This article was corrected on March 13, 2002.
The Writers Guild Foundation has scheduled its third “Words Into Pictures” event June 7-9 at the Hilton Universal City.
The industry conference, dubbed the largest collection of creative talent outside of awards season, is designed to focus on the writer’s role in the filmmaking process. Confirmed participants include J.J. Abrams, Paul Attanasio, Ron Bass, James L. Brooks, Steven Gaghan, Charlie Kaufman, Callie Khouri, Don Roos, Eric Roth, Aaron Sorkin, Robert Towne, Larry Wilmore, Steven Zaillian and Anthony Zuiker.
“There’s nothing like it in the business to bring together such a meeting of minds,” said Tom Schulman, president of the foundation.
The first “Words Into Pictures” confab was held in 1997, followed by the 1999 event, which drew 1,200 participants to the Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. The event was moved to a larger facility this year because of an expected increase in demand.
Specific areas to be covered include network television, studio films, independent films, the cable world and career issues. The final panels will be plenary sessions, including a comedy panel that traditionally closes the event.
“It’s a chance for writers to mix with other people in the industry, to dialogue and to enjoy each other,” said John Furia, Jr., exec VP of the foundation.
The foundation has also set a pre-conference Craft Day with Nicholas Kazan overseeing instruction on screenwriting. Chief sponsors are the Writers Guild of America, west, Universal Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Warner Bros.
Registration has opened at www.wordsintopictures.org and (310) 559-9334. Discounts are available to full-time students, academic faculty, WGA members and early registrants.