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JHRTS News & Updates: October 2011

JHRTS Alumni panel

JHRTS Alumni panel

It’s been a busy couple of months for JHRTS filled with panels, social events and even a bit of philanthropy.

On September 27th, we gathered some of our prominent JHRTS alumni back for a panel discussion at the Ray Kurtzman theater at CAA. Members had a great time as our guests dished out inspiring advice on surviving as assistants, on getting promoted, and on moving up in the industry. Panelists included Sandra Kang (CAA), Kathleen McCaffrey (HBO), Mark Ambrose (20th Television), and Jacob Fenton (UTA). Jordan Cerf (WME) served as our moderator. HRTS and JHRTS members can watch the video here with your member login.

Also in September, JHRTS partnered with Reading to Kids where members traveled to a local elementary school and spent time interacting with and reading storybooks to school children. The turnout was greater than expected with members suggesting that we do more socially interactive events in the future. JHRTS also got some recognition on Deadline Hollywood for throwing our first ever Emmy Viewing Party. The event was held at Rush Street in Culver City where JHRTS members packed the house and cheered on their favorite shows. Judging by the cheers, AMC members in particular were well-represented that night.

JHRTS International Scripted Television Panel

JHRTS International Scripted Television Panel

On October 17th, we gathered again for our most recent panel discussion on International Scripted Television, this time hosted by WME. We explored this niche, but hugely important and growing industry segment with a fantastic and lively group of panelists including Jeff Tahler (Fremantle), Quinn Taylor (ABC), Sharon Tal Yguado (Fox International Channels), Carrie Stein (3 Arts) and Crispin Leyser (Channel 4 and Viasat). Ian Moffitt (BermanBraun, and recently elected HRTS VP) served as moderator and led nearly two hours of thought provoking conversation on how television is made over multiple territories, how shows travel and how formats are brought over to America, sold and distributed aboard. The dialogue was light-hearted and fun and kept the enthusiastic audience engaged late into the night.

Looking at the coming months, the board is busy at work planning for our annual holiday party to be held this year on Wednesday, December 7th. A portion of the proceeds for this year's party will go to the Seany Foundation, a non-profit organization that helps to fund research around finding a cure for pediatric cancers and improving the quality of life for children and teens battling cancer. Party location and details are almost finalized and will be released soon.

In addition, as we ramp up the application process for next year's mentorship program, we want to thank those of you who are participating as mentors this year. We had the largest mentor turnout in the program's history, tripling last year's number. Thank you! JHRTS members couldn't be more excited as we look forward to a new year of great mentor/mentee relationship building.

Lastly, we are looking forward to hosting panel discussions delving into areas including pilot casting and international unscripted television. Much, much more to come.

Steve & Chika

Photos by Chyna Photography

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  1. Loved the Sept. 27 alumni panel! Looking forward to a pilot casting discussion. Haven't heard much talk about it over my time here in LA, sounds good.

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