This and that: WGA benefits; “Anatomy of a Script” seminars; a 400-seg milestone

HowardrodmancropThe strike may be over, but the Writers Guild of America fundraisers to fill the coffers of its industry strike fund continues.

The next event, hosted by Writers Theatre LA, is set for Saturday at the Lyric Theater (520 N. La Brea Ave.) and will feature perfs of five one-act plays. The last one in the rotation is  WGA board member Howard Rodman’s take on “How the Writers Strike Ended,” which is billed as “a savage (and savagely funny) look inside the moguls’ executive dining room, where food is made, decisions are eaten.” (Rodman pictured left)

There are more perfs and readings set for Sunday March 9, and on March 31 there’ll be a perf of Jennifer Maisel’s “The Last Seder,” about how a Passover dinner allows a family’s to heal its past and move on. Play recently earned a grant from the Kennedy Center’s Fund for New American Plays and was commissioned by the Foundation for Jewish Culture…

Meanwhile, the Writers Guild Foundation is reviving its “Anatomy of a Script” seminar Jasonkatims series examining film and TV scripts, starting March 11 for six consecutive Tuesdays at the WGA’s HQ on Third Street.
Seminars, moderated by scribes Winnie Holzman and Robin Schiff, begin with a dissection of “Traffic” with Stephen Gaghan; followed by “Lars and the Real Girl” with Nancy Oliver; “Friday Night Lights with Jason Katims (pictured right); “Ghost” with Bruce Joel Rubin; “The Bernie Mac Show” with Larry Wilmore; and “Grey’s Anatomy” with Shonda Rhimes….

And finally, what does ABC’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos” have in common with “Gunsmoke,” “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” “Law & Order,” “Bonanza,” Dibonabergeron_2 “Lassie,” “Death Valley Days” and “The Simpsons”? Four-hundred episodes, that’s what (at least half of them included the clip of the cat flushing a toilet). “AFHV” was YouTube when YouTube wasn’t cool (or invented yet), and “AFHV” czar Vin Di Bona (pictured far left with “AFHV” host Tom Bergeron) has been there for all of them. Di Bona banked seg No. 400 last week; it’s set to air April 20.

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