UCLA Launches Creative Directory Ahead Of Screenwriters Showcase

By | Monday June 3, 2013 @ 11:26am PDT

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 … Read More »

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Fox Exec Commits $1M for UCLA Brain Cancer Research

By | Wednesday August 8, 2012 @ 3:35pm PDT

Ted Gagliano, president of post-production at 20th Century Fox Studios, was attending UCLA Neurosurgery’s Visionary Ball last year on the same night one of his close friends was undergoing surgery to remove a deadly brain tumor. During the … Read More »

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Ron Meyer To UCLA Showbiz Grads: “You Don’t Have To Be An Asshole To Succeed”

By | Friday June 15, 2012 @ 6:01pm PDT

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: Read More »

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Ron Meyer Set As UCLA Commencement Speaker; Gil Cates To Be Honored

By | Wednesday June 6, 2012 @ 11:29am PDT

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.

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