Broadcast Quality:
The Top 20 Best Written TV Series

Broadcast QualityAs a follow up to the 101 Greatest Screenplays announced in 2006, the Writers Guild of America recently revealed the 101 Best Written TV Series, “honoring the most outstanding television writing of the past seven decades and spotlighting the writers who crafted the acclaimed TV shows that helped shape our lives.”

The Writers Guild Foundation Library and Archive are thrilled to join the commemoration with Broadcast Quality — an online exhibit featuring script excerpts and development materials from the top 20 of the Guild’s 101 Best.

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Silver Screenwriting Laurels

Screen Laurel Medallion

Philip Dunne’s Screen Laurel Award

A tradition now sixty years in the running, the Writers Guild of America’s Screen Laurel Award is given annually to a Guild member who has “advanced the literature of the motion picture through the years, and who has made outstanding contributions to the profession of the screen writer.”

To remember and celebrate this congregation of creative talent, the Writers Guild Foundation Library and Archive presents the first installment of the Silver Screenwriting Laurels exhibition series.  The exhibit highlights a selection of recipients over the decades along with samples of their work.

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On the Shoulders of Giants:
Early Writers Guild History

The Writers, ca. 1930. The members pictured include Preston Sturges (front row, far left).

From its incarnation in July 1920 as the Screen Writers’ Guild to officially being recognized as a labor union in 1933 and the merge with radio and television writers in 1954, the Writers Guild blazed a trail as the first union in the entertainment industry.

Prominent members in the early days included: James M. Cain, Raymond Chandler, Julius and Philip Epstein, Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Dashiell Hammett, Lillian Hellman, John Howard Lawson, Dorothy Parker, Preston Sturges, and Billy Wilder.

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Scribble to Screen

The handwritten drafts in the Writers Guild Foundation collections reveal the creative magic behind the unforgettable screen moments.

From the hilarious “There’s no crying in baseball!” in A League of Their Own to the snappy Bogart and Bacall banter of Han and Leia in The Empire Strikes Back, the pages offer a rare glimpse at how writers develop stories and characters.

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