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Harvard undergrads, apply to Harvardwood 101 now through 10/15

Harvard undergraduates, looking to learn more about careers in entertainment? Apply to the 2020 Harvardwood 101 program!

The Harvardwood 101 career exploration program brings two dozen current undergraduates to Los Angeles during the January term and provides a series of career-related activities in order to demystify Hollywood and educate them about careers in the entertainment industry.  The program began in 2003 and is cosponsored by Harvard University's Office for the Arts and the Office of Career Services. 

Harvardwood 101 begins with a mandatory "bootcamp" week of company visits, speaker panels, and networking mixers with Harvard alums who work in entertainment. Students also attend film and TV panels, in addition to getting a "behind the scenes" look at studios, working film sets, talent agencies, production companies, and music labels (see below for a list of companies that have participated in the past). 

An optional J-termship is available for students to apply their knowledge in a hands-on, short-term internship experience for the balance of the term. Students can opt to stay only for the mandatory bootcamp week.

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The Jeff Sagansky Harvardwood TV Writers Program | Now accepting applications

Apply now to the Fall 2019 semester of the Jeff Sagansky Harvardwood TV Writers Program in Los Angeles! The deadline to submit your application is September 15, 2019.

The Jeff Sagansky Harvardwood TV Writers Program uses peer review, guest speakers and workshops to foster a motivating and supportive environment for each participant’s writing. There is a high expectation of preparation and writing done outside of the meetings (approx. 15-20 hours per week). Each module will have approximately eight participants, and will meet for approximately eleven sessions over a fourteen-week period beginning in late September 2019 or early October 2019. The program has a strict attendance policy, so please make sure that you can fully commit before applying. Participants are required to give constructive feedback to fellow writers in each session, so there is an expectation that you will have read applicable work prior to the meeting. The modules are successful because of this peer review, and you should expect a "writers room" format for your group.

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Winners of the Harvardwood Writers Competition & Most Staffable TV Writers

Harvardwood has announced its Writers Competition winners and Most Staffable TV Writers List. This year, every category is led by a writer from an under-represented group. Although the winners are chosen via a blind judging process, Harvardwood's writers programs and competition have always had a far more diverse population than any WGA statistics on TV writers’ rooms or feature projects.  “Harvardwood has strived to support new voices in the industry, and we are proud to see those efforts reflected in our competition winners,” says President Allison Kiessling.

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Volunteers needed for Harvardwood networking events

We're looking for volunteers to help out at the registration table alongside Harvard Club of SoCal volunteers for Global Networking Night on Wednesday, August 28th! The event runs from 6-10pm, and as always, we're expecting a HUGE crowd at the LA GNN. All hands on deck, please!

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Heading to TIFF 2019? Connect with Harvardwood

The Toronto International Film Festival runs from Sept. 5-15, 2019. If your film is premiering or screening, or if you plan to attend, get in touch! Harvardwood has a great new Toronto Chapter Head, and we'd love to be able to connect all the Harvardwood folks in town.

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Help Harvardwood celebrate our 20th birthday this September

We are celebrating Harvardwood's 20 years this September at a festive gathering in Los Angeles, and we need you! If there's anything you can contribute to make this a memorable event, please get in touchAt this stage, we're particularly looking for anyone who might have a hookup to a local printer for programs and banners.

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Get Dodgers tickets—AND support Harvardwood!

THE TICKETS HAVE BEEN SOLD. Thank you!

Thanks to a generous Board member, Harvardwood is selling FOUR tickets and two parking passes to the July 19th Dodgers v. Marlins baseball game on July 19th, which is also Friday Fireworks Night!

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Enter your script in our annual Writers Competition

Writers, it's that time of year again! The annual Harvardwood Writers Competition is now open for submissions through July 31, 2019.

We're accepting feature screenplays, original TV pilots, and shorts (<30pp), and all writers are eligible to submit their scripts, as long as they are Full Members of Harvardwood. The Harvardwood Writers Competition (HWC) was founded in 2006 with the aim of recognizing superior work by Harvard writers and giving these talented individuals the opportunity to gain industry exposure. View the list of past HWC winners.

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ENDS JUNE 28th: Bid to win a one-on-one lunch with an entertainment VIP!

START BIDDING: Harvardwood's Summer 2019 VIP Lunch auction is LIVE now through Friday, June 28th!

We're auctioning off one-on-one lunches with amazing Harvard entertainment VIPs: Albert Cheng MBA '97 (COO & Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios), Jon Goldman AB '87 (Managing Partner, Skybound), Jenette Kahn AB '68 (Co-Founder, Double Nickel Entertainment), and Keri Putnam AB '87 (CEO, Sundance Institute).

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Please read the auction rules and guidelines before placing any bid on a VIP lunch. Bidding ends at 11am on Friday, June 28th, but Harvardwood members get a special perk: one extra hour of bidding from 11am-12pm! If you aren’t a current Harvardwood member, this is a great time to join or renew your membership.

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Announcing the 2019 Heroes grant recipients!

After reviewing numerous outstanding community service proposals, we are delighted to present to you the following 2019 Harvardwood Heroes. Each grant recipient will receive $500 to use at his/her discretion.

This year's Heroes are:

  • Athena Bowe AB '15 | Chinese in Entertainment

  • Karen Harris JD '94 | JPYC Foundation

  • Megan McDonnell AB '14 | Future2Film

  • Rodney Sanders EDM '13 | Perfecting Gifts

Read more about the 2019 Heroes' community service projects.

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Give to the HSIP Transportation Fund!

You can make a world of difference to a Harvardwood student this summer! 

The Harvardwood Travel Fund enables Harvard students participating in the Harvardwood Summer Internship Program (HSIP) 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 events hosted by Harvardwood or one of our industry partners. 

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Call for Cannes Film Festival attendees

The Cannes Film Festival runs from May 14th to May 25th this year. If you plan to attend or your film is screening at Cannes, get in touch via email to tell us all about it. As we've done for other major film festivals, we'll connect all the Harvardwood members and friends who respond to each other, so you can meet up and make new friends.

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