Writers Guild of America Awards 2018

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71st WGA Awards
Presented by:
Writers Guild of America, East and
Writers Guild of America, West

February 17, 2019

The 71st Writers Guild of America Awards honored the best in film, television, radio and video-game writing of 2018. Winners will be announced on February 17, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, California and the Edison Ballroom, New York City, New York.[1][2] The nominations for Television, New Media, Radio, News and Promotional Writing were announced on December 6, 2018.[3] The Theatrical, Documentary Screenplay and Videogame Writing nominees were announced on January 7, 2019 [4].



Best Original Screenplay
Best Adapted Screenplay
Best Documentary Screenplay


Drama Series
Comedy Series
New Series
Long Form – Original
Long Form – Adapted
Short Form New Media – Original
  • After Forever (Vimeo) – Michael Slade and Kevin Spirtas
  • Class of Lies (Snapchat) – Tessa Leigh Williams
  • Love Daily (go90) – Lauren Ciaravalli, Andrew Eisen, Aaron Eisenberg, Will Eisenberg, Alexis Jacknow, Nathaniel Katzman, Yulin Kuang, Nathan Larkin-Connolly, Alexis Roblan, Bennet D. Silverman, Ryan Wood
  • West 40s (West40s.com) – Mark Sam Rosenthal and Brian Sloan
Short Form New Media – Adapted

The Walking Dead: Red Machete (AMC.com) – Nick Bernardone

Episodic Drama
Episodic Comedy
Comedy/Variety – Talk Series
Comedy/Variety - Sketch Series
Comedy/Variety (Music, Awards, Tributes) – Specials
Quiz and Audience Participation
  • Hollywood Game Night (NBC) – Head Writers: Ann Slichter, Grant Taylor; Writers: Michael Agbabian, Alexandra Kokesh, Dwight D. Smith
  • Jeopardy! (ABC) – Matthew Caruso, John Duarte, Harry Friedman, Mark Gaberman, Deborah Griffin, Michele Loud, Robert McClenaghan, Jim Rhine, Steve D. Tamerius, Billy Wisse
  • Paid Off with Michael Torpey (truTV) – Head Writer: Ethan Berlin; Writers: John Chaneski, Rosemarie DiSalvo, Leigh Hampton, Katie Hartman, Amanda Melson, Larry Owens, Jennie Sutton, Michael Torpey, Jeremy Weiner; truTV
  • Who Wants to Be a Millionaire (Disney/ABC Syndication) – Head Writer: Stephen A. Melcher, Jr.; Writers: Kyle Beakley, Tom Cohen, Patricia A. Cotter, Ryan Hopak, Gary Lucy, James Rowley, Ann Slichter, Dylan Snowden
Daytime Drama
  • Days of Our Lives (NBC) – Head Writer: Ron Carlivati; Writers: Sheri Anderson, Lorraine Broderick, David Cherrill, Joanna Cohen, Lisa Connor, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Cydney Kelley, David Kreizman, David A. Levinson, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Katherine Schock, Elizabeth Snyder, Tyler Topits
  • General Hospital (ABC) – Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten; Writers: Barbara Bloom, Anna Theresa Cascio, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Daniel James O’Connor, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles
Children's Script – Episodic and Specials


Documentary Script – Current Events
Documentary Script – Other than Current Events


TV News Script – Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, or Breaking Report
TV News Script – Analysis, Feature, or Commentary
Digital News
  • "D.C.'s Biggest Homeless Shelter is About to Close. Will Amazon Take Its Place?" (Splinter) – Emma Roller
  • "How to Not Die in America" (Splinter) – Molly Osberg
  • "Inside the Culture of Sexism at Riot Games" (Kotaku.com) – Cecilia D’Anastasio


Radio Documentary
  • "2017 Year in Review" (CBS Radio News) – Gail Lee
  • "RFK: 50 Years After Shots Rang Out at the Ambassador Hotel" (ABC News Radio) – Andrew Evans
Radio News Script – Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin, or Breaking Report
  • "5pm CBS News Radio Glor Newscast" (CBS Radio News) – James Hutton
  • "ABC News 6p Hourly 9-27-2018" (ABC News Radio) – Stephanie Pawlowski
  • "Remembering The Good, The Bad and the Brilliant" (CBS Radio News) – Gail Lee
  • "World News This Week: 9-21-2018" (ABC News Radio) – Joan B. Harris

Promotional Writing[edit]

On-Air Promotion – Television or Radio
  • "FBI 2018 Promo Reel" (CBS) – Ralph Buado
  • "Tribute to Star Trek for the 2018 Creative Arts Emmys" (CBS) – Sean Brogan
  • "Westworld: Season 2 Promo (Super Bowl spot)" (HBO) – Jonathan Nolan

Videogaming Writing[edit]

Outstanding Achievement in Videogame Writing
  • Assassin's Creed Odyssey (Ubisoft Quebec) – Associate Narrative Directors: Matthew Zagurak, Joel Janisse, James Richard Mittag; Narrative Director: Melissa MacCoubrey; Story by Jonathan Dumont, Melissa MacCoubrey, Hugo Giard; Scriptwriters: Madeleine Hart, Betty Robertson, Jesse Scoble, Diana Sherman, Kelly Bender, Jojo Chia, Ian Fun, Zachary M. Parris, Ken Williamson, Daniel Bingham, Jordan Lemos, Simon Mackenzie, Katelyn MacMullin, Susan Patrick, Alissa Ralph, Stephen Rhodes; Team Lead Writer: Sam Gill; AI Writers: Jonathan Flieger, Kimberly Ann Sparks
  • Batman: The Enemy Within, Episode 5 - Same Stitch (Telltale Games) – Lead Writer: James Windeler; Written by Meghan Thornton, Ross Beeley, Lauren Mee; Story by: Meghan Thornton, Michael Kirkbride
  • God of War (Sony Interactive Entertainment) – Matt Sophos, Richard Zangrande Gaubert, Cory Barlog; Story and Narrative Design Lead: Matt Sophos; Story and Narrative Design: Richard Zangrande Gaubert; Narrative Design: Orion Walker, Adam Dolin
  • Marvel's Spider-Man (Insomniac Games and Sony Interactive Entertainment) – Story Lead: Jon Paquette; Writers: Benjamin Arfmann, Kelsey Beachum; Co-Written by Christos Gage; Additional Story Contributions by Dan Slott
  • Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire (Obsidian Entertainment) – Narrative Designers: Alex Scokel, Eric Fenstermaker, Kate Dollarhyde, Megan Starks, Olivia Veras, Paul Kirsch; Additional Writing: Tony Evans, John Schmautz, Casey Hollingshead, Nitai Poddar; Narrative Design Leads: Carrie Patel, Josh Sawyer


  1. ^ "2019 Awards Timeline". Writers Guild of America. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  2. ^ "The 71st Writers Guild Awards". Writers Guild of America East. Retrieved 2018-12-08.
  3. ^ McNary, Dave (December 6, 2018). "Writers Guild Awards Announces 2019 TV Nominees". Variety. Retrieved December 8, 2018.
  4. ^ Pedersen, Erik (December 6, 2018). "Writers Guild Film Nominations: 'Roma', 'Black Panther', 'Eighth Grade' & More". Variety. Retrieved January 7, 2019.

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