Los Angeles – Emmy and Writers Guild Award-winning writing-producing-directing partners Marshall Herskovitz & Edward Zwick (thirtysomething) are set to receive the Writers Guild of America, West’s 2012 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television, honoring lifetime achievement in outstanding television writing. The award will be presented at the 2012 Writers Guild Awards’ West Coast ceremony on Sunday, February 19, 2012, at the historic Hollywood Palladium.
“Beginning in the 1980’s, Ed Zwick and Marshall were among a small group of writers who revolutionized the television drama. So much of what is on television today is a direct or indirect descendant of their seminal work, thirtysomething. So many writers of this generation were drawn to television because of what Marshall and Ed told us, in that show and then in show after show, it was possible to do – to write stories about real people, with honest and compelling emotional stakes, about what it feels like to be alive. All of us who have come after owe them a great debt of gratitude. We stand on the shoulders of giants,” said WGAW President Christopher Keyser. (more…)