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Kerry Washington, Channing Dungey and Chris Selak will judge Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards at UCLA

Finalists selected, with the winner to be announced Oct. 30

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The Samuel Goldwyn Foundation president John Goldwyn and vice president Tony Goldwyn announced today that Kerry Washington, Channing Dungey and Chris Selak have been named judges for the 62nd annual Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards, which recognize excellence in dramatic writing. The awards are available exclusively to students at UCLA.

Actress, producer and activist Kerry Washington is currently starring in her Emmy-, Golden Globe- and Screen Actors Guild Awards-nominated role as Olivia Pope in the hit ABC drama “Scandal.” Her recent credits include the Emmy-nominated HBO movie Confirmation, in addition to the Academy Award-nominated films “Django Unchained” and “Ray.”

Channing Dungey is president of ABC Entertainment. She joined the Disney-ABC Television Group in 2004 after a successful career as a feature film executive and producer. Dungey is a UCLA alumna, executive board member and visiting assistant professor at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

As Lionsgate’s executive vice president and head of worldwide scripted television, Chris Selak oversees creative development and programming for all of the company’s scripted television projects. She has helped assemble a prolific slate that includes “Orange Is the New Black,” “Dear White People,” “The Royals,” “Manhunt: Unabomber” and “Casual.”  

The finalists of the 2017 Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards are Liz Buda for “Zero Hour,” Godwin Itai Jabangwe for “R.O.V.E.R.,” Eric Mallory Morgan for “Hole in the Sky” and Joey Siara for “Goslinged.”

“The Goldwyn family has been a great friend to the University of California,” said Teri Schwartz, dean of the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. “They have contributed enormously to the education and development of our UCLA TFT students. We appreciate the Goldwyn family’s time, energy and unfailing enthusiasm for the success of our students and the next generation of storytellers. We are so very thankful for their commitment to continue the magnificent legacy of the Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards, which began more than 60 years ago.”

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