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Geoffrey C. Ward to receive WGA East career achievement award

Seven-time Emmy Award-winning historian and script writer Geoffrey C. Ward will be honored with an award for career achievement at the 70th annual Writers Guild Awards. The Writers Guild of America, ...
December 18, 2017

Seven-time Emmy Award-winning historian and script writer Geoffrey C. Ward will be honored with an award for career achievement at the 70th annual Writers Guild Awards.

The Writers Guild of America, East’s Ian McLellan Hunter Award for Career Achievement is presented to a WGAE member in honor of their body of work as a writer in television or film.

Ward has been a WGAE member since 1989 and is best known as Ken Burns‘ long-time collaborator, having collaborated with the seminal documentarian since 1984. His television credits include such acclaimed nonfiction projects as The Civil War, Baseball, The Rise and Fall of Jack Johnson, Empire of the Air: The Men Who Made Radio, Nixon, Thomas Jefferson, The War, and most recently The Vietnam War.

Ward was the principal or sole writer of Nixon, Lindbergh, Reminiscing in Tempo, The Kennedys, The Last Boss, TR and Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided – all part of PBS’s documentary strand ‘American Experience’.

Ward, alongside filmmaking collaborators Burns and Lynn Novick, is currently working on a docuseries about late novelist, short story writer and journalist Ernest Hemingway.

“I’m a lucky man to have been able to write so much serious history for television — and still luckier to have been given this great honor by the Guild. I couldn’t be more grateful,” wrote Ward in a statement accepting the honor.

Burns will present Ward with the honor at the 2018 Writers Guild Award, held in New York’s Edison Ballroom onĀ Feb. 11, 2018.

Past recipients of the Hunter Award include Andrew Bergman, John Sayles, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, John Waters, Richard LaGravenese, John Patrick Shanley and Nora Ephron.

The Writers Guild Awards honors outstanding writing in film, television, new media, video games, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation categories.

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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