Aspiring TV comedy writers have a new career path open to them, thanks to the new Eunetta T. Boone Comedy Writer’s Scholarship, established by the Disney Channel.
Finalists will be chosen for the scholarship from the general pool of applicants to the Walt Disney Television Writing Program.
Boone, the executive producer and showrunner of Disney Channel’s comedy series, Raven’s Home, died suddenly this March at age 63.
“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,” said Nancy Kanter, executive vice president, Content and Creative Strategy, Disney Channels Worldwide. “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.”
Boone’s career began in journalism as a sports reporter for The Baltimore Sun. She made the jump into screenwriting after taking a 1990 workshop offered by the Maryland Film Commission, and through Warner Bros., got into the writers rooms for The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Roc, Living Single, and The Parent ‘Hood. For ABC, she simultaneously served as co-EP on both The Hughleys and My Wife & Kids, before creating the sitcom One on One and its spinoff, Cuts, for the former UPN network.