The Writers Guild of America West has tapped Seth Freeman and Susannah Grant to receive the Valentine Davies Award for contributions to the entertainment industry and community at large. Freeman and Grant will draw the nods at the WGA’s West Coast awards ceremony Feb. 5 at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood. Past recipients include Phil Alden Robinson, Norman Lear, Neal Baer, Larry Gelbart, Tom Schulman, Carl Reiner and Victoria Riskin.
“Beyond the social and cultural impact their often topical bodies of work have made, Seth and Susannah’s ongoing personal service has made a real difference to many in the entertainment industry, our community and the world,” said WGA West prexy John Wells. “Embodying the best qualities of Writers Guild members, both of these deserving honorees continue to accomplish extraordinary efforts that positively impact not only people’s lives but entire communities.”
Freeman most recently created the ABC Family series “Lincoln Heights” and has won three Emmys. He’s written, produced, directed and/or created more than 300 hours of TV movies and series, with writing credits on “The Waltons,” “The Blue Knight,” “Rhoda,” “Phyllis” and “Doc” and writing and producing “Lou Grant.”
Freeman serves as chair of the WGA West’s Television Credits Committee and the Television Credits Review Committee. He has served on the Board of Advisors of the Rape Treatment Center in Santa Monica and has traveled to Guatemala as part of a task force of the Pacific Council on International Policy.
Grant’s credits include “Erin Brockovich,” “The Soloist,” “28 Days,” “In Her Shoes” and “Charlotte’s Web.” Grant wrote and made her directorial debut with “Catch and Release” and was a writer-producer-director on “Party of Five.”
She served on the WGA’s negotiating committee in 2007 and has served as an adviser for the Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters Lab and a board member of Street Poets Inc. and has been involved with Hopital Albert Schweitzer Haiti, a hospital that was founded by her grandparents in Haiti.