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‘Hunger Games’ Scribe Billy Ray To Give Nicholl Keynote

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Screenwriter Billy Ray will deliver the keynote address at the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting ceremony on Thursday, November 8, at the Beverly Wilshire. Ray, who co-wrote this summer’s “The Hunger Games,” also wrote and directed “Breach” (2007) and “Shattered Glass” (2003). He is the writer of “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks, which is scheduled for release in 2013.

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Academy Announces Nicholl Fellowships

By | Wednesday October 24, 2012 @ 12:52pm PDT

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – Five writers have been selected as winners of the 2012 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. Each writer will receive a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills on November 8.

This year’s winners are (listed alphabetically by author):

Nikole Beckwith, Brooklyn, NY, “Stockholm, Pennsylvania”

Sean Robert Daniels, Laezonia, Gauteng, South Africa, “Killers”

James DiLapo, New York, NY, “Devils at Play”

Allan Durand, Lafayette, LA, “Willie Francis Must Die Again”

Michael Werwie, Los Angeles, CA, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile”

The winners were selected from a record 7,197 scripts submitted for this year’s competition. This is the first time entries from Louisiana and South Africa have been selected as winners.

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David Seidler To Keynote Nicholl Fellowships Presentation Nov. 3

Beverly Hills, CA – Oscar-winning writer David Seidler will deliver the keynote address at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 26th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting presentation on Thursday, November 3, at the Beverly Wilshire hotel. Seidler became a first-time Academy Award® nominee and winner with his original screenplay for the 2010 Best Picture winner “The King’s Speech.”  He is currently working on “The Lady Who Went Too Far” and “Games of 1940.” The Academy annually awards up to five Nicholl fellowships of $30,000 each. This year’s recipients are:

  • Chris Bessounian & Tianna Langham, Los Angeles, Calif., “Guns and Saris”
  • Dion Cook, Altus, Okla., “Cutter”
  • John MacInnes, Los Angeles, Calif., “Outside the Wire”
  • Matthew Murphy, Culver City, Calif., “Unicorn”
  • Abel Vang & Burlee Vang, Fresno, Calif., “The Tiger’s Child”
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Academy Announces Winners Of 2011 Nicholl Screenwriting Fellowships

Beverly Hills, CA – Seven writers have been selected as winners for the 26th annual Don and Gee Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Each writer (or writing team) will receive a $30,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at a gala dinner in Beverly Hills on November 3.

The 2011 Nicholl Fellows are (listed alphabetically by author):

  • Chris Bessounian & Tianna Langham, Los Angeles, Calif., “Guns and Saris”
  • Dion Cook, Altus, Okla., “Cutter”
  • John MacInnes, Los Angeles, Calif., “Outside the Wire”
  • Matthew Murphy, Culver City, Calif., “Unicorn”
  • Abel Vang & Burlee Vang, Fresno, Calif., “The Tiger’s Child”

The winners were selected from a record 6,730 scripts submitted for this year’s competition. The competition is open to any individual who has not sold or optioned a screenplay or teleplay for more than $5,000, or received a fellowship or prize that includes a “first look” clause, an option, or any other quid pro quo involving the writer’s work.

The Nicholl Committee, chaired by producer Gale Anne Hurd, is composed of writers Naomi Foner, Daniel Petrie, Jr., Tom Rickman and Dana Stevens; actor Eva Marie Saint; cinematographers John Bailey and Steven B. Poster; costume designer Vicki Sanchez; executive Bill Mechanic; producers Peter Samuelson and Robert W. Shapiro; marketing executive Buffy Shutt, and agent Ronald R. Mardigian.

 

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