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Creator of 'The Wire' -- Who's Also the Writer Behind 'Homicide: Life on the Street' -- to Get His Due Variety

The creator, head writer and showrunner of the acclaimed HBO series "The Wire" has been selected to receive a career achievement honor.

Variety reports that David Simon, who also co-created HBO's “Treme” with Eric Overmyer and wrote the book behind NBC's "Homicide: Life on the Street," was named by the Writers Guild of America East as the recipient of its Ian McClellan Hunter Award.

“David Simon’s distinguished career is a celebration of his ability to combine the street smarts of the cityside newspaper reporter he once was with the creative imagination of a novelist,” WGA East President Michael Winship said. “He crafts compelling stories about the heartache and strife of urban America, depicting both the humanity of those who live and work there and the too often pitiless indifference of its institutions.”

Simon was also a writer and producer on NBC's "Homicide," and executive produced the 2008 miniseries "Generation Kill" and the 2000 HBO miniseries "The Corner."

The award will be presented by “The Wire” star Wendell Pierce Feb. 1 at the 66th Annual Writers Guild Awards in New York, the story notes. Simon has been a member of WGA East since 1995.

Previous recipients of the Hunter Award include Alan Zweibel, John Patrick Shanley and Claire Labine.

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