Three up-and-coming individual writers and two writing teams have been selected as winners of the 2013 Humanitas’ New Voices program. Each of the five will receive a $25,000 grant and write a television pilot under the supervision of veteran series showrunners Jason Katims, David Shore, Jay Kogen, David Zuckerman and Alan Ball. Humanitas also announced a major expansion of its student award program. Through a partnership with 20th Century Fox Television, the winner of the Humanitas Student Drama Fellowship will receive a freelance script assignment for a Fox TV show, in addition to the existing $10,000 cash prize. Also the prize for the Angell Comedy Fellowship will increase to $20,000 (from $10,000), courtesy of The Angell Foundation. Here’s the full list of New Voices winners, their mentors and studios.
• SJ Hodges —Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights,” “Parenthood”), NBCUniversal
• Carlito Rodriguez—David Shore (“House,” “Hack”), Sony Pictures Television
• Joshua Corey & Brian Kratz —Jay Kogen (“Malcolm in the Middle,” “The Simpsons”), CBS Productions
• Stephen Cedars, Benji Kleiman & Scott Yacyshyn —David Zuckerman (“Family Guy,” “Wilfred”), FX Networks
• Martin Zimmerman—Alan Ball (“True Blood,” “Six Feet Under”), HBO
About the Winners
SJ Hodges, a West Virginia native, got her undergraduate and master’s degrees from NYU. She has published two non-fiction books and her play, “How Cissy Grew” won the L.A. Theatre Award for Playwriting.
Carlito Rodriguez was the Editor-in¬-Chief of the No. 1 hip hop magazine, The Source. He has lectured on hip hop culture in numerous venues, including Harvard, and served as a consulting producer on reality shows about the hip hop world on MTV and BET.
Joshua Corey and Brian Kratz both graduated from Ithaca College with degrees in cinema and photography. Recently one of their screenplays was a finalist in the Fox Comedy Script Contest at the New York Television Festival.
Stephen Cedars, Benji Kleiman and Scott Yacynshyn met at UCLA and have been working together since 2006. They won the award for Best Comedy Short at the LA Comedy Shorts Festival two years in a row. They perform a weekly live improv show in Silver Lake under the moniker The Old Money Boyz.
Martin Zimmerman has had several plays produced and workshopped at theaters including the Kennedy Center Theater and Chicago’s Goodman New Stages. He’s been a fellow at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis.