Lifetime Achievement Award 2007 – Mardik Martin

Mardik Martin is an American screenwriter of Armenian descent, and he belongs to the elite group of screenwriters on WGA’s list of 101 Greatest Screenplays ever written. He met Martin Scorsese in 1961 at the NYU, they became close friends and started working together on Scorsese’s early projects “It’s Not Just You, Murray!” and the “Season of the Witch” which ultimately became “Mean Streets”. Mardik moved to Hollywood after the “Mean Streets” (1973), which he co-wrote with Scorsese. He wrote screenplays for Chartoff-Winkler Productions in the following years, and collaborated with Scorcese again, on “The Last Waltz” (1978), before writing the first three drafts of “Raging Bull (1980)”.