Established in 1988, the USC Libraries Scripter Award is an honor bestowed annually by the USC Libraries Board of Councilors in recognition of the year's best adaptation of the printed word into film, and is given to both the author and screenwriter. In 2016, the USC Libraries inaugurated a new Scripter award, for television adaptation. Scripter celebrates writers and writing, collaboration, and the profound results of transforming one artistic medium into another. It stands as an emblem of libraries’ ability to inspire creative and scholarly achievement.
The award is presented at a black-tie gala each spring on the University of Southern California campus in the beautiful Los Angeles Times Reference Room of Edward L. Doheny Memorial Library. The Scripter ceremony provides visibility and support for the USC Libraries.
Eligible works are reviewed by a committee comprised of Writers Guild of America Members, Academy Award-winning and -nominated screenwriters, authors, film industry executives, faculty, and select members of the Friends of the USC Libraries. This selection committee narrows down the year's eligible films to five nominees and then chooses that year's best adaptation of the printed word into film.
The USC Libraries actively support the discovery, creation, and preservation of knowledge. We inspire students, collaborate with faculty, and engage researchers from around the world, cultivating an appreciation of the knowledge of the past and its role in informing the scholarship of the future. In so doing, we contribute to the continued success of the University of Southern California. The proceeds from Scripter support the USC Libraries’ services, collections, and programs that inspire and inform the achievements of the university’s faculty, students, and staff.