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WGA East Council Elections: Beau Willimon, Five Other Incumbents Seek Re-Election

WGA East Council Elections: Beau Willimon, Five Other Incumbents Seek Re-Election
House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon and five other incumbents are seeking re-election to council seats for the Writers Guild of America East.

Ten council seats will expire this year. Voting will take place online beginning on Aug. 24 with about 4,000 members eligible to cast ballots.

Willimon is one of 16 candidates for seven open freelance seats. Other incumbents are John Auerbach, Kyle Bradstreet and Christopher Kyle; the other candidates are David Angelo, Timothy Michael Cooper, Lisa Takeuchi Cullen, Jack Helmuth, A.M. Homes, Tom Jennings, Joseph Mazzarino, Melissa Salmons, Marygrace O’Shea, Theresa Rebeck, Tracey Scott Wilson and Stuart Zicherman.

Incumbents Gail Lee and Kathy McGee are among the six candidates for the three open staff seats along with Jay Alpert, Christopher Barry, Matt Nelko and Terence Taylor.

Incumbents Walter Bernstein, Terry George and Jenny Lumet are not seeking re-election to freelance seats.

Bernstein was blacklisted by the Hollywood studios during the 1950s.
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WGA Honors Scribes for Special Services, Lifetime Achievement

WGA Honors Scribes for Special Services, Lifetime Achievement
Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award For Television Writing Achievement (Wgaw)

David Crane and Marta Kauffman

Longtime writing partners Kauffman and Crane created the hit television series “Friends,” which earned 63 Emmy nominations in its decade-long run, the Kirstie Alley starring “Veronica’s Closet”; “The Powers That Be”; and the HBO series “Dream On.” And they didn’t stop there. Outside their partnership, Crane has co-created several series with Jeffrey Klarik, including “Episodes” and “The Class.” Kauffman most recently co-created Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie,” which was nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe this year.

Screen Laurel Award (Wgaw)

Elaine May

May is being honored by the Wgaw in recognition for her lifetime of work. May first hit the national stage with Mike Nichols in improv comedy “Nichols and May,” and their influence is still felt today. She’s earned recognition for penning “Heaven Can Wait,” “The Birdcage” and “Such Good Friends.
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Soap Opera Writer Melissa Salmons Honored by Writers Guild

The Writers Guild of America East has selected soap opera specialist Melissa Salmons as the recipient of its Richard B. Jablow Award for service to the guild.

The award will be presented at the 68th annual Writers Guild Awards at the Edison Ballroom in New York City on Feb. 13. The award honors Richard B. Jablow, who helped found the Wgae, authored its constitution and served as its first counsel.

Salmons has won Daytime Emmy Awards for “Guiding Light” and “As the World Turns.” She also has won Writers Guild Awards for those two series along with “Days of Our Lives” and “The Young and the Restless” and received another 11 WGA nominations.

She has served two terms on the WGA East’s council and has served on multiple committees, including the Mba negotiating committee, the elections committee and was co-chair of the future members committee. She is currently a trustee of
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"Grand Budapest," "Imitation Game," "True Detective' Win Big at 2015 Writers Guild Awards!

Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" won the Original Screenplay honor at the recently concluded Writers Guild Awards while Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game" took home the Adapted Screenplay trophy. "The Internet's Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swarts" written by Brian Knappenberger won Documentary Screenplay award. The film is not nominated for an Academy award.

In TV land, HBO's "True Detective" won the Drama Series award and FX's "Louie" received the Comedy Series trophy.

Here's the complete list of winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 2015 Writers Guild Awards:

Feature Film

Original Screenplay

Boyhood, Written by Richard Linklater; IFC Films

Foxcatcher, Written by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman; Sony Pictures Classics

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guinness; Fox Searchlight Winner

Nightcrawler, Written by Dan Gilroy; Open Road Films

Whiplash, Written by Damien Chazelle; Sony Pictures Classics

Adapted Screenplay

American Sniper,
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‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘True Detective’ Top WGA Awards

‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘True Detective’ Top WGA Awards
Wes Anderson’s whimsical script for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” took the Writers Guild of America award for original screenplay, while Graham Moore’s script for codebreaking thriller “The Imitation Game” won for adapted screenplay.

HBO’s “True Detective” and FX’s “Louie” each took a pair of TV trophies.

“Alan Turing is the person for who we made this film,” Moore said in his acceptance speech at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles. “It is on the shoulders of his genius that we made this film.”

Anderson, who shares story credit with Hugo Guiness, recalled in his acceptance speech that it was appropriate to receive the award in Century City since he had worked with longtime collaborator Owen Wilson at a nearby motel many years ago.

“I can think of no greater neighborhood to accept this award in,” Anderson added.

“Grand Budapest” won over the scripts for “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher,
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‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘True Detective’ Top WGA Awards

‘Grand Budapest Hotel,’ ‘True Detective’ Top WGA Awards
Wes Anderson’s whimsical script for “The Grand Budapest Hotel” took the Writers Guild of America award for original screenplay, while Graham Moore’s script for codebreaking thriller “The Imitation Game” won for adapted screenplay.

HBO’s “True Detective” and FX’s “Louie” each took a pair of TV trophies.

“Alan Turing is the person for who we made this film,” Moore said in his acceptance speech at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles. “It is on the shoulders of his genius that we made this film.”

Anderson, who shares story credit with Hugo Guiness, recalled in his acceptance speech that it was appropriate to receive the award in Century City since he had worked with longtime collaborator Owen Wilson at a nearby motel many years ago.

“I can think of no greater neighborhood to accept this award in,” Anderson added.

“Grand Budapest” won over the scripts for “Boyhood,” “Foxcatcher,
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Writers Guild of America announces TV nominations for WGA Awards, Fargo “snub” explained by FX

With Awards season heating up, the Writers Guild of America has announced its TV nominations for the WGA Awards, which are set to take place in February. Check out the full list of nominees below…

Drama Series:

Game of Thrones, Written by David Benioff, Bryan Cogman, George R.R. Martin, D.B. Weiss (HBO)

The Good Wife, Written by Leonard Dick, Keith Eisner, Matthew Hodgson, Ted Humphrey, Michelle King, Robert King, Erica Shelton Kodish, Matthew Montoya, Luke Schelhaas, Nichelle Tramble Spellman, Craig Turk, Julia Wolfe (CBS)

House of Cards, Written by Bill Cain, Laura Eason, Sam R. Forman, William Kennedy, Kenneth Lin, John Mankiewicz, David Manson, Beau Willimon (Netflix)

Mad Men, Written by Heather Jeng Bladt, Semi Chellas, Jonathan Igla, David Iserson, Erin Levy, Matthew Weiner, Carly Wray (AMC)

True Detective, Written by Nic Pizzolatto (HBO)

Comedy Series:

Louie, Written by Louis Ck (FX)

Orange Is the New Black, Written by Stephen Falk,
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FX doesn't submit 'Fargo' as 'Transparent,' 'True Detective' lead WGA TV nominations

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FX doesn't submit 'Fargo' as 'Transparent,' 'True Detective' lead WGA TV nominations
The Writers Guild of America announced the TV nominees for the 2015 WGA Awards on Thursday (December 4) morning and several new shows broke into the fields in a big way. And, of course, there were a number of big WGA Award nomination head-scratchers. Specifically, where the heck was FX's "Fargo"? The answer is below. Making perhaps the biggest splash was "Transparent," which earned three nominations and, since "Orange Is The New Black" earned two nods and "House of Cards" pick up one, that meant that Amazon Prime and Netflix are, at least for one award-giving organization, on equal footing as creators of original programming. The Jill Soloway-created "Transparent" is nominated for New Series, where it will go against "The Affair," "The Knick," "Silicon Valley" and "True Detective." "Transparent" and "Silicon Valley" are also up for Comedy Series, going against "Louie," "Veep" and "Orange Is The New Black." Lest you panic
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‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘True Detective,’ ‘Transparent’ Lead WGA TV Nominations

‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘True Detective,’ ‘Transparent’ Lead WGA TV Nominations
HBO’s “Silicon Valley” and Amazon’s “Transparent” were among the newbie standouts in this year’s TV nominees for the Writers Guild Awards.

Both shows earned noms for comedy series as well as for new series. “Transparent” made it a trifecta with a nom for episodic comedy, for “The Wilderness” seg penned by Ethan Kuperberg.

HBO’s “Game of Thrones,” “Boardwalk Empire” and “True Detective,” CBS’s “The Good Wife,” AMC’s “Mad Men,” FX’s “Louie” and ABC’s “Modern Family” also grabbed two noms each.

Modern Family” was not selected in the comedy series category but took two nods for the “The Cold” and “Three Dinners” segments. Similarly, “Boardwalk Empire” was not named for drama series but received nomimations for the “Devil You Know” and “Friendless Child” episodes.

The Simpsons” had its usual strong showing with four bids for animation writing with “Bob’s Burgers” taking two.
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Her and Captain Phillips take top honours at the 2014 WGA Awards

Last night the Writers Guild of America announced the winners of the 66th annual WGA Awards, with Her (Spike Jonze) the recipient of the award for Best Original Screenplay and Captain Phillips (Billy Ray) taking home the award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Among the winners on the small screen were Breaking Bad (Episodic Drama), Veep (Episodic Comedy), House of Cards (New Series) and The Simpsons (Animation), while The Last of Us was victorious in the videogame category.

Check out the full list of winners here....

Original Screenplay:

Her, Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros.

Adapted Screenplay:

Captain Phillips, Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty; Columbia Pictures

Documentary Screenplay:

Stories We Tell, Written by Sarah Polley; Roadside Attractions

Drama Series:

Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould,
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Her, Captain Phillips & Stories We Tell Take Home Top Honors At 2014 Writers Guild Awards

Her, Stories We Tell and Captain Phillips took home top honors on Saturday night as the big winners of the 2014 Writers Guild Awards for outstanding achievement in writing for screen. Television, radio, news, promotional, videogame, and new media writing were also recognized at simultaneous ceremonies at the Jw Marriott L.A. Live in Los Angeles and the Edison Ballroom in New York City. It’s the final precursor guild award leading up to the Oscars.

Below is a complete list of the winners.

Screen Winners

Original Screenplay (matched up with the Academy Awards nominations)

Her, Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros.

Nominees included American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Dallas Buyers Club, Her and Nebraska.

Adapted Screenplay (3 for 5 Oscar nominations)

Captain Phillips, Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty; Columbia Pictures

In addition to Captain Phillips,
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'Her' and 'Captain Phillips' win Writers Guild Awards

'Her' and 'Captain Phillips' win Writers Guild Awards
Spike Jonze’s philosophical sci-fi love story Her, and Billy Ray’s harrowing true-life hostage saga Captain Phillips earned best original and adapted screenplays, respectively, from the Writers Guild Awards on Saturday.

In the original category, Her was facing its four rivals for the Oscar: American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Dallas Buyers Club, and Nebraska, so its victory can be seen as a strong harbinger of where the Academy Award could go on March 2. In anecdotal sampling of Academy members, EW’s Prize Fighter has also determined that Her is far and away the front-runner for this category.

The WGA’s
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WGA: ‘Captain Phillips,’ ‘Her’ Win Top Screenplay Awards

WGA: ‘Captain Phillips,’ ‘Her’ Win Top Screenplay Awards
Billy Ray won the Writers Guild of America award for adapted screenplay for seagoing drama “Captain Phillips” and Spike Jonze took the trophy for original screenplay for futuristic romancer “Her.”

The top TV awards went to the final season of “Breaking Bad,” which won both the drama series and drama episode trophies. HBO’s “Veep” won the comedy series award while “30 Rock” took the episodic comedy award and Netflix’s “House of Cards” copped the new series trophy.

Ray won over Tracy Letts for “August: Osage County,” Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke for “Before Midnight,” Peter Berg for “Lone Survivor” and Terence Winter for the adapted screenplay for “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Ray’s screenplay was based on the book “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea” by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty. Tom Hanks portrayed Phillips in the movie — a
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WGA: ‘Captain Phillips,’ ‘Her’ Win Top Screenplay Awards

WGA: ‘Captain Phillips,’ ‘Her’ Win Top Screenplay Awards
Billy Ray won the Writers Guild of America award for adapted screenplay for seagoing drama “Captain Phillips” and Spike Jonze took the trophy for original screenplay for futuristic romancer “Her.”

The top TV awards went to the final season of “Breaking Bad,” which won both the drama series and drama episode trophies. HBO’s “Veep” won the comedy series award while “30 Rock” took the episodic comedy award and Netflix’s “House of Cards” copped the new series trophy.

Ray won over Tracy Letts for “August: Osage County,” Richard Linklater, Julie Delpy and Ethan Hawke for “Before Midnight,” Peter Berg for “Lone Survivor” and Terence Winter for the adapted screenplay for “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

Ray’s screenplay was based on the book “A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea” by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty. Tom Hanks portrayed Phillips in the movie — a
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The Winners Of The 66th Annual Writers Guild Of America Awards

Tonight, the Writers Guild of America presented their awards for excellence in film and television for 2013. All eyes were on their top two categories, Original Screenplay and Adapted Screenplay, and while the former went to Spike Jonze’s incredible Her as expected, the latter went to Billy Ray’s Captain Phillips, which was completely out of the blue.

Her was widely expected to win due to its immense popularity throughout awards season, taking 20 screenplay wins from groups such as the HFPA and Bfca. However, Captain Phillips was a complete surprise given that it had not managed to win a single screenplay award prior to tonight, but as I’ve said before, it was going to be hard to tell which nominee was the favorite given the fact that the disqualified 12 Years a Slave has been the clear frontrunner throughout the season. However, it’s still quite shocking that Before Midnight
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Writers Guild of America Nominees

The winners of the Writers Guild of America awards will be announced in simultaneous ceremonies Saturday in Los Angeles and New York. The nominees:

Screen Nominees

Original Screenplay

American Hustle, Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell; Columbia Pictures

Blue Jasmine, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics

Dallas Buyers Club, Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack; Focus Features

Her, Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros. Winner

Nebraska, Written by Bob Nelson; Paramount Pictures

Adapted Screenplay

August: Osage County, Screenplay by Tracy Letts; Based on his play; The Weinstein Company

Before Midnight, Written by Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke; Based on characters created by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan; Sony Pictures Classics

Captain Phillips, Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty; Columbia Pictures Winner

Lone Survivor, Written by
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Writers Guild of America Nominees

The winners of the Writers Guild of America awards will be announced in simultaneous ceremonies Saturday in Los Angeles and New York. The nominees:

Screen Nominees

Original Screenplay

American Hustle, Written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell; Columbia Pictures

Blue Jasmine, Written by Woody Allen; Sony Pictures Classics

Dallas Buyers Club, Written by Craig Borten & Melisa Wallack; Focus Features

Her, Written by Spike Jonze; Warner Bros. Winner

Nebraska, Written by Bob Nelson; Paramount Pictures

Adapted Screenplay

August: Osage County, Screenplay by Tracy Letts; Based on his play; The Weinstein Company

Before Midnight, Written by Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke; Based on characters created by Richard Linklater & Kim Krizan; Sony Pictures Classics

Captain Phillips, Screenplay by Billy Ray; Based on the book A Captain’s Duty: Somali Pirates, Navy Seals, and Dangerous Days at Sea by Richard Phillips with Stephan Talty; Columbia Pictures Winner

Lone Survivor, Written by
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'Breaking Bad,' 'House of Cards' scribes earn Writer's Guild noms

'Breaking Bad,' 'House of Cards' scribes earn Writer's Guild noms
Writers for Breaking Bad and House of Cards were among those singled out for the 2014 Writers Guild Awards, which will be held on Feb. 1 in Los Angeles and New York.

The nominees are:

Drama Series:

Breaking Bad, Written by Sam Catlin, Vince Gilligan, Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett; AMC

The Good Wife, Written by Meredith Averill, Leonard Dick, Keith Eisner, Jacqueline Hoyt, Ted Humphrey, Michelle King, Robert King, Erica Shelton Kodish, Matthew Montoya, J.C. Nolan, Luke Schelhaas, Nichelle Tramble Spellman, Craig Turk, Julie Wolfe; CBS

Homeland, Written by Henry Bromell, William E. Bromell, Alexander Cary,
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Argo and Zero Dark Thirty honoured at the 2013 WGA Awards

Ben Affleck's acclaimed CIA thriller Argo picked up another award last night as screenwriter Chris Terrio was honoured by the Writer's Guild of America at this year's WGA Awards with Best Adapted Screenplay, while Mark Boal received Best Original Screenplay for Kathryn Bigelow's Zero Dark Thirty and Malik Bendejelloul collected Best Documentary Screenplay for Searching for Sugar Man.

Shifting to the small screen and there was awards success for Breaking Bad (Best Drama Series), Louie (Best Comedy Series) and Girls (Best New Series), along with Mad Men (Episodic Drama), Modern Family (Episodic Comedy), Hatfields & McCoys (Long Form - Original), Game Change (Long Form - Adapted) and The Simpsons (Animation).

Here is the full list of nominees, with the winners highlighted in bold:

Film Categories:

Original Screenplay

Flight, Written by John Gatins; Paramount Pictures

Looper, Written by Rian Johnson; TriStar Pictures

The Master, Written by Paul Thomas Anderson; The Weinstein Company

Moonrise Kingdom,
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"Inception," "The Social Network" Win Writers Guild Awards! Check Out Complete List of Winners and Nominees!

As soon as we thought we could predict the outcome of the Oscars, here comes another surprise! This one's brought to you by the Writers Guild of America. Picked for Best Original Screenplay was Christopher Nolan's "Inception." The director, famously dissed for not getting a Best Director Oscar nomination, may just win the Best Original Screenplay come Oscar night. Oscar front-runner, "The King's Speech" was not nominated because it didn't quality under union rules which prompted Nolan to say during his WGA acceptance award that he looked forward to a time when he could accept the award "without qualification."

That could be the beginning of a great script Mr. Nolan, go write it :happy

For adapted screenplay, I'm happy to report that Aaron Sorkin's fantastic script won! Based on "The Accidental Billionaires" by Ben Mezrich, "The Social Network" was the only film last year that I predicted to win this very category.
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