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  • On the evening of June 25th, attend an intimate dinner with ABC Studios' VP of Drama Development, Cort Cass AB '03 (BlackishAmerican HousewifeSpeechless)! 

    Attendees will cover their own food & drink at dinner

    The Harvardwood Salon Series gives attendees the unique opportunity to engage in in-depth discussion with the featured guest in an intimate setting. Salons are only open to Harvardwood Members & Friends. Please scroll to the bottom of this page to find out how you may attend.

    Cort Cass AB '03
    (VP of Drama Development, ABC Studios)

    HeadshotCass.jpgCort Cass is a Vice President of Drama Development at ABC Studios. He previously served as Vice President of Comedy Development at ABC Studios and has spent the last 15 years in various positions within the company. In these positions Mr. Cass develops and oversees series across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms. For ABC Network he shepherded Emmy and Golden Globe nominee BLACKISH as well as AMERICAN HOUSEWIFE, SPEECHLESS, and the upcoming, yet-to-be-named Cobie Smulders drama. On the streaming side, he is currently shepherding THE BOOK OF ENCHANTMENT fantasy series based on Disney’s Villains franchise for Disney’s streaming platform (premiering 2021) and a JOHN GRISHAM multiverse project for Hulu based on his books. Previous series credits include HAPPY ENDINGS, DOWNWARD DOG, TROPHY WIFE, HELLO LADIES, THE MAYOR, and GRANDFATHERED among many others.

    Mr. Cass recruited many of the studio’s biggest talent deals including: Kenya Barris (BLACKISH, GROWNISH), Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky (SMILF, HELLO LADIES, TROPHY WIFE), Simon Rich (MAN SEEKING WOMAN, MIRACLE WORKERS), James Griffiths (BLACKISH), Randall Einhorn (THE MICK), and Danny Chun (GRANDFATHERED, SPEECHLESS).

    Mr. Cass began his tenure at ABC Studios in 2004 as an assistant/ coordinator in both the comedy and drama departments and was promoted to manager in 2007. He previously worked at Creative Artists Agency. Mr. Cass started his career as an author, publishing THE REDHEAD HANDBOOK and THE BLONDE BIBLE for publishing house Blue Mountain Arts. He graduated from Harvard College in 2003, where he developed deep relationships with the comedy community as a member of The Harvard Lampoon. His annual BEEFSTEAK charity dinner raises $20k for the LA FOOD BANK. He currently resides in Sherman Oaks with his fiancée and 6-year-old daughter.

    If you're interested in attending this Harvardwood Salon, please read the information below carefully and follow the steps.

    1) You must be a dues-current Harvardwood Member or Friend. Not a member

    2) Complete this brief interest form so we can learn more about you and your interest in attending this event. Please log in to access the form. The deadline for the interest form is June 17, 2019.

    3) You will be contacted by the Directors of Harvardwood Salons. If it is possible for you to attend, the Directors will send you the link to RSVPIf not, you will be placed on a waitlist. Capacity is extremely limited, and priority for future Salon registrations will be given to people who have previously been waitlisted in order to ensure equitable distribution among the membership.

    This is a restricted event, and advance and approved registration completed per the steps above is required. Due to extremely limited capacity, no walk-ins will be admitted; anyone who is not registered will be turned away at the door.

    We appreciate you waiting to be contacted by the Directors. Please read this page carefully to make sure your question can't be answered by information here before reaching out with any email inquiries.

  • Harvardwood Co-Hosts the L.A. Screening of UNDERGROUND 68

    Sunday, July 28, 2019 at 03:00 PM · $20.00 USD
    Emerson Los Angeles in Los Angeles, CA

    The 1960s counterculture rises again and shines a blazing light on today's realities in UNDERGROUND 68, the new film from independent filmmaker Peter Coonradt AB '68. Watch this thought-provoking and wildly original film at a special screening on July 28th at Emerson LA, an event co-hosted by Harvardwood and the Harvard Club of Southern California. Peter Coonradt will be in attendance for a post-screening discussion. 

    u68.jpgThe late 1960s counterculture was a mass awakening. It was a renaissance of music, art, experimental films, underground comix, psychedelic drugs, Eastern philosophy and cosmic consciousness. It was the dawn of the movements for peace, civil rights, environmentalism, sexual diversity and women’s liberation.

    UNDERGROUND 68 is the story of Ariel Smolik-Valles '17, a Harvard student writing her 2017 senior thesis about campus opposition to the Vietnam war fifty years ago. She digs up more than she bargains for in the unconventional lives of artists, musicians, and activists from Harvard's Class of 1968.

    "A dreamlike, multilayered film... spins out different threads of the 1960s revolution and weaves together something quirky and hopeful and touching."  - Harvard Magazine

    Watch the trailer and read what others have said about UNDERGROUND 68.

    Doors open at 3:00pm and the film screens at 3:30pm, followed by the discussion and mixer until 6:00pm.

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase tickets   $10.00 Members & Friends

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