BUZZ: June 2016 

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Walter Davis invites all WGAW members to Santa Barbara for monthly “First Fridays” networking lunches. Email Walter directly to check whether a gathering is scheduled in the upcoming month, time, location (usually Wine Bistro in Montecito), and to be added to the email reminder list.

Children’s story Kufa Kupona: Give It Your All, written by Emmy-winning Robert Illes, was published earlier this year by The Ishmael Tree, NYC, available on Amazon.

Devra Māza is nominated for a record 13 Southern California Journalism Awards for her Huffington Post articles. The nominations, led by Entertainment Journalist of the Year (all media platforms) and Best Blog by an Individual (Online), span her feature, news and commentary columns in Entertainment, Sports, Political, and Lifestyle categories. Five articles receiving multiple nods (individual and collective body-of-work awards) are: Ode to Joy: Robin, Joan and Laughter’s Long Life, The Adaptation Game: Playing With Fifty Shades of Sex for Film, Art of Resistance: Charlie Hebdo’s Antonio Fischetti and Judea Pearl on the War on Journalists, Becoming Fearless: A Conversation With A Girl Undone Author Catherine Linka, The Kings of Comeback: Five Lessons for Success From the World Series. These nominations, capping a decade of perennial prizes for Devra's work, are the most ever for a single writer in Los Angeles Press Club awards history, honoring excellence in journalism. Newly designed trophies will be presented on June 26 at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Finalists/Tickets/Info at Follow Devra on Twitter @DevraMaza and visit

Peggy Sue Got Married screenwriters Arlene Sarner & Jerry Leichtling's world premiere musical, I Only Have Eyes For You, is now playing at The Montalban Theatre. The Book of Mormon star Jared Gertner portrays Al Dubin, famed lyricist of Hollywood's Golden Age of Musicals, including 42nd Street. Directed and choreographed by Broadway veteran Kay Cole (A Chorus Line), come see the show The Wrap claims is "an incredible musical that has renewed my faith in live theatre." Runs through Sunday, June 12th. 20% discount to WGA members by calling (323) 461-6999 to order tickets. WGA membership card must be shown at Will Call for ticket pick-up. The Montalban, 1615 N. Vine St., Hollywood 90028.

In the spirit of fostering creativity, building friendships, and maybe lowering BP by venting industry frustrations, Fred Shafferman invites all writers to join a weekly indoor full-court WGA basketball game. Wednesdays 6-8 p.m. in Hollywood and Sundays 9:30 a.m. in North Hollywood. Email Fred for details.


Diversity Attribute Directory
It is now possible to search for a WGA member according to self-identified diversity attributes. The information is available through the WGAW website using this link: This online directory of writers from diverse backgrounds can be used as a resource for producers, executives, directors and other industry professionals. To be included, members must grant permission for publication of their diversity attributes. Sign in or create your MyWGAW Account via: Go to the "change attributes" link on the left side of your myWGAW homepage, and click Yes under each “OK to publish”. For technical support with your My WGAW Account, call (323) 782-4885, M-F, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

WGF: Share Your Expertise with the Community!
The Writers Guild Foundation offers volunteer opportunities throughout the year for all WGAW members who want to connect with the writing community, particularly with youth and military veterans who aspire to tell their stories. Opportunities range from one-time guest lectures to longer term mentorships--we work with members' levels of time commitment and availability. For more information, visit or call the Foundation at (323) 782-4692.