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WGA adds new-media awards

Two categories introduced

The Writers Guild of America has added two new-media categories — writing original new media and writing derivative new media — to the WGA Awards.

Inaugural trophies will be presented at its awards ceremonies Feb. 5.

The WGA said the new-media writing would have to be performed under a guild contract — a condition required for most other WGA awards.

New-media jurisdiction and compensation were the signature issues of the WGA strike in 2007-08.”Digital media is an exciting new stage for writers, a platform from which we can present our work instantly to the entire world,” said WGA East president Michael Winship. “As we build and expand our presence there, the new awards recognize the opportunities digital media offers and celebrate the artistry and skill our members bring to it.”

John Wells, president of the WGA West, said, “New media writers play an essential role in entertaining, educating, and engaging audiences in the digital arena.”

Submissions are being accepted through Nov. 23 and nominations will be announced Jan. 11. To be eligible for entry, the program or episode must have first been exhibited on a new-media platform between Dec. 1 and Nov. 30.

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