Mike Fleming

blacklistHarvard’s Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 has created a Hasty Pudding Institute Screenwriting Fellowship in conjunction with the Black List. The idea is to increase the visibility of satire and social commentary in the arts and will bestow a $20,000 grant to help aspiring writers of satire or social commentary to continue developing scripts and projects in that tradition. The grant will be curated by the Hasty Pudding Institute and the Black List, Franklin Leonard’s service that tracks the best unproduced scripts.

“It’s a true joy to partner with the Hasty Pudding on this important fellowship opportunity,” said Leonard. “I’ve always
believed in the potential of art to change the world and nowhere is that more true than in populist forms like film. The Pudding’s work in this regard already stands apart, and this fellowship offers an extraordinary opportunity to support writers whose work has that potential.”

From the Hasty Pudding side: “We are incredibly excited to announce this innovative fellowship,” said Andrew L. Farkas, Graduate Chairman and Grand Sphinx of the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770. “Satire is at the roots of the Hasty Pudding’s history. We couldn’t be more thrilled to help discover and promote writers in this rich tradition.”

The Black List will permit those submitting scripts for evaluation to opt into consideration for the Hasty Pudding deal, with submission deadline July 10, 2014. A short list will be sent to the Hasty Pudding Institute’s judging panel, which will include alumni like Whiplash and Labor Day producer Helen Estabrook, former Daily Show head writer David Javerbaum, and Trophy Wife co-creator Sarah Haskins.

Winners will not have to take the walk of shame in drag that seems to happen to each Hasty Pudding Man of the Year.