Category Archives: Hollywood Salon

Hollywood Salon: Always the Second Monday of the month at the historic Culver Hotel, Culver City, Los Angeles. The Hollywood Salon is an educational program of events featuring guest lecturers working in film, television, entertainment and the arts, sponsored by the Nebraska Coast Connection.

July 11th Salon with TV Writer/Producer Sam Johnson


Sam Johnson has come a long way from his native Omaha. Television comedy has been the better for it.

At the July Salon we will welcome back an old friend of the Nebraska Coast, television writer/producer Sam Johnson. Sam has had a guiding hand in such classic tv as FRASIER, NEWS RADIO and HOT IN CLEVELAND.

Sam has been a TV comedy writer for nearly 25 years.  As a fifth generation Nebraskan, Sam grew up in Omaha. At Yale, Sam met his writing partner Chris Marcil, and they wrote for many publications including The New Yorker, Mademoiselle and The New York Times. After a stint editing National Lampoon magazine, their early career in television included writing for two of MTV’s groundbreaking animated series BEAVIS & BUTTHEAD and the pilot for the spinoff DARIA.

They then moved to Los Angeles as story editors on the NBC hit comedy series NEWS RADIO, working their way up to executive producers during the show’s fifth season. They joined FRASIER in its seventh season as Co-Exec Producers and were promoted to Executive Producers at the start of the tenth season.  Sam was nominated for multiple Emmys and FRASIER won Outstanding Comedy Series during his tenure. They also wrote for HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER among others.

More recently, he wrote for the TVLand series HOT IN CLEVELAND, running it during its final season, and last year’s NBC series CROWDED.  He will begin work on a new series for Netflix in August.

Sam hasn’t been back to a Salon for many years, so don’t miss this chance to meet him and hear his secrets of comedy writing. Hope to see you at the Salon on Monday, July 11th in Culver City. 

Salons are a great way to network, catch up with old friends and new ones, and have a taste of home in Hollywood.

 

 

Salons are always on the Second Monday of every month.
7:30 to 10:30 at the Culver Hotel in Culver City, California.

 Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon…
Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.

 

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June 13th’s Nebraska Coast Salon Boffo Farewell Send-Off for VARIETY’s Kirstin Wilder

Longtime NCC fave Kirstin Wilder has been a mainstay at VARIETY for 24 years. This summer she’ll be ankling the Coast to take a position as head of University of Nebraska Alumni Publications in Lincoln. Come to the Salon on Monday to say farewell and send her home in whammo style.

Kirstin Wilder is International Editor of VARIETY, having started with the paper in 1992 as a copy and layout editor. She served as the publications managing editor for five years. VARIETY magazine started publishing in 1905 covering the business of the entertainment industry. She oversees a team of reporters around the world, paying close attention to breaking news stories and putting those into context for the entertainment industry. She also heads up the publishing of daily editions of VARIETY at film festivals in Cannes, Berlin, Toronto, Venice and South Korea.

Now she’s accepted the position of Director of Alumni Publications at UNL, and she and her family will be moving back to Lincoln this summer. Wilder holds a journalism degree from UNL’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications, which named her as one of its outstanding alumni in 2015.

     Kirstin with some of the many celebrities she has met over the years: Oscar, George Clooney, Barbara Eden, Tom Hanks, Jimmy Buffett, Amy Grant, Tina Fey


Kirstin will be our special guest at our June powwow, regaling us with tales of her adventures in entertainment journalism around the globe. Come give her a hug as she prepares for her next chapter back home in Nebraska.

Click on the VARIETY page at right to see the Farewell Kirstin Edition her colleagues mocked-up.

Hope to see you at the
Salon on Monday, June 13th
in Culver City.

Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon…
Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood. 

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Monday’s NCC Salon Guests: UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman and Carson Foundation Reps

The UNL Chancellor will be coming to the May 9th 
Hollywood Salon. 
Come meet the man who has headed the University of Huskers since 2000, and has been a major supporter of the arts throughout his distinguished career. He’ll be joined by reps from the Johnny Carson Foundation. 

Chancellor Harvey Perlman has had a huge impact on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During his tenure, a film production program was added to the theatre department, becoming the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. Performing Arts and Journalism programs were also expanded, and a new Emerging Media Arts Center was announced, thanks to a multi-million dollar gift from UNL Alum Johnny Carson. Two of the leaders of the Carson Foundation will be joining the Chancellor at the Salon to share their plans with us!

For Nebraska sports, Chancellor Perlman also presided over the switch to the Big Ten, the Husker Football stadium expansion as well as several coaching and athletic director decisions.

A York, NE native, Harvey earned a bachelor of arts in history and a juris doctorate from the University of Nebraska. During his law school years, he was editor in chief of the Nebraska Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif, a law honors society. He joined the NU law faculty in 1967, becoming Dean of the Law School in 1983. He has also held permanent or visiting positions at the law schools of University of Chicago, Virginia, Florida State, Puget Sound, and Iowa. In 2011, Perlman was named an Honorary University Professor of Xi’an Jiaotong University, in Xi’an, China. This rare lifetime appointment recognizes Perlman as an accomplished scholar or professional of important international reputation and honors his significant efforts in globalizing UNL.

He has always been a big supporter of the Nebraska Coast Connection, and has long promised to come visit us at a Salon. This appearance will come in the final months of his tenure as Chancellor, as he will return to faculty status at the UNL College of Law next fall.

We look forward to hearing the latest news on the Johnny Carson Emerging Media Arts Center, as well as other plans for the university for which Chancellor Perlman planted the seeds during his incredibly productive leadership role.


Also coming to the May Salon…
A REPORT ON CALIBRASKA ART & ANIMATION WORKSHOPS
Scottsbluff native Erica Larsen-Dockray is an alum of CalArts and Inner-City Arts. In 2012, Erica brought her profession of teaching animation home for the summer, offering classes in animation, art, and creative writing for multiple generations in Western Nebraska. An instant hit, this little experiment has steadily grown and gained partnerships with local businesses such as The Historic Midwest Theater, Inventive Media, West Nebraska Arts Center & Western Nebraska Community College.

Calibraska is seeking support to keep the workshops running, and Erica will be giving a brief presentation at the May Salon to update us on the coming summer plans.

For further information please visit:  www.calibraska.org and like their facebook page at facebook.com/calibraskaarts. To donate please visit:  http://www.wncc.edu/wncc-foundation/giving-opportunities and make sure to designate CALIBRASKA in the Tribute section of the form.

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May 9th’s NCC Salon Guest will be UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman

The UNL Chancellor will be our guest at the May 9th Hollywood Salon. Come meet the man who has headed UNL since 2000, and has been a major supporter of the arts throughout his distinguished career.
     Chancellor Harvey Perlman has had a huge impact on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During his tenure, a film production program was added to the theatre department, becoming the Johnny Carson School of Theatre and Film. Performing Arts and Journalism programs were also expanded, and a new Emerging Media Arts Center was announced, thanks to a multi-million dollar donation from the Carson Foundation.

For Nebraska sports, Chancellor Perlman also presided over the switch to the Big Ten, the football stadium expansion as well as several coaching and athletic director decisions.

A York, NE native, Harvey earned a bachelor of arts in history and a juris doctorate from the University of Nebraska. During his law school years, he was editor in chief of the Nebraska Law Review and was elected to the Order of the Coif, a law honors society. He joined the NU law faculty in 1967, becoming Dean of the Law School in 1983. He has also held permanent or visiting positions at the law schools of University of Chicago, Virginia, Florida State, Puget Sound, and Iowa. In 2011, Perlman was named an Honorary University Professor of Xi’an Jiaotong University, in Xi’an, China. This rare lifetime appointment recognizes Perlman as an accomplished scholar or professional of important international reputation and honors his significant efforts in globalizing UNL.

He has always been a big supporter of the Nebraska Coast Connection, and has long promised to come visit us at a Salon. This appearance will come in the final months of his tenure as Chancellor, as he will return to faculty status at the UNL College of Law next fall.We look forward to hearing the latest news on the Johnny Carson Emerging Media Arts Center, as well as other plans for the university for which Chancellor Perlman planted the seeds during his incredibly productive leadership role.

Hope to see you at the Salon on Monday, May 9th in Culver City.

Salons are a great way to network, catch up with old friends and new ones, and have a taste of home in Hollywood.

 Salons are always on the Second Monday of every month.
7:30 to 10:30 at the Culver Hotel in Culver City, California.

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April 11th Salon with Director Donald Petrie

Director Donald Petrie will be returning to the Hollywood Salon on Monday, April 11th.

Since the 1980s, he’s directed features with Julia Roberts, Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Gene Hackman and Jack Lemmon & Walter Matthau with Ann-Margret, among many more.

Though he has a soft spot for Nebraska and has spent much time teaching at the Johnny Carson School for Theatre and Film at UNL, Donald is actually from New York City. Born into a creative family (his producer/actor/writer mother and director father were both in the business, and his brother Daniel is a writer), he started as a television director on THE EQUALIZER  series in 1985.

Since, he has directed films such as MYSTIC PIZZA (1988), OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS (1990), GRUMPY OLD MEN (1993), THE FAVOR (1994), RICHIE RICH (1994), THE ASSOCIATE (1996), MY FAVORITE MARTIAN (1999), MISS CONGENIALITY (2000), HOW TO LOSE A GUY IN 10 DAYS (2003), WELCOME TO MOOSEPORT (2004), JUST MY LUCK (2006) and MY LIFE IN RUINS (2009).

As a young man just starting out in the business, Donald actually served as the driver for Laurence Olivier during the production of THE BETSY in 1978. (Imagine what a great job that must have been!)

Donald loves to mentor new talent, and you won’t want to miss hearing his advice for your career. It all happens at the April Salon on Monday, April 11th in Culver City. See you there!

Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon…
Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.


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See the CHAMPIONS section of our website to learn how you can be a part of it.  And THANKS for supporting us however you can!

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NCC Salon is Monday 3/14 with Editor Mike Hofacre

Omaha native and UNL Theatre grad Mike Hofacre has edited for directors Milos Forman, Adam McKay, Judd Apatow, Paul Feig, Michael Mann, Danny DeVito, Ryan Gosling and Jodie Foster.

He worked on many films including THE FORTY YEAR OLD VIRGIN, ALI, HOFFA, MAN IN THE MOON, STEP BROTHERS, THE BEAVER and MATILDA, as well as editing independent films WINTER IN THE BLOOD, SHELTER, and FRANKIE GO BOOM.

Come meet Mike at Monday’s Salon where he’ll be sharing about all these major feature films, plus his new award-winning documentary about mental health, WALKING MAN.

One of his first documentary editing gigs was on Todd Nelson‘s award-winning film about a street kids theatre project, SURVIVING FRIENDLY FIRE, which screened in over 50 film festivals worldwide.  Mike also is a stage director, most recently directing for five seasons at the Central Coast Shakespeare Festival.

Don’t miss this chance to learn from a pro editor/director and a really nice Omaha guy who’s doing what he loves in Hollywood. The March Salon will be Monday, March 14th at the Culver Hotel.
                 
Salons are a great way to network, catch up with old friends and new ones, and have a taste of home in Hollywood.

 Salons are always on the Second Monday of every month.
7:30 to 10:30 at the Culver Hotel in Culver City, California.

Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon…
Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.

Did you catch the half-hour special on Nebraskans in Hollywood (including the Nebraska Coast Connection) on WOWT Channel 6 in Omaha?

 
WOWT’s special by Brian Mastre aired March 3rd on Omaha’s WOWT 6. Check it out (in four parts) on our NCC website here.

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The NCC will be featured on WOWT News tonight…

NEWSFLASH…NEWSFLASH…NEWSFLASH…

The NCC and many of YOU will be on TV March 3rd at 6:30pm (Central Time) on WOWT Channel 6 in Omaha…

A half-hour special by WOWT’s Anchor Brian Mastre that includes the Nebraska Coast Connection and many Nebraska folks in Hollywood. Tell your family and friends to watch it on Omaha’s
                                                                                                                  WOWT 6, or you can watch it HERE.

Sad news to report…
World-renowned radio personality Charlie Tuna has died.

One of the most influential voices in radio and television, Charlie grew up as Art Ferguson in Kearney, Nebraska before becoming a radio legend.

He guested at the NCC Salon in April 2008, where he regaled us with stories of his long career in showbiz, from playing records at the school dances in Kearney to becoming one of the biggest stars in morning radio, an announcer for game shows, and getting his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He was an inspirational guest, a great Nebraskan, and we will miss him.

Check out his LA Times obituary…and Charlie’s own website to leave a memorial message.  RIP, Charlie!

 

The next Salon is coming up on Monday, March 14th, 2016
Hollywood Salon
with special guest Film Editor Michael Hofacre

Omaha native Michael has edited for directors like Milos Forman, Michael Mann, Danny DeVito and Jodie Foster on THE FORTY YEAR OLD VIRGIN, ALI, HOFFA, and MATILDA. He’ll be sharing about all these, plus his new award-winning documentary WALKING MAN.

Salons are a great way to network, catch up with old friends and new ones, and have a taste of home in Hollywood.

 Salons are always on the Second Monday of every month.
7:30 to 10:30 at the Culver Hotel in Culver City, California.

Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon…
Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.

 

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Feb 8th NCC Salon screens new doc ONCE UPON A LEW MOON about Lew Hunter

The February 8th Salon will be a celebration of screenwriting and one of the premiere teachers of writing for film: Lew Hunter. We’ll get a sneak peek of the brand new documentary about Lew directed by Lonnie Senstock, ONCE IN A LEW MOON. Both Lew and Lonnie will be in attendance and taking your questions.

As most NCCers know from his annual appearances at the Salon, Lew Hunter is a Nebraska boy who made a name for himself in Hollywood back in the 1960s as a studio and network executive, then major writer for TV and film. For over 20 years, Lew was head of screenwriting for UCLA, where he taught many of the top filmmakers in the business. His book is still the gold standard, and at his Screenwriting Colony he continues to teach from his home in Superior, NE.

ONCE IN A LEW MOON is the new documentary by Lonnie Senstock. It features interviews with a who’s who of Hollywood heavyweights talking about Lew and the art of writing for the screen: Academy award-winning screenwriters Billy Wilder (“Some Like It Hot”), Julius Epstein (“Casablanca”), Ron Bass (“Rainman”), Callie Khouri (“Thelma and Louise”), Francis Ford Coppola (“The Godfather”), and Oliver Stone (“Platoon”), who were guests in Lew’s 434 screenwriting class. NCCers Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor (“Sideways”), Jon Bokenkamp (“The Blacklist”), Tom Osborne, Laurie Richards and many more also are in the film.

Don’t miss this chance to see this remarkable film about a remarkable man who has had a huge impact on the world of screenwriting. It’s going to be a great evening…Monday night, February 8th, 2016!

Nebraska Coast Connection presents The Hollywood Salon…Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.


ARE YOU A CHAMPION?

Champions are the lifeblood of the NCC. The folks who donate their time or money to keep us going. The NCC is an all-volunteer group, and we can’t do it without you.

We have a program to reward our Champions with cool stuff, discounts and other thank-yous. Join now, and you’ll be eligible for Champion status for all of 2016!

See the CHAMPIONS section of our website to learn how you can be a part of it.  And THANKS for supporting us however you can!

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Monday’s NCC Salon is our Three-Minute Festival!

It’s our Annual Three-Minute Mini Festival: SALONFEST 2016!!

HAPPY NEW YEAR from all your Coast Connection friends!

Monday, January 11th will be the first Salon of 2016.  And it’s the one where YOU get to show us what you got…

Yep, it’s the return of SALONFEST: THE THREE MINUTE FILM FESTIVAL, our ever-popular NCC mini-film festival! This is where we will show 3 minutes of anything you want to showcase. Up on the Big Screen.

Cue up your latest short, or your reel, or anything you helped to create, and we’ll show 3 minutes of it at the January Salon. You’ll get a minute to tell us about it, before or after. (Got something longer? Barter with others to share your time…)  For format, DVD is preferred, but we can screen from most thumbdrives or internet streams, too.

It will be an eclectic and fast-paced evening…no telling what surprises we will be seeing. Webisodes. New acting reels. Kickstarter promos. All kinds of latest masterpieces. Whatever you want to share with the group — this is your chance to show off.

Come to share or come to see what your friends have been creating. It’s a great way to get to know all the talent in this group, and to participate by showing us what you got, in a safe and friendly environment. SALONFEST is always one of the most fun Salons of the year. 

We’ll have the popcorn ready.

See you at The Culver Monday, January 11th, 2016!

Salons are a great place to meet old friends and new friends.
Where Glamorous Nebraska Meets Down-Home Hollywood.

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The Nebraska Coast Christmas Party is Monday, Dec 14th!

It is our 20th year of Nebraska Coast Christmas parties.
Two decades of sharing holiday cheer with your Nebraska friends in Hollywood. This is our biggest and most fun party of the year!
Monday, December 14th from 7:30 to 10:30pm
The Culver Hotel, Culver City, California

Fantastic food and drink in the sexy Mezzanine Lounge at the Culver.
Live music. All your glamorous NCC friends in holiday spirits.
Super raffle prizes, special guests, a visit from Santa, and much more.

Celebrate the holidays with your Home Sweet Home in Hollywood…

Buy your tickets early and save some green.

Need more help?…ask about volunteering at the party in exchange for discounts on admission. For example, short shifts at the check-in table are a fun way to save. Always interested in cool raffle prizes, too! 

All proceeds help your Nebraska Coast Connection, so please buy your tickets at whatever level you can afford. (And if Santa’s been extra good to you this year, we even have a way for you to donate a little extra to help our hard-working volunteers attend).

   

 Tickets on sale now…

 

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