July 10, 2007

NBC WRITERS ON THE VERGE - SEASON II

Writers on the Verge
NBC Universal
In collaboration with LMU Extension

Writers on the Verge is a 10 week program focused on polishing television writers and readying them for a staff writer position on television shows.  We are looking for writers who are “almost there”, and just need that final bit of preparation with their writing and personal presentation skills.  We particularly writers of diverse backgrounds to apply. 

The program will consist of two, three hour, night classes weekly from September 25th – December 6th held at NBC in Burbank.  Once accepted, students must attend all classes which will be held on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and turn in all written assignments.

Classes will concentrate on creating an exceptional spec script and understanding the dynamics of, and pitching themselves in, the television industry.  The writers will be given the chance to interact with industry players from network executives to showrunners to agents, and will get valuable feedback on their work and pitch style.   Writing assignments on a NBC television show may be available after successful completion of the program, but are not a guarantee.

Application Requirements:

1) Applicants must submit one properly formatted television spec screenplay based on a
show that aired new episodes during the 2006-2007 season on any broadcast network or cable network.  This script should be submitted as a pdf file.

2) Applicants must provide two brief essays (as a pdf - not to exceed 250 words)  to answer both of the following questions:
A)  What from your background do you bring to the table as a writer that provides a fresh perspective in your storytelling?
B) What television show most inspired you to become a television writer and why?

3) Applicants must supply a copy of their resume (also as a pdf - including their email address and phone number).

4) Applicants must fill out a release form for their submitted script.  Release forms can be downloaded at www.diversecitynbc.com. Once signed, release forms can be scanned and emailed in with application or faxed to 818-866-2537.

5) Applicants must be able to supply their own housing and transportation in the Los Angeles area for the duration of the program.

Once completed, the application in its entirety should be emailed to writersontheverge@nbcuni.com.  Submissions must be emailed by 11:59 pm PST, July 19th, 2007.

TIMELINE
July 19, 2007 – Applications are due.
September 4 – 7, 2007 – Finalists are interviewed
September 10, 2007 – Selected students are notified
September 25, 2007 – Program begins
December 6, 2007 – End of program

Applicants not selected will be notified via email after September 10, 2007.  No feedback or coverage will be provided on material submitted.


FLORIDA MEDIA MARKET NOW OPEN FOR REGISTRATION!

The South Florida conference joining distributors, executives and financiers from around the globe with aspiring and established film and TV makers, is now open for registration. Participants can register for the Global Film and Media Market Conference online at www.floridamediamarket.com The conference will take place at the Alexander All-Suite Oceanfront Resort & Hotel, from October 18-21, 2007 in Miami Beach.  Room reservations can be made by calling the Alexander Hotel, located at 5225 Collins Avenue in Miami Beach at 1-800-327-6121.

For the second time in as many years, entertainment companies, executive program developers, distributors, independent producers, executive producers and financiers will meet in South Florida to network, learn, teach, share ideas and build new business relationships.

The conference features three tracks:
Track 1: "Let's Make a Deal" - more than 200 top media executives from more than 13 countries will be present to buy and sell media products and for one-on-one pitch sessions.

Track 2: "Teach me something I don't already know" - educational workshops and panels featuring experts who will share best practices and education on working in Latin America, the United States, Asia and Europe; in addition to workshops on marketing and advertising, financing, international project management and multi-lingual content creation.

Track 3:  Independent Showcases - independent content creators will be given the opportunity to showcase and demo their work to both television and film producers who will be visiting the showcase in search of content and new ideas. This showcase will also include pitching sessions and screenings.  For competition visit us at http://www.withoutabox.com/login/6240

The Global Film and Media Conference also features an Opening Night Celebration with live entertainment, networking breakfasts and lunches. The conference will conclude with the Awards Brunch on Sunday, October 21st where the winners of the various competitions will be announced.


WOMEN IN FILM, GM TO AWARD LATINA FILMMAKERS

Women in Film and General Motors announced Monday the selection and application timetable for the second annual Opening Doors/Abriendo Puertas: The Acceleration Grant for Emerging Latina Filmmakers.

Five recipients will be chosen by a committee consisting of professional filmmakers and industry execs from the Gotham-based chapter of WIF, New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT).

Hosted by NYWIFT from Oct. 15-21, grant will award recipients with a six-day intensive mentoring program, beginning with two days of meetings and seminars with leaders and execs in film and TV as well as industry passes to the Hamptons Intl. Film Fest, running Oct. 17-21.

Applications may be found online at www.nywift.org. Entries must be postmarked no later than Aug. 1.


CALL FOR ENTRIES: TIBURON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

Deadline: December 1, 2007

"A true United Nations of cinema, showcasing films from around the entire world" - VIA Magazine

The 7th Annual Tiburon International Film Festival (TIFF) will be held March 13-21, 2008 in Tiburon, California, a showcase for the independent films and filmmakers from around the world.

Submissions are open to all genres of film: Fiction, documentary, short, animation, experimental, TV film, children, sports, music video, student,.....from any nation in the world.

In March 2007, TIFF showed more than 250 films from 90 countries from 3000 plus submissions.

The festival has honored many great filmmakers like: Orson Welles, Sam Pekinpah, Luchino Visconti, Charlie Chaplin, Santiago Alvarez, John Frankenheimer, George Stevens, Malcolm McDowell, James Coburn, Saul Zaentz, Brad Bird, Paul Mazursky, Mark Rydell .....

The Tiburon International Film Festival is proud to be the platform for the independent filmmakers from around the world, with premieres like Academy Award winner "West Bank Story" (US) by Ari Sandel, and Academy Award nominee "7:35 am" (7:35 de la mañana) from Spain by Nacho Vigalondo .... and many films, which were picked up for distribution .... and countless films that were invited to other festivals after premiering at TIFF.

Golden Reel Award
The films submitted to the Tiburon International Film Festival are eligible to win the Golden Reel Award in several categories: Best Fiction, Best Documentary, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Short, Best Animation, Best Children Film, Best Student Film, Best Music Video, Best Sports Film .....and the winners of all categories will be announced during a formal ceremony at the end of the Festival.

ENTRY INFORMATION:
Entry form and eligibility guidelines are available on the festival website under Submit Films.

The deadline for submissions is: December 1, 2007.

 

NALIPSTER LAUNCHES MUSIC INDUSTRY RADIO SHOW ONLINE

THE MUSIC SHOPPE With Joanne Ledesma
Tune into "The Music Shoppe" with author Joanne Ledesma
on www.adrenalineradio.com

Co-produced by Max Vasquez (Maxx Vaxx Music), The Music Shoppe is YOUR opportunity to gain vital Music Industry info YOU need to know! In this groundbreaking show, Miss Ledesma will discuss all aspects of the business, including Marketing, Performance, Management, Gear, & Legal with industry experts. Plus more upcoming surprises and contests! Get in the know!!

"The Music Shoppe"
- the REAL Showbiz Show!
only on www.adrenalineradio.com

 

INTERVIEW WITH "DRAMA/MEX" DIRECTOR GERARDO NARANJO

Jul. 10, 2007 - (indieWIRE) - In Mexican director Gerardo Naranjo's "Drama/Mex," two interlaced stories unfold over the course of the same long, hot day in the once lush and now decadent resort town of Acapulco. The first involves the beautiful and cool Fernanda, who is forced to deal with the sudden emergence of her ex-lover, Chino. Her boyfriend, Gonzalo, must now compete with the intense sexual tension Fernanda and Chino share. The second story concerns Jamie, an office worker with hidden indiscretions, attempting suicide in a beachfront hotel-until a precocious and equally dishonest teenage girl disrupts his plan. "Drama/Mex" debuted at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, followed by the Toronto International Film Festival later that year. IFC First Take will release the film in limited release beginning Wednesday, July 11. FULL INTERVIEW HERE


FILM INDUSTRY BLOOMS IN VOLATILE HAITI

Jul. 6, 2007 - PORT-AU-PRINCE (AP) - Even in hard times, Haitians go to the movies. Now they're also making them in record numbers - about 10 feature films a year - rivaling Cuba as the Caribbean's biggest movie producer and often outselling better-financed imports. The ultimate dream? To transform the impoverished, politically volatile country of 8 million into a cinema powerhouse — Haitiwood — following the lead of India and Nigeria. While most Haitian industries are stagnant, show business is booming, driven by plunging production costs and an appetite among Haitians at home and abroad for movies shot in their native Haitian Creole. FULL STORY HERE

 

AUDITIONS: PLAY TO BE PERFORMED IN LA AND AT FRINGE FESTIVAL

Audition for the Latino Theater Company's production of Melancholia to be performed in Los Angeles and at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

PLAY SYNOPSIS
The Latino Theater Company Presents Melancholia
Directed by Jose Luis Valenzuela

Melancholia is a unique look at mental and emotional damage inflicted on service men & women and their families after experiencing combat. The play explores the subject matter from a specifically Latino cultural perspective. Under the direction of Jose Luis Valenzuela, Melancholia was developed by the Latino Theater Company Laboratory through a process of research, improvisation and the exploration of new theatrical expressions. The play approaches the topic with drama, humor, music, dance, movement and a little Shakespeare.

'By dehumanizing others, a young, East LA marine back from Iraq, has dehumanized himself. His only companions, two imaginary friends'

REVISED SIDES attached and are also available on www.showfax.com. To schedule an audition contact MelancholiaThePlay@gmail.com

Character Breakdowns:

MARIO: Male. Any ethnicity. 18-25. A marine from East LA recently returned from Iraq. Mario comes home a shell of his former self. He struggles to maintain a sense of normalcy while his mental and emotional life begins to crumble.

LYDIA: Female. Any Ethnicity. 35-45. Mario's mother. LYDIA is all heart. Her first-born son is her greatest pride. Her maternal instinct tells her something is wrong with him. She blames herself for letting him go to war.

MELANCHOLIA SCHEDULE
Audition address:
Location:
Los Angeles Theater Center
514 South Spring Street,
LA, CA 90013.

Rehearsals
Start Date: July 30th, 31st, August 1st, 2nd from 6pm-9pm
August 3rd 10am-1pm
August 6th, 7th rehearsal and tech time TBD

Performances:
August 8th & 9th at 8pm

Fringe festival (In Edinburgh, Scotland):
Leave August 11th return August 28th.


CASTING: LATE 40s LATINA FOR SHORT FILM

Primo Pictures is currently casting a short film.

We are looking to cast one final role:
Lucy - late 40's Latina mother, traditional, loving and passionate.

This a paying job. One day shoot. Tentatively scheduled for Friday, Aug 17th.

Please submit headshot via email to:
primopictures@yahoo.com

or
mail to:
3520 Amethyst St.
Los Angeles, Ca 90032


CASTING: LATINO/LATINA ACTORS FOR INDIE FILM

Starring roles:
Male Lead #1: Latino, age 14-17, excellent with comedy
Male Lead #2: Latino, age 18-30, excellent with comedy and drama

Co-Starring role:
Female: Latina, Brunette, striking model type, Spanish accent

This is an amazing script with experienced Director and professional crew - excellent footage for your reel, festival bound film!

Shooting in Beverly Hills.
Start date is mid July, so please submit asap!

Pay is negotiable.

TO SUBMIT: mail your headshot and resume ASAP to:
Indie Film Casting
Attn: InfoList Referral
280 South Beverly Drive, #203
Beverly Hills, CA 90212


CREATURE FEATURE/HORROR SCREENPLAYS WANTED

PHD Productions - Creature Feature

We are looking for completed creature feature horror scripts with interesting characters.

Please be aware, we are NOT looking for any 'Saw' or 'Hostel'-type sadistic 'madman' stories.

We ARE looking for an evil creature with an original mythology, characters we care about, and a suspenseful adventure centered on capturing or killing the creature. A unique mythological basis for the creature is an absolute requirement. Please, no recycled monsters; we're only interested in original, new monsters. Gore is fine.

Budget will be between $500K and $1 million. WGA and non-WGA writers may submit.

Our credits include the upcoming 'Scourge.'

TO SUBMIT:
1. Please go to www.InkTippro.com/leads
2. Enter your email address (you will be signing up for InkTip's newsletter - FREE!)
3. Copy/Paste this code: 6jxq55n5c8
4. You will be submitting a *logline and synopsis only*, and you will be contacted to submit the full script only if there is interest from the production company.


THEATER STAGE MANAGER

Upstage Theater Arts Schools is seeking an experienced theater stage manager for two children's productions it is doing this summer.

The pay is $600 per week.

The job starts immediately and ends August 4.

The rehearsal hours are 9 AM-3 PM, Monday-Friday, but there will be outside prep time required as well. One show is on July 21st and the other is on August 3rd.

Experienced stage managers only. Please submit if you are available to start immediately.

TO APPLY: email resume and cover letter to:
suzan@upstageschools.com


EXEC ASSISTANT TO CEO AT CRYSTAL SKY PICTURES (TEMPORARY)

Crystal Sky, LLC. an established Prod/management company seeks a temporary assistant to CEO/Producer.

Extremely busy desk with all the typical assistant duties including phones, scheduling, faxing, reading scripts, writing script coverage, and as well as travel arrangements and heavy work during film markets. An outgoing personality a big +. Great company to grow with and good experience in the world of independent film.

Must have excellent organization and follow through skills. Strong attention to detail, and must have knowledge of industry or previous assistant experience. Must have professional phone manner, in-person presence a must as well as a positive attitude to work in a fast paced environment.

TO APPLY: email your cover letter and resume to Melanie at:
execsec@crystalsky.com


PRODUCTION CREW FOR LOW BUDGET FILM

A low budget film, to be shot in the fall, is currently looking to fill the following Non-Union positions:

Production Manager

Production Coordinator

Location Manager

All applicants should be experienced in low budget filmmaking and familiar with East Los Angeles. Being bilingual (English/Spanish) is a plus.

Please e-mail resume to: altacaliforniamovie@yahoo.com
or
Fax: (323) 850 3141


HOSTS FOR "WIRED SCIENCE"

Seeking two hosts for a new weekly hip and innovative national, prime time PBS science series. Both should have an ability to talk about science and scientific concepts; educational background is a must and an emphasis in science would be a plus.

Looking for actors as well as hosts, writers, scientists, news correspondents who fit this criteria.

[HOST NO. 1] Bachelor of Science, Computer Science Degree, Journalism, Doctorate or PhD highly desirable. Looking for personality and appeal to hip, well-informed, adult viewers.

[HOST NO. 2] Intelligent individual who enjoys reading and is well-versed in scientific or tech magazines. An outdoor-type, adventurous, curious about the world with a witty sense of humor. A science or journalism degree a plus...

WIRED SCIENCE brings Wired magazine's cutting-edge vision, stylish design and irreverent attitude to the screen with breakout ideas, recent discoveries and the latest innovations. The series hopes to span the globe to uncover novel developments in biomedicine, space exploration, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, robotics and military technology. WIRED SCIENCE has been developed to entertain as well as educate.

Producer is Equal Opportunity Employer

SUBMIT HARD COPY TO:
C/O WIRED SCIENCE 
4401 W. SUNSET BLVD.
LOS ANGELES, CA 90027


CASTING: NON-UNION NATIONAL COMMERCIAL

FATHER
Non-Union Male, Latino, 50 to 55, tall, thick build, dark hair, dark eyes, olive skin, he has a blue-collar average body type. VERY IMPORTANT THAT HE SPEAK SPANISH (FROM
MEXICO) FLUENTLY...

HIS SON
Non-Union Latino male, 18 to 22, must resemble actor who plays father. Lean build, dark hair, dark eyes, olive skin. MUST SPEAK FLUENT SPANISH (FROM MEXICO) AND BE ABLE TO DO AN AMERICAN ACCENT...

NARRATOR - VOICE OVER
Non-Union Male, MUST SPEAK SPANISH FROM MEXICO, with a strong, commanding, elegant voice...

LATINA FEMALE EXTRAS
2 Non-Union Latina women, 18 to 23, all body types

ELDERLY LATINO MALE AND LATINA ELDERLY FEMALE EXTRAS
2 Non-Union sweet-looking elderly latinos 65-75, all body types

LATINO KID MALE EXTRA
Non-Union LATINO BOY 12 to 15, spirited, MUST KNOW HOW TO SKATEBOARD.

Submit info. to breakdownexpress.com under TELSCAPE
posting.
If you have any problems, you may contact me directly
at thirdact@hotmail.com


AMERICAN LATINO TV IS HEADED TO HOUSTON & LOOKING FOR STORIES

AIM TV's Maximas Productions, the producers from the nationally syndicated TV show, American Latino TV and LatiNation (KTXH-My20 Saturdays @ 10AM) are headed to Houston, TX July 11th-14th (look for us at Party on the Plaza on July 11th)!

We are looking for stories about Houston area Latinos or places with that unique Houston- Latin flavor. If you think you have an interesting person or place for us to cover send us your story ideas feedback@aimtvgroup.com

Sorry, we won't be able to respond to all the emails but we promise, we do read every email.

Thanks Houston!

 

 

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