UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - April 7, 2017
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
April 7, 2017
Welcome to the TFT Alumni Newsletter
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News and TFT Alumni Events
TFT Alumni and Current Students Nominated for
College Television Awards
On March 23rd the Television Academy Foundation announced the nominees for the 38th College Television Awards who will be honored at the Academy's Wolf Theatre at the Saban Media Center on Wednesday, May 24. Among the nominees are one TFT MFA alumnae and seven current MFA students, who are listed below.


DeKalb Elementary
Reed Van Dyk
University of California-Los Angeles

Viola, Franca
Marta Savina (MFA '16)
University of California-Los Angeles


Helga Bryndis-Ernudottir 
Allison Hartel
Andrea Massaro
Will McCance
Linda Riedman
Junyi Zhang
University of California-Los Angeles

The complete list of nominees can be found here.
A Call for Entries:
UCLA TFT Alumni Short Film Celebration in NYC
Hard-Boiled Hollywood
Jon Lewis' (PhD '83) new book, Hard-Boiled Hollywood: Crime and Punishment in Postwar Los Angeles has just been published by the University of California Press.

Jon has been invited to take part in the LA Times Festival of Books later this month — at 10:30 on Sunday morning, April 23rd.

He will also be doing a reading at the              92nd Street Y in NYC.

CTG LA Block Party
April 14 - May 21, 2017

From CTG:

Los Angeles is home to over 250 theatre companies, featuring an abundance of talent, diversity, and ingenuity. To celebrate the vibrant theatre of our city, we’re premiering Block Party—three recent productions from local theatre companies, highlighting some of the best work our town has to offer. Help us celebrate L.A. theatre and join the Block Party!

APR 14–23, 2017

Written by Philip Dawkins and directed by Michael Matthews, Failure: A Love Story from Coeurage Theatre Company chronicles the lives, loves and deaths of the three Fail sisters and the one man who fell in love with each of them. Set against the backdrop of 1920s Chicago, this touching, whimsical tale explores the impermanence of life and the permanence of love.

BY Philip Dawkins
DIRECTED BY Michael Matthews
LIGHTING DESIGN BY Matthew Brian Denman
WITH Joe Calarco, June Carryl, Cristina Gerla ('11), Kristina Johnson, Margaret Katch, Denver Milord,
Gregory Nabours, Theodore Perkins (MFA'07), Kurt Quinn, Brandon Ruiter, Nicole Shalhoub, Gina Torrecilla, Brittney S. Wheeler

Get $25 discount tickets with promo code BPCOEURAGE here: https://www.centertheatregroup.org/PROMO

Pay What You Want tickets (in person, $1 minimum) for the first preview performance on April 14th.

APR 28 – MAY 7, 2017

Fountain Theatre’s Citizen: An American Lyric, a meditation on race that fuses poetry, prose, movement, music and the video image, is a provocative stage adaptation of Claudia Rankine’s internationally acclaimed book of poetry about everyday acts of racism in America adapted by playwright and Fountain Theatre Co-Artistic Director Stephen Sachs and directed by Shirley Jo Finney. Of Rankine’s CitizenThe New Yorker wrote that it was brilliant… [and] explores the kinds of injustice that thrive when the illusion of justice is perfected. The New York Times wrote that Rankine brilliantly pushes poetry’s forms to disarm readers and circumvent our carefully constructed defense mechanisms against the hint of possibly being racist ourselves.

BY Claudia Rankine
DIRECTED BY Shirley Jo Finney (MFA '73)
COSTUME DESIGN BY Naila Aladdin-Sanders
LIGHTING DESIGN BY Pablo Santiago (MFA '13)
WITH Bernard K. Addison, Leith Burke, Tony Maggio, Simone Missick, Monnae Michael, Lisa Pescia

MAY 12–21, 2017

Written by Ruby Rae Spiegel and directed by Alana Dietze, Echo Theater Company’s Dry Land is a haunting play about female friendship and an abortion that takes place in the locker room of a central Florida high school. Written when Spiegel was just 21 years old and still an undergraduate at Yale, the play is a deeply truthful portrait of the fears, hopes and bonds of teenage girls—as gut-wrenching as it is funny. In his New York Times "critic’s pick" review, Ben Brantley called Dry Land tender, caustic, funny and harrowing, often all at the same time.

BY Ruby Rae Spiegel
DIRECTED BY Alana Dietze
WITH Daniel Hagen, Ben Horwitz, Connor Kelly-Eiding, Teagan Rose, Jenny So, Jacqueline Besson, Alexandra Freeman, Francesca O’Hern, Bukola Ogunmola, Sidne Phillips, Tessa Hope Slovis

Subscribers will automatically receive tickets to one production with the opportunity to purchase the remaining two as add-ons.

Program info at CenterTheatreGroup.org/BlockParty

There are four ways to get tickets:     

  1. 1. Click on ticket link on the Block Party website for tickets –– https://www.centertheatregroup.org/tickets/kirk-douglas-theatre/2016-17/block-party/     
  2. 2. 
  3. 3. Pay What You WANT tickets (in person, $1 minimum) for the first preview performance on April 14th.
  4. 4. Buy a Party Pass ($67) and see all three outstanding Block Party productions with promo code: PARTYPASS  (by CTG phone 213-628-2772) or in-person at box office only
CINESPIA Presents: The Godfather II
Saturday, April 29th - Promo for TFT Alumni
The Godfather Part II
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola (MFA '67)
1974, 202 minutes
Los Angeles Theatre / $25 / VIP $60 (VIP sold out online)
doors at 7:00 movie at 8:30

A special promo for TFT alumni: Purchase a pair of general admission tickets and you will be entered to win one of two pairs of VIP Upgrades (now sold out online and unavailable for purchase). VIP includes: Skip the ticket line with separate entry. Sit in a premium reserved seating section. Get one free Photo Booth print per ticket and skip the Photo Booth line. Premium only bar and concessions line, no waiting! 

For your chance to win a pair of VIP upgrade tickets:
1: Purchase  General Admission tickets to the screening of April 29th at the Los Angeles Theater.
2. Email alumni@tft.ucla.edu with your name and date of purchase. You will be notified if you are chosen as a winner of the upgraded tickets.

About the screening:

One of the most ambitious and brilliantly executed American films, The Godfather 2 brims with suspense, intrigue, glamour and murder. Written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola, the film stands on its own and is one of the best films of the golden era of filmmaking.  

Starring Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro, dual stories are set in the worlds of mid-century Cuba and Las Vegas and the old world of Sicily and New York in the early 1900s. The first story tells of the early days of Vito Corleone as he embraces a life of crime and wrests control of the neighborhood. The second story is of his son Michael as he leads the Corleones to take over Vegas and become the biggest crime family 50 years later. Winner of 6 Academy Awards, join us for the epic movie on the big screen in our city’s most opulent historic movie palace. Shown in glorious 35mm film.

Explore the theatre’s ballroom, fountains, balconies and spectacular powder room on six floors as we transform it into a 1950s Vegas resort with dancers, live music,casino games and DJs. Dress up 50s glamour for our free themed photo studio and get your portrait taken in the world of The Godfather. With full bars on five stories of the theatre, this is a 21+ event with valid ID. DRESS CODE : Elegant/Formal Attire – Jacket & Tie Required for Men

Sundance Institute | Youtube New Voices Lab

Tthe Sundance Institute | YouTube New Voices Lab supports a group of 10 creators developing scripted short-form episodic content for digital platforms (up to 25 minutes in length per episode). This year's Lab will take place November 9-11, 2017 in Los Angeles, where Fellows will work with an exciting group of creators, showrunners and episodic producers to develop their stories in an environment that encourages risk-taking and innovation. At the Lab, Fellows will participate in an intensive writing workshop, one-on-one creative story meetings, writers' rooms, and group conversations about production, post-production, and marketing in the evolving digital landscape.

Following participation in the Lab, Fellows will receive a customized, year-round continuum of support to include ongoing creative and tactical advice from Sundance staff and designated advisors; targeted introductions to agents, managers, attorneys, showrunners, creative producers, executive producers, networks, digital distribution platforms, and others as needed; inclusion in the Sundance Institute alumni community, potential opportunities to observe the writers' rooms of shows currently in production and for ongoing mentorships with episodic writers, directors and producers.

For more information on the New Voices Lab, please visit our website.

For details on how to apply, click here.

Sign up today! Applications are due by 6:00pm PST on April 10, 2017.

"The Promise" at The Edison Theatre Cal State Dominguez Hills
The Promise   - With inspiration from Romeo and Juliet, and a nod to Puerto Rican culture, Jose Rivera tackles love, death, and family rivalries in this Latin-surrealist play. When over-protective and superstitious Guzman finds out his daughter has fallen in love with his rival’s son, he formulates a treacherous scheme to keep the young lovers apart, but quickly learns that his manipulation has produced consequences he never imagined.

Directed by Shonni Holmes (MFA '13)
"The Promise" at CSU Dominguez Hills, University Theatre
April 7-23, 2017
Tickets $10-15 http://www4.csudh.edu/theatre-arts/buy-tickets/

LA: Still Life at Rogue Machine Through April 23rd
Michael Peretzian (MFA '66) directs Alexander Dinelaris' play Still Life at Rogue Machine through April 23rd.

Still Life plays at Rogue Machine (in The Met Theatre), 1089 N. Oxford Ave., Los Angeles 90029, through April 23. Performances are Sat. and Mon. at 8:30 pm, and Sun. at 3 pm. The company’s FB page can be viewed  here. For reservations call 855-585-5185 or  www.roguemachinetheatre.com.
Job Listings and Available Services
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Account Coordinator - Metro Public Relations

Full Time Job

Metro Public Relations is an entertainment PR agency based in Beverly HIlls. We represent top studios, production companies, traditional/digital talent, and platforms. We offer a team-oriented, creative environment and expect all employees to maintain our positive office culture.

We are seeking a highly motivated and detail oriented Account Coordinator who will be responsible for supporting the team in the development and execution of strategic campaigns. This position will have a strong focus on digital content, studio, film and entertainment technology clients.

The candidate would be responsible for a broad scope of day-to-day supportive work, including creating and maintaining media lists, coordinating opportunities, creating itineraries, managing EPKS, supporting pitching, and creating media coverage reports.

The ideal candidate would have a passion for and knowledge of digital entertainment (YouTube, SVOD, OTT platforms, etc.), film, TV and social media influencers. This individual is able to multitask, handle a large volume of work, and can leverage previous experience to support the strategic objectives of this company.

Major Responsibilities & Duties:
Work with supervisors to curate and maintain client press lists
Manage media coverage tracking and produce weekly press reports for distribution among internal and external teams
Maintain digital press kits and comprehensive client reports
Heavy research and targeted list building
Ability to develop, write and successfully pitch press to secure coverage for our clients' initiatives
Provide on-site media relations support at client events including film premieres, junkets, shoots, and major conferences

1 years of public relations experience at an agency, network or studio
Proficient in using PR/entertainment software, databases and cloud services such as Cision, IMDBPro, Compete/Quantcast, Dropbox, Google Docs, etc.
Proficient in all Microsoft Office suite programs. Photoshop experience a plus
Excellent written, verbal and organizational skills
Experience performing media outreach to a variety of consumer and industry press a plus
Great attention to detail and ability to meet deadlines
Understanding of and interest in the digital entertainment industry
Professional appearance and demeanor with a positive attitude is a must
Bachelor's degree in public relations or related field preferred


Salary based on experience. We offer health insurance, cell phone stipend, and a 401K plan. 

Assistant Level Positions

Administrative Assistant will provide administrative support to the Chief Talent Officer at AwesomenessTV, which includes phone coverage, scheduling, as well as support to the team at large for departmental meetings, events, projects, etc. Work on special projects and perform other related duties as assigned. Candidates should have a minimum of 1 year of administrative experience within a fast paced environment, preferably within entertainment, management and/or agency is preferred. Strong oral and written communication skills. Strong attention to detail and excellent communication skills. Should have interest in digital media and talent. Please email resumes to HR@awesomenesstv.com with TALENT ASST in the subject line. 3/31

FOX-based Production Company seeking full-time Executive Assistant to start ASAP. E.A. must efficiently and effectively coordinate the Producer’s calendar and manage heavy call volume and scheduling. Ideal candidate must have a few years of experience as an assistant in an agency, studio or production company. Job requires someone calm under pressure, resourceful, highly organized, hard-working, detail-oriented and able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment. Responsibilities include, but not limited to: scheduling, rolling calls, reading and tracking material, correspondence, booking travel and managing interns. Candidates must have strong communication and computer skills and the ability to prioritize. Resumes to: ally.hawkins@fox.com 3/31

Universal Theatrical Group is the Tony Award-winning live theatre division of the world-famous motion picture studio. UTG oversees both Universal Stage Productions and DreamWorks Theatricals, and includes a valuable portfolio of Broadway musicals including the worldwide phenomenon Wicked. Responsibilities include: Place and log calls to/from numerous agents, managers, attorney, and in-house personnel, Manage complex schedules and coordinate meetings with internal and external high level executives and creatives ,Coordinate and handle all business travel arrangements for VP and project related talent. Basic Qualifications : Assistant with a minimum of 1+ years of administrative experience, preferably with an agency, production company, reputable theatre company, entertainment law firm or studio, Minimum typing speed of 60wpm with a high degree of accuracy, Ability to take fast and accurate notes, Extremely knowledgeable in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Power Point, Final Draft, and FileMaker Pro, In depth knowledge of current trends, talent, producers, writers, and directors in the theatre industry . Email resume to: AsstUTG@gmail.com 3/31

Principato-Young Entertainment is seeking an administrated assistant for one of our SR. Managers. This is a great opportunity to pursue a career in the literary space. We require a strong degree of multi-tasking, a sharp focus for details, story analysis and the ability to work in a fast-paced, client-driven environment. On-going script & book coverage mandatory. Knowledge of annual film festivals a major plus. The usual administrative skill sets are required. We offer a competitive industry hourly rate with a generous benefits package. Please send resumes to rgardner@pyent.com 3/31

Executive Director, Industry Relations at SAG-AFTRA seeks executive assistant to provide overall executive administrative support. The core mission of the Industry Relations department is to interface with the entertainment and media communities on behalf of the union, and develop positive relationships with the industry’s key players. Responsibilities include: scheduling meetings and travel, representing the union at various industry related events (events take place during evenings and standard business hours), coordinating projects, meeting/event planning, answering ED/IR phones, providing clerical support, proof reading, tracking production schedules, and aiding in research projects, presentations in an often fast-paced environment and in helping to produce, coordinate and market a talk series with Industry leaders and innovators targeted at SAG-AFTRA members (usually occurs on a week-day evening). The ideal candidate will be articulate, computer-savvy, have excellent writing skills, good attention to detail, research, and organizational skills and have a passion and curiosity for the rapidly changing entertainment landscape. 1+ year of office administration or comparable experience preferred. Please send cover letters and resumes to: sagaftraasst@gmail.com 3/31

International production and distribution company seeks a highly motivated and organized individual to be the Executive Assistant to the Managing Partner and Senior Vice President of Content. Agency experience preferred but not required. Please send resumes to dtexecasst@gmail.com 3/31

Electus seeks an Executive Assistant to the CEO. Candidate should have 1-2 years of experience at an assistant level at a talent agency or fast paced entertainment company. Must be able to respond to high volume of calls and emails, schedule frequent travel, and work independently or with a team on special and ongoing projects. Please email resume and cover letter to Jonathan.Schaerf@electus.com and Eli.Schiff@electus.com. 3/31

Looking for a temp which could lead to a 2nd assistant position for the CEO of a film finance/production company. Responsibilities include: drafting correspondence, phones, scheduling, coordinating travel, and related office duties, as well as a variety of occasional personal tasks. Prefer someone who can speak Mandarin. Strong writing, organizational and communication skills are a must. Send resume and cover letter to asstblock@blockent.com with the subject “Executive Assistant.” 3/31

We are seeking an Executive Assistant to provide administrative support to a very busy Senior Partner in a Beverly Hills Entertainment Law Firm. Must be smart, resourceful and have solid executive assistant experience working for a senior level person in an entertainment law firm, management company or a major agency. Ideal candidate must be driven, a self-starter, and an independent thinker with the ability to manage projects/initiatives from start to end. This is an exciting opportunity for a qualified candidate with a solid employment history who is looking for a diversified, fast-paced, and challenging position. Competitive compensation and excellent benefits. Please submit resumes to jshorr@hjth.com 3/31

A boutique talent management company with A-list talent seeks a motivated and hardworking assistant. Responsibilities include managing multiple calendars with heavy scheduling, high volume phones, and other office duties. 1 year desk experience preferred. Must be able to multitask in a high paced environment with great attention to detail. Ideal candidate will be a team player with a can-do attitude. Please send resumes to tlntmgmtasst@gmail.com 3/31

Part Time Editor/Director Assistant/ Cross Platform Video Coordinator. Looking for an individual with a passion for producing and promoting Docs on topical issues that galvanize communities. Assist 30 year veteran filmmaker in post and web platforms; work in SM office or home with new production-media company; promos, and PSAs for multi-platform media outreach. Familiarity with Final Draft and Adobe Premiere, Experience or interest in Education reform, LDs, or Dyslexia a plus. Paid position. Email sp@providenceproductions.com to apply. Email john@jcipr.com for inquires. 3/31

The Van Johnson Company seeks qualified candidates for an assistant position in Los Angeles. Ideal candidates have a four-year degree and a minimum of one year desk experience at a talent agency or management company. Must be self-motivated, dedicated, organized, have excellent office skills (writing correspondence, rolling calls, client schedules, etc.). Strong desire to be a talent/lit manager. Email resumes as an attachment to careers@vanjoco.com. Subject: New Assistant, Los Angeles area. 3/31

The Gersh Agency seeks an Assistant to a Talent Agent. 1-2 years agency/management experience is required. Responsibilities include rolling calls, providing administrative and client support including reviewing material, generating and scheduling auditions as well as coordinating with casting directors, managers and publicists. Ideal candidate will be personable, extremely detail-oriented, motivated, have excellent communication skills, calm under pressure and have an excellent work ethic. Bachelor’s degree is required. Those looking to become an agent preferred. Please send resume and cover letter to HR@gersh.com 3/31

LA Models agency is a well-established modeling and talent agency based in Los Angeles, CA and is looking for an assistant to help with the day to day operations of the agency. You will help with the daily operations in the agency. You will not only be exposed to our LA Models Agency, but our companies LA Talent, Exclusive Artists and Exclusive Casting as well. Please send cover letter and resume to intern@lamodels.com 3/31

The Kohner Agency has immediate opening for an ambitious individual to be a full time paid floater in our office. One year entertainment industry experience required. Responsibilities include packaging talent submissions, rolling calls, input reports, going on runs, and providing administrative support. Qualified candidates will be extremely detail oriented, motivated, excellent communication skills, personable, fast learner, have a great work ethic and punctual. Must be able to multi-task, be organized, pay attention to detail and follow instructions. Strong computer skills, both Mac and PC. Ideally candidates will want to be considered for open assistant positions as they become available. Candidate must have dependable transportation with valid Driver’s license and proof of insurance. Mileage is reimbursed. This is a great opportunity for those interested in pursuing a career in the entertainment business. The hours are Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. Bachelor’s degree required. Email resume with cover letter to tlentagcy@gmail.com 3/31

Nerative Script Coverage Tool
TFT alumnus Curtis Baxter (MFA '15) has developed, with a team of UCLA alumni, a new, Bruins-only script coverage tool called nerative.

Perfect your story with Hollywood’s fastest growing and best way to receive detailed, professional caliber feedback. No matter if it’s for film & television, stage, or a college personal statement- this Bruins only team at nerative has you covered. Welcome to a new way to re-define story. Welcome to nerative! 

Visit us at  nerative.com
CTG Presents: Into the Woods
Don’t Miss Into The Woods! This extraordinary musical that brings together beloved fairy tale characters from different stories to discover the power of wishes and what really happens after they come true.

*$79 for Price Level A seating (Reg. $95) OR $49 for Price Level B seating (Reg. $70)

Promo code: WOLF

Valid performances April 4 – May 12, 2017
*Not valid on previously purchased tickets or combined with other offers. Not available Wednesday, April 5, 2017. Weekend matinee and Saturday evening performances excluded. Handling fees may apply. Subject to availability.
Complimentary Tickets
to Laugh Factory
Supply and Demand continues to be the most popular show at the Laugh Factory, and the run has been extended through April for Hollywood and Long Beach! And we have a limited number of complimentary tickets for you and your friends.

Supply and Demand has been featured by everything from Time Out Los Angeles to ESPN. The show is packed with talent, and surprise guests at some of the venues have included Whitney Cummings, Joe Rogan, Jerrod Carmichael, Pete Holmes, Darrell Hammond, and more.

To get the complimentary tickets, visit http://www.ComedySupply.com

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