6:00am PT by Rick Porter
'Game of Thrones' Creators Set for Austin Film Festival Honor (Exclusive)
Game of Thrones creators David Benioff and D.B. Weiss can add one more honor to their shelves.
The duo will receive the Outstanding Television Writer Award at the 2019 Austin Film Festival after they bring their record-breaking HBO drama in for a landing. The show is midway through its final season, with the series finale scheduled for May 19.
Benioff and Weiss co-created Game of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire novels, and have guided it to a record 47 Emmy wins, including two they have shared for writing. The show also has won a Peabody Award and is the most-watched HBO series ever.
Larry Wilmore received the Outstanding Television Writer Award at last year's festival. Previous honorees also include Greg Daniels, Vince Gilligan, Marta Kauffman, Norman Lear, David Simon and Keenen Ivory Wayans.
Benioff and Weiss will receive the honor at the festival's awards luncheon on Oct. 26 and will also participate in the fest's Writers Conference. Confirmed panelists for the conference include Megan Amram (The Good Place), Alec Berg (Barry), Christina Hodson (Bumblebee), David Mandel (Veep) and Alex Tse (Wu-Tang: An American Saga).
The 26th annual Austin Film Festival is set to run Oct. 24-31.