"Masters of Sex" Showrunner and Author Nominated for Scripter Award for Adapation of Book; Faces "Game of Thrones" and Others in the Battle of TV Literary Adapts. Touche, George R.R. Martin!

Michelle Ashford and Thomas Maier at
the "Masters of Sex"writers' room in LA.
Director Michael Apted directed this episode
based on Michelle's script.
Always fun to visit with Michelle
   Congratulations to Michelle Ashford on being nominated along with myself for a USC Scripter Award for Masters of Sex Episode 312 "Full Ten Count," which is adapted from the book.
   The Scripter honors both the author and the screenwriter of books adapted into a movie or television series. This is the first time that television shows have been eligible for the 28-year-old Hollywood award. (In recent years, the Scripter has been an early indicator of who will win the Oscar for screenwriting). 
   The winners will be announced on Saturday, Feb. 20th in ceremonies at the Edward L. Doheny Jr. Memorial Library at the University of Southern California. My wife Joyce and I will be attending the black-tie Hollywood event.

Helen Mirren and Taylor Hackford are serving as honorary chairs of the event.


"Since 1988, the USC Libraries Scripter Award has honored each year's best adaptation of the printed word to film. Scripter celebrates writers and writing, collaboration, and the profound results of transforming one artistic medium into another. It stands as an emblem of libraries' ability to inspire creative and scholarly achievement. In 2016 the USC Libraries inaugurate a new Scripter award, for television adaptation. Nearly 80 shows are eligible, almost as many as feature films, and the Scripter Selection Committee will recognize the vitality of this genre at the awards show."

Here's the list of nominees:


Game Of Thrones
Screenwriters David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, for the episode "Hardhome," adapted from the fantasy series "A Song of Ice and Fire" by George R. R. Martin
HBO and Bantam

The Leftovers
Damon Lindelof and Jacqueline Hoyt for the episode "Axis Mundi", based on the novel by Tom Perrotta
HBO and St. Martin's Press

The Man In The High Castle
Frank Spotnitz for the episode "The New World," based on the novel by Philip K. Dick
Amazon and Putnam

Masters Of Sex
Michelle Ashford, for the episode "Full Ten Count," based on the biography by Thomas Maier, "Masters of Sex: The Life and Times of William Masters and Virginia Johnson, the Couple Who Taught America How to Love"
Showtime and Basic Books

Show Me A Hero
Screenwriters William F. Zorzi and David Simon, based on the nonfiction book by Lisa Belkin
HBO and Little, Brown and Company


The Big Short
Screenwriters Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, adapted from Michael Lewis's nonfiction work "The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine"
Paramount Pictures and W.W. Norton

Novelist Colm Tóibín and screenwriter Nick Hornby
Fox Searchlight and Viking

The End Of The Tour
Screenwriter Donald Margulies, adapted from David Lipsky's memoir "Although of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself: A Road Trip with David Foster Wallace"
A24 and Broadway Books

The Martian
Novelist Andy Weir and screenwriter Drew Goddard
Twentieth Century Fox and Crown Publishing Group

Emma Donoghue for the novel and screenplay
A24 and Little, Brown and Company