In all the surveys we have ever conducted, the top three reasons our members give for joining are – NETWORKING, NETWORKING and NETWORKING! Forging and maintaining connections is an essential part of any business, but in the highly competitive and political industry of show business, it is often who-you-know, that will get you your next job. Our immensely popular Networking Breakfasts give WIF members and non-members the opportunity to build relationships and to learn from the experts.
Every month we invite established professionals from all aspects of the Media Arts to share where they are now, how they got there, and where they hope to be from now on. Speakers tell stories about their personal histories that provide practical information or are often simply entertaining. Whether they cover the art of the deal, the challenge of managing “creative” personalities or just tales from the trenches, our networking breakfasts provide exposure to industry veterans.
Often the most interesting part of the program happens after the speaker’s initial presentation. Audience members ask questions, initiating open and frank conversations about what it takes to build a career.
Before and after the presentation the attendees and the speakers mingle over breakfast and learn to work the room. Not only can you network yourself, but you see what works and doesn’t when other people do it. You might meet someone whose skills you need for your next project, someone who needs you, or just a new friend.
We offer two Breakfast events each month, one in Beverly Hills and one in Malibu. Check our CALENDAR for details.
The WIF Breakfast Series takes place in Los Angeles on the third Friday of every month. This event is chaired by Donna Loyd, an entertainment marketing executive.
Speakers have included:
David Gersh, Co-President of The Gersh Agency
Jon Avnet, Producer/Writer/Director – Projects include: Black Swan, Righteous Kill, Fried Green Tomatoes
Lauren Corrao, President, Original Programming and Development, Comedy Central
Wendy and Lisa (Wendy Melvoin and Lisa Coleman) Grammy and Emmy winning composers – Projects include: “Nurse Jackie”, “Heroes”, “Crossing Jordan”
Gale Anne Hurd, Producer – Projects include: The Abyss, The Terminator, Aliens
Linda Bloodworth Thomason, Writer/Producer – Projects include: “Evening Shade”, “Designing Women”, “M*A*S*H”
Kim Roberts Hedgpeth, National Executive Director of AFTRA
Melora Hardin, Actress – Projects include: “The Office”, Hannah Montana: The Movie, “Monk”
Ron Bass, Screenwriter – Projects include: Snow Falling on Cedars, Entrapment, My Best Friend’s Wedding, Rain Man
Alan Rosenberg, President, Screen Actors Guild
Jane Seymour, Actress – Projects include: The Velveteen Rabbit, “Smallville”, “Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman”
Richard Walter, Writer / Chairman of UCLA’s Graduate Screenwriting Program
Helen Verno, Exec. VP Movies & Miniseries, Sony Pictures Television
Carol Mendelsohn, Showrunner & Executive Producer – Projects include: “CSI-Crime Scene Investigation”, “The Defenders”
Scott Hornbacher, Director/Producer – Projects include: “Mad Men”, “The Sopranos”
Jason Alexander, Actor – Projects include: “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “Seinfeld”