by Bob Schneider
The Pharaoh, warned by his astrologers that the liberator of the Jews had been born, ordered all newborn, penis-bearing Hebrews to be thrown into the Nile and drowned. To save him, Mo’s mom Jochebed placed him in an ark of reeds and sent him floating down the river. His wails caught the attention of Bithiah, the royal daughter, who was baby-crazy but lacked the means of production... Click here to read more.
by Justin Samuels
Catie Lazarus is a writer/performer. She does voice overs and hosts the podcast EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH, which is taped live the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (UCB). Lazarus is a member of the WGA, Women in Children’s Media, ASIFA, The Moth, and UCB.
Justin Samuels: What did you study at Wesleyan?
Catie Lazarus: Oppression. My undergrad major was a joint degree in psychology-sociology. My master’s was in psychology. Whatever you major in at Wesleyan, you’re studying social stratification. So even if you’re a math major, you’ll learn how the number eight oppresses the number seven.... Click here to read more.
by Bob Schneider
During the following years, on most Saturdays, post morning prayer, once freed from the shackles of an itchy, off-the-rack Robert Hall suit (where the value goes up, up, up, and the prices go down, down, down), stuffed on a lunch of chopped liver, double-boilered pot roast, and canned Spanish rice... Click here to read more.
by Justin Samuels
Ingrid Jungermann is co-creator of the award-winning Web series The Slope, as well as F to 7th, a "Homoneurotic Web Series." Originally from Palm Bay, Florida, she is a thesis student in the Film Program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
Justin Samuels: What originally got you into the film industry?
Ingrid Jungermann: My first film job was as a casting assistant for the Tim Burton film BIG FISH. I learned a lot on that film – and John’s August’s screenplay, before things were altered/shot/edited, was pretty much perfect. That script was an inspiration.... Click here to read more.
The Guild celebrated the release of "101 Best Written TV Series" with a rooftop reception on June 5. Click here to see photos from the event.
The list is out! The 101 Best-Written TV Series of All-Time, as voted on by WGA members.
Recognizing the essential role that writers have played in creating and elevating the medium of television since its inception, the Writers Guilds of America, West and East announced the list of the 101 Best Written TV Series, honoring seven decades of outstanding television programming and the writers who brought it all to life. The list was determined through online voting by WGAW and WGAE members. Click here for more information.
In a new video series from the Center for American Progress Action Fund, WGAE members Susan Kim and Jeremy Pikser discuss what union membership means to them and to other white-collar workers. Click here to read more.
The Writers Guild of America, East, notes Jane Mayer's article in the current issue of The New Yorker magazine titled, "A Word from Our Sponsor: Public television’s attempts to placate David Koch," which chronicles the trials and tribulations of documentary filmmakers producing work on public television that is, in part, critical of conservative industrialists David and Charles Koch. Click here to read more...
UNI MEI Global Union joins all workers at the Greek public broadcaster ERT and their trade union POSPERT in their protest over the immediate closure of ERT. In response to the demands of the Troika asking for further dismissals in the Greek public service, the Finance Minister abused emergency powers to stop ERT’s transmissions and shut down all public and TV stations in Greece as of today... Click here to read more.
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Danny Strong, Joe Weisberg and Beau Willimon discuss writing about the more sordid side of Washington. Stefan Forbes moderated. Click here to see more photos.