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Weiner of ‘Mad Men’ to get AFF award

Staff Writer
Austin 360

Matthew Weiner, the creator of AMC’s “Mad Men,” will receive the Austin Film Festival’s Outstanding Television Writer Award at the annual festival and conference, which takes place Oct. 23-30.

Weiner has been nominated for 11 Emmys for writing a drama series. He won the award for the series pilot, as well as for the Second Season episode, “Meditations in an Emergency,” with Kater Gordon, and for the Third Season episode, “Shut the Door. Have a Seat.” with Erin Levy.

Previous winners of the television writer award include Vince Gilligan, David Simon, Chris Carter, David Milch, Mike Judge, Garry Shandling, David Chase and Mitch Hurwitz.

The festival previously announced that Jim Sheridan will be honored at this year’s festival with the Distinguished Screenwriter Award.

The festival, which focuses on screenplays, also announced Tuesday several panelists for the conference. They include Neil LaBute, Terry George, Cary Fukunaga, William Broyles, Whit Stillman and Michelle Ashford.