Television Producer Mulls Giving Away MacArthur PrizeThe writer and producer David Simon, the main creative force behind the acclaimed TV series The Wire and Treme, told The Baltimore Sun he might give his $500,000 MacArthur Foundation fellowship to charity.
“The entertainment industry pays quite well, so my first inclination is to pass it through and do something charitable,” said Mr. Simon, who was named Tuesday as one of 23 winners of this year’s “genius” grants.
Daniel Socolow, director of the fellows program, cautioned Mr. Simon about giving the grant away, noting that it could finance a worthy but noncommercial creative project.
The 2010 class of MacArthur fellows represents a historic low for New York-area “geniuses,” with only three living and working in the greater metropolitan area, The Wall Street Journal notes. At least five individuals who reside in the New York area have won the $500,000 grants in each of the past five years, including eight in 2006 and nine in 2008.