It’s hard enough for screenwriters to get a foot in the door in Hollywood, so ahead of UCLA‘s annual Screenwriters Showcase the school has launched a new comprehensive screenwriters directory to get its MFA students in front of the eyes of the industry. UCLA’s online creative directory highlights over 60 current MFA students and their film and TV scripts including the winners and honorable mention honorees of its annual screenwriting competition. Staged readings from the eight winning scripts selected by a jury of over 200 industry pros will be performed at the 2013 Screenwriters Showcase held June 10 at the WGA, where Life Of Pi scribe David Magee is also receiving the Excellence In Screenwriting Award. The Showcase is part of the 22nd annual UCLA Film Festival held June 7-13.
Christy Grosz is AwardsLine editor and a contributor to Deadline.
Universal President and COO Ron Meyer this afternoon made an expletive-laced commencement speech to the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television Class of 2012. He told the graduating students that the best way to get ahead in showbiz is to ask questions. “Assumption is the mother of all fuck-ups,” he told the audience. Twice. The longtime studio head also pointed out that despite the cliches “You don’t have to be an asshole to succeed.” He also stressed that finding an agent is the single most important thing a new graduate can do. Ask everyone you meet. “Just don’t ask me,” he warned. The ceremony was dedicated to the school’s founding dean and Oscar ceremony producer Gil Cates. The commencement also honored directors Penelope Spheeris and Shirley Jo Finney with distinguished alumni awards. UPDATE: Here’s the text of Meyer’s speech:
Los Angeles, CA – Ron Meyer, Universal Studios President and COO, will be the 2012 Commencement Speaker for this year’s UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s (TFT) commencement ceremony. Recipients of TFT’s 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards are director and screenwriter Penelope Spheeris for Film and Shirley Jo Finney, the award-winning international director/actor, for Theater, both of whom will receive their awards at the ceremony. This year’s Commencement is dedicated to TFT founding dean and industry legend, Gil Cates. TFT Dean Teri Schwartz will preside over the graduation celebration on June 15 from 4:00p.m. to 6:00p.m. at Dickson Court North on the UCLA campus.