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'Treme' creator David Simon to be honored at Austin Film Festival

June 30, 2010 | 10:25 am

David Simon, creator of HBO's "Treme" and "The Wire," will receive the outstanding television writer award at this year's Austin Film Festival.

Simon will receive the award at the festival's award luncheon on Oct. 23 at the Austin club. He will also speak on panels during the Texas fest.

In addition to creating "The Wire," Simon, a former reporter for the Baltimore Sun, was executive producer, head writer and showrunner for the acclaimed drama. He developed the HBO miniseries "The Corner," which was based on his book, "The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner-City Neighborhood," and adapted the book "Generation Kill" about a battalion of Marines in Iraq during 2003 into an HBO miniseries.

Previous recipients of the award include Mitchell Hurwitz ("Arrested Development"), Greg Daniels ("The Office"), David Chase ("The Sopranos") and Garry Shandling ("The Larry Sanders Show"). 

-- Greg Braxton
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