The honourees for the 15th Annual Final Draft Awards were announced today in Los Angeles. The New Voice Award for Television will be presented to Steven Canals, the dynamic co-creator and executive producer of the acclaimed FX original series Pose, which after a stellar presence throughout Emmy season, was recently named to the American Film Institute’s Top 10 list and will return for its third season in 2020.
Hailing from The Bronx, Steven Canals is the co-Creator and Executive Producer of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-nominated and Peabody Award-winning FX drama series Pose. Named one of the Best TV Programs of the Year by the American Film Institute in 2018 and 2019, Pose recently finished its second season on FX and will return for a third season in 2020.
A 2015 graduate of UCLA’s MFA Screenwriting program, Canals began his journey as a storyteller in high school, producing the documentary short Turf Violence: What’s It All About? co-funded by HBO Family. Steven went on to earn a BA in Cinema, and a Masters in Student Affairs & Diversity from Binghamton University. He moved to LA in 2012 after a 9-year career in Higher Education. While attending UCLA, Steven served as a Research Assistant at Hungry Jackal Productions. In 2016 Steven was a Staff Writer on Freeform’s Dead of Summer, the same year his short film, Afuera, premiered at the LA Film Festival. He made his TV directorial debut with the eighth episode of the second season of Pose titled Revelations.
The 15th Annual Final Draft Awards will be held at the Paramount Theater on the Paramount Studios lot in Hollywood, CA and will be hosted by comedy duo Randy and Jason Sklar aka The Sklar Brothers. Alongside Canals, Quentin Tarantino will be presented with the Hall of Fame Award for his prolific contribution to the art of screenwriting. This year’s New Voice Award for Film recipient is writer-director Lulu Wang whose critically-acclaimed second feature, The Farewell, has been racking up kudos throughout awards season including being named to the prestigious American Film Institute’s top 10 films of the year and receiving two Golden Globe nominations, two Spirit Award nominations and four Critics Choice Award nominations.