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Austin, TX – August 28, 2018– Austin Film Festival & Writers Conference (AFF), the premier festival that champions the writers’ contributions to film, television, and new media, announced Emmy® Award winner Larry Wilmore as the recipient of its 2018 Outstanding Television Writer Award at the 25th Annual Austin Film Festival this October 25 – November 1.

Wilmore has been a television producer, actor, comedian, and writer for more than 25 years. He’s written for In Living Color, The PJ’s (which he co-created with star Eddie Murphy), The Office (where he appeared as Mr. Brown, the diversity consultant) and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. In 2001, Wilmore created The Bernie Mac Show which ran for five seasons on FOX and earned him an Emmy Award in 2002 for “Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series” as well as a 2001 Peabody Award. Recently, Wilmore helped launch ABC’s Black-ish as an executive producer and he also serves as the co-creator and consulting producer on HBO’s Insecure which he developed with star Issa Rae.

On camera, Wilmore is known for his memorable appearances as the “Senior Black Correspondent” on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the host of Comedy Central’s critically praised The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, which debuted in January 2015 and ran for nearly two years.

Wilmore will join previously announced awardees Roger Corman (Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking), Tony Gilroy (Distinguished Screenwriter), and Daniel Petrie, Jr. (Heart of Film) at the 25th Annual Awards Luncheon on Saturday, October 27th. Awardees join already confirmed panelists for this year’s Writers Conference, including Megan Amram, John August, Lindsey Beer, Wendy Calhoun, Mary Coleman, Lindsay Doran, Lee Eisenberg, Nicole Holofcener, Rick Jaffa, Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Nicole Perlman, Amanda Silver, and Linda Woolverton. The full list can be found at here.



Austin Film Festival (AFF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to furthering the art, craft and business of writers and filmmakers and recognizing their contributions to film, television and new media. AFF champions the work of aspiring and established writers and filmmakers by providing unique cultural events and services, enhancing public awareness and participation, and encouraging dynamic and long-lasting community partnerships. AFF is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and the Texas Commission on the Arts.All attendees and events are based on permitting schedules and are subject to change and/or cancellation without notice. To apply for press credentials, please complete this form. Badges and passes are available for purchase online at or by phone at 1-800-310-FEST.

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