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JHRTS News & Updates: February 2013

This year feels like it’s flying by! Our February Mixer at The Wellesbourne in West L.A. was a hit! We had a great turnout from members and future-members alike. Conversations were fascinating and in addition to old friends getting together, a lot of nice new connections were made. Attendees ran the gamut of the television industry, including representatives from the agency, network, studio and production company worlds as well as a number of writers. Everyone had a blast and we can’t wait to for the next one!

JHRTS Comic Books to Television PanelThe Comic Books to Television panel held last Thursday night at WME went off with a POW!BANG!BOOM! Pop culture authority Kevin Pereira was a phenomenal moderator as he engaged all the panelists with intriguing questions and injected further humor to an already energetic conversation via the witty remarks he is known for. The conversation itself flowed naturally with each panelist speaking about their personal experiences in the topic and everyone jumping off one-another’s' comments. Pornsak Pichetshote (Creative Director of TV Development for DC Entertainment) and Gaye Hirsch (Sr. VP and Co-Head of Scripted Development for the CW Network) shared what it was like bringing their newest series ARROW to the small screen, while Rick Jacobs (Manager and Producer at Circle of Confusion) and Matt Hawkins (President of Top Cow Productions) spoke about the process of taking comic book properties and developing them into content that make sense to a television executive. David Server (Manager at Archetype) added to the conversation with his own experiences as a comic book creator and now manager of talent and properties. Audience feedback has been tremendous! We're still hearing compliments and getting thanks from members of that night's audience who thoroughly enjoyed a panel that was not only educational and relevant but also quite entertaining.

JHRTS Mentor program kickoff mixerOn February 20th the JHRTS Mentorship Program held its annual kickoff mixer at Trader Vic's in the Beverly Hilton. The Mentorship program matches assistant level applicants with volunteer mentors from all facets of the Entertainment industry. The kick-off mixer is a chance for all program participants to get to know each other in a fun, casual environment. The turnout was great and even mentees whose mentors were not in attendance, were able to mingle and network with other mentors and program participants. A great time was had by all and it was a great start to this year's Mentorship program.

In March we’re looking forward to a Long-form TV panel. It will give members an opportunity to learn more about long-form TV and what it takes to make mega-minis and movies! We have another Valley based Round table coming up this month as well. Hopefully we’ll see you there!

Please be on the lookout for our quarterly Philanthropy newsletter for upcoming volunteer opportunities.


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