Humanitas has elected one of the most honored writers and producers in television as its new president, Deadline.com reports.
The nonprofit organization, which supports and rewards television and film writers whose works “entertain, engage and enrich the viewing public,” elected Tom Fontana, a Humanitas prize winner for his work on "St. Elsewhere."
Fontana will succeed John Wells, who will leave the position Friday.
In a statement, Humanitas Executive Director Cathleen Young said: “Tom Fontana is a writer and producer who has not only had tremendous commercial and critical success, but whose work exemplifies the ideals of Humanitas. We are thrilled to see him step into the presidency and eagerly anticipate supporting him in his new role.”
In addition, writers Hart Hanson, Ali LeRoi and David Shore have been added to the Humanitas board of directors.