WGA announces new media noms

Winners to be announced on Feb. 19

The Writers Guild of America has announced seven nominations in its two new media awards categories plus five for videogame writing.

The WGA, which made the announcement Wednesday, will disclose the winners at its awards shows in Los Angeles and New York on Feb. 19.

Nominations in original new media writing went to “Aim High” by Heath Corson & Richie Keen; “Debt Ceiling” by Daryn Strauss; and “Jack in a Box” by Michael Cyril Creighton.

Derviative new media nods went to segments of “Jack Donaghy: Executive Superhero,” based on “30 Rock” and written by Tom Ceraulo; “Mortal Kombat: The Web Series,” written by Todd Helbing & Aaron Helbing; episodes of “Sons of Anarchy,” written by Kurt Sutter & Gladys Rodriguez; and segments of “The Walking Dead” with teleplay by John Esposito and story by John Esposito and Greg Nicotero.

It’s the second year of WGA new media writing awards, which require that work be written and produced under a WGA collective bargaining agreement with the guild determining writing credits. Judging is conducted by a panel of guild members selected for their experience in the genre.

Noms for vidgame writing included Ubisoft’s “Assassin’s Creed: Revelations,” Interactive Entertainments’s “Batman: Arkham City,” Besthesda Softworks’ “Brink,” Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment’s “Mortal Kombat” and Sony Computer Entertainment’s “UNcharted 3: Drake’s Deception.”

The nomination for “Assassin’s Creed: Revelations” named a total of 13 names including story by Alexandre Amancio, Jean Guesdon, Corey May, Darby McDevitt; multiplayer story by Stephane Blais, Richard Farrese, Jeffrey Yohalem; lead script writer Darby McDevitt; script writers Richard Farrese, Nicholas Grimwood, Corey May, Jeffrey Yohalem; Greek and Turkish ambient dialogue writer Vincenzo Beretta.

Other nominated writers announed Wedesday: for “Batman: Arkham City,” lead narrative designer Paul Crocker; story written by Paul Dini, Paul Crocker and Sefton Hill; for “Brink,” lead writer Edward “Bongoboy” Stern; for “Mortal Kombat,” story by John Vogel, Brian Chard, Dominic Cianciolo, Alexander Barrentine, Jon Greenberg; for “Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception,” written by Amy Hennig.

The WGA videogame awards, judged by members active in the field, are in their fifth year. Works must contain separate writing credits and credited game writers must have been or must have applied to become members of the WGA’s Videogame Writers Caucus at the time scripts were submitted.

Unlike its screenplay and new media awards, the WGA doesn’t require that the videogame work be performed under its jurisdiction to be eligible.

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