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Are you attending the IIFA in Toronto?

The Toronto Chapter is wondering if anyone involved in film or otherwise from the Harvardwood community is coming to the IIFA weekend in Toronto (http://www.iifa.com/web07/cntnt/iifa.htm), and would be willing to be part of an event.

Perhaps an informal gathering? A film screening? A mini-workshop?

If you are in town that weekend we would love to hear from you and welcome you to T-DOT !!

Email toronto@harvardwood.org if you will be attending.

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Submit for the 2011 Harvardwood Writers' Competition

Started in 2006, the Harvardwood Screenplay Competition was created to give emerging Harvard writers the opportunity to gain industry exposure and to recognize superior work.

Based on the success of last year’s competition, the contest this year, retitled as the Harvardwood Writers' Competition, will once again include three categories –

1) Feature screenplays (90-120 pp., all genres)
2) Television pilots (30-min and 60-min, all genres)
3) One-act plays (40-min maximum, no minimum)

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HARVARDWOOD CONGRATULATES ITS “MOST STAFFABLE TV WRITERS” FOR SPRING 2011

Carlton Cuse, Neal Baer, Sam Baum, Mark Goffman, and Nell Scovell are among the A-listers pitching in to mentor new voices from the Harvardwood TV program this spring.

Los Angeles, CA (May 5, 2011) - Eight writers have been selected for the 1st Annual list of Harvardwoodʼs Most Staffable TV Writers. A panel of 17 industry professionals selected these writers based on their original TV pilots completed during the Harvardwood Writers Program this past fall. (article in Variety)

This yearʼs winners are (listed alphabetically by author):

• Jonathan Bird*, "Academy of Crime” (one-hour)
• Katherine Boutry, "The Virgins” (one-hour)
• Emmylou Diaz*, "Ravenous” (half-hour)
• Teresa Hsiao*, "Headquarters” (one-hour)
• Allison Kiessling, "Probably Not Dead” (half-hour)
• James C. Oliver, "Legacy” (one-hour)
• Loni Sosthand*, "Homeland” (half-hour)
• Eric Trueheart, "Safe House” (one-hour)

* indicates a writer eligible for network diversity programs

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Seeking advisors for the Harvardwood Career Advisors Program

We're pleased to launch the Harvardwood Career Advisors Program (HCA), intended to provide informational interviews for Harvardwood Full Members looking to learn more about different fields in the entertainment industry.

Harvardwood considers informational interviews to be one individual conversation between the advisor and the member looking for career advice. The advisor is only expected to share their experience and provide knowledge that may be helpful to the member.

Important to note, advisors can indicate on the application the ideal time to be contacted, and will be able to limit the number of requests.

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Harvardwood partners with The Spark Program!

Harvardwood is pleased to announce an ongoing partnership with The Spark Program through our Harvardwood Helps community service initiative!

The Spark Program is the only youth empowerment program in the country that addresses the dropout crisis by re-engaging at-risk students through hands-on, individualized apprenticeships. These workplace-based apprenticeships—in professions each student has identified as a "dream job”—are complemented by a leadership curriculum, integrated in the classroom as an elective. Over the course of a semester students meet with his or her Apprentice Teacher once a week for two hours and work on a project for the culminating Discovery Night ceremony that is held at the end of the semester. The Spark experience creates a powerful sense of relevance for students, while providing the skills and confidence necessary to find success in school and in life.

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Seeking Actors for the Harvardwood Talent Group - LA

Harvardwood Talent Group (HTG) is a program that provides professional resources, information, and opportunities for Harvard actors. In addition, HTG submits Harvardwood actors for feature films, TV, and Theater. The goal is to help participating actors establish a strong work history and eventually secure talent agency representation.

Full Members of Harvardwood may learn more about submitting for HTG at the program link above.

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$5 credit to Goldstar for all Harvardwood members!

We are excited to announce our new partnership with Goldstar! Join Goldstar (for FREE!) at this link: http://www.goldstar.com/support/hwood, and they will not only give you a $5 service fee credit to get you started, they will also donate $3 in support of Harvardwood!

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Announcing the Harvard ROCKS 2011 winner!

After months of collecting submissions, initial review by our fabulous ROCKS judges, and uncontainable anticipation for the show, we are happy to announce the Harvard ROCKS 2011 winner….RACHEL BROWN! Rachel will walk away with the ultimate music industry prize package – worldwide distribution from Fulsircle Entertainment; a vocal recording session with hit songwriters, Anne Preven and David "DQ” Quiones; performance opportunities at the House of Blues and the Red Light Lounge; soundtrack consideration at Fox Music; and a brand new track from producers C-Aye Purcell and Skye Lewin. A big THANK YOU to all of the judges and prize providers that made this night a success! In her own words…

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Harvardwood Student Screenwriters Workshop - Cambridge

Interested in screenwriting, getting connected to Harvard people in the movie industry, and meeting other student writers?

Join Harvardwood's NEW student writing workshop! We will meet twice a month on Thursday evenings, where we will share writing, read, screen and talk with professionals about the field. Please email Laura Hogikyan at lhogikyan@college.harvard.edu if interested.

Our first meetings are:
Thursday, February, 3 and 10 at 7:30pm. The workshop is open to all Harvard students who are Full Harvardwood members!

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Interested to read or perform your work?

Harvardwood would like to host a special reading/performance event for members that would like to share their works in progress with a wider group. If you are a writer, poet, or actor and would like to share your work at this event please contact harvardwood@harvardwood.org with the subject line "READING EVENT" for more info. If you have a connection to a venue where we could host this event, please also contact director@harvardwood.org with the subject line "VENUE FOR READING EVENT." The event is tentatively scheduled for the evening of Thursday, Feb. 24th or Tuesday, March 1st.

Please note, this opportunity is for Full Members only.

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Donating a Piano?

The NYC Chapter of Harvardwood would LOVE to acquire a professional quality small grand piano in good condition (a Steinway M or S would be our dream) in order to upgrade our music programming. Harvardwood is a 501(c)(3) organization. We'll be delighted to hear from any possible donors at nyc@harvardwood.org.

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$10,000 Table Read Contest at Amazon Studios - Jan. 31st deadline

$10,000 Table Read Contest at Amazon Studios, deadline is January 31.

Amazon Studios is delighted to announce a bonus contest for January: $10,000 for the best table read based on one of the 50 scripts chosen as semifinalists in our December contest. Entries must be submitted on or before Jan. 31. Gil Cates, acclaimed film and theater director and longtime Oscars producer, will serve as guest judge. The winner of the table read bonus contest will be announced in February.

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