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Screenwriter TONY MOTON, a former columnist at the Omaha World-Herald, the Las Vegas Mercury, and a 1998 graduate of UNL's MA program in journalism, won second place in the 2003 Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards for his screenplay "All Bets Are On," the story of the relationship between a twelve-year-old Little League baseball player and his philandering grandfather, set during the summer of 1969 in Chicago. Previous Goldwyn winners include such outstanding film directors and writers as Allison Anders, Francis Ford Coppola, Pamela Gray, Colin Higgins, Eric Roth, and novelist Jonathan Kellerman. After working at The Omaha World-Herald as an entertainment and pop culture columnist from 1991-1999, Moton accepted a teaching fellowship at Drake University and the Des Moines Register. From 2000 to 2001 he worked as an investigative reporter at Pitch Weekly, an alternative newspaper in Kansas City, Mo, winning an award from the Kansas City Press Club. He went to the Las Vegas Mercury in January 2002, covering news, sports, and dance music, and earned top sports writing honors twice from the Nevada Press Association. He was accepted into UCLA’s MFA program in Screenwriting in September 2002.

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