Larry DiTillio tapped for WGAW's Cox award

Scribe recognized for longtime guild service

Larry DiTillio, whose writing credits include executive story editor on the series "Bablyon 5," will be honored with the WGA West's 2009 Morgan Cox Award in recognition of his longtime service to the guild and improving the working conditions of his fellow writers.

He will be presented with the award Feb. 7 at the WGA Awards at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza.

"Larry has done so much thankless work for our guild, we had to finally say thanks," WGAW president Patric Verrone said. "If there's a committee Larry hasn't worked on or a service he hasn't performed, he will."

An active WGAW member since 1973, DiTillio has served on numerous guild committees, including age awareness (1997-2002), freedom of expression (1974-76), new members (1976-81), officers nominating (1979), social activities (1979-89), strike study (1988), tellers (1979-2008), work exchange (1989) and writers craft conference (1996-2000).

DiTillio's other television writing credits include such animated series as "Beast Wars: Transformers," "He-Man and the Masters of the Universe," "She-Ra: Princess of Power," "The Real Ghost Busters" and "Galaxy High School" as well as "Murder, She Wrote," "Conan: The Adventurer," "The Hitchhiker," "The Centurions" and "Captain Power and the Soldiers of Fortune." His screen credits include '70s cult film "Those Mad, Mad Movie Makers."

The Morgan Cox Award is named after the late Morgan B. Cox, who devoted much of his professional life to serving the guild, with a focus on ensuring that television writers were included under WGA jurisdiction.