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Key Attendees - 17th Annual USC Scripter Award
February 20, 2005

Winners

Paul Haggisscreenwriter, Million Dollar Baby
Screenwriter Paul Haggis has had a successful career in both television and feature films. In addition to Million Dollar Baby, he and a partner wrote an original screenplay entitled Crash, which will be released in April 2005. He also wrote the screenplay for Clint Eastwood's next film, Flags Of Our Fathers, the true story of the six men who raised the flag on Iwo Jima. Steven Spielberg is producing and Clint Eastwood will direct. Mr. Haggis has created a variety of shows for television; his favorite being the critically acclaimed but short-lived CBS series EZ Street.

F.X. Toole author, Rope Burns: Stories from the Corner
The late Jerry Boyd (a.k.a. F.X. Toole) held a wide variety of jobs over the years, from bartender, to cement truck driver, to shoe shiner, to bullfighter. In his late forties he took up boxing and fell in love with the sport, eventually working as a trainer and ringside "cut man. His first break as a writer came in 1999, when his story, "The Monkey Look, was published by Zyzzyva, a San Francisco literary journal. That story led to his book, Rope Burns: Stories from the Corner, being published by Ecco Press and becoming a literary sensation. Mr. Boyd died in 2002.

Scripter selection committee and event committee chairs

Nicholas Kazan selection committee co-chair
Prior to becoming a screenwriter, Nicholas Kazan was a free-lance journalist and playwright. He got his film break in 1981, when one of his original screenplays was bought and produced. He has four scripts currently in active development, including an adaptation of Robert Caro's book Means of Ascent, about Lyndon Johnson's 1948 Senate race. His other film credits include Frances, Matilda (which he co-wrote with Robin Swicord), At Close Range, Patty Hearst, Reversal of Fortune (for which he was nominated for an Academy Award®), Fallen, Bicentennial Man and Enough.

Robin Swicord selection committee co-chair
Screenwriter Robin Swicord worked as a newspaper and television photographer on the way to pursuing her dream to work in theatre and feature films. Her film credits include Little Women, Matilda, Shag, The Perez Family and Practical Magic. Swicord wrote the adaptation of Memoirs of a Geisha for Sony Pictures, directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago), to be released in late 2005. She is currently at work on an original screenplay to direct at Sony Pictures, The Jane Prize, about a family of Jane Austen scholars. This coming summer Swicord will direct an independently financed feature film, The Mermaids Singing, from her adaptation of the novel by Lisa Carey, starring Jessica Lange, Evan Rachel Wood, Neve Campbell and Dougray Scott.

Catherine H. Goldsmith event committee co-chair
Catherine Goldsmith is a senior vice president for Public Relations and Government Affairs at SIRA Technologies, where she liaises with governments on legislative/regulatory issues. She coordinates collaborative studies between SIRA and universities and governments around the world, an effort that has resulted in several peer-reviewed published articles on food safety. She is a graduate of the Charles Morris Price School of Advertising and Journalism at Temple University. Ms. Goldsmith began her involvement with the USC libraries in 1985 and has been a supporter of the USC Scripter Awards since its inception.

Bridget Gless event committee co-chair
Bridget Gless is a member of the board of directors of the Friends of the USC Libraries and a fourth-generation Trojan (Cinema-Television and English major graduate '89). An actress on television, film and stage, Gless has been designing and creating jewelry since 2000. Her work has been commissioned by entertainers such as Academy Award®-winning actress Renee Zellweger and singer Moon Zappa, and has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, House & Garden and other publications. Gless created the USC Scripter® Award jewelry line, and says she was inspired by the traditional insignia of the Scripter logo and worked with an architect to perfect its transformation into freestanding, fine jewelry. Ms. Gless has served on the event committee for the past two years, and is delighted to join Cathy as event co-chair this year.

Emcees

Henry Winkler master of ceremonies
Actor, producer and author Henry Winkler is best known for his portrayal of "The Fonz for 10 seasons on the hit series Happy Days, a role for which he earned two Golden Globe awards and three Emmy nominations for best actor, as well as the status of pop-culture icon. He recently starred on Broadway in Neil Simon's The Dinner Party and has a recurring role on the Emmy-winning series Arrested Development. Guest appearances include Third Watch, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and The Practice, for which he received an Emmy nomination. He also continues to voice Norville the Bird on the award-winning animated children's series Clifford: The Puppy Years, for which he received an Emmy nomination. Winkler's film credits include such diverse films as Holes, Down to You, The Water Boy, Scream, Heroes, The One and Only and Night Shift.

Hal Kanter grand master of ceremonies Hal Kanter is serving as Scripter Award grand master of ceremonies for the fourth year and previously served as master of ceremonies from the award's inception in 1988 until 2001. He is a longtime Hollywood writer with credits on 26 feature films and has written 30 Oscar Award shows.

Presenters

Kenneth Turan presenter
Kenneth Turan is a film critic for the Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio's Morning Edition. He is also director of the Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. Previously, Turan was a film critic for outlets such as E! Entertainment, Gentleman's Quarterly, and CBS Radio. He is the author of two books, Never Coming to a Theater Near You and Sundance to Sarajevo, Film Festivals and the World They Made. He has a master's degree in journalism from Columbia and a bachelor's degree in history from Swarthmore College.

Finalists

Rex Pickett finalist
Rex Pickett is the author of the novel Sideways, and the screenwriter of the film My Mother Dreams the Satan's Disciples in New York. He also wrote and directed the films From Hollywood to Deadwood, and California Without End.

David Aaron Cohen finalist
David Aaron Cohen wrote the screenplay for Friday Night Lights. His other screenwriting projects include Quantum Project, The Devil's Own and V.I. Warshawski.

Senior USC administration

Martha Harris senior vice president, University Relations
Martha Harris was named senior vice president for university relations in 2001. She provides strategic direction and leadership for USC's outreach and reputation through the work of alumni relations, external relations, public relations, health sciences public relations and marketing, and protocol and events. She also coordinates government relations activities and oversees strategic development of USC Radio.

USC Trustees

Kenneth Leventhal and his wife Elaine Ken Leventhal chaired the $2.85 billion USC Building on Excellence fund-raising campaign, the largest campaign in the history of higher education. His wife, Elaine, is a former president and current member of the Friends of the USC Libraries board. They live in Los Angeles.

Harlyne J. Norris member of the USC Board of Trustees and chair and trustee of the Kenneth T. and Eileen Norris Foundation.

Virginia Ramo and her husband Simon trustees of the university and recipients of the 2002 USC Presidential Medallion, the university's highest honor; Virginia is also a member of the board of the Friends of the USC Libraries. The Ramos live in Beverly Hills.

Lorna Reed and her husband, Chuck Lorna also is the former president of the USC Associates. They reside in San Marino.

Glenn Sonnenberg USC alumnus (A.B.'77, J.D. 80) and his wife Andrea. Attorney Glenn Sonnenberg co-founded the Scripter Awards with Marjorie Lord Volk. He serves on the Scripter selection and event committees. He is the president-elect of the USC Alumni Association. The couple resides in Los Angeles.

USC Deans

Marilyn Flynn USC School of Social Work

Madeline Puzo USC School of Theatre

Other Special Guests

Richard W. Cook (B.A./USC College 72) and his wife, Bonnie
Dick Cook is chairman of Walt Disney Studios and a member of the Friends of the USC Libraries. Formerly president of Buena Vista Pictures Distribution from 1988-1998, he also served as president of worldwide marketing and distribution for Walt Disney Co. An advocate of historic preservation projects, Cook was a key player in Disney's bid to restore Hollywood Boulevard's classic movie palace, El Capitan. He is a former USC trustee and a Scripter Circle sponsor.

Albert and Wanda Ruddy
Albert Ruddy is a veteran producer whose films include Million Dollar Baby, Cannonball Run, and The Godfather trilogy. He is also a screenwriter whose projects include the film The Longest Yard and the Hogan's Heroes television series.

Tom and Liz Rosenberg
Tom Rosenberg is the founder and chairman of Lakeshore Entertainment, and a prolific producer. His recent films include Million Dollar Baby, Underworld, and Wicker Park.

Terry and Dennis Stanfill Terry is a member of the Scripter selection committee and a novelist. She spoke at a recent Friends of the USC Libraries Literary Luncheon about her book The Blood Remembers.

Friends of the USC Libraries Board Members

Regina and Chuck Leimbach Chuck (LAS 57) and Regina (BS 57) are active USC alumni and are active in the South Bay Trojan League. Regina is president of the Friends of the USC Libraries and serves on the Scripter Award selection and event committees. The Leimbachs live in Palos Verdes.

Beverly Braun Member of the Friends Board and the Scripter Selection Committee. She resides in Pasadena.

Robert Buchanan (B.S. Business '52; MBA '62) is a retired financial planner and a member of the Friends board.

Diane and Al Cabraloff Diane is a member of the Friends of the USC Libraries board and the Scripter event committee; her husband, Al, is a western regional director at Microsoft and a USC alumnus (BS '79).

George Cassady, M.D. Dr. Cassady (BS LAS '55) is a retired physician and rare book collector. He resides in Northern California.

Kathryn and Drexel Chapman Kathie is a USC alumna (BS Education '61) and is a member of the Friends board. They reside in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Jim and Martha "Marty Childs Jim (USC Marshall School of Business 61) is a member of the Friends board. He is a former president of the Friends of the USC Libraries; Marty also is a USC graduate (BS Education '61). They reside in Pasadena.

Arthur Cook and Nevada Brooks Cook Nevada Cook is a member of the Friends of the USC Libraries board. The Cooks reside in Pacific Palisades.

Patsy Dewey (B.A. Education '58) Patsy is a new member of the Friends board and the Scripter event committee. She lives in Glendale.

Victor and Nancy Edelbrock Nancy, a USC alumna (BFA Fine Arts '59), serves on the Friends board; Victor is a graduate of the USC Marshall School of Business. They reside in Rancho Palos Verdes.

Steve and Catherine Marcussen Steve Marcussen is a new member of the Friends of the Libraries board and executive director at Cushman & Wakefield commercial real estate brokers. He is a member of the Scripter event committee. The Marcussens reside in Pasadena.

Kacey Doheny McCoy and Peter McCoy Kacey McCoy is the granddaughter of Edward L. Doheny, Jr., for whom the Doheny Memorial Library at USC is named. She is a longtime Scripter selection committee member and Friends board member. Peter McCoy owns McCoy Construction. The couple lives in Beverly Hills.

Elizabeth Noble Elizabeth Noble (Business '48) is a member of the Friends of the USC Libraries board. She resides in Redondo Beach and is the Scripter underwriter.

Robert Sattler Insurance businessman and member of the Scripter event committee and the Friends board. He served as the Scripter VIII event chair and resides in Marina del Rey.

Edwin Todd, M.D. Dr. Todd (MLA '73) is a retired neurosurgeon and resides in Pasadena. He is a member of the Friends board.

Marjorie "Maggie Lord Volk co-founder of the Scripter Awards and a member of the Scripter event and selection committees. She is a Friends board member and lives in Beverly Hills.

Scripter Award Selection Committee members in attendance (not previously mentioned):

Anne Archer
Academy Award-nominee Anne Archer has starred in films such as Fatal Attraction, Short Cuts, and Patriot Games. Her mother, Marjorie Lord Volk, is one of the founders of the Scripter Award. She is a member of the selection committee and resides with her husband, businessman Terry Jastrow in LA.

Susan Brown
Susan Brown is an actress who has appeared on shows such as As the World Turns, Murder She Wrote, Beverly Hills 90210, and Frasier. She has played the part of Dr. Gail Baldwin on General Hospital since 1992.

Larry Gross
Larry Gross' writing credits include films such as We Don't Live Here Anymore and 48 Hours and television shows such as MacGyver. He lives in Los Angeles.

Barbara Isenberg
Barbara Isenberg is associate director of USC's Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, and a noted writer on the subject of theater. Formerly a staff reporter for The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times, Isenberg is a regular contributor to Time Magazine and has written for such publications as Esquire, Talk, The Nation, The Columbia Journalism Review and London's Sunday Times. Editor of three books on California theater, she is the author of the critically-acclaimed Making It Big: The Diary of a Broadway Musical and State of the Arts: California Artists Talk About Their Work.

Fay Kanin
Fay Kanin's accomplishments as a writer of over 24 screenplays for film and television are matched by her service to the industry as a four-time president of the Motion Picture Academy, chair of the National Film Preservation Board, a member of the Board of Trustees of the American Film Institute and a Trustee of the Humanitas Prize. She was nominated for an Academy Award for writing Teachers Pet with her husband Michael Kanin, and won two Emmy Awards for Tell Me Where it Hurts and Friendly Fire.

Katherine L'Amour
Katherine L'Amour is the widow of the late author Louis L'Amour. She lives in Los Angeles.

M.G. Lord
M. G. Lord is an author and critic. Since 1995 she has been a regular contributor to The New York Times Book Review and The New York Times Arts & Leisure section. Her work has appeared in numerous publications, including ARTNews, Vogue, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times Book Review, and The New Yorker. She completed a family memoir about aerospace culture during the Cold War, which was published recently by Walker & Company. She lives in Los Angeles.

Leonard Maltin
Since 1982, Leonard Maltin has served as film correspondent and historian for Entertainment Tonight, which he joined months into its first season (1982). Previously, he held a faculty position from 1973-81 at the New School for Social Research in New York City. He has penned a number of cinema-related articles and books, including his annual paperback Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide. Maltin is also movie critic for Playboy magazine and a regular contributor to Modern Maturity and Disney magazines.

Margaret Nagle
Margaret Nagle's writing credits include the upcoming films The Lost Boys of the Sudan and Warm Springs. She has also appeared in films and television as an actress, on shows such as My So Called Life, American Dreams and in film such as Milk Money and Forget Paris.

Rowland Perkins
Rowland Perkins, 70, has been an entertainment industry innovator for more than 35 years as a founder and executive at the world's two most successful theatrical agencies, the William Morris Agency, Inc. and Creative Artists Agency, Inc. Mr. Perkins has been a long time member of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and has served on its Board of Governors. He also has been a long time member of the Hollywood Radio and Television Society.

Del Reisman
Del Reisman was President of the Writers Guild (1991-1993), served as its Vice President (1987- 1991) and was a member of the Board of Directors (1979-87). He began his career in the days of live television in the 1950s, working on such shows as NBC Matinee Theater, and then as story editor for the acclaimed Playhouse 90. He went on to become story editor for The Twilight Zone, then produced, wrote or edited episodes for The Untouchables, Rawhide, Peyton Place, The Streets of San Francisco, Cannon, The Blue Knight, Banacek, Cagney & Lacey and The Yellow Rose, among many others.

Tom Schulman
Writer, director and production executive Tom Schulman began in American television with The Gladiator (1986, exec. producer). Other notable writing credits include Welcome to Mooseport, Dead Poet's Society, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids and Second Sight (both 1989), What About Bob? (1991), Medicine Man (1992), 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (1997, also director) and Holy Man (1998). He was executive producer of Indecent Proposal (1993) and Me, Myself and Irene (2000).

Jason Squire
Jason Squire is an adjunct faculty member in the USC School of Cinema-Television and author of the Movie Business Book. Formerly a studio executive with 20th Century Fox, United Artists, and Avco Embassy Pictures.

S.L. Stebel
In addition to internationally published short fiction, S.L. Stebel has authored a best-selling novel, The Collaborator (Random House, Bantam Reprint), a critically acclaimed thriller, The Vorovich Affair (Viking), a hard-hitting biography, The Shoe Leather Treatment (Tarcher/St. Martins), an "ecological thriller," Spring Thaw (Walker and Company), and a classic roman-noir thriller set in the high-tech computer world, The Boss's Wife (Walker and Company). He has also written extensively for motion pictures and television, including the award-winning film, Picnic at Hanging Rock. His Double Your Creative Power! Ruminations on the Art of Fiction, remains a highly popular must-have for fictionalists. He is the author of the play "Next in Line, based on a Ray Bradbury story.