or


[08/25/08 - 02:38 PM]
Humanitas Prize Announces New Finalists and Welcomes New President, New Venue and New Vision
"It is extremely gratifying to play a role in recognizing and honoring these Humanitas finalists," said incoming president John Wells.

[via press release from Humanitas Prize]

HUMANITAS Prize Announces New Finalists and Welcomes New President, New Venue and New Vision

Writer-producer John Wells assumes top spot as ceremony moves to Beverly Hills

Los Angeles, CA � August 25, 2008. The finalists for this year's HUMANITAS Prize were announced today by John Wells, the new HUMANITAS Prize President. A total of $95,000 in prize money will be handed out at the annual luncheon on September 17 in the Crystal Ballroom at The Beverly Hills Hotel. This marks a new date and locale for the prize. Since 1974, Humanitas has honored feature film and television writing that explores the human condition in a way which affirms the dignity of the human person and reveals common humanity.

"It is extremely gratifying to play a role in recognizing and honoring these Humanitas finalists," said John Wells. "The work of these writers is truly inspiring." "The HUMANITAS Prize is proud of the work we've done and the life-affirming film and television writing we've championed over the past three decades," said Cathleen Young, Executive Director of the Prize. "But at a time when we have an exciting new location in the heart of Beverly Hills, it is also important that we look to the future. We believe that John Wells, a groundbreaking writer, producer and director and a proven leader in the entertainment industry, is the man who can carry us into the future�and we'll begin to realize that future at the upcoming luncheon when we roll out our new vision for Humanitas."

One of the most prolific and acclaimed creators in television, John Wells begins his presidency this year. Writer/Producer Wells' work has included ER, The West Wing, Third Watch, and China Beach. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including six Emmys, five George Foster Peabody Awards, five Producers Guild of America Awards, two Golden Globes, nine People's Choice Awards, and a HUMANITAS Prize, which he won for The West Wing. Through his Warner Bros-based production company, he has been involved in numerous feature films, including I'm Not There, White Oleander, The Good Thief, Duma, Far From Heaven, One Hour Photo, Mrs. Harris, The Notorious Bettie Page, Infamous, and A Home at the End of the World. Wells served as the president of the Writers Guild of America, West from 1999 to 2001. Wells is taking over for Frank Desiderio, C.S.P., who has been president of the HUMANITAS Prize since 2000. Desiderio will become chairman of the board, but he will continue in many of his current duties. In addition to his work for HUMANITAS, he has served as executive producer for both made for television movies and documentary projects.

"Humanitas is close to my heart," said Frank Desiderio. "I care deeply about our mission. When we honor writers who write life affirming stories, we help move our culture forward. We are very happy to have John Wells as our new president." The 2008 Humanitas Prize finalists include three writers who received Academy Award nominations for their screenplays: Ronald Harwood (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Nancy Oliver (Lars and the Real Girl), and Best Original Screenplay winner Diablo Cody (Juno). Among the other finalists are three-time Humanitas Prize winner David E. Kelly, who in the past has won for his TV series The Practice and Picket Fences and was this year nominated for an episode of Boston Legal. In the 30-, 60- and 90-minute categories, the programs saluted cover a broad spectrum, from the HBO miniseries John Adams to the cable-TV series The Wire, In Treatment, and The Bill Engvall Show, to the network series Scrubs (a previous Humanitas winner) and Boston Legal. For the first time, The Hollywood Reporter is funding a new Humanitas documentary award ($5,000 prize) to be announced at the luncheon.

The 2008 HUMANITAS Prize finalists are:

Feature Film Category ($10,000)

THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY Written by: Ronald Harwood

JUNO Written by: Diablo Cody

LARS AND THE REAL GIRL Written by: Nancy Oliver

90 Minute Category ($10,000)

BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE Written by: Daniel Giat

CHARLIE & ME Written by: Karen Lagasse Struck

A LIFE INTERRUPTED Written by: John Wierick

PICTURES OF HOLLIS WOODS Written by: Ann Peacock, Daniel Petrie, Jr. & Camille Thomasson

60 Minute Category ($10,000)

BOSTON LEGAL: "Roe V. Wade, The Musical" Written by: David E. Kelly & Susan Dickes (teleplay); David E. Kelly, Susan Dickes & Jill Goldsmith (story)

JOHN ADAMS: "Part 1" Written by: Kirk Ellis

THE WIRE: "Late Editions" Written by: George Pelecanos (teleplay); David Simon & George Pelecanos (story)

30 Minute Category ($10,000)

THE BILL ENGVALL SHOW: "Aloha Raffles" Written by: Kathy Ann Stumpe

IN TREATMENT: "Sophie Week 2" Written by: Sarah Treem

SCRUBS: "My Long Goodbye" Written by: Dave Tennant

Children's Animation Category ($10,000)

MY FRIENDS TIGGER & POOH: "Eeyore's Sad Day" Written by: Brian Hohlfeld

SWEET BLACKBERRY PRESENTS: "The Journey Of Henry Box Brown" Written by: Karyn Parsons

TODDWORLD: "Come Out Of Your Shell" Written by: Don Gillies

Children's Live Action Category ($10,000)

JOHNNY KAPAHALA: "Back On Board" Written by: Ann Austen, Douglas Sloan, Max Enscoe & Annie DeYoung (teleplay); Ann Austen & Douglas Sloan (story)

MINUTEMEN Written by John Killoran (teleplay); David Diamond & David Weissman (story)

SHEIRA & LOLI'S DITTYDOODLE WORKS: "Sacrifice" Written by David Lawrence, Bill Rodman & Cory Rosenberg

Sundance Feature Film Category ($10,000)

HENRY POOLE IS HERE Written by: Albert Torres

A RAISIN IN THE SUN Written by: Paris Qualles

THE VISITOR Written by: Tom McCarthy

The David & Lynn Angell Fellowship in Comedy Writing ($10,000)

FAIR: Written by: Cameron Porsandeh

MCKELLAR HALL: Written by: Nik Blahunka & Marcy Holland

The Humanitas Student Drama Fellowship ($10,000)

HEROES: "The Cure" Written by: Marla DuMont

HOUSE: "Witch Is It" Written by: Katherine F. Lovejoy

The Documentary Award ($5,000)

To be announced at the luncheon.

The HUMANITAS Prize money will be awarded at a luncheon on September 17 in the Crystal Ballroom of the Beverly Hills Hotel, which is located at 9641 Sunset Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210. This marks a change from recent years, when the Prize luncheon has been held at the Hilton Universal Hotel each June or July. Over the past three decades, more than $2.8 million in prize money has been awarded. HUMANITAS Prize winners have included numerous films and television shows that have changed the landscape of entertainment by exploring the complexities of the human experience and shedding light on the positive values of life. They include: Richard LaGravenese (Freedom Writers); Hanif Kureishi (Venus); Paul Haggis & Bobby Moresco (Crash); Peter Morgan (Longford); Greg Garcia (My Name is Earl); Keir Pearson & Terry George (Hotel Rwanda); Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Lackawanna Blues); Michael Kang (The Motel); John Wells (The West Wing); Tony Kushner (Angels in America); Antwone Fisher (Antwone Fisher); Niki Caro (Whale Rider); David E. Kelley (The Practice); Steven Bochco (Hill Street Blues); Alan Alda (M*A*S*H); Horton Foote (William Faulkner's OLD MAN); Steven Zaillian (Schindler's List); Tim Robbins (Dead Man Walking); Matt Damon and Ben Affleck (Good Will Hunting); Aaron Sorkin (Sports Night, The West Wing), and Kenneth Lonergan (You Can Count on Me).

For more information, please visit the website at www.humanitasprize.org





  [august 2008]  
S
M
T
W
T
F
S
     


· BILL ENGVALL SHOW, THE (TBS)
· BOSTON LEGAL (ABC)
· BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE (HBO)
· CHARLIE & ME (HALLMARK)
· HEROES (NBC)
· HOUSE (FOX)
· IN TREATMENT (HBO)
· JOHN ADAMS (HBO)
· LIFE INTERRUPTED, A (LIFETIME)
· PICTURES OF HOLLIS WOODS (CBS)
· SCRUBS (ABC)
· WIRE, THE (HBO)





[01/18/19 - 05:27 PM]
CBS to Double Up on "Fam" This Coming Thursday, January 24
Look for original episodes at both 8:30/7:30c and 9:30/8:30c.

[01/18/19 - 02:51 PM]
Aubrey Plaza Hosts the 34th Film Independent Spirit Awards
The 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards will air live exclusively on IFC at 2:00 pm PT/ 5:00 pm ET on Saturday, February 23.

[01/18/19 - 12:28 PM]
New Entertainment Network Cleo TV Debuts on Saturday, January 19 with Aspirational Lifestyle Programming for Millennial Women of Color
As previously announced, Cleo TV will be broadly distributed on Comcast Xfinity.

[01/18/19 - 11:09 AM]
Watch Season 1 of "Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television*" for Free on YouTube Until February 13, 2019
Said stunt is in anticipation of the show's second season launch on January 30.

[01/18/19 - 11:00 AM]
"Big Brother: Celebrity Edition" Returns with Multiplatform Coverage
"Celebrity Big Brother After Dark" premieres on Pop on Tuesday, January 22 (12:00-3:00 AM, ET/PT) with continuous live, late night coverage seven nights a week leading into the finale.

[01/18/19 - 10:56 AM]
All-New "Unsolved Mysteries" Coming to Netflix as a Global Original Documentary Series
This modern take on the classic series will maintain the chilling feeling viewers loved about the original, while also telling the stories through the lens of a premium Netflix documentary series.

[01/18/19 - 10:50 AM]
Video: Trailer - Hulu Original Comedy "PEN15"
All 10 episodes will premiere Friday, February 8, only on Hulu.

[01/18/19 - 10:43 AM]
First Look of Nicole Maines as the DC Character "Dreamer"
The costume will be first glimpsed on the January 27 episode of "Supergirl."

[01/18/19 - 10:02 AM]
History to Premiere Eight-Part Event "Jesus: His Life" on Monday, March 25
Each of the eight chapters is told from the perspective of different biblical figures, all of whom played a pivotal role in Jesus' life including Joseph, John the Baptist, Mary Mother of Jesus, Caiaphas, Judas Iscariot, Pontius Pilate, Mary Magdalene and Peter.

[01/18/19 - 09:16 AM]
Video: New Trailer Released - truTV Season 2 of "At Home with Amy Sedaris"
This season, Sedaris welcomes an impressive list of guest stars, including: Rose Byrne, Matthew Broderick, Justin Theroux, Susan Sarandon, Gillian Jacobs, Juliette Lewis, Ellie Kemper, Fred Armisen, Michael Shannon and more!

[01/18/19 - 08:15 AM]
Thursday's Broadcast Ratings: CBS Tops Viewers, Splits Demos with ABC
The Alphabet's "A Million Little Things" gets a boost behind "Grey's Anatomy" on its new night.

[01/17/19 - 01:07 PM]
Netflix Reveals "You," "Sex Education" Each Viewed by 40 Million Members; Spanish Language "Elite" Draws 20 Million
Said details mark another rare release of viewership data by the streaming service.

[01/17/19 - 12:30 PM]
Freeform Sets "A Stage for Everyone" at Second Annual Freeform Summit on March 28 in Hollywood
This year, the theme for the event will be a reimagined beauty pageant, providing "a stage for everyone" to have a voice, be ambassadors of change and tell stories that matter.

[01/17/19 - 12:15 PM]
Animal Planet's "The Zoo" Continues to Deliver an All-Access and Exclusive Look at the Bronx Zoo
This season the unscripted docuseries will feature animals and staff at all five Wildlife Conservation Society parks in New York City - the Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Zoo and New York Aquarium.

[01/17/19 - 12:01 PM]
Golden Globe Winner "The Kominsky Method" Returns for Season 2!
Season two will consist of eight episodes and production is slated to begin late January in Los Angeles.