PBS writers land six WGA doc nominations

Writers for PBS programs such as The Dust Bowl (pictured) and Frontline scored six Writers Guild Awards nominations in the documentary categories.
December 5, 2013

Writers for PBS programs scored six Writers Guild Awards nominations in the documentary categories.

The awards, which are handed out by the Writers Guild of America West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America East (WGAE), recognize achievements in TV, new media, news, radio, promotional writing and graphic animation during the 2013 season.

The U.S. pubcaster’s news magazine Frontline was nominated twice in the Documentary – Current Events category for “Cliffhanger,” written by Michael Kirk and Mike Wise; and “Egypt In Crisis,” written by Marcela Gaviria and Martin Smith.

In the Documentary – Other Than Current Events category, the nominees are The Abolitionists (‘American Experience’), written by Rob Rapley; “The Choice 2012″ (Frontline), written by Michael Kirk; episode one of The Dust Bowl (pictured above), written by Dayton Duncan; and Silicon Valley (‘American Experience’), with a telescript by Randall MacLowry and Michelle Ferrari and story by MacLowry.

The winners will be announced during simultaneous ceremonies held in Los Angeles and New York on February 1.

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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 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.