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WGA taps Goldberg for comedy honors

Scribe to receive guild's Herb Sargent Award

The Writers Guild of America East has tapped Gary David Goldberg as the recipient of its Herb Sargent Award for Comedy Excellence.

Goldberg will receive the kudo at the 62nd annual Writers Guild Awards ceremony on Feb. 20 at New York City’s Hudson Theatre. The award was created in 2006 in honor of Sargent, who was president of the WGA East for 14 years, and has been given to Norman Stiles, Lorne Michaels and James L. Brooks.

Goldberg broke into the business at MTM, first as a writer on “The Bob Newhart Show,” then as story editor and producer on “The Tony Randall Show,” producer of “Lou Grant” and creator and exec producer of “The Last Resort.” In 1981, he formed UBU Prods., which created “Family Ties,” “Brooklyn Bridge” and “Spin City,” produced in association with DreamWorks.

Goldberg made his feature film debut in 1989 as writer, producer and director of “Dad.” His films include “Bye Bye Love” and “Must Love Dogs.” In 2008, he published his first book, “Sit, Ubu, Sit: How I Went From Brooklyn to Hollywood with the Same Woman, the Same Dog, and a Lot Less Hair.”

Goldberg won an Emmy and Golden Globe as producer of “Lou Grant,” an Emmy as writer of “Family Ties,” two Writers Guild Awards, a Peabody Award, and five Humanitas Awards. He was awarded the 1991 Producer of the Year kudo from the Producers Guild of America and the 1998 Valentine Davies Award from the WGA West.

Much in the spirit of the late, great Herb Sargent, through his long and accomplished career, Gary David Goldberg has not only shared his creativity and wit with millions of happily entertained viewers, he also has mentored countless colleagues who have been educated and inspired by his example,” said WGA East president Michael Winship.

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