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Nominees Are Named For Humanitas Prizes

July 03, 1985

The writers of TV movies about teen-age drug abuse, teen-age suicide and a woman struggling to raise her family during World War II have been nominated for the top award in the 1985 Humanitas Prizes, given for TV programs that "most fully communicate human values."

Winners of the 11th annual Humanitas awards, given by the Pacific Palisades-based Human Family Institute, will be announced Tuesday at a luncheon in Los Angeles. The cash prizes are made possible through an endowment established by a coalition of broadcasting companies.

Nominated for the top prize of $25,000 for TV programs at least 90 minutes long were Christopher Knopf and Beth Polson for "Not My Kid," a CBS movie about drug problems among the young; Joyce Eliason for "Surviving," an ABC movie that dealt with teen-age suicide, and Hume Cronyn and Susan Cooper for "The Dollmaker," an ABC movie about a poor Kentucky woman raising her five children in 1944.

In the 60-minute category, which carries a $15,000 prize, the nominees were Georgia Jeffries for an episode of "Cagney & Lacey," John Masius and Tom Fontana for an episode of "St. Elsewhere" and David Milch, Roger Director, Steven Bochco and Jeffrey Lewis for an episode of "Hill Street Blues."

Nominated for the $10,000 prize in the 30-minute category were Marc Lawrence for an episode of "Family Ties," Gary David Goldberg and Alan Uger for another episode of "Family Ties" and John Markus for an episode of "The Cosby Show."

For the first time this year, the Human Family Institute also is offering $10,000 awards in two categories of children's programs.

The nominees for live-action programming are Peter Silverman for "Contract for Life: The SADD Story," S. S. Schweitzer for an episode of "Pryor's Place" and Charles Purpura for "The Day the Senior Class Got Married."

In animated programming, the nominees are Jeffrey Scott for an episode of "Jim Henson's Muppet Babies" and Paul Haggis for "Zucchini," part of the "CBS Storybreak" series.

Also nominated for non-monetary awards in the documentary category were Marshall Frady, Judy Crichton, Richard Gerdau, Tom Lennon, Kathy Slobogin and Joseph Angier for "To Save Our Schools, To Save Our Children," an "ABC Closeup"; Marvin Kalb, Anthony Potter and William Turque for "Vietnam--Lessons of a Lost War," an "NBC White Paper," and Lisa Myers, Jane Pauley, Jack Reynolds and Robert Rogers for "Women, Work and Babies," another "NBC White Paper."

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