Writer to receive Herb Sargent Award on Feb. 7

The Writers Guild of America East has tapped Norman Stiles to receive its Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence.

Stiles will be feted at the WGA Awards ceremony on Feb. 7 at the Hudson Theater in Gotham. He’s won a dozen Emmys for his work on “Sesame Street” and “Between the Lions.”

As the head writer of “Sesame Street,” Stiles oversaw more than 2,000 scripts, supervised a staff of 15 to 20 writers, authored or co-authored many “Sesame Street” books and wrote or co-wrote many of the show’s songs. He’s co-creator and co-executive producer of “Between the Lions.”

Stiles was also a writer for “Merv Griffin’s Late Night,” a co-creator with Mel Brooks of “When Things Were Rotten” and a writer and executive on “Fernwood 2-Night” and “America 2-Night.”

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