Len Uhley to Receive WGA Animation Writing Award

Masayo Benoist
Len Uhley

The veteran animator will be honored on Nov. 19

Veteran television animation writer Len Uhley will be presented with Writers Guild of America, West’s Animation Writers Caucus’ 2014 Animation Writing Award on Nov. 19 at the AWC’s annual meeting and awards ceremony at WGAW headquarters in Los Angeles.

Fellow AWC honorees Stan Berkowitz and Alan Burnett are set to co-present the AWC award to Uhley, and WGAW vp Howard A. Rodman will be on hand to introduce the evening’s ceremony.

Uhley, who made his first professional sale while still in his junior year at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, has enjoyed a nearly-30-year writing career in animation. As a staff writer at Disney, he wrote episodes of DuckTales, Adventures of the Gummi Bears, TailSpin, Winnie the Pooh, Chip ‘n Dale’s Rescue Rangers, Darkwing Duck, and Bonkers. Uhley also has been a story editor on series produced by Warner Bros., Disney and MGM, writing more than 200 television episodes and home videos for DreamWorks Classics, Cartoon Network Studios, Hasbro, Warner Bros., Disney, Marvel, NickToons, Sony, DIC, BKN International, BBC, Endemol, CBN, Film Roman, MGM, Saban, Viacom, and Renaissance Pictures.

His freelance work includes Ben 10: Alien Force,Ben 10: Ultimate Alien,and Ben 10: Omniverse series; Static Shock; Superbook; and the UK.-based series Friends & Heroes and The 99. He has written for action shows (Batman, Justice League, The Avengers, Iron Man, He-Man, Kaijudo, The Fantastic Four, Robocop, Skeleton Warriors, Zorro, Young Hercules and three versions of X-Men) and comedy properties (Scooby-Doo,1001 Nights,Ozzy & Drix, and a pilot for Archie), as well as series designed for younger viewers (Rescue Bots, Octonauts, Krypto the Superdog and Strawberry Shortcake). He most recently worked with DreamWorks Classics and Big Idea Entertainment on two VeggieTales home video releases.

In 2012, Uhley received a Writers Guild Award nomination for animation for penning the Ben 10: Ultimate Alien episode, “Moonstruck.” Over the course of his career, Uhley has shared five Emmy nominations for his work on a variety of animation series/ In addition, he received the Entertainment Industries Council's Prism Award for the “Where There’s Smoke” episode of WB animated series Ozzy & Drix.

He has also written three animated features for Universal Studios Home Entertainment (The Land Before Time VII, An American Tail III, and An American Tail IV) and has developed long-form projects for Disney Feature Animation, DreamWorks Animation, and DIC Entertainment.

“Len Uhley is one of the finest choices the Animation Writers Caucus and the Guild could make for this award. A talented writer with credits in both episodic and feature animation, he's always been one of the most respected, nicest people in the industry, always willing to share his time and his advice, and a good friend to all – a truly deserving recipient of this award,” AWC chair Craig Miller said.

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