Screenwriting couple receives 15th Annual Hunter Zakin Award

UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television (UCLA TFT) has named screenwriters and UCLA alums Cormac and Marianne Wibberley as the recipients of the 15th Annual Lew and Pamela Hunter/Jonathan and Janice Zakin Chair Holder in Screenwriting Award.

The award was given to the Wibberleys on Weds., May 21 at UCLA TFT’s James Bridges Theater. The evening included a screening of Disney’s National Treasure, with a Q&A following.

The Hunter/Zakin Chair Holder in Screenwriting Award was established in 1999 by San Francisco businessman Jonathan N. Zakin and requires that the recipient teach a 10-week screenwriting seminar at UCLA TFT. Zakin is a member of UCLA TFT’s Executive Board, and Lew Hunter is an emeritus professor in UCLA TFT’s prestigious screenwriting program.

A selection of the Wibberley’s writing credits include National Treasure and National Treasure: Book of Secrets. Additional work includes the Sony action-adventure I Spy starring Eddie Murphy and Owen Wilson, as well as Charlie’s Angel’s: Full Throttle starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore and Lucy Liu.

The Wibberleys, who have been a writing team for 20 years, are currently working on projects at Paramount and Fox.

The 2013 Hunter Zakin Award recipient was Academy Award-winner Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J. Edgar). Past recipients include Dan Pyne (The Sum of All Fears, The Manchurian Candidate), Ed Solomon (Charlie’s Angels, Men in Black), Caroline Williams (Arrested Development, Up All Night, Modern Family, The Office) Felicia D. Henderson (Fringe, Gossip Girl), Mike Werb (Face/Off, The Mask), Michael Colleary (Face/Off), and Sacha Gervasi (The Terminal), among others.

Posted: May 22, 2014