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  • Harvardwood Suggests... Financial Wellness Graduate Mastermind

    Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 09:00 AM - PDT

    12:00pm - 2:00pm ET / 11:00am - 1:00pm CT / 9:00am - 11:00am PT

    This workshop is offered nationally. Please adjust for your time zone.

    The Financial Wellness Graduate Mastermind provides ongoing education, support, and community for those who have completed the six-week Managing Cash Flow course with The Actors Fund. Each monthly meeting is an opportunity to discover new financial topics, hone money management skills, ask questions in a non-judgmental space, troubleshoot individual challenges, celebrate wins, and connect with other members of the Graduate Mastermind community.

    Meetings are held the third week of the month on Tuesday or Wednesday. Eligible participants will receive further details, including RSVP instructions, via e-mail.


    More info HERE.


  • Harvardwood Suggests... Audrey An Artist In Residence Lecture

    Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at 02:30 PM - PDT

    Ceramics Program Artist In Residence and Instructor Audrey An’s creative research revolves around the notion of applying digital technologies to ceramics from the perspective of ‘convergence’, be it cultural, technological, or interdisciplinary. She earned her BFA and Art History Minor from Alfred University, MFA from Penn State University and was a post-baccalaureate student at Colorado State University. She is a recent recipient of Graduate Student Fellowship from NCECA and Judith S. Schwartz Legacy Award from Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts to attend its summer residency.

    This in-person lecture is free and open to the public, but space is limited. RSVP to reserve your seat!


    More info HERE.

  • 10 am–12:30 pm PT/12–2:30 pm CT/1–3:30 pm ET

    PREREQUISITE: Must have attended The Career Center Orientation | Weekly on Mondays & Thursdays

    Are you unclear of how to authentically articulate your art/work/life story through your LinkedIn summary? Discover a simple formula for telling a holistic story that captures the attention of your audience.

    In this workshop series, you will:

    •    Discuss the 3 Cs of effective career storytelling
    •    Clarify a personal brand
    •    Explore how to add a supporting story in order to engage your audience

    This workshop will be exercise intensive—so please come prepared for a deep dive experience!

    *The training is TWO sessions long—RSVP only if you are able to attend both dates 10/19 and 10/26


    More info HERE.



  • Master Classes are in-depth, interactive learning experiences focused on craft and career-building and led by renowned industry experts. Topics include fiction and documentary filmmaking, TV writing and production, and navigating and succeeding in the entertainment industry.

    Ready to jumpstart your TV writing career? Former HBO Executive turned TV writer Kelly Edwards walks us through some of the highlights of her new book, The Executive Chair, A Writer’s Guide to TV Series Development. Edwards will give specific tactics for building a bulletproof portfolio of work, taking a great meeting, and stress-free networking to get you off the sidelines and into the action. In this live and interactive three-hour master class, you will have the opportunity to ask questions about working in a Writers’ Room, interpreting notes, and how to approach different types of meetings. Whether you are new to writing for TV or currently pitching a show, Edwards’ knowledge of the studio and the room will be incredibly insightful.

    Topics covered include:

    • Quick and easy tips for networking in this New World
    • How to take the anxiety out of networking
    • 7 steps to taking a great meeting
    • The difference between taking a meeting with a Showrunner vs. an Executive
    • Understanding the different types of meetings
    • Your 3 must-have samples
    • The real reason Hollywood needs you to pick a lane
    • How to be creative with your portfolio
    • Decoding network notes
    • When you don’t want to take the note
    • Understanding the Showrunner's role
    • What goes on in the Writers’ Room - from how to get “cast” to responsibilities and etiquette

    Past classes have included Academy Award-winning director Roger Ross Williams on Documentary Storytelling, Finding Dory’s Victoria Strouse on Comedy Writing, Emmy-nominated director Lesli Linka Glatter on Blocking a Scene, The Walking Dead’s Glen Mazzara on TV Writing, and more.

    Sundance Collab Master Classes are open and free of charge to all members as live events. Sessions will be recorded and available in our video library within 24 hours to all members for 48 hours after posting. After that, on-demand access to the recording is available only to Creator+ and Course Pass members. Sign up today to get a free 30-day trial Creator+ Membership.

    If you have a disability and require accommodation in order to fully participate in this event, please complete this form, contact us at (435) 776-7790 or email us at [email protected] to discuss your specific needs. Every effort will be made to accommodate advance requests; requests made within 5 days of the event may not be guaranteed.


    More info HERE.


  • Virtual event!
    Thursday, October 20 at 5:30pm PT / 8:30pm ET

    Join us for a conversation with Larry Wasserman ’97, MBA ‘04 to discuss the nuts and bolts of entertainment finance, administration and business development. Those interested in pursuing business-oriented or creative careers will benefit from hearing Larry’s approach to overseeing the business operations of multibillion-dollar companies and engaging in strategic decision making at the highest levels of Hollywood!

    About Larry Wasserman:

    Larry_Wasserman.jpgAs Chief Financial Officer of Skydance, Larry Wasserman is responsible for all of the company’s finance, accounting and administrative operations, and also supports the analysis and execution of new business initiatives across the organization. Larry also oversees both the facility operations and IT teams at Skydance’s Santa Monica headquarters. During his time at Skydance, Larry oversaw Skydance’s interactive group during the launch of the critically acclaimed VR survival-horror game The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners – which has become the company’s most successful game to date. In 2020, Larry played a vital role in forming Skydance’s partnerships with Redbird Capital and CJ E&M - raising $275 million of equity and capital and increasing the company’s valuation to $2.3 billion. He was also a key player in Skydance’s 2018 equity partnership with Tencent Holdings. In 2016, Larry led the Company’s $700 million recapitalization to fund growth and expansion across its feature film, television, and interactive businesses. He was also at the forefront of Skydance’s first acquisition – of leading game developer The Workshop Entertainment, Inc. – to form Skydance Interactive. Prior to Skydance, Larry was the Chief Financial Officer at DreamWorks Studios, where he oversaw all financial activities and several divisions of the independent film studio and played a key role in re-launching the company in 2008. Prior to DreamWorks, Larry held management positions in the Business Development and Strategic Planning group at Universal Pictures. He began his career at Greenwich Associates. Larry holds a B.A. degree from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


    Register for this event at the link below. Harvardwood members, friends, and non-members are ALL welcome, but every attendee must register for themselves individually. So if you're inviting others to join you for this panel, please forward them the link to this page so they can sign themselves up. Thank you!

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase ticket   $5.50 Members & Friends

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  • Harvardwood Suggests... Tom Hubbard Artist Lecture

    Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 02:30 PM - PDT

    Tom Hubbard is an interdisciplinary artist. His practice includes ceramics, photography, mixed media works and public art installations. Tempered by a minimalist approach, loss, history, memory, and the passage of time are threads often running through his work. Recent commissions include the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art and public art commissions for the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority and the City of Columbus, OH. In 2013, Hubbard was selected for the first Open Studio Residency at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. He has led workshops and spoken widely about his work and approach to art making including a recent TEDx talk in Augusta, GA. Hubbard’s work has been published in Ceramics Monthly and Ceramics: Art & Perception. His work has been exhibited widely in both the U.S. and The Netherlands and is included in several private and corporate collections including the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, The Community Foundation for the Central Savannah River Area and the University of Saint Francis. Hubbard was recently awarded a McKnight Foundation residency at the Northern Clay Center and had work selected for the juried national exhibition at the Red Lodge Clay Center. Tom Hubbard was born in San Francisco and received a BFA from Indiana University. He grew up in the midwest and lived in Maine, Indiana, The Netherlands, Ohio and Georgia before moving to Massachusetts in 2018.


    More info HERE.

  • Harvardwood Boston/On-Campus Chapter Mixer

    Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 06:00 PM - EDT

    Free in-person event!
    6-8pm ET on campus. Specific location TBD.

    Come mix and mingle with current Harvard students and alums working or interested in the arts, media and entertainment at our Boston/On-campus Chapter Mixer! Light refreshments will be served, courtesy of Harvardwood. RSVP below!

  • Harvardwood Presents: International TV Panel

    Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 05:30 PM - PDT · $10.00 USD

    5:30pm PST / 8:30pm EST

    Join us for a virtual conversation about the international TV business, including adaptations, acquisitions, local-language productions, distribution channels — and everything in between! We will hear from four industry experts: Mark Goffman, Lindsay Goffman, Adam Fratto, and Noel Manzano. 

    LINDSAY GOFFMAN is the founder and head of Gratitude Productions. Gratitude
    has projects set up with Apple, FX (3 projects), FOX, Perfect Storm (Justin Lin), The Roots, Rideback, Day Zero (Trevor Noah), Get Lifted (John Legend), Jon M. Chu, MGM, Universal Television, and is most recently producing THE COMPANY YOU KEEP, based on the Korean format she acquired the rights to and packaged for 20th / ABC. Starring Milo Ventimiglia, the pilot has just finished shooting and has opened their writers room targeted for midseason.

    Previously, Lindsay helped start-up and head 3AD, Daniel Dae Kim's production company. While at 3AD, she sold 8 projects to broadcast networks and premium outlets. One of the projects she found the format for and championed is the hit series, THE GOOD DOCTOR. The show became ABC’s #1 new series and was awarded the Humanitas Prize. 


     A highly talented entertainment executive with a long track record of finding and developing some of the most widely admired and talked about original series in television, NOEL MANZANO currently serves as Vice President of International Programming & Development for AMC Networks, reporting to AMC Networks President of Entertainment & AMC Studios, Dan McDermott. Since joining the company in 2019, Manzano has established himself as a proven leader and a critical member of AMC Networks’ entertainment and original programming team. In his role, he is responsible for identifying and developing original content and stories with diverse creative talent from around the world for the company’s linear entertainment networks, AMC and BBC America, as well several of the company’s growing targeted streaming platforms including AMC+ and Sundance Now.  

    Most recently, Manzano was essential to the development and production of AMC’s critically acclaimed and SXSW Audience Award-winning series 61st Street, from creator Peter Moffat, Executive Producers Michael B. Jordan, Alana Mayo, and J. David Shanks, and starring two-time Emmy Award-winner Courtney B. Vance, Emmy and Academy Award-nominee Aunjanue Ellis, Tosin Cole, Andrene Ward-Hammond, Mark O’Brien, and Bentley Green. A powerful and timely series that will return in 2023 on AMC and AMC+, 61st Street is set in the South Side of Chicago, reflecting issues of systemic injustice in some of our most vulnerable communities of color that are echoed in communities across the country. 

    MARK GOFFMAN is currently Executive Producer for the NBC series, THE IRRATIONAL,
    and EP of several series slated to shoot in a number of countries around the world. Recently, Goffman was an executive producer and writer on the Netflix series, THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY. Goffman has also executive produced and showrun the hit series about trial science and the American judicial system, called BULL, on CBS, which ran for six seasons, and SLEEPY HOLLOW, for Fox, which ran for four seasons. He also served as an executive producer for LIMITLESS on CBS and USA’s WHITE COLLAR. His pilot VICTOR, starring John Stamos, was produced for NBC. Goffman first started on THE WEST WING, where he wrote for several seasons. Afterwards, Goffman ran the writers' room for Aaron Sorkin's STUDIO 60 ON THE SUNSET STRIP.

    Goffman has worked on more than 200 hours of scripted television, been nominated for two Writers Guild Awards and won the Entertainment Industries Council SET Award. The Hollywood Reporter has listed Goffman as one of the 50 most influential writers in television. One of his episodes of LAW & ORDER: SVU garnered Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for Mariska Hargitay. Goffman's feature directorial debut is DUMBSTRUCK, a documentary about ventriloquists, theatrically released by Magnolia Pictures. Goffman began his career as a writer in Brussels, for the magazine Commerce in Belgium. He has a Masters in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School, wrote speeches for state and federally elected officials, consulted to the U.S. military, Intelligence, Department of State and White House.

    Goffman has a B.A. from Emory University in Economics and Philosophy and served as a Masters Thesis Adviser, Fiction Writing Program, at Johns Hopkins University. His first play, ME TOO, has run in Los Angeles and Indianapolis. He is slated to direct his first feature film in 2023.

    is a veteran TV producer and executive, with a specialty in drama and international development, programming and production.  He recently oversaw all scripted programming for The History Channel (VIKINGS, PROJECT BLUE BOOK) and has worked as an executive for other studios and production companies.  As a producer, his credits include CLEVERMAN and HAVEN.  Currently consulting on international projects from Ireland to Australia, he has also just launched Cognito Entertainment, a global production company dedicated to telling great stories from the world of science and has worked as an executive for international studios including New Zealand-based Pukeko Pictures and Montréal-based Reel One Entertainment.





    Register for this event at the link below. Harvardwood members, friends, and non-members are ALL welcome, but every attendee must register for themselves individually. So if you're inviting others to join you for this panel, please forward them the link to this page so they can sign themselves up. Thank you!

    Members, Register Here

    Purchase ticket   $5.50 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.

  • Cue the Music with Robert Kraft featuring Harry Gregson-Williams

    An inside look into the world of TV and Film scoring. A conversation with GRAMMY, Emmy, and Golden Globe-nominated composer of films as diverse as Mulan, The Chronicles of Narnia, and the Shrek franchise, to The Martian, Man on Fire, and The Last Duel.

    Get tickets HERE.

    BroadStage - Main Stage

    Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center
    1310 11th Street
    Santa Monica, CA 90401

  • Harvardwood Suggests... Emily Halpern Album Release and Show

    Friday, November 04, 2022 at 08:00 PM - PDT

    Join Emily Halpern ‘02 (film/TV writer of Booksmart and Black-ish among many other projects) as she plays her debut Album Release Show at McCabe's Guitar Shop on Friday November 4th, 8:00pm (3101 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica). You must purchase tickets on McCabe's Website then RSVP below once you've done so.

    Event details:

    Emily Halpern album release and show
    Friday, November 4, 2022
    McCabe's Guitar Shop
    3101 Pico Blvd
    Santa Monica, CA 90405

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