Melvoin is set to receive the award at the guild’s West Coast ceremony on Feb. 14 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
“The breadth and depth of Jeff Melvoin’s contribution to the WGAW over the past dozen years has few equals,” said WGA West president Chris Keyser. “Though it is by no means his only legacy, the Showrunner Training Program is the rightful pride of this guild.”
Melvoin has been co-founder and chair of the guild’s Showrunner Training Program from its inception in 2005 in partnership with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.
Melvoin’s executive producer credits include “In Justice,” “Alias,” “Going to California” and “Picket Fences.” He also served as supervising producer of “Northern Exposure,”for which he wrote 18 episodes and received an Emmy.
He also wrote segments for “Hill Street Blues” and “Remington Steele.”
Melvoin served on the WGA West’s board in 2001-04 and has been head of the Writers Education Committee since 2002.
He has taught screenwriting at the USC School of Cinematic Arts and UCLA Extension and been a visiting lecturer at Harvard.
Previous recipients include George Kirgo, Del Reisman, Frank Pierson, Carl Gottlieb, Patric M. Verrone, Daniel Petrie Jr. and Thomas Cook.