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Tribeca/Sloan taps Otto and Penniston

Shawn Lawrence Otto’s “Hubble” and Penny Penniston’s “Love Is Brilliant” are the winning screenplays at the annual Tribeca/Sloan Screenplay Development Program.

Program was launched in 2002 by the Tribeca Film Institute and Alfred P. Sloan Foundation with the aim of developing scripts featuring scientific and technological themes and characters.

“Hubble” is a biopic centering on Edwin Hubble, father of the Big Bang theory. Story tracks Hubble as well as his rival Harlow Shapley. Script, based in part on the book “Edwin Hubble: Mariner of the Nebulae,” has been optioned by production banner Syntax Entertainment.

Penniston’s “Brilliant” follows two physicists who fall in love, despite their belief that there’s is no such thing as destiny, while working together to win a prestigious science prize.

Script is adapted from Penniston’s play “Now Then Again.”

Both winning works will be showcased at events during the Tribeca Film Festival, which runs April 19-May 1 in Lower Manhattan.

Tribeca Prods. optioned one of last year’s winners, Gretchen Somerfeld’s “Face Value,” while Ismail Merchant is exec producer on the second honoree from last year, David Baxter’s “The Broken Code.”

“This year’s winners of the Tribeca/Sloan program are bright new screenwriters whose talents we will nurture through hands-on mentoring by top screenwriters and scientists,” said Jane Rosenthal, who co-founded the Tribeca Film Institute with Robert De Niro and Craig Hatkoff.

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