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AIDS Walk LA Philanthropy: 10/23JHRTS Aids Walk 2016
JHRTS participated in the 2016 AIDS Walk Los Angeles on Sunday, October 23rd.  20 JHRTS members and friends gathered in Grand Park to walk 6.2 miles for the cause, and we raised $2321 for AIDS Project Los Angeles and other L.A. County HIV service organizations.  It was wonderful to see so many people come together with smiles on their faces, supporting one another and having fun for such an amazing effort!  There were a few moments where it looked like it would rain, however the group pushed through and we made many friends along the way.  Estelle sang "Conqueror," Mayor Eric Garcetti said "When we walk, we show who we are," and that we did.  We were there with over 10,000 people including Peter Gallagher (Law & Order: SVU), Pauley Perrette (NCIS), Jenna Ortega (Jane the Virgin), Stephanie Corneliussen (Mr. Robot), Bebe Wood (The Real O'Neals) and Mary Hollis Inboden (The Real O'Neals). Overall it was an amazing experience and everyone had a wonderful time while getting their steps in for the day!

The Fundamentals of Live Sports Broadcasting Panel: 10/24
JHRTS Sports PanelInspired by the Rio Olympics and the return the NFL season, JHRTS hosted its first live sports panel at CAA on Monday, October 24, in an effort to highlight one of the most robust segments of the entertainment industry. Moderator Tom Young (Sports Broadcasting Agent, CAA) led an impressive roster of live sports executives and producers through thoughtful discussions on topics ranging from the mechanics of crafting captivating sports stories to the future outlook of live sports and its role within the greater entertainment landscape. Panelists included Dan Hellie (Host of 'NFL Total Access', NFL Network), David Neal (VP of Production and Executive Producer of FIFA World Cup, Fox Sports), Scott Shapiro (VP of Sports Programming, Fox Sports Radio), and Barbara Donahue (Producer/Director, Grand Prix Productions).  Although the turnout was modest, JHRTS members in attendance were deeply engaged throughout the conversation, which was most evident during a spirited audience Q&A session. To cap off a successful night, all attendees were gifted cases of protein shakes courtesy of Muscle Milk. Over the past year, JHRTS has made a concerted effort to broaden its offerings to include informative events surrounding previously unexplored topics such as music and sports.  Stay tuned for similar events from JHRTS over the months to come!

JHRTS Comedy Night @ The Lab: 11/15
On Tuesday, November 15, JHRTS partnered with the world-famous Hollywood Improv to host and curate an Emerging Talent Showcase in The Lab. Over 50 young professionals from across the industry showed up for an exciting night of comedy and networking. The showcase featured an impressive lineup of unique comedic voices including Brad Silnutzer, Sandy Danto, Kyle Shire, Isaac Hirsch, Lydia Popovich, Matt Richards, Jesus Trejo, Marlena Rodriguez, Chinedu Unaka, Steven Wilber, and Zainab Johnson. Following the show, all members where invited into the dinning room for a networking mixer, which included four-dollar drink specials. JHRTS, in partnership with the Hollywood Improv, will continue to connect our members to comedy experiences and talent over the years ahead.  The next JHRTS Comedy Night at the Hollywood Improv is planned for Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 8:00pm.

Hired Promoted WorkshopHired & Promoted in Hollywood w/Kate Lupo: 11/16
On Wednesday, November 16th, JHRTS members enjoyed a workshop with Kate Lupo, a professional career coach who helps people land their first job in Hollywood, and also offers advice for assistants looking to get promoted. She provided valuable insight from her days working at ICM and generously answered everyone's questions. She even offered a follow-up phone consultation for anyone interested. The event gave our members the opportunity to share their career concerns and feel like they could turn to someone for guidance.


JHRTS Hollywood Reporter Next Gen Panel: 11/29Next Gen Panel
JHRTS held its annual Next Gen panel in conjunction with The Hollywood Reporter on the Sony Lot on November 29th. Panelists included Rachel Rusch (Talent Agent, CAA), Mary Rohlich (Head of TV & Film, Exhibit A), Kevin Wandell (Director of Series Development, FX), Whit Albohm (VP of Studio Production, Fox Sports 1), Carrie Gillogly (VP of Scripted, AMC/Sundance TV), Jana Steele Helman (VP of Programming & Development, Freeform), and Max Aronson (VP Drama Development, Sony Pictures Television). Bryn Sandberg from The Hollywood Reporter moderated the event.

Writers on the Rise Panel: 11/30
On Wednesday, November 30th, roughly 80 JHRTS members enjoyed a panel featuring several young staff writers from shows including THIS IS US, UNDERGROUND, THE GREAT INDOORS, DEAD OF SUMMER, and YOUNG AND HUNGRY, eloquently moderated by CAA TV Lit Agent Angela Dallas. The writers each generously shared their stories of landing their first writing job, what it's like being in and navigating a writers room, what tning going forward in their careers, and advice for aspiring writers. The theater was packed and JHRTS hey are planmembers expressed immense gratitude for the opportunity to hear from up-and-coming drama and comedy writers.

JHRTS Annual Holiday Party ‘TINSELTOWN’: 12/7Holiday Party JHRTS HRTS
JHRTS members got dressed up and filled Boulevard3 in Hollywood for the annual holiday party ‘Tinseltown’, on Wednesday, December 7th. members and non-member of JHRTS got dressed up for a lovey night out in Upon arrival, guests were greeted by Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball as Lucy Ricardo and Judy Garland as Dorothy who later mingled with everyone at the party and caused a little mischief along the way. Erin Lim kept the night on track as the party’s emcee and DJ Sleeper invited the guests to dance all night long.  Leading up to the night’s festivities, JHRTS members raised money for Princes Project Los Angeles and the winners of the raffle cashed in on their prices that night. Overall the night was glamorous and will be one to top next year! Re-live the night by checking out the photos from the event (and the photo booth) on our Facebook page!

Annual Speed Networking Mixer: 2/15/17
Writers, junior executives, rising agents, and publicists were among the many attendees who gathered at Sandbox Eat-Drink-Play on Wednesday, February 15th for the JHRTS Annual Speed Networking Event. Prompted by structured questions, members made new connections and shared their work experiences, career aspirations, and favorite television shows.

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