Richard Curtis to Be Honored by Writers Guild

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Richard Curtis

The 'Love Actually' writer will be given the guild's Valentine Davies Award.

Richard Curtis will be awarded the Writers Guild of America, West's Valentine Davies Award, it was announced Tuesday. The honor, which recognizes humanitarian efforts and charitable initiatives, will be presented during the WGAW’s 2017 Writers Guild Awards ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Beverly Hilton.

Curtis, whose screenwriting credits include Love Actually and Notting Hill, is the founder and co-chair of Comic Relief, which he launched in 1985 after visiting Ethiopia during the 1980s famine. Through Comic Relief, he also launched Red Nose Day in the U.S., which included a NBC telecast and raised over $23 million.

Curtis also is a founding member of Make Poverty History, which focuses on the cross-section of aid, trade and justice, and in 2014 he founded Project Everyone, alongside the United Nations, which focuses on sustainable development.

His other writing credits include Pirate Radio, About Time and Bridget Jones's Diary.