‘The Simpsons’ Sam Simon Tapped for Writers Guild Animation Award

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Trophy to be presented Thursday

Sam Simon, who co-developed Fox’s “The Simpsons,” has been selected as the recipient of the Writers Guild of America West’s Animation Writers Caucus Writing Award.

The trophy, recognizing contributions to animation writing, will be presented Thursday at the caucus awards ceremony at WGA West  headquarters. “The Simpsons” executive producer Al Jean will present the award and WGA West president Chris Keyser will introduce the event.

“Sam Simon taught me everything about animation writing, and even more about life,” Jean said.

Simon co-wrote nearly a dozen “Simpsons” episodes during his tenure on the show, also serving as co-showrunner and character designer. After departing the series in 1993, he retained an executive producer credit for nearly 500 episodes over the series’ 24-year run.

“Sam Simon had a distinguished career as a television writer, working on shows like ‘Taxi,’ ‘Cheers’ and “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show,’ but when he turned to writing animation, he helped to give birth to something which changed the landscape of television and has given him a legacy that will live forever,” said AWC chair Craig Miller.

Simon has shared seven Emmy Awards for “The Simpsons” and two Emmys for his work on “The Tracey Ullman Show.”

Previous AWC Animation Writing Award honorees include Matt Groening, Mike Reiss, Brad Bird, Linda Woolverton, Stan Berkowitz, Mike Scully, Jules Feiffer, Patric Verrone and the late Dwayne McDuffie and Earl Kress.

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  1. Raw Ink says:

    The cat in the above picture is my daughters pet named Fortune Cookie. Some months ago he started having problems eating. I checked him out and found a growth in the rear of his mouth. We took him to a Animal Hospital who wanted to operate to remove the growth and see if it was cancer; they wanted almost $800. I need not say that is a lot of money to spend on a cat, but as pets often become, Fortune Cookie had become a member of the family. We couldn’t bear to let the cat suffer so I asked the Vet what could be done to relieve the pain until I could raise the money. They prescribed antibiotics and steroids at a cost of $100. I could afford that and Fortune Cookie received the shots. The cat who had lost all energy and was drooling from its mouth instantly got better. We knew this would not last so I set out to fine an organization that would help pay for the operation. After a lot of web research and phone calls we found a mobile Animal Hospital whose services are free. The name is the ‘Sam Simon Organization’, owned by some rich Hollywood animal lover who pays this Veterinarian to travel around city to city in this motor home assisting those who otherwise could not afford animal medical attention. At the time I had no idea who Sam Simon was. As it turned out our cat did not have cancer but rather a bad tooth ache. Seems Siamese cats are known to reject their own teeth. After the Veterinarian performed the surgery, I wanted to know who it was who helped us out, and as I already announced when I posted Fortune Cookies picture Sam Simon is one of the original creators of the Simpsons. A sad ending to this story is Sam is dying from cancer himself. Digging deep within myself I searched for the right words to both express my gratitude and share with all of you. My daughter really loves this cat and I believe allowing a child to have a pet helps to develop proper emotional behavior and gives parents an opportunity to teach their child to be responsible. The earths animals help balance the beauty of life and without them I think I be looking for another world to live in. What inspired Sam Simon to help pet owners probably has something to do with him being a pet owner himself, but whatever the reason, sure beats a drug habit which probably cost the same. The happiness Sam has given my daughter makes him a superman; I’m so ever grateful. I don’t know whose smile is bigger these days, Fortune Cookie or my daughter Nicole, each is worth a million. Sam Simon is truly a Super Hero. I can only image how many other smiles he made making our world a better place to live; and for that Sam Simon: I award you the Super Sam Simon Smile Award, thank you from all of us here in the Hairabedian Family

  2. Gina Powell says:

    Sam Simon is a creative genius. He deserves to be recognized for his writing talent. He is also a champion of animals. His foundation does incredible work for animals and people. A vegan and a voice for the animals. He is a responsible earthling.

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