The Writers Guild of America West has tapped John Wells to receive its Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television for his body of work.
Nod will be presented at the Writers Guild Awards Feb. 11 at the Century Plaza Hotel.
“John’s place in the pantheon of television writers and creators is secure and yet he continues to earn it anew every award season,” said WGA West president Patric Verrone. Wells has been the primary creative force behind “ER,” “The West Wing,” “Third Watch” and “China Beach.” He’s been nominated six times for WGA Awards and has won six shared Emmys — four for drama series for “The West Wing,” one for drama series for “ER” and one for special class program for “The West Wing Documentary Special” in 2002.
Wells also won five Peabody Awards — one for “China Beach,” one for “ER,” one for “Third Watch” and two for “The West Wing.” In 2005, Wells received the Humanitas Prize for “West Wing” episode “NSF Thurmont.”
Wells also served as president of the WGA West from 1999-2001.
Previous Laurel Award recipients include Steven Bochco, Larry Gelbart, Rod Serling, David E. Kelley, Susan Harris and Stephen J. Cannell.