The Writers Guild of America East and West announced last October that for the first time in the 62 years of honoring excellence in film, television, and radio, its WGA awards will also recognize outstanding writing in new media.
Two WGA New Media Writing Award categories were added to the lineup for the 2011 ceremonies, including Outstanding Achievement in Writing Original New Media and Outstanding Achievement in Writing Derivative New Media. Today, the Writers Guild announced the nominees:
Outstanding Achievement in Writing Original New Media
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- Anyone But Me – “The Real Thing,” ”Identity Crisis,” “Girl Talk,” ”Naming Things,” “Curtain Up” – Story by Susan Miller, Tina Cesa Ward, Written by Susan Miller, Tina Cesa Ward
- All’s Faire – “Episode 1,” “Episode 4,” Episode 5,” Episode 6,” “Episode 7” – Written by Thom Woodley
- Concierge: The Series – “Episode 1: We’ve Got Flash,” “Episode 2: Complimentary Sandwiches,” “Episode 3: Perfect Resume Builder” – Written by Timothy Cooper
- The Five Faces Project – “The Shadow” – Written by Michael A. Nixon
- Madison Avery – “Zac” – Written by Gregory Storm
Outstanding Achievement in Writing Derivative New Media
- The 3rd Floor: The Office Webisode – “Webisode One: Moving On,” “Webisode Two: Lights, Camera, Action!,” “Webisode Three: The Final Product” – Written by Kelly Hannon, Jonathan Hughes, Mary Wall
- Frank vs. Lutz – “Strip Pong,” “Tear Jerks,” “Brainstorm” – 30 Rock New Media – Written by Jon Haller
The above nominees and eventual winners are selected by a panel comprised entirely of Guild members judging solely on written material. Only programs containing “work that was written and produced under a WGA collective bargaining agreement and for which the Guilds have determined the writing credits,” were considered.
Digital recognition and honors will be dispensed at a live, simultaneous, bi-coastal WGA Awards Ceremonies on Saturday, February 5, 2011 at the AXA Equitable Center in New York City and simultaneously at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel-Grand Ballroom in Los Angeles.