The Simpsons Wins WGA Award
Attendees at the WGAE's awards ceremony included: Fred Armisen, Talia Balsam, Amy Berg, Eleanor Bergstein, Jacob Bernstein, Louis C.K., Lena Dunham, Terry George, Gina Gionfriddo, Steve Higgins, Alex Karpovsky, Brian Koppelman, Franklin Leonard, David Magee, John McLaughlin and Matthew Quick.
The Writers Guild of America, West presented special honors to: Tom Stoppard – Laurel Award for Screen for lifetime achievement in screenwriting; Joshua Brand & John Falsey – Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television for lifetime achievement in television writing; Tony Kushner (Lincoln) – Paul Selvin Award for written work which embodies constitutional rights and civil liberties; past WGAW President Daniel Petrie, Jr. – Morgan Cox Award for exemplary service to the Guild; Everybody Loves Raymond Creator Phil Rosenthal – Valentine Davies Award for community service and humanitarian efforts; Akira Kurosawa, Shinobu Hashimoto, Ryûzô Kikushima, and Hideo Oguni – Jean Renoir Award for Screenwriting Achievement, given to international screenwriters who have advanced the literature of motion pictures and made outstanding contributions to the profession of screenwriter.
The Writers Guild of America, East presented special honors to: David Koepp – Ian McClellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement in Writing, and Bob Schneider – Richard E. Jablow Award for devoted service to the Guild. The Guild also presented a special tribute to the late Nora Ephron.
Credits for the WGAW's West Coast show included: Executive Producer Cort Casady, Director Joe DeMaio, Talent Producer Carole Propp, Head Writer Dave Boone, Writers Beth Armogida and Cort Casady, Coordinating Producer Michelle Robinson, Co-Producer Aaron Cooke, and Production Designer John Calkins.
Credits for the WGAE's East Coast show included: Executive Producer and Head Writer Craig Shemin, Executive Producer Bonnie Datt, Consulting Producer David Steven Cohen, and Producer Larry Bogush. The show's writers included: David Steven Cohen, Bonnie Datt, John Marshall and Frank Santopadre. Additional material provided by Tim Carvell, Travon Free, Dan McCoy and Sam Means.
The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) are labor unions representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media, and broadcast news. The Guilds negotiate and administer contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of their members; conduct programs, seminars, and events on issues of interest to writers; and present writers' views to various bodies of government. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit www.wgaeast.org. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, West, visit www.wga.org.
Source: Writers Guild of America