Seeking Band/Artist submissions for Harvard ROCKS!

Ready once again, to show the world how we ROCK.

The musical showcase with both brains and brawn -- Harvard ROCKS -- is BACK! Started in New York in 2009, Harvard ROCKS brings out the best of the best in Harvard’s undiscovered musical talent.

The performing acts will be chosen by a group of top tier industry judges including Robert Kraft (President of Fox Music), Tom Morello (guitarist for RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE and AUDIOSLAVE), Anne Preven (academy-award winning songwriter), Ben Weeden (COO of North American Music for Live Nation), DA Wallach of CHESTER FRENCH, and more (all names and bios listed below)! The performing acts will then compete for the ultimate music industry prize package.

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Advertise your product or service in the Harvard in Hollywood program**!

**Program advertisers will also be included in our eBlasts as well as on the event's web page, reaching more than 4,500 Harvard alums.

Reach high-level decision makers in the LA entertainment industry. Expected attendance is 150+ and program advertisers will also have their ad placed in our eBLAST to all Harvardwood members about the event, as well as on the website (promotional outreach includes 4,500+ Harvard students and alumni). Receive a 10% discount if you purchase on or before Friday, Oct. 7th! Email [email protected] for discount code.

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Join Harvardwood's Film Financing Fund committee

Harvardwood is in the early stages of creating a funding initiative that will offer financial assistance to feature film projects in various stages of development and production. The fund will be exclusively for the use of Full Members of Harvardwood and the finance will initially be raised from within the larger Harvard alumni community. It is more likely to be a form of soft rather than equity financing.

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Announcing the 2011 Harvardwood Writers Competition Winners!

After working through 140 scripts and 3 rounds of judging, the RESULTS of the Harvardwood Writers' Competition are finally in!

First, a big congratulations to all FINALISTS – choosing between the best scripts was difficult in every category. Once again, the quality of your writing speaks for itself.

Also, a huge thank-you to everybody who helped out as JUDGES in this competition. You’ll remain anonymous as promised, but we’re grateful that you leant us your time and expertise.

Without further ado...

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Harvardwood seeks contacts to relevant sponsor agencies

Harvardwood is currently seeking connections to agencies that help match organizations with relevant sponsors. If you have any leads or contacts to folks at companies like this, please email [email protected]


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 [email protected] if you will be attending.


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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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.


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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