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Casady set to produce WGA show

Show in talks to broadcast on basic cable

HOLLYWOOD — The Writers Guild of America West has tapped Emmy-winning writer-producer Cort Casady exec producer of its upcoming WGA Awards show on Feb. 19.

Guild said it and Casady are talking to basic cable and broadcast outlets about airing the 57th annual ceremony. A one-hour version of this year’s WGA show aired on the Starz Encore pay channel.

Casady produced the “AFI Lifetime Achievement Award” tributes to Meryl Streep and Robert De Niro, the 2003 “Soap Opera Digest Awards,” an “Evening of Stars Tribute to Quincy Jones,” ‘The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards” and “The TV Guide Awards.”

Casady received an Emmy for “New York at Night Starring Clint Holmes,” a daily live variety-talk series he created. Among his other series credits are “Great American Celebrity Spelling Bee” on Fox, the original “Star Search” variety contest, the CBS reality-comedy series “Small Talk” and the weekly environmental newsmag “Network Earth.”

Casady has been a guest writer on “Saturday Night Live” and was co-creator with Jim Byrnes of the miniseries “Kenny Rogers as the Gambler.”

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