Guild taps Council member for Richard B. Jablow award

The Writers Guild of America East has tapped David Steven Cohen as the recipient of the Richard B. Jablow award for service to the guild.

Former WGA East president Chris Albers and WGA East Foundation president Tom Fontana, who received the award jointly in 2009, will present the award at the 62nd annual Writers Guild awards ceremony Feb. 20 at New York City’s Hudson Theatre.

Jablow helped found the WGA East, authored its constitution, and served as its first counsel.

Cohen is serving his second term on the WGA East Council, is a member of the Animation Caucus and chaired the awards committee from 2004 through 2009, during which time he was also head writer and exec producer of the awards ceremony.

Cohen began writing with Steve Martin’s 40 Share Productions, then worked on “Pee-wee’s Playhouse,” “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose,” “ALF,” “Living Single” and “Courage the Cowardly Dog,” for which he was head writer. As exec producer of Nickelodeon’s “The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss, he won a WGA award and received two Emmy noms, and recently earned a WGA nod for Disney Channel’s “Phil of the Future.”

Cohen is a frequent contributor to the PBS series “Arthur” and co-wrote the animated feature Balto, produced by Steven Spielberg. He also the libretto for the opera “Lilith.”

Past recipients of Jablow award include Catherine Twohill, Gail Lee, Warren Leight, James Schamus, Ruth Gallo, Stephen Schiff, Richard Wesley, Michael Winship, Herb Sargent, Edward Adler, Marc Siegel, Claire Labine, Jerome Coopersmith, Ernest Kinoy, Loring Mandel and Ellen Violett.

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