UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter - November 4, 2016
UCLA TFT Alumni Newsletter
November 4, 2016
Welcome to the TFT Alumni Newsletter 
Questions, comments? Email alumni@tft.ucla.edu
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News and TFT Alumni Events
Melissa Finell's (MFA '15) Sensitivity Training Screening 
TONIGHT at 7:30PM. James Bridges Theater, TFT
The Q&A will be moderated by Catherine Hardwicke
TFT Department of Theater Presents: Three Sisters 
Alumni Night, November 11th

Three Sisters

By Anton Chekhov, Adapted by Sarah Ruhl  
Directed by J.Ed Araiza 

Olga, Masha and Irina long to leave their sleepy, backward provincial town and get back into the glamorous city of Moscow. Contemporary playwright Sarah Ruhl gives a fresh look at the classic drama about big dreams stuck in a small town.


Nov. 4-5, 8-12, 2016 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 at 2 p.m.

Little Theater, TFT


TFT alumni are invited to a meet and greet in Dressing Room 1 after the performance on November 11th. Light refreshments will be served.

Tickets are available at this link for the November 11th performance.

Alumni can enter the code "TFT16" for a discount on any of the Three Sisters performances.

"Luminous!...A crisp, breezy new English version by Sarah Ruhl. Its fierce beauty suffuses every moment and reaches for immortality." 

—  San Francisco Chronicle

"Sarah Ruhl's smart new translation...feels just right to contemporary American ears: Lean, colloquial and conversational for us, and true to Chekhov's original." —  Cincinnatti Enquirer

"Working with a crisp, breezy new English version by Sarah Ruhl (based on a literal translation)...Chekhov's masterpiece [comes] to life as if it were taking place today. And 110 years ago." —  SFGate

MOMA NYC Presents: 30th Anniversary Screenings of
Donna Deitch's DESERT HEARTS



The 30th Anniversary Celebratory Screenings of

Donna Deitch’s (MFA '76) 'DESERT HEARTS'

December 2 thru 8, 2016

In conversation with Donna: Stars Helen Shaver and Patricia Charbonneau 

And a special surprise guest

Please visit our website for schedule and updates:


Desert Hearts clip
TFT Grad Student Eric Mallory Morgan Takes First Place at the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards

From TFT.ucla.edu:

UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television screenwriting graduate student Eric Mallory Morgan was named the first-place winner at the 61st Annual Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards on Tuesday, Nov. 1, earning the $15,000 first-place prize for Tonya, one of five finalist scripts in contention. Morgan was one of four finalists from UCLA TFT.

The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation's Rorri Feinstein announced the winners during the evening ceremony at the UCLA Faculty Center.

In a tie, the $7,500 second-place prize went to a pair of winning screenwriters: UCLA TFT screenwriting graduate student Nicholas Adams for his script Falling, and UCSD's Bennett Fisher for his script Damascus. Screenwriting graduate student Dominic Abeyta received the third-place prize ($4,000) for his script 100 Degrees and production/directing graduate student Meedo Taha received the honorable mention ($2,000) for Other People.

At last year's awards ceremony, screenwriting graduate student Emily Bensinger took the first place prize for her script Harridans.

The awards were started by Samuel Goldwyn, Sr. in 1955 at UCLA to encourage young film, stage and television writers. The awards are open to all students at any University of California campus and screenplays, teleplays and stage plays are accepted. Previous Goldwyn Awards winners include filmmakers Francis Ford Coppola, screenwriters Pamela Gray, Colin Higgins and Eric Roth, and novelist Jonathan Kellerman, among others.

The judges for this year's Awards were writer-director James Gunn ( Guardians of the Galaxy ); AMC and Sundance TV president of original programming and development Joel Stillerman; and writer-director-actor-producer Danny Strong ( Empire, Game Change ).

Former winners of the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards have written more than 300 films, television series and made-for-TV movies. These productions have won a total of 27 Academy Awards with 101 nominations, 35 Golden Globe Awards with 189 nominations, and 87 Emmys with 488 nominations. Many previous winners are also popular authors who, collectively, have published more than 60 books including many  New York Times  bestsellers. 

Save the Date: December 15th
2016 TFT Alumni Holiday Party
December 15th

TFT Alumni Holiday Party

Culver City

More info to follow
Alum Awarded Development Deal at NYTVF

Chas Jackson (Professional Program in Writing for Television '14) was awarded with a development deal with One X Studios, while at The New York Television Festival last month. 

How to Start Your Production Company 
An Exclusive Salon at AFI
How to Start Your Production Company - An Exclusive Salon at AFI

November 13, 2016



Jon Reiss (TFT MFA '95, Berkeley) – An acclaimed producer and director and expert in independent film marketing and distribution. Jon Reiss has written 6 books, made 5 feature films, is an award winning music video producer and director for bands such as Nine Inch Nails, has consulted for Paramount and the Sundance Institute, and teaches in the film program at Cal Arts. 

Brad Hall (UCLA '91) – A former Paramount Executive, he had a successful career in film and TV production working with Warner Bros, Disney, Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon before starting EntertainmentCareers.net.

Dinners for 12 Strangers Registration Open

Dinners for 12 Strangers is a 48-year UCLA tradition that has become a global phenomenon. Every year, on one of three nights, alumni, faculty and students come together to enjoy good food and great conversation. In 2016, alumni hosted more than 350 dinners around the world involving more than 3,700 Bruins.

2017 Dinners will take place on:

Feb. 25, Feb. 26, March 5

Sign up today!

For more information, contact Alyson Beckman at dinners@alumni.ucla.edu.

Sit down strangers. Stand up as friends.

Hosting a Dinner for alumni in your area is the perfect opportunity to make new friends and connections – and re-engage with the UCLA community. Dinner can be potluck, casual or gourmet – the choice is yours!

Visit https://alumni.ucla.edu/traditions/dinner-for-12-strangers/regional/ 

The Raw Science Film Festival
Submissions Open

Official Selections of the RAW SCIENCE FILM FESTIVAL 2016 are listed below!

The festival is open for entry until November 9, 2016. 

The festival honors films on science and technology worldwide. Raw Science proudly joins festival partners  Explore Mars Space Tourism Society Canada , and the  Arthur C. Clarke Center for Human Imagination . Categories include fiction and non-fiction for both students and professionals. Cash prizes are awarded. Animations and infographics are welcomed.

NYC Alumni: Tadmor at The Distillery Writing Lab Application Open
At Tadmor, we develop, produce, and finance independent films with a focus on commercial,
auteur driven projects that challenge conventions. Our award-winning films include Swiss Army
Man (Winner • Directing Award, US Dramatic Competition • Sundance 2016) and Junction 48
(Winner • Audience Award • Berlinale Panorama 2016 | Winner • Best International Narrative
Feature • Tribeca Film Festival 2016). To see our full roster of projects, please visit our website:


We are looking to collaborate with and cultivate the next wave of innovative filmmakers and
writers through our writing lab, The Distillery.
Entering its second year, The Distillery is a three month program (Feb. 27, 2017 - June 2, 2017)
during which participants develop a new or existing feature film or television script.
What we provide:
  • WORK SPACE: Desk space at Tadmor’s office in the Flatiron District of New York City.
  • ONE-ON-ONE WORKSHOP SESSIONS: Bi-monthly sit-down sessions with our team to
intensively workshop scenes, discuss broader story or character developments, and
strategize casting, getting the best tax incentives, and setting up financing structures.
  • INDUSTRY MEET & GREETS: Award winning writers, directors, and producers are
invited to meet with participants, discuss ideas, and answer questions.
  • CREATIVE COMMUNITY: Weekly Distillery lunches and informal drink nights.
  • PRODUCING/FINANCING PARTNER: Tadmor will have first look to produce and/or
finance any projects that stem out of The Distillery. Graduates will build a relationship
with a development/production/financing company for these and future works.

How to apply:
  • INTRODUCE YOURSELF: We want to get to know you, your style, what excites you, and
why you're interested in the program. Maximum one page.
  • TELL US A STORY: Send us a screenplay or finished film (short/feature/TV episode). It
should be a complete story with beginning, middle, and end.

E-mail your resume, introduction, and story to info@tadmor.co with the subject line:
" Distillery Application". Applications are due December 31, 2016. We will be reaching out
with interview requests on a rolling basis. Final decisions will be made in February. A pplicants
should be NYC based for the duration of the program.
Job Listings and Available Services
LMG LTD MEDIAFILMS Seeks Cameraperson for Found Footage Film

We are seeking a CAMERAPERSON for a FOUND FOOTAGE independent film project: The Mars Colony Serial Murders.

Screenplay ready, cast in development stage II. Should be good at angles, with SOME prior experience in video or film school film projects.

Various Assistant Level Positions

Dan McManus at Rise Management is looking for a new assistant (his current assistant is going to work for one of his clients). Dan reps writers, directors and actor/performers in both drama and comedy. Clients include Vanessa Bayer, Eric Andre, Jeff Nichols, Kate Berlant, Nathan Fielder, Kyle Mooney, etc. Questions/resumes/etc. can be sent to joe@risemanagement.com. 11/1

High-volume Production company in Beverly Hills, with first-look deals in both Film & Television, is currently seeking an ambitious and self-motivated Executive Assistant with at least one year of agency/management experience. Organization and the ability to create and maintain systems is crucial, as is a passion for the business. Responsibilities include phones, scheduling, taking notes, and travel on the administrative side, as well as reading, creating and maintaining actor/director/writing 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 (but is also a self-starter), and is always looking ahead and anticipating what will be needed. Please send cover letters and resumes to AsstHire@gmail.com. 11/1

Mortar Media is looking for a new assistant to support the team at our management/production company that focuses on non-scripted television development, talent branding and management. We are looking for a candidate that is interested in working with media personalities as well as television development and branding. Agency experience is a major plus. Creative writing and graphic design skills are a big bonus. This is a high volume desk at an exciting new company and you must be resourceful, organized and able to multi-task. There is a major opportunity for promotion for the right person that is passionate about working with interesting talent and developing/producing non-scripted television and digital content. Send resumes to mortarasst@gmail.com with the subject line “RE: Assistant Position”. 11/1

Very active Beverly Hills literary management/production company seeking an Executive Assistant to both partners. Job responsibilities include standard assistant duties: overall office upkeep, covering phones, interacting with clients, managing appointments, occasional script coverage, and reading of submissions. The two partners require a smart and agile thinker who can adapt to the constant stream of clients and projects. This position will lead to growth within the company for the right candidate. Candidates must be reliable, polite, organized, punctual, and work well under pressure. No two days are the same. On any given day, you could be helping manage a multimillion dollar Kickstarter campaign, assisting with development/packaging one of the companies’ IP, or noting a clients’ newest script. The ideal candidate looks to transition into a junior management position. This is not a job for those who want to work in development or be writers. One year Agency/Management experience preferred. If you are interested in this opportunity, please email cover letter and resume to litproductionasst@gmail.com 11/1

Talent manager/producer – seeks assistant with one year agency/mgmt experience. The usual skills needed, computer, phones, scheduling, latte making with the foam art on top (kidding, or am I?) yada yada. 90% typical office duties, 10% personal assisting. Looking to start training 11/14/16 email resumes to ryan@zerogravitymanagement.com 11/1

Beverly Hills Talent Agency is seeking a full-time Assistant to CFO in Accounting. Seeking driven individual that is interested in growing within the company. Must have excellent communication, phone, and computer skills, ability to multi-task within a fast paced environment, highly organized, comfortable performing administrative tasks, attention to detail and accuracy, must have a great attitude and strong work ethic. Previous industry experience. Send resumes to: employmentad15@gmail.com 11/1

Lighthearted Entertainment, an unscripted television production company in Burbank, is seeking an Executive Assistant for 2 owners/co-Presidents. Duties include phones, heavy scheduling, maintaining a very busy calendar for entire office, coordinating with members of production, booking travel, and handling pitch and development materials. Looking for a candidate with a vested interest in pursuing a career in unscripted television. Must have agency or production company experience. Please send a brief cover letter and resume with subject EXEC ASSISTANT 2016 to share@lighthearted.com 11/1

Talent agency seeks assistant. Position is for busy desk. Previous assistant experience required. Tasks include common assistant duties: scheduling client auditions, rolling calls, etc. Looking for a candidate with great communication skills that can problem solve and handle stressful situations with common sense and grace. Position is for a very established and respected company representing award winning clients. Candidates with InEntertainment experience are desired. Email resume, cover letter and any references to: 9229listings@gmail.com 11/1

Boutique talent management company seeks motivated assistant. Our office is team-oriented: dynamic, hard-working, fun/friendly. We’re looking for a candidate who is pursuing a career in talent management—with one year of agency/management experience. Typical assistant duties: rolling calls, emailing, scheduling. Must be able to problem-solve, prioritize, think ahead and communicate confidently. Unlimited upside, competitive salary. Please send a cover and resume to: motivatedassistant.la@gmail.com, using the subject line: Motivated Assistant. 11/1

Talent agency representing production clients seeks coordinator for commercial department. This position works closely with supporting the desks of three busy agents, including directly assisting the head of the commercial department. This is a high-volume desk requiring strong attention to detail, organizational skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills, as well as the ability to prioritize tasks, responsibilities, and work within deadlines. The position encompasses general assistant responsibilities including: phones, scheduling, maintaining grids/databases/paperwork, as well as heavy client interaction. Forward-thinking and professionalism is critical as this position also interacts and liaises with the US, London, and Paris offices. Minimum 1-year previous desk experience is required (and experience in production is a plus); this is not an entry level position. Send cover letters, resume, and salary requirements to wpaoperations@gmail.com 11/1

Netflix currently has an opening for an EA supporting 3 Executives on the International Series Originals team. The candidate must have series production experience in an admin capacity. Secondary language is strongly preferred. Ideal candidate will have a minimum of 1 year on a desk supporting a high volume agent / executive desk. Candidates should apply to bhhiring@netflix.com by submitting their resumes. 10/28

Live Nation’s Film & TV department is seeking a Production Assistant to provide administrative support to a high-level Executive/Producer. Duties include scheduling meetings, maintaining calendars, making travel arrangements, processing expense reports, running personal errands and assisting with special projects. Needs to have thick skin, attention to detail, and an ability to operate successfully in a demanding environment. Also able to work flexible and long hours including late nights, and sometimes weekends. Job duration is temporary with potential for long-term and this is a paid position. Please send resumes and references to LNProductionJobs@gmail.com. 10/28

Bill Block is seeking a full-time assistant at his film financing, production and ecommerce company. Candidates should be experienced in assistant responsibilities: phone answering, email dictation, travel scheduling, submission tracking and have at least 1 year of desk or assistant experience. Fluency in Mandarin Chinese a plus. Sense of urgency, quick thinking, and flexibility are also important. Assistants will work closely with Mr. Block on all of his projects and will have the opportunity for hands-on experience with financing and production. The position has room for growth. Please submit resumes to asstblock@blockent.com. 10/28

Whalerock Industries is currently seeking an experienced, capable Executive Assistant to provide administrative support to the Head of Digital. The role allows exposure to exciting departments of Whalerock Industries, an entertainment digital media company based in West Hollywood. The executive assistant candidate must be highly organized and intuitive. He or she enjoys and thrives in a fast-paced challenging, yet fun environment. Candidate must have at least 1-2 years of prior experience working as an assistant to a President, C-level, and/or senior executive(s) at agency/studio/network. Candidates must be able to field calls, manage calendars, travel and facilitate interdepartmental communication. In addition, he or she should be passionate and has a keen interest in new or digital media. If interested, please email your resume to syamazaki@whalerockindustries.com. 10/28

Manager/Producer at literary management/production company seeking assistant. Candidate must be extremely motivated and detail oriented, able to handle heavy phones, a busy calendar and other administrative duties. The ideal candidate will also be enthusiastic about reading and covering incoming material. This is an exciting opportunity for someone who is interested in both the television and feature business. Please send your resume to masstresumes@gmail.com 10/28

Footprint Features, a prestigious independent feature production company, is seeking an Executive Assistant/Creative Executive. Responsibilities will include typical administrative duties, script coverage, research, and managing the internship program. At least 1-year of agency or management experience preferred. The ideal candidate should have professional communication skills and an active interest in indie film production. Salary is DOE. Please send resume and cover letter to ffassistant2016@gmail.com with the subject line “Executive Assistant/Creative Executive Position.” 10/28

GSN Santa Monica is looking for an assistant to support the Programming department. Candidate should be driven, organized, a team player, innovative, creative and have a willingness to learn about the entertainment industry. Entertainment experience is required as well as written and computer skills. Responsibilities include scheduling, calendar management, prepping materials, and conducting research. Send resume and cover letter to tvcareers@gsn.com Please put “Programming Administrative Assistant” in subject line for immediate consideration. 10/28

Major management/production company seeking an organized, motivated, detail-oriented, and proactive assistant for head of management division and company partner. Significant industry experience and references are required. An interest in talent management and producing is essential. Responsibilities include: client interaction, heavy phones and email, scheduling, booking travel, project and script coverage. Working well under pressure is a must. This is not a first desk. Significant growth opportunity for someone with the desire to become a talent manager and producer. Talentmanagementassistant2016@gmail.com 10/28

Optimism Entertainment, a Talent & Literary Management firm is hiring for assistant positions. Responsibilities include: Script coverage, booking travel, submissions, scheduling appointments, answering phones, working directly with high profile client’s, CD’s, producers, and studio/network executives. Must be extremely detailed, polite, confident, well organized and possess a high level of initiative. Highly proficient in computer skills(Both MAC & PC) including BD services, IE, Photo Shop, Microsoft Office, Word, Excel. Ideal applicants should have strong knowledge of who the key executives and casting directors are, and MUST have at least 2-3 years agency or management experience as an assistant. Prefer applicants who have a strong interest in eventually becoming a talent or literary manager. This position offers competitive salary + bonus and medical benefits. Resume and cover letter should be sent to Amy@optimisment.com 10/28

President of busy boutique talent agency seeking assistant. Responsibilities include very heavy call volume, heavy email and appointment generating, and managing multiple calendars. Must have ability to multitask, problem solve, and have excellent office etiquette. We are looking for a smart and enthusiastic person, who is organized and interested in film and television. Ideally the candidate will have 1 year desk experience at an agency or studio. Please send cover letters and resumes to easstpos@gmail.com 10/28

Prominent Talent Management Company in Beverly Hills/Weho is seeking an Assistant to the President of the Company. Growth opportunity to segue into managing talent while handling assistant duties, and ultimately be full time manager for the right candidate. Duties include reception, office managing responsibilities, scheduling, general office, and administrative tasks. Rolling calls, submissions and maintaining relationships with talent/buyers. InEntertainment software and 1 year agency experience. Email resume: Martha@Shelterpeople.com 10/28

Various Personal Assistant Positions

A-List Production Company is seeking a motivated and detail-oriented applicant to serve as the 2nd Assistant to the Family. S/he will work for a producer and actress and their family out of a busy production office with duties to include scheduling appointments and booking travel, spearheading personal projects, running errands, overseeing general office maintenance and other miscellaneous tasks. Applicants should be energetic, thoughtful, great communicators, highly organized, and should
also enjoy kids. Prior experience in production or at a production company preferred. Salary is negotiable based on experience. The company offers full health benefits and partial cell/data and mileage reimbursement. We are looking to fill this position immediately. Please email all resumes to Kaitlyn@apatow.com 11/1

Busy actor looking for a personal assistant/house manager. You would mostly be working out of their home office (sometimes you would be working from your home), barely any travel or set work. A minimum of 5 years experience working out of someones house and knowledge of technology is a must. No room for growth as this is a stricly personal assistant/house manager position. Please send resumes to: zigpix1@gmail.com. Please put PERSONAL ASSISTANT in the subject line 10/28

CTG Presents:  Vicuna
By Jon Robin Baitz
Directed by Robert Egan
October 23 – November 20, 2016

Special $25 Vicuna Ticket Offer
For Performances October 23 – November 6, 2016

*Valid now through November 6 for selected locations in Price Level B.  Offer not valid on previously purchased tickets or combined with other offers.  Not valid on Sunday, October 30.  Handling fees may apply.  Subject to availability.

A tailor to the wealthy, powerful, and famous struggles to serve a very unusual client: a blustering real estate tycoon and reality TV star who—to everyone’s surprise—becomes a major party’s nominee for President. As the election spins out of control, the tailor and his apprentice are forced to examine their roles as confidants and image-makers for the candidate…and whether the right suit has the power to clinch the presidency. The World premiere of this hot-off-the-presses satire from Jon Robin Baitz ( Other Desert Cities) offers a unique opportunity for a play to participate in our nation’s political discourse as it unfolds.
Portland Center Stage Presents:  The Oregon Trail

Emily Caitlin Yetter ('10) stars in Portland Center Stage's production of The Oregon Trail, running October 29th through November 20th.

The promo code “VIPGROUP” can be used for $10 off for Oregon Trail or any show in our current season. They can purchase tickets online at https://www.pcs.org/ and enter the promo code or call our box office directly at 503-445-3700 and mention the code.

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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