The writers will be competing for $145,000 in prize money to be handed out at the annual luncheon which will be held on Tuesday, June 26, 2007 at the Hilton Universal Hotel. The HUMANITAS Prize was created 33 years ago to reward great writing for television and film.
“At HUMANITAS, we believe writers are the true power behind the supertanker known as Hollywood and they don’t always get the respect they deserve,” commented Cathleen Young, Executive Director of the HUMANITAS Prize. “So every year, we get to acknowledge the contributions of some of the most talented writers in this town. And in doing so, we get to shine a light on stories that pack a powerful punch — sometimes with laughter, sometimes with tears — stories that tell us the truth about where we’ve been, where we are and where we’re going. In the world we live in today, we feel that is crucial.”
Writer Larry Gelbart will receive the 2007 Kieser Award and deliver the keynote address at this year’s luncheon. “Larry is a tremendous talent who possesses breathtaking vision and creativity. We are honored to give him the Kieser Award which recognizes an individual whose work promotes a deeper appreciation for the dignity of each member of the human family. Larry’s work epitomizes that goal,” stated Frank Desiderio.
The HUMANITAS Prize finalists are:
Feature Film Category ($25,000)
AMAZING GRACE Written by: Steven Knight (Samuel Goldwyn Films and Roadside Attractions)
FREEDOM WRITERS Screenplay by: Richard LaGravenese (Paramount Pictures)
VENUS Written by: Hanif Kureishi (Miramax Films)
For more information, please visit the HUMANITAS Prize website at