Harvardwood, the Harvard University-sanctioned nonprofit, has announced the winners of its 2014 Writers Competition. This year’s honorees are Nicholas Paleologos, The Race for Television (feature screenplay); Anna Fishko, Baghdad (one-hour TV pilot); Kathleen Chen and William Brian Polk, Year Of The Tiger (half-hour TV pilot); and Paul D’Andrea, Win Win (one-act play). The writers, selected by a panel of television executives, writers, producers, agents and managers, were judged for excellence in categories that included marketability and originality. Each writer will receive a cash prize and a one-on-one mentorship with an industry pro. This year’s mentors include Carolyn Cassidy, SVP Comedy Development, Fox; Adam Fratto, EVP Pukeko Pictures/Weta Workshop; Nicky Weinstock, President, Invention Films, creative head of 10/90 Television at Lionsgate; and Pier Talenti, resident dramaturg/literary manager at Center Theatre Group.
In its previous three years, writers selected by the program went on to score agency representation at CAA, ICM, Circle of Confusion, Management 360 and Echo Lake. Previous feature category winner Capture, is in post production with Circle of Confusion producing. Three pilots have been sold, including Helix to SyFy and Allegiance to ABC. Participating writers have gotten gigs on Fox’s Family Guy, NBC’s Community, USA’s Covert Affairs, FX’s Justified, HBO’s The Newsroom. TNT’s Perception, and CW’s The Tomorrow People. The organization is open to Harvard alumni, students, faculty, and staff as well as non-Harvard-affiliated figures in the arts, media and entertainment.