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D.C. Fontana Wins WGA Award

By Lisa
January 25, 2002 - 12:27 AM

One of the best known Trek writers, D.C Fontana is to be given a prestigious Writer's Guild award.

The writer will be presented with the Morgan Cox Award for service to the union, Variety reported today. She will be honoured by the Writer's Guild of America at a ceremony in March.

"As a result of her hard work over the years, Dorothy Fontana has made the Guild a better organisation," said WGAw President Victoria Riskin. "She richly deserves this recognition."

Fontana is best known for her science fiction writing, having penned episodes of Babylon 5, Earth: Final Conflict, as well as four Star Trek series - including the Animated Series. She worked as a story editor on the Original and Animated Series. Trek re-launched in 1987 with the Next Generation, where Fontana was instrumental in shaping the series through her position as associate producer. She wrote the premiere episode 'Encounter at Farpoint' which was nominated for a Hugo award. She has also written the first season Deep Space Nine episode 'Dax.'

The Morgan Cox Award is presented to a WGA member whose vital ideas, continuing efforts and personal sacrifice best exemplify the ideal of service to the Guild. This will be the second time Fontana has received the award. She was previously given the honour in 1997.

More information can be found here at the WGA web site or in this Variety report. Thanks go out to Jason Sheueckuk and Ryan Olson for this news.

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