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  • HLS + YLS Joint Event: Learn to Love Networking

    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
    July 29, 2018 at 11am
    WHERE
    Masters Lounge at Petit Ermitage
    8822 Cynthia St
    West Hollywood, CA 90069
    United States
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    $5.00 USD · rsvp

  • published Enter the 2018 Harvardwood Writers Competition in News 2018-06-19 19:15:53 -0700

    Enter the 2018 Harvardwood Writers Competition

    We are now accepting submissions to the 2018 Harvardwood Writers Competition!

    Industry professionals, with support from the Harvardwood Board of Directors, will evaluate all scripts entered to determine the winner and two runners up from each category. Results will be announced in late 2019.

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  • published Give to the HSIP Travel Fund in Give to Harvardwood 2018-06-08 12:40:02 -0700

    Give to the HSIP Travel Fund

    Your donation to this fund will enable Harvard students participating in the Harvardwood Summer Internship Program to travel to/from events hosted by the program throughout the summer. Many students interning in Los Angeles do not have access to a car, and the travel funds go strictly toward ridesharing or public transportation expenses to attend HSIP events.

    BEING A HARVARDWOOD DONOR

    As a Harvardwood donor, you will receive special recognition on our website, in addition to recognition at selected events and programs throughout the year. You will also receive invitations to periodic exclusive VIP Harvardwood events throughout the year.

    Donor levels are determined cumulatively, e.g., if you donate $250 to the General Fund and $250 to the Harvardwood Heroes Fund, you would be considered a Bronze Donor.

    If you do not wish to be named on our website, please email us and let us know!

    DONOR LEVELS

    $100 - Friends
    $250 - Crimson Donors
    $500 - Bronze Donors
    $1,000 - Silver Donors
    $2,500 - Gold Donors
    $5,000 and above - Platinum Donors

     

     

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  • Heading to Tribeca 2018? Share your screening info with Harvardwood

    If you're involved in a film that will be screened at Tribeca this year, let us know so we can share screening info with the Harvardwood community! We're here to support our members and their endeavors in the arts, media, and entertainment—whether it's by serving as a fiscal NPO sponsor in the early stages of a project or by promoting your concerts, exhibits, or screenings via the Harvardwood Heads To... calendar.

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  • published Issue 158 | March 2018 in HIGHLIGHTS Magazine 2018-03-01 01:28:13 -0800

  • published Executive Assistant/Researcher - NY in Job Listings 2018-01-08 19:46:02 -0800

    Executive Assistant/Researcher - NY

    Company: SurvivorNet Inc.
    Location:
    New York, NY
    Type of Position:
    Full-time
    Minimum Education Level:
    Bachelor's
    Minimum Experience Level:
     1-2 years

    Job Description: We are looking for a highly motivated person to join our team as an Executive Assistant and Researcher. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants a foot in the door of the media world. There will be significant exposure to all aspects of video production, brand building, and digital media. We are creating an innovative new source for health information. This is an opportunity to become part of an exciting effort to revolutionize content in the health space. We are solving a very specific problem for millions of people and we have a viable business plan. Our founding team has an excellent track creating digital video, award winning TV programs, and brands seen by millions of people.

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  • published January 2018 | Jonathan Aibel AB '91 in Alumni Profiles 2017-12-31 13:15:14 -0800

    January 2018 | Jonathan Aibel AB '91

    Aibel1.jpgWriter & Producer, Kung Fu Panda 1, 2, 3Trolls

    By Adrian Horton AB '17

    To hear him tell it, Jonathan Aibel AB '91 always had a creative bent, though it took him nearly a quarter century to learn what a spec script was. Growing up in Demarest, New Jersey, right outside Manhattan, Aibel participated in theatre in high school, then continued indulging his creative side while at Harvard. The psychology major unofficially minored in music theory and a cappella (he was a four year member of the Din & Tonics), before penning the Hasting Pudding Theatricals show with a friend in his senior year.

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  • Exclusive Q&A with Michael Colton (A FUTILE & STUPID GESTURE)

    By Henry Johnson AB '18

    Michael Colton '97 is a humorist and screenwriter, most recently of A Futile and Stupid Gesture, which tells the story of National Lampoon’s founding. The film will be released on Netflix on January 26 following a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. With writing partner John Aboud ’95, Colton also scripted Penguins of Madagascar and The Comebacks, as well as episodes of Childrens Hospital and Newsreaders. He has appeared as a commentator on several VH1 shows, including Best Week Ever and I Love the ‘90s.

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    Q. When did you realize you wanted to go into comedy?

    A. Like almost every comedy writer I know, I wrote a humor column in my high school newspaper. (Our faculty adviser, paranoid about lawsuits, insisted the column be called “Just Kidding,” which is a horrible name for a column.) I fell in love with crafting jokes and getting a reaction from people. But it was a long time before I thought I could be a screenwriter. I interned at newspapers all through college and wrote for the Washington Post for a couple years after graduation. It was a fantastic job and I was lucky to have it. And I will always be a newspaper addict (print subscriber for life!). But I realized that what I loved about journalism was the writing aspect, not the reporting. I wasn’t a great investigator and didn’t care about landing scoops. I wanted to tell stories and make people laugh. So being a screenwriter was ultimately a better fit.

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  • Give a Harvardwood gift certificate this holiday season!

    Scrambling to think of the perfect gift idea for the artist, writer, filmmaker, musician in your life? Look no further! Now you can purchase Harvardwood gift certificates for a year (or more) of Harvardwood membership, event tickets (e.g., admission to three masterclasses in 2018), the Writers Competition application fee, or the new Script Review Service, to name a few examples. Ready to give the gift of Harvardwood this year? Contact us to tell us what "item" you want to gift, or we can also help you put together the ultimate Harvardwood gift package!

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  • published Preview the 2017 Holiday Silent Auction! in News 2017-12-01 15:29:09 -0800

    Preview the 2017 Holiday Silent Auction!

    Mark your calendars now: our 2017 Holiday Silent Auction goes live on Friday, Dec. 15th and will end on Monday, Dec. 18th! Bids will be accepted online AND by text. When the auction page goes live at the end of this week, you'll get all the instructions on how to place bids on your computer or mobile device.

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  • Support Harvardwood when you do your holiday shopping!

    Shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday at smile.amazon.com/ch/03-0483549 and Amazon donates to Harvardwood. Thank you, and have a wonderful and happy holiday season!

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  • Exclusive Q&A with ROSHAN SETHI MD '13 (THE RESIDENT)

    By Michael Robin AB '08

    Roshan Sethi MD ’13 is a writer and physician whose show The Resident, a medical drama about the darker side of modern medicine, will premiere on Fox in January. Roshan’s feature Call Jane recently attached Elizabeth Moss to star. After completing undergrad at Yale and medical school at Harvard, Roshan began a residency at Harvard in Radiation Oncology, all while balancing a burgeoning career as a writer. Here, we talk with him about his path, his process, and his experiences working with writing partner Hayley Schore.Sethi.jpg

    Q. When did you start writing? When did you begin to consider yourself "a writer”?

    A. I started writing as a teenager. Mainly epic fantasy. That was my favorite genre. I read Game of Thrones way before it was fashionable.

    Q. What drove you to attend medical school? Did you always know you wanted to be a physician?

    A. I did. At a young age, I worked in my mother’s clinic as a receptionist. My twin brother and I sat at the front desk dressed in the same clothes, and led patients back to the examining rooms. I was always in awe of my mother, a general practitioner, who saw children and adults and could handle anything.

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  • November 2017 | Sandy Climan AB '77, MBA/SM '79

    Agent, Producer, Studio Executive (CAA, The Aviator, MGM, Universal)

    By Dayna Wilkinson

    Sandy_Climan-headshot.jpegWhen people want to hear your opinion, you don’t sugarcoat it or manipulate them.  You tell them the unvarnished truth in a way they can absorb and embrace.

    When Sandy Climan was growing up in the Bronx, no one would have thought Variety would later call him “the consummate Hollywood insider.” He was the kid who went to math camp, won science competitions and graduated first in his class from the renowned Bronx High School of Science.  

    “I grew up in a lower middle class, white-and-blue collar neighborhood,” Sandy says.  “I hardly ever left the Bronx and, of course, there was no internet then. I went to the movies all the time and watched television incessantly, including great PBS programming like Masterpiece Theatre, Greek dramas and Athol Fugard plays. The only way for me to travel and explore other cultures was through books, television and movies, and they informed me about worlds I had never seen.” 

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  • published NEW: Harvardwood Script Review Service in News 2017-10-26 21:07:07 -0700

    NEW: Harvardwood Script Review Service

    What's the new Harvardwood Script Review service?

    The aim of the Harvardwood Script Review service is to give you specific and thorough notes to polish your script further and get it into the best shape possible before you send it out to screenplay competitions, agents, managers, producers, and other industry execs. You'll get a pair of expert, friendly (but critical!) eyes to show you how your script could be improved in future rewrites.

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  • Exclusive Q&A with RYAN HALPRIN (Lin Pictures)

    By Emily Zauzmer AB '18

    halprin.jpgRyan Halprin AB ’12 serves as a Vice President at Lin Pictures, where his responsibilities include co-producing the LEGO movies and developing live action features. A neurobiology concentrator at Harvard, he found his passion in the college’s theater community as an actor turned director. He started as an intern at Lin Pictures in the summer after his junior year and rose through the ranks after college. Here, he discusses his career path, his advice for students hoping to follow in his footsteps, and his work on The LEGO Ninjago Movie, which comes out this month.

    Q. How did you go from concentrating in neurobiology at Harvard to pursuing a career in entertainment? Does your science background inform your career path at all?

    A. There’s a lot of overlap for me—the two fields get at the same big questions: why do we do what we do? Why are humans so weird? If we study behavior, can we understand it? Help people live better? What does that even mean? When I started college I didn’t know what I wanted to do but I had that curiosity, and the psychology class I took inadvertently revealed that the answers to all these questions are getting unearthed by neuroscience. I wanted in on that action. I thought I could get at the microbiology of love, or fear, even comedy. The more I dug in though, the more I found that so much of what is studied today is organisms with a few thousand brain cells, because humans have 80 billion neurons and there are a lot questions we have to answer before getting to the sexy ones. The practice of it was slow, not very creative, and seldom collaborative.

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  • published August 2017 | Yuga Cohler AB '11 in Alumni Profiles 2017-07-31 15:53:32 -0700

    August 2017 | Yuga Cohler AB '11

    Orchestra Conductor, The Great Music SeriesState of Art 

    By Dayna Wilkinson

    Yuga_photo_on_bridge.jpeg“I’m already in the hot seat as a twenty-eight year old conductor, but I feel incredible joy at the insanely high level of playing and extreme responsiveness of a professional orchestra.”

    “Both my parents are professional musicians,” says Yuga Cohler AB '11. “My mother’s a violinist and my father’s a clarinetist so I took up those instruments—it didn’t go well.” Fortunately, those were minor bumps in the road for Yuga, who started studying piano and music theory at age three. By age twelve, his primary instruments were oboe and piano.

    “Shortly after starting on the oboe, I went to a music camp called Greenwood,” he says.  “That’s when I first discovered people my age who took music seriously.  It became a social thing—people I liked were also playing music, which made me like doing it more. By the time I was in my teens, I realized music was really great.” 

    Yuga was interested in many different musical genres. “I really got into Eminem, then the underground hip hop scene. Also J-pop, Top 40 and musical theater for a while. Plus I listened to tons of classical records from my dad’s collection.”

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  • Seeking 1-2 volunteers for 6/12 Global Networking Night in LA

    We're looking for volunteers to help out at the registration table alongside Harvard Club of SoCal volunteers for Global Networking Night on Monday, June 12th! The event runs from 6-9pm at the famed EP & LP Rooftop Lounge, and as usual, the LA GNN is expecting a big crowd.

    Additional event details about Global Networking Night are here. If you can help out, please contact us soon—thank you for your help and volunteer time! In addition to our gratitude, volunteers will receive 3 months of complimentary Harvardwood membership.

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  • published June 2017 | Mike Sheresky MBA '97 in Alumni Profiles 2017-05-31 12:42:20 -0700

    June 2017 | Mike Sheresky MBA '97

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    Agent & Partner, United Talent Agency

    by Daniel Gale-Rosen AB '10

    It all started with Lawrence of Arabia. Michael Sheresky MBA ‘97 was lucky enough to see the re-release of the epic in 70mm at the Ziegfield movie palace, and he says that was what set him on the path to his current life, as agent and partner at United Talent Agency. Day to day, he “represents writers, directors, and producers, and helps them put their movies together.”

    Prior to watching that film, Sheresky had been thinking about a life in politics, or on Wall Street. He studied political science in his undergraduate career, though he did try his hand at making some movies. However, he says, “I didn’t think I was, frankly, talented enough. I thought I could have been proficient at it, but I didn’t think I could be great.”

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  • published Exclusive Q&A with Author KAITLIN SOLIMINE in The #HWIRE 2017-05-31 12:41:37 -0700

    Exclusive Q&A with Author KAITLIN SOLIMINE

    By D. Dona Le

    Headshot-_Solimine.JPGThis summer, award-winning writer Kaitlin Solimine AB '02 is releasing her debut novel, Empire of Glass! In addition to co-founding Hippo Reads, a/k/a the "TED Talks for readers," Kaitlin was a Fulbright Creative Arts Fellow, a Donald E. Axinn Scholar in Fiction (Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, 2010), and received the 2012 Dzanc Books/Disquiet International Literary Program award. She concentrated in East Asian Studies at Harvard University and graduated from the UC San Diego MFA program in writing.

    Q. What sparked your interest in China and your decision to concentrate in East Asian studies at Harvard?

    A. When I was a freshman at Phillips Exeter, I requested to study Japanese but the class was full (this was in 1994 when Japan was in focus!) so the language director suggested I study Mandarin instead (ironically, less crowded). Immediately, I loved the language. My teacher, Ming Fontaine, told me about a home stay program, School Year Abroad (SYA), that had just launched in Beijing (the first high school home stay program in China!), and I jumped at the opportunity. Despite never having left the country, in 1996, I traveled with SYA to China and lived in Beijing as a teenager in my host family’s local apartment. I knew from that point onwards, I wanted to do a scholarly deep dive into Chinese history, culture, language, and more.

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  • published Issue 147 | April 2017 in HIGHLIGHTS Magazine 2017-04-01 03:49:33 -0700

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