UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - August 19, 2016
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
August 19, 2016
Welcome to the TFT Alumni Newsletter 
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News and TFT Alumni Events
Emmy Awards Nominations

Nine UCLA alumni and faculty have been named 2016 Emmy Awards nominees. An additional 33 UCLA alumni, faculty and board members have involvement with 19 Emmy nominated projects. They include:


Will Forte (B.A. '93), The Last Man on Earth

Louis J. Horvitz (B.A. '68), director
The 58th Grammy Awards

Khalil Joseph (M.F.A. '06), director

James Anderson (B.A. '76); Saturday Night Live

Making a Scene with James Franco 
James Franco (lecturer; B.A. '08), host/principal performer

John Simmons (associate adjunct professor), director of photography, Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn

Don Diers (B.A. '83), set decoratorThe Muppets

Mark Worthington (lecturer)production designer, American Horror Story: Hotel

Victoria Thomas ('83), Roots


Lisa McQuillan (M.F.A. '11), writer

Master of None
James Ponsoldt ('10) director and executive producer

Modern Family
Reginald Hudlin (executive board member), director

Silicon Valley
Tom Bartlett (B.A. '86), leadman
Anna Khaja (B.A. '97), actress

Marielle Heller (B.A. '01), director 
Silas Howard (M.F.A. '10), director

Better Call Saul
Tony Fanning (lecturer), production designer

Daniel Attias (M.F.A. '83), director
David Boito (B.A. '86), in-house producer (editorial department)
Philip Carr Neel (B.A. '73), film editor

The Americans
Daniel Attias (M.F.A. '83), director

Carol Barbee (M.F.A. ’83), Executive Producer

The Good Wife
Tyler Bensinger (M.F.A. ’89), Co–Executive Producer

All the Way
Larry Kemp (B.A. '72), dialogue and ADR supervisor
Hilary Parkin (B.A. '08), costumer

38th Annual Kennedy Center Honors
Martin Scorsese (executive board member), presenter
John Williams, presenter

Bob's Burgers (Episode: "The Horse Rider-er")
Young Chan Jeon (M.F.A. '07), storyboard artist/storyboard revisionist

South Park (Episode: "You're Not Yelping")
Neil Ishimine (M.F.A. '06), animator
Dave Koch (B.A. '92), animator

The Simpsons (Episode: "Halloween of Horror")
Mike B. Anderson (M.F.A. '90), director and supervising director
Nancy Cartwright (B.A. '81 Theater), voice actor
Susan Egan, voice actor
Sam Grinberg (M.F.A. '15), animation production assistant
Richard Sakai (B.A. '77), producer
Harry Shearer (B.A. '64), voice actor
David Silverman (B.A. '79), consulting producer
Daniel Vega (M.F.A. '09), animation digital production assistant

American Crime
Lisa Wiegand (M.F.A. '98), cinematographer

David Beatty (B.A. '83), film editor

The People v OJ Simpson: American Crime Story
Dean Hendler (B.A. '85), still photographer

Grease Live!
Chris Meissner (B.A. '15) Ensemble
Tiana Okoye (B.A. '13) Ensemble

The 68th Emmy Awards ceremony, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, takes place on Sunday, Sept. 18 and airs live on ABC.

If you received an Emmy nomination and we missed recognizing your accomplishment, please let us know about it. Email alumni@tft.ucla.edu.

Alberto Barboza’s Debut Feature ‘Cry Now’
Hits Amazon Video Direct
From Variety.com

A slice of Chicano noir, 'Cry Now' reps an ode to Latino culture and the L.A. street art scene

Cry Now,” a lyrical love story steeped in Chicano rockabilly culture, is being made available on Amazon Video Direct. Title marks the feature debut of Alberto Barboza ('04) a consulting producer and dialogue coach on five-time Daytime Emmy nominated Hulu series “East Lost High.”

An ode to Los Angeles street art scene, “Cry Now” stars Miguel Angel Caballero as Vincent, a street poster artist, who falls head over heels for a muse Luzy, played by Illiana Carter (“Walkout,’ “Primo”), a tattoo designer he meets at a backstreet boogey. But Sofia (Mina Olivera, “Shrink”), Vincent’s ex-girlfriend, is not ready to let go and engineers revenge. Accused of vandalism, Vincent takes off, with the LAPD in hot pursuit...

Read more at Variety.com.
FREE Workshop for TFT Alumni
"Audition Secrets of a Series Regular"

Want to know the secret to booking auditions?

Audition coach and TFT alumna Lilach Mendelovich ('09) joins TV star Wendy Davis (Army Wives) for an Audition Technique Masterclass. 

Learn the audition secrets Wendy used to go from a struggling actor to a Series Regular, (she'll even show you exact step-by-step audition process she used to book her latest role on Major Crimes).

FREE admission to TFT alumni. Limited seating. 

Workshops run Tuesdays and Saturdays, August 20th-30th, in Burbank CA. For more information and to grab your spot click HERE.

Available Class Dates:

Saturday, August 20 1:00PM - 3:30PM                                                                                               Tuesday, August 23  11:00AM - 1:30PM                                                                                             Saturday, August 27  3:00PM - 5:30PM                                                                                             Tuesday, August 30   11:00AM - 1:30PM                                                                                           Tuesday, August 30  8:00PM - 10:30PM

Cinespia Presents: 2001: A Space Odyssey
at Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Tomorrow night!  Saturday, August 20th 

Cinespia is offering a 20% discount to TFT alumni for the screening of 2001: A Space Odyssey on Saturday, August 20th.

DISCOUNT (20%): UNI2016

Screening and ticketing info:


TFT Alumni Nights with The Archive Presents:
A Kirk Douglas Double Feature
The Juggler / Paths of Glory
Saturday, August 27th at 7:30PM

This double feature is part of the ongoing program, “TFT Alumni Nights with The Archive.”

Free admission to both films for TFT Alumni who say, “TFT ALUMNI” at the Billy Wilder Theater box office at the Hammer Museum.

The Juggler (1953)

Filmed in newly-established Israel, The Juggler concerns German Jewish concentration camp survivor Hans Müller (Kirk Douglas), once a famous juggler in Germany, who has immigrated to Israel to begin life anew, though facing the hurdle of severe psychological trauma. A rare American feature to treat Jewish experience and the Holocaust so directly, it also offered Douglas the space for a tour-de-force performance of international resonance.

35mm, b/w, 86 min.  DIR: Edward Dmytryk.  SCR: Michael Blankfort.  CAST: Kirk Douglas, Milly Vitale, Paul Stewart, Joey Walsh.

Restored by UCLA Film & Television Archive in cooperation with MGM Studios with funding provided by The Film Foundation and The Hollywood Foreign Press Association


Paths of Glory (1958)

Kirk Douglas gives a powerful performance as an honorable French Army officer who, on orders from his superiors, must lead his men on a doomed mission to wrest control of a German-held hill in WWI France.  A quintessential Douglas role pitting the hero against dire circumstance, the film also represented a fortuitous pairing of Douglas' and director Stanley Kubrick's moral temperaments.

35mm, b/w, 90 min.  DIR: Stanley Kubrick.  SCR: Stanley Kubrick, Calder Willingham.  CAST: Kirk Douglas, Ralph Meeker, Adolphe Menjou, George Macready.

Part of: Kirk Douglas: A Centennial Celebration

Additional program info:

Theater and parking info: https://www.cinema.ucla.edu/billy-wilder-theater

A Call for TFT Alumni Mentors to Join the
The new  UCLA TFT Alumni Mentor Program serves as a pathway for our talented alumni working in the performing arts and entertainment industry--around the country and the globe--to lend a helping hand to fellow alumni. The benefits of attending UCLA exist well beyond graduation, and being part of the incredible network of alumni through mentorship is a great way to enhance and continue the experience.
We invite you to participate in the UCLA  TFT Alumni Mentor Program. Please take advantage of this opportunity to share your knowledge and experience with TFT alumni.

Whether you live near Westwood or on the other side of the world, it's never been easier to connect with another UCLA alum, so we encourage you to apply. UCLA's new online network,  UCLA ONE makes the process quick and painless. 

How to be a mentor in the UCLA TFT Alumni Mentor Program:
  • Go to www.uclaone.com

  • Click “Join Now” and register using LinkedIn, Facebook, or an email address

  • Once approved, you will then receive an email confirmation

  • Go back to www.uclaone.com and sign in using the method you used to register

  • Upon entering the site, you will be asked “How would you like to help?”

  • Check the “TFT Alumni Mentor Program” box

  • This will then appear on your profile and other alumni will be able to request you to be their mentor

  • Please contact your mentee and arrange for a time to meet

In coming weeks there will also be a call for TFT Alumni who wish to be mentored to sign up at UCLA ONE.

Support the TFT BEN
Scholarship Fund!
The Bruin Entertainment Network Alumni Scholarship Fund has been created to support undergraduate and graduate students of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television at the behest of the UCLA TFT Bruin Entertainment Network. You can support the fund at this link

Support the TFT BEN Programming Fund!
The TFT Bruin Entertainment Network is now accepting direct donations to a dedicated TFT alumni programming fund. To support the BEN Programming Fund, click the link below, and make sure to share the link with others!
Get involved with TFT BEN
Contact Dallas King
Job Listings and Available Services
Costume Designer Wanted

Costume Designer needed for a production of In the Heights at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts at Hamilton High School in Los Angeles

We are looking for a costume designer to design, produce and run the costumes for our production of In the Heights. The show is in February of 2017. We have a cast of 45. There is no teaching involved in this position. The person would only be required to design, produce, and run the costumes for the show. Parent and student volunteers will be available to assist as needed in the production and running of the show.

This is a paid position and there is a budget available to assist in what is required to produce the costumes. If you are interested please forward your resume to Gail Chorna at gail.chorna@lausd.net. Specifics in regards to salary and budget will be addressed during the interview process. 

Sales Assistant for Content Media Corporation

Content Media Corporation is a dynamic film, tv, and digital sales company focused on acquiring and distributing an extensive slate of television programs and feature films worldwide. We are currently looking for a Sales Assistant for the Los Angeles office for immediate hire. The position is responsible for providing administrative support to the LA based sales team. The ideal candidate must have a strong interest in international sales and a desire to learn the distribution side of the entertainment industry. This is an entry level administrative position with responsibilities that include, but are not limited to:

• Assisting in the daily administration of various client accounts, both domestic and international. 
• Inputting and keeping availability lists current on our database.
• Tracking completed sales relevant to the LA based sales team.
• Researching available rights for incoming title requests.
• Ordering screeners for clients and maintaining the screener database.
• Scheduling market and sales trips meetings.
• Organizing marketing materials and preparing packages for markets and sales trips.
• Maintaining the client contacts database.
• Preparing expense reports.
• Assisting with travel arrangements.
• General administrative duties including copying and filing.

We are looking for someone who is a team player, detail oriented, and very organized with the ability to multitask and prioritize. The successful candidate will have superior writing and communication skills. Bachelor's degree and proficiency in MS Office are required. Previous experience in tv/film sales is a plus.

Contact us: Please send email and cover letter to jobsla@contentmediacorp.com. No phone calls please.

Top Online Cooking Show Seeks Social Media/Community Manager

We’re seeking a rockstar Social Media/Community Manager who has experience managing and growing passionate fanbases. You will be on the frontline engaging millions of viewers worldwide who are not only our fans but our future customers. You will build relationships directly with our fans, keeping communities active while providing ongoing metric reporting. And you will take the initiative and make recommendations on how to grow our brand even bigger across social platforms and our website.

Role Responsibilities:
•  Day-to-day community management of social platforms and website including daily comment/ activity moderation across all properties (with an emphasis on YouTube, Facebook & our Website)
•  Listen, respond, ask questions and engage with online communities using a personal voice that matches the show host and brand
•  Seek and collect audience feedback metrics and data to improve content offerings and community strategy
•  Collaborate with the team to create and manage the master content calendar
•  Oversee the creation of monthly analytic reports on audience growth, best performing tactics
and key conversational threads with the aim to improve growth on specific platforms
•  Execute real time social coverage and events as needed

Requirements for the Position:
•  At least 2+ years of experience in a social/digital media role, with at least 1 year specifically focused on social media marketing
•  Strong-to-expert knowledge of all social platforms (with an emphasis on YouTube, Facebook
& Snapchat) and online marketing
•  Experience with community management across multiple social platforms, with solid skills using analytics and reporting tools
•  Practical knowledge of developing editorial and content calendars, community management guidelines and protocol for customer care
•  Exceptional writing, storytelling, copy-editing and proofreading skills (writing for a personal voice a plus)
•  Customer-service minded, solving problems on your own and knowing when to escalate questions or issues
•  Proficient in Google Apps Suite

Qualities we are looking for:
•  Proven passion and experience in the online space—you live online 24/7 and you’ve consistently delivered exceptional results
•  Positive thinking self-starter who is dedicated to contributing in a dynamic start-up environment with growth potential
•  Eagerness to stay ahead of the ever-changing nature of social media marketing
•  Ambitious, well-spoken, responsible person who is comfortable working independently or with
a team when needed
•  Exceptional organizational and project management skills are a MUST
•  A passion for food (especially baking) is required, and food related experience is a plus!
•  Experience working with a young female audience (primarily 18-34) is essential
•  E-commerce experience also highly desirable

Qualified candidates submit Cover Letter & Resume to tastebudsent@gmail.com.
The Wallis Presents
Hershey Felder in Maestro
TFT alumni can get 20% tickets to any Maestro performance  Aug 11 - Aug 28* with code "UCLA".  Enter code UCLA in the upper right corner of your screen before selecting your tickets to receive 20% off.

*Except Aug 22. 

Leonard Bernstein was a conductor, pianist, author, educator, librettist, television star and the composer of three symphonies, iconic film scores and the American musical classics West Side Story, Candide, On the Town and Wonderful Town, among others. He pushed boundaries to become the world’s first serious musical media superstar and changed the face of music. In his inimitable style, Hershey Felder brings Bernstein to life through first-person narratives combined with his compositions, as well as music by Beethoven, Mahler and more, drawing audiences deeply into the maestro’s fascinating life. 

See more here.
Complimentary Tickets to the Laugh Factory, Hollywood
The last few months of Supply and Demand shows at the Hollywood Laugh Factory were such a success that the club has extended the run through December! If you haven't been yet, you've missed many sold out shows, Dane Cook and Tom Papa dropping by, and performances by Whitney Cummings, Jerrod Carmichael, Iliza Schlesinger, Tommy Johnagin, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carlos Alazraqui, Steve Hofstetter, Erik Griffin, Godfrey, Neal Brennan, and more!
If you already have tickets, great! If not, the shows are every Wednesday through December. We have 50 complimentary tickets to each one - then they go to $5, $10, $15, and $20 as the show sells out. The Laugh Factory is supporting these shows in a big way, encouraging their most famous comedians to drop by and do surprise sets. Grab the complimentary ones before they're gone and go to as many shows as you want. To get your complimentary tickets, visit:
TFT Alumni Affairs | UCLA | Email TFT Alumni AffairsUCLA TFT

Noah Green 
Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs, School of Theater, Film and Television
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