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Humanitas Program Selects Ithaca College Alumni to Develop Television Pilot Script

ITHACA, NY — Two Ithaca College alumni have been selected as winners of the Humanitas New Voices Program, whose mission is to discover, nurture, empower and help launch the careers of talented emerging writers who have a fresh voice and a unique worldview.

Joshua Corey and Brian Kratz, both 2008 graduates of the Roy H. Park School of Communications, will receive a $25,000 grant to write a television pilot under the supervision of veteran TV writer Jay Kogen, best known for his work on “The Simpsons” and “Malcolm in the Middle.” When Corey and Kratz complete their script, Kogen will submit it to CBS Studios for consideration.

The highly competitive New Voices Program was launched in 2010 to recognize emerging writers whose work personifies the kind of writing that the Humanitas Prize has honored for almost four decades. The ideal candidate is a writer whose entertaining work explores the human condition in a nuanced, meaningful way. Previous honorees have worked with such accomplished writers as Oscar and Emmy winner Alan Ball (“American Beauty,” “True Blood”), Hart Hanson (“Bones”) and David Shore (“House”).

Corey and Kratz are in the early stages of writing their pilot, a comedy that they will submit in January. Although Humanitas paired them with Kogen, Kratz says he is the writer they would have chosen to work with anyway.

“He’s a fantastic guy,” said Kratz. “He’s just a really funny writer.”

Corey and Kratz credit their professors at Ithaca College with their success. They also found support at the Pendleton Center, the home of Ithaca College’s Los Angeles Program and a resource to help students and alumni find jobs and internships in L.A.

“We hope we get boatloads of money and fame,” joked Kratz. “But really, anything that comes of this would be great. We’re just happy to have the opportunity to write a pilot with Jay as our mentor.”

The Humanitas Prize was founded in 1974 to celebrate television programs which affirm the dignity of the human person, explore the meaning of life, enlighten the use of human freedom and reveal to each person our common humanity. The organization’s goal is to encourage the entertainment industry to use television to uplift and enhance the lives of viewers.

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