Four Beloved Local Scribes, Dan Goor, Derek Haas, John Hamburg and Aline Brosh McKenna Discuss Breaking into the Biz… Priceless Advice Served with Party Cake!

Friday, April 28th at 7:00 p.m.

HollywoodCakeFour of our beloved – and stellar! – local scribes Dan Goor, Derek Haas, John Hamburg & Aline Brosh McKenna, many fabulous screenplays, brilliant TV shows, at least two Emmys,  and several  thrilling novels among them, will talk about breaking into the business and working in Hollywood. Partake of their wit and advice and help celebrate a surprise birthday guest. NOT TO BE MISSED!! Talk, q&a, cake and beverages.


Aline Brosh McKenna is currently the co-creator, executive producer, head writer and showrunner of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, the critically acclaimed, Emmy-award winning CW show. Her other credits include the movies “27 Dresses” and “The Devil Wears Prada,” for which she was nominated for a Writers Guild of America Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. She was born in France and is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard.

Haas author photo largeDerek Haas is the author of the “Silver Bear thrillers” – The Silver Bear, Columbus, Dark Men and A Different Lie, as well as the spy thriller, The Right Hand. Derek co-created “Chicago Fire” and executive produces “Chicago PD,” “Chicago Med,” and “Chicago Justice” for NBC.  He also co-wrote the screenplays for 3:10 to Yuma, Wanted, and 2 Fast 2 Furious.   His new book, The Way I Die, will be published in December.  He lives in Los Angeles with his family.

JohnHamburgJohn Hamburg was born and raised in New York City. He began making short films while still in high school, and later at Brown University, then at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. After writing and directing the cult comedy “Safe Men,” which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival, he co-wrote the screenplays for the popular comedies “Meet The Parents,” “Meet The Fockers,” “LIttle Fockers” and “Zoolander.” He wrote and directed the Ben Stiller/Jennifer Aniston romantic comedy “Along Came Polly” and co-wrote, produced and directed “I Love You, Man” starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segel. Hamburg most recently co-wrote, directed and executive-produced the big-screen comedy “Why Him?” starring Bryan Cranston, James Franco, Keegan-Michael Key, Megan Mullally and Zoey Deutch.Hamburg lives in Hancock Park with his wife and 5-year-old daughter, Stella, who can be found hanging out at Chevalier’s with her dad nearly every Saturday for between 1 and 7 hours.

DanGoorDan Goor is the co-creator and show runner of the Golden Globe winning comedy “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.” Prior to that, Dan was an executive producer and writer on the critically acclaimed comedy “Parks and Recreation.” Goor got his start writing for “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” for which he won an Emmy Award in 2001. He also won an Emmy Award in 2007 for his work on “Late Night with Conan O’Brien.” He resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Purvi, and their two daughters.  He can be found on Sunday mornings at Chevalier’s, giving Liz book recommendations.