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News Release: January 08, 2018

TV Writer-Producer Alison Cross to Receive WGAW’s 2018 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement

Alison Cross
Photo: Michael Jones
2018 Award Recipient

Veteran television writer-producer Alison Cross (Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story, Roe vs. Wade, Murder in the First) is set to receive the Writers Guild of America West’s 2018 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement, given to a Guild member who has “advanced the literature of television and made outstanding contributions to the profession of the television writer.”


Cross will be honored at the 2018 Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Sunday, February 11, at The Beverly Hilton.

“The Board of Directors is truly excited to give this award to such a skilled dramatist as Alison. She has a long and varied list of credits, but in all her scripts, whether on staff or as the sole creator, you hear the voice of a writer driven by the ideals of integrity and justice. Her impressive body of work has at times influenced society at large, and serves as an inspiration to all writers in the field,” said WGAW President David A. Goodman.

Cross is currently a co-executive producer on CBS’ S.W.A.T. series, and most recently served as an executive producer on The Good Fight, CBS All Access’ The Good Wife spinoff. Her recent TV credits include serving as a consulting producer on USA’s Queen of the South, as well as an executive producer on TNT’s legal crime drama series Murder in the First, which reunited her with writer-producer Steven Bochco. She also worked with Bochco on TNT’s Raising the Bar (as consulting producer), ABC’s Commander in Chief (as co-executive producer), and ABC’s legal drama series Philly, which she co-created with Bochco and served as co-executive producer.

Cross is perhaps best known for penning the acclaimed, ground-breaking 1995 telefilm Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story. She earned an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a Special, as well as a WGA Original Long Form nomination for her work on the true-life tale of a military officer’s legal challenge to fight her involuntary discharge after coming out as a lesbian.

She also penned the 1989 highly charged, still-topical telefilm Roe vs. Wade, for which she shared an Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama/Comedy Special, in addition to receiving an Emmy nomination (Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries or a Special) and garnering the WGAW’s inaugural Paul Selvin Award, given to a Guild member whose script “best embodies the constitutional rights and civil rights and liberties which are indispensable to the survival of free writers everywhere.”

Her screenwriting credits include co-writing the 1996 film Blood and Wine (Screenplay by Nick Villiers and Alison Cross, Story by Nick Villiers and Bob Rafelson), which co-starred Jack Nicholson and Michael Caine.

A Los Angeles native, Cross attended UCLA, where she received a B.A., followed by an M.J. with a specialization in documentary film.

Named after one of the most influential writers in entertainment history, the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement is the WGAW’s highest award for television writing. Past Television Laurel Award recipients include Steven Bochco, Susan Harris, Stephen J. Cannell, David Chase, Larry David, Diane English, Marshall Herskovitz & Ed Zwick, Joshua Brand & John Falsey, Garry Marshall, Shonda Rhimes, Marta Kauffman & David Crane, and most recently Aaron Sorkin.