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AAA Terjenian-Thomas Internship Alumnus Michael Agbabian Honored with a 2016 Writers Guild Award

Updated: Jul 7, 2021


Michael Agbabian (second from left) and fellow writers of NBC’s Hollywood Game Night after receiving a 2016 Writers Guild Award.

By Mihran Toumajan

Armenian Agenda Western Region Bureau Chief

LOS ANGELES, CA – The Armenian Assembly of America (Assembly) congratulates and salutes Assembly Terjenian-Thomas Internship Program alumnus and distinguished entertainment industry producer, Michael Agbabian, who was the recent recipient of the 2016 Writers Guild Award in the category of “Quiz and Audience Participation.”

The 2016 Writers Guild Award West Coast Ceremony took place at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles on Saturday, February 13, 2016. The ceremony was hosted by actor Patton Oswalt. Agbabian and colleagues Alex Chauvin, Ann Slichter, Dwight D. Smith, and Grant Taylor earned the recognition as writers for the television comedy series and game show on the NBC network, Hollywood Game Night, hosted by award-winning actress Jane Lynch. Hollywood Game Night earned nominations in its category along with the ABC network’s long-running Jeopardy! game show. As Executive Producer of Hollywood Game Night, Agbabian has produced 31 episodes between 2013 and 2015.

Agbabian and business partner Dwight D. Smith are co-owners and co-presidents of Mission Control Media, an entertainment company specializing in the production of non-scripted television programs. Before starting their company in 2008, Agbabian and Smith produced programming for a wide range of television networks including NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, Oxygen, Bravo, MTV, Lifetime, and for national syndication.


Michael Agbabian with Armenian Assembly of America Terjenian-Thomas Internship Program interns in the summer of 1990 at former Assembly Board Chairman Hirair and Anna Hovnanian’s home in Red Bank, New Jersey.

Agbabian is a Los Angeles native and graduate of the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts. Agbabian participated in the Assembly’s Terjenian-Thomas Internship Program in 1990. He is the son of Assembly Fellow Trustees, Dr. Mihran and Elizabeth Agbabian.

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