In this Issue:
+ Director's Notes
+ Message from Allison
+ Featured Member Posting: Program Officer with the Massachusetts Cultural Council - Boston
+ Winners of the Harvardwood Writers' Competition to be announced in the coming weeks!
+ Harvardwood Publishing & the Harvard Review releasing a new anthology (December 2013)
+ Save the Date for the Harvardwood NYC New Members' Orientation on Mon., Nov. 25th
+ Tweet your good news to the #HWire
+ Event recap - China's Entertainment Industry: The Next Chapter (Oct. 19, 2013)
+ SOLD OUT: A Night with Harvardwood Advisory Board Member Robert Kraft - Tues., Nov. 5th
+ Industry Successes
+ New Members' Welcome
+ Member Profile: Nell Scovell '82 - writer, producer, director, and co-author of Lean In
CALENDAR & NOTES
+ Plug (in) your company to Harvardwood for corporate sponsorships, informationals, and other benefits!
It's that time of year, folks, where the nights get longer and the days a little more crisp. What better way to start off a season of festivity than by attending a show by our very own Advisory Board member, Robert Kraft! Let's make sure we have a great Crimson showing for this long-time supporter of Harvardwood and all-around fantastic musician. Big thanks to all of the Harvardwood members that volunteered for and attended "China's Entertainment Industry: The Next Chapter" in October. It was a magical Harvardwood evening in the elegant setting of the Beverly Hilton. And lastly, how about this for a timely piece of advice - don't forget to set your clocks back this Saturday night!
Message from Allison
Happy November everyone! With all the exciting new fall TV shows out, I wanted to take a moment and give props to the huge list of shows with a Harvardwood presence. The following are just some of the shows with alums writing, directing or producing this fall: Bates Motel (A&E), Bob's Burgers (Fox), Bones (Fox), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox), Community (NBC), The Execs (TVLand), The Good Wife (CBS), Hot in Cleveland (TVLand), Jimmy Kimmel Live (ABC), Justified (FX), Late Night with Jimmy Fallon (NBC), The League (FXX), The Mindy Project (Fox), Nashville (ABC), The Neighbors (ABC), New Girl (Fox), Newsroom (HBO), The Originals (CW), Parks & Recreation (NBC), Perception (TNT), The Simpsons (Fox), Sleepy Hollow (Fox), Tomorrow People (CW), Tosh.0 (Comedy Central), Trophy Wife (ABC), Under The Dome (CBS), Walking Dead (AMC), Warehouse 13 (SyFy) and more. Wow! Congrats to all our members on their outstanding work.
Featured Member Posting: Program Officer with the Massachusetts Cultural Council - Boston
The Massachusetts Cultural Council is seeking a Program Officer to provide leadership in the administration of the MCC's Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program, which supports cultural activities in all 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts. This is one of the largest grassroots programs of its kind in the United States. The LCC program distributes $2.6 million to 329 local cultural councils annually to support programming in the arts, interpretive sciences, and humanities for the purpose of providing cultural access to all segments of the state's population. The Program Officer will serve as the primary contact for approximately 105 local cultural councils. In working with these councils, the Program Officer must be able to communicate clearly and effectively, successfully build relationships with constituents, offer high levels of customer service, diplomatically handle sensitive situations, and respond to constituent requests while meeting other important deadlines... To view full posting, please visit: http://www.harvardwood.org/networking/apply_now.aspx?id=170589&view=2
Winners of the Harvardwood Writers' Competition to be announced in the coming weeks!
The wait is nearly over! The judges of the Harvardwood Writers' Competition (HWC) have been working hard to select this year's winners, and we'll be announcing the names of these talented writers in early November. The HWC was founded in 2006 and includes three categories in which winners will be announced: 1) Feature screenplays (90-120 pp., all genres); 2) Television pilots (30-min and 60-min, all genres); and 3) One-act plays (40-min maximum, no minimum). First-place writers are receiving a cash award and free admission to the 2013-14 Harvardwood Writers’ Program. So stay tuned over the coming weeks for the HWC 2013 winners' announcement!
Harvardwood Publishing & the Harvard Review releasing a new anthology (December 2013)
As part of its plans to expand its activities, Harvardwood Publishing has teamed up with the Harvard Review to publish a new anthology: The Best of the Harvard Review. The first anthology will be published in December 2013 and will include writings from Seamus Heaney, Nan Le, Joyce Carol Oates, John Ashbury and David Foster Wallace. Launches will take place in Boston, New York and Los Angeles. HWP plans to publish several anthologies a year that will include famous names and emerging writers from the West Coast… For more information, please [email protected]
Save the date for the Harvardwood NYC New Members' Orientation on Mon., Nov. 25th
After the success of our Harvardwood LA New Members' Orientation last month in September, we decided to host a Members' Orientation to welcome new faces in New York City! Save the date for the Harvardwood NYC New Members' Orientation on Monday, November 25th. Details are forthcoming, so check back on our events calendar to find out when and where new members can meet, mingle, and learn more about Harvardwood from our Director of Member Experience, Lano Williams!
Tweet your good news to the #HWire
Do you have exciting career news to share with the Harvardwood community? If you're a Twitter user, you can tweet about your most recent accomplishments and successful projects with the hashtag #HWire, and your tweet will appear on our homepage. Please follow us [email protected] to stay current on our members' news and events too!
Event Recap - China's Entertainment Industry: The Next Chapter (October 19, 2013)
On October 19th, Harvardwood and the Beijing International Screenwriting Competition hosted a panel discussion and awards ceremony that brought out over 125 attendees to the Beverly Hilton! We'd like to express our gratitude to the Beijing International Screenwriting Competition, Ameriprise Financial, and the Beverly Hilton for making China's Entertainment Industry: The Next Chapter such a success. And of course, we're grateful to our guest panelists for participating in the discussion, and to all of the Harvardwood Board Members and volunteers who pitched in to make sure the event went smoothly. The event was even covered by DEADLINE and VARIETY, so check out those articles for the full recap!
A Special Harvardwood Invite to: A Night with Harvardwood Advisory Board Member Robert Kraft - Nov. 5th
On Tuesday, November 5th, award-winning composer and musician Robert Kraft will perform to a sold-out crowd at Largo at the Coronet, celebrating the release of the Robert Kraft Boxed Set and the never-before-released Robert Kraft Live at Town Hall, NYC 1980. Robert will play the piano, sing songs and tell stories covering his colorful and exciting career.
Thirty years ago, Robert Kraft was a mainstay of the New York nightclub scene, performing sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall, Town Hall and the Bottom Line, and recording 4 albums between 1979-1985. All 4 albums, plus a recorded live performance, will be re-released on October 23, 2013.
In the '80s, Kraft moved to Los Angeles to score films and produce soundtracks, earning Academy Award, Grammy, and Golden Globe nominations for his songwriting and producing. In the '90s, he put his career as an artist and songwriter on hold, becoming the President of Fox Music in Los Angeles for the next two decades, where he was responsible for the music from over 300 films, including THE LITTLE MERMAID, TITANIC, MOULIN ROUGE, BLACK SWAN, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, and GARDEN STATE.
Reviewing a 1980 show at New York's legendary Bottom Line, the New York Times's reviewer, Stephen Holden, described Mr. Kraft as "an endearingly quirky cult figure who comes very close to embodying an archetype of pop elegance."
This past October, Kelley Nicole took her multi-media stage presentation, SHATTERED GLASS, on the road to commemorate Domestic Violence Awareness month. She had two successful shows at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse and the University of Minnesota. SHATTERED GLASS features original music from Kelley Nicole, as well as poetic narrative, visual art, and more. Learn more about it at www.shatteredglassshow.com. And as if she weren't busy enough, she has taken on the exciting position of Executive Director for the LA Chapter of The Recording Academy (the org that puts on the GRAMMYs). That's right – she's smack dab in the middle of the music industry, a job that clearly had her name on it!
MI CORAZON was a finalist in the NBC-Universal Short Cuts Festival. The dramatic short film is the work of several Harvard College classmates who graduated in 2008: Marielle Woods (Director), Jason Lazarcheck (Writer), and Jesse Wiener (Composer). On October 23rd at the Directors Guild of America, members of the Harvardwood community came to support MI CORAZON at the 8th Annual NBC-Universal Short Cuts Festival. The film was one of 8 finalists selected from over 1400 submissions. Actress Marise Alvarez was nominated for a Best Actor award. Woods, Lazarcheck, and Erin Krozek (Producer) will receive announcements in The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. Past festivals: Montreal World Film Festival, LA ShortsFest, Big Bear Lake Int'l Film Festival, New Jersey Film Festival, Atlanta Shortsfest, San Jose Int'l Short Film Festival. More to come, including the 26th Foyle Film Festival (November 21-24 in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland).
Come see Kiran Deol '06 perform standup on one of Los Angeles's premiere new shows, "Put Your Hands Together," hosted by Cameron Esposito onTuesday, November 5th at 8pm at UCB in LA (5919 Franklin Avenue LA CA 90028). Tickets are $5; the lineups are terrific, and every week the show sells out. So if you're thumb twiddling, come through!
Karen-Eileen Gordon '86 had a blast improvising streams of curse words and dialogue in Mexican Spanglish, and brought several Mexican-American video game characters to life in the smash-hit Take-Two Interactive/Rockstar Games project, GRAND THEFT AUTO 5. The game shattered records when it broke the billion dollar mark in sales within its first three days after release this September. Additionally, Gordon stars in the indie comedy feature A FREE BIRD, soon to be shown on 800 college campuses throughout the U.S. via distributor Hogan Communications. Gordon is TAMMY, a southern hurricane-in-a-jar of a woman, attempting to navigate the modern worlds of love, work and "doing the right thing" with hilarious consequences. The MPAA red band trailer (R) is available here: http://vimeo.com/47372114
James P. Connolly '88 presents the 4th Annual Veteran’s Day Benefit Comedy Show, "Cocktails & Camouflage”, Sunday Nov 10th at 7PM. at Flappers Comedy Club, in Burbank CA. The event will raise funds for the non-profit group Veterans in Film & Television (VFT). Comedians include: local NBC Weatherman and Award winning Comedian Fritz Coleman, Harry "the Movie Guy” Basil (HBO), Karen Rontowski (Letterman) Dwayne Perkins (Conan), Lachlan Patterson (Tosh.0), Drew Lynch (opener for Bo Burnham) & hosted by James P. Connolly (SiriusXM). Tickets are $20 each. Those who cannot attend but would like to support the cause can Send A Service Member or Veteran. To purchase tickets or Send A Veteran go to: www.jamespconnollypresents.com
New Members' Welcome
Harvardwood warmly welcomes all members that joined the organization over the past month, including:
+ Julianna Aucoin, On-Campus, College
+ Ahsante Bean, On-Campus, College
+ Caroline Breinin, On-Campus, College
+ Sara Calvert, On-Campus, College
+ Christian Carvajal, On-Campus, College
+ Hania Chima, On-Campus, College
+ Megan D'Arcy, On-Campus, College
+ Haley DeJulio, On-Campus, College
+ Petros Egziabher, Los Angeles, College
+ John Gee, On-Campus, College
+ Jacob Goldberg, On-Campus, College
+ Daniel Grafstein, New York, College
+ Dr. Christopher Honett, Los Angeles, GSA
+ William Horton, On-Campus, College
+ Megan Jones, On-Campus, College
+ Jessica Kaye, Los Angeles, College
+ Soyoung Kim, On-Campus, College
+ Gigi Kisela, On-Campus, College
+ Bryan Koo, Los Angeles, FOH
+ Siena Leslie, Los Angeles, College
+ Nicole Levin, On-Campus, College
+ Steve Lichtman, Los Angeles, College
+ Alma Macbride, On-Campus, College
+ Philip Mayopoulos, On-Campus, College
+ Charlotte McKechnie, On-Campus, College
+ Evangeline Morphos, New York, GSA
+ Abbigaile Noyes, On-Campus, College
+ Allie Pace, On-Campus, College
+ Meet Patel, San Francisco, College
+ Jared Silberman, New York, FOH
+ Gwen Thomas, Boston, College
+ Laura Thompson, Los Angeles, HDS
+ Kate Vos, Los Angeles, A.R.T.
+ Caroline Williams, Chicago, College
+ Joan Zhang, On-Campus, College
Don't forget, new members located in or around New York City! Director of Membership Experience Lano Williams will be in New York to host a New Members' Orientation with you all later this month on Monday, November 25th.
Member Profile: Nell Scovell '82 - writer, producer, director, and co-author of LEAN IN
by D. Dona Le
Nell Scovell (AB 82) is a true Renaissance woman: comedy writer, magazine writer, blogger, producer, director—and most recently, co-writer of Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In.
When asked how she feels about being known as a feminist comedy writer, Scovell grins. "Well, it’s only recently that I came out as a woman.”
Funnily—and appropriately—enough, Scovell was put in touch with Sandberg through Facebook, which she joined in 2006 at her sister’s request to check out her niece’s activities on the then-new(ish) social networking site.
"I loved Facebook immediately as a way to connect to people, and one of the people I reconnected with was Elliot Schrage, who was a year ahead of me in Elliot House.”
Schrage is Vice President of Communications and Public Policy at Facebook, and he asked Scovell whether she had seen Sandberg’s well-known TED talk.
"Seen it? I’d memorized it! I thought it was incredible, and it was the backbone for Lean In,” says Scovell. Schrage asked her whether she’d be interested in working with Sandberg as her speechwriter.
"I’d always written for TV, but when you’re writing speeches for Murphy Brown, it’s not that different from speeches for Sheryl Sandberg. It’s about capturing someone’s voice, attitude, and point of view—only it’s a real person.”
Co-writing Lean In naturally followed the speechwriting and was a true collaboration between the two who exchanged more than 2000 emails in nine months. The result was a best-selling book that urges women to lean in to their careers and men to lean in to their families.
The message of Lean In resonates strongly with Scovell because of her creative experiences in film and television, especially late-night television.
"I had a similar awakening as Sheryl; we grew up thinking the problem [of sexism] had been solved, that we could do anything that we wanted. Along the way, I discovered that wasn’t completely true and gender still played a part in the workplace. I assumed things would get better, and then one day someone pointed out there were exactly zero female writers working on the three biggest late-night television shows. That was really disheartening.”
Scovell knows what she’s talking about: in 1990, she became the second female writer hired by the Late Show with David Letterman. She relocated from Los Angeles, where she’d already received a significant amount of writing work, and returned to New York. After half a year, Scovell quit the show for reasons she details in a widely read Vanity Fair article about her experience with Letterman.
Back in Los Angeles, Scovell returned to writing and producing for Coachand Murphy Brown, continuing the momentum she’d gained in Hollywood since her first foray into TV writing.
Originally, Scovell did not intend to be a television writer—or even a writer. She entered Harvard as a pre-med student with the aim of becoming a surgeon.
"Now, when I speak at high schools, I always tell the kids, ‘Don’t follow your dreams; follow your talents … because my dreams were way off.”
During her first semester at Harvard, Scovell decided to try sports writing on The Crimson. "Sportswriting offered a way to be part of journalism but also encouraged writers to be creative and funny. On the sports page, you’re expected to not just report the news, but be poetic, and emotional, and all that fun stuff.”
Raised in Newton, Massachusetts with a father who was a "sports nut,” Scovell was more than familiar with the Bruins, the Celtics, and the Red Sox. Sports writing came naturally to her, and by sophomore year at Harvard, she was The Crimson’s associate sports editor. By senior year, she was covering high school sports for The Boston Globe. She wrote about that experience for Grantland.
After college, she pursued her interest in journalism and moved to New York City, where she was the first staff writer hired at Spy magazine. After one year there, Tina Brown hired her to write for Vanity Fair, but that initial Spy connection proved fateful. A chance encounter with her old Spyeditor got Scovell thinking about writing for television.
"My old Spy editor said to me, ‘You know, Nell, I don’t mean this as an insult…but I think you could write for television.’”
Scovell quickly clarifies, "Today, college students can major in television writing at NYU, but back in the mid-80s, it was just starting to be something that an East Coast person would even consider.”
So Scovell wrote a spec for It’s Garry Shandling’s Show and sent it to a couple of story editors who were friends of a friend. Her contacts passed along her spec to their bosses, who bought it. Her first staff job was as story editor on the last season of Newhart. In fact, one of Scovell’s jokes is featured in the final episode of that series—an episode considered to be among the best series finales in TV history.
In 1996, Scovell was approached by ABC about creating Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.Itpremiered with an astonishing 18 million viewers and went on to surpass the network’s expectations in popularity.
In addition to creating Sabrina, Scovell has been staffed on numerous excellent television series, and her writing credits include The Simpsons,Charmed, Monk, and NCIS. She also co-wrote "Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves,” the third movie in the Disney franchise.
Perhaps her knowledge and familiarity with sports prepared her for a career in TV writing, which she describes as "a team sport.”
"You sit in a room where people are playing off each other. Someone says something and someone else makes it even funnier and someone makes that line even funnier and then comes up with the next line—it’s collaborative. I like feeding off that energy. Every show is different, every room is different, and what keeps it interesting is always feeling like you’re learning.”
Given her extensive experience as a writer and executive producer, Scovell had little trouble learning how to be a director for two films,Hayley Wagner, Star (Showtime, 1999) and It Was One of Us (Lifetime, 2007).
"If you’re an executive producer on a TV show, you’re spending a lot of time on set, you’re spending a lot of time with the director, and you’re actually looking at the video screens. The hardest part of switching to director when you’re a writer,” concedes Scovell, "is that as a writer, you hear lines in your head, but then actors are hired who may or may not deliver them that way.”
Perhaps Scovell’s ability to slip on the director’s hat so easily stems from her understanding of the fundamental difference between television and film.
"Movies are to books what television shows are to magazines. I love that experience when you don’t stop for advertisements in the middle of your creativity. You have that chance to get inside someone’s head, create a world, and lead them through it. TV doesn’t do that: TV’s social, TV’s something to talk about.”
Although Scovell welcomes future opportunities to direct again, her ultimate love is comedy writing—especially character comedy—for many reasons.
"There’s no better job on the planet: you’re sitting in a room with people who are getting paid to make each other laugh,” says Scovell. "I was the middle of five kids and we used to tease each other mercilessly, and that was the best training for being in a comedy writers’ room I could ever ask for. I definitely had a tough skin and that helped.”
According to Scovell, a tough skin and persistence are necessary to be successful in Hollywood. Even today, her own success surprises her. In answer to whether her robust writing career has been unexpected, Scovell responds with an immediate yes.
"I always kept writing for magazines because that was my backup plan. Hollywood seemed ephemeral. Everything in my career has been unplanned…and it still isn’t planned. That can make it scary. I’ve been out of work and convinced I was done, but you keep churning out spec scripts, you keep checking in with your agent … eventually, it will be over, but so far, something’s always popped up.”
That tenuous stability and the constant challenges presented by comedy writing are also breeding grounds for great ideas.
"Comedy is subjective. You don’t know how an audience will react to a joke, and that’s part of what’s so exciting. The inspiration I get is just from the craziness and hypocrisy of life—the good times slamming into the bad times, the emotional whiplash that we all feel.”
For now, however, Scovell is still churning out spec scripts, opportunities are still popping up, and the good times are still rolling.
D. Dona Le is a freelance writer and small business owner residing in Los Angeles.
***LA - Harvardwood Co-hosts "Up the Ante" Networking Mixer with Georgetown and UVA, Thurs., Nov. 14***
Harvardwood is joining forces with alumni from Georgetown & UVA for a unique networking mixer at The Phoenix in LA! Come ready to raise the stakes and go 'all in' networking with Georgetown and UVA. Upon check-in, you'll be dealt a card, and if you play your card right, you might just walk away from the event having met some amazing new people! With happy hour specials until 9pm, enjoy a fun evening with fellow Harvardwood members and new friends... To view full posting, please visit: http://www.harvardwood.org/events/event_details.asp?id=367107&group=
NY - Harvardwood Presents The Independent Eye: GIFTS, Sun., Nov. 3
The Independent Eye (Conrad Bishop and Elizabeth Fuller) has, for four decades now, been one of the most important avant-garde theater companies in America. Based in California, and before that in Pennsylvania, their work is rarely seen in New York. Their new show, Gifts, uses actors, puppets, and assorted objects to tell three linked tales of love, loss, and change. Gifts is specifically created for intimate performances in living rooms, so only a very few people will have the opportunity to experience this hauntingly magical work... To view full posting, please visit: http://www.harvardwood.org/events/event_details.asp?id=357938&group=
NY - Harvardwood Presents: Victoria Wilson on BARBARA STANWYCK, Thurs., Nov. 7
Simon & Schuster is about to publish one of the most eagerly anticipated books of the year, the first volume of Victoria Wilson's new biography of BARBARA STANWYCK. Victoria Wilson is Vice President & Senior Editor at Alfred A. Knopf and was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the US Commission on Civil Rights. She will be interviewed by Ethan Silverman, a writer, director, and filmmaker whose work has been produced in the United States and internationally. A book signing will follow the event… To view full posting, please visit: http://www.harvardwood.org/events/event_details.asp?id=360178&group=
NY - Harvardwood Salon Series with Eddie Dalva, EVP at Viacom Media Networks, Fri., Nov. 8
Participate in this intimate Q&A lunch with Eddie Dalva, Executive Vice President, Content & Program Enterprises, Entertainment and Media Groups at Viacom Media Networks! Dalva has a wide array of business and creative responsibilities, including the worldwide distribution and financing of content. He has opened himself up to Harvardwood members to talk about working in the entertainment business, his experiences at Viacom, and to answer any questions about his career path… To view full posting, please visit: http://www.harvardwood.org/events/event_details.asp?id=361950&group=
NY - Harvardwood Presents David Herlihy: BICYCLING AROUND THE WORLD IN 1890, Wed., Nov. 13
In 1890, shortly after graduating from Washington University in St Louis, two young Americans, Thomas Allen and William Sachtleben set off to circle the globe on new-fangled "safeties", the prototype of the present-day bicycle. They were also equipped with another remarkable novelty: the compact Kodak film camera. Historian David Herlihy '80 will present a selection of their newly available images, recently scanned by UCLA, which holds the fragile nitrate negatives. A book signing will follow the talk… To view full posting, please visit: http://www.harvardwood.org/events/event_details.asp?id=361964&group=
Georgia - Harvardwood & the Harvard Club of Savannah & Coastal Georgia Present: Annual Meeting feat. Adam Davies, Sun., Nov. 3
Adam Davies is the author of three novels, THE FROG KING, which is being adapted to film by Bret Easton Ellis, GOODBYE LEMON, a family drama, and MINE ALL MINE, a screwball thriller about art theft that was called "laugh-out-loud funny" by People and Entertainment Weekly. He has appeared on NPR, the A&E Channel's program Breakfast with the Arts and "Reading Glasses," a literary reading series sponsored by The New Yorker and Bacardi. His books are translated and in print around the world… To view full posting, please visit: http://www.harvardwood.org/events/event_details.asp?id=368880&group=
Cambridge - Harvardwood Heads To ... the 8th Annual Ivy Sports Symposium, Fri., Nov. 22
The Ivy Sports Symposium is an annual student-run conference that is considered one of the global sports industry's premier events. The Symposium enables the industry's leaders and most successful executives to share invaluable knowledge with their peers and potential successors. The event rotates being held among Ivy League institutions and will take place at Harvard Law School's Wasserstein Hall this year. The Ivy Sports Symposium Fellowship Program also provides motivated college students with the unique opportunity to actively contribute to the continued success of the Symposium organization… To view full posting, please visit: http://www.harvardwood.org/events/event_details.asp?id=367108&group=
DC - Harvardwood Heads To ... BLOCKBUSTERS Talk & Book Signing by HBS Professor Anita Elberse, Thurs., Nov. 7
What’s behind the phenomenal success of entertainment businesses such as Warner Bros., Marvel Entertainment, and the NFL—along with such stars as Jay-Z, Lady Gaga, and LeBron James? Which strategies give leaders in film, television, music, publishing, and sports an edge over their rivals? Anita Elberse, Harvard Business School's expert on the entertainment industry, has done pioneering research on the worlds of media and sports for more than a decade. Now, in her groundbreaking book BLOCKBUSTERS, she explains a powerful truth about the fiercely competitive world of entertainment… To view full posting, please visit: http://www.harvardwood.org/events/event_details.asp?id=368607&group=
Chicago - Harvardwood Heads To ... BLOCKBUSTERS: Hit-making, Risk-taking, and the Big Business of Entertainment, Thurs., Nov. 14
What is the effect of digital technology on the entertainment industries and their business models? Professor Anita Elberse will discuss her new book BLOCKBUSTERS (launched in October 2013), in which she shows that although digital technologies are undeniably transforming the entertainment landscape, building a business around blockbuster bets remains the surest path to long-term success. Wine, cheese, and refreshments will be provided… To view full posting, please visit: http://www.harvardwood.org/events/event_details.asp?id=361938&group=
SF - C.L.A. invites Harvardwood to Social Media for the Creative Arts Community, Wed., Nov. 20
Social media is the hottest discovery since email. It's fun, fast paced, interesting, and allows you to connect with friends, family, colleagues, and clients in an instant. And for writers, artists, photographers, and other creative entrepreneurs, it levels the playing field, allowing you to display your work and develop a network and marketing plan at a fraction of the cost. So how do you get started? What should you do first? In this workshop with Francine Ward, Esq., you'll learn (1) how to get started on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn; (2) how to put together a profile that will capture attention; and (3) three legal landmines to be aware of when using social media… To view full posting, please visit: http://www.harvardwood.org/events/event_details.asp?id=361923&group=
LA - Special Harvardwood invite to: A Night with Harvardwood Advisory Board Member Robert Kraft, Tues., Nov. 5
Award-winning composer and Musician Robert Kraft will perform at Largo at the Coronet on Tuesday, November 5th, in celebration of the release of the Robert Kraft Boxed Set, plus the never-before-released Robert Kraft Live at Town Hall, NYC 1980. Robert Kraft was a mainstay of the New York nightclub scene, performing sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall, Town Hall, and the Bottom Line, and recording four albums between 1979-1985. This Nov. 5th event has been sold out, and Harvardwood members are eager to celebrate our Advisory Board Member's re-release of four albums, plus a recorded live performance, last month in October… To view full posting, please visit: http://www.harvardwood.org/events/event_details.asp?id=352834&group=
LA - Harvardwood Heads To ... Put Your Hands Together, Tues., Nov. 5
Put Your Hands Together is UCB LA's only weekly standup show. Produced by aspecialthing records and created/hosted by Cameron Esposito (LA Weekly Comedy Act to Watch in 2013), PYHT puts on 75 minutes of the best and brightest comics every Tuesday night at 8pm. This event will feature Harvardwood member Kiran Deol, and past guests of PYHT include Aziz Ansari, Maria Bamford, Bobcat Goldthwait, Kyle Kinane, Andy Kindler, Paul F. Tompkins, Jimmy Pardo, Anthony Jeselnik, and more!… To view full posting, please visit: http://www.harvardwood.org/events/event_details.asp?id=369392&group=
LA - Harvardwood Heads To ... NUEA's Surviving LA Panel, Wed., Nov. 6
Do not miss the NUEA's annual Surviving LA Panel on Wednesday, November 6th! The NUEA has assembled an AMAZING group of NU alums to talk to you about their experience in the entertainment industry and give advice on starting and maintaining a career in entertainment. THe panelists have been involved in some of your favorite shows and movies, such as PITCH PERFECT, MODERN FAMILY, SEX AND THE CITY, and DEXTER… To view full posting, please visit: http://www.harvardwood.org/events/event_details.asp?id=368832&group=
LA - Harvardwood Heads To ... Ivy Comedy Night at the Laugh Factory, Wed., Nov. 6
You are cordially invited to attend Ivy Comedy Night at the Laugh Factory. This year we have comics from Princeton, Harvard, Columbia, Brown, and Penn performing on this exciting night. The Brown University Entertainment Group and the Laugh Factory present a (Mostly) Ivy Comedy Night onNovember 6th. The hilarious lineup mingled with the best and the brightest before throwing it all away to come to Hollywood! With a few special guests sprinkled into the mix they serve as a constant reminder that making people laugh is the only pedigree that counts… To view full posting, please visit: http://www.harvardwood.org/events/event_details.asp?id=369381&group=
LA - C.L.A. invites Harvardwood to Rock Your Contracts: Hands-on with Musician & Band Agreements, Wed., Nov. 20
Are you at a career point where you're signing contracts or wondering about your agreements with band members, management, and producers? With so many tools for distribution and marketing, today's musicians have a better chance of "making it" than ever before, but when things are going well, contracts (or the lack thereof) can easily be a concern. This workshop with Jesse Morris, Esq. will provide a hands-on discussion about the simple contracts needed to build and maintain a successful music career… To view full posting, please visit: http://www.harvardwood.org/events/event_details.asp?id=361606&group=
Plug (in) your company to Harvardwood for corporate sponsorships, information, and other benefits!
In addition to serving our membership base, Harvardwood offers many unique benefits to small and large companies. For instance, Corporate Members have unlimited access to the Harvardwood Career Center, so they can recruit recent graduates or top executives from Harvard. Companies that support Harvardwood's nonprofit and community outreach programs receive more than recognition. They also gain invaluable marketing exposure to Harvardwood's brand-conscious and taste-maker community. You and your company can learn more about Corporate Membership here, but also keep in mind that relevant companies can become sponsors of Harvardwood 101 (via the intern placement program and/or the annual end-of-program job fair), opt for Harvardwood to host a dedicated company informational, or donate products and services to the Harvardwood Holiday Party's Silent Auction, to name but a few examples.
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