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  • Harvardwood Comic-Con Networking Breakfast

    Thursday, July 19, 2018 at 08:00 AM · $50.00 USD

    Harvardwood goes to Comic Con! Join us for a networking breakfast hosted by Amy Chu MBA '99 (writer, Poison Ivy, Red Sonja, Wonder Woman). Check out Harvardwood's alum profile featuring Amy! The breakfast is now sold out!

    Advance registration at the bottom of this page is required. Your registration reserves you a seat at the table and covers the breakfast buffet (all-inclusive, no additional tax/gratuity).

    $40/seat Harvardwood Members & Friends
    $50/seat all others

    Note: This event takes place outside the Convention Center so you do not need pass to get in.


  • Harvardwood Masterclass: Voice-Acting with Sumalee Montano AB '93

    Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 11:00 AM · $15.00 USD

    Attend Sumalee's masterclass and learn how she transitioned from investment banking into acting—and what it takes to be a working voice-over artist. Sumalee's broad range of experience—from voice-over credits on 75+ animated shows and AAA video games, to recurring guest appearances on VEEP and Scandal—means this event will be an intriguing AND educational look inside the daily life of a working actor.

    Masterclasses are only open to dues-current Harvardwood Full Members, and advance registration below is required. You must be logged in to the site to access the RSVP link below. Join or renew your membership.

    Sumalee_Montano0323_300dpi-2.JPGSumalee Montano
    (Actor, ScandalVeepNashville)

    Harvard alumna Sumalee Montano is an actress and voice-over artist, who first worked as an investment banking analyst before pursuing her career in the arts. She has numerous recurring roles on shows like Scandal, VEEP, Animal Kingdom, NCIS, Nashville, and ER. Her voice-over credits include over 75 animated shows and AAA video games, including the Emmy Award-winning Transformers Prime, where she plays Arcee, the show's female lead. Sumalee happily lends her voice to everything from superheroes and scientists to mystical pandas and kung fu cats. She recently started producing as well, working on her first live-action feature film.


  • Harvardwood Heads To... GENERATION WEALTH Screening + Q&A with Lauren Greenfield AB '87

    Saturday, July 21, 2018 at 07:30 PM through July 23, 2018 · $18.00 USD
    ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood in Los Angeles, CA

    GENERATION WEALTH is the latest documentary from Lauren Greenfield AB '87, who investigates the pathologies that have created the richest society the world has ever seen. Run Time: 107 mins.

    Lauren Greenfield examines materialism, celebrity culture, and social status and reflects on the desire to be wealthy at any cost. This visual history of the growing obsession with wealth uses first-person interviews in Los Angeles, Moscow, Dubai, China and around the world to bear witness to the global boom-and-bust economy and document its complicated consequences.

    The screenings listed below will be followed by a Q&A with Lauren!

    • Saturday, July 21st – after the 7:30pm show
    • Monday, July 23rd – after the 7:30pm show
  • Harvardwood Heads To... GENERATION WEALTH Screening + Q&A with Lauren Greenfield AB '87

    Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 02:10 PM · $15.00 USD
    The Landmark in Los Angeles, CA

    GENERATION WEALTH is the latest documentary from Lauren Greenfield AB '87, who investigates the pathologies that have created the richest society the world has ever seen. 

    For the past 25 years acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield (The Queen of Versailles, Thin) has travelled the world, documenting with ethnographic precision and an artist’s sensitivity a vast range of cultural movements and moments. Yet, after so much seeking and searching, she realized that much of her work pointed at one uniting phenomenon: wealth culture. With her new film, Generation Wealth, she puts the pieces of her life’s work together for in an incendiary investigation into the pathologies that have created the richest society the world has ever seen. Spanning consumerism, beauty, gender, body commodification, aging and more, Greenfield has created a comprehensive cautionary tale about a culture heading straight for the cliff’s edge. Generation Wealth, simultaneously a deeply personal journey, rigorous historical essay, and raucously entertaining expose, bears witness to the global boom-bust economy, the corrupted American Dream and the human costs of capitalism, narcissism and greed.

    The screenings listed below will be followed by a Q&A with Lauren!

    • Sunday, July 22nd – after the 2:10pm and 5:00pm shows
  • Harvardwood Salon: Inside the Writers Room with Adam R. Perlman AB '04

    Tuesday, July 24, 2018 at 07:30 PM · $15.00 USD

    After leaving a promising law career to pursue his writing dreams, Adam R. Perlman AB '04 (Co-Executive Producer, Billions) successfully climbed the ranks from Writer's Assistant to Co-EP on a series of one-hour dramas, including Drop Dead Diva, The Newsroom, The Good Wife, and, most recently, Billions. In this moderated conversation, Adam will talk about his non-traditional path to Hollywood, offer an insider's look at the workings of a TV writers room, and share his thoughts on what it takes to make it as a TV writer.

    To attend, please register in advance below. Tickets are $5/person for Harvardwood Members & Friends; $15/person for non-members. 

    If you are a FilmShop member, please email us to receive the link to purchase $10 tickets.

    Adam R. Perlman AB '04
    (Writer & Producer, Billions, The Good Wife)

    billions_speech.jpgAdam is currently Co-Executive Producer on the Showtime TV series BILLIONS. On the TV side, he previously wrote for THE GOOD WIFE, THE NEWSROOM, and STATE OF AFFAIRS. He is currently writing a pilot for Showtime, on which he serves as EP along with Billions creators Brian Koppelman & David Levien.

    In the film world, Adam co-wrote the Black List script SEPTILLION-TO-ONE which has Julia Roberts attached to star and Mark Romanek to direct. He also wrote LOOKING FOR BRANDO, which has Paul Rudd attached to star. Adam recently wrote THE TRASHERS, based on a Sports Illustrated article, for Yellow Bear and MC2. His first screenplay, THE MORGAN PRINCIPLE, won the Final Draft Big Break competition.

    Adam's original play, THE PROVIDER, is being produced by Brian and Dayna Lee (Angels in America) and will have a reading in NY this summer. He's currently writing and developing a new musical based on the novel THE GARGOYLE HUNTERS.

    Before moving to LA, Adam worked in law by day and in theatre by night. On the law side, he was a litigation associate at the Wall Street firm of Cahill Gordon and worked at the U.S. Attorney's Office. In the theatre world, Adam was literary manager and dramaturg of the Obie and Drama Desk-winning Transport Group.

    Adam holds an A.B. from Harvard and a J.D. from NYU.


    Harvardwood Members & Friends

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  • Harvardwood Masterclass feat. DJ Jacobs SB '02 (MRC Studios)

    Thursday, July 26, 2018 at 07:30 PM · $15.00 USD

    Attend this masterclass to learn how DJ Jacobs SB '02 went from The William Morris Agency to MRC Studios' CFO and Head of Business Development! MRC has developed, produced, and financed television series for premier TV networks including HBO, Starz, Netflix, AMC, ABC, Lifetime, and Comedy Central, as well as film projects for leading distributors including Sony, Warner Brothers, Universal, Paramount, and Fox.

    Masterclasses are only open to dues-current Harvardwood Full Members, and advance registration below is required. You must be logged in to the site to access the RSVP link below. Join or renew your membership.

    DJ Jacobs
    CFO & Head of Business Development, MRC Studios

    DJ oversees MRC’s new business initiatives, film and TV underwriting, strategic planning, M&A, and financings. He is a member of the team overseeing MRC’s film co-financing efforts and greenlighting original films and TV. Previously, he was a buyside research analyst covering the media, telecom, cable, and digital media sectors. DJ began his career at The William Morris Agency and in the production division of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy before transitioning to Credit Suisse’s asset management division. He holds a degree in Engineering from Harvard University.


    NOTE: Harvardwood is instituting a new late-arrival policy. Those who arrive over 15 minutes past the event's listed starting time will not be admitted. THIS EVENT WILL BEGIN PROMPTLY AT 7:30PM.

  • Harvardwood Heads To... The Ivy Plus Society's Out Of Office Pool Party

    Friday, July 27, 2018 at 02:00 PM · $25.00 USD
    The Standard in West Hollywood, CA

    The Summer days are drifting away and uh oh those Summer nights! Tell you more, tell you more? Well-a, well-a, well-a, uh! Skybar “has been one of Los Angeles’ hottest nightspots from the day it opened” (The Sunset Strip) and we’re mingling there this July! Your Summer dreams won’t be ripped at the seams when you meet The Ivy Plus Society and UChicago at “one of the most beautiful views of West L.A.” (LA.com).

    20% Off Promo Code: ALUMNI2018

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  • HLS + YLS Joint Event: Learn to Love Networking

    Sunday, July 29, 2018 at 11:00 AM · $5.00 USD
    Masters Lounge at Petit Ermitage in West Hollywood, CA

    Harvardwood is teaming up with our friends from the Harvard Law School Association of Los Angeles and Yale Law School students and alumni for an enjoyable, stress-free networking event! AND we'll be meeting in the beautiful Masters Lounge on the exclusive, guest-only top floor of Petit Ermitage, a boutique hotel in WeHo.

    Studies have shown that business networking is the most powerful way to accelerate one's career and access new opportunities. However, most of us dread the word "networking"… but what if it were actually fun and engaging? Join this workshop and come experiment with new techniques and hacks for fun and efficient networking. The workshop will begin with a short presentation, followed by guided live exercises, and conclude with (optional) brunch for attendees who want to put their newfound skills to use right away!

    Tram Lai
    HBS Executive Program '16

    unnamed.jpgTram Lai graduated from the HBS PLD executive program in 2016, after which she embarked on a year-long sabbatical that took her to 17 countries and led to the most interesting encounters. She participated in networking workshops in the US and France, and discovered that she had been looking at networking in reverse. Over the course of her sabbatical, Tram developed new networking techniques and hacks that have transformed not only her rolodex, but also her perception of fun.

    Previously, Tram Lai was the VP of corporate development and strategy for Cinedigm, an independent film distributor, and an investment banker for Societe Generale in NY and London.


    Special thanks to Adrian Ashkenazy and Petit Ermitage.


  • When Mike Reiss AB '81 was asked to write for a new animated sitcom called The Simpsons, he was less than enthusiastic. There hadn’t been a cartoon in prime time since The Flintstones, a generation before, and nobody thought that would work. Still, Mike had been a fan of Simpsons creator Matt Groening and executive producer Sam Simon for years, so he took on the gig, treating it as one springfield.jpgwould a summer job (not very seriously). The day before The Simpsons premiered in December 1989, Mike was sitting in the trailer with the other writers when he asked the question that was on everyone’s minds: “How long do you think this show will last?” Every writer had the same answer. Six weeks. Only Sam Simon was optimistic. “I think it will last thirteen weeks,” he said. “But don’t worry. No one will ever see it. It won’t hurt your career.”

    Sam was right about one thing—no one’s career was hurt. Now a four-time Emmy winner, Mike Reiss is one of the few writers, producers and showrunners to have worked on the series since its very first episode. And in this, The Simpsons’ 30th anniversary year, there are few better suited to give an inside look at the making of one of the most famous shows in television history.

    Now Mike has written a new book, SPRINGFIELD CONFIDENTIAL: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons, telling how The Simpsons came to be America's most iconic cartoon family.  He explains how the episodes are created and provides an inside look at the show's writers, animators, actors, and celebrity guests.

    Reiss_Simpsonized.jpgMike Reiss has won four Emmys and a Peabody Award during his almost 3 decades writing for The Simpsons.  He ran the show in Season 4, which Entertainment Weekly called "the greatest season of the greatest show in history."  In 2006, he recieved a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Animation Writers Caucus.  In addition, he has written jokes for such comedy legends as Johnny Carson, Joan Rivers, Gary Shandling . . . and Pope Francis!  For his comedic contributions to the charitable group Joke with the Pope in 2016, Pope Francis declared Mike Reiss "A Missionary of Joy".

    Mike Reiss's book will be available for purchase, and a booksigning will follow the talk.

    Cost: Dues-paying Harvardwood members can buy tickets for $5; $10 for all others.

    Advance Registration is REQUIRED. No tickets will be sold at the door.

    DRESS CODE: Business Casual is fine for the event itself, but if you are thinking of staying for dinner (the Pub at The Lambs will accept credit cards), JACKETS & TIES will be required for men. No denim, sneakers, or such.

    This is a joint event with THE LAMBS.

    Special thanks to Andy Goodwin and the Plymouth Hill Foundation.


    Members, Register Here

    Purchase tickets   $5.00 Members & Friends

    If you can't access the RSVP button for dues-paying Harvardwood members, make 
    sure you're logged in. If you still have issues accessing the page, your membership 
    has lapsed, so renew your dues as a Full Member or Friend of Harvardwood.

  • Harvardwood Heads To... HAAAA Crazy Rich Asians Movie Event

    Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 12:00 PM · $16.75 USD
    Pacific Theater at The Grove in Los Angeles, CA

    Join fellow Harvard alums to watch the Crazy Rich Asians movie together at the Pacific Theater at The Grove in Los Angeles. This is the first movie with an all Asian cast in 25 years - since The Joy Luck Club. Get to know your fellow alumni and other Ivy school alumni over drinks after the movie at the bar inside the movie theater lobby. Prepay for the ticket via Paypal at the link below by Wednesday, August 15th if you want a seat together with the group. 

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