Scripters’ jamboree bows today

As many as 1,000 people are expected to attend “Words Into Pictures,” billed as the first-of-its-kind industry event focusing on screenwriters. The three-day forum, beginning today, is held by the Writers Guild Foundation.

Panels begin at 9:30 a.m. today at the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel with three simultaneous sessions: “Twister Impossible — The Movie as E-Ticket Ride,” “Creating Shows for Network Television” and “Is One Head Better Than Two? Writers Who Direct; Writers Who Produce.”

Other panels will include “Cards on the Table: The Truth About Those Mega-Deals,” moderated by Daily Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart today at 11:30, and “Meet the Writer” sessions, featuring scribes including William Goldman and Robert Towne.

Other seshes will tackle such topics as the development process, pitching, script adaptations, political correctness and the possessory credit, among others. The title of one Saturday session: “Who Ripped Out the TV Movie’s Heart and Stomped on It?”

Other highlights

Among the other highlights will be a gala cocktail party on Saturday night with entertainment by Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau.

About 150 panelists and 700 attendees had been confirmed as of Thursday.

The meet comes as an increasing number of scribes in the industry are trying to raise their profile via such methods as hiring publicists and managers. The Writers Guild of America also has upped its publicity budget.

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