• Apply to the 2020 CAPE Leaders Fellowship - Deadline July 22

    The CAPE Leaders Fellowship is an incubator to equip the next generation of creative executives with the skills and professional network to break into the VP ranks. Development, current, and production experience within a studio, network, or production company preferred. Co-chaired by Albert Cheng (Co-Head of TV and COO, Amazon Studios), Kevin Iwashina (Senior Associate, Endeavor Content), and Peter McHugh (Manager, Gotham Group), the Fellowship features masterclasses, workshops, and intimate sessions with high-level executives to train participants in the art of communication, leadership, pitching, and other skills.

    The 2020 Leaders Fellowship sessions are scheduled to take place Monday and Wednesday evenings Pacific Time from August - September. This year’s sessions will be hosted digitally on Zoom.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: WEDNESDAY, JULY 22 AT 11:59PM PT. To learn more and apply, visit www.capeusa.org/clf

  • published HAE Podcast with Joe Toplyn in Television 2020-07-14 12:59:54 -0700

    HAE Podcast with Joe Toplyn

    In this episode of HAE Invites, our host Denise Silber is joined by Harvard College and HBS alum, Joe Toplyn. Joe is a four-time Emmy award winning late night comedy writer, best-selling author, entrepreneur, and inventor of a recently-patented AI that generates original jokes. Denise and Joe discuss the fact that while succeeding in comedy is challenging, with an entrepreneurial mindset, professional opportunities can be limitless.

  • Donate your old tech to Human I-T!

    Any old tech, phones or tablets (even with cracked screens) hanging around? Human I-T will fix it and put it to use in a low income community. https://www.human-i-t.org - they even do some pick ups!

    •Technology recipients are not charged. Technology is donated for FREE.
    •We pick up your unwanted technology from your home or work for FREE.
    •We DO NOT shred, smelter, grind or throw technology away.
    •Recipients DO NOT have to volunteer to receive technology.

  • The Safety Net Fund - for Bay Area artists

    The Safety Net Fund is a non-profit designed to help support artists in the Bay Area during the COVID-19 crisis. As the world around us descends into bedlam, we turn towards each other to find hope, support, and community.

    We prioritize artists that typically make their living offline at events & retail establishments that have been cancelled or closed due to coronavirus. This includes performing artists, musicians, visual artists, event producers, and other types of creators.

    This fund will offer grants to artists, with no expectation of repayment, to help provide direct monetary support through this crisis. This money is offered with the intent of helping artists survive and continue to create despite the maelstrom. The maximum grant is $500 per person per month, and the number of grants per month is dependent upon the funds raised.

    Grants will be offered on a needs-basis with the following criteria:

    1. The grantee must reside in the Bay Area (See attached list of eligible zip codes)
    2. The grantee must provide proof of artistic endeavor within the last 6 months
    3. The grantee must not be eligible for unemployment
    4. The grantee must have less than $1000 of income within the last 30 days
    5. Grants will be evaluated in the order received.

    The fund is made possible through a fiscal sponsorship from the California Intersection for the Arts (The Intersection). The Intersection has agreed to support this project with accounting, governance, and compliance with the minimum administrative fees possible (7%). The fund will employ the minimum number of claims administrators necessary to manage incoming claims. All other funds will be disbursed to eligible applicants. The fund will provide a transparency report yearly.

    Edit: For corporate matching please use submit the receipt from the flipcause campaign to your corporate matching department through benevity (or equivalent tool) or make a donation directly in benevity using the following criteria:

    Organization: Intersection for the Arts
    EIN: 94–1593216
    Sponsored Org or Sub Org: Safety Net Fund

    Times are hard. The only way that communities survive is by working to support one another together. We urge anyone whose income is not heavily impacted by coronavirus precautions, such as full-time employees working from home or anyone with sizable savings, to consider donating to the fund to support those whose income has been obliterated by necessary social distancing efforts. When we can all gather again, we’ll be thankful to still have these artists providing culture to the Bay.

    Thank you for your time and attention.

    Wishing Good Health,
    The Safety Fund

    Thank you to everyone who helped bring this together. Thank you to Leslie Fine, Christopher Bisignani, Michael Morgenstern, Josh Constine, Scarlet La Mar, and Inga Goldbard for editorial review.

    Click this link to donate to the Safety Net Fund.

  • published Children's Development Coordinator - LA in Job Listings 2019-10-28 00:09:39 -0700

    Children's Development Coordinator - LA

    Company: Apple+
    Location: Culver City, CA
    Start Date: 
    Type of Position:  Full-Time
    Minimum Education Level: 
    Minimum Years of Experience: 1-3 years

    Job Description: In this position, you'll provide administrative support for executive leadership to Children's Creative Executives on Apple TV+. We're seeking a collaborative team member with a friendly work style, who's well-organized, able to effectively multi-task & prioritize, and take initiative. You'll provide full administrative support to multiple team leaders at the executive or leadership level. You'll manage cross-functional calendars with heavy calendaring; organize meetings via live, videoconference and conference calls; quickly develop an understanding of the teams operations, culture, policies and procedures; help plan and execute offsite meetings for team; have consistent interaction with top Executive Admins and Executives within Apple Inc; handle and maintain highly confidential and sensitive information; complete expense reports; assist in ordering equipment for tech lab; on-board new employees; proactively manage team support, ranging from printer management, supplies, facilities and more. We're looking for someone to apply strategic thinking , who's able to understand the business and see the “big picture” and excel working with complex and different personalities diplomatically. You'll contribute a fun and creative approach to team activities and morale.

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  • published Issue 174 | July 2019 in HIGHLIGHTS Magazine 2019-07-01 16:27:01 -0700

  • responded to Amazon Prime launches shorts competition for underrepresented filmmakers with submitted 2019-04-08 14:58:19 -0700

    Amazon Prime launches shorts competition for underrepresented filmmakers

    Prime Video will host the first annual All Voices Film Festival, celebrating underrepresented communities. This digital short film festival is seeking entries from filmmakers in the U.S. from all backgrounds, where the creator or content represents the diversity of our world. Submissions are open and will be accepted until May 20th, 2019.

    The writer, director, cast or theme of the short must reflect underrepresented communities. This includes but is not limited to people of color, ethnic, gender and religious minorities, members of the LGBTQI community, people with disabilities, veterans, young, aspiring filmmakers as well as older adults, and other groups that are underrepresented or marginalized in the US or globally. Submissions must be published as a “Standalone” film in the “Short Films” category, offer availability set to “US” and “Prime”, and may not exceed 40 minutes. The title must also comply with the requirements to be included in Prime Video, including (i) HD picture quality, (ii) closed captioned or subtitled and (iii) have a rating of “R” or less (or an equivalent through local rating agencies).

    All submissions must comply with the Rules and Regulations.

    Submit your film here!

  • published Issue 171 | April 2019 in HIGHLIGHTS Magazine 2019-04-03 13:59:39 -0700

  • Attending the Austin Film Festival? Connect with Harvardwood members!

    If you're attending this year's Austin Film Festival and would like to get connected with other Harvardwood members who will be there, get in touch! Email harvardwood@harvardwood.org with the subject line "AFF 2018" and the contact info where you'd like to be reached. Then we'll put together the list of folks willing to share their contact info and connect all of you together.

  • Boston/Cambridge screenwriters, apply to join the 2018-19 Writers Program

    The 2018-19 Harvardwood Writers Program in Boston will begin meeting weekly in early October, and we're accepting applications from interested writers now through Sept. 25th.

    New participants will be asked to submit a short writing sample, a bio or resume, and a paragraph stating what you'd like to work on with the group this year. Only Harvardwood members are eligible to apply and participate, so if you're not a current member, join Harvardwood or renew your membership before accessing the application link. The participation fee is $80/writer.

    If you're interested in joining the Boston Screenwriting Group, make sure you're a current Harvardwood member, log in to our website, and fill out this brief form.

  • published Seeking venue options in the DC metro area! in News 2018-08-15 00:33:32 -0700

    Seeking venue options in the DC metro area!

    DC-area residents, we need YOUR assistance! Harvardwood is eager to bring more events to our DC members, but in order to do so, we need access to free or affordable venues.

    If you live in or familiar with the DC area and can hook us up with such a space, please email us. Examples of good spaces are: the conference room of a law firm; small theaters or screening rooms; the private room at a restaurant, bar, wine bar, etc.; classrooms at a community college or local school; the community room of a public library; art galleries... get creative, we're open!

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  • 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.

    "I am a junior in Kirkland House studying Sociology and VES. This summer, I was able to attend numerous Harvardwood events in the LA area, including a private tour of Elon Musk's SpaceX facility, a visit to Lin Pictures [now Rideback] - the creators of the Lego Movie and It, and an alumni event in which I was able to share the room with numerous Harvard alumni working in the entertainment industry. Being a member of the Harvardwood community has allowed me to have the opportunity to meet with a handful of very powerful and influential individuals in entertainment who have shown me the true reality of what the industry is really like, and what to expect when looking for jobs in the future."

    - Katherine Hess AB '20


    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!


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




  • 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.
    New York, NY
    Type of Position:
    Minimum Education Level:
    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.


    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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