Larry Wilmore to Be Honored at Austin Film Festival (Exclusive)

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The Emmy-winning writer, producer and comedian will receive the 2018 Outstanding Television Writer Award.

Larry Wilmore is set to receive the Outstanding Television Writer Award at the Austin Film Festival this fall, the fest announced Tuesday.

The Emmy winner has written for the likes of In Living Color, The PJs (which he co-created with star Eddie Murphy), The Office (in which he also played Mr. Brown, the diversity consultant) and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In 2001, Wilmore created The Bernie Mac Show, which ran for five seasons on Fox and earned him an Emmy Award in 2002 for best writing for a comedy series, as well as a 2001 Peabody Award.

As a producer, Wilmore has executive produced ABC's Black-ish, and also serves as the co-creator and consulting producer on HBO's Insecure, which he developed with star Issa Rae.

Wilmore is also known for his memorable on-camera appearances as the "Senior Black Correspondent" on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and the host of Comedy Central's The Nightly Show With Larry Wilmore.

He will join previously announced honorees Roger Corman (for Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking), Tony Gilroy (Distinguished Screenwriter) and Daniel Petrie, Jr. (Heart of Film) at the fest's Awards Luncheon on Oct. 27.

Confirmed panelists for the festival's Writers Conference include Megan Amram, John August, Lindsey Beer, Wendy Calhoun, Mary Coleman, Lindsay Doran, Lee Eisenberg, Nicole Holofcener, Rick Jaffa, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Nicole Perlman, Amanda Silver and Linda Woolverton. 

The 25th annual Austin Film Festival and Writers Conference is set to run Oct. 25-Nov. 1.