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Rick Hawkins

Rick Hawkins

Artist in Residence

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Education

  • B.A., Theatre Arts, Centenary College

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Screenwriting
  • Intermediate Screenwriting
  • Production III
  • Production IV
  • Advanced Screenwriting

Background

Rick Hawkins is an Emmy-winning screenwriter whose career in Hollywood includes successes as a producer, studio executive and international media consultant. Beginning with The Carol Burnett Show — where his now iconic “Went With the Wind” sketch contains the longest-sustained laugh in television history — Hawkins went on to pen the ABC telefilm, The Love Boat, which piloted the long-running series. Hawkins’ writing credits include landmark variety series and top-rated sitcoms and dramas, for which he has earned seven Emmy Award nominations and five WGA Award nominations. Hawkins has served as lecturer and teacher at the University of California Los Angeles and the University of Moscow, as well as the Television Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Warner Brothers Comedy Writing workshops.

Professional Affiliations

  • Television Academy
  • Writers Guild of America

Selected Artistic Works

  • Sister, Sister, Executive Producer, Writer
  • Major Dad, Executive Producer, Writer
  • Punky Brewster,Producer, Writer
  • The Carol Burnett Show, Writer
  • More than 600 episodes of TV series, two movies of the week, and six variety specials

Research Interest

  • Creating television programming internationally 

Selected Awards and Honors

  • Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series for The Carol Burnett Show
  • Seven Emmy Award nominations
  • Two Writers Guild of America Award nominations
  • Two Scott Newman Awards
  • Ten Writers Guild Nominations

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