Fay Kanin chosen to receive Kieser Award

Award recognizes efforts to promote family values

Fay Kanin will receive the Kieser Award at the 29th annual Humanitas Prize gala July 10 at the Universal Hilton Hotel.

The award, named for late priest and producer Ellwood “Bud” Kieser, celebrates an individual whose efforts promote an appreciation of family and family values. Kanin is the second recipient of the award, following Bill Moyers.

Kanin won Emmys for co-producing “Friendly Fire” (1979) and for writing “Tell Me Where It Hurts” (1974) and received Oscar and WGA nominations for scripting “Teacher’s Pet” (1958).

Kanin also has served as prexy of the Motion Picture Academy four times, chair of the National Film Preservation Board and as a member of the board of trustees of the American Film Institute. Her work has been previously recognized by the Writers Guild of America, the ACLU, the League of Women Voters and Women in Film.

The Humanitas Prize honors writers who portray life experiences in a positive light.

This year’s Humanitas finalists for feature film and television will be announced Tuesday along with the first David & Lynn Angell Student Comedy Fellowship, which will grant a $10,000 stipend to a graduate student specializing in writing.