WGAW 2017 Board of Directors Candidates

by TVWriter™ Press Service

The Writers Guild of America, West’s Nominating Committees have announced the initial list of candidates for the 2017 WGAW Officers and Board of Directors election.

The Officer candidates are:

  • President* – David A. Goodman
  • Vice President* – Marjorie David
  • Secretary-Treasurer – Aaron Mendelsohn (inc.), Carleton Eastlake.

*The second nominees designated by the committee for the offices of President and Vice President declined the nominations.

13 candidates have been nominated to run for eight open seats on the WGAW’s Board of Directors. They are:

  • Andrea Berloff (inc.)
  • Francesca Butler
  • Nicole Yorkin
  • Angelina Burnett
  • Luvh Rakhe (inc.)
  • John August
  • Adam Horowitz
  • Michele Mulroney
  • Spiro Skentzos
  • Meredith Stiehm (inc.)
  • Zak Penn (inc.)
  • Patti Carr
  • Ligiah Villalobos

(*Note: WGAW internal rules require candidates to be announced in an order determined by lot; [inc.] denotes an incumbent candidate.)

In addition to the candidates selected by the Guild’s Nominating Committees, eligible members may also be nominated by petition. Members seeking nomination for the office of President, Vice President, or Secretary-Treasurer must obtain 25 member signatures in support of their petitions. Members seeking nomination for the Board of Directors must obtain 15 member signatures in support of their petitions. The deadline for submitting signed petitions is Friday, July 21, 12:00 p.m. (PDT). Members may submit online nomination petitions by visiting the members-only section of the Guild’s website: www.wga.org.

The WGAW is set to host its annual “Candidates Night” forum – where Guild members may meet and pose questions to the candidates – on Thursday, August 31, at WGAW headquarters in L.A.

Guild members will receive candidate, non-candidate, and rebuttal statements, if any, with their ballots prior to the election. Candidates may distribute additional campaign materials at their own expense. The voting period concludes at 12:00 p.m. (PDT) on Monday, September 18. Members may vote online or by mail. In accordance with labor law, proxy voting is not permitted.

NOTE FROM MUNCHMAN: Vote early and vote often. It’s the American way! Study up on the candidates and the issues. Vote smart!

TVWriter™ Don’t-Miss Posts of the Week – June 26, 2017

Time for TVWriter™’s  Monday look at our 5 most popular blog posts of the week ending yesterday. They are, in order:

Netflix Canceled Sense8, So I Tried to Watch It

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

Larry Brody on “When Do We Decide We Did Our Best & Give Up On Writing?

Diana Vacc sees ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’

Rejection: A Wilderness Guide for Writers

And our 5 most visited permanent resource pages are, also in order:

Writing the Dreaded Outline

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017

The Logline

The Outline/Story

Larry Brody’s Master Class

Major thanks to everyone for making this another great week at TVWriter™. Don’t forget to click above and read what you missed and re-read what you loved!

Web Series: ‘Geoffrey the Dumbass’

Geoffrey the Dumbass made this TVWriter™ minion laugh. Maybe even more importantly, not only is this web series by HeadGum Productions funny, its episodes are short. Bite-sized, you could say, which makes them perfect for watching while you’re taking a short break from writing the masterpiece that’s going to set your career on fire. (In a good way, I mean. Not, you know, burn it up.)

Thanks, HeadGum, for coming up with the perfect slacker candy!

Stareable, our fave website devoted to web series, gives Geoffrey the Dumbass 3 stars out of 5. I’d give it 4. What do you think?

Geoffrey the Dumbass on Stareable is HERE

HeadGum’s oeuvre is HERE

TVWRITER™ NEWSLETTER – Summer 2017

TVWRITER™ NEWSLETTER – Summer 2017

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A WORD FROM LB

As this is being written, it’s the first day of summer. All around the country, heat-related events are the order of the day.

Except here at TVWriter™ Central, at the northern tip of Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula. Where we are, the temp today is 55 degrees fahrenheit, and the time of year is known as “Juneuary” because this month inevitably is cooler than May and we won’t be getting much warmer till July.

The good news for Larry and Gwen is that at least it’s not raining. The better news for TVWriter™ is that we’re in the middle of a server upgrade that should make good ole http://tvwriter.net and its trusty referrer site http://tvwriter.com load twice as quickly as in the past and, probably more importantly, be more efficient and stable.

Oh, and we’ve added what’s called an “SSL Certificate” that means we’re all safe and secure from – well, I’m not sure what we’re protected against, but the people whose pockets now are semi-filled with our folding money say TVWriter™ visitors can breathe even easier than before about clicking and scrolling here at the World’s Foremost TV Writing Website.

On the actual Learning-All-You-Can-About-TV-Writing-Front, we’ve also made some changes to make hanging here more worthwhile. Here’s what’s going on:


PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017

The 26th edition of our PEOPLE’S PILOT Competition opened for entries June 1st and will be open until the very last minute of November 1, 2017.

This year we’ve continued our tradition of updating the PP to match recent changes in the entertainment scene and make the contest not just a “television writing” thing, but one for shows intended for any and all electronic entertainment media.

Whether the series you are creating is intended for broadcast TV, cable and satellite, TV, home entertainment/video game consoles, Big Media interweb outlets like Netflix, Amazon, and Hulu, or indie web channels and venues like YouTube, Vimeo, Funny or Die, or the show’s own website, it’s eligible for the new PEOPLE’S PILOT.

Similarly, we’re open for entries regardless of what length you envision the episodes being or how many episodes you foresee it having.

Genres also are entirely open. Whether you’ve written a drama, comedy, action, dramedy, anthology script for adults, for young adults, for children, or, what the hell, for opossums, the PEOPLE’S PILOT wants to see it. Is your pilot intended for live action? Great. And just as great if you see what you’ve written as being animated, or starring puppets, or little balls of clay, whateves. Are you hoping for your series to last forever? Envisioning it as a mini or limited series? It’s all good to us. We welcome everything you can think of.

Category-wise, we now have two primary categories:

1) Scripted Comedy Series of any length
2) Scripted Action/Drama Series of any length

Plus, and this is new:

Special Bonus Category
3) Special International Production Award to be given to the entry or entries that the judges find especially suitable for the global TV market and production by our new Chinese co-sponsor Global Saga Media Entertainment. AKA a paid option that any suitable entry, regardless of its placing in the two primary categories, can win.

Prize money has improved as well. As in previous running,  TVWriter™ and our longtime Hong Kong based co-sponsor Manner Movie Ltd. are offering over $20,000 in prizes and entry bonuses, with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in the primary categories taking home $700 US, $200 US, and $100 US respectively, plus free feedback on all entries, a free Storytelling Patterns e-book, and all the usual goodies from TVWriter™, yours truly LB, Script Pipeline, ScreenwriterShowcase, and InkTip.Com.

The PEOPLE’S PILOT website, with more general info (including our entry fees and discounts) is HERE

The full list of Prizes is HERE

The Enter Page is HERE

Email LB personally with any questions HERE

Winners, Finalists, and Semi-Finalists of TVWriter™’s past contests are or have most recently been on the staffs of WESTWORLD, LETHAL WEAPON, NARCOS, MOM, SNEAKY PETE, TIME AFTER TIME, THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES, PRIVATE PRACTICE, CHICAGO PD, CHICAGO FIRE, PERSON OF INTEREST, THE WALKING DEAD, RIZZOLI AND ISLES, COLONY, GREY’S ANATOMY, ONCE UPON A TIME, SMALLVILLE, ROME, THE LEFTOVERS, MELROSE PLACE, THE BASTARD EXECUTIONER, and the upcoming SNOWFALL, to name just a few. We’d love to see you join them!


TVWRITER UNIVERSITY SUMMER SCHEDULE

The next TVWriter™ Online TV and Film Writing Workshop starts July 12th, with the last weekly class wrapping things up August 2nd.

Larry Brody’s next Master Class starts July 6th, with the last weekly meeting skedded (as the old-time H’wood trade magazines used to say) for July 27th. Only one opening left!

LB’s upcoming Hong Kong/Macao TV and Film Writing Seminar is zeroing in on its debut date. Featuring a delightful live, in-person Weekend Writing Room Experience, look for it this winter as your go-to Christmas Writing Retreat.

More TVWriter University deets are HERE


That’s it till next time. Keep those stories spinning!

LB and Team TVWriter™


TVWRITER™ STAFF:
Larry Brody – Head Dood
Gwen Brody – Head Muse
Munchman – Keeper of the Flamethrower, we mean Faith
Peggy Bechko, Kelly Jo Brick, Kathryn Graham, Douglas Snauffer – Contributing Editors
Herbie J Pilato, Cara Winter – Contributing Editor Emeritus
Diana Vaccarelli – Critic-at-Large
Dawn McElligott – Writer-at-Large
Lew Ritter- Contributing Writer
Various Volunteers – Mucho Appreciated Scapegoats

Diana Vacc sees ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’

by Diana Vaccarelli

—SPOILER ALERT—SPOILER ALERT—SPOILER ALERT—

On May 26, 2017, Disney released the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. This volume of the franchise follows Jack Sparrow as he searches for the trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact with the power to break all curses of the sea. 

THE GOOD:

  • Writer Jeff Nathanson brings back the magic that made the original so successful.  The humor, the chemistry, and the story.  I loved the return of the romance of Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann (Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightly).  I enjoyed finally learning the back story of Jack and how he became Captain.
  • The newest love story of Henry and Carina (Brenton Thwaites and Kaya Scodelario) is reminiscent of Will and Elizabeth and you know what? I was cool with it. The chemistry of both actors was breathtaking, and who would want to get in the way of that powerful an attraction to each other?
  • The motivation of Will son’s Henry to break the Curse of the Dutchman over his father tugs at the audience’s heartstrings. Thwaites performs with sure determination, as if Bloom is his actual father.
  • The performance of Javier Bardem as Captain Salazar was creepy and gross but in a good way.  The black goo that comes out of his mouth is disgusting but it works for the character.

THE BAD:

  • Not enough Will Turner and Elizabeth Swann.  I wish they were in the film more. I have loved these characters and their romance since the first film of the series.


THE REST:

  • I realize that I’m in disagreement with a majority of critics, but this film is pure fun. It brings back the magic that the last Pirates lost.  I definitely recommend you go see it.

Diana Vaccarelli is TVWriter™’s Critic-at-Large and a student in the TVWriter™ Online Workshop. Find out more about her HERE

TVWriter™ Don’t-Miss Posts of the Week – June 19, 2017

Time for TVWriter™’s  Monday look at our 5 most popular blog posts of the week ending yesterday. They are, in order:

Netflix Canceled Sense8, So I Tried to Watch It

Peggy Bechko on What Writers Eat – or Should

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

Empty Promises: My experience submitting scripts to Amazon Studios

Murder She Wrote – Women Who Write Crime

And our 5 most visited permanent resource pages are, also in order:

Writing the Dreaded Outline

The Logline

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT: Enter

The Outline/Story

Major thanks to everyone for making this another great week at TVWriter™. Don’t forget to click above and read what you missed and re-read what you loved!

Diana Vacc sees the Last 2 Episodes of ‘Prison Break’ Season 5

by Diana Vaccarelli

NOTE FROM LB: TVWriter™ critic-at-large Diana Vaccarelli has been covering Prison Break all season, but events conspired against her most recent observations getting up and running here in a timely fashion, i.e., before Prison Break’s short season ended.

So here are her last two reviews of the show,  along with our apologies to Diana for dropping the ball:

Diana Vacc sees Prison Break Episode 7 “Wine Dark Seas”

—SPOILER ALERT—SPOILER ALERT—SPOILER ALERT—SPOILER ALERT–

On May 16, 2017, Prison Break “Wine Dark Seas” aired.  This episode is one of the most pivotal of the season as it reunites Michael with his long lost wife Sara.

THE GOOD:

  • The emotional tension that actors Wentworth Miller and Sarah Wayne Callies bring to the reunion scene is breathtaking.  Watching it solidified why I remain a Prison Break fan despite its various lapses.
  • The tears Michael (Miller) sheds while Sara shows him pictures of his son are excruciating painful, especially for any viewer who also has missed having time with a child…or parent.
  • Loved – absolutely loved – that Sucre (Amaury Nolasco) returned. He was and remains one of my favorites in the series.

THE BAD:

  • The predictability that Jacob, Sara’a new husband is our main villain Poseidon.  Nothing new here because this fact was revealed a few episodes ago when T-Bag caught him.  And even then, well, of course the new hubby is the Big Bad. Sheesh.
  • I do believe and agree with certain people in the my life (you know who you are) who also watch Prison Break that it would have been a lot more interesting if the villain was someone from the past and Jacob was working with them, or if Sara’s friend Heather was really Poseidon. Either of those events would have given us the missing twist and shock.

THE REST:

  • Prison Break will and still remains one of my all time favs even though this season continues to lack a major strength of seasons past – the shock factor.

EDITED TO ADD: Just as I finished typing this review I learned that Prison Break is not yet renewed or cancelled for another season. Hopefully it ends on a high and returns stronger and better.


Diana Vacc sees Prison Break Finale “Behind the Eyes”

—SPOILER ALERT—SPOILER ALERT—SPOILER ALERT—SPOILER ALERT–

On May 31, 2017, Prison Break Season 5 Finale “Behind the Eyes” aired.  The finale follows the continued threat of Poseidon aka Jacob Ness to Michael and Lincoln as they fight to save Sara and young Mike.

THE GOOD:

  • Gut-wrenching surprises kept me on my toes.  The opening of the episode has one of the CIA Agents who is after Michael defend him, and as a result his partner shoots and kills him. My mouth literally gaped in shock.
  • My favorite moment was Michael standing in front of a security camera, holding up his hands to reveal his tattoo is the face of his enemy Jacob Ness. It was cool and original.
  • I loved the change in our original villain T-Bag (Robert Knepper). His character has evolved and grown throughout the season.  In this ep he learns that he has a son, and because of that he decides to help Michael bring down Ness.
  • The greatest moment of the series is the end, when Ness is in our original prison, Fox River, and his cellmate is T-Bag.  After the death of his son, T-Bag is out for vengeance, and all you hear as the shot fades away is Ness’ scream. Perfect ending with tribute to the first season.
  • The conclusion of the show was exactly what it should be. Michael Scofield watching his family in the park, reflecting on his life and how finally is free.

THE BAD:

  • What bad? I never thought I would say this, but this was one of my favorite television finales of all time. Why isn’t it the favorite? Because nothing, absolutely nothing, will beat the last episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Sorry, Prison Break producers.

THE REST:

  • Just as I finished typing the above I learned that Prison Break is not being renewed. Sad day for me and fellow fans. I do have hope, however, since series creator Paul Scheuring has said that if there is another story to tell about the Prison Break family, they will be back.  IMHO, there will always be more to tell, so my fingers are crossed.

Diana Vaccarelli is TVWriter™’s Critic-at-Large and a student in the TVWriter™ Online Workshop. Find out more about her HERE