On Sunday, December 3rd, UW alumnus James G. Hirsch will receive the Caucus Lifetime Achievement Award from the Caucus of Producers, Writers and Directors at the organization’s 35th Annual Awards Dinner.
The Caucus is an organization that has worked to “elevate the quality and diversity of television and new media and to protect the creative freedom of the creative community.” For over forty years the organization has worked toward those ends, and now awards James Hirsch for his longtime commitment to the cause.
Hirsch’s commitment to television and film does not begin and end with the Caucus, however. He has decades of experience and success as a writer-producer of television, and he is a founding partner of International Studio Group, LLC. He has also served many years on the Communication Arts Partners alumni board and as an adjunct professor for the Department of Communication Arts.
Since 2005, Hirsch has taught the advanced media production seminar Com Arts 609 – Screenwriting: Adaptations to bright and hardworking students at UW-Madison. Each fall semester, he spends countless hours poring over script drafts in order to give his students the best advice he can. When Hirsch leads class, he offers his lively and frank expertise to help students take scripts from their infant stages to fully-fledged adaptations. The course has been highly sought after for over a decade, in large part because of Hirsch’s command of the course and commitment to its students.
The Caucus and the Department of Communication Arts are lucky to have James Hirsch as a member and friend, and the department congratulates him on receiving such a high honor.