UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - March 31, 2017
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
March 31, 2017
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News and TFT Alumni Events
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.

Joe and Anthony Russon to Produce Next Film by The Daniels
From Deadline:

EXCLUSIVE: Joe and Anthony Russo have made a deal with Swiss Army Man                   writer/directors Daniel Scheinert and        Daniel Kwan (aka The Daniels) for their next feature.

The film is being kept under wraps but it is a science fiction movie and is said to be as original as Swiss Army Man, the film that won them U.S. Dramatic directing honors at 2016 Sundance with Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe starring, the latter as a gassy corpse. The Daniels will write, direct and produce the sci-fi film. It is untitled, as is the production venture that the Russo Brothers set up with the Huayi Brothers Media Corporation last summer. This is their first major film deal for the brothers, who follow Captain America: Civil War by directing back to back sequels to The Avengers. Those are blockbusters, but the Russo siblings started in the art house space, before they became Marvel blockbuster guys.

The Russos will produce with Scheinert and Kwan, and Jonathan Wang, the latter of whom was their partner on Swiss Army Man. Josh Rudnick at Mosaic will be exec producer with Russo Brothers partner Mike Larocca. Mosaic and attorney Jeff Endlich rep The Daniels.

The Southland Company Presents:
The Gita & The Gun
March 31 - April 1
The Gita & The Gun follows sixteen-year-old Abhiti living as the target of bullies and with a single mother stuck in the past. Encouraged by nightly visits from a mysterious trumpet-playing elephant, Abhiti learns to face her darkest fears.

Written by Roshni Shukla (MFA '16)
Directed by Darcie Crager (MFA '16)
Lighting Design- Ning Ji (MFA '16)
Musical Direction- Lea Madda (MFA in progress)
Dramaturge- Israel López Reyes (MFA '16)
Artwork by Carl Edward Mongan

Performance Dates/Times:
Friday, March 31st at 8pm
Saturday, April 1st at 3pm
Saturday, April 1st at 8pm
Pre-show reception with live jazz and cocktail reception at the evening performances from 8pm - 8:30pm with show promptly beginning at 8:30pm. 

General Admission - $20
Under 30/Military/Student Discount: $15, Use Online Code ELEPHANT at checkout (ID for verification to be presented at show). 
Tickets can also be purchased at the door. All major credit cards accepted. 

Length of Show is 1 hour and 30 minutes 
Recommended for ages 13+ for mature language, sexuality and adult themes

The Gita and The Gun was developed as part of our annual Launch Los Angeles company event and supported with funds from our generous donors. 

Special thanks to the Asia Society of Los Angeles, UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, Art Share L.A., and our generous friends and supporters.

Visit:  http://www.thesouthlandcompany.com/ 
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thesouthlandcompany/
Twitter: @thesouthlandco
Instagram: @thesouthlandcompany

India Journal has a recent interview with Roshni Shukla, writer of The Gita & The Gun, about the play.
"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/

Nina Menkes Update
This weekend  Nina Menkes (MFA '89) is participating in the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Deutsche Film-und Fernsehakademie Berlin (dffb) in  Berlin, Germany ( March 24-26, 2017); the event is entitled “ Shock of the Real”. Menkes will present her feature Queen of Diamonds (1991), discuss the film with Revolver ’s Nicolas Wackerbarth; will give a public talk entitled “ Cinematic Images of Women: Power and Gender in Shot Design” and will hold a master class for the DFF students.

Menkes will also be presenting her visual lecture “ Power and Gender in Shot Design” at the Women's Media Summitt in Provincetown, MA March 31-April 2nd. The Women's Media Summit is spearheaded by director and founder of Women Directors in Hollywood, Maria Giese (MFA '94). " Nina Menkes, one of America’s greatest experimental feature film directors and a professor at Cal Arts will give a talk on depictions of women in cinema”—Film Inquiry. March 23, 2017

On April 3rd, Menkes will participate in a panel at AFI, put on by " The Caucus For Producers, Writers & Directors Foundation", about the work of Chantal Akerman.

Menkes is currently in the process of organizing financing for her new feature Minotaur Rex.
Minotaur Rex is set in Jerusalem and deals with the Palestinian-Israeli conflict through the contemporary retelling of an ancient myth. Menkes was awarded a Creative Capital grant and Fulbright Fellowship to Middle East and North Africa to develop and write the screenplay for this new work.

For more information: info@ninameneks.com.
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.
Coachella Valley Repertory Theatre Presents: Disgraced
By Ayad Akhtar
March 8-April 2, 2017
Disgraced is directed by  Joanne Gordon  (PHD '84).

Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his cultural roots. Emily, his wife, is white; she’s an artist, and her work is influenced by Islamic imagery. When the couple hosts a dinner party, what starts out as a friendly conversation escalates into something far more damaging.
“…Blistering social drama about the racial prejudices that secretly persist in progressive cultural circles.” – Variety

Winner! 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama http://cvrep.org/events/362/disgraced/

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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

Based in Beverly Hills, UTA is seeking a Corporate Communications Assistant to provide administrative support to the Global Head of Corporate Communications. This position’s primary role is to support the day-to-day functions of the Global Head of Corporate Communications, including: heavy scheduling, travel, internal event planning and monitoring coverage for the agency and its clients. In this project heavy role, the candidate will also be responsible for a variety of day-to-day programmatic and administrative tasks and will be expected to produce high-quality communications materials, help to organize press events, contribute to online communications, and act as a media liaison. One year of prior experience in entertainment publicity at a public relations agency, studio or network is required. Please send cover letter and resume to FrancoK@unitedtalent.com with the subject line “Corporate Communications Assistant.” 3/24

Talent Assistant will provide support on company-wide talent booking and directly assist both the EP of Digital and the Talent Producer @ Funny or Die. The position includes casting lists, phone coverage, scheduling, as well as support to the team at large for departmental meetings, talent meetings, projects, etc. Candidates should have a minimum of 1 year administrative experience within a fast paced environment, preferably at a talent management and/or agency. Strong oral and written communication skills, and strong attention to detail are required. Desire to be a team player and work with many different departments of a growing media company. Please email resumes to talent@funnyordie.com with FOD TALENT ASST in the subject line. 3/24

Senior talent manager at a prestigious management/production company seeking an assistant. Must have previous assistant experience (agency/talent experience preferred). Ideal candidate is detail-oriented, thick-skinned and comfortable in a high-volume, fast-paced environment. You will be leaned on for script notes and opinions on material, so a strong reading background is preferred. Job responsibilities include standard assistant duties: rolling calls, scheduling for the manager and clients, coordinating travel and expenses, and liaising with high-profile clients and executives. This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who wants to grow in talent management – please apply only if you are interested in working in talent representation. Please send resumes to actalentasst1@gmail.com. 3/24

Talent Partner/Manager at a prestigious management/production company looking for a 1st Assistant. This is not a starter desk. All applicants must have at least a year assistant experience (agency/talent experience required). Must be highly motivated, thick-skinned, detail-oriented with superior organizational and communication skills to multi-task in a fast-paced environment. Job responsibilities include: handling all client appointments and schedules, updating talent grid, scheduling and managing travel for clients and the manager, heavy phones, scheduling, overall office upkeep, interacting with casting offices and clients, reconciling expenses. Demanding desk, but an incredible opportunity for the right candidate. This is not a lit or production desk. Please apply only if you want to work strictly with talent. Please send resumes to actalentassistant@gmail.com 3/24

Lit Manager / Producer at Anonymous Content looking for an assistant. Clients work in TV and Film, but majority of projects are in the TV space. General duties include phones, scheduling for manager and his clients, maintaining submission logs, reading scripts, expenses and research. Creative input on client and producing projects is always welcomed and encouraged. A great position for someone who is interested in learning about management and could see themselves down the line working as a manager/producer. Please send resumes to anonymouslitjob@gmail.com 3/24

Looking for an assistant for Dean Schnider at Management 360. Needs to be able to handle a fast-paced environment, should be determined, organized, resourceful, ambitious, and passionate. This desk is now more focused on producing, has a few lit and non-traditional clients and doing early stage venture capital within Management 360. Resumes can be sent to theminger@management360.com 3/24

Fast paced executive office is looking for a highly resourceful forward thinker experienced in providing superb administrative support for high-level executives. Must be well organized, very detail-oriented, extremely efficient, polished, and customer service oriented. This position requires a flexible schedule that involves some evening and occasional weekend hours. Knowledge of the film industry is a plus. 3+ years of experience assisting high-level executives and bachelor’s degree preferred. Please submit cover letter and resume to jrushing@oscars.org 3/24

Kerner Entertainment is looking for a highly motivated full-time Assistant to start in May. The Assistant will assist both Producer Jordan Kerner and the Director of Development. He/she will be exposed to daily operations at a busy Film and TV production company and the front lines of script development and production. Duties include basic assistant tasks such as scheduling, phones, emails, expenses, travel, and all necessary logistical and creative support. We’re a small team so creative input, script coverage experience, knowledge of major players, projects, writers/directors, etc. is a plus and valued greatly. There’s room for creative growth and involvement over time for the right person. Ideally looking for someone who has 1 year agency experience and an interest in development and/or producing. This role offers great exposure to the development and production worlds as well as strong mentorship internally. Please email resume/cover letter to lisa@kecoent.com with subject line reading “Assistant Position.” Interviews for qualified candidates will start immediately. 3/24

Titan Platform, a media & entertainment set-top company is looking for a Content Partnerships Coordinator to support our content team. You must have a history working with content owners / producers (traditional and digital-first), be great at media industry research, evaluation of content catalogs, reporting, presentations and content database prep & maintenance including deal progress and industry-level contacts. Email Kelly, Titan Chief Content Officer, at kdigregorio@titanplatform.us. 3/24

High-volume film & television production company working with A-list talent, with a first-look deal on the feature side, is seeking an ambitious and self-motivated Executive Assistant to the CEO, a former studio head. Significant experience on a high-volume desk is required; at least one year of agency/management experience is preferred. Organization and the ability to create and maintain systems is crucial, as is a passion for the business. Responsibilities include phones, scheduling, taking notes, travel and expenses on the administrative side, as well as reading, creating and maintaining actor/director/writer lists, and contributing to the overall creative process on the development side. Knowledge of major players (agents, managers, directors, writers, producers, etc.) is a must. Ideal candidate has a positive attitude, is committed to his/her career, thrives in a fast-paced environment, can work within a team, and knows how to anticipate. Please send resumes to AsstHire@gmail.com. 3/24

Assistant needed 3 days a week for established female Executive/Producer. Must have experience working as an assistant, be very professional, extremely detail oriented, a quick learner, resourceful, able to prioritize, multitask and anticipate needs, have excellent phone, communication and organizational skills, plus discretion with confidential materials. Responsibilities include phones, scheduling, research, follow up, script coverage and personal assistant duties. Mac, Microsoft Office, fdr and FileMaker proficiency required with ability to quickly learn and trouble shoot software. Please e-mail cover letter, photo and resume: producerasstapply@gmail.com 3/24

Santa Monica based Production Company seeks a full-time Executive Assistant with a min. 2-5 years of admin experience; agency experience highly preferred. E.A. must efficiently coordinate Executive’s daily calendar and manage heavy call volume and scheduling. Job requires someone who is calm under pressure, resourceful and a self-starter. Responsibilities include, but not limited to: scheduling, rolling calls, and travel coordination. Candidates must have prior experience supporting high-profile industry executives, as well as strong communication and computer skills and the ability to multi–task and prioritize. Flexible hours are expected, including evenings, weekends and holidays as required. Must be able to quickly acclimate to a fast-pace environment and be able to anticipate Executive’s needs; following through on all tasks through completion. Only candidates with prior agency and/or production experience in a supportive role will be considered. Please e-mail resume to: executivejobshollywood@gmail.com Subject line: Executive Assistant 2017. 3/24

Well-known LA based Talent Management Company is looking for an assistant to a senior manager. Ideal candidates should have at least one year’s desk experience at an entertainment company, a desire to work with talent and an eagerness to learn the management business. Candidates must be extremely detailed, very organized, computer and social media literate, able to multi-task, and possess a high level of initiative. Please email resumes to talent.asst.500@gmail.com. 3/24

Busy unscripted production company is seeking an assistant to work for one of its CEO’s. Candidates should work well in team-oriented environments, are able to perform in high stress situations and are passionate about unscripted entertainment. Responsibilities include rolling calls, heavy scheduling, and general administrative duties. Agency and/or production company experience required. Please submit cover letter and resume to officemanager@invent.tv, with subject “Executive Assistant Position”. 3/24

Wondros is a full-service creative agency in West Hollywood that is currently seeking an Executive Assistant to the Strategic Director. Primary responsibilities include calendar and inbox management, scheduling, taking and circulating meeting notes, and assisting the Strategic Director to develop and manage new business opportunities. Secondary responsibilities include working with the story department and new business team to develop and send out proposals for new projects, and acting as a liaison between clients, the Strategic Director, and the Wondros team. Successful candidates will possess excellent communications and organizational skills, be able to work well independently and in a team, and thrive in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment. A high level of initiative is expected, as is a collaborative orientation to team work. An undergraduate degree from a four-year college is preferred, as is an interest in design research and storytelling. Please send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to savannah@wondros.com. 3/24

Los Angeles based Talent Agency is looking for an Agent-in-Training (aka a smart, resourceful, and ambitious assistant) for a full time position specifically in the area of unscripted television and digital content! Industry experience is a MUST. Candidate should be detail-oriented, with solid computer knowledge and excellent communication, organizational and multi-tasking abilities. Good people skills are vital along with a pleasant phone manner and professional appearance. Responsibilities will include administrative tasks, rolling calls, scheduling meetings, managing calendars, etc. for a busy and successful agent. Great position for someone looking to eventually become an agent! Send resume and cover letter to bungeejumper42@gmail.com. 3/24

Talent manager seeks full time assistant. Must be A-personality, good on the phones, and have great communication skills. Experience in agency or management firm preferred but not required. Open to actors interested in learning the other side of the business. Should be familiar with mac environment, Word, Excel, iMovie. Must be able to multi-task and prioritize. Ideal for anyone wanting to become a talent rep. must be good on the phones and able to pitch. Salary: $11/hour. ManagementasstLA@gmail.com 3/24

Need assistant for 2 Below the Line agents. Involves heavy phones, multi-tasking, requires strong follow through with attention to detail. Must be super organized and able to work well under pressure. Tasks include phones, database entry, typing deal memos, setting client meetings, updating client resumes and some project research. Prior industry experience a plus. Please include resume in body of email and include salary requirements. Email resume and cover letter to Agencybelowtheline@gmail.com. Submissions should be sent within the body of your email wherever possible. 3/24

Boutique management company looking for a great entry level assistant. Must love actors, film and TV. Must be proficient on MAC, great people skills and great personality, energy and phone skills. Knowledge of breakdowns, Lacasting, Castinfrontier, google docs, Excell, rolling calls, script coverage, online calendars and basic editing would be great. Great growth opportunity for the right individual. Prefer someone who has a great eye for talent and would like to become a manager or agent and grow with the company. Prior agency, casting or management experience and college degree preferred. Manhattan Beach Studios location. Please send cover letter and resume to: joblistingaec@gmail.com 3/24

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

He describes it as " Hollywood's newest, cheapest, and best way to receive professional caliber story coverage on scripts or treatments. Where do alumni come in? Bruins only team. Welcome to nerative."

Please send all inquiries to info@nerative.com.

View the website 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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