Award recognizes 'Jaws' writer's service to the guild

The Writers Guild of America West has tapped Carl Gottlieb to receive its Morgan Cox Award, recognizing service to the guild.

Gottlieb will be presented with the kudo at the Writers Guild Awards’ West Coast ceremony Feb. 20 at the Century Plaza.

Previous recipients include Mel Shavelson, George Kirgo, Del Reisman, Frank Pierson, Daryl G. Nickens, Don M. Mankiewicz, and most recently, Larry DiTillio.

“Beyond being a talented writer and a very, very funny man, Carl Gottlieb personifies what it means to be a truly active, engaged Writers Guild member,” said WGA West prexy John Wells. “This honorary service award salutes Carl’s tireless efforts and countless hours spent in service to the guild over the past three decades to help empower his fellow writers, improve their working conditions and raise writers’ profile within the industry.”

Gottlieb co-wrote the “Jaws” screenplay with Peter Benchley based on Benchley’s novel. He served on the WGA West board of directors in 1983-91 and 1996-2002 and as VP in 1991-95 and 2004-05.Gottlieb has been on the faculty at USC, Columbia and the American Film Institute.

Gottlieb also served as the chair of the International Affiliation of Writers Guilds from 2005 through 2009 and served on numerous committees including awards show, nominating and co-chair of the negotiating committee in 1987-88, 1997-98 and 2007-08.

His other screenwriting credits include “Jaws 2,” “Jaws 3-D,” “Which Way Is Up?,” “The Jerk,” “Dr. Detroit” and “Caveman.” TV credits include “The Odd Couple,” “The Bob Newhart Show” and “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” for which he shared an Emmy in 1969 for Variety-Music Program.

He wrote “The Jaws Log” and co-authored “Long Time Gone, The Autobiography of David Crosby.”

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