Prize to be awarded to playwright in honour of Philip Seymour Hoffman
NEW YORK (AFP) - An annual prize will award US$45,000 (S$56,909) to a playwright in honour of Oscar-winning American actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died this month from a suspected heroin overdose.
The prize is being funded by gossip magazine The National Enquirer and its publisher, American Media Inc, which falsely reported that Hoffman had a gay affair with a friend.
The friend, David Katz, came up with the idea after settling a libel case over the article, his lawyer Judd Bernstein told AFP.
The newly created American Playwriting Foundation is likely to award the first prize for an unproduced play this year, he said.