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Hobbs Native and Emmy Award Winning Writer To Speak at Museum

Hobbs Native and Emmy Award Winning Writer To Speak at Museum photo 2/17/2017 12:48:03 p.m. - Hobbs, NM.  

Hobbs native Erica Rivinoja, a 2-time Emmy award winner, will speak at the Western Heritage Museum and Lea County Cowboy Hall of Fame Friday, February 24 at 6:00 pm.  Rivinoja’s appearance is sponsored by the Maciolek Scholarship Trust. “We are so excited to be able to bring Erica back to Hobbs for this presentation,” said Karen Salb of the Maciolek Trust.

Rivinoja talk is entitled “The Screenwriting Process”.  She will discuss her rise in the film and television industry, and the creative process she uses from research to laying out scenes.

Rivinoja spent eleven years as a writer/producer on South Park where she won two Emmy awards.  She has also written for numerous television shows including Up All Night, Marry Me, Bad Teacher, Grounded for Life, and the short-lived, but much-loved Clone High.  She is currently a Co-Executive Producer on the critically acclaimed FOX comedy The Last Man on Earth.  She has written and produced two pilots for ABC Studios. 

In addition to her television work, Rivinoja has been active in feature films.  She has written on the animated features Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and the DreamWorks Animation feature, Trolls.   She currently has two feature films in development. 

Rivinoja grew up in Hobbs, New Mexico, where she studied dance for 11 years with Karen Salb at Maciolek School of Dance. After graduating from Hobbs High School in 1995, she attended Dartmouth College, earning her Bachelor of Arts in Ethnographic Film Studies.  She currently lives in Los Angeles with her “intellectually superior physician husband and their two perfect children”. 

The event is FREE of charge and open to the public. For further information, call the Museum 575-492-2678.

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