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News Release: February 4, 2013

Hollywood Talent to Salute Outstanding Writing at 2013 Writers Guild Awards L.A. Ceremony

Initial Presenters Confirmed for West Coast Show
  

LOS ANGELES -- Executive Producer Cort Casady and Talent Producer Carole Propp have confirmed the first wave of top talent set to present honors at the 2013 Writers Guild Awards Los Angeles ceremony coming up on Sunday, February 17, at the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE. 

In addition to previously announced show host Nathan Fillion, the Emmy-winning actor currently starring as mystery novelist Richard Castle on ABC’s hit series Castle, this year’s presenters will include two-time Academy Award-nominee and Golden Globe-winning actress Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, The Help), a trio of Modern Family co-stars – two-time Emmy-winning actress Julie Bowen, two-time Emmy-winning actor Eric Stonestreet, and ALMA Award-winning actor Rico Rodriguez; SAG Award-winning actress Kate Walsh (Private Practice, Grey’s Anatomy), two-time TV Guide Award-winning Castle co-star Stana Katic, three-time Writers Guild and nine-time Emmy Award-nominated actress-writer Amy Poehler (Parks and Recreation) and her Parks and Recreation co-star, Independent Spirit Award-nominated actor Adam Scott, three-time Emmy-winning actor Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), and Writers Guild Award-nominated Key and Peele co-creators/co-stars Keegan Michael Key and Jordan Peele.

Additional talent updates to presenter line-up will be announced closer to WGA L.A. show date.

In addition to Emmy and three-time Image Award-winning producer Casady (AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards and UNCF’s An Evening of Stars telecasts) and Propp (Primetime Emmy Awards, Tony Awards), the 2013 Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony will be directed by Joe DeMaio (Primetime Emmy Awards, MTV Movie Awards), with two-time Emmy Award winner and five-time WGA nominee Dave Boone (Tony Awards, Dancing with the Stars) returning as the show’s head writer.

Contributing creative direction to the Writers Guild Awards show, the WGAW’s Awards Committee includes Guild members Karen Harris (chair), Steve Chivers, Patrick Doody, Shelly Goldstein, Laurie Parres, and Scott Saltzburg.

The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio and promotional writing, and graphic animation. The awards will be presented jointly in all competitive categories during simultaneous ceremonies on Sunday, February 17, 2013, in New York at the B.B. King Blues Club and in Los Angeles at the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE. For more information, please visit www.wga.org or www.wgaeast.org.

For media inquiries about the 2013 Writers Guild Awards Los Angeles show, please contact Gregg Mitchell in the WGAW Communications Dept. at: (323) 782-4651 or email: Gregg Mitchell, or visit online at: www.wga.org.

For media inquiries about the 2013 Writers Guild Awards New York show, please contact Jay Strell at Sunshine Sachs at (212) 691-2800 or email: Jay Strell; or visit online at: www.wgaeast.org.

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) is a labor union representing writers of motion pictures, television, radio, and Internet programming, including news and documentaries. Founded in 1933, the Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members. It is involved in a wide range of programs that advance the interests of writers, and is active in public policy and legislative matters on the local, national, and international levels. For more information on the WGAW, please visit: www.wga.org.