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Tuesday March 9, 2021

2021 Writers Guild Awards Presenters Lineup Announced

New York Los Angeles – The Writers Guild of America East and West today unveiled the talent line-up of presenters scheduled to appear at the 2021 Writers Guild Awards joint virtual ceremony on Sunday, March 21.

In addition to this year’s show host, writer-actor-producer Kal Penn(ClariceKal Penn Approves this Message), presenters slated to appear at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony include SAG Award-nominated and Primetime Emmy Award-winning actor Riz Ahmed (Sound of MetalThe Night Of), WGA-nominated, Emmy-nominated and BAFTA-winning comedian-actor-producer Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat Subsequent Moviefilm), Golden Globe and SAG Award-winning actress Rachel Brosnahan (The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselLouder than Bombs), WGAE Walter Bernstein Award for Social Justice recipient, WGA and Emmy-nominated writer and educator Jelani CobbAdweek and Streamy Award-winning author and comedian Sarah Cooper (How to Be Successful Without Hurting Men’s FeelingsSarah Cooper: Everything’s Fine), Grammy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actress and singer Andra Day (The United States vs. Billie Holiday), Grammy-winning and NAACP Image Award-nominated actor Daveed Diggs (The Good Lord Bird), Emmy-nominated writer-producer Ava DuVernay (When They See UsQueen Sugar), Primetime Emmy Award-winning and WGA-nominated comedian-writer-late night host Jimmy Fallon (The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon), Black Reel and NAACP Image Award-nominated actress and playwright Dominique Fishback (Judas and the Black MessiahThe Deuce), WGA and SAG Award-nominated actor-writer Brett Goldstein (Ted Lasso), Primetime Emmy-nominated and WGA-winning writer-actor Ryan O’Connell (SpecialAwkward), Grammy and Tony Award-winning actor and singer Leslie Odom Jr. (One Night in Miami), Primetime Emmy and WGA-nominated comedian-writer-television host Amber Ruffin (The Amber Ruffin Show, Late Night with Seth Meyers), Daytime Emmy-nominated and People’s Choice Award-winning comedian-host-YouTube star Lilly Singh (A Little Late with Lilly Singh), and Daytime Emmy Award-nominated writer and comedian Baratunde Thurston (How to be BlackKeep Jerry Falwell Away From My Oreo Cookies).

To apply for press credentials to cover the 2021 Virtual Writers Guild Award ceremony, click here to submit by Tuesday, March 16.

The 2021 Writers Guild Awards team this year includes Co-Executive Producers Bonnie Datt and Karen Harris, Associate Producer Shannon Walker, and Head Writer Ann Cohen, along with Writers Bill Scheft, Don Hooper, Timothy Michael Cooper, Shelly Goldstein, Zoe Marshall, Andrea Whipple, and Kaja Martin. Directed by Heather Arnson, The Writers Guild Awards 2021 is Executive Produced by Broadway Virtual. Spearheaded by Executive Producer Jim Kierstead and Creative Director Heather Arnson, Broadway Virtual is an all-inclusive one-stop-shop for virtual production, direction, design, management, and promotion to effectively create quality virtual programming that elevates quality and exceeds expectations. The company’s Technical Director, Asad Javed, and Production Manager, Claudia Marino round out the core team.  Graphic design, branding, and social media promotion is provided by Rachel | Media.

The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, news (broadcast and digital), radio/audio, and promotional categories. The 2021 Writers Guild Awards (73rd Annual) will be held on Sunday, March 21, 2021. For more information about the 2021 Writers Guild Awards, please visit or

Please direct inquiries regarding the 2021 Writers Guild Awards to Jason Gordon in the WGAE Communications Department (212-767-7809, or Bob Hopkinson in the WGAW Communications Department (310-801-8563,

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 For more information on the Writers Guild of America West, visit

Broadway Virtual is an all-inclusive one-stop-shop for virtual production, direction, design, management, and promotion to effectively create quality virtual programming that elevates content and exceeds expectations. Their clients include Roundabout Theater Company, Writers Guild of America East, Writers Guild of America West, American Alliance for Theater and Education, TheaterWorksUSA, and more. The company consists of Jim Kierstead as Executive Producer, Heather Arnson as Creative Director, Asad Javed as Technical Director, and Claudia Marino as Production Manager. Broadway Virtual partners with Rachel | Media to include comprehensive branding, graphic design, and social media strategy, content creation, management and promotion for comprehensive virtual production aesthetic, engagement, and success.


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