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Quibi’s ‘#FreeRayshawn’ wins WGA Award for Screenplay by Marc Maurino – Deadline

Quibi #FreeRayshawn, written by Marc Maurino, won the Writers Guild Award for Original & Adapted Short Form New Media.

The victory had a very different feel to it last September, when the show won two Creative Arts Emmy Awards in a breakthrough for the startup, which earned 10 Emmy nominations. A month after that bright spot, Quibi said it was shutting down after failing to gain traction during Covid-19 and burning off most of its $ 1.75 billion funding. In January of this year, Roku announced that it had acquired the Library from Quibi, which plans to start streaming it later in 2021.

In his acceptance speech, Maurino thanked the WGA and “my fellow writers, who know the tyranny of the blank page”. He also thanked the show’s executive producer Antoine Fuqua and cast members including Laurence Fishburne, Cephas Jones and Stephan James.

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Quibi creator Jeffrey Katzenberg, who won Creative Arts Emmys acclaim, was not mentioned among the two dozen names in the speech. The famous studio director and co-founder of DreamWorks spent three years on the stub of the streaming service, the failure of which proved a rare career misstep.

Six months ago, despite signs of progress from the Emmy, host Jimmy Kimmel roasted Quibi on last fall’s Emmy main show, calling him “the dumbest thing that ever cost a billion.” of dollars”. WGA Awards host Kal Penn decided to give the late streaming service one last shot in his opening monologue.

“This year has been full of big changes,” he said. “Most of the writers’ rooms went virtual and moved to Zoom, which nobody saw coming. Quibi failed, which everyone saw coming.

Watch Penn’s full opening monologue above. (In a parallel universe, the three-minute segment could air on Quibi.)

Created by Maurino, #FreeRayshawn focuses on Rayshawn (played by James), a young black Iraq war veteran. He finds himself in a bind with a SWAT team, after an incident with undercover cops leads to unintended and fatal consequences. Trapped in his apartment with his wife (Jones) and child, Rayshawn turns to social media and a sympathetic police lieutenant (Fishburne), in an attempt to clear his name.

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