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JHRTS News & Updates: June 2012

It has been a supercharged start to the summer for us here at JHRTS. We have been ramping up for our summer events, and have recently elected new board members and new co-Presidents. As we bid our outgoing board members farewell, it feels appropriate to reflect on the notable achievements during their tenure.

Within the past two years, JHRTS managed to grow from about 300 to over 785 members today. We expanded and established the New York JHRTS board and seen it grow into its own with more than 100 members. We launched the JHRTS social media initiative to further engage with our membership across email, Facebook and Twitter, as well as set up a new, more effective way to RSVP to our events. More importantly, we were able to donate some of the largest sums in JHRTS history to charities through our holiday party fundraising.

It has been two years of positive growth and development and I am optimistic that with the combined energies of second year and new board members, we can harness the momentum we’ve gained thus far to further advance the organization and continue this wonderful tradition of community building and nurturing young entertainment professionals.

On that note, I wanted to highlight some very exciting JHRTS events coming up that include "A Conversation with Graham Yost" at CAA on July 11th. Mr. Yost, creator of the hit FX show, "Justified" will be joined by our moderator Sarah Timberman of Timberman/Beverly Productions. Shortly after on July 17th at Showtime, is a much anticipated "Roundtable with David Nevins," President of Entertainment at Showtime Networks. The dynamic dialogue surrounding Digital Media prompted us to assemble a Digital Media panel, which is currently in the works for some time in mid-summer. Additionally, we recently held the second annual JHRTS Trivia Night and a Bowling night, and there has been some enthusiastic discussions about a beach volleyball tournament to celebrate the start of the season. All in all, an eventful, lively summer to look forward to!

On behalf of the board and JHRTS members, I would like to thank all of the HRTS members, whose continued support we credit much of our successes to. Please do not hesitate to contact either Rachel Polan or I if you would like to contribute to JHRTS in any way, whether you have an idea for us, would like to speak, be part of a panel, or make an introduction... We would love to hear from you! Feel free to reach us at

Here's to a new year filled with tremendous growth and success!

All the best,
Melissa Pangkey
Co-President, JHRTS - LA

JHRTS LA Presents: A Conversation with Graham Yost

JHRTS LA Presents: A Conversation with Graham Yost

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