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WGA East taps Schamus for service nod

Oscar winner has served on Screen Council

HOLLYWOOD — The Writers Guild of America East has tapped Focus Features co-president James Schamus as recipient of its Richard B. Jablow Award for service to the Guild.

The kudos will be presented March 8 at the WGA’s award ceremonies at the Pierre Hotel in New York. The award is named after the man who helped found the WGA East, authored its constitution and was its first counsel.

Schamus has served on the Committee for the Professional Status of Writers (Theatrical) and the Screen Council.

“Over the years James Schamus has been an integral part of the Writers Guild of America East,” said WGA East prexy Herb Sargent. “His continued support and dedication to writers has truly inspired us.”

‘Tiger’ and other tales

Schamus co-wrote (with Wang Hui Ling and Tsai Kuo Jung) and exec produced “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” which received Academy Award nominations for adapted screenplay and original song. He has also teamed with Ang Lee on “The Hulk” (as writer and producer); “Ride with the Devil” (which he adapted and produced); “The Ice Storm” (which he adapted and produced); “Sense and Sensibility” (as co-producer); “Eat Drink Man Woman” (as co-writer and associate producer); “The Wedding Banquet” (which he co-wrote and produced); and “Pushing Hands” (as producer).

He also received WGA noms for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “The Ice Storm.”

Prior to the formation of Focus, Schamus was co-prexy of Good Machine, which he co-founded in 1991. He exec produced “The Brothers McMullen,” “What Happened Was…,” “Poison,” “AutoFocus,” “Buffalo Soldiers,” “Happiness,” “The Myth of Fingerprints,” “Office Killer,” “Walking and Talking” and “Safe.”

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