(July 27, 2000 – Burbank, CA) – Aaron Sorkin, the award-winning executive producer and creator of television’s most critically-acclaimed new drama “The West Wing” and the Emmy-nominated “Sports Night,” has signed a four-year development and production deal with Warner Bros. Television, it was announced today by Peter Roth, President, Warner Bros. Television. Under the new deal, Sorkin will continue to serve as executive producer and writer for “The West Wing,” while developing new television projects exclusively for the studio. “Aaron Sorkin is one of the most gifted and unique writer/creators in television today,” said Roth. “His work has been recognized by audiences and critics alike and his presence adds yet another jewel to the Warner Bros. crown.” “It’s nice to be given tenure,” said Sorkin. “Peter Roth and Warner Bros. have been exceptionally supportive of ‘The West Wing,’ and it’s good to know I’ve got a home there for a while.” In its freshman year, “The West Wing” has garnered 18 Primetime Emmy nominations, including ‘Outstanding Drama Series.’ Sorkin also received two nominations for ‘Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.’ Additional honors for “The West Wing” include the prestigious Peabody Award, The Humanitas Prize, three Television Critics Association Awards and a Golden Globe nomination in the ‘Best Television Series, Drama’ category. In 1989, Sorkin received the Outer Critics’ Circle award as Outstanding American Playwright for “A Few Good Men” and followed that with the off-Broadway comedy “Making Moves.” His screen adaptation of “A Few Good Men” was nominated for four Academy Awards and five Golden Globes, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay. Sorkin received his second Golden Globe nomination for “The American President.” His screenplay for “Malice” was nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe Award by the Mystery Writer’s Association of America.
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