nell Scovell AB '82 knows how the entertainment industry works. She came to Hollywood as a bookish New Englander and worked her way up from a low-level writer for Newhart to a major contributor to shows including The Simpsons, Late Night with David Letterman, Murphy Brown, and NCIS and on to creator of the series Sabrina the Teenage Witch. While her roles have mainly been behind the scenes, Scovell has had several moments in the limelight. In 2009, she spoke out about gender bias on late-night TV writing staffs, and later she collaborated with Sheryl Sandberg on Lean In. In both cases Scovell helped spark a debate about diversity in a male-dominated work environment that her candid, wise, and very funny memoir continues.
Scovell will be in conversation with Alexandra Petri AB '10, Washington Post columnist.
This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Click here for more information.
Join Harvardwood member Nada Djordjevich along with 7 other writers in this bi-coastal 50th anniversary celebration of Didion’s seminal essays on place, “Slouching Towards Bethlehem” and “Goodbye to All That." Enjoy comedic tales by culture-cruising authors at this free event at the KGB Bar, a fun literary venue in the East Village in New York City. The KGB Bar is located between 2nd and 3rd Avenue, on 85 East 4th Street, NY, NY 10003.
Founded 10 years ago, the Harvard Yardbirds will be singing the national anthem at the Lakers v. Jazz game on April 8th! Tickets can be purchased at the Staples Center website here. To best view the Yardbirds, get your ticket in Section 327 (or in that direction), as the a cappella group will be facing Section 327 when they perform.
April Eberhardt on The Changing Face of Publishing: What All Authors Need to Know
How is publishing changing? What are the implications and opportunities for authors? In her talk, April Eberhardt will examine five different paths to publication, including a candid discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of each approach from an author’s perspective. In addition to the current realities as well as the pros and cons of traditional and self-publishing, she will discuss what partnership publishing is, along with hybrid authorship, and collaborative (also known as cooperative) publishing. Learn how to choose the right path for you and your work, which sometimes involves different paths for different projects, and how to develop a publishing strategy and approach that meets your goals, dreams, timetable, and budget.
In particular, Eberhardt will talk about:
- Five questions to ask yourself before embarking on your publishing career
- Key steps in evaluating your publishing options project by project
- Vetting publishers and freelance service providers
- Budgeting essentials
- Mistakes to avoid
Cost: $5 for dues-paying Harvardwood members (and their guests); $15 for all others.
Advance registratiion is REQUIRED. No tickets will be sold at the door.
The doors will open at 6:30 pm (please do NOT arrive earlier) and the evening will begin with a wine and cheese reception. The talk will begin promptly at 7 pm.
April Eberhardt is a literary change agent and author advocate, passionate about helping authors be published in the most effective and satisfying way. After 25 years as a corporate strategist and consultant, Ms. Eberhardt joined the literary world, where she saw strategic opportunity to play a role in the changing world of publishing. Ms. Eberhardt advises and assists authors worldwide, as they choose the best pathway to publication for their work, be it indie or traditional, digital or print, and serves as a consultant to new publishing startups. Ms. Eberhardt divides her time between San Francisco, New York, and Paris. She also is a reader for the Best American Short Stories series published annually by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.Special thanks to Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, to Jane Ranzman for arranging the speaker,
and to Andy Goodwin and the Plymouth Hill Foundation.
Members, Register Here
Purchase tickets $5.00 Members & Friends
In April 2018, the Atlanta Film Society is partnering with ScreenCraft to present a three-day Writers Summit at the Atlanta Film Festival. This event will feature panels, workshops, private mentoring and parties with top Oscar and Emmy-winning and blockbuster screenwriters, as well as agents, managers, producers and studio executives. It will be an exclusive and unparalleled opportunity to learn from the best in Hollywood, in a personal environment where unguarded conversations and long-term partnerships can be forged. All attendees will have access to the opening night and evening parties of the Atlanta Film Festival as well as private networking with industry giants at daily writers Happy Hours.
What's in store:
- Three days of panels and workshops with Oscar, Emmy and WGA winning writers of film and television
- Summit opening night reception for all attendees and panelists
- Atlanta Film Festival Opening Night Party on Friday April 13th
- Daily Writers Happy Hours with complementary beer & wine
- The Pitch Competition – Have your 90-second pitch judged to make it into the top five, who will pitch to celebrity judges for an amazing prize and bragging rights as the “Best Pitch of the Summit!” (free for all Summit badge-holders to enter)
- ATLFF Saturday and Sunday Night Parties
- The Mentor Sit-Downs: Small group personal meetings with industry panelists to take your writing and business savvy to the next level
- The Industry Lunch: a casual catered lunch with the panelist of your choice
- Mimosa Brunch on Monday April 16th