March 28, 2008 |
David Chase, creator of "The Sopranos," will be given a lifetime achievement award by the Writers Guild of America, West. Chase, who previously worked on such series as "The Rockford Files," "I'll Fly Away" and "Northern Exposure," will be presented with the guild's Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television at a luncheon to be held April 23 in Los Angeles. The night before, Chase will talk about his career at a public event sponsored by the Writers Guild Foundation, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
March 17, 2006 |
This weekend the Writers Guild Foundation will honor writer-director Lawrence Kasdan with a two-day retrospective of seven of his films at its Beverly Hills theater. In addition, Kasdan will appear Saturday after a 7 p.m. screening of 1991's "Grand Canyon" for a Q&A session moderated by journalist F.X. Feeney. "I love movies," Kasdan said. "That's why I got into this and why I have devoted my life to it. To be in a position to make movies is a great privilege."
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October 12, 2005 |
Devery Freeman, a writer who helped establish the Screen Writers Guild, reorganized it into the Writers Guild of America in 1954 and negotiated with studios for the guild's right to determine film writing credits, has died. He was 92. Freeman died Friday in Los Angeles. He had been in poor health since undergoing heart surgery in March.
October 2, 2004 |
Audrey Wilder, the widow of famed writer-director Billy Wilder, has donated her late husband's personal script collection to the Writers Guild Foundation and also has contributed $500,000 toward the construction of a new library to house it at the Writers Guild headquarters in L.A. The collection of 31 scripts includes those for such classic films as "Some Like It Hot," "Stalag 17," "The Apartment" and "Sunset Boulevard." They are available for on-site viewing now.
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August 26, 2004 |
George Kirgo, scriptwriter and novelist who was president of the Writers Guild of America, west, during its tumultuous five-month strike against the studios in 1988, has died. He was 78. Kirgo died of kidney failure Sunday at St. John's Health Center in Santa Monica. The 1988 strike by 9,000 writers was one of the longest in Hollywood history and among the first nationally to pit creative artists against the new conglomerate owners of studios.
January 5, 2004 |
The union representing Hollywood film and TV writers is bracing for the results today of an investigation into whether its president had done enough writing to be eligible to hold office when she was reelected in September. The probe into the status of Victoria Riskin, head of the Writers Guild of America, West, threatens the stability of the union as it prepares for contract negotiations with studios in the next few weeks. The investigator brought in by the WGA, William B.