WGA to honor Petrie

Two-time past prexy to receive Cox award

Two-time Writers Guild of America prexy Daniel Petrie Jr. will receive the guild’s 2013 Morgan Cox Award in recognition of longtime service at the Feb. 17 WGA Awards.

Current WGA prexy Christopher Keyser called Petrie “a remarkable man, distinguished for his creative accomplishments as an Oscar-nominated screenwriter, as a producer and as a director, and no less distinguished for his long and passionate commitment to the well-being of all writers” amid 25 years of guild service.

“He has guided us through difficult times,” Keyser said. “A champion of our fervent and often raucous democracy, with a quiet manner and a firm hand, Dan made our many voices our strength. In the process, he earned the respect of all who served with him. He has always had mine.”

A Writers Guild member since 1984 (when he was nominated for an Academy Award for his first produced script, “Beverly Hills Cop”), Petrie served as guild prexy from 1997-99 and 2004-05, as well as three terms as vice president (1995-97, 1999-01, 2004). Today, he is the Writers Guild Foundation’s programs veep.

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