UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - May 12, 2017
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
May 12, 2017
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News and TFT Alumni Events
Alumni, Please Join Us In Welcoming Class of 2017!
TFT Alumni Welcome Party
June 5, 2017
RSVP to Attend the
UCLA TFT Alumni Short Film Celebration in NYC
Thursday, May 18th, 7:00PM
UCLA Spring Musical: CARRIE

Carrie the Musical

Music by Michael Gore, Lyrics by Dean Pitchford; Book by Lawrence D. Cohen, based on the Stephen King novel
Musical Direction by Dan Belzer, Stage Direction by Nick DeGruccio
Vocal Direction by Jeremy Mann, Choreography by Lee Martino

Plagued by bullies at school and an oppressive mother at home, an awkward teenager finds her telekinetic powers and discovers she has the final revenge. Based on the smash novel, this musical delivers the legend of Carrie in a new and exciting way.

June 2-3, 6-10, 2017 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, June 10, 2017 at 2 p.m. 
Little Theater 

“A blood-spattering triumph” —  Patrick Hurly, That Awesome Theatre Blog

“A thrill ride…the musical version of a haunted house”  — TheaterMania

“A full-throttle theatrical experience — Cirque du Soleil meets Disneyland, with pig’s blood”  — Los Angeles Times

Tickets available here.
Sacha Gervasi's new project has been given the green light by HBO Films: "My Dinner with Herve".
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Erick Oh Talks About Leaving Pixar To Direct At Tonko House
From Cartoon Brew

Tonko House, the animation studio started by Robert Kondo and Dice Tsutsumi, is publishing a series of video profiles of the artists working on their projects.

The latest profile in the series highlights Erick Oh, who is directing The Dam Keeper series that Tonko is producing for Hulu. Like the two Tonko founders, Oh formerly worked at Pixar

Ren Hanami Earns Emmy Award Consideration for
Appearance on CBS Drama ‘Criminal Minds’

LOS ANGELES (May 9, 2017) – The Primetime Emmy Award season has begun and actress Ren Hanami has earned consideration for ‘Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series’ for her appearance in the CBS drama CRIMINAL MINDS.

CRIMINAL MINDS follows an elite group of profilers as they analyze the nation's most dangerous criminal minds in an effort to anticipate their next moves before they strike again. In the episode “Alpha Male,” a series of acid attacks draws the BAU to Philadelphia. Local Burn Specialist, Dr. Marion Rillo (Hanami) briefs the team on the severity of the victims’ injuries and offers her insight on the perpetrator’s motive.

The Primetime Emmy Awards recognize excellence within various areas of television and emerging media. It’s a symbol of peer recognition from over 20,000 Television Academy members with each member casting a ballot for the category of competition in their field of expertise. Voting is scheduled to begin June 12, 2017.

Wilma Mankiller Documentary to Premiere at the 2017 LA Film Festival
May 9, Los Angeles- The documentary team of Gale Anne Hurd and Valerie Red-Horse Mohl are bringing their third and most powerful Native American narrative to the big screen.  MANKILLER examines the legacy of the formidable Wilma Mankiller, who defied all odds to become one of the most influential and successful leaders in the United States.

Although Wilma Mankiller considered herself a liberal Democrat, she was nonetheless chosen to run for Deputy Chief of the Cherokee Nation by a conservative Republican.  Together they led their Nation in a bi-partisan partnership that is sadly missing in today's political landscape.  Her leadership style and achievements are even more remarkable in retrospect, given our country's current divide over issues like the environment and health care.  With bigotry and sexism on the rise, the new feature documentary, MANKILLER, serves as both a wake-up call and a beacon of hope for the future.

A stalwart activist for women's rights, Wilma Mankiller was cited by the organizers of the January 2017 Women's March on Washington as one of the most important leaders in America's movement for equality.  As a young girl, Wilma's family was relocated from the Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma to San Francisco.  Although the move was traumatic, it was in the Bay Area during the turbulent 1960s that she became involved in the fight for civil rights and joined the Alcatraz Occupation. Wilma brought this passion and organizing expertise with her when she returned to the Cherokee Nation. Although she faced rampant sexism, she served three terms as the Cherokee Nation's Principal Chief, winning 80% of the votes in her final election.  Wilma Mankiller laid the foundation for the Nation's current economic and socio-cultural status as one of America's most successful tribes. 

“I was immediately drawn to Wilma's powerful story. On both a personal and political level, her legacy is more relevant now than ever”, said Executive Producer Gale Anne Hurd. “This film and Wilma’s life serve as a powerful lesson in the art of the possible.  As she herself said ‘The secret of our success is that we never, never give up’.”  

MANKILLER reunites the accomplished documentary team of Gale Anne Hurd (The Walking Dead, The Terminator trilogy) as Executive Producer and Valerie Red-Horse Mohl (Naturally Native) as Director/Producer. Kristina Kiehl (The Cherokee Word for Water) and Charlie Soap, Wilma’s widower, also serve as Producers.  Felicia and Gina Olaya (Wilma’s daughters) join the production team as Co-Producers. The filmmakers’ close ties to Wilma and the Cherokee Nation allowed for unique access that includes interviews with colleagues, friends, family, celebrities and government leaders. 

The world premiere screening of MANKILLER will take place as part of the LA Film Festival on Monday June 19th at the ArcLight Culver City at 6:15 pm (9500 Culver Blvd. Culver City, CA 90232). Press screenings will be available to all Festival accredited members of the press, so be sure to apply by May 16th.

The Producers of MANKILLER, as well as members of Wilma’s family, will attend the premiere. A Q&A will take place immediately following the screening.

Individual tickets will go on sale to Film Independent Members on May 16th and to the General Public on May 23rd. You can follow this link to purchase - https://tickets.lafilmfestival.com/Online/ 

Monday, June 19, 6:15PM, ArcLight Cinemas, Culver City - 9500 Culver Blvd, Culver City, CA 90232.  A Q&A with the filmmakers (as well as Wilma's family) immediately following the screening.

Leon Katz Memorial Celebration
Monday, June 12, 2017
Esteemed playwright, scholar, dramaturg, teacher and friend Leon Katz born July 10, 1919 passed away on January 23, 2017 at the age of 97. 

You may have been one of the many who were touched, moved, and inspired personally and professionally by this extraordinary human being.

A group of Leon’s students, colleagues and friends from various parts of the country have joined forces to organize the Leon Katz Memorial Celebration — to be held 7 pm, Monday, June 12, 2017 at Center Theatre Group’s Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, California.


Monday, June 12, 2017 @ 7 pm


Kirk Douglas Theatre

9820 Washington Boulevard

Culver City, California 90232

Phone: (323) 546-9346 / Email: LeonKatzMemorial@gmail.com

Job Listings and Available Services
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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.” 5/9

Executive Assistant to Senior-Level Development Executive, Feature Animation. Major Studio is seeking a highly organized and detail oriented career assistant. The person in this role will manage and support the day to day needs of a senior-level development executive in Studio’s Animation Division. This is an hourly, administrative, non-exempt role with the expectation of being available to work overtime. Three or more years of administrative assistant experience on a high-volume development executive’s desk in entertainment is required. To apply, submit your resume to FFERESUMES@fox.com and reference UTA Job List in the subject line.” 5/9

A-list writer/producer/director with first look studio deals for both film and television seeks new executive assistant. Applicants should be comfortable navigating a high volume desk with heavy calls, scheduling, travel, and submissions. Ideal candidates must be calm under pressure, easy going, diligent problem solvers, organized, professional, and good at multi-tasking. Must be comfortable interacting directly with high-level talent and industry players. Minimum 1-2 years experience at an agency or production company, flexible nights and weekends, and a bachelor’s degree are required. Please submit resumes to: filmassistant123@gmail.com 5/9

Studio71 is accepting resumes for the President’s desk. The right candidate is an extremely organized, natural-born networker/entrepreneur with a genuine interest in transforming our digital talent into global household names. You know how to run a C-level desk and you’re ready to take on some serious responsibility. The weak need not apply. Submit resumes to baldwin@studio71us.com 5/9

LA-based management/production company seeking Assistant to Talent Manager. A minimum of one year desk experience at a talent agency or management company is required, and an interest in pursuing talent management is strongly preferred. Candidate must have strong communication, computer, and multi-tasking skills. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: scheduling, rolling calls, reading material, writing correspondence, booking travel, and handling daily tasks for talent. This is a job that requires quick thinking, and an eye for detail. Please send resumes to gftalentasst@gmail.com 5/9
Entertainment business management firm seeks full time manager’s assistant. We seek a congenial team player to process payables, handle phones, mail, bank runs and vendor phone calls. College degree and smarts required. Great location on Sunset Strip in same building as Soho House. Fun office and full benefits. Email resume to alex@smtmgt.com. 5/9

Talent Manager at high-end management/production company looking for an assistant. This is not a starter desk, but the ideal opportunity for someone who wants to be a talent manager. Client list includes prestige actors and actresses who have won every major award and starred in global box office hits. Positive working environment that rewards entrepreneurial, self-starting initiative. All applicants must have assistant experience (agency/talent experience strongly preferred but not essential for smart, fast-learning applicants). Must be organized, hard-working, detail-oriented, good at gathering information and able to multi-task in a fast-paced environment. E-mail cover letter and resume to anoncontalentasst@gmail.com 5/9

Untitled Entertainment is seeking an assistant to two talent managers. Responsibilities include: dealing with high level talent, phones, scheduling, script reading/coverage, sending out client appointments, keeping records updated, and other general office/clerical duties. Agency experience preferred. Please email resume to nathan@untitledent.com 5/9

Executive Assistant needed to assist VP, Production and Development and Senior EVP, Business and Legal Affairs. With a hit television show on the air and several feature projects poised to go this year, this is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in pursuing a career in scripted development or producing for Film and TV. The assistant is encouraged and expected to read project drafts and incoming subs, compose notes, and participate in weekend read. A year of experience at an agency or production company preferred but not required. For the right person, definite room from growth. Please send a brief cover letter and resume to james.madejski@constantin-film.de 5/9

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 resume to officemanager@invent.tv, with subject “Executive Assistant Position”. 5/9

Production company of an A-list showrunner in prep on a major series seeks an executive assistant for its Co-Founder / President. Standard EA duties apply, but this assistant will also have his or her hands in a wide variety projects from helping with the series, to organizing and editing documentary footage, to supporting the co-founder’s indie record label and artist management business. Experience with Adobe Creative suite, editing software and Pro Tools is a huge plus. Looking for at least a one-year commitment. Please send resumes and cover letters to sixeightsevenhr@gmail.com. Get creative with your pitch; template/token cover letters are strongly discouraged. We want to see if you are the right personality fit for our company so tell us what makes you tick, your interests, quirks, etc. Include graphics, illustrations, musings or whatever else gives us insight into your disposition. 5/9

Academy Award-winning producer Cathy Schulman is looking for a second assistant to join the team at her start-up production company. Duties include scheduling, expenses, travel, and heavy reading. We are a small team with many television and feature projects in development, so it is a very hands-on environment with room for growth for the right person. Please send resumes to quinn@welleent.com. 5/9

1stAveMachine Content needs an art director / creative development associate to assist our Creative Director and EP with ongoing digital and long form projects and pitches. Candidate must have great design sensibilities and be fluent in Indesign, photoshop and Premiere Pro (Illustrator and other design software a plus) and be a strong researcher. This person must be comfortable and confident interfacing directly with client; project managing skills are a major plus. Please email with the title ”ART DIRECTOR / CREATIVE DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE” ** Please send along a copy of your resume, along with any sample treatments or decks you may have for review. cmaiatico@1stavemachine.com 5/9

Up-and-coming management/production company with A-list writer and director clients is looking for an asst for the founder/principal to start around May 22nd (flexible on exact start date). Not a first desk but excellent opportunity for someone who wants to be a manger and/or producer, with entrepreneurial spirit. Principal is very open to creative input and asst bringing in their own projects under the company banner. Please send resumes to mgmtprodasst2017@gmail.com 5/9

assistant / jr manager needed for established sunset blvd/west Hollywood talent management joint. Must have agency and/or management experience. multi-tasker. fluent in inEntertainment software. desirous to be a manager; and to eventually take over and push us out. solid environment, with great clients. worthy salary and benefits. a-game applicants only. email resume/cover email to: sj1818@icloud.com 5/9

Talent Management Company seeks awesome assistant. Must have agency/management assistant experience. Previous experience should include packaging talent submissions, rolling calls, scheduling, maintaining call sheets and other databases such as InEntertainment, and Breakdowns. Qualified candidates should also be extremely detail oriented, motivated, excellent communication skills, personable, fast learner, have a great work ethic punctual, and be happy. Must be able to multi-task, be organized, pay attention to detail and follow instructions, and organized and able to manage multiple shifting priorities in a fast-paced environment while meeting deadlines. Strong computer skills are a must. It would be awesome if the person wants to be a manager and we want someone who can grow with our company. The salary is $15- $30 an hour depending on experience and medical benefits. Please email references, cover letter and resume to TalentManagerAssistant9999@Gmail.com 5/9

Boutique Agency in Beverly Hills seeks experienced Coordinator or talent agent. Must be likable and a team player. Highly motivated, self-starter. Please submit resume, requirements and and cover letter to nicole@elev8agency.com 5/9

Boutique Agency in Beverly Hills seeks Talent Coordinator to work closely with Theatrical Partner. Must have desire to become Agent. Previous agency experience required. Must know systems and protocols. Be well-presented & personable. Must be detail organized, professional and have the ability to multi-task. Will interface with clients, agents, managers, attorneys, casting, and producers. Good phone demeanor is a must. Fun personality always a plus! Please send resumes and inquires to nicole@elev8agency.com 5/9

Talent agency seeks assistant. Position is for busy desk so previous assistant experience required. Tasks include typical assistant duties: scheduling appointments, rolling calls, etc. Looking for a candidate with the ability to problem solve, think ahead and handle stressful situations calmly. Specify if you have InEntertainment experience. Email resume, cover letter and any references to: 9229listings@gmail.com 5/9

We are looking for an agent trainee/ junior agent specializing in commercial and music video to join our team at Partos Company. We are seeking someone who sees commercials and music videos as short form storytelling, and possesses the discerning taste, relentless inquisitiveness, and voracious focus to collaborate with visual artists in accomplishing their goals and dreams. Ideal person is result-oriented, communicative and have previous experience with commercials/ Music videos. This is a chance to learn and grow on a team that greatly values your input and ideas. Contact: mitz@partos.com ; Operations@partos.com 5/9

The Gersh Agency seeks an Assistant to a high-volume talent partner. At least 1 year agency/industry related 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. BA/BS degree is required. Please send resume and cover letter to HR@Gersh.com 5/9

The Gersh Agency seeks applicants for its Mailroom Trainee Program. Trainees typically begin in the mailroom before progressing into the role of an assistant in a particular department. Trainees benefit from both direct experience and dedicated training that prepares them for a variety of entertainment careers or for possible advancement to Agent at Gersh. Responsibilities include script coverage, heavy phones, submissions, rolling calls, and providing administrative support when needed. Must be extremely detailed, organized and possess a high level of initiative. Highly proficient in computer skills including Microsoft office, word and excel. Applicants should possess an undergraduate degree from a four-year college; Those looking to become an agent preferred. Gersh is a full service agency with offices in Beverly Hills and New York. Gersh maintains a focus on fostering the careers of its trainees and young agents. Please send resume and cover letter to HR@Gersh.com 5/9

Busy LA based Talent Management company is looking for an assistant. Desk experience at an agency, production or previous management company is ideal, with familiarity of InEntertainment, video editing, and Breakdown Express a strong plus. The candidate needs to have an eye for detail, be tech savvy, confident with managing calendars and office supplies, and also possess strong communication skills / phone etiquette. Please email your resume to: D2ManagementAsst@gmail.com 5/9

The Kohner Agency (television/film) in Beverly Hills, has an immediate opening for a skilled and highly motivated individual seeking an Assistant position supporting one of our talent agents. Administrative responsibilities include draft letters, schedule appointments, manage rolling calls, maintain call sheets, and databases, as well as client support. To be considered, candidates must have excellent verbal and written communications skills, be detail-oriented, organized and able to manage shifting priorities in a fast paced environment. Meeting deadlines is crucial to success in this position. Proficiency in Microsoft Office, PC and Mac a must. Being well versed in the industry and familiar with local writers, directors, casting agents, producers and executives around town is a plus. The position requires a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or University. Candidates must have 1+ years of administrative experience at a talent, casting or Management Company. Please email resume and cover letter to tlentagcy@gmail.com. No phone calls please. If you do not meet the requirements do not apply. 5/9

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. 5/9

Renaissance Literary & Talent, a full-service literary and management firm based in Los Angeles, has an opening for a literary assistant. This is an amazing career opportunity to be involved firsthand in the publishing and film industries. We not only represent authors but also manage film, TV, and radio talent. Compensation depends on availability and experience. To apply, send a cover letter and resume to Sandy Flynn: flynnsandym@gmail.com. We are looking to fill this position ASAP. 5/9

ICM Partners®, a major talent and literary agency, is seeking a tenacious and highly motivated assistant to assist a very busy agent in our talent department. Candidate must have at least 1 year of agency or industry related experience (non internship). Must be able to work extremely well in a fast paced environment, have excellent communication skills, and be very detail-oriented and organized. A BA/BS degree is required. Resumes to careersla@icmpartners.com 5/9

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
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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