Contact: Gregg Mitchell (323) 782-4574
 
News Release: February 9, 2016
Presenters Talent Line-Up Announced for 2016 Writers Guild Awards West Coast Ceremony 

LOS ANGELES– An exciting talent line-up is slated to present honors at the 2016 Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony to be hosted this Saturday, February 13, at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

In addition to this year’s host, acclaimed actor-writer-comedian Patton Oswalt (Veep, Justified), awards ceremony presenters will include: Academy Award-winning actress Geena Davis; Academy Award-nominated actress and Trumbo co-star Diane Lane, Friends co-stars Matt LeBlanc (Episodes) and Courteney Cox (Cougar Town), Golden Globe and Emmy-nominated Better Call Saul star and Emmy-winning writer Bob Odenkirk, Dr. Ken and The Hangover star Ken Jeong, Golden Globe-winning Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom, Golden Globe and Emmy-winning Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor, Emmy and WGA-nominated Key & Peele co-star/writer Keegan-Michael Key, The Last Man on Earth co-star and Annie Award-winning actress Kristen Schaal (Gravity Falls), The Carmichael Show co-creator/star Jerrod Carmichael, Oscar and WGA-nominated screenwriter-actress Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding & 2), actor David Koechner (The Goldbergs), Veep co-star Matt Walsh, Silicon Valley co-star Kumail Nanjiani, Oscar and WGA-winning screenwriter Robert Towne (Chinatown, Mad Men), Emmy-winning Lost Co-Creator and WGA-nominated The Leftovers Co-Creator Damon Lindelof, Talking Dead host Chris Hardwick, and WGA/Golden Globe-nominated Jaws screenwriter and Emmy-winning TV writer Carl Gottlieb.

This year’s honorees include: Academy Award-nominated and WGA-winning screenwriter-director-actress Elaine May (Primary Colors, Heaven Can Wait), who will receive the WGAW’s Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement; Friends Co-Creators Marta Kauffman (Grace and Frankie) & David Crane (Episodes), who will receive the WGAW’s Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement; screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), who will receive the Guild’s Valentine Davies Award for his community service and humanitarian efforts; Emmy-nominated TV/screenwriter writer Arthur Sellers (Meet the Raisins!), who will receive the WGAW’s Morgan Cox Award for his Guild service; and WGA-nominated screenwriter John McNamara, who will receive the WGAW’s Paul Selvin Award for his Trumbo screenplay, which embodies the spirit of constitutional rights and civil liberties.

This year’s show is executive produced by Hugh Fink, produced by Decoupage Production’s Tara Power and Joselyn Allen, co-produced by Kelly Brock, directed by Nick Murray, and written by Head Writer Joe O’Brien and writers Fink, Ed Lee, Beth Armogida, Matt Oswalt, and Gerry Duggan, as well as creative consultant Shelly Goldstein.

The WGAW’s Awards Committee includes Guild members Karen Harris (chair), Steve Chivers, Patrick Doody, Shelly Goldstein, and Scott Saltzburg.

The Writers Guild Awards honor outstanding writing in film, television, new media, videogames, news, radio, promotional, and graphic animation categories. Competitive awards will be presented at both the Los Angeles ceremony at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza and the New York ceremony at the Edison Ballroom. The Los Angeles and New York ceremonies take place concurrently on February 13, 2016. For more information about the 2016 Writers Guild Awards, please visit www.wga.org or www.wgaeast.org.

For media inquiries about the 2013 Writers Guild Awards Los Angeles show, please contact Gregg Mitchell in the WGAW Communications Department at: (323) 782-4651 or email: Gregg Mitchell.

For media inquiries about the 2015 Writers Guild Awards New York City show, please contact Jason Gordon in the WGAE Communications Department at (212) 767-7809 or email: Jason Gordon.

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) are labor unions representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media, and broadcast news. The Guilds negotiate and administer contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of their members; conduct programs, seminars, and events on issues of interest to writers; and present writers' views to various bodies of government. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, West, visit www.wga.org. For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit www.wgaeast.org.