WGA set to fete Michaels, Nickens


"Saturday Night Live" creator Lorne Michaels will be honored with the WGA East's Herb Sargent Award for comedy excellence, and the late film and TV writer Daryl G. Nickens will receive the WGA West's Morgan Cox Honorary Service Award.

The awards will be part of those presented Feb. 11 at the 2007 WGA Awards. The WGAE will hold a gala at the Millennium Broadway Hotel's Hudson Theatre in New York, and the WGAW will stage a simultaneous event at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City.

"Lorne has launched the careers of more writers than almost anyone in the business," WGAE president Chris Albers said. "His years of experience are invaluable, but so is his sense of trust and his willingness to fight for a writer's original intent and vision."

Last year, James L. Brooks received the first Herb Sargent Award.

WGAW president Patric Verrone said the Cox award "is the least we can do to show our gratitude for the tireless work Daryl did for our union and its members."

Nickens, who died in July at age 57, was a former Writers Guild Foundation vp and a WGA member. His film credits include co-writing "House Party 2," and his TV credits include work for CBS, HBO and Nickelodeon.

Previous winners of the Cox award -- which honors WGAW members "whose vital ideas, continuing efforts and personal sacrifice best exemplify the ideal of service to the guild -- include last year's recipient, Frank Pierson.