• published Assistant to Managers (2) - Sugar23 in Job Listings 2022-01-17 00:03:10 -0800

    Assistant to Managers (2) - Sugar23

    Sugar23 is looking for an assistant to two managers – one literary and one crossover. Candidates must have at least one-year agency or management company experience – ideally someone that wants to ultimately work in representation.  Looking for self-starters, entrepreneurial spirits, team players and creative thinkers. This is a job where your input will be valued and you will be looked at as part of the team. S23 is a dynamic and fast-growing media company with a great culture and room for internal growth.  Interested applicants should send a CV to [email protected] and when submitting please make the subject of your email: Sugar23 Management Assistant Position.

  • Summer 2022 Documentary Films Intern - Remote / NY

    Company: HBO
    Location: Remote or New York, NY
    Start Date: June 6th
    Type of Position: Full-Time, Internship
    Minimum Education Level: Students must be currently enrolled in a college degree program for the full duration of the internship
    Minimum Years of Experience: 

    Job Description: 

    Documentary interns are immersed in the world of programming. Interns experience the seat of a programmer by reviewing and considering films submissions and learning what fits our programming needs at the time of their internship. Intern multi-tasks by working both independently, brainstorming on creative ideas and seeing it to fruition, participate in project meetings and working alongside multiple team members within the department in various ways.


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  • Associate Producer, Sports Digital Content - NY

    Company: Showtime
    Location: New York, NY
    Start Date:
    Type of Position: Full-Time
    Minimum Education Level: Bachelor's degree
    Minimum Years of Experience: 2 years

    Job Description: 

    The Showtime Sports Junior Producer will be a creative, skilled, hard worker deeply immersed in the world of social media content and strategy. We are looking for someone to assist a larger content team on shoots, campaigns, and activations centered around combat sports, documentaries and podcasts. Interest in sports, digital marketing, social media content distribution and a readiness to learn and adapt are all vitally important!

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  • published Staff Writer - Remote in Job Listings 2022-01-02 23:42:07 -0800

    Staff Writer - Remote

    Company: Popculture.com
    Location: Remote
    Start Date:
    Type of Position: Full-Time
    Minimum Education Level: Bachelor's degree
    Minimum Years of Experience: 2 years

    Job Description: 

    The Writer will be primarily responsible for writing daily news desk articles that include but are not limited to reality tv news, celebrities, and general trending news. Since this is an evening and weekends role, the majority of content will be television-based. The writer will work with the PopCulture editorial and content team, in a fun and fast-paced media-centric agile environment. As a writer, you will be responsible for producing a set amount of articles each day while also being able to recognize content lanes that continue to grow PopCulture’s influence in key areas.

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  • published Coordinator, Communications - NY in Job Listings 2022-01-02 23:39:33 -0800

    Coordinator, Communications - NY

    Company: CBS Sports
    Location: New York, NY
    Start Date:
    Type of Position: Full-Time
    Minimum Education Level: 
    Minimum Years of Experience: 1 year

    Job Description: 

    Do you love CBS Sports and Communciations? This Communications Coordinator will contribute to the overall publicity efforts for CBS Sports across all platforms on properties that include the NFL, college basketball and the NCAA Tournament, college football, PGA TOUR, global soccer (including UEFA, Series A, Concacaf, NWSL), SRX, PBR, WNBA as well as outside packages!

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  • published Streaming Media Assistant - SF in Job Listings 2022-01-02 23:04:56 -0800

    Streaming Media Assistant - SF

    Company: Disney
    Location: San Francisco, CA
    Start Date: 
    Type of Position: Full-Time
    Minimum Education Level: 
    Minimum Years of Experience: 1

    Job Description: 

    The Streaming Media Assistant is part of a streaming Media Operations team staffed 24/7. SMA’s routinely provide live, hands-on operational and procedural support for our partner products, including system health monitoring and incident management, in addition to live and VOD streaming media orchestration using proprietary software.
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  • published Administrative Assistant - NY in Job Listings 2022-01-02 23:00:57 -0800

    Administrative Assistant - NY

    Company: Hulu
    Location: New York, NY
    Start Date
    Type of Position: Full-Time
    Minimum Education Level: Bachelor's
    Minimum Years of Experience: 1

    Job Description: 

    Hulu’s Live TV team is seeking an executive assistant to support the SVP and VP of Live TV. In this role at Hulu, you will support both executives with core administrative tasks (scheduling, travel, expenses, planning team events, etc.) as well as assist with the preparation of presentations, viewership data, and information about partners. The right person for this role is a self-starter well-versed in multi-tasking and anticipating opportunities to be helpful. Intelligence and attention to detail are an absolute must, as are good instincts and exercising high judgment in uncertain situations. Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills are essential. Seeking a person who is interested in content distribution content and who is not afraid to jump into new projects and support the team. If you are someone who is a team player with the ability to work under pressure, then this is a great role for you.
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  • published Issue 204 | January 2022 in HIGHLIGHTS Magazine 2022-01-01 11:37:25 -0800

  • published Issue 203 | December 2021 in HIGHLIGHTS Magazine 2021-12-01 10:23:57 -0800

  • published HWC Release Form in Writers Competition 2021-11-01 17:07:56 -0700

    Release Form


    As a condition of entering the Harvardwood Writers’ Competition, I/we hereby certify that: 

    1. I/we am/are the author(s) of the script which I/we have submitted to the Harvardwood Writers’ Competition.  The script has never been produced (in the case of plays, non-equity readings/productions are acceptable) nor have any rights in the script been disposed of to a third party by option, sale or any other means.

    2. I/we am/are the sole and exclusive owner(s) of all rights thereto and there are no disputes regarding ownership of the submitted script.  I/we have full authority to submit the script to the Harvardwood Writers’ Competition.

    3. I/we guarantee that the submitted script does not invade the privacy or defame or otherwise violate the rights of any person, living or dead, and is not obscene.  

    4. I/we will indemnify, defend and hold harmless Harvardwood, its officers, board members, affiliated companies and sponsors, individually and collectively, including their heirs, personal representatives, officers, directors, successors and assigns, from and against all claims, demands, losses, damages, costs, judgments, liabilities and expenses (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all claims of third parties, including without limitation other contestants, based on any script or other materials submitted by me/us to Harvardwood.  We hereby release Harvardwood, its officers, board members, affiliated companies and sponsors, individually and collectively, from any liability arising from the actions of other contestants.

    5. I/we shall be solely responsible for taking all necessary steps to establish and protect my/our copyright in the submitted material, and Harvardwood shall have no obligation with respect thereto.

    6. I/we hereby grant Harvardwood the nonexclusive right to use my/our name in connection with any and all publicity and promotional activities regarding the Harvardwood Writers’ Competition.

    7. I/we understand that this is a Writers’ Competition, not an evaluation service and that the judges are not obligated to provide any feedback to the contestants regarding their script submission(s).

    8. I/we hereby agree to abide by the decisions of the Harvardwood Writers’ Competition judges with regard to all matters and decisions, including those decisions involving their sole discretion, relating to the Harvardwood Writers’ Competition.

    9. I/we understand that Harvardwood makes no promises that my/our script will be produced or that I/we will gain representation as a result of entering the contest.

    10. I/we have read all of the contest rules and release, understand them, and have complied with them. I/we understand that failure to adhere to the Harvardwood Writers’ Competition rules and release will result in disqualification from the contest.

    11. I/we understand that Harvardwood, its officers, board members, affiliated companies and sponsors, individually and collectively, including their heirs, personal representatives, officers, directors, successors and assigns accept no liability whatsoever for loss or non-receipt of my/our script or for the unauthorized use of all or part of my/our script by any person.

    12. I/we understand that Harvardwood will not return and is not obligated to return my/our script or any other materials I/we have submitted to the Harvardwood Writers’ Competition.

    The rights and obligations of Harvardwood and ourselves will be determined and interpreted according to California law.

  • published Issue 202 | November 2021 in HIGHLIGHTS Magazine 2021-11-01 12:05:11 -0700

  • published Harvardwood Artist Launch Fellowship in Fellowships 2021-09-14 15:57:18 -0700

    Harvardwood Artist Launch Fellowship

    Mia and David Alpert Harvardwood Artist Launch Fellowship Original Announcement (Sept. 2021)


    Harvardwood is pleased to announce the Mia and David Alpert Harvardwood Artist Launch Fellowship for graduating seniors or recent Harvard alumni working or seeking to work in the arts, media, and entertainment fields. The multiyear gift, generously donated by Harvardwood Co-Founder Mia Riverton Alpert ’99 and her husband, producer and media entrepreneur David Alpert ‘97, includes a $24,000 per-artist grant, awarded annually, to support one or more recent graduates from the College for one year as they pursue their artistic projects. Each Alpert Harvardwood Fellow will also be paired with a mentor in their field of interest to help guide their creative endeavors and will receive additional assistance through Harvardwood.

    The Harvardwood Artist Launch Fellowship will be awarded annually to a different artist or artists. Grant funds can be used at the grantee’s discretion. The purpose of the funds is to provide the opportunity for an individual to choose the pursuit of artistic endeavors without consideration of financial need for the duration of the grant period. There is no restriction on the artistic field; musicians, dancers, visual artists, actors, writers, filmmakers and artists/creators in all disciplines are encouraged to apply. 

    “Creating more equitable access to careers in the arts has been a lifelong passion for us and was a motivating force behind Harvardwood’s founding 22 years ago.  David and I are honored to support the next generation of emerging Harvard artists as they begin their professional journeys,” said Mia Riverton Alpert.

    Harvardwood President Allison Kiessling said, "We have long known that to have a greater impact we need to invest more deeply in individual artists. This fellowship will allow Harvardwood to amplify our efforts to promote diversity, equity and the positive impact of new voices in the arts. We are incredibly grateful for the Alperts’ generosity."

    The Fellowship selection committee is comprised of Harvardwood board members, other industry professionals, and Harvard University staff with expertise in various artistic disciplines.

    Read last year's Crimson article on the Mia and David Alpert Harvardwood Artist Launch Fellowship here

    2022-23 Fellowship Winners

    Click here for more information about the 2022-23 Harvardwood Artist Launch Fellowship winners.

    2023-24 Eligibility

    To apply, individuals must be current Harvard College seniors or have graduated from Harvard College within the past two years (i.e. class of 2021, 2022 or 2023), complete the application form, provide a resume, a work sample or portfolio, an introductory video, an artist statement (in written, audio or video format), a letter of recommendation, a creative plan with an overview of envisioned projects to be completed or substantially developed during the term of the Fellowship, and a projected budget for the term of the Fellowship. The finalist round will include a video interview. Individuals who have previously been beneficiaries of Harvardwood grants or scholarships or have participated in Harvardwood programs are eligible if they meet the other terms of eligibility.

    Applications will be accepted starting on October 7, 2022 and will be due January 9, 2023 (letter of recommendation due Jan. 23, 2023), with the grant announcement in March 2023. Unless Fellowship funds need to be utilized at a particular time for project-related expenses, funds will be distributed monthly to the Alpert Harvardwood Fellows beginning in June 2023 and ending in May 2024.



  • published Issue 200 | September 2021 in HIGHLIGHTS Magazine 2021-09-01 00:31:23 -0700

  • published Issue 199 | August 2021 in HIGHLIGHTS Magazine 2021-08-01 10:55:35 -0700

  • published August 2021 | Zadoc Angell AB '03 in Alumni Profiles 2021-08-01 08:54:54 -0700

    August 2021 | Zadoc Angell AB '03

     Zadoc Angell AB '03 began his career as a TV Literary Agent at Paradigm, where he worked for seven years. Transitioning to Literary Management in 2010, Zadoc joined forces with manager Dave Brown and grew a team of literary managers which they brought with them to Echo Lake in 2013. You can read about his new Co-President position here.

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    written by Brandon Boies

    If I proclaimed that growing up on a 400-acre dairy farm could lead to an exciting and successful career as a television literary manager, there might be a few objections. Not from Zadoc Angell. I had the pleasure of talking with Zadoc, who was recently named Co-President of Echo Lake Entertainment’s Management Division, to discuss his life story, passions, and overall career as a TV literary manager. He was very personable, extremely motivated, and – as you may have guessed – grew up on a dairy farm in rural New York. 

    That’s where we began our conversation. After all, it seemed a bit unexpected to start in a small-town setting and eventually take a career path that would adventure toward the glamorous lights in Los Angeles. Even Zadoc understood the unlikelihood of his own journey. “Few people ever got away,” he said. However, he always felt in tune with his creative side. “I always loved television and storytelling. I was just exploring all of these interests in a place that wasn’t very accommodating.” 

    The answer to his problem? Applying to and attending Harvard, where he would study VES (Visual and Environmental Studies) with a focus on film. He reflected on his time there and how he enjoyed the city. More notably, he discussed how his upbringing paired nicely with the challenges he faced being in such a new place with the pressure Harvard creates. “I had this insane farmer work ethic. You have to have a really strong work ethic. And in my case, today, that means to keep fighting for my clients.” 

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  • published Exclusive Q&A With Eric J. Cheng AB '20 in The #HWIRE 2021-08-01 08:51:52 -0700

    Exclusive Q&A With Eric J. Cheng AB '20

    Eric J. Cheng AB’ 20 is a Chinese American actor, writer, and producer based in LA. He recently was a part of the 24 Hour Plays: Nationals and acted in AFI thesis Cure. At Harvard, was a cast member of The Hasty Pudding Theatricals.

    Q. When did you know you were a storyteller? What experiences in Michigan made you know you wanted to act?

    I remember growing up and performing with kids in the family friend group—five girls who all danced and sang. I vividly recall performing in front of all the Chinese families every New Years and having the time of my life. It wasn’t until I approached high school though that I got to really act. When I was in eighth grade, I saw a production of The Drowsy Chaperone at my local high school, and I immediately fell in love. I promised myself that I would try to be a part of the troupe, so when I started freshman year, I took a leap of faith and auditioned. If I remember correctly, I got cast in a tiny role in the play Harvey but later got promoted to a slightly bigger role when the boy originally cast dropped out (or got kicked out— I can’t remember). After that, I kept at it, and with every production I fell in love even more.

    Q. What has it been like transitioning from Harvard to LA, even part-time, as a recent grad? Can you talk about the journey to LA and what you've seen thus far in our increasingly remote (and changing) industry?

    It’s been a crazy ride with ups and downs; I’m very thankful for it. My move to LA feels like it’s been a long time coming. I came to LA for the first time during the summer of 2019 to pursue an internship at MTV. I aimed to know once and for all if I really wanted to pursue this path after graduating. The summer served its function; I had gotten a taste of LA and the industry, and I left the city with the awareness that that I wanted to be a creative as an actor and writer.

    Outside of coming to LA for few weeks or months at a time before going back home as the pandemic worsened, I’ve attempted pursuing an acting and writing career remotely— writing at home, taking Zoom classes, doing virtual performances— for the past year. Now that we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with the pandemic (fingers crossed) , I feel a sense of purpose and fulfillment being here. I’m finally able to shoot the project I’m working on and collaborate with other creatives.

    I have a lot of hope for the industry with regards to representation. This past year has demonstrated that we need stories that reflect the state of our world. As someone who creates projects from the Asian and LGBTQ+ perspective, I feel a sense of excitement. Though I still get discouraged at times, I think that the change that we are seeing will only continue. In a way, I think that the shift towards more virtual processes has actually been conducive to this. There are new ways to tell stories and get one’s voice out that didn’t previously exist, and the need for content to be high-budget has dissipated. If there’s one thing I’ve learned in all of this (and one singular piece of advice that I’ve universally received), it’s that creating one’s own work and opportunity leads to positive outcomes. And in a time when people are looking for authentic, diverse, and new stories, I like to think that holds true now more than ever.

    Q. For a young actor/writer/producer, how do you balance your days? What do they look like?

    Often I still don’t know! I think I am still and will continue to be striking a balance; I feel like my day-to-day always changes. Usually though, my day starts after I knock out some tasks for my part time jobs. I try to prioritize writing at least four times a week, though in reality my inability to counteract distraction sometimes makes this an unmet goal. Other than that, I spend my days taking acting and improv classes at The Groundlings (which I’ve loved), filming tapes/doing auditions, trying to meet new people and collaborators, and producing the project that I’m currently working on.

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  • published HSIP Events in HSIP 2021 Webinars 2021-07-06 11:11:06 -0700

    HSIP Events

    Harvardwood is excited to offer educational entertainment company events for members who are interning in the arts and entertainment industries this summer, two of which will be open to all Harvard alumni!

    Dates and speakers open to all Harvard alumni include:

    July 13Jamie Dávila - Campanario- A Los Angeles-based television and digital content production company approaching things from a distinct Latinx perspective.

    To register for Jamie Dávila/Campasario, go HERE.

    August 3 - Gene Pao, SVP Digital Enterprises at Shout! Factory - Capitalizing on both traditional and emerging digital platforms, Shout! Factory is a media company devoted to producing, uncovering, preserving and revitalizing the very best of pop culture.

    To register for Gene Pao/Shout! Factory, go HERE

    All events will begin at 6 pm Pacific Standard Time. 

    If you are interning this summer, fill out our form and you will be invited for free! Events are free for Harvardwood members and summer interns and $5.00 for non-members. 

    Please email [email protected] if you are interested in attending, and look for a registration page in the coming days!


  • published Issue 198 | July 2021 in HIGHLIGHTS Magazine 2021-07-02 08:47:56 -0700

  • published July 2021 | Mynette Louie AB '97 in Alumni Profiles 2021-06-25 18:00:22 -0700

    July 2021 | Mynette Louie AB '97

    What do the films Swallow, The Tale, Children of Invention, The Invitation and the upcoming I Carry You with Me have in common? They are all independent films. They are all lauded by critics. And they are all produced by Mynette Louie AB ’97, who has already made an indelible mark on the world of independent cinema in a remarkably short amount of time.

    But it was never certain that Mynette would end up in the world of film, a point we returned to numerous times throughout our conversation. Born to working-class parents who immigrated from China and Hong Kong, Mynette didn’t have the opportunity to form industry connections until years after she graduated college. That doesn’t mean she wasn’t interested, however. In her characteristically peppy and charming manner, Mynette informed me, “I’ve been consuming films like crazy since I was a little kid.” She also attended Hunter College High School, which has produced the likes of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Robert Lopez. “So I’d been around that world, but I never thought it was a practical path,” she told me. “And it still isn’t, it’s a very impractical path. So, I decided to just do well in school and go to Harvard.”

    At Harvard, Mynette concentrated in East Asian Studies but focused on Chinese literature and film, never relinquishing cinema from her life. “Leo Ou-fan Lee was one of my professors,” she said, “and he introduced me to a lot of film theory and cultural theory and feminist theory… a lot of my papers [took] a socio-political view of films.” Mynette said that taking East Asian Studies and, more specifically, classes like Lee’s that dealt with fifth generation Chinese films, “was a great education in Chinese sensibilities… and indirectly influenced how I approach story and the kinds of notes that I give.” It also instilled her with a need to make films that, while not overtly political, have something to say about the world around her. When we discussed her filmography, Mynette explained, “I Carry You with Me is about these two gay undocumented immigrants living in New York… The Tale was about child sexual abuse and dealing with trauma… [and] Swallow was about a woman feeling stifled by the patriarchy.” She paused for a moment. “They aim to be entertaining, you know, first and foremost, and compelling… [but] there is something that I want to say with my movies.”

    These films would come years after she graduated from Harvard. “After graduating from Harvard with debt,” she laughed, “I was like, gotta find a job to pay [it] off!” She wound up working in marketing at Time Magazine and later in business development at SportsIllustrated.com. “I didn’t love the jobs that I had right after college,” Mynette said, “But I thought it was a great general media business education that has served me well as a producer.” Our conversation was full of answers like these, because Mynette is someone who chooses not to focus on what a situation takes away from her, and instead on what she gained and how she can apply it to building herself and her career.

    It was right after 9/11 that Mynette’s life took a dramatic turn. “A bunch of my colleagues [at SportsIllustrated.com] had been laid off and, you know, I was hoping to get laid off and get a severance package and that didn’t happen,” she told me, chuckling. “They [said], if you want to leave you have to quit.” I could almost hear her shrug over the phone. “So I actually did quit my job… and decided to figure out how to get into this film industry once and for all.”

    Her decision was courageous, especially considering she still didn’t have any connections in the film industry. Her networking began when she answered an ad with a post.harvard.edu address. It belonged to a Harvard alumnus working on a PA-starved NYU graduate student film. Mynette worked as a PA on the short film for three days, her first hands-on foray into the film industry. She would go on to produce two more NYU graduate student films. “I feel like I got a free NYU film school education, just by producing these short films,” Mynette told me, laughing. “Then I moved on to co-producing my first feature, Mutual Appreciation.” 

    Four years after Mutual Appreciation, Mynette got her first self-described big break when she produced the film Children of Invention, an even more impressive feat considering she was still learning on the job. “As lead producer, I didn’t have a lawyer,” she explained. “Our film was so small, it had a $150,000 budget… I basically had to read a bunch of books on film law, and [make] a bunch of my own contracts, and it was a very DIY effort.” The film got into Sundance and, according to Mynette, “just blew the doors wide open… I was able to build my network from there and continue to produce feature films.”

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  • published Media Internship - LA in Job Listings 2021-06-13 08:39:14 -0700

    Media Internship - LA

    Company: Ipsos North America
    Location: Los Angeles, CA, USA
    Start Date: IMMEDIATELY
    Type of Position: Paid Internship
    Minimum Education Level: N/A
    Minimum Years of Experience: N/A

    Job Description: Immediate opening for paid Internship, reporting to SVP, Media  Development and Head of Revenue Activation at Ipsos North America.

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