Disney Channel announced today that it has established The Eunetta T. Boone Comedy Writer’s Scholarship. In memory of the trailblazing writer and producer, the scholarship will provide dedicated funds to hire emerging and diverse writers who are pursuing careers in comedy writing for television.
- Boone was an executive producer and showrunner of Disney Channel’s comedy series Raven’s Home before she passed away in Los Angeles in March.
- The Eunetta T. Boone Comedy Writer’s Scholarship has been instituted as part of the Los Angeles-based Walt Disney Television Writing Program, in partnership with the Writers Guild of America West (WGAw), and finalists will be selected from the applicants of the WDT Writing Program.
- Program information is available through Walt Disney Television’s Creative Talent Development & Inclusion which connects writers, producers, directors and other members of the creative community to opportunities across Walt Disney Television and beyond, via hiring referrals, events and programs.
- Aside from Raven’s Home, Boone’s career includes credits as creator and executive producer of the comedy series One on One and its spin-off Cuts, and co-executive producer of two series simultaneously, My Wife & Kids and The Hughleys.
- She was also co-producer on Living Single, supervising producer on The Parent ‘Hood, and story editor/consultant on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
- Boone wrote the film Who Is Doris Payne? and is featured in The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne documentary.
- She began her career as a sports reporter for the Baltimore Sun, the first African-American woman to cover sports in the city of Baltimore.
What they’re saying:
- Nancy Kanter, executive vice president, Content and Creative Strategy, Disney Channels Worldwide: “Eunetta loved the craft of writing, she was proud of her art both as a reflection of our world and as a way to shape culture. She had a keen appreciation of true talent and mentored many young diverse voices throughout her career. As a showrunner, she was also an inspiring leader who steered sitcoms with tremendous wit and wisdom. We miss her and are proud to begin this scholarship that will carry on her legacy of encouraging future generations of writers.”