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Stop Trying to Win An Oscar

Many years ago, in the quasi-rebellious suburbs of Los Angeles, I read somewhere that the first thing you should do before starting a screenplay is write your Oscar acceptance speech. It was the opening paragraph in one of the six billion books on screenwriting. I figured it had to be good advice. And you know what? I did it. […]

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April 2015 Script Sales

April was a slower month for script sales. Sony purchased Ben Lustig and Jake Thornton’s pitch for The Wells Initiative about a young H.G. Wells who literally experiences events that will inspire his stories. Universal has picked up A Meyers Thanksgiving, a spec comedy written by David E. Talbert about an estranged family’s first Thanksgiving […]

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Penny Dreadful – Pilot

Named after the cheap, pulpy serials popular in nineteenth-century England, Penny Dreadful plays almost like a Victorian edition of American Horror Story but with an air of campy sophistication. The show pulls characters from classic literature, specifically Frankenstein, Dracula, and The Picture of Dorian Gray, but is still accessible to viewers unfamiliar with Gothic fiction. […]

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Indie Dramedy Written By Script Pipeline Alum Released

Chasing Ghosts, written by former Script Pipeline contest winner Josh Chesler, was released on April 21st, 2015. The film stars Tim Meadows (SNL), Toby Nichols, Robin Lively, and Frances Conroy. “The team at Script Pipeline has been and continues to be immensely supportive of my writing career,” said Josh. “They genuinely made me feel like I’m part of a […]

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The Next Act in Your Screenwriting Career – Deadline: May 1st

SUBMIT YOUR SCRIPT Last chance to submit for the 2015 season. . . over $25,000 at stake, with circulation to the industry’s top producers, managers, and agents. Finalists and winners receive: $25,000 in cash to Screenwriting and TV Writing winners Consultations with Script Pipeline’s Director of Development and Senior Consultant Personal introductions to managers, producers, […]

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March 2015 Script Sales

March was a great month for sci-fi writers, with numerous projects moving forward at different companies. Warner Bros. picked up Jim Uhls’ spec The Leviathan, Matt Savelloni’s horror/sci-fi spec Temple found a home at Erebus Pictures, Chris Hager’s spec Proxima is moving forward with David Lancaster and Jim Wedaa producing, and 20th Century Fox bought […]

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Whiplash – Screenplay

Conflict is the bedrock of storytelling. Without conflict, there is no story. And without interesting characters, there is, naturally, no real reason to care. Perhaps the best movie of 2014 (and certainly in contention for best of the decade), Whiplash not only has as much conflict as many summer blockbusters but also features two of the most interesting, intense characters in recent memory. Andrew, […]

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2014 Student Screenwriting Contest Results

Grand Prize Winner Cheap Paint (Drama) by M. Esther Sherman, Boston University Born beneath the California sun and raised alongside the rivers and lakes of Oregon, M. Esther Sherman found her way to screenwriting via behavioral science and yard work. A young, untrained wannabe, Esther connected with Jan Skrentny, a retired screenwriter, who traded her mentorship for […]

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Project by Script Pipeline “Recommend” Writer in Development with Gene Simmons Prodco

Temple, written by Script Pipeline “Recommend” writer Matt Savelloni, will be produced by WWE Studios and Kiss legend Gene Simmons under their new Erebus Pictures banner, which plans to finance and produce horror films. Simmons will also star in the horror/thriller. Temple centers on a team of operatives trapped inside a military compound after its AI is disabled, leading to “strange phenomena” […]

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