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'Writers,' 'Venus' enrich

27 June 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Writers of the films Freedom Writers and Venus and the TV series ER and The New Adventures of Old Christine were among the recipients of this year's Humanitas Prizes, handed out during a luncheon ceremony Tuesday at the Hilton Universal.

The prize, which rewards film and TV scribes whose works "entertain, engage and enrich the viewing public," is handed out in eight categories, each of which carries a monetary prize of varying amounts. Twelve writers were named recipients this year.

In addition, writer Larry Gelbart, whose numerous credits range from the TV series M*A*S*H to the film Tootsie, was honored with the Kieser Award, named after producer and priest Fr. Ellwood "Bud" Kieser, who founded the Humanitas Prize. In his keynote address, Gelbart noted how the industry has changed since "M*A*S*H" was on the air in the 1970s and early '80s.

"(Our shows were) 26 minutes and 26 seconds," he said. "That's almost five more than the 22-minute new and improved half-hour (of today). Time used to fly; now it barely gets off the ground. What's next? ... '101 Arabian Nights?' 'Prince Lear'?"

On the other hand, he said, when it comes to politics and war, not much has changed since the Korean War-set "M*A*S*H" in terms of what's going on in the world today. "It was a questionable war decreed by a questionable president. ... (It's like) an endless stream of 'M*A*S*H' reruns," he said. »

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