Humanitas Prizes for Showtime, Disney


Made-for-cable features from Showtime and Disney Channel picked up Humanitas
Prizes Thursday afternoon.

The annual event honors outstanding movie and TV writing through grants
ranging from $10,000 to $25,000.

Showtime earned its Humanitas for Our America, the Ernest
Dickenson-directed "Original Picture for All Ages" on two teens reporting on
life in the Chicago slums for National Public Radio. Our America was
entered in a category for specials running 90 minutes or more.

Disney’s winning submission was A Ring of Endless Night, entered in
the children's live-action category.

Gordon Rayfield wrote Our America, based on prize-winning NPR reports.
Marita Giovanni and Bruce Graham penned A Ring of Endless Night. Rayfield
will get $25,000 for his prize, while Giovanni and Graham earned $10,000.

The Humanitas Prizes were launched in 1974 to showcase TV and movies
exploring positive human values within a complex society.

More than $2 million in grants have been distributed over the event's 29-year