2011 Writers Guild Awards to Recognize New Media

The Writers Guild of America East and Writers Guild of America, West announced that the first-ever WGA New Media Writing Awards will be presented during the 2011 Writers Guild Awards Saturday, Feb. 5, at simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles.

Awards will be presented for Outstanding Achievement in Writing Original New Media and Outstanding Achievement in Writing Derivative New Media. The submission deadline is 5 p.m. (ET/PT) Nov. 23, and nominees will be announced Jan. 11.

The WGAE and WGAW defined new media as the Internet, mobile platforms, or any other established platforms. Only work that was written and produced under a WGA collective bargaining agreement and for which the Guilds have determined the writing credits may be submitted. A derivative new-media production is defined as a production for new media based on an existing television motion picture.

WGAE president Michael Winship said:

Digital media is an exciting new stage for writers, a platform from which we can present our work instantly to the entire world. As we build and expand our presence there, the new awards recognize the opportunities digital media offers and celebrate the artistry and skill our members bring to it.

His counterpart at the WGAW, John Wells, added:

New-media writers play an essential role in entertaining, educating, and engaging audiences in the digital arena. These new awards pay tribute to their talents and to the diversity of work being done under Writers Guild contracts.