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The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 Announces Details of Screenwriting Fellowship With the Black List

Institute Seeks to Promote Aspiring Screenwriters and Satire in the Arts

CAMBRIDGE, MA (March 20, 2014) – The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 announced details of its inaugural Hasty Pudding Institute Screenwriting Fellowship with the Black List, which seeks to increase the visibility of satire and social commentary in the arts. The inaugural fellowship will include a $20,000 grant to help aspiring writers of satire or social commentary to continue developing scripts and projects in that tradition.

The Fellowship will be administered cooperatively between the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 and the Black List, Hollywood’s leading screenwriting service whose annual list of best unproduced screenplays includes seven of the last fourteen Academy Awards for screenwriting and three of the last six Best Pictures.

“It’s a true joy to partner with the Hasty Pudding on this important fellowship opportunity,” said Franklin Leonard, founder and CEO of the Black List. “I’ve always believed in the potential of art to change the world and nowhere is that more true than in populist forms like film. The Pudding’s work in this regard already stands apart, and this fellowship offers an extraordinary opportunity to support writers whose work has that potential.”

“We are incredibly excited to announce this innovative fellowship,” said Andrew L. Farkas, Graduate Chairman and Grand Sphinx of the Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770. “Satire is at the roots of the Hasty Pudding’s history. We couldn’t be more thrilled to help discover and promote writers in this rich tradition.”

Beginning today, the Black List will allow script submissions to opt into consideration for the Hasty Pudding Institute Screenwriting Fellowship.  The submission window will close on July 10, 2014.  From there, the Black List will deliver a short list of writers to the Hasty Pudding Institute’s judging panel for final deliberations. The judging panel is still being finalized, comprised of some Harvard and Hasty Pudding alumni, including WHIPLASH and LABOR DAY producer Helen Estabrook, former Daily Show head writer David Javerbaum, and Trophy Wife co-creator Sarah Haskins.

“I am very excited to help the Hasty Pudding and the Black List find and support emerging talent with important things to say,” said Sarah Haskins, whose script Booksmart was on the 2009 Black List. “This fellowship also takes the burden off those of us who have run out of important things to say. So for that, emerging talent, I thank you.”



The Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770’s philanthropic mission is to promote freedom of expression in all aspects of the performing arts, to encourage satire, comedy and the cultivation of young talent, not just at Harvard but around the world. The Institute is comprised of The Hasty Pudding Club (the oldest social club in the United States), The Hasty Pudding Theatricals (the third oldest theater group in the world, after the Comédie Française and the Oberammergau Passion Players) and the Harvard Krokodiloes (the foremost collegiate a cappella group in the United States). Over the last two centuries, it has grown into a premiere performing arts organization, a patron of the arts and comedy, and an advocate for satire and discourse as tools for change worldwide.

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The Black List is an online community where content makers find scripts to make and writers to write them, and writers find people to make their scripts and employ them.  Begun in 2005 as an annual survey of several dozen executives’ favorite unproduced screenplays, the Black List has grown to survey over 500 executives each year (virtually 100% of Hollywood’s studio system’s executive corps). Over 250 Black List scripts have been produced into films grossing more than $19 billion in worldwide box office.  Black List scripts have won 30 Academy Awards – including three of the last six Best Pictures (“Slumdog Millionaire,” “The King’s Speech,” and “Argo) and seven of the last fourteen screenwriting awards (“Juno,” “Slumdog Millionaire,” “The King’s Speech,” “The Social Network,” “The Descendants,” “Argo” and “Django Unchained”) – from almost 200 nominations. In October 2012, the Black List launched an online database of every screenplay circulating Hollywood and all those submitted by English language screenwriters from around the world. Since its launch, it has hosted more than 11,000 screenplays and completed more than 15,000 script evaluations. Dozens of writers have found major agency and management company representation and/or sales or options of their scripts as a direct consequence of introductions made via the site. At any given time, more than 2,400 screenplays are actively hosted for perusal by thousands of film industry professionals, ranging from major agency assistants to studio and network heads.


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