Summer 2018 Newsletter

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Summer 2018
Website Update   |   HBO Highlight   |   Upcoming Events   |   Recap   |   Internship Program
Hey *|FNAME|*, we hope you are having a fabulous summer! We wanted to update you on some of our past events and want you to check out what is coming up this summer --  but first a few highlights:

Website Update

Thank you to our membership team and web design team that has been working since January to update and roll our our new membership system.  Thank you to all the Beta Testers who provided valuable feedback on the application page and website -- you made it much better! We look forward to rolling out the new membership system and job board very soon!

VME Member Highlight - HBO

Here is a video from our partners at HBO made last year (before our name change) about the VME Internship Program featuring our very own Nicholas Gibeault. He is one of 25 VME members selected. Nicholas' internship lead to a job working for Executive Producer David Knoller on JJ Abrams/Bad Robot "Lovecraft Country."

"Everyday I think about how far I've come and how much I'm learning due to VME and the Internship Program. The opportunities provided by your programs are unparalleled. I have no doubts that with hard work and trust, success can be achieved. HBO is a great company and I'm grateful to be in their family." -- Nicholas Gibeault

VME Internship Program | HBO | Nicholas Gibeault

Upcoming Events

The core of VME is our Professional Networking Events. At the monthly events, VME members network with one another, pitch projects, showcase their recent work and learn from industry experts.

Below are some upcoming events you should be aware of. 



DOG DAYS - Aug 2
ALPHA - Aug 1

Attendees: VME members only (no guests)
Tickets available soon. Check the events page for more updates. 
Operation Finale Trailer



Washington DC Mixer and Networking Event.

Aug 8
Attendees: VME members only
Location: TBD
Tickets available soon. Check the events page for more updates. 




Aug 8
Attendees: VME members only
Tickets available soon. Check the events page for more updates. 
Dog Days Trailer



Panel at SAG-AFTRA including NY President/National Executive VP, Rebecca Damon.

Aug 8 at 7pm
Attendees: VME members only (no guests)
Information and ticket information will be sent out via email.
Tickets available soon. Check the events page for more updates. 



HBO: An Evening with Amy Gravit, EVP of Programming (Veep, Silicon Valley)

Aug 21 at 6pm
Attendees: VME members only
Check the events page for more updates. 



Tickets will go on sale soon for the 1st Annual VME fundraiser. 

Date: Dec 8
Attendees: Over 350 attendees that range from veterans to Hollywood A-listers
Location: State Social House, Los Angeles
More details coming soon. 

Sign up for events here
Click the link above to sign up for any screenings or events. All events will be emailed to members when tickets are available. 

Recap:  Directors Roundtable | Michael Nankin

On May 4th, fifteen VME aspiring to seasoned TV directors had the opportunity to enjoy a roundtable discussion with television writer/director Michael Nankin (Battlestar Galactica, Van Helsing, Defiance).
Mr. Nankin spent an evening sharing his journey from writing 80's cult classic films, The Gate and Russkies to his multi-decade career as a writer, director and producer on television shows such as Chicago HopeBattlestar Galactica and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. In this casual setting, Michael shared his insider knowledge and lessons learned.

 Michael Nankin (Battlestar Galactica, Van Helsing, Defiance) spent the evening discussing directing with VME members. 

Recap: Workshop | Jim Arnoff

In addition to our Guest Speaker Series, VME also hosts educational classes, roundtables, and workshops for our members at various studios, agencies, and production companies, furthering career development. Some of the highlights this month include: 

Another great VME workshop with Jim Arnoff. (former WME in-house lawyer and packaging agent, and now a professor at NYU and FIT). Jim offered a free 30-minute consulting session for all attendees. Thank you to our volunteers, Mount St. Mary's University and our VME attendees for "Envisioning Your Dream Career" with all of us!

Jim Arnoff teaches another amazing class titled "Envisioning Your Dream Career"

Recap: Women's Group | Marcia Nasatir 

Marcia Nasatir is 91 and graciously shared a few stories at the VME Women's Event last Sunday. She talked about her experience becoming the first Woman ever to have the title Vice-President of Production for United Artists. 

Marcia talked about her life as a single mom in NYC, to working on films at United Artists such as Rocky, Carrie, Apocalypse Now, and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. She was also at Johnny Carson's production company, and produced Hamburger Hill and The Big Chill which garnered three Oscar nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Glenn Close) and Best Screenplay.

Special thanks to American Legion Post 43 for providing the meeting space. And special thanks to VME member Lisa Costanza, Dianna Wilson, and Keith Walker for leading the volunteer group, and Maggie Dewan-Smith for hosting. 

The VME Women's Group is supported by a grant from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Marcia Nasatir, 91-years-old and producer of Hamburger Hill & The Big Chill,  speaks to VME members at the VME Women's Event

VME Internship Program

The VME internship program places qualified veterans in paid internships with a media or entertainment companies. Our interns have been placed by companies like HBO, Lionsgate, Endemol Shine North America, UTA, Sony Pictures, Paramount, Viacom, CBS, LiveNation, RocNation, TicketMaster, House of Blues, NBCUniversal, 44 Blue, etc.

The participants are called Fellows and are also mentored and supported by the VME network through check-ins, special networking events, and educational events for professional development. Some examples are LinkedIn Classes, Resume Workshops and Roundtables with top industry professionals. This program is supported by grants from Got Your Six, United Way, and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

VME Internship Program Spring Mixer:  Endemol Shine North America hosted VME members and over 20 HR reps from Warner Bros., Lionsgate, FOX, HBO, CBS, and more. 
For more information on the Internship program email us


A huge thank you to our volunteers who help put every event together and do all the tedious admin work to keep VME alive. This is a great group of veterans who volunteer their time to help their fellow vets.

Letter from the Leadership

As always we want to thank our volunteers and our membership for always pitching in and helping out. VME is run on nearly all volunteers, and we can't do all we do without their help. There are more exciting events coming this Fall and we will announce the next VME meeting as soon as the guest speaker confirms. Thank you for your support. 

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