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News Release: February 16, 2010
Hollywood Comes Together to Celebrate Writing

Top Talent Confirmed as Presenters at 2010 Writers Guild Awards’ L.A. Show

LOS ANGELES -- Spotlighting collaboration and creativity, a diverse array of talent is set to present the honors at this year’s Writers Guild Awards’ L.A. show. Taking place this Saturday, February 20, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel, the event will feature writers, actors, and directors that have worked together to make movies and TV shows so memorable.

With writer-performer-producer Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy, American Dad) tapped to host, this year’s West Coast show plans to be a writer-centric, entertaining, and lively evening, spotlighting outstanding writing across film, television, and various awards categories.

Eight-time Oscar host Billy Crystal will present the WGAW’s Laurel Award for Screen to screenwriter-director-producer Barry Levinson (Avalon, Diner), while Jason Alexander will present the Guild’s Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television to comedic writer-actor-producer Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld).

Morgan Freeman, currently Oscar-nominated for his role as Nelson Mandela in Invictus, will present South African-born screenwriter Anthony Peckham with the Guild’s Paul Selvin Award for his screenplay for the politically charged sports drama. WGAW President and writer-director-producer John Wells (ER, The Company Men) will present veteran screenwriter Carl Gottlieb (Jaws) with the WGAW’s Morgan Cox Award for his longtime service to the Guild.

Other presenters confirmed to appear at the 2010 Writers Guild Awards’ West Coast ceremony include: writer-director-producer Judd Apatow (Funny People, Knocked Up) with Jason Segel (Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Knocked Up), United States of Tara creator and Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno) with Tara star John Corbett, Emmy-winning and WGA-nominated writer Ali LeRoi (Everybody Hates Chris, co-creator) and Emmy winner and WGA nominee Chris Rock (Good Hair), writer-director James Toback (Tyson), with boxing champ/actor Mike Tyson (Tyson), House creator David Shore and Golden Globe-winning star Hugh Laurie, Brian’s Song writer Bill Blinn (last year’s TV Laurel Award honoree) with Brian’s Song star Billy Dee Williams, The West Wing creator-executive producer Aaron Sorkin with West Wing director-executive producer Thomas Schlamme, daytime writer Sally Sussman Morina (The Young & the Restless) and producer-director Anthony Morina (The Young & the Restless), Wizards of Waverly Place creator Todd J. Greenwald and Wizards star David Henrie, and Oscar-winning actor/comedian Robin Williams with a special video tribute to Levinson, plus other talent to be announced.

This year’s WGAW-hosted Writers Guild Awards West Coast show is executive produced by Spike Jones, Jr., with Carole Propp as talent producer.

The 2010 Writers Guild Awards will be held on Saturday, February 20, 2010, simultaneously at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles and the Hudson Theatre at the Millennium Broadway Hotel in New York City. For more information about the 2010 Writers Guild Awards, please visit www.wga.org or www.wgaeast.org.

For media inquiries about the 2010 Writers Guild Awards Los Angeles show, please contact Gregg Mitchell in the WGAW Communications Department at: (323) 782-4574, email: Gregg Mitchell. For media press inquiries about the 2010 Writers Guild Awards New York show, please contact Sherry Goldman in the WGAE Press Office at (718) 224-4133 or email: Sherry Goldman.

The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) and Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) are labor unions representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, new 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.