Saturday, November 28, 2009

Deadlines Nov. 30th - TV and Feature Screenplay Contests (plus short film festival)

Deadlines Nov. 30th - TV and Feature Screenplay Contests (plus short film festival)

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ONE PAGE SCREENPLAY CONTEST - Exciting contest where the WINNING script is made into a film

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WILDsound's NOVEMBER Festival Events
Friday/Saturday November 27/28 2009

CLICK HERE and reserve your TICKETS to the Screenplay Festival Reading

Terrific films, scripts being showcased with an outstanding
lineup of Moderators from the industry to lead the way

Both events take place at the National Film Board Cinemas, 150 John Street
In the heart of the Entertainment District, Toronto, ON - EVENTS START AT 7:00pm SHARP!

TV PILOT and SHORT Screenplay Contest Festival
FRIDAY November 27th


Featuring the FULL READING of the WINNING TV PILOT Screenplay by Robert J. Sawyer (creator of the hit TV Show Flashforward on ABC)

Come down to the National Film Board, have a drink, be entertained and learn something too!

helpimage BEST of SHORT FILMS from around the world!

SATURDAY November 28th


The only FEEDBACK FILM FESTIVAL in the world!

Featuring the TOP SHORT FILMS 2009

Because this is the LAST WILDsound event of 2009, we are offering FREE TICKETS for everyone. RSVP by clicking on the Film Festival link above!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
Too often we . . . enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of thought.
- John F. Kennedy

"Plan for the future -- wait to live it until it gets here,  learn from the past and move on -- for it will not change; live life to the fullest and be thankful for the moment which is only happening right now!" Kurt Kelly

So what are you thankful today?

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

ASIFA Archive Fundraising Screenings of Secret of Kells

ASIFA Archive Fundraising Screenings of Secret of Kells

ASIFA-Hollywood, GKIDS and Cartoon Saloon invite you and a guest to a special screening of...

Secret of Kells

December 4-10, 2009
AMC Burbank 8
201 E Magnolia Bl
Burbank, CA 91501

ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive Fundraiser Screenings

Friday, December 4, 2009 7:00 pm
Saturday, December 5, 2009 2:00 pm
Sunday, December 6, 2009 2:00 pm
Monday, December 7, 2009 7:00 pm
Tuesday, December 8, 2009 7:00 pm
Wednesday, December 9, 2009 7:00 pm
Thursday, December 10, 2009 7:00 pm

Admission - $12 Adult, $9 Children, $11 Senior
Order Tickets Online Now:

Buy your tickets online and $4 per ticket will be donated to the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive. To purchase tickets, please visit Select "ASIFA HOLLYWOOD" from the green pull down menu at top of the site labeled "select my school or organization", then buy the tickets for whatever screening you want to attend. Don't forget to bring the kids!

About The Secret of Kells

Magic, fantasy and Celtic mythology come together in a riot of color and detail that dazzle the eyes in this sweeping story about the power of imagination and faith to carry humanity through dark times. Young Brendan lives in the Abbey of Kells, a remote medieval outpost under siege from raiding barbarians. One day a celebrated master illuminator arrives from foreign lands, carrying an ancient--but unfinished--book, brimming with secret wisdom and powers. To help complete the magical book, Brendan has to overcome his deepest fears on a dangerous quest that takes him into the enchanted forest where mythical creatures hide. It is here that he meets the faerie Aisling, a mysterious young wolf/girl, who helps him along the way. But with the barbarian hordes closing in, will Brendan's determination and artistic vision illuminate the darkness and show that enlightenment is the best fortification against barbarians?

Running time: 75 minutes


Your Company
Please note: this IS NOT a SAG Foundation event. Please do not contact our office regarding this event. RSVP info provided below.

Back Stage, The Hollywood Reporter and The Weinstein Company cordially invite you and a guest to An Evening With...


a free special screening of the film to be followed by a Q&A with cast member Christoph Waltz.

The film, written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, follows a group of Jewish-American soldiers, known as "The Basterds," intent on brutally killing Nazis. A young Jewish woman, who once escaped death at the hands of the chilling Colonel Hans Landa (Waltz), is thrown into the midst of a perilous plot involving the Basterds, a beloved German actress, and the movie theatre she runs.

The ensemble cast also includes Brad Pitt, Diane Kruger, Eli Roth, Michael Fassbender, Mélanie Laurent, and Daniel Brühl.

Christoph Waltz won the award for Best Actor at this year's Cannes Film Festival for his portrayal of Col. Landa and is slated to star as the villain Chudnofsky in the upcoming "Green Hornet" film, starring Seth Rogen and Cameron Diaz.

The screening will take place:

Wednesday, December 2nd

Arclight Sherman Oaks
1501 Ventura Blvd.,
Los Angeles

RSVP Required. To RSVP, call 424-203-0877 or email, indicating how many are in your party.  Photo ID required for admittance.

As a courtesy to your fellow actors, please do not RSVP for this screening if you do not intend to stay for the Q&A portion of the evening. This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. Seating is on a first-come/first-serve basis. A reservation does not guarantee admittance.

ASIFA ALERT: Support the Animation Archive When You Shop At Ralphs

ASIFA ALERT: Support the Animation Archive When You Shop At Ralphs

Ralphs Card Program DO YOU HAVE A RALPHS CARD?

Ralphs Card ProgramRalphs Card ProgramIf you shop at Ralphs, you can contribute to the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive automatically as you shop for your groceries... and it doesn't cost you a cent! Ralphs will contribute a portion of your purchases to the Archive every time you use your Ralphs Card. Sign up to help us out online today!

It's easy, just follow these simple steps...

  • Sign up with an online account to register your card on the Ralphs Login/Sign Up page
  • Step through the process to create an account with Ralphs' web site.
  • Verify your account by clicking on the link in the email they send you
  • Go to the Ralphs Community Contribution page
  • Click on the PARTICIPANT ENROLL button at the bottom of the page.
  • Login using your email address and password.
  • Go through the process to link your card to ASIFA.
  • When asked to FIND YOUR ORGANIZATION, enter this NUMBER: 83902
  • Click on the SUBMIT button
That's all there is to it! Now, every time you shop, you'll be helping out the Archive. Ralphs requires that you relink your card to us every October 1st. We will remind you next year. Thanks very much for your support.

Stephen Worth
Animation Archive

2009 Satellite Awards to Spotlight Mary Pickford, Michael York, Roger Corman and Roger Deakins

2009 Satellite Awards to Spotlight Mary Pickford, Michael York, Roger Corman and Roger Deakins

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Quendrith Johnson or Mirjana Van Blaricom (818) 989-1589 FAX: (818) 787-3627 2009 Satellite Awards to Spotlight Mary Pickford, Michael York, Roger Corman and Roger Deakins Los Angeles, CA, November 19, 2009 -- The International Press Academy’s 14th Satellite Awards™ presentation will be held Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009 in the Grand Salon at the InterContinental Hotel in Century City, Calif. During the ceremony the IPA will celebrate screen legend Mary Pickford’s 100th Anniversary in film, which dates back to her 1909 start at Biograph Studios. Besides being the original “America’s Sweetheart” on screen, Pickford was a powerhouse behind the scenes. She co-founded independent studio United Artists, was a member of the group of influential players who established the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences™ (AMPAS), and was the first movie star to receive a million-dollar billing with her name at the top of the marquee. Since 1997, the IPA’s highest honor has been the Mary Pickford Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to the Entertainment Industry -- a special life achievement award. This year’s recipient is actor Michael York. In 2008, York narrated “Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies,” a documentary that chronicles Pickford’s eventful career. The film features vintage reels and archival footage with cameos by her fellow artists and famous friends, including Charlie Chaplin, Douglas Fairbanks, Lillian Gish, Adolph Zukor, and Amelia Earhart. This year’s Satellite Award honorees also include cinematographer Roger Deakins (A Serious Man, No Country for Old Men) and legendary filmmaker Roger Corman. Deakins will receive the 2009 Tesla Award for Visionary Achievements in Filmmaking Technology. Corman will receive the 2009 Auteur Award. Celebrity arrivals for the 14th Satellite Awards begin at 5 pm. The Awards Presentation takes place at 6 pm in the Grand Salon, followed by a dinner at 8 pm. The InterContinental Hotel is located at 2151 Avenue of the Stars in Century City.
The International Press Academy (IPA) is among the largest and most diverse associations of professional entertainment journalists representing both domestic and foreign markets in print, television, radio, cable, and new media outlets. See for more information. # # #

Storied Filmmaker Roger Corman Nets IPA’s 2009 Auteur Award

Storied Filmmaker Roger Corman Nets IPA’s 2009 Auteur Award

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Quendrith Johnson or Mirjana Van Blaricom (818) 989-1589 Storied Filmmaker Roger Corman Nets IPA’s 2009 Auteur Award Los Angeles, CA, November 11, 2009 --The International Press Academy today announced that legendary producer-director Roger Corman will receive the 2009 Auteur Award at this year’s 14th Annual Satellite Awards™ on Sunday, Dec. 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, Calif. From his humble beginnings as a messenger on Fox Lot at $32.50 a week, Roger Corman became a top genre director in Hollywood before he left the studio system in the early 1970’s to found his own studio. With more than 300 feature-length film titles as producer and 50 films as director, Corman is widely recognized as one of the most influential and creative low-budget horror/action filmmakers in the industry. With titles like “The Monster from the Ocean Floor,” “It Conquered the World,” and the Edgar Allen Poe-inspired “Masque of the Red Death,” Corman became famous for “what you might call a personal style,” according to the director. Shot in weeks or sometimes in days, many of Corman’s off-beat groundbreaking productions like “The Little Shop of Horrors” went on to become worldwide cult hits. The acclaimed director is also credited with making the first "biker" movie Wild Angels (1966), starring Peter Fonda and Nancy Sinatra. A year later Corman backed The Trip, a film written and directed by Jack Nicholson, that ushered in the psychedelic film genre. Steeped in imaginative special effects and mind-buckling plotlines involving unlikely creatures like “carnosaurs,” “dinocrocs,” and outsized insects, Corman’s trademark personal style spawned its own industry of admiring imitators. The word Cormanesque even entered the language as a way to describe anything that hints at the producer-director’s unusual flair. The IPA’s Auteur Award was established in 2005 to honor filmmakers whose singular vision and unique artistic control are reflected in films that influence audiences and fellow artists alike. Corman’s sweeping influence on fledgling producers, directors, writers and actors is widely acknowledged.
Some of Hollywood’s most familiar and talented personalities were formed under the influence of Roger Corman. His list of protégés includes: Jack Nicholson, Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Fonda, Bruce Dern, Diane Ladd, Talia Shire, Peter Bogdanovich, Robert DeNiro, Martin
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Scorsese, Sally Kirkland, Ron Howard, Charles Bronson, Joe Dante, Jonathan Demme, Gale Ann Hurd and James Cameron. In 1990, Roger Corman wrote the memoir How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never Lost a Dime. Written with Jim Jerome, the book chronicles his unique and revolutionary approach to making films. Working with bare-bones budgets, Corman was often required to be hands-on in every aspect of the process from story development to financing, marketing and distribution. With many accolades to his credit, Roger Corman will be recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science (AMPAS) with a well-deserved honorary Oscar™ for life achievement later this year. Past recipients of the International Press Academy's Auteur Awards include: Baz Luhrmann, Julian Schnabel, Robert Altman and George Clooney. A complete list of award show details can be found on, the official site of the IPA Satellite awards.
The International Press Academy (IPA) is among the largest and most diverse associations of professional entertainment journalists representing both domestic and foreign markets in print, television, radio, cable, new media outlets. See for more information. # # #

Roger Deakins Honored as the IPA’s 2009 Tesla Award Recipient

Roger Deakins Honored as the IPA’s 2009 Tesla Award Recipient

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Quendrith Johnson or Mirjana Van Blaricom (818) 989-1589 Roger Deakins Honored as the IPA’s 2009 Tesla Award Recipient Los Angeles, CA, November 4, 2009 --The International Press Academy today announced that cinematographer Roger Deakins will receive the 2009 Nikola Tesla Award in Recognition of Visionary Achievement in Filmmaking Technology at this year‟s 14th Annual Satellite Awards™ on Sunday, December 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, CA. Nominated eight times for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography, Roger Deakins‟ creative influence behind the camera can be seen in the „emotional look‟ of films ranging from “The Shawshank Redemption,” “Fargo,” Martin Scorsese‟s “Kundun,” “O Brother Where Art Thou?,” Ron Howard‟s “A Beautiful Mind,” “The House of Sand and Fog,” “Revolutionary Road,” and “Doubt.” In 2007, Deakins received two Oscar™ nominations in the same year for “No Country for Old Men” and “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford.” IPA first presented the Tesla Award in 2001 to honor game-changing pioneers who influence the way filmed entertainment has evolved. Deakins is credited with being among the first to manipulate film stock using the „bleach bypass‟ method, which leaves a silvery black feel to the images and de-saturates the color as the negative develops. For the film “Assassination of Jesse James,” he created a modified set of lenses now known as “Deakinizers.” On “The Man Who Wasn‟t There,” he created a unique black-and-white look from color stock for Joel and Ethan Coen. Deakins‟ long-standing collaboration with the Coen Bros. dates back to their 1991 dark comedy “Barton Fink,” and has resulted in a remarkable slate of films. “A Serious Man” from Focus Features is his most recent project with the Coens. The American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) has nominated Roger Deakins a total of nine times for Outstanding Cinematography, with two wins for “Shawshank” and “The Man Who Wasn‟t There.” He has been nominated five times and twice won the BAFTA award for cinematography for “The Man Who Wasn‟t There” and “No Country for Old Men.” His list of awards includes a Satellite Award for “O Brother Where Art Thou” as well as a Satellite nomination for “Assassination of Jesse James.” Deakins has also received the National Board of Review‟s career achievement award for cinematography.
Although the British-born DP is a master of conventional still photography methods and traditional cinematic techniques, he is unique in also being on the vanguard of the Digital
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Intermediary (DI) process. Simply put, the DI process involves digitzing film, and then having the freedom to work with all aspects of the images from color grading, lighting and shading, and even grain structure, before returning the result back to film stock. “O Brother Where Art Thou,” a collaboration with the Coen Brothers, was one of the first films to use this process. When the film started shooting, the technology was in such early stages that it was uncertain if their aim was achievable, however Deakins gambled on the advance of technology during the time between the start of shooting and of post-production. Roger Deakins is also breaking new ground as a visual consultant on animated features. Beginning with Pixar's “WALL•E,” Roger was brought in to help create a unique look for that project, bringing the world of physical production and lighting into the world of animation. He is currently continuing this work on two additional animated projects, “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Rango.” As one of the technical innovators in the industry, Deakins joins the prestigious ranks of Tesla honorees. Past recipients of the International Press Academy's Nikola Tesla Award include: George Lucas, James Cameron, Jerry Lewis, Stan Winston, Richard Donner, Dennis Muren and Rick Baker. A complete list of award show details can be found on, the official site of the IPA Satellite awards.
The International Press Academy (IPA) is among the largest and most diverse associations of professional entertainment journalists representing both domestic and foreign markets in print, television, radio, cable, and new media outlets. See for more information. # # #



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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Quendrith Johnson or Mirjana Van Blaricom (818) 989-1589 Michael York Honored as the IPA’s 2009 Mary Pickford Award Winner Los Angeles, CA, October 14, 2009 --The International Press Academy today announced that actor Michael York will receive the 2009 Mary Pickford Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Entertainment Industry at this year’s 14th Annual Satellite Awards™ on Sunday, December 20, 2009 in Los Angeles, CA. Spanning 45 years in entertainment, Michael York’s career began on stage in his native England with the National Youth Theatre. After graduating from Oxford University, he joined Laurence Olivier’s National Theatre in 1965 and made his film debut the following year in Franco Zeffirelli’s The Taming of the Shrew with legendary screen couple Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. He also appeared as Tybalt in the Zeffirelli remake of Romeo and Juliet. York’s movie career now includes more than 60 credits. He dazzled with Liza Minnelli in Bob Fosse’s Cabaret (1972), found heart throb status as d’Artagnan in The Three Musketeers (1973) and its sequels. York played Logan 5 in cult classic Logan’s Run (1976) opposite the late 70’s icon Farrah Fawcett. Other classic credits include the all-star Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Island of Doctor Moreau (Burt Lancaster version), The Last Remake of Beau Geste (1977) and Billy Wilder’s Fedora (1978). Michael York broke through to a new generation as Basil Exposition, Mike Myer’s boss, in the first installment of the Austin Power’s trilogy in 1997. He played that memorable character in all three of Myer’s spy send-ups, most recently in Goldmember (2002), which was released the same year that York received his Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. This year the distinguished actor stars in The Mill and the Cross (with Rutger Hauer and Charlotte Rampling) and narrates the documentary Mary Pickford: The Muse of the Movies. Besides playing himself recently in Larry David’s wry sitcom Curb Your Enthusiasm, York has appeared on The Simpsons and in the 100th episode of Law and Order: Criminal Intent. The veteran entertainer’s more 80 television credits include several Emmy nominations.
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A multi-talented performer with international appeal, York has appeared on Broadway, and performed at music festivals worldwide. An accomplished author, he is also a Grammy-nominated audio book narrator, as well as a sought-after lecturer on Shakespeare and the history of acting. His distinctive voice is most recently in evidence as the narrator of a new audio version of the entire Bible. Previous awards and honors recognizing the actor’s influential talent include Britain’s OBE and France’s Arts et Lettres. Married to the celebrated photographer, Pat York, he lives in Los Angeles where he is the long-time Chairman of the California Youth Theatre. Michael York’s lifetime contribution to the industry will be celebrated with the IPA’s presentation of the Mary Pickford Award on Dec. 20, with the venue to be announced shortly. Past recipients of the International Press Academy's Mary Pickford Award for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to the Entertainment Industry include: Louis Gossett, Jr., Kathy Bates, Martin Landau, Gena Rowlands, Susan Sarandon, Arnon Milchan, Robert Evans, Karl Malden, Francis Ford Coppola, Maximilian Schell, Alan J. Pakula, Jodie Foster, and Rod Steiger. Michael York will be the fourteenth recipient of the Mary Pickford Award.
The International Press Academy (IPA) is among the largest and most diverse associations of professional entertainment journalists representing both domestic and foreign markets in print, television, radio, cable, new media outlets. See for more information. # # #

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Kurt Kelly

Kurt Kelly

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Monday, November 23, 2009

“What You Need to Know About Your Agency Contract Before Signing It”

Hollywood Guild Members: Don't Miss this SAG General Services Agreement Seminar December 2

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What: Screen Actors Guild National Agency staff will hold a bi-coastal educational seminar on general service agreements, or GSAs (i.e. the contracts that ATA/NATR agents have been using to represent our members instead of the standard SAG agency contract). These GSA contracts are signed outside of SAG’s protection, and it is imperative that members have a working knowledge of what these contracts say before signing them—your professional future and your income may depend on it. This educational seminar will be especially helpful to any member who is having trouble making sense of the complicated legal language contained in the contracts that their agents have provided them. We urge all SAG members to attend. This event will not be taped.

When: 12-2:30 p.m. (PST) and 3-5:30 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, December 2, 2009
(RSVP required*)

Los Angeles: James Cagney Board Room (first floor), 5757 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA  90036. Parking will be validated.
New York: NY Boardroom, 360 Madison Avenue, 14th Floor, New York, NY  10017

Who: The seminar will be conducted by the National Director and Senior Counsel of Agency Relations, Zino Macaluso, and the Senior Agency Manager, Xochitl Cerda, in Los Angeles. Members in New York will participate live via videoconference. We strongly encourage all members who attend to bring a notepad and pen with them to these meetings. 

*RSVP: Performers interested in attending should immediately email the Guild’s agency mailbox at Please write SAG GSA Seminar—Reservation in the subject line. YOU MUST ALSO INDICATE IF YOU ARE PARTICIPATING FROM HOLLYWOOD OR NEW YORK. Only those members who have received confirmation emails from SAG may attend, so please act quickly as seating is limited.

Questions about upcoming events should be directed to the SAG Agency Department at (323) 549-6745 (Hollywood) or (212) 827-1445. (Any performer who has to cancel a reservation is asked to notify SAG immediately so that members on the waiting list may be contacted). Thank you. We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday, December 2, 2009.

All paid-up SAG members in good standing will be able to attend. Unfortunately, no guests allowed. Parents/guardians of young performers under 18 years-old are welcome. PLEASE BRING YOUR SAG MEMBERSHIP CARD FOR ADMITTANCE (paid thru October 31, 2009).

Sunday, November 22, 2009

World AIDS Day Fundraiser

World AIDS Day Fundraiser to support AFTRA Members in Need – Dec. 1

Flash! Los Angeles November 2009

The Board of Trustees of the Frank Nelson Memorial Sick & Benefit Fund
of AFTRA invite you to support their first

Annual World AIDS Day Fundraiser and Silent Auction
Dec. 1, 2009
This year marks the 21st anniversary of World AIDS Day urging a spirit of social tolerance and a greater awareness of HIV/AIDS on an international scale.

Marie Callender’s Grill
5773 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90036
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Auction and Bidding: 6 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.
Among the items to be auctioned are:
A special edition of Save the Children S. Bulgari silver ring, a T-Mobile Smartphone,
a gentleman’s Toy Watch, a Nintendo Lite DS, a Jawbone Bluetooth, MAC Make-up Box,
Ellen’s game and movie basket, Dr. Phil’s book basket, a Sarah Silverman basket,
“Jimmy Kimmel Live” VIP tickets & Green Room passes and swag from many AFTRA shows & much more!
$35.00 per person includes food and drink
All proceeds benefit the Fund's programs for AFTRA members in need.

To purchase tickets, please call:
Caroline Coderoni, 323.634.8240
Consuelo Flores, 323.634.8181
The Frank Nelson Memorial Sick & Benefit Fund's mission is to help qualified AFTRA members who face a crisis caused by illness, injury or other emergency with temporary financial assistance for basic livings needs. It is a separate agency from AFTRA, the labor union, is not supported by member dues but relies on grants and donations to continue its important work. Donations to The Frank Nelson Memorial Sick & Benefit Fund (FNF), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization (Federal I.D.#95-4195212) may be considered as a charitable contribution for tax purposes.

SAG Awards® Online Auctions

SAG Awards® Online Auctions to benefit the SAG Foundation to be managed by Clothes Off Our Back

Contact: Carrie White
(323) 549-6612

Annual SAG Awards® Online Auctions to benefit the SAG Foundation
 to be managed by Clothes Off Our Back

Los Angeles, California (November 16, 2009) For the first time, the annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® Online Auctions to benefit the Screen Actors Guild Foundation will be managed by Clothes Off Our Back. The auctions feature one of kind memorabilia, experiences and vacation packages.

The annual online SAG Awards Auctions benefits the SAG Foundation, currently celebrating its 25th year, to help make possible the Foundation's nationwide children's literacy programs now reaching 100,000 children per week through BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) and Storyline Online, the Foundation’s Actors Center and Foundation programs providing emergency relief to members in economic distress, emergency funds for members with catastrophic illnesses, video and audio preservation of the creative legacy of SAG members and scholarships for performers and their children.

The Clothes Off Our Back Foundation is a 501c3 organization that hosts charity auctions showcasing today's hottest celebrity attire. Items are put up for bid to the public with proceeds going to benefit children's charities. Clothes Off Our Back was founded by actors and philanthropists Jane Kaczmarek ("Malcolm In The Middle," "Raising the Bar") and Bradley Whitford ("The West Wing," "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip"), whose efforts, along with their celebrity and designer friends have helped improve the lives of children across the globe.

The SAG Awards Holiday Auction, which kicks off Thursday, Dec. 10, 2009 and runs through Friday, Dec. 18, will feature one-of-a-kind holiday gift inspirations including a VIP SAG Awards ticket package, autographed movie posters, red carpet bleacher seats, gift baskets and vacation packages. The Red Carpet Bleacher Seat auction is from Monday, Jan. 4 to Monday, Jan. 11, 2010 offering fans the opportunity to cheer SAG Awards nominees and presenters as they make their way down the red carpet. The Ceremony Auction runs from January 21 to Jan 29 with SAG Awards memorabilia, collectibles and one-of-a kind experiences donated by studios, presenters and nominees and their films and television programs.

“The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards” will be produced by Jeff Margolis Productions in association with Screen Actors Guild Awards®, LLC. Jeff Margolis is the executive producer and director. Kathy Connell is the producer. JoBeth Williams, Daryl Anderson, Scott Bakula, Shelley Fabares and Paul Napier are producers for SAG. Gloria Fujita O’Brien and Mick McCullough are supervising producers. Benn Fleishman is executive in charge of production.  More information is available online at

Screen Actors Guild is the nation’s largest labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists’ rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 branches nationwide, SAG represents more than 120,000 actors who work in film and digital theatrical motion pictures and television programs, commercials, video games, industrials, Internet and all new media formats.  The Guild exists to enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists’ rights. Headquartered in Los Angeles, SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. More information is available online at

TBS, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., is television's top-rated comedy network.  It serves as home to such original comedy series as "My Boys," Tyler Perry's “House of Payne" and “Meet the Browns,” as well as the upcoming “Neighbors from Hell”; late-night series like “Lopez Tonight,” starring George Lopez, and “The Very Funny Show,” hosted by Tim Meadows; hot contemporary comedies like "The Office," "My Name is Earl," "Family Guy” and "Seinfeld"; specials like "Funniest Commercials of the Year"; special events, including star-studded comedy festivals in Chicago and Las Vegas; blockbuster movies; and hosted movie showcases.

Turner Network Television (TNT), one of cable's top-rated networks, is television's destination for drama and home to such original series as the acclaimed and highly popular detective drama "The Closer," starring Kyra Sedgwick; "Saving Grace," starring Holly Hunter; "Raising the Bar," with Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Gloria Reuben and Jane Kaczmarek; "Leverage," starring Timothy Hutton; “HawthoRNe,” with Jada Pinkett Smith; and “Dark Blue” starring Dylan McDermott, as well as the newly acquired "Southland."  TNT also presents such powerful dramas, such as "Bones," "CSI: NY" and "Numb3rs"; broadcast premiere movies; compelling primetime specials, such as the “Screen Actors Guild Awards®”; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR and the NBA.  TNT is available in high-definition.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.


Performance Capture Work

Hollywood Guild Members: 

Attend a Meeting to Discuss 

Performance Capture Work December 3


Attend a Meeting to Discuss Performance Capture Work
Thursday, December 3, 2009

All Members and Non-Members who have been engaged to do Performance Capture work (also known as Motion Capture and Mo-Cap) for motion picture, television, commercial and new media productions, covered by SAG contracts, and those not produced under union agreements, are invited to attend a meeting to discuss with the Contract Department Staff and members of the TV/Theatrical Standing Committee, Performance Capture and its impact and application to our contracts.

Please inform your fellow union members and any non-members who perform this work about this important meeting. Participation is limited only by fire department regulations.

When: 7-8:30 p.m., Thursday December 3, 2009

Where: James Cagney Board Room, ground floor

5757 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA  90036
Parking will be validated.
Performers who do Performance Capture work and who are not from Los Angeles, yet happen to find themselves in Los Angeles on the day of the discussion, are invited to attend.

Parents/guardians of young performers under 18 years-old are welcome.

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Jeff Wald as its New Director of Broadcast

AFTRA Los Angeles Appoints Jeff Wald as its New Director of Broadcast

AFTRA Los Angeles is pleased to announce the appointment of Los Angeles news veteran Jeff Wald as its new Director of Broadcast.  A copy of the news release about Jeff’s appointment is provided below.
Jeff and the entire AFTRA Los Angeles Broadcast Department team are ready to assist you with any questions you have related to your contract, your AFTRA benefits, or any other issues which may arise.
Please feel free to contact them:
Jeff Wald, Director, Broadcast
323.634.8117 (Direct), (Email)
Ed Barnes, Business Representative/Organizer, Health & Retirement Ombudsman
323.634.8105 (Direct), (Email)

Josh Kruskol, Business Representative/Organizer

323.634.8108 (Direct), (Email)

Patricia Morgan, Business Representative/Organizer

323.634.8112 (Direct), (Email)

Bill Thomas, Executive Director, AFTRA Los Angeles

323.634.8132 (Direct), (Email)

Broadcast Department Assistants

Dawn Leonard 323.634.8129 (Direct),
Connie Ross 323.634.8119 (Direct), (Email)
Contact: Meredith Snow, L.A. Director of Communications 323.634.8131,

LOS ANGELES (November 16, 2009)—The Los Angeles Local of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) announced today the hiring of Jeff Wald as Los Angeles Director of Broadcast. Jeff will manage the daily operations of the Los Angeles Broadcast Department including contract negotiations and contract enforcement for all AFTRA television and radio stations in the Southern California market. He will report to Bill Thomas, Executive Director of AFTRA Los Angeles. 
“We’re pleased to welcome Jeff to AFTRA Los Angeles,” said Bill Thomas. “Jeff’s wealth of experience and his intimate knowledge of the broadcast business, both here in Los Angeles and across the country, position him as a strong advocate for AFTRA broadcast journalists in the evolving news media industry.”
Jeff previously served News Director for both KTLA Los Angeles and KCOP-TV. He also worked with Frank N. Magid as a consultant and eventually opened his own consulting agency where he advised all Clear Channel television stations nationwide and owned a news talent agency, Media People. As Executive Producer at KTLA and at KCOP, Jeff received 13 Emmys for news programming. He was also named Journalist of the Year by the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ-LA) and has been honored with 23 Golden Mike Awards. Jeff has served as President of the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California and has served on the boards of SPJ-LA and of APTRA (Associated Press Television and Radio Association). Jeff has also taught journalism at UCLA and Broadcast Journalism at USC, his alma mater. He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Telecommunications.
The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, AFL-CIO, are the people who entertain and inform America. In 32 Locals across the country, AFTRA members work as actors, journalists, singers, dancers, announcers, hosts, comedians, disc jockeys, and other performers across the media industries including television, radio, cable, sound recordings, music videos, commercials, audiobooks, non-broadcast industrials, interactive games, the Internet and other digital media. The 70,000 professional performers, broadcasters, and recording artists of AFTRA are working together to protect and improve their jobs, lives, and communities in the 21st century. From new art forms to new technology, AFTRA members embrace change in their work and craft to enhance American culture and society. Visit AFTRA online at



Dear Friends:
Two quick things:
  • Thanks so much to everyone that has already looked at the 7th (or 8th) Annual Big Sunday Holiday Volunteering and Giving Opportunities List and made a donation.

    Here’s part of an e-mail from a recipients to someone who was nice enough to respond to an emergency request for food by donating 16 bags full of food (!) to a needy family:
    "Oh my goodness! Your generosity is overwhelming! I delivered the bags and bags of food on Friday. It will keep this family going for months! They were moved to tears.

    I can’t tell you how touched I am that you choose to help us off of the long “wish list” that Big Sunday published."
    Many people still need your help. Check out the full list at (And check out the daily featured special holiday need on Big Sunday’s nifty Facebook page, too.)
  • Due to popular demand, we’ll be having our 2nd Big Sunday info meeting of the year on Sunday, December 6, from 35 in the afternoon at our office (still 7319 Beverly Blvd., still across from El Coyote). Everyone is welcome – those looking to help, those needing help, Big Sunday vets, and Big Sunday newbies, too. If you can come, please rsvp here or you can reply at our nifty Facebook page for that, too. (It’s very casual – we just need to know how many of our great snacks to get.)
Thanks as always,
David T. Levinson
Founder and Executive Director

Welcome the Beach House Artist in Residence, Majid Naficy


Why do I speak in poetry?
Because in this heavy mist
I cannot be a lighthouse
For drifting boats.
- Majid Naficy
The Annenberg Community Beach House welcomes its first Artist in Residence, poet Majid Naficy. His work is intensely lyrical yet gritty, as it moves between his past in Iran and his present in L.A. An accomplished poet, Majid fled Iran in 1983 after the execution of his wife, Ezzat, in Tehran. He has been a resident of Venice Beach and Santa Monica since 1984. His experience leads to work that makes startling connections between human nature post-revolution and on the streets that surround us. Majid will work on a new collection of poetry while in residence through January.
November 23, 6:30 pm: Poetry Reading with Najid Naficy
Please join us for his first reading, focusing on the theme of Santa Monica. (Addtional reading to follow in December.) Events are free - Reserve your seat today. 
Parking is $3/hr. The Marion Davies Guest House opens for tours at 5:15 pm. Please note: Back on the Beach Cafe is not open Monday evenings
Enjoy our view deck, gardens and splash pad daily 8:30 am - 5:30 pm. The Event House Gallery and Marion Davies Guest House are open Mondays 11 am - 3 pm. Docent tours given on Mondays at 11 am or 1 pm. 
Located at 415 Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica, the Annenberg Community Beach House is a new community destination open to all, no membership required. It's even available to rent for meetings & events! Visit us online at for more information.

Friday, November 20, 2009

AFTRA Members Get a Discount at the 2010 ASCAP Expo

AFTRA Members Get a Discount at the 2010 ASCAP Expo

Flash! Los Angeles November 2009

The ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO

April 22-24, 2010 in Los Angeles

AFTRA Members Receive Incredible Early Bird Registration Discounts

Register Early for a One-on-One Session Before They Sell Out!
Registration for the 2010 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO is now open! The earliest registrants get the deepest discounts, and if you register now the Early Bird registration price for AFTRA members is just $260, or $235 if you are also a member of ASCAP. To take advantage of this special rate, select AFTRA from the Partner menu towards the end of the registration process.

Find out more about the EXPO at

Early Bird Registration also gives you first chance at One-on-One Sessions and Song Feedback Submissions.
Now in its 5th successful year, the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO puts you face to face with some of the world’s most successful songwriters, composers and producers, all who willingly share their knowledge and expertise and give you the know-how to take your music to the next level.

One-on-One Sessions
ASCAP’s tremendously popular One-on-One Sessions with a songwriter/composer or music industry executive will once again be available to the earliest registrants, for a $25 processing fee. One-on-One sessions have been extremely valuable opportunities for participants in the past three EXPOs, so register early to guarantee yours!

Register Now at for the Lowest Rates and the Biggest Opportunities!
The 2010 EXPO Will Feature Everything You Love About EXPO Plus Even More:
  • Celebrity Q & A’s
  • Master Classes
  • Songwriting & Composing Workshops
  • Attendee Song Feedback Panels
  • Networking Opportunities
  • State-of-the-Art Tech Demos
  • Leading Music Industry Exhibitors
  • Publisher & Business Panels
  • One-On-One Sessions
  • DIY Career Building Workshops
  • Showcases and Performances
ASCAP’s fifth annual “I Create Music” EXPO will take place at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, April 22-24, 2010.

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Special Holiday Event with MAC Cosmetics

Your Company
Face the Holidays - Beautifully!

The Screen Actors Guild Foundation invites you to a


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

MAC PRO Senior Artist John Stapleton will guide you through basic beauty and beyond, including makeup for auditions and looking your best for the camera.

Beauty Benefit: Your $5 suggested donation helps support the Foundation educate, assist and inspire... as you take home your own bag of MAC cosmetics valued at $75!

Further donation opportunities offer the chance to win terrific prizes including a MAC goodie bag (retail value $200), an evening of glamour with a MAC makeup artist and more!

For your convenience, two sessions are being held in the

SAG Foundation Actors Center
Los Angeles, CA

Click on the appropriate link below to sign up for either session 


… and get your head start on a great-looking New Year!

Kurt Kelly's Backstage Pass All Access

The Senate Bill Has Landed

The Senate Bill Has Landed

Dear Kurt,
Progress toward real health care reform took another huge step this week when Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid released the Senate’s health care reform bill. Now it’s time for debate on the bill, but shockingly enough, some senators don’t even want to debate the bill on the floor, much less pass it.
We expect the Senate to vote this Saturday night on whether to allow debate on the health care reform bill. No matter how your senators feel about the bill itself, tell them they must vote to allow the debate to begin.
Tell Senators: Stop obstructing reform and vote this Saturday to let the Senate debate begin for real health care reform.
We are further along in the process for real health care reform than we have ever been. The House has already passed a historic bill that will end insurance company abuses, require employers to pay a fair share and establish a strong public option to lower costs and make insurance companies compete. And it won’t tax the benefits of hard-working middle class families.
The Senate bill put forward by Sen. Reid moves us closer to the historic goal of real health care reform in America, but it's not perfect and some of it needs to be fixed. To keep the reform process moving and to fix the bill, it's critical that the Senate start to publicly debate its health care reform bill.
Sign our petition to the Senate today.
The Senate needs to proceed with the debate now. The petition also reminds senators that as they debate their bill, the House got it right by passing a reform bill that works for America’s working families and does NOT tax our health care plans.
The health care reform debate must continue. Sign our petition today.
In solidarity,
Marc Laitin
AFL-CIO Online Mobilization Coordinator
P.S. We can’t let a minority of senators stop the debate for real health care reform. Sign our petition today.

Tregor Film Fest Call for Entries Earlybird Deadline: Nov 20 - Submit Today!

Tregor Film Fest
Call for Entries
Earlybird Deadline: Nov 20, 2009
Festival Dates: July 2-4, 2010
The Tregor Film Fest is now open for submissions.
There are only a couple days left to submit at these super low entry fee prices specifically designed to accommodate young filmmakers, indie filmmakers and starving artists. Submit now! We do not need to receive it by Sept 20th rather the submission needs to be postmarked by this date.

A little about us...
What we look for?
Solid indie films in all genres and lengths.
Our Goals
We focus on broadening awareness of independent filmmakers from around the world while creating a bridge between their films and their audience!
Submit today!
There are two ways to submit.
1) Submit directly through the Tregor Film Fest website. To do this click here to be taken to the submission page, fill out the information about your film at the bottom of the page, then pay the online submission fee. It's straight- forward quick and easy!
Your choice.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact us at any time. We're here for you and interested in your input!
We look forward to considering your work!
All the best,
Tregor Film Fest
Tregor Film Fest Website
Tregor Film Fest Blog
©2009 Butterflies of Love | 67000

Kurt Kelly's Backstage Pass All Access®

Wow! How time flies!!

Talent Agent Lynda McCarrell of Daniel Hoff Agency is offer Voice Over classes before the end of the year. Lynda is a very good voice over agent and instructor, let her know that Kurt Kelly suggested you check out her class and possibly she can still fit you into this year end series.

I will be teaching only ONE more class this year! If you are interested, CALL! Everyone wants to squeeze one more in and I don’t want you to miss out!!

DATES: Thursday 11/19, Tuesday 11/24 (because of Thanksgiving), Thursday 12/3 and Thursday 12/10.

TIME: 7 to 10pm

LOCATION: 5455 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1100, LA 90036 – Corner of Cochran and Wilshire

COST: I am still offering the “Stimulus rate” of $300 for the entire 4 weeks. Cost will go back up after the first of the year.

PARKING:  Street parking in front of the building after 7pm free – also parking in the building for $4.00

MORE INFORMATION: 213/760-4459

Hope to see you soon!!

Lynda McCarrell

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Lobbyists Keep Calling

The Lobbyists Keep Calling

I was talking to a lobbyist a few days ago, and I asked him how many times he tried to meet with each of his target legislators. He immediately burst out laughing. Why? Because he tries to meet with each of them as many times as he can.
We need to do the same thing.
If you’ve written a letter to your senators and representative already about why we need real health care reform, we need you to write another one.
If you’ve written two letters to your senators and representatives about why we need real health care reform, we need you to write another one.
One letter is not enough. Two letters are not enough.
No matter how many letters you’ve written, we need you to write more.
Relentless. That’s what the lobbyists are. Relentless in their pursuit of corporate interests. We must be relentless, too. We cannot stop. We cannot rest. We must continue to fight for reform. Write a letter today. Write a letter tomorrow. It is our time.
Without a relentless effort by every one of us, we won’t win real health care reform with a strong public health insurance option to lower costs, reform that doesn’t tax our benefits, reform that will require employers to pay their fair share.
Write a letter today. And get ready to write more letters next week. Momentum is on our side, but the lobbyists for Big Business and the insurance companies aren’t letting up.
We can and will win with your help.
Marc Laitin
AFL-CIO Online Mobilization Coordinator
P.S. It really does matter. We keep hearing from members of Congress about the letters they are receiving. Keep ‘em coming. Write your senators and representatives today.

Accolade Named Among Top 25 Festivals

Call for Entries ~ Accolade Named Among Top 25 Festivals
Deadline: November 27, 2009 


Now in its seventh year, top-tier, international awards competition, The Accolade, announces its Call for Entries for filmmakers, television producers and videographers.
The Accolade is unique; it is an awards competition, not a traditional film festival. Awards go to those filmmakers, television producers and videographers who produce fresh, standout entertainment, animation and compelling documentaries. It is a showcase for cinematic gems and unique voices. 

Most importantly, The Accolade team works passionately to help worthy productions gain the publicity and distribution they deserve. That is what The Accolade is all about: helping winners of this coveted award achieve recognition and distribution opportunities.  

Every filmmaker, television producer and videographer wants credibility associated with their work and buzz about their productions. The Accolade sends information about Accolade winners via email to over 25,000 industry professionals. The Accolade is an award recognized for its rigorous evaluation process by buyers and distributors, inspiring confidence that winning productions are of high quality.

Quality and creativity are celebrated in three levels of awards: Best of Show, Award of Excellence and Award of Merit. Best of Show honors are granted only if worthy productions are discovered. Likewise, no more than 15% of entries are granted Awards of Excellence.  Notable artistic and technical productions are recognized at the Award of Merit level. Annually, a special award is given to a production that makes a significant contribution to social change or a humanitarian effort.

The Accolade receives entries from all over the world: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Guam, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Malta, Martinique, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Romania, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, United Kingdom and the United States.

MovieMaker Magazine included The Accolade among the Top 25 Festivals "Worth The Entry Fee." The article said, "Past participants can't stop raving about the professional opportunities participation in this event has generated for their work."
Go to for rules and entry form.

Thomas Baker, Ph.D.,
Competition Chairperson
The Accolade Competition
7946 Ivanhoe Avenue, Suite 201
La Jolla, California 92037
phone: 858-454-9868