WGAW honors ‘Simpsons’ writer

Mike Scully wins lifetime achievement award for animation

Mike Scully, longtime writer on “The Simpsons,” has won the lifetime achievement award for animation writing from the Writers Guild of America West’s animation writers caucus.

The WGA announced the kudo Wednesday, noting that the nod recognizes his prolific career, contributions to the craft of animation writing and efforts to organize animation writers. Recent honorees include Al Jean, Brad Bird, Michael Reiss, Linda Woolverton and Stan Berkowitz.

Award was presented to Scully on Wednesday night at the caucus’s annual awards ceremony at WGA West headquarters in Los Angeles.

“Whether penning episodes of ‘The Simpsons,’ one of the most acclaimed, influential and long-running series in TV history, or playing a key role in organizing the field of animation writing on behalf of the guild, Mike’s contributions to both the craft and business of animation writing make him more than deserving of this award,” said WGA West president John Wells.

Caucus chair Craig Miller noted that Scully is now in his 17th season on “The Simpsons.” “His high quality of writing is something we all aspire to,” he said.

Scully’s live-action TV writing credits include “Parks and Recreation,” “Everybody Loves Raymond,” “Complete Savages” and “The Pitts.” Latter two series were co-created with his wife, Julie Thacker-Scully.

He is consulting on “The Simpsons” and preparing to exec produce the animated series “Napoleon Dynamite” for Fox. He has won six Emmy Awards — five for “The Simpsons” and one for “Raymond.”

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