The Writers Guild of America has added two new media categories to its WGA awards and will present the inaugural trophies at its awards ceremonies on Feb. 5.
The new awards — Outstanding Achievement in Writing Original New Media and Outstanding Achievement in Writing Derivative New Media — were announced Friday.
The WGA also said that the new-media writing would have to be performed under a guild contract — a condition also required for most other WGA awards. New media jurisdiction and compensation were the signature issues of the WGA strike in 2007-08.
“Digital media is an exciting new stage for writers, a platform from which we can present our work instantly to the entire world,” said WGA East president Michael Winship. “As we build and expand our presence there, the new awards recognize the opportunities digital media offers and celebrate the artistry and skill our members bring to it.”
John Wells, president of the WGA West, said, “New media writers play an essential role in entertaining, educating, and engaging audiences in the digital arena.”
Submissions are being accepted through Nov. 23 and nominations will be announced Jan. 11.
To be eligible for entry, the program or episode must have first been exhibited on a new media platform between Dec. 1 and Nov. 30.