Duo to receive WGA’s Jablow prize

Albers, Fontana honored by guild

Chris Albers and Tom Fontana have been tapped to receive the Writers Guild of America East’s Richard B. Jablow Award.

The award was created in honor of Jablow, who helped found WGA East, authored its constitution and served as its first counsel. Albers and Fontana will receive their awards at the 61st annual awards ceremony Feb. 7 at the Hudson Theatre.

Albers served as president and Fontana as VP of the WGA East from 2005 to 2007. During that time, the two worked to broker the agreement that ended the long-running hostilities between WGA East and WGA West. “Albers and Fontana personify what the Jablow Award is about: service and dedication to the Writers Guild East and its membership,” said WGA East president Michael Winship.

During Albers’ term as president, the WGA organized Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” and “The Colbert Report.” He’s also been a monologue writer since 1995 at “Late Night With Conan O’Brien,” winning an Emmy and six WGA awards.

Fontana is president of the WGA East Foundation. He’s also written and produced for “St. Elsewhere,” “Homicide: Life on the Street” and “Oz,” for which he received three Emmys.

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