Time to Get Your Script in for the Humanitas Prize Competiiton

The Writers Guild of America wants us all to know that “HUMANITAS is pleased to announce a Call for Entries for the 43rd annual HUMANITAS Prize Awards. The winners will be announced at the HUMANITAS Prize Awards held in February 2018.”

Well, not exactly all of us. The Humanitas Prize has been a profoundly important contest over the years, but it has a catch. A production based on the submitted teleplay “must have had a national release on Television (Broadcast, Cable, Internet and Satellite),” and a screenplay must have been released theatrically in the year of the contest, in this case, 2017.

So, yikes!, yeah, to enter you’ve got to be some kind of a pro. While you’re mulling that over, here are the full deets:

Submissions open: September 1, 2017
Deadline: September 30, 2017
*Teleplay or film must be aired or released between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.
*Episodes that air AFTER submission period are eligible for consideration and will be kept confidential.

The winners receive both a trophy and a cash prize at our annual HUMANITAS Awards Ceremony, which will be held in February 2018. The total annual amount of the awards is $70,000 and is divided among the following seven categories:

Feature Film Screenplay
Sundance Feature Film Screenplay
60-minute Teleplay
30-minute Teleplay
Feature Documentary
Children’s Animation
Children’s Live Action

Submission Guidelines:

  • Teleplay or film must be aired or released between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017.
  • $100 entry fee per submission.
  • No limit to the number of submissions.
  • Credits must be redacted from script.
  • Teleplay must be written and produced in the English language for U.S. Television (Broadcast, Cable, Internet and Satellite).
  • Teleplay must have had a national release on Television (Broadcast, Cable, Internet and Satellite).
  • Feature film screenplay becomes eligible in the year in which it receives a U.S. theatrical release.
  • Documentary entrants must submit digital content through web-based award judging portal.

For over four decades, the HUMANITAS Prize has empowered writers with financial support and recognition to tell stories which are both entertaining and uplifting. HUMANITAS encourages writers who create contemporary media to use their immense power to:

Encourage viewers to truly explore what it means to be a human being.
Challenge viewers to take charge of their lives and use their freedom in a responsible way.
Motivate viewers to reach out in respect and compassion to all their brothers and sisters in the human family.

“HUMANITAS exists to recognize, encourage and empower writers who teach us how to embrace our common humanity by way of their unique and powerful voices. These storytellers help us to consider our place in the world, and examine our own moral compasses. In this day and age, now more than ever, it is a noble mission.”
-Cathleen Young, HUMANITAS Executive Director

Submissions will be accepted on our website starting September 1, 2017.

If you have any questions, contact those in the know at info@humanitasprize.org or 310-454-8769.

Oh, and as long as we’re talking about contests, don’t forget – even if your television script hasn’t been produced this year, it’s totally eligible for TVWriter™’s very own PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Writing Contest. As long as the script will work as a pilot for any of the currently available electronic media that all of us are so addicted to as viewers.

The place for People’s Pilot 2017 info is HERE

Who luvs ya, baby?

TVWriter™ Don’t-Miss Posts of the Week – August 14, 2017

Time for TVWriter™’s  Monday look at our 5 most popular blog posts of the week ending yesterday. They are, in order:

Web Series: ‘Stupid Idiots’

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

Who Inspires You: TV Writers Share Their Creative Inspirations

TOLDJA! – Web Series ‘Stupid Idiots’ Now has a Genuine TV Deal

LB: A Sad Goodbye To An Old Friend

And our 5 most visited permanent resource pages are, also in order:

Writing the Dreaded Outline

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Writing Contest

The Logline

The Outline/Story

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT: Rules

Major thanks to everyone for making this another great week at TVWriter™. Don’t forget to click above and read what you missed and re-read what you loved!

Herbie J Pilato Hangs with the Big Dogs

The big time definitely agrees with Herbie J!

That’s TVWriter™ Contributing Editor Emeritus Herbie J Pilato on the right, hanging with Joel Eisenberg and Lloyd Schwartz at a speaking engagement last week in Valencia, CA.

Mr. Eisenberg is the executive producer of Herbie J’s new Classic TV series, Then Again with Herbie J Pilato on Decades TV. Mr. Schwartz is a Classic TV classic himself – writer-producer of The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island.

Wouldn’t it be cool if those three could get together and create a new series of their own? Pilato’s Island, anybody?


Herbie J Pilato is the Founder and Executive Director of The Classic TV Preservation Society, and the author of several classic TV companion books.  He is practically a founding father of TVWriter™ and is a Contributing Editor Emeritus. Learn more about Herbie J Pilato HERE.

Start Your Own Illegal Streaming Website Now! (NO, DON’T! YOU SHOULDN’T!)

Adventure on the high interwebs! Ahoy, matey!

by munchman

Ever want to be the captain of your own pirate ship? Well, bunky, your time has come. A site called TVStreamCMS.com is ready, willing, and able to sell you the whole package.

TorrentFreak.Com explains:

n recent years many pirates have moved from more traditional download sites and tools, to streaming portals.

These streaming sites come in all shapes and sizes, and there is fierce competition among site owners to grab the most traffic. More traffic means more money, after all.

While building a streaming from scratch is quite an operation, there are scripts on the market that allow virtually anyone to set up their own streaming index in just a few minutes.

TVStreamCMS is one of the leading players in this area.

Yer friendly neighborhood munchamaniac isn’t advocating sailing the interweb seas in search of film and TV series booty to plunder or customers interested in buying your sordid, tainted, and potentially virus-riddled wares. Oh no, no, no, no.

It’s just I find it fascinating that this kind of thing is right out there in all our faces, almost as ubiquitous as der trumpenfuhrer’s dumbass tweets. And it makes me think, “Hey, my pretties, if this is available right out there via Chrome, Firefox or even one of Microsoft’s terrible browsers, can you imagine what’s waiting on the Dark Web?”

That’s Modern Life for ya. Fraught with peril, especially for the pure at heart.

There be dragons. Yeah.

TVWriter™ Don’t-Miss Posts of the Week – August 7, 2017

Time for TVWriter™’s  Monday look at our 5 most popular blog posts of the week ending yesterday. They are, in order:

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

LB: A Sad Goodbye To An Old Friend

Who Inspires You: TV Writers Share Their Creative Inspirations

Find Your Story – and Stick to It

Writers Guild Foundation – Breaking In At Any Age

And our 5 most visited permanent resource pages are, also in order:

Writing the Dreaded Outline

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Writing Contest

The Logline

The Outline/Story

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT: Rules

Major thanks to everyone for making this another great week at TVWriter™. Don’t forget to click above and read what you missed and re-read what you loved!

WGAW August 2017 Calendar

Here it is. Just what we’ve all been waiting for. This month’s Writers Guild of America West activities calendar. For members and non-members alike:

Clickable version is HERE

Second City has the TV Talk Show Writing Workshop You Need

by munchman

Here it is, muchachos and muchachas, the writing class everybody needs.

Well, this TVWriter™ minion certainly does.

Second City’s “Intro to Writing for Late Night TV and Talk Shows Workshop” is happening in Chicago – ooh, the original home of the original Second City! – and it’s happening November 7, 2017 – so you can’t say you didn’t have time to prepare – and it’s only $70. Sounds like a steal, yeah?

3 hours that could change your life. Check it out HERE

Tell ’em yer friendly neighborhood munchman sentya. They won’t care, but el muncherola loves getting his name out to the public. It’s probably pathological, but what the hell.