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Scribes Seth Freeman and Susannah Grant have been named recipients of the WGA West’s 2011 Valentine Davies Award, which recognizes contributions to the entertainment industry and the community at large.
A three-time Emmy winner as writer and producer of The Lou Grant Show, Freeman most recently created the ABC Family series Lincoln Heights. During the past four decades, he has written, produced, directed and/or created more than 300 hours of television movies and series, writing episodes for such shows as The Waltons, The Blue Knight, Rhoda and Phyllis.
Freeman also received a WGA Award in 1979 for writing the Lou Grant episode “Prisoner.”
A WGAW member since 1973, he now chairs the WGAW’s Television Credits Committee and the guild’s Television Credits Review Committee. He also has chaired the WGAW Awards Study Committee and continues to serve on the Writers Guild Foundation’s board of directors.
An Oscar nominee for her screenplay for Erin Brockovich, Grant has written or co-written other such screenplays as Pocahontas, 28 Days, In Her Shoes, Catch and Release, Charlotte’s Web and The Soloist as well as the TV series Party of Five.
A WGAW member since 1994, she served on the WGA negotiating committee during the 2007 contract negotiations. Grant also has chaired the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Nicholls Fellowships Committee and been an adviser for the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters Lab.
The writers will receive the award at the 2011 WGA Awards on Feb. 5 at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel.
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