“It’s very flattering but also surprising, since I feel like I still have a lot more to do,” he says.
Verrone will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards’ West Coast ceremony on Sunday at the Hollywood Palladium, joining the ranks of such scribes as Carl Gottlieb (screenwriter of “Jaws”) and Frank Pierson (“Dog Day Afternoon”). His professional career’s been in the realm of “The Late Show,” “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson,” “The Larry Sanders Show,” “The Simpsons” and “Futurama.”
“With all due respect to ‘Futurama,’ the best was working with Johnny Carson since I never had to explain to anyone what the show was about,” he muses.
Verrone’s particularly pleased at being part of the WGA’s efforts to expand jurisdiction into the Fox animated shows, Comedy Central and the Tyler Perry shows. “Getting writers into the WGA has been incredibly satisfying,” he says.
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Verrone’s involvement with organizing animation in the 1990s led to his election to the board in 1999, serving two terms as secretary-treasurer and two as president including the 2007-08 strike, followed by another term on the board before losing the presidency to Christopher Keyser last fall.
The demands of “Futurama” and raising three children with his wife, Maiya Williams, keep him plenty busy. “As my kids get older, I’m more than OK with having other people take on guild service.”
Verrone’s also pleased that animation writer Mike Reiss will intro him Sunday. “Mike’s one of the funniest people I know so that makes my speech much easier,” he adds.
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