Witt, Harris endow USC

Producer Paul Junger Witt and writer Susan Harris have endowed the Witt-Thomas-Harris Comedy Production Course with a gift to the University of Southern California.

The gift, the amount of which was not disclosed, will permanently support a comedy pilot production course at the School of Cinema-Television. The course will give advanced students hands-on experience in scripting and production of a half-hour comedy pilot. Witt and Harris, who with Tony Thomas have been responsible for hit series such as “Soap,” “Benson” and “The Golden Girls,” will consult and advise in the selection of scripts each time the course is offered.

Witt also has joined the school’s Board of Councilors.

Witt also is partnered with Thomas in Witt-Thomas Prods., which has produced the series “The John Larroquette Show,” “Blossom,” “Herman’s Head” and “Beauty and the Beast.” The pair also produced the TV movie “Brian’s Song,” for which Witt won his first Emmy. They produced the features “Dead Poets Society” and “Final Analysis.”

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