British writer Nimer Rashed has won the 2006 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting award for his script The Great McGinty. The award, run by the organisation behind the Emmy's, is open to non-US citizens living outside the US who are under 30.
In addition to receiving a cheque for $2,500, Nimer's script will be performed by a group of professional New York actors at the International Emmy World Television Festival before an audience of worldwide television executives.
In the early 90s Nimer acted professionally on stage and screen. In 2006, his play Itchycoo Park won 2nd place at Soho Theatre’s Westminster Prize and was performed at the theatre. He has had further readings at the Soho Theatre, and is currently on the Young Writers Programme at the Royal Court. His fiction has appeared in Transmission and on Pulp Net.