JHRTS News & Updates: January 2013
Happy New Year! It’s a new year and JHRTS is excited to unveil our schedule full of events, panels and mixers!
We ended 2012 on a high note with our extremely successful 10th Annual Holiday Party. The event was held at Boulevard 3 in Hollywood, with a Fire and Ice theme. Our Title Sponsors were Titos Vodka, ICM, NBC Universal, Fox, CAA and proceeds were donated to Adopt a Classroom. Additionally we collected non-perishable goods that were donated to the LA Regional Food Bank and all guests who brought food were entered into a raffle where Vegas Good Buys donated a trip to Vegas for one lucky raffle winner! Over 400 industry assistants, junior executives and talent joined JHRTS in celebrating the Holiday Season. It was an incredible night!
Last week's young writer’s panel was a smashing success! Interest in the panel caused an uptick in new members, and the event (which was held in the CAA Ray Kurtzman Theater) had an impressive turnout. Audrey Gordon, from Oasis Media, was an engaging and witty moderator. The panelists included: Joe Fazzio, Exec Story Editor on REVENGE; Jim Brandon, Story Editor on ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT; Lauren Bachelis, Creator of 20-NOTHINGS Pilot and Isaac Gonzalez, Staff Writer on COMMUNITY. This group brought an ideal blend of candor, humor, and insight which made for an especially exciting young event. They told stories of how they got their agent/manager representation, landed their first gigs, made their first big mistakes in the writer's rooms and dealt with writer's block. Many JHRTS members commented that they were so pleased to walk away from the panel with actionable advice about how to move forward with their own careers. Reactions were so positive that we hope to organize a similar event for next year's JHRTS season.
Our 4th annual Professional Mentorship Program has begun. Mentees have been paired with their Mentors and we will have our official kickoff Meet and Greet Mixer next month in February. We’re all very excited for this year’s pairings!
In February we’re looking forward to a Comic Book themed panel with TV artists, creators and Executives from comic based TV shows. We have a Mixer at the Wellesbourne on February 5th that is open to JHRTS members and non-members alike. Hopefully we’ll see you there!
Please be on the lookout for our quarterly Philanthropy newsletter for upcoming volunteer opportunities.
Rachel Polan & Alyson Beckman
JHRTS - LA Co-Presidents
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