BRAVO ZULU: Support the Vets, Support Yourself

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Our military vets face a myriad of problems when they return from service – from a skyrocketing suicide rate to stagnant unemployment. Which is why we’re proud to offer our Veterans Writing Project, and even more proud of the hardworking vets in it. The world needs to hear their stories. 

We know your story has value too, and we want to help you bring it to the world. Which is why we’re offering you the chance to meet with a wide variety of managers, executives and writers.

The best part? Each purchase from this list goes to support our Veterans Writing Project. One purchase from this sale covers the costs of the year-long program for one vet.

But you’re doing more just lending a hand to a deserving vet. You’re helping yourself. Besides the karmic benefits you reap from helping the men and women who put their lives on the line, you’re also buying yourself an opportunity to learn from skilled professionals with rare insights into the entertainment industry. Managers. Producers. Writers. Executives. People who know the system. People who know how the gatekeepers think. People who can offer you real, concrete advice. Many of them will read your script and give you notes.

In military parlance, Bravo Zulu means “well done.” It’s a sign that you’ve done a great job. For an opportunity for hardworking writers to support hardworking vets, there’s no better title.

Do it for yourself, and do it for the vets. Questions? Contact Sandy Allyn, the sale manager, by clicking here.

ONCE YOU HAVE MADE YOUR PURCHASE, CONTACT SANDY AT 323.782.4691 OR sallyn@wga.org TO BEGIN YOUR EXPERIENCE.

Please note that all meetings will depend on the writer, exec or agent’s availability. Don’t worry – if you pay for a meeting, you’ll get one. Plus, you will have up to one year from the date of purchase to make and take that meeting. Your meeting will last for at least half an hour. Agents, managers, execs and writers may ask you to sign a waiver. Aside from setting up the meeting, we can make no guarantees. We don’t guarantee that any agent or manager will take you on as a client, or that any writer or showrunner will hire you.  All we promise is the meeting. Once you’re in the room, it’s up to you.

A SCRIPT READING and MEETING with manager JOHN BAUMAN

A SCRIPT READING and MEETING with manager JOHN BAUMAN

| Still Left: 2Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2000

John Bauman formed Bauman Management in 2007 to represent writers, directors, producers and actors in film and television. He’s represented people involved with amazing material like SHOGUN and BREAKING BAD. And he wants to read your script and give you notes.

This is a meeting with a working manager — someone who’s been in the business for years. Before forming his own company, John was a literary agent at The Gersh Agency. So he’s no slouch.

John will read your script and meet with you to discuss it. You know those parties you go to all the time? Where you’re always hoping to meet someone with some traction who’ll read your script? THIS IS THE GUY. Snap this up before it’s too late.


A SCRIPT READING and MEETING with manager STEPHEN MARKS

A SCRIPT READING and MEETING with manager STEPHEN MARKS

| Still Left: 2Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2001

Stephen Marks has worked in representation for nearly three decades – so he’s not an upstart. He’s a seasoned professional whose list of contacts in the industry is long enough to make the rest of us blush. And he’s going to read your script and meet with you to talk about it.

He began at William Morris and later moved on to ICM. After that, he headed up the literary division at Metropolitan Talent Agency. He packaged nearly 50 television shows during his time there before leaving to join Evolution Management as a manager.

Stephen will read your script and meet with you to let you know what he thinks. Which is the sort of thing you’ve been dreaming of for years, right? Why keep trying to run into managers at parties and events when you’ve got one right here who’s willing to give you his time? Do it. Do it now.


A SCRIPT READING and MEETING with writers' manager JEFFRY MELNICK

A SCRIPT READING and MEETING with writers' manager JEFFRY MELNICK

| Still Left: 1Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2003

Jeffry Melnick isn’t just a writers’ manager. He’s also a producer, having executive produced the amazing BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOUR DEAD, written by Kelly Masterson and directed by Sydney Lumet. Oh yeah, and he had a hand in discovering writers like James Duff and M. Night Shyamalan.

He’s going to read your script and meet with you to discuss it.

Don’t wait on this. You’re getting a script reading by a manager who specializes in writers, and who’s seen the industry from all sides. You lay awake at night wondering: How do I meet a manager who knows the ropes? How do I meet a manager who can give me real advice about the viability of my script? How do I meet a manager who’s not just some random dude who happens to own a nice blazer? This is how. Don’t wait on this.


A Script Reading and Meeting with Asylum exec JOAN HARRISON

A Script Reading and Meeting with Asylum exec JOAN HARRISON

| Still Left: 0Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 3, 2005

Joan Harrison is Senior Vice President of Scripted Programming and Development at Asylum Entertainment, which is currently marketing SMALL TIME, the first feature by 24 creator Joel Surnow, and HAPPY VALLEY, about the 2011 Penn State University scandal.

Joan supervises series, limited series and movies made for broadcast and cable TV. She’s served high-level programming jobs at CBS and Discovery, and is herself a member of the WGA. She’s also been a literary agent, and looks at material from both a creative and marketing perspective. She knows the business, but she also knows good writing. Oh yeah, and she founded the first female sketch comedy troupe at the University of Pennsylvania.

She’ll read your script, meet with you and give notes. Her notes will be good. You should listen to them. So go on and avail yourself of this experience. You won’t regret it.


One on One MASTER CLASS with ROBIN SWICORD

One on One MASTER CLASS with ROBIN SWICORD

| Still Left: 0Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2012

A screenwriter extraordinaire, Robin Swicord’s credits include MATILDA, MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA, THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB and THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON. She’ll give you a one-on-one master class on laying out a story.

If you’ve never heard Robin lecture, trust us: She’s amazing. We’ve seen audiences deplete multiple pens of ink in a frenzy to record her every word. She knows story better than almost anyone we know.

Again: This is an actual one-on-one class from an extraordinarily insightful and analytical screenwriter. You’ll strengthen your skills as a storyteller. And you’ll see the difference in your writing.


Screenplay reading by manager EVAN CORDAY

Screenplay reading by manager EVAN CORDAY

| Still Left: 1Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 22, 2012

Evan Corday is the head of Television Literary Development at Evolution Management. She’ll read your screenplay, give notes, and take a meeting with you. Just like that. In case you didn’t hear: THIS IS A MEETING WITH A MANAGER AND THE MANAGER WILL READ YOUR SCRIPT AND THEN GIVE YOU NOTES ON YOUR SCRIPT. This is the stuff you lie awake at night wanting.

You know you can’t start your career without a manager. And Evan reps clients in features, scripted TV and theater. She also maintains relationships with producers, agents and execs. This one’s a no-brainer, guys.


Pitch Workshop with writers PAM FALK and MIKE ELLIS

Pitch Workshop with writers PAM FALK and MIKE ELLIS

| Still Left: 1Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2013

Nobody ever sold a script without pitching it first. The pitch is the most difficult hurdle in the process of getting a script shot, but surviving it is the most rewarding part. Pam Falk and Mike Ellis – writers of THE WEDDING PLANNER and pitchmasters extraordinaire – can help you hone your pitch.

Together Pam and Mike have sold pitches to Dreamworks, Universal, Sony, New Line, Revolution, ABC – nope, the list isn’t over yet – Warner Brothers, Skydance Productions, and more. Mike also teaches screenwriting at AFI.

This can be a life-changer. With Pam and Mike giving you their specialized pitch training, you’re bound to up your game in ways you can’t even predict.


Lunch with horror writer SCOTT KOSAR

Lunch with horror writer SCOTT KOSAR

| Still Left: 1Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2013

One of the best ways to break into indie filmmaking is with a horror movie – they’re cheap to shoot and people love to watch them. But they’re not simple to write — there’s a ton of horror scripts floating around out there, and you want yours to stand out.

Enter Scott Kosar. He’s written some great horror remakes, like 2003′s THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and 2010′s THE CRAZIES. He also wrote the indie horror touchstone THE MACHINIST. Scott will have lunch or drinks with you and talk spooky.

But you know what would be really scary? If you let this opportunity pass you by. You’re a horror writer. Meet with the master. Meet with the guy who knows what studios and production companies want.


Lunch with GODZILLA writer MAX BORENSTEIN

Lunch with GODZILLA writer MAX BORENSTEIN

| Still Left: 1Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2013

Have you guys seen that new GODZILLA trailer? It’s pretty amazing, with its more-enormous-than-usual, force-of-nature Godzilla and its use of the Gyorgyi Ligeti score associated with Kubrick’s 2001. It’s… something special.

The writer of that movie, Max Borenstein, worked his way up from writing and directing his own shorts to crafting the screenplay behind what’s sure to be one of the biggest summer releases of 2014.

We’re not going to tell you there’s any surefire way to follow a path like the one Max followed. But we are going to tell you that Max is an incredible resource for learning how to make your mark and make people notice you. If you’re going to learn, why not learn from someone at the top? If you’re going to go, go big… and baby, ain’t nobody bigger than Godzilla.


Lunch with sci-fi TV writer LILLA ZUCKERMAN

Lunch with sci-fi TV writer LILLA ZUCKERMAN

| Still Left: 1Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2013

Say you’re trying to get yourself staffed on a show, so you’re writing some specs and a pilot or two. And you’re trying to show you can work across a broad range of genres. It’s a really, really good idea to have a science fiction script somewhere in there.

And Lilla Zuckerman is an experienced SF writer, with a resume that includes FRINGE, HAVEN and HUMAN TARGET. She’ll meet with you over lunch, dinner or drinks, and confab about the finer points of science fiction writing and TV writing.

Think about it. Science fiction is huge right now: SLEEPY HOLLOW. AGENTS OF SHIELD. ALMOST HUMAN. SUPERNATURAL (nine seasons and counting!). ONCE UPON A TIME. Having a SF pilot or spec in your collection is key to getting yourself a job. And Lilla knows science fiction. What better way to beef up your portfolio than to learn at the foot of the master?


Meet with TV director JEFF MELMAN

Meet with TV director JEFF MELMAN

| Still Left: 1Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2013

Jeff Melman is a television director with a list of credits that reads like a list of the most popular sitcoms of the past 40 years, with more recent credits like ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT, TWO AND A HALF MEN and MODERN FAMILY, and earlier classics like NIGHT COURT and THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL AIR.

This is someone who’s been privy to decades of sitcom development, and met with writers from some of the most hilarious and memorable TV comedies in history. It’s like sitting down to lunch with a human Wikipedia devoted entirely to the world of television comedy. We’d say it’s pretty vital to your career as a writer.

Jeff will meet with you to chat about what kind of material great directors like him can best work with. And if you’re a director, hey – so much the better!


Lunch with TV writer SARAH WATSON

Lunch with TV writer SARAH WATSON

| Still Left: 1Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2013

Sarah Watson is a television writer who’s worked on two of Jason Katims’ shows (PARENTHOOD and the upcoming ABOUT A BOY), as well as other great TV shows, like THE MIDDLEMAN and the sadly short-lived THE UNUSUALS.

Sarah knows drama. And we know you guys like drama. You’re always showing up here telling us how much you like it. So why not put your money where your mouth is? Sign up and learn the ropes from someone who really knows how to tell a real, honest-to-gosh story – no lasers, no space chimps, no underground cave-dwelling repto-bots. Just good, solid storytelling. You owe it to yourself.

Sarah will take you to lunch and chat about writing – how to break in, what to do once you’ve broken in, and how to keep doing it well. Don’t pass this one up.


Lunch with sitcom savant Ken Levine

Lunch with sitcom savant Ken Levine

| Still Left: 1Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2013

Have you read Ken Levine’s blog? Ken is a comedy writer with a resume that reads like a history of great sitcoms – CHEERS, FRASIER, M*A*S*H*, THE SIMPSONS and more. Today, he blogs about writing, and his posts are one of the greatest resources available for emerging writers.

Ken has been part of our Veterans Writing Program, and we’ve seen him lecture. He’s a genius. And guys, seriously: You’d be learning from a guy who wrote for M*A*S*H*. Arguably the best sitcom ever made (we can actually argue later). There are, seriously, maybe four people on the planet who know more about sitcoms than Ken. OK, maybe five. Either way, he’s someone you need to sit down with. Stop stalling and do it.

Ken will take you to lunch and chat about the state of sitcom writing, and how far it’s come since he wrote on THE JEFFERSONS in 1975.


Lunch with ROBIN SCHIFF

Lunch with ROBIN SCHIFF

| Still Left: 0Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2013

Robin Schiff is probably best known for the hilarious cult favorite ROMY AND MICHELE’S HIGH SCHOOL REUNION. But she’s also an accomplished television writer, having penned shows like ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA? and 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU.

Robin will have lunch with you – call it the Businesswoman’s Special – and chat about the lay of the land. PLUS: She’ll bring along a signed copy of the ROMY AND MICHELE shooting script. PLUS PLUS: Robin is awesome to have a drink with. Like, awesome.

But lest you think this is nothing more than some hedonistic bacchanal: Robin is a smart cookie. She’s been through the wringer and come out successful on the other side. She can tell you the pitfalls to avoid and how to make people remember you. Because trust us: Nobody ever forgets Robin Schiff.


Lunch with Nicholl Fellowships Director GREG BEAL

Lunch with Nicholl Fellowships Director GREG BEAL

| Still Left: 1Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2013

You want to win the Nicholl Fellowships. Your friends want to win the Nicholl Fellowships. Dude: We all want to win the Nicholl Fellowships. With past winners like Ehren Kruger and Damon Lindelof, who wouldn’t?

Well, we can’t get you a Nicholl win. But we can get you lunch with the guy in charge of the program: Greg Beal. Since 1989, Greg has administered the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, and will have lunch with you to talk about what makes a great script.

Guys: Greg is a gatekeeper. A kingmaker. His is a brain you want to pick. He knows what kinds of stories catch readers’ eyes. What a good first page looks like. What a good second page looks like. And what it feels like to read a truly great script.


JOHN FRANCIS DALEY & JONATHAN GOLDSTEIN treat you to drinks at SOHO HOUSE

JOHN FRANCIS DALEY & JONATHAN GOLDSTEIN treat you to drinks at SOHO HOUSE

| Still Left: 1Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2013

John and Jonathan are a hot comedy writing team, with hits like HORRIBLE BOSSES and CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 under their belts. HORRIBLE BOSSES alone grossed more than $200 million worldwide.

They’re going to take you to drinks at Soho House. The ultra-exclusive club where successful creative types hang out and sip cocktails. Just step in, and you feel the energy infuse your corpus callosum. You’ll be chatting about writing comedy with the perfect writers in the perfect location.

They’re good guys. They’re funny guys. And they’ll sit down with you to talk about the finer points of comedy writing and making it as a jokesmith in the business. Your comedy writing career needs this, guys. If you’re a comedy writer, you can’t do much more for your career than meeting with John and Jonathan at Soho.


Drinks with BILLY RAY

Drinks with BILLY RAY

| Still Left: 0Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2013

Billy Ray is the screenwriter’s screenwriter. With credits like CAPTAIN PHILLIPS and an early draft of THE HUNGER GAMES under his belt, he’s got the skills. But what’s more, he knows the landscape and is eager to share what he’s learned with emerging writers.

Trust us, guys: We’ve been in a room with Billy while he’s lecturing. To be able to be alone with the dude? And pick his brain? Ask him any question you want and impress him with your wit and knowledge? Come on. The self-esteem points alone are worth twice the price.

Have drinks with the guy. Ask him anything about boosting your writing career, or starting it from the ground up. He’s given enough lectures here that we know: He’s like an encyclopedia of great advice.


Drinks at SOHO HOUSE with TIM DOWLING

Drinks at SOHO HOUSE with TIM DOWLING

| Still Left: 1Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2013

Tim Dowling got his start with the hilarious short GEORGE LUCAS IN LOVE, which nailed him an Endeavor agent – then he went on to write ROLE MODELS, THIS MEANS WAR and JUST GO WITH IT.

He’ll take you to drinks at the more-exclusive-than-exclusive Soho House, the private club for those in film, media and creative industries in West Hollywood. Over drinks he’ll school you on the ins and outs of entertainment. He’ll also teach you how to be cool, if you could use some pointers.

Guys, if you’re looking for a way to give yourself that kick in the ass that’ll make you work harder – this is it. Once you sit down surrounded by the posh digs at Soho House, you’ll never want to leave – and you’ll want to do whatever it takes to get back in.


Dinner with STAR TREK maestro BRANNON BRAGA

Dinner with STAR TREK maestro BRANNON BRAGA

| Still Left: 1Limited Time Special Offer    Date: Jan 1, 2013

Brannon Braga might be best known for his time on the various STAR TREK incarnations (NEXT GENERATION, VOYAGER and ENTERPRISE), but his career spans a broad spectrum of television, including 24, SALEM, TERRA NOVA and the upcoming reboot of Carl Sagan’s COSMOS.

We know Brannon – he’s a generous, classy and knowledgeable guy. Putting yourself in a room with him is one of the smartest things you can do for your career. He knows TV. He knows science fiction. He knows the business. You’ll want to bring a notepad.

Brannon will hang out with you – lunch, dinner or drinks, it’s your choice. Don’t wait on this one.