UPDATE: For those who inquired about application rules: Because of Humanitas’ limited staff, there will be no open submission. Writers can submit scripts through their agents, Humanitas-affiliated film schools or any of the Humanitas board of directors or board of trustees members or other TV showrunners who want to pitch them. There is no age limit for the applicants.
PREVIOUS: Humanitas is launching a New Voices initiative designed to help up-and-coming writers trying to break into the business. It includes agreements with 20th Century FOX TV, NBC Universal, CBS, ABC Studios, Lionsgate and HBO Entertainment to develop a total of twelve TV pilots by emerging writers. Each company has made blind commitments to buy two scripts, each of which will be written under the supervision of a member of Humatitas’ Board of Trustees. “We are extremely pleased with the wonderful support the industry has given the Humanitas New Voices, which pairs gifted writers with our Humanitas Trustees, who are among the most acclaimed and successful TV and film writers and producers working today,” said Humanitas President John Wells. The Humanitas Board of Trustees consists of Paris Barclay (In Treatment), Greg Berlanti (Brothers & Sisters), Cindy Chupack (Sex & the City), John Eisendrath (Alias), Kirk Ellis (John Adams), Brad Falchuk (Glee), Tom Fontana (Oz), Howard Gordon (24), Marc Guggenheim (No Ordinary Family), Hart Hanson (Bones), Winnie Holzman (Wicked), David Hudgins (Parenthood), Jason Katims (Friday Night Lights), Richard LaGravenese (The Horse Whisperer), Bill Lawrence (Cougar Town), Ali LeRoi (Everybody Hates Chris), Steve Levitan (Modern Family), Damon Lindelof (Lost), Paris Qualles (The Tuskegee Airmen), Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy), David Shore (House), Robin Swicord (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), Matt Tarses (Scrubs), Patric Verrone (Futurama), Greg Walker (The Defenders) and David Zabel (Detroit 1-8-7).