James L. Brooks has been selected as the recipient of the Writers Guild of America West’s 2018 Laurel Award for Screenwriting Achievement.He will be honored at the 2018 Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Feb. 11 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills."James L. Brooks looms large for writers in our business," said WGA West president David A.. Goodman. "His movie scripts walk a razor’s edge; they are comedies that are tinged with tragedy, they have moments of absurdity...
When you have as many hits as Brooks, it’s hard to quantify the biggest success. Is it the game-changing quality of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” or “The Simpsons”? The critical and commercial successes of movies “Broadcast News,” “Terms of Endearment” and “As Good as It Gets”?
Brooks started in TV in the mid-1960s writing for multiple series, including “My Mother the Car” and “That Girl” before creating “Room 222” in 1969 and then co-creating “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” with Allan Burns in 1970.
“For that show great people walked through that door and kept on coming as we added characters,” Brooks told Variety in 2016. “We were very lucky because the time we came on everything was happening around us. The whole female revolution thing was happening. It was great for stories, it seeped in. Our timing and what was happening to the culture was great.”
In 1979, Brooks moved into film, writing and producing “Starting Over.” In 2016 Brooks served as a producer on the film “Edge of Seventeen.” The Producers Guild of America selected him to receive the 2017 Norman Lear Achievement Award in television at the 28th Annual Producers Guild Awards in 2017. He is currently producing the independent film “Icebox.”