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Humanitas sets TV script deals

CBS, ABC, HBO and others to develop projects

Expanding its production initiative, the Humanitas org has reached deals with six major TV players to develop a total of 12 pilot scripts.

The blind script commitments are part of the org’s New Voices talent development effort. Pacts call for the companies — 20th Century Fox TV, NBC Universal, CBS, ABC Studios, Lionsgate and HBO Entertainment — to buy two scripts apiece from Humanitas’ production arm.

The scripts will be penned by promising scribes under the guidance of a member of Humanitas’ board of directors or board of trustees. Those lists includes such heavyweight showrunners as Neal Baer, Carol Mendelsohn, Greg Berlanti, Shonda Rhimes, David Shore and Jason Katims.

“In an ever more challenging television marketplace, it’s an exciting new way to get the kind of material Humanitas has always supported onto network television,” said John Wells, who serves as prexy of Humanitas.

The New Voices push is “in keeping with our fundamental mission of ‘changing the world one story at a time’ while we also create opportunities for the lifeblood of this industry: writers,” said Humanitas exec director Cathleen Young.

Humanitas also administers annual kudos to film and TV scribes.

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