WGA President to Headline Screenwriters Expo

Writers Guild of America West President Patric Verrone will serve as the guest of honor and keynote speaker at Screenwriting Expo 5, a four day screenwriting conference, running from Oct. 19-22 in L.A. The expo, which grew to 4,000 attendees last year, will take place at the Los Angeles Airport Mariott and Renaissance Montura hotels near LAX.

Verrone will participate in a day of programming called "Taking Back Your Career" on Oct. 19, which will address changes in the entertainment industry. At the career day, WGA West Assistant Executive Director Chuck Slocum and entertainment attorney Peter Dekom will comment on how money in the industry is being spent and new technologies. Screenwriters such as Shane Salerno (Armageddon) and Simon Kinberg (Mr. and Mrs. Smith) will also be on hand to advise writers on structuring their careers and pitching.

Filmmakers Oliver Stone (World Trade Center) and Neil LaBute (The Wicker Man) will headline the expo on Oct. 20, while the two-time Academy Award-winning screenwriter William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, All the President's Men) will speak twice on Oct. 22.

Pixar Animation Studios will also offer a full day of programming from its creative team on Oct. 21, including seminars from Andrew Stanton (A Bug's Life, Toy Story, Finding Nemo), Brad Bird (The Incredibles), and key creative personnel Mark Andrews, Kiel Murray, and Michael Arndt.

The event will also feature dozens of screenwriters, directors, consultants, and teachers including Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine), David Ayer (Training Day), and Billy Ray (Shattered Glass).

For more information about the event, visit www.screenwritingexpo.com.