David Simon, whose credits include “The Wire,” “Treme” and “Homicide: Life on the Street” — has been tapped as the recipient of the Ian McClellan Hunter Award for career achievement from the Writers Guild of America East.
“David Simon’s distinguished career is a celebration of his ability to combine the street smarts of the cityside newspaper reporter he once was with the creative imagination of a novelist,” said WGA East president Michael Winship. “He crafts compelling stories about the heartache and strife of urban America, depicting both the humanity of those who live and work there and the too often pitiless indifference of its institutions.”
The kudo will be presented at the 66th Annual Writers Guild Awards in New York on Feb. 1. Wendell Pierce, who starred in “The Wire” and “Treme” will make the presentation.
Simon, a member of the WGA East since 1995, was the creator and head writer of “The Wire” and a producer on the sixth and seventh seasons of “Homicide: Life on the Street.” He exec produced the mini-series “Generation Kill” and co-created and exec produced “Treme.”
In 2010, he received a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Grant.”
Recent recipients of the Hunter award include David Koepp, Claire Labine, Frank Gilroy, Alan Zweibel, John Patrick Shanley and Andrew Bergman.