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90th Anniversary Alumni Conversations Series: John August & Melissa Rosenberg

April 23, 2019, 7:30 P.M.

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

The USC School of Cinematic Arts invites you to attend a special
90th Anniversary Alumni Conversations Series


John August & Melissa Rosenberg

In Conversation with Each Other


7:30 P.M. on Tuesday, April 23rd, 2019

The Ray Stark Family Theatre, SCA 108
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Upcoming 90th Anniversary Events:
Shonda Rhimes & John Wells - April 30th

Late '90s Panel: Sasha Alexander, Timothy Dowling, Susan Downey, Rick Famuyiwa,
Rian Johnson, Richard Kelly,
Joe Nussbaum, and Danny Strong - May 7th

Natasha Foster-Owens & Tina Mabry - June 19th

About the 90th Anniversary Alumni Conversations Series

In celebration of the 90th Anniversary of the School of Cinematic Arts, SCA alumni will lead conversations on stage with fellow alumni whose work they admire or whose careers have inspired them. Anniversary events will include Q&As with the audience, and on occasion, screenings of a favorite feature film, TV show, or student short. The series will celebrate the incredible history of the School through our diverse alumni community, in order to foster unique and entertaining dialogues that will bring alumni back to campus throughout the year.

About the Guests

JOHN AUGUST (Go, Big Fish, Frankenweenie, The Nines)

John August’s screenwriting credits include Go, Big Fish, Frankenweenie, Corpse Bride, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and both Charlie’s Angels movies. His feature directing debut, The Nines, premiered at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival. He also wrote the book for the Broadway musical version of Big Fish. His company, Quote-Unquote Apps, makes several apps of interest to screenwriters, including Highland 2 and Weekend Read. John co-hosts the weekly Scriptnotes podcast, and maintains two websites aimed at budding screenwriters, and

MELISSA ROSENBERG (Marvel's Jessica Jones, Twilight, Step Up, Dexter)

Multiple Emmy nominee Melissa Rosenberg is Series Creator and Showrunner of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” which the much heralded second season launched on Netflix in March, 2018. Since the debut of its first season in November 2015, “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,”starring Krysten Ritter, has garnered tremendous response and critical acclaim including winning the prestigious Peabody Award for its genre-bending approach. Season 2 picked up with Jessica putting her life back together, when a new case forces her to dig deeper into her past to uncover the reasons why she is what she is. Rosenberg and her “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” collaborators and cast are currently working on the third season of the show.

As one of Hollywood’s most versatile, sought-after storytellers, Rosenberg signed an overall deal with Warner Bros. TV to develop new projects in August, 2018. Also under her own company, Tall Girls Productions, she is focused on developing and producing film and TV series with an emphasis on interesting, complex roles for women. On the film side, Rosenberg is one of the most successful female screenwriters of all time. Her film credits include all five screenplays for the vampire romance phenomenon,“The Twilight Saga,” which grossed more than $3 billion worldwide. She also wrote the hit dance film, “Step Up,” which launched a multi-film franchise.

Additional television credits in Rosenberg’s diverse range include four seasons as both head writer and Executive Producer of the Showtime original series, “Dexter,” where her work on the show helped earn it the prestigious Peabody Award, three Emmy nominations, three Writers Guild of America Award nominations, and two Golden Globe nominations for Best Drama Series. Her additional credits include “Ally McBeal,” “TheO.C.,” “Party of Five,” “Boston Public,” “The Agency,” “The Magnificent Seven,” and Creator and Showrunner of ABC’s “Red Widow,” which was also produced under her Tall Girl Productions banner.

Check-In & Reservations

This event is free of charge and now open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 7:00 P.M.

All SCA events are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $12.00 at the USC Royal Street Entrance, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & Royal Street. We recommend the USC Royal Street Structure, at the far end of 34th Street. Limited street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

Name: Alessandro Ago