Humanitas Names Angell Fellowship Winner

Jun 15, 2005  •  Post A Comment

Erika Kennair, graduate of Loyala Marymount University’s School of Film and Television, will receive Humanitas’ 2005 Angell Comedy Fellowship, the organization announced Wednesday. The honor, which includes a $10,000 stipend, will be awarded at the Humanitas Prize Luncheon June 29 at the Universal Hilton in Los Angeles.

Ms. Kennair’s winning entry was a spec script for the television series “Bernie Mac” titled “Pest Inside.”

“To receive this award serves as both an incredible honor and as a reminder to maintain the integrity of the human spirit by uniting audiences through laughter,” Ms. Kennair said. She hopes to pursue a career in children’s television and is currently working in post-production at Fox Searchlight Pictures.

The Angell Comedy Fellowship was created in honor of David and Lynn Angell, who were killed on the first plane to hit the World Trade Center on 9/11. Mr. Angell was a prolific writer and producer on hit shows “Cheers,” “Wings” and “Frasier.”

The purpose of the Humanitas Prize is “to encourage those who create contemporary media to use their immense power in a humanistic way, to enrich as well as entertain their viewers,” according to the Humanitas mission statement.

In addition to the fellowship, the Humanitas Prize will be given to television and film writers in six categories this year: feature film screenplay; 60- and 90-minute teleplay; live-action and animated children’s teleplay; and Sundance feature film screenplay. The finalists were announced earlier this month.