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TV vet has her day at WGA

Labine to receive this year's Burkey award

The Writers Guild of America East has tapped daytime TV veteran Claire Labine to receive this year’s Evelyn F. Burkey Award.

Kudos will be presented at the Feb. 19 WGA Awards, held simultaneously at the Pierre Hotel in New York and the Palladium in Hollywood. Kate Mulgrew will present the award, given to acknowledge contributions that have brought honor and dignity to writers everywhere.

Award is named after Burkey, who helped found the WGA East in 1954 and was exec director until her retirement in 1972. Past recipients include Martin Scorsese, Arthur Miller, Sidney Lumet, Colin Callender, Tom Fontana, Walter Cronkite and Horton Foote.

“Claire’s success in taking her drive and vision and instilling those traits in writers both on the shows and as a mentor has resulted in 10 Emmys and 13 Writers Guild Awards for excellence,” said WGA East president Herb Sargent. “She has an incredible talent for recognizing the potential in new writers and seeing that they reach their full capabilities.”

Labine began her pro career in 1966 as a staff writer for “Captain Kangaroo” and then became a scriptwriter for the CBS daytime serial “Where the Heart Is” and “Love of Life.” She and Paul Avila Mayer created, produced and wrote for ABC’s “Ryan’s Hope.”

She also wrote movies of the week for ABC, NBC and CBS along with writing and producing the feature “Lovespell.” Other credits include writing for “General Hospital,” “One Life to Live” and “Guiding Light.”

Labine served on the WGA East Council for 19 years with three terms as VP. She’s also a recipient of the Jablow Award for service to the guild.

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