LOS ANGELES, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- Emmy Award-winning writer William Blinn has been honored with the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television, the Writers Guild of America West said.
Blinn will receive the lifetime achievement award during the WGA West's annual awards ceremony in Los Angeles on Feb. 7, Daily Variety reports.
In making the announcement, WGA West President Patric M. Verrone credited Blinn with changing "the face of television."
"He has credits that few can match and all can envy," Verrone said.
Variety said Blinn counts among his TV credits "The Big Valley," "Bonanza," "Rawhide," "Starsky & Hutch," "Gunsmoke," "Fame" and "Eight is Enough."
His Emmys were for his work on "Roots" and "Brian's Song." His silver screen credits include co-writing the script for Prince's "Purple Rain."