UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - March 18, 2016
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
March 18, 2016
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News and TFT Alumni Events
Trailer for Zim High, "Africa's First Teen Movie," Debuts
The trailer for TFT alumnus Tatenda Mbudzi's (MFA '13) film Zim High can be viewed here

OkayAfrica.com has an interview with Tatenda about his new film, which he's calling, "Africa's first teen movie." 
Tick, Tick...Boom!
Limited Run at Hudson Backstage Theatre

After Hours Theatre presents Tick, Tick...Boom! The musical is directed by alumni Rebecca Kenigsberg ('12) and Graham Wetterhahn ('14), with technical directing by alumna Brittany Cobb.

Before Rent, there was "tick, tick… BOOM!" This autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, the Pulitzer Prize– and Tony Award–winning composer of Rent, chronicles the journey of an aspiring, young composer struggling to balance the pursuit of a dream with the burden of adult life on the eve of his thirtieth brithday.                                                 
Fri, Mar 25 – Sun, Apr 03 
Friday, March 25th, 8pm 
Saturday, March 26th 8pm 
Sunday, March 27th, 7pm 
Friday, April 1st, 8pm 
Saturday, April 2nd, 8pm 
Sunday, April 3rd, 7pm
Show Calendar


Special Show Info 
Running time: 90 minutes.

Hudson Backstage Theatre 
6539 Santa Monica Blvd 
Los Angeles, CA  90038 

Keanu Reeves Joins the Cast of Viaplay's  Swedish Dicks
Keanu Reeves joins Peter Stormare in the Swedish online streaming service Viaplay's original series, Swedish Dicks, produced by TFT alumnus Glenn Lund (MFA '12). 

Read more at screendaily.com.
Banned in Tucson
BANNED IN TUCSON is a half-hour sketch comedy show that integrates news, sketch, and video from a Latino American point of view. The show takes its title from the banning of ethnic studies in Arizona as the diverse cast skewers race, politics, culture, and other subjects banned in Tucson. 

Ernie Bustamante (Writer) (MFA '15)
Kari Lee Cartwright
Michael Faulkner
Jessica Marie Garcia
Amanda Pajer
Greg Roman
Louie Torrellas

John Lopez

Brad Petrigala
Alex Murray

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder Comes to Los Angeles for Six Weeks Beginning March 22
Alumnus Robert L. Freedman's play, A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder, comes to the Ahmanson Theater, direct from New York  with the 2014 Tony Award® for Best Musical.

The play runs Mar 22 - May 1. Tickets can be purchased here. Discounted promotional ticket info can be found in the "Promotions" section below.
WGFestival 2016
Associate Director of Screenwriting for Television at TFT and alumnus Neil Landau will be moderating a WGFestival panel on Saturday, March 19 called Writing Outside the Box: Navigating New Spaces in Distribution.

As a special thank you to Neil and UCLA, the Guild has discounted the ticket price for UCLA by 50%. 

The coupon code is WGFHEARTSYOU (all caps) for $32.50 off the March 19th ticket or the combo ticket. 


TFT Alumni Nights with the Archive: 
A Radio Mysteries and Thrillers on Screen Double Feature
March 21, 2016 7:30PM

UCLA Film & Television Archive presents:

Bewitched (1945) and Crime Doctor's Man Hunt  (1946)

March 21, 2016, 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.

Monday, March 21, 2016 


Mild-mannered, newly engaged Joan (Phyllis Thaxter) is hiding a terrible secret from her fiancé: a tormenting, depraved inner voice struggling to take over.  Joan’s attempt to live a normal life and thwart the homicidal impulses of “Karen” unleashes a deadly drive for vengeance.  Famed radio writer Arch Oboler directs the adaptation of his gripping psychological thriller.

16mm, b/w, 65 min.  Production: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.  Distribution: Loew’s Inc.  Producer: Jerry Bresler.  Director: Arch Oboler.  Screenwriter: Arch Oboler.  Cinematographer: Charles Salerno Jr.  Editor: Harry Komer.  With: Edmund Gwenn, Phyllis Thaxter, Harry H. Daniels Jr., Addison Richards, Kathleen Lockhart.


Crime Doctor's Man Hunt

Former criminal Robert Ordway (Warner Baxter), reformed after an amnesiac blow to the head and now a renowned criminal psychologist, investigates the murder of a veteran experiencing fugue states, as the young man’s worried fiancée looks on.  Directed by William Castle from a script by Leigh Brackett, appearances are deceiving in this entry in Columbia’s prolific Crime Doctor mystery series. 

16mm, b/w, 61 min.  Production: Darmour, Inc.  Distribution: Columbia Pictures Corp.  Producer: Rudolph C. Flothow.  Director: William Castle.  Based on the radio series created by Max Marcin.  Screenwriter: Leigh Brackett.  Cinematographer: Philip Tannura.  Editor: Dwight Caldwell.  With: Warner Baxter, Ellen Drew, William Frawley, Frank Sully, Claire Carleton.


Additional program info: https://www.cinema.ucla.edu/events/2016/03/21/bewitched-crime-doctors-man-hunt

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

The Heat Is On: A Jerry Bruckheimer Film Festival
Presented by TFT
April 2016
The Heat Is On: A Jerry Bruckheimer Film Festival

The UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television is pleased to present a tribute film festival during the month of April 2016 honoring legendary film producer Jerry Bruckheimer. The festival will recall highlights of his long career and celebrate his indelible contributions to film history and the American motion picture industry. Presented in association with Paramount Pictures and UCLA Film & Television Archive, Take My Breath Away: A Jerry Bruckheimer Film Festival will take place at UCLA's Billy Wilder Theater in Westwood Village. 

RSVP for any or all of the 10 films screening during the month of April HERE

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
Red Bull Media House


Red Bull Media House creates authentic content that engages audiences through compelling subject matter and high-quality visual appeal. Savvy audiences are increasingly seeking out and consuming Red Bull content online, via a variety of digital platforms. Red Bull Media House seeks a Digital Programming Operations Specialist with knowledge of and passion for digital storytelling and the creation of compelling content experiences. This specialist will be a key contributor to the development of Digital TV programming operations for Red Bull TV in North America as a key member of a global operations team.


1.   Product Management
Monitor play-out and monitoring processes for all instances of linear, live and VOD
In collaboration with digital product team, operate software tools and services for play-out and monitoring
Maintain a detailed workflow within the MCR facility to support play-out and monitoring of live, linear and VOD programming and ensure timely resolution of any degraded service alerts
Work with legal, HR and other stakeholders to support mirrored 24/7 play-out and
monitoring services in the US and Austria

2.   Master Control Operation
Support mirrored 24/7 synchronized linear, live, VOD play-out operation in facilities in
Santa Monica and Salzburg
Monitor end-to-end system performance of digital TV platform and manage workflow for routing and resolving issues
Interface with Technical Production team to ingest and QA live-to-tape production, live event replay and all other media acquisition requirements

3.   Insights & Business Strategy
Monitor key performance indicators including video quality, system up-time, encoding errors, etc. against predefined goals
Support Programming Insights and additional teams in monitoring programming, content and audience performance in real time
Partner with Social team to assist with community support and engagement coverage


2+ years experience in Digital Broadcast (TV and Digital preferred) Operations
Strong familiarity with broadcast delivery chain from production to end user engagement
Proficiency with broadcast operations systems; encoding, streaming and other web technologies
Experience working in small teams and managing vendors
Strong planning, prioritization and analytical competencies
Track record of delivering successful programs; entrepreneurial spirit
Experience of using Digital Analytics tools and systems
Exceptional communication skills
Creative thinker and innovator, in touch with 18 – 34 male audience
Love for details and passion for achieving highest quality results
Ability to work flexible hours/days of the week – including nights, weekends, and holidays to support 24x7 operational needs

Bachelors in a related discipline

English, proficiency in German preferred

Willing and able to work flexible hours/days of the week – including nights, weekends, and holidays
to support 24x7 operational needs

Contact: Jason Stagliano Jason.Stagliano@us.redbullmediahouse.com to find out more.
Production Company Interns Wanted 

Piller/Segan, the production company responsible for scripted television shows and movies like Haven, Greek, The Dead Zone, Wildfire and The Boondocks Saints, is looking for a Monday intern (if you need two days a week we'll give you an extra day). You'll learn about the scripted development process - the process of taking a script and turning it into a series, or taking a book, article or other piece of IP and turning it into a series. You'll also learn about the pre-production/production/post-production process and the skills necessary to be a Hollywood assistant - we will teach you how to answer/handle phones, etc. Duties may include a few small errands so having your own car is necessary but we reimburse for gasoline used. We also provide breakfast and lunch.

Please send resumes to michael@pss-tv.com and in your email tell me what your three favorite television shows and/or movies are and why. 

Job Opportunities from Popsugar Studios

Creative Development Manager

Popsugar Studios is looking for a creative development manager, responsible

 for developing new projects for online, TV, and OTT platforms.  Are you passionate about creating awesome formats and telling interesting stories that audiences can identify with?  

Please apply here:


News Associate Producer:

The video studio team at POPSUGAR is looking for a talented journalist,

 who can connect strongly with their audience.  Are you passionate about issues that matter to millennial women, and a strong writer that’s eager to tell great stories?  Do you like reporting on-camera as well as producing?   Please apply here:


Brand Video Producer:

POPSUGAR Studios is looking for a producer to join their Video Brand Partnerships

 production team.  Do you want to produce videos with clever angles on trending stories that move audiences to share them?  Are you passionate about creative production and want to work on branded content that is relevant to POPSUGAR’s audience?

Please apply here:


Editor Wanted for Two Projects

I'm a director looking for an LA based editor for two projects:

The first is to work ASAP on a comedic short/s. I'd ideally like to start working with an editor the w/c 15 Feb. It's a fun script, strong DP and sound man, plus the actors involved are great (Eric Ramey - Ray Donovan, House of Lies; Nick Maccarone - Law & Order SVU). For a small fee; mainly for credits/experience.

The second project is more continuous editing work for a very new start-up agency I'm working with. We are building e-businesses for various clients, including a set of yoga videos to shoot later this month, which will involve 2-3 days of editing. The other project is taking an existing set of videos and cutting them for an online learning platform. We are also currently considering setting up a YouTube video production service for clients. There's lots of room to grow in the position.

If you are interested, please email me at annagjones@gmail.com and provide a quote for your work on either/both projects.

Assistant for Executive Producer Wanted

Seeking a hardworking organized assistant for an EP on a successful 3rd season cable series. Series is shot in NY, EP is in LA working in Post through May/June. Experience working in production and/or post strongly preferred.

Responsibilities include: scheduling and managing calendar (ability to coordinate with production in NY and post in LA), ability to listen and take detailed notes during meetings, understanding of story and ability to discuss cuts and scripts with the EP required. College degree required. Ideal candidate should want to be a creative producer. Knowledge of/experience working in NY a huge plus. Position is at Sunset Gower and goes through May/June. Please send resumes to coexecutiveproducerasst@gmail.com

Discount Tickets from CTG
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:
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