2016 Writers Guild Awards (Date, Venue & Media Timeline)

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NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES (JULY 15, 2016) – The 2016 Writers Guild Awards (68th Annual) will be presented at simultaneous ceremonies on Saturday, February 13, 2016, in New York and Los Angeles.

The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation categories.

2015-2016 WGA MEDIA TIMELINE

Television-Radio-New Media Eligibility Period:

Long Form, Episodic, Animation, Children’s Script and Short Form Categories:
First broadcast or exhibited between Dec. 1, 2014 and Nov. 30, 2015

All Other Script Categories:
First broadcast or exhibited between Oct. 1, 2014 and Sept. 30, 2015

Theatrical Screenplay Eligibility Period:
Exhibited theatrically in Los Angeles for one week during 2015

Documentary Screenplay Eligibility Period:
Exhibited theatrically in Los Angeles or New York for one week during 2015

Videogame Eligibility Period:
Originally released between Dec. 1, 2014 and Nov. 30, 2015

2015

OCTOBER

Fri. Oct. 9                    Deadline for submissions: TV-Radio-New Media and Paul Selvin

Fri. Oct. 9                    Deadline for submissions: Drama/Comedy/New Series

Tues. Oct. 27              Preliminary Series online voting begins

NOVEMBER

Fri. Nov. 13                  Deadline for submissions: Theatrical and Documentary Screenplays

Mon. Nov. 23               Deadline for submissions: Videogame Writing

Tues. Nov. 24              Deadline for Preliminary Series online voting

DECEMBER

Tue. Dec. 1                 Preliminary Screenplay online voting begins

Thur. Dec. 3               Television, New Media, Radio, News, Promotional Writing, and Graphic Animation Nominations Announced

Thur. Dec. 31              Theatrical eligibility period ends for Original, Adapted, and Documentary Screenplays

2016

JANUARY

Mon. Jan. 4                 Deadline for Preliminary Screenplay online voting

Wed. Jan. 6                 Theatrical and Documentary Screenplay Nominations Announced

Thur. Jan. 7                 Final Screenplay and Series online voting begins

Mon. Jan. 11               The Contenders: Writers Guild Award-nominated films screening series

Mon. Jan. 11                Videogame Writing Nominations Announced

Mon. Jan. 18                Writers Guild Theater, Beverly Hills

Fri. Jan. 29                  Deadline for Final Screenplay and Series online votingJan.

Jan. TBA                    “And the Nominees Are…” – Writers Guild Award TV and New Media nominee panels – Venue: NYC (TBA)

FEBRUARY

Thur. Feb. 4                Deadline for reservations, sponsorships, and ticket sales for 2016 Writers Guild Awards

Thur. Feb. 4                 Beyond Words – Writers Guild Award-nominated screenwriters panel – Writers Guild Theater, Beverly Hills

Sat. Feb. 13               2016 WRITERS GUILD AWARDS (68th Annual)
                                      New York:      Edison Ballroom
                                      Los Angeles: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel

For more information about the 2016 Writers Guild Awards submission process, guidelines, and official entry forms, please visit www.wgaeast.org or www.wga.org.

For media inquiries about the 2016 Writers Guild Awards New York City show, please contact Jason Gordon in the WGAE Communications Department at (212) 767-7809 or email: jgordon@wgaeast.org.

For media inquiries about the 2016 Writers Guild Awards Los Angeles show, please contact Gregg Mitchell in the WGAW Communications Department at: (323) 782-4651 or email: gmitchell@wga.org.

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and the 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.

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