Jennifer Mitchell/Splash News
12/21/2007 at 12:50 PM EST
Another awards show will go on, despite the writers' strike. The Office
star Rainn Wilson will host Film Independent's annual Independent Spirit Awards honoring indie films.
The writers' union granted a waiver to the show, which will air live on the Independent Film Channel Feb. 23. Wilson, a Writers Guild of America member, will contribute to the writing on the program.
"The Spirit Awards and Film Independent have a long-standing, positive relationship with the Writers Guild," Film Independent executive director Dawn Hudson said, according to the Hollywood Reporter
. "We've worked over many, many years to have parity for writers as they're represented on our show."
The WGA rejected requests for similar waivers from organizers of the Golden Globes and Academy Awards, both of which may be impacted if the strike is not resolved. The Jan. 8 People's Choice Awards was forced to change formats
due to the strike.