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Hollywood Networking Breakfast on Thursday

Are you in Los Angeles? If so, you will want to check out this Hollywood Networking Breakfast Event that I got an email about. And we all know that getting your place in Hollywood is all about networking. I got the info on this event from InfoList, which you can sign up for yourself. Here is the event info if you are interested:

 

SANDRA LORD
proudly invites you to the

AWARD WINNING (“Best Networking Event in L.A.”)
HOLLYWOOD NETWORKING BREAKFAST(R)
PANEL OF TOP STUDIO EXECUTIVES
WHO FIND TALENT (IN FRONT OF AND BEHIND THE CAMERA)! THIS IS A MUST-ATTEND EVENT!!
THURSDAY, APRIL 24TH, 2008
8:00a.m – 10:30a.m. Check-in starts at 7:20a.m.
Postmark Deadline for Registration – FRIDAY, April 18th, 2008

at
The Beverly Hills Country Club
3084 Motor Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(south of Twentieth Century Fox Studios)
FREE PARKING is available in the back lot
located on Patricia Avenue/Street, behind the tennis courts.
Please note there is NO PARKING PERMITTED ON THE RESIDENTIAL SIDE OF THE STREET
VALET PARKING also available for $4

RSVP REQUIRED
See details belowProduced in Los Angeles to benefit
CHANGING IMAGES IN AMERICA
A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting diversity in American culture

 


SPECIAL GUEST PANEL:

Featuring executives whose job it is to find the next set of talented people — both in front of and behind the cameras – executives who are committed to finding today’s most exciting and unique voices and talents — Writers, Producers, Directors, Actors, etc.

KELLY EDWARDS
VICE PRESIDENT, TALENT DEVELOPMENT, NBC UNIVERSAL
In this newly created position, Edwards will be recruiting diverse creative executives, writers and directors for the NBC Universal network, studio, cable and feature entities. (See full bio below)

SARAH FINN, C.S.A.
CASTING DIRECTOR (Formerly of Finn/Hiller Casting)
Sarah Finn has been casting feature films for over ten years, and joined forces with Randi Hiller in 2000 to form Finn/Hiller Casting. Together they have cast a broad range of films spanning every genre – credits include: Crash, Terminator 3, Blue Crush, Gridiron Gang, In the Valley of Elah, Miracle, Coach Carter, Dreamer, She’s the Man, Swat, the upcoming Adam Sandler, Oliver Stone, Edward Norton, and Robert Downey, Jr. films, and many others. (See full bio below)

RON TAYLOR
VICE PRESIDENT, DIVERSITY DEVELOPMENT
FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY & 20th CENTURY FOX TV STUDIOS
In his current position, Ron spearheads efforts to guide more diverse actors, writers, and directors into jobs on series broadcast on FBC, and/or on shows produced by 20th Century Fox TV and to support Fox content that features diversity in the media marketplace. (See full bio below)

ERIKA KENNAIR
MANAGER OF ENTERTAINMENT DIVERSITY PROGRAMS FOR NBC ENTERTAINMENT
In this crucially decisive position, Erika identifies diverse writing talent for the network, oversees NBC’s competitive writing program, Writers on the Verge and works with diversity initiatives such as The Director in Training Program and Comedy Shortcuts. (See full bio below)

SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR INFOLIST.com!!
FIRST TIME ATTENDEES (ONLY) may take $5 OFF of the pre-paid/on-time reservation price listed below – You MUST include a copy of this INFOLIST.com email with your check to receive the discount!

RESERVATIONS INFO AT-A-GLANCE:

DOWNLOAD OUR RESERVATIONS FORM:
www.changingimagesinamerica.org/res-form.pdf

Pre-paid reservations (postmarked by APRIL 17, 2008): $40 per person ($35 for first time INFOLIST attendees!) (full breakfast). Checks or money-orders must be made payable to: Changing Images In America, MUST be accompanied by our reservations form and mailed to: P.O. Box 2688, Hollywood, CA 90078. YOUR CASHED CHECK IS YOUR CONFIRMATION. WE DO NOT MAIL TICKETS, EMAIL OR CALL YOU TO CONFIRM RECEIPT OF YOUR CHECK. We do NOT accept credit card, email or phone reservations. We are UNABLE able to receive Express Mail, Certified Mal, or Registered Mail or any mail that requires us to stand on postal lines. Reservations cannot be rolled over to another month, but can be transferred to someone else for the date paid for only.

ABSOLUTELY NO RECORDING DEVICES ALLOWED!

Pre-confirmed Late Reservation: $45, cash only. Walk-ins: $50, cash only. As usual, for our attendance list, emergency contact, and for security purposes, you MUST include a business card and/or list your profession, phone number and other contact info, also the LEGAL NAME (as it appears on state issued I.D.), FOR YOU AND ALL GUESTS who are paid for on your check.

IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO READ OR BE AWARE OF OUR POLICIES AND GUIDELINES.
Dress code and other policies apply, including RESERVATION INFO & CANCELLATION POLICY. Go to:
www.changingimagesinamerica.org/hnindex.htm
OFFICE PHONE: (323) 465-9800

Meet privately with
a guest speaker!
For more information on how to be considered for this great opportunity, please go to:
http://hgenonline.com/BkfstPrivateMeeting.htm


GUEST PANELISTS: FULL BIOS

KELLY EDWARDS
VICE PRESIDENT, TALENT DEVELOPMENT, NBC UNIVERSAL
In this newly created position, Edwards will be recruiting diverse creative executives, writers and directors for the NBC Universal network, studio, cable and feature entities.

Prior to her current role at NBC Universal, Edwards served as a partner at the independent production company Axelrod/Edwards under a deal with Paramount Studios. In that capacity, she developed hour and half-hour projects for both network and cable operations. Additionally, she served as Executive Producer of the UPN drama series “Sex, Love and Secrets,” starring Denise Richards.

Previously, Edwards served as Senior Vice President, Comedy Development at UPN where she developed single, multi-camera and animated half-hour series including “Girlfriends,” “One on One“, “Dilbert,” and “The Parkers.”

While at UPN, Edwards co-founded Colour TV, a networking group for diverse creative executives. It was due to her extensive contacts in the creative community that Paula Madison tapped her for this new post. In 2001 she was honored by the Los Angeles Business Journal as one of their Women Who Make a Difference for her continued efforts in promoting diversity within the entertainment industry as well as her extensive charity work.

Prior to her tenure at UPN, Edwards held several key positions in comedy development at the Fox Broadcasting Company, most recently as Executive Director and helped to create the television series “Living Single” and “Ned and Stacey” with Thomas Hayden Church and Debra Messing. She was also responsible for identifying actors and stand-ups for development deals including Bernie Mac, Chris Rock, D.L. Hughley, and Dave Chappelle.

Before that, Edwards served as a feature film development executive for Garry Marshall and for Laura Ziskin Productions.

Edwards graduated from Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theater.
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SARAH FINN, C.S.A.
CASTING DIRECTOR (Formerly of Finn/Hiller Casting)
Sarah Finn has been casting feature films for over ten years, and joined forces with Randi Hiller in 2000 to form Finn/Hiller Casting. Together they have cast a broad range of films spanning every genre. Upcoming films include Marvel’s IRON MAN starring Robert Downey, Jr., Adam Sandler‘s comedy DON’T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN, and Gavin O’Connor‘s drama, PRIDE AND GLORY starring Edward Norton. Recent releases include Paul Haggis‘ film, IN THE VALLEY OF ELAH, for which Tommy Lee Jones received a best Actor Oscar Nomination. Other credits include GRIDIRON GANG, MIRACLE, COACH CARTER, CRASH, DREAMER, BLUE CRUSH, SHE’S THE MAN, SWAT, and TERMINATOR 3, among others.

In 2006, CRASH received the Best Picture Oscar, as well as the SAG Award for Outstanding Ensemble Cast, the NAACP Image Award for Best Picture, the Hollywood Film Festival Award for Best Cast, and numerous other distinctions and awards. Sarah and Randi received the Casting Society of America’s Artios Award for Outstanding Achievement in Casting/Drama for the feature film CRASH and nominations for LIFE AS A HOUSE and CRAZY/ BEAUTIFUL. Sarah was invited to join the Academy for Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences in 2006.

In addition to casting, Finn/Hiller has been involved in producing independent films and is proud to have CRASH as their first Co-Producing credit. Other independents MARILYN HOTCHKISS’ BALLROOM DANCING AND CHARM SCHOOL and GRAND THEFT PARSONS both received premieres at the Sundance Film Festival, as did the edgy QUID PRO QUO starring Vera Farmiga, earlier this year.

Sarah Finn has a degree in Theatre from Yale University and began working off-Broadway in New York City, where she became a member of Ensemble Studio Theatre. She acted, directed and produced theater before coming to work in casting. Producing at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in 1997, with Ensemble Studio Theatre-The LA. Project, she won the MCI Jury Award for outstanding theatre production. She then joined Paramount Pictures as Director of Feature Casting, where she cast such films as VARSITY BLUES, 200 CIGARETTES and MISSION IMPOSSIBLE: 2, and oversaw a range of other films.

Now venturing on her own, Sarah is currently casting “W” for Oliver Stone.

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RON TAYLOR
VICE PRESIDENT, DIVERSITY DEVELOPMENT
FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY & 20th CENTURY FOX TV STUDIOS
In his current position, Ron spearheads efforts to guide more diverse actors, writers, and directors into jobs on series broadcast on FBC, and/or on shows produced by 20th Century Fox TV and to support Fox content that features diversity in the media marketplace.

Ron has worked as a network and studio development executive, as well as a TV series writer. He was VP, Development and Current Programming at Columbia-TriStar where he developed series for cable TV, including “Strong Medicine” on Lifetime and “Street Time” on Showtime. Ron was one of the first executives hired at UPN and was instrumental in creating that network from 1994-97. Ron has also been a development executive at Warner Bros and Disney, and a writer of episodes for such series as “Renegade“, “Forever Knight“, “Covington Cross” and “The Sentinel.” He wrote the short film “Brothers of the Borderland” which is presented daily at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

He began his television programming career at ABC-TV in the 1970s.
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ERIKA KENNAIR
MANAGER OF ENTERTAINMENT DIVERSITY PROGRAMS FOR NBC ENTERTAINMENT
In this crucially decisive position, Erika identifies diverse writing talent for the network, oversees NBC’s competitive writing program, Writers on the Verge and works with diversity initiatives such as The Director in Training Program and Comedy Shortcuts. (See full bio below)

Born and raised in New Orleans, Erika graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a B.A. in Television Production, and then obtained an M.F.A. in Screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University. Upon graduating LMU, Erika was awarded a Humanitas Prize: the David Angell Fellowship in Comedy Writing.

Erika’s first experience in television was pulling ratings at 6am at Paramount in Television Research. She then moved on to Twentieth Century Fox in Television Production and then to Fox Searchlight in Post Production working with such movies as Garden State, Notes on a Scandal and The Last King of Scotland.

2 Comments

  1. Im intrested…. Would Like to be apart of this wonderful event and this is a great idea.

  2. Shunda Francis

    July 11, 2011 at 3:01 am

    Dear Sir/Madam:

    I missed your Hollywood Networking Breakfast and I would like to know how can I get my information on your mailing list so that I can receiving update workshops. I am truly interested in attending your workshops. Thank you in advance.

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