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Aaron Sorkin to Receive 2010 Final Draft, Inc. Hall of Fame Award
CALABASAS, CA — October 11, 2010, — Aaron Sorkin, influential and iconic screenwriter of A Few Good Men, The West Wing, and the upcoming The Social Network (Oct. 1), will receive the 2010 Final Draft, Inc. Hall of Fame Award on Oct. 14 in Beverly Hills. Mr. Sorkin also graces the cover of the Sept./Oct.
2010 issue of Script. To read an excerpt of the article click here.
Final Draft, Inc., publisher of Final
Draft®, the #1-selling scriptwriting software and Script magazine,
will be hosting its annual corporate event at The Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, CA where Mr. Sorkin will be honored as the sixth annual Hall
of Fame Award
recipient. This award is given by Final Draft, Inc. to an entertainment
industry luminary who fosters the art of scriptwriting and inspires the creative
"We always look forward to
this event and the opportunity to thank our business partners and professional
users who have supported us since the beginning," says Marc Madnick, founder
and CEO of Final Draft, Inc. "But this year, it is a real honor to induct Aaron Sorkin, a writer whose work I truly admire, to the Final Draft, Inc. Hall of Fame."
Final Draft, Inc. will also
honor the top-three winners from the 11th annual Big Break International
Screenwriting Contest. The winners are flown in for the event where the first,
second and third-place winners will be revealed for the first time.
The Big Break Contest
supports emerging creative talent and reinforces the Final Draft, Inc. mission
to advance and provide industry access to writers. The Big Break Contest
rewards screenwriters with over $30,000 in cash and prizes plus A-list
executive meetings. Past winners and finalists have had their screenplays
optioned and produced and have secured high-profile representation as well as
lucrative writing deals.
"Our contest provides a huge
opportunity for up-and-coming writers to showcase their talent. We're happy to be
able to facilitate their endeavors," states Final Draft, Inc. Vice President of
Events and Publications, Shelly Mellott.
The event will take place on
Thursday, October 14th at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills, CA from 7:00-10:00 p.m. In attendance will be A-list writers, reputable industry
executives, and entertainment industry business owners.
About Aaron Sorkin:
AARON SORKIN graduated from Syracuse University with a B.F.A. in Theatre in 1983. He made his Broadway playwriting
debut at the age of 28 with the military courtroom drama, A
Few Good Men, for which he received the John Gassner Award as Outstanding
New American Playwright. The following year saw his off-Broadway play, Making
Movies, and in 2007
he returned to Broadway with The Farnsworth
Invention, directed by Des McAnuff.
His film adaptation of A
Few Good Men was nominated for
four Academy Awards®, including Best Picture, and five Golden Globes, including
Best Screenplay. He followed this success with the screenplays for Malice,
starring Alec Baldwin and Nicole Kidman, and The
American President, starring Michael Douglas and Annette Bening. Mr. Sorkin
produced and wrote the television series Sports
ABC for two years, winning the Humanitas Prize and the Television Critics
Association Award. He spent the next four years writing and producing the NBC
West Wing, winning the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series all four
years. For his work on The West Wing,
Mr. Sorkin also twice received the Peabody Award and the Humanitas Prize, and
three Television Critics Association Awards. He also won a Golden Globe, a
Writers Guild Award, and three Producers Guild Awards.
In 2006, Mr. Sorkin wrote
and produced the NBC television series Studio
60 on the Sunset Strip. He also wrote the 2007 film Charlie
Wilson's War, directed by Mike Nichols and starring Tom Hanks, Philip
Seymour Hoffman and Julia Roberts. Mr. Sorkin's latest film, The
Social Network, is about the formation of Facebook. Opening on October 1,
the film is directed by David Fincher and stars Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew
Garfield, and Justin Timberlake. He recently adapted Moneyball,
directed by Bennett Miller and starring Brad Pitt, which is currently in
production at Sony. Mr. Sorkin has acquired the rights to The
Politician, the best-selling book by Andrew Young about the downfall of
former Senator John Edwards. Mr. Sorkin will adapt the book and make his
directorial debut with The Politician, which he will also produce.
About Final Draft, Inc.:
Final Draft, Inc. was
founded in 1991 to develop a scriptwriting program that allows the writer to
concentrate on the creative process and not on Hollywood's stringent formatting
rules. Since then, Final Draft has become the Hollywood professional's
choice and the world's #1-selling scriptwriting program.
For more information about Final Draft, Inc., visit www.finaldraft.com.