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Playwriting prize launched in memory of Philip Seymour Hoffman

Philip Seymour Hofman. Photo: Georges Biard Philip Seymour Hofman. Photo: Georges Biard
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Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died earlier this month aged 46, is to have a new playwriting prize established in his memory.

Aimed at recognising previouly unpublished writers, the $45,000 (£27,000) Relentless Award will be funded annually by money received by the playwright David Katz in a libel settlement from The National Enquirer over claims the magazine pubished about the nature of his friendship with Hoffman just days after his death on February 2.

Katz’s lawyer said the settlement was sufficiently large to fund the new prize “for years to come” and that it will be administered through the newly-formed American Playwrighting Foundation.