Writer/director Phil Alden Robinson will receive the 1994 Valentine Davies Award from the Writers Guild of America, West. The Guild said the award is presented to a member whose “contributions to the entertainment industry and the community-at-large have brought dignity and honor to writers everywhere.”
He will receive his award during the 46th annual Writers Guild award ceremonies, to be held March 13 at 5 p.m. at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
Robinson was one of a group of entertainment people who traveled to Somalia and Bosnia in 1992, under invitation from the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. He has since returned to that area on his own and has written and directed several documentaries about the fighting in Sarajevo that were aired on “Nightline.”
Robinson has also been active in an industry effort to secure moral rights for U.S. film artists.
He will also be one of the first Hollywood writers to develop a major motion picture on the troubles in Sarajevo. The film will be distributed by Universal Pictures, where Alden has a production deal.
Among his film credits are “Sneakers” (co-writer), “Field of Dreams,””In The Mood,” and “All of Me.”