WGA West honors writer with toon prize

Emmy-winning writer Stan Berkowitz has been selected as winner of the 12th annual Animation Writing Award from the WGA West’s Animation Writers Caucus.

The guild noted that the kudo, to be presented Thursday night in ceremonies at WGA West headquarters, recognize his prolific career and creative contributions as well as efforts to organize animation on behalf of the Writers Guild of America. Other recipients include Brad Bird, Al Jean, Jules Feiffer, Alan Burnett, Paul Dini, Michael Reiss and Linda Woolverton.

“While Stan has built an acclaimed writing career bringing superheroes to the screen, he’s a real-life superhero to the animation writing community – not only helping to raise the profile of animation writers through his many creative gifts, but also by playing a lead role in the guild’s ongoing efforts to organize animation writing,” said WGA West president John Wells.

Berkowitz won daytime Emmys for “Batman Beyond” and “The New Batman/Superman Adventures” and has been nommed seven times for daytime and once for primetime. He most recently served as story editor for “The 99,” covered by a WGA pact; other TV animation credits include “Legion of Super Heroes,” “Transformers: Animated,” “Superman,” “Spider-Man,” “Justice League,” “Ben 10” and story editor for “Friends and Heroes,” a WGA-covered animated series for the BBC.

Berkowitz’s live-action credits include “Dragnet: The 90’s,” “Power Rangers: Space Patrol Delta,” “The New Adam 12,” “Players,” “Grand Slam” and “T.J. Hooker.” Screenwriting credits include “Street Corner Justice” and “Acapulco Gold.”

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