Harvardwood, the entertainment-industry networking group for Harvard grads, has named winners of its annual writers competition and what it calls the Most Staffable TV Writers. The competition winners are:
- Ryan P. Shrime won the feature category for his coming-of-age dramedy Please Don’t Die; Peter Lim was runner up for his horror-comedy Werewolves Of New London;
- Nick Baker won the TV Pilots category for crime thriller Lullaby, and runner up is Joy Goodwin for one-hour drama The Underground.
- Mustapha Kahn won the Shorts category for coming-of-age dramedy Blanchin.
The group also named its Most Staffable TV writers, which included Baker again, as well as Adam Prince, for his drama pilot Ark, and Drew Housman, for his comedy pilot Think Tank.
Winners were chosen by a panel of industry professionals. Each writer will receive a one-on-one mentorship, and Competition winners will also receive a cash prize.
This year’s mentors include: Andy Cadiff – Director, Hot In Cleveland, Home Improvement; Carolyn Cassidy – SVP, Comedy Development, Fox; Jonathan Collier – Executive Producer, Bones; Nancy Cotton – SVP, Programming, Fox Television Studios; Adam Fratto – Exec. VP, Pukeko Pictures / Weta Workshop; Couper Samuelson – President of Features for Blumhouse; Craig Turk – Executive Producer, The Good Wife; and Nicky Weinstock – President, Invention Studios; Creative Head, Lionsgate’s Direct-to-Series Comedies.
Recent participants have had four pilots sold to networks, including Helix, which has been renewed for a second season at SyFy. Participants also have been added to the writing staffs of more than a dozen shows.