The 2019 Writers Guild Awards

Date:

Sunday

February 17, 2019

Location:

Edison Ballroom
240 West 47th St., NYC

Time:

6:30pm – Dinner
8:30pm sharp - Show

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Presenters

Submissions

Theatrical: Adapted and Original Screenplay

Deadline: Deadline 8:30 PM EST, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2018

Theatrical: Documentary Screenplay

Deadline: Deadline for submission is 5:30 PM PST, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2018

Series: Drama, Comedy and New Series (all platforms)

Deadline: Deadline 8:30 PM EST, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018

Television, Radio, New Media and Promotional Writing

Deadline: Deadline 8:30 PM EST, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018

Graphic Art and Animation

Deadline: Deadline 8:30 PM EST, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2018

Videogame Writing Award

Deadline: Deadline for submission is 8:30PM EST, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2018

Honorary Awards

To be announced.

The Ian McLellan Hunter Award was established in 1992 and named in memory of longtime WGAE member Ian McLellan Hunter. The award is presented to a WGA member in honor of his/her body of work as a writer in motion pictures or television. Hunter’s more than 20 screen credits include Eye Witness and A Woman of Distinction.  Harassed by the blacklist in the 1950s, Hunter went on to write several successful television series under a pseudonym and then reemerged as a writer on many television projects, including The Blue and The Gray.  Appropriately, the first recipient of the Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement in Writing was Hunter’s longtime friend and writing partner, Ring Lardner, Jr., whose movie credits include Woman Of The YearM*A*S*H and The Cincinnati Kid.

  • 2018: Geoffrey C. Ward
  • 2017: John Waters
  • 2016: Richard LaGravenese
  • 2015: Paul Haggis
  • 2014: David Simon
  • 2013: David Koepp
  • 2012: Claire Labine
  • 2011: Frank Gilroy
  • 2010: Alan Zweibel
  • 2009: John Patrick Shanley
  • 2008: Not Awarded
  • 2007: Andrew Bergman
  • 2006: Marshall Brickman
  • 2005: John Sayles
  • 2004: Jules Feiffer
  • 2003: Nora Ephron
  • 2002: Donald E. Westlake
  • 2001: Evan Hunter
  • 2000: Herb Gardner
  • 1999: Horton Foote
  • 1998: William Persky
  • 1997: Jay Presson Allen
  • 1996: Ernest Kinoy
  • 1995: Robert Benton
  • 1994: Walter Bernstein
  • 1993: Ruth Prawer Jhabvala
  • 1992: Ring Lardner, Jr.

The Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence was created in 2006 in honor of Sargent, who was president of the Writers Guild of America, East, for 14 years until his death on May 6, 2005. The Herb Sargent Award is awarded to a writer who embodies the spirit, commitment, and comic genius of Mr. Sargent as well as his dedication to mentoring new writers. A legendary writer and television producer, Sargent’s credits include being a writer/producer of Saturday Night Live for more than 20 years, the screenplay of Bye Bye Braverman, television specials for Bing Crosby, Milton Berle, Perry Como, Sammy Davis Jr., Alan King, Paul McCartney, Lily Tomlin, and Burt Bacharach, as well as extensive work in radio in the 1940s.

  • 2018: Tina Fey and Robert Carlock
  • 2017: Steve O’Donnell
  • 2013: Not Awarded
  • 2012: Judd Apatow
  • 2011: Not Awarded
  • 2010: Gary David Goldberg
  • 2009: Norman Stiles
  • 2008: Not Awarded
  • 2007: Lorne D. Michaels
  • 2006: James L. Brooks

The Evelyn F. Burkey Award was established in 1978 to honor Burkey, who dedicated her professional life to supporting and helping writers. Burkey helped create the Writers Guild of America, East, in 1953 as the union of film, television and radio writers, independent of precursor organizations. She was the WGAE’s executive director until her retirement in 1972. The Burkey Award continues her mission by recognizing a person or an organization “whose contributions have brought honor and dignity to writers everywhere.”

  • 2016: Senator Al Franken
  • 2015: Norman Lear
  • 2014: James Schamus
  • 2013: Not Awarded
  • 2012: Not Awarded
  • 2011: The Television Academy Foundation’s Archive of American Television
  • 2010: Edward Albee
  • 2009: Committee to Protect Journalists
  • 2008: Walter Bernstein
  • 2007: Joan Didion
  • 2006: Museum of Television and Radio
  • 2005: Claire Labine
  • 2004: Senator John McCain
  • 2003: Martin Scorsese
  • 2002: Colin Callender
  • 2001: Tom Fontana
  • 2000: Vaclav Havel
  • 1999: David Brown
  • 1998: Judy Crichton
  • 1997: Sidney Lumet
  • 1996: Ken Saro-Wiwa (posthumously)
  • 1995: Dennis Potter(posthumously)
  • 1994: Joan Ganz Cooney
  • 1993: Arthur Miller
  • 1992: Jacqueline Babbin
  • 1991: George Schaefer
  • 1990: Art Buchwald
  • 1989: Horton Foote
  • 1988: Andrew A. Rooney & Local 1101 & District 1 of the Communication Workers of America
  • 1987: Edwin Newman
  • 1986 Athol Fugard & Lloyd Richards
  • 1985: Jerome B. Lurie
  • 1984: Leonard Wasser
  • 1983: Alan Wagner
  • 1982: Herbert Brodkin
  • 1981: Elmer W. Lower
  • 1980: Walter Cronkite
  • 1979: Barbara Schultz
  • 1978: Fred Coe

The Richard B. Jablow Award was established in 1978 to recognize devoted service to the Guild. It was created in honor of Richard B. Jablow, who helped found the WGAE, authored its constitution, and served as its first counsel.

  • 2018: Hamilton Nolan
  • 2017: Courtney Simon
  • 2016: Melissa Salmons
  • 2015: Jeremy Pikser
  • 2014: Philip V. Pilato
  • 2013: Bob Schneider
  • 2012: Susan Kim
  • 2011: Marianne Pryor
  • 2010: David Steven Cohen
  • 2009: Chris Albers & Tom Fontana
  • 2008: Catherine Twohill
  • 2007: Gail Lee
  • 2006: Warren Leight
  • 2005: John Auerbach
  • 2004: Ellen M. Violett
  • 2003: James Schamus
  • 2002: Stephen Schiff
  • 2001: Richard Wesley
  • 2000: Ruth Gallo
  • 1999: James H. Kaye
  • 1998: Michael Winship
  • 1997: Bruce R. Campbell
  • 1996: Edward Pomerantz
  • 1995: Albert Ruben
  • 1994: George Malko
  • 1993: Willie Kathryn Suggs
  • 1992: Jane Bolllinger
  • 1991: Corinne Jacker
  • 1990: Herb Sargent
  • 1989: Edward Adler & Mona Mangan
  • 1988: Marc Siegel
  • 1987: Claire Wood Labine
  • 1986: Art Wallace
  • 1985: Craig B. Fisher
  • 1984: Ernest Pendrell
  • 1983: Elihu Winer
  • 1982: Jerome Coopersmith
  • 1981: Ernest Kinoy & Loring Mandel
  • 1980: Manya Starr &  David Davidson
  • 1979: Not Awarded
  • 1978: Richard B. Jablow in memoriam

The Walter Bernstein Award was named in honor of one of the Writers Guild East’s most distinguished and courageous members, the Walter Bernstein Award is presented to honor writers who have demonstrated with creativity, grace and bravery a willingness to confront social injustice in the face of adversity.

  • 2017: Jelani Cobb

The Writers Guild of America, East Foundation’s Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship in Screenwriting is funded by the Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation, and is awarded to a student who plans to pursue a career in screenwriting upon his/her undergraduate course of study. The recipient receives a $10,000 stipend to write an original screenplay under the mentorship of a prominent screenwriter. The fellowship honors Michael Collyer, a distinguished entertainment attorney in New York City, who for four decades practiced primarily at his namesake firm Kay Collyer & Boose and specialized in television financing and production.

  • 2018: Nicole Landau
  • 2017: Jordan Houston
  • 2016: Bo Shim
  • 2015: Megan Rico
  • 2014: Hennah Sekandary
  • 2013: Heather Dunoon
  • 2012: Hailey O’Brien
  • 2011: James DiLapo
  • 2010: Antal Zambo
  • 2009: Sara Van Acker

The John Merriman Award for Study in Broadcast Journalism at American University honors John Merriman who was WGAE president and also news editor of the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite when he was killed in the crash of an Eastern Airlines jet in Charlotte, N.C. in 1974. The award honors Merriman’s passion for good grammar, writing, and journalism, and supports the graduate broadcast program founded by CBS News colleague and friend, Ed Bliss. Walter Cronkite presented the first Merriman Award in 1975.

  • 2017: Joe Walters
  • 2016: Haweya Fadal
  • 2015: Liz Essley White
  • 2014: Rachel Baye
  • 2013: Lynh Bui
  • 2012: David Shultz
  • 2011: Jeremy Borden
  • 2010: Philippa Levenberg
  • 2009: Sarah Tobianski
  • 2008: Lagan Sebert
  • 2007: Diana F. Davis
  • 2006: Monika Evstatieva
  • 2005: Scarlotte Deupree
  • 2004: Michael Meneer
  • 2003: Stacey Brooks Delo
  • 2002: Tracy Johnke
  • 2001: Muthoni Muturi
  • 2000: Michele Cohen
  • 1999: Kathleen Connorton
  • 1998: Amy M. Quinton
  • 1997: Gehane N. M. Salim
  • 1996: Rosabel Tibayan Castillo
  • 1995: Meredith L. Lefforge
  • 1994: Joshua M. Kerns
  • 1993: Stephanie Claire Griggs
  • 1992: Al Freeman

Sponsors

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Writers Guild Awards are covered by leading industry publications and receive national attention during awards season. We offer a variety of sponsorship packages, all of which give brands a platform to reach consumers, VIPs, and industry leaders across the country.

Sponsorship is inclusive of a combination of specialty assets, marketing & advertising, on-site promotion, and Awards show tickets.

To request the 2018 WGA Awards Sponsorship Deck or Program Ad Rate Card, contact Dana Weissman at dweissman@wgaeast.org or 212-767-7835.

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