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When it Rains It Pours…

Ok.  So maybe I am a bit distracted with the biblical rains and flooding we’ve endured for the last couple of months.  I can’t say I don’t appreciate the fact that my lawn is rediscovering its long-forgotten shade of green but enough already, I’m ready for Spring! Winter is that time of year here in SoCal when we plant seeds for the future.  Whether in our home gardens anticipating a beautiful, colorful landscape.  Or in our business of TV the process that takes promising scripts forward into pilots. Or in the case of HRTS, where we launch a string of new initiatives fortifying our commitment to our members and member companies to be the premiere resource for knowledge, networking and career development.  For an organization that historically was known for our luncheons…I guess you could say HRTS is not just about lunch anymore!


So what wonderful things have we planted for you?  On the events front, we launched 2017 with a very special HRTS Newsmaker event at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel featuring a look back at NBC’s seminal Must See TV period of the mid 90’s.  The luncheon and panel reunited a group of executives responsible for shows like Friends, ER, Will and Grace, West Wing and more… The atmosphere in the room had the feeling of a class reunion as Kevin Reilly, David Nevins, Warren Littlefield, John Landgraf and more shared the inside scoop on what made that time, those shows and that group of executives so unique.  I encourage you to read HRTS’ Chris Davison’s recap HERE, and to visit to catch the full-length video online.  Additionally, we are planning a whole new slate of Spotlight Breakfasts for spring looking at topics as diverse as the new studio model, Hispanic television and more as well as new evening Digital Cocktail Series events with next up a conversation with Defy media.  And of course we still will present a year round schedule of activities and events for our growing junior and associate membership programs.

On the membership front, we (and by that I mean the entire HRTS Board of Directors and staff) have been very busy revamping the structure and benefits of membership available to you.  In the effort to align our corporate membership benefits more closely to the career and business needs of our members and member companies, HRTS is very happy to announce that going forward Corporate Membership will now include both associate and junior HRTS member benefits!  That’s right, Corporate members can now extend their HRTS benefits across multiple levels of the company and utilize these memberships as part of their own internal career development efforts!  If you’ve held off on becoming a Corporate Member, now is the perfect time to revisit the idea.  I encourage you to call our office to chat with member services to find out how you can join the over 40 companies that support HRTS at the Corporate level. JOIN NOW!

And lastly…

Unscripted Content Association + HRTS = HRTS Unscripted Content Group!

HRTS is pleased to announce the HRTS Unscripted Content Group (UCG,) the HRTS’ newest membership segment born from the partnership between the Unscripted Content Association (UCA) and the Hollywood Radio & Television Society (HRTS.)  UCA (and its predecessor the Non-Scripted Attorney’s Association) is a coalition of attorneys and other media professionals focused on the business of Unscripted.  Joining forces with the UCA, HRTS is proud to be able to expand our membership and our professional development offerings to include programming focused on the unscripted content space.

The new HRTS Unscripted Content group will present quarterly dinners/panels focused on the ever-evolving business of Unscripted.  As an added bonus for media legal professionals, these new UCG events are eligible for credit towards your MCLE requirements!

New members may join the HRTS-UCG directly which includes all four UCG events. Current HRTS members may purchase individual UCG event tickets through their membership, and for those current members focused on the unscripted space, you are welcome to upgrade your membership to a UCG membership at renewal time.

Once again, all of us at HRTS are pleased to welcome UCA members to the ranks of HRTS membership.  The addition of UCA’s members and quarterly Unscripted Content event programming reflects the ongoing importance we all place on knowledge, networking and career development as we forge forward in our media careers.  For more information on the new HRTS Unscripted Content Group please call HRTS Member Services at (818) 789-1182 or visit HRTS.ORG.

So there you go…it may have been a rainy winter, but we hunkered down and in anticipation of the sunshine to come, worked our tails off to be ready for a new bright and exciting springtime just around the corner!  New events, new expanded benefits, and an entirely new membership segment focused on unscripted, make this a season of evolution for our now almost seventy year old organization. We’re excited to be able to share all of this with you and we hope you find our newest innovations and initiatives to be beneficial as you navigate your media career path.  And of course, as always I encourage you to reach out should you have ideas or thoughts on how we can better serve you, our members and member companies.  At the end of the day, that’s what we are here for!


Dave Ferrara
HRTS Executive Director

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