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PSA Series Unveiled At Guilds’ ‘Joining Forces’ Event With Michelle Obama

A plan for a series of public service announcements targeting first lady Michelle Obama’s “Joining Forces” initiative was unveiled today during a panel sponsored by the Hollywood guilds designed to create a dialogue about ways to share the stories of military families through film, television and digital media. Nearly 500 members of the Hollywood creative community attended the event at the Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills; the panel was moderated by J.J. Abrams and featured Obama as well as Army Wives creator Katherine Fugate. From the press release on the PSAs: Read More »

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UPDATE: Gersh Confirms Hohman Maybank Lieb Deal

By | Wednesday December 1, 2010 @ 12:21pm PST
Mike Fleming

UPDATE: The Gersh Agency has just confirmed Deadline’s report that it has acquired Hohman, Maybank, Lieb and issued a press release that follows the original story break.

EXCLUSIVE: The Gersh Agency is putting the finishing touches on a major deal that will give a real shot in the arm to its literary department. Gersh is acquiring Hohman, Maybank, Lieb, the well-respected boutique literary agency. Founders Bob Hohman, Bayard Maybank and Devra Lieb will become partners and will bolster a Gersh lit department that recently lost deal makers Sara Self and David Kopple.

I’m told Hohman Maybank Lieb will bring such writers as Saving Private Ryan scribe Robert Rodat, Valentine’s Day scribe Katherine Fugate, Finding Nemo scribe Dave Reynolds, Welcome to the Rileys scribe Ken Hixon, Cheaper By the Dozen scribe Sam Harper, The Great and Powerful Oz scribe Mitchell Kapner, Source Code‘s Ben Ripley, Londongrad‘s David Scarpa, Daddy Day Care‘s Geoff Rodkey, Pretty Little Liars’ Marlene King, Man & Wife scribe Alan McElroy, Never Forget scribe Chris Parker, Adaline scribe  Allison Burnett, and Martian Child‘s Seth Bass & Jonathan Tolins.

The trio will run the literary department with Gersh partner Abram Nalibotsky. I’m still checking on whether other agents from HML are coming aboard. The deal is being made David and Bob Gersh and Leslie Siebert, who is managing partner.

Hohman, Maybank and Lieb formed their agency in 1996 after leaving Triad when that agency merged with WMA. I’m told that while they will become core players at Gersh, this is not … Read More »

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Writers Guild, West, 2010 Election Results

LOS ANGELES – The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) has announced the results of its 2010 WGAW Board of Directors election. The following eight members were elected to the WGAW’s Board of Directors: Robin Schiff (754 votes), Katherine Fugate (749 votes), Aaron Mendelsohn (741 votes), David A. Goodman (740 votes), Kathy Kiernan (691 votes), Christopher Keyser (610 votes), David Shore (554 votes), Mark Gunn (519 votes).

Fugate, Goodman, Gunn, Kiernan, and Mendelsohn are incumbents. Board members will serve a two-year term, effective immediately.

Results for the nine remaining Board of Directors candidates were: Matthew Weiner (507 votes), Karen Harris (463 votes), Timothy J. Lea (376 votes), Cheryl Heuton (290 votes), Naomi Foner (273 votes), Mick Betancourt (257 votes), Erica Montolfo (143 votes), Erich Hoeber (132 votes), Matt Pyken (111 votes). (Note: Steve Skrovan withdrew his candidacy after the final slate of WGAW BOD candidates was previously announced in July.)

A total of 1,273 valid ballots were cast. The ballot count was supervised by Robbin Johnson of Pacific Election Services, Inc., an independent firm.

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