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$8 million in specs sold since 2003 ... Learn more.


Contest Winner "Visitation" Wraps Production

Written by Helen Gaughran. Stars Olivia Cooke (House of the Dragon).


Screenwriting Contest Finalist Sells Spec for 7 Figures

Legendary Ent. lands Crosby Selander's "Bring Me Back"


Writers: Pitch your Script

$2,500 awarded. Developing new projects for film and TV.


Contest Winner Sold "Snow White" for $3 Million

One of the biggest spec sales of all-time


Execs Reviewing Screenplays, Pilots, and Pitches

Submit now to the Script Pipeline Workshop (since 1999).


Seeking Horror, Comedy, Drama, and More…

$15,000 awarded for “First Look.”


Symposium: Events for Creatives

"A year-round conference in the arts." For writers, filmmakers, and other artists.


Brian T. Arnold Hired to Pen "Electric Dreams"

First Look Project winner previously signed with Bellevue.


Pipeline Artists - A Home for Creatives

Explore the site and new platform "Symposium" for virtual events


Multiple Pipeline Writers Top The Black List

Contest selection gets #1 (again), joined by 7 others since 2021.


Fox Comedy "Stuber" Written by Script Pipeline Contest Winner

Tripper Clancy's first produced feature stars Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista


Script Pipeline's First Feature Stars Jesse Eisenberg

Now a cult indie favorite, "The Living Wake" was praised by Variety

Pitch Contest

The Pitch Contest reviews original film and TV series ideas for development with Script Pipeline’s executive team, prior to consideration for managers and production companies.

Next Deadline: April 20th, 2024


Screenwriting Contest

The 22nd Annual Screenwriting Competition develops talented writers and connects them with producers, agencies, and managers who can help launch their career.

Next Deadline: May 1st, 2024


TV Writing Contest

The 17th Annual TV Writing Competition searches for extraordinary writers and pilots, connecting them with production companies, agencies, and managers.

Next Deadline: May 1st, 2024


First Look Project

The 12th Annual First Look Project searches for higher-concept material across multiple genre categories for film and TV, introducing select writers to reps and producers.

Next Deadline: June 20th, 2024



Script Pipeline discovers and develops writers for film and television, connecting them to producers, agents, and managers. Since 1999, several produced films and over $8 million in screenplay and TV pilot spec sales are credited to Script Pipeline’s singular, intensive process of long-term writer-to-industry facilitation.

Some major success stories over the years …

In a moment that turned a new spotlight on specs from unproduced writers, Screenwriting Contest winner Evan Daugherty sold Snow White and the Huntsman to Universal for $3 million, one of the biggest spec sales of all time. He later wrote Divergent and Ninja Turtles, amongst other features for studios. His contest-winning script Killing Season was produced and starred Robert De Niro.

Screenwriting Contest winner Tripper Clancy found management with a Script Pipeline partner in 2010, and over the course of a decade, he sold a handful of specs and pitches, was hired to write multiple studio projects, and his action-comedy Stuber, starring Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani, sold to Fox for the mid-six figures. Tripper was co-created the Roku series Die Hart.

Years later, another historic spec sale followed from an unproduced writer: Screenwriting finalist Crosby Selander sold his script Bring Me Back to Legendary for seven figures as part of a bidding war. Crosby signed with Kaplan/Perrone after Pipeline circulation.

And Helen Gaughran’s Visitation, winner of the Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition and First Look Project, went into production in 2023 and releases in 2024, starring Olivia Cooke (House of the DragonSound of Metal) and Isla Johnston (The Queen’s Gambit).

Other recent Script Pipeline introductions have resulted in writers landing management and agency rep at UTA, Alibi Management, Kaplan/Perrone, Bellevue, and other top companies. Several finalists and winners have made numerous Black Lists, including Cauliflower by Daniel Jackson (2021) and Pure by Catherine Schetina (2022), both snagging the #1 spot.

Script Pipeline searches for new material and develops writers on a daily basis. Over 20,000 screenplays, pilots, and original pitches are reviewed on average annually.

*Industry requests for Script Pipeline material can be made via our Scout portal.

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From Script Pipeline Writers

“I was about to give up on this script and stick it in a drawer ... then I placed as a finalist in Script Pipeline, and that all changed. More has happened for my career in the past month after placing as a finalist than in all the months preceding it.”

Crosby Selander (Bring Me Back - sold to Legendary)Screenwriting Finalist

“Proud to have so many Bellevue clients on the Black List, many of which we found through Script Pipeline. The Pipeline team continues to recognize some of the strongest writers out there and have become one of our go-to sources for finding incredible new material and clients.”

John ZaozirnyManager/Producer, Bellevue Productions

“Having the Script Pipeline team on my side has made all the difference. Not only did they introduce me to my manager, but the personal time and energy they put into developing writers feels truly unique.”

Morgan SmithFirst Look Project Winner (Bad Dog)

“I have been a huge fan of Bellevue since way back when, and I cannot believe I get to work with them on this crazy journey!”

Elad Ziv (Court 17 - 2022 Black List)First Look Project Winner

“I couldn't be more excited to be working with Bellevue and UTA. I'm super grateful to the Script Pipeline team for shining a light on my screenplay and making those crucial early introductions to help get the project out there.”

Daniel V. Jackson (Cauliflower - #1 on 2021 Black List)Screenwriting Contest Winner

“The Script Pipeline team has been so supportive of me and my writing. They offered advice and guidance, set meetings for me, and introduced me to Bellevue, who I knew very quickly were the management team I had been looking for. I'm so excited to build my career, and I absolutely wouldn't be in this position without Script Pipeline.”

Brian T. Arnold (The End - in development)First Look Project Winner

“When I literally knew no one in LA, Script Pipeline promoted my script to anyone and everyone who'd listen. Not to mention read my other material and answer a barrage of questions, all while being unbelievably creatively supportive. I'd recommend them without hesitation.”

Helen GaughranScreenwriting Contest Winner

“Script Pipeline introduced me to a manager and helped launch my professional career as a writer.”

Evan Daugherty (Snow White & the Huntsman - sold to Universal)Screenwriting Contest Winner

“Script Pipeline was extremely approachable and transparent as they put my script in the hands of people with the power to help. Now I’m working with a great team at Zero Gravity that I definitely wouldn’t have met otherwise. And I didn’t even win!”

Sam Boyer (Little Sweden)TV Writing Contest Finalist

“I cannot overstate the impact that Script Pipeline has had on my writing career. Winning the contest directly led to new representation, which in turn led to working with studios like 20th Century Fox.”

Tripper Clancy (Stuber)Screenwriting Contest Winner

“When I relocated from NYC to LA to pursue sitcom writing, everyone I met in the industry said it wasn’t about entering competitions, it was about entering the right competition. Script Pipeline was a turning point.”

Howard Jordan Jr. (Superior Donuts)TV Writing Contest Runner-up

“In a matter of hours, Script Pipeline achieved what I’d been trying to do for years: they got my foot in the door ... and changed my life in more ways than I could have imagined.”

Justin JamesTV Writing Winner

Spotlight: Screenplay & Pilot Reviews

Moonlight – Screenplay

By Essential Reading - Screenplays and Pilots

It’s arguable what the most important element of a movie is. The plot hooks the audience, the directing keeps the audience entertained, and the theme gives the audience something to think about once the credits start rolling. However, at the center of each of these elements are the characters. Movies that lack strong characters will often feel hollow—a movie can have the largest, most exciting set pieces, but without strong characters, the audience won’t have anything to truly connect with. Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins and written by Jenkins and Tarell Alvin McCraney (based on McCraney’s unpublished play), is perhaps the purest example of a character study. The film is divided into three chapters, and each centers on Chiron, a young black man from a rough neighborhood coming to terms with his sexuality, at different stages his life (childhood, adolescence, and adulthood). In lesser hands, this structure could feel jagged…

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