Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference (AFF), the premier festival that champions the writers’ contributions to film, television, and new media, announced Emmy® Award winner Larry Wilmore as the recipient of its 2018 Outstanding Television Writer Award at the 25th Annual Austin Film Festival this October 25 – November 1.
Wilmore has been a television producer, actor, comedian, and writer for more than 25 years. He’s written for In Living Color, The PJ’s (which he co-created with star Eddie Murphy), The Office (where he appeared as Mr. Brown, the diversity consultant) and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In 2001, Wilmore created The Bernie Mac Show which ran for five seasons on FOX and earned him an Emmy Award in 2002 for “Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series” as well as a 2001 Peabody Award. Recently, Wilmore helped launch ABC’s Black-ish as an executive producer and he also serves as the co-creator and consulting producer on HBO’s Insecure which he developed with star Issa Rae.
On camera, Wilmore is known for his memorable appearances as the “Senior Black Correspondent” on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the host of Comedy Central’s critically praised The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, which debuted in January 2015 and ran for nearly two years.
Wilmore will join previously announced awardees Roger Corman (Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking), Tony Gilroy (Distinguished Screenwriter), and Daniel Petrie, Jr.(Heart of Film) at the 25thannual Awards Luncheon on Saturday, October 27th. Awardees join already confirmed panelists for this year’s Writers Conference, includingMegan Amram, John August, Lindsey Beer, Wendy Calhoun, Mary Coleman, Lindsay Doran, Lee Eisenberg, Nicole Holofcener, Rick Jaffa, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Nicole Perlman, Amanda Silver, and Linda Woolverton. The full list can be found at www.austinfilmfestival.com.