JHRTS News & Updates: August 2015
Casting Panel: 6/23
JHRTS Los Angeles hosted a TV Casting panel at CAA on June 23rd 2015. Among the group of panelists were Grace Wu, Executive Vice President of Casting at NBC; Marcello Bellisario, Vice President of Casting at Lionsgate; Alexis Booth, Manager of Casting at TBS/TNT; and John Levey of John Levey Casting. Moderating the conversation was Talent Agent Ben Dey, of Creative Artists Agency. The group discussed their career beginnings, and how experiences from world travel to corporate mergers and a personal competitive spirit shaped their paths. They also discussed trends shifting away from packaging feature stars and focusing more on chemistry. The second half of the panel opened up to questions from the audience, where questions ranged from digital to logistical, giving the membership a lively education in Casting from the network, studio, cable, and independent perspectives.
Beach Cleanup Day: 6/20
On June 20th 2015, JHRTS Los Angeles participated in yet another Heal The Bay Nothin But Sand Beach Clean Up at Will Rogers State Beach. Over a dozen JHRTS Members attended early on a Sunday morning, scouring the beach spotless while getting to know their fellow JHRTS Members. The volunteer event even culminated in 3 JHRTS members winning the Heal the Bay raffle, scoring some great Heal the Bay swag.
Chimp City Stand Up Showcase: 6/11
On June 11th 2015, JHRTS Presents Chimp City was a smashing success. There was a turnout of about 60 Members who wanted to laugh and discover new comedians. People to grace the stage included Joe Marrese, Andrew Sleighter, Matt Kirshen, Barbara Gray and Shane Mauss. People networked between comedians and after the show. All in all, it was a very successful showcase with everyone looking forward to the next, which will be Thursday, July 23rd 2015.
Project Angel Food Volunteer Event: 6/7
JHRTS Members were up early and in the kitchen in the heart of Hollywood on Sunday, July 7th 2015 getting ready to make 1,200 meals for low income families. Members received a brief orientation on Project Angel Food and their mission to feed and nourish the sick as they battle critical illness. Between scooping macaroni and packing boxes ready to be delivered, members were able to network and bond over food preparation that helped families in need.
AIDS Life/Cycle Finish Line Volunteer Event: 6/6
The finish line of the 2015 AIDS Life/Cycle event on Saturday, June 6th 2015 was lined with supportive JHRTS Members cheering on riders as they completed a 545 mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles in support of HIV/AIDS research. More than 15 million dollars was raised for this event, and our members were able to lend a helping hand setting up tables, tents, manning check in stations, and handing out sustenance to extremely tired, but overjoyed riders.
Chimp City Stand Up Showcase: 5/28
On May 28th 2015, JHRTS Los Angeles hosted their first in a series of evenings of comedy. The comedians included up-and-comers Steven Briggs, Wes Van Horn, Dax Jordan, Rye Silverman, headliner Andrew Santino, and hosts Laura Crawford and Damian Kaner (both producers and comedians). The acts ranged from beat-boxing and physical comedy to regional and intellectual material. People who were familiar with the comics from venues like the Laugh Factory got to see another side of their work, in an alt-comedy environment. The event was well-attended and membership also spent a good deal of time networking between acts, making the night social, jovial, and educational all at once.
Financial Workshop with Nicole Lapin: 5/20
On May 20th 2015, at United Talent Agency, JHRTS Members attended a Financial Workshop featuring Nicole Lapin, the youngest anchor ever at CNN and CNBC, and author of the New York Time’s best seller Rich Bitch: A 12-Step Plan for Getting Your Financial Life Together. Members had the opportunity to both learn about the present financial climate and plan for the future with direct advice from Ms Lapin, who is also the money saving correspondent for The Wendy Williams Show.
Upfronts Mixer: 5/13
JHRTS Los Angeles hosted the 2015 Television Upfronts Mixer at The Parlor in Hollywood on May 13th. Taking place right at the midpoint of Upfronts week, the event attracted an enormous gathering of members and non-members alike from across the television landscape. With drink specials offered all night, and with ample room to network and mingle around, the mixer provided the perfect evening to clink glasses and celebrate the end of pilot season, the success of all network series pickups, and the upcoming 2015-2016 television season.
Crafting A Career In Writing For Television: 5/5
JHRTS Los Angeles hosted their Crafting a Career in Writing for Television panel at UTA on May 5th 2015. Panelists included Kenya Barris, Creator of BLACK-ISH; Wendy Calhoun, Co-Executive Producer on EMPIRE; Dan Gregor & Doug Mand, Consulting Producers on THE COMEDIANS; Amy Aniobi, Story Editor on SILICON VALLEY; and Dan Harmon, Creator of RICK & MORTY and COMMUNITY. Guiding the conversation was one of the founders of JHRTS, Marcus Wiley, CEO of Wiley Way Entertainment. The discussion began with personal tales about how each panelist connected to the art and business of writing for television, and segued quickly into knee-slappingly funny anecdotes about early mistakes and lessons learned. Wiley was expert in pointing out the connections between the panelists' journeys, and the underlying themes of the advice that they had given and received throughout their careers. When the panel opened up to audience questions, each panelist had incredibly clear and varied insights to impart, paying special attention to the unprecedented upheaval that the TV business is experiencing now, and the ways in which it has (or hasn't) affected their path. All too soon the evening ended, but the energy endured, and panelists mentioned learning as much from each other as the audience may have learned from them.
Reality TV Panel: 4/29
On April 29th 2015, JHRTS Los Angeles hosted their Reality TV panel. Among the group of panelists were Bruce Robertson, Executive Vice President of Creative Strategy and Development at ITV Studios; Scott Freeman, Executive Vice President of International at Bunim/Murray Productions; Jill Holmes, Senior Vice President of West Coast Production and Development at Vh1; and Tyler Kroos, Agent at ICM Partners. Leading the conversation was Courtny Catzel, Agent at ICM Partners. The group engaged in a lively discussion on the current reality TV landscape, highlighting some of the most outlandish show ideas they have been a part of during their careers. They also discussed current emerging trends and where the future of alternative programming is headed, including its saturation within digital platforms. The second half of the panel opened up to questions from the audience, making this a very engaging and educational session for attendees coming from both the scripted and unscripted sides of the industry.
Spring Mixer at The Redbury: 4/22
On April 22nd 2015, JHRTS Los Angeles hosted a networking mixer at The Library at The Redbury Hollywood. 148 members and non-members networked and enjoyed the surrounding views from the outside patio at The Library. The mixer welcomed many new faces to JHRTS events and offerend attendees the opportunity to take a moment to sit back and relax during the ever busy pilot season.
Walk for Wishes: 4/18
JHRTS Los Angeles participated in Walk For Wishes on April 18th 2015 at Exposition Park in Downtown Los Angeles. JHRTS Members walked to show support for the Make-A-Wish charity and individually raised funds to help Make-a-Wish grant more wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. The event was a great success and allowed JHRTS to continue its relationship with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Network It Forward: 4/15
On March 15th 2015, JHRTS held their second "Network It Forward" event, an event for college students to gain advice from JHRTS members. The night included attendance from the following colleges: USC, UCLA, Syracuse, Pomona, Claremont Mckenna, Ithaca and Chapman. JHRTS members were seated at tables, while the students were instructed to walk around and speak to whomever they chose. Friendly and informative, the event was a huge success and we hope to continue and to expand upon this great tradition of JHRTS members paying it forward to college students who will some day be the next young Hollywood professionals.