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Script Pipeline discovers and develops writers for film and television, connecting them to producers, agents, and managers. Since 1999, several produced films and over $7 million in screenplay and TV pilot spec sales are credited to Script Pipeline’s unique, intensive process of long-term writer-to-industry facilitation. Contest finalists and “Recommend” writers work with Script Pipeline executives year-round, getting broader exposure in addition to continuous, one-on-one development assistance.

Success stories include:

Tripper Clancy, winner of the Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest, sold the road comedy The Ambassadors to 20th Century Fox and the pitch Winter Break, and was previously on board the comedy Stranded for Sony. Tripper is writing Hacker Camp for Hasbro and an adaptation of the bestselling novel The Art of Fielding. His action-comedy Stuber sold to Fox for the mid-six figures. Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) starring. Releases July 12th, 2019.

In 2018, Script Pipeline contest winner The Standoff at Sparrow Creek (formerly Militia), written by Henry Dunham, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Henry made his directorial debut with the crime-thriller starring James Badge Dale (Iron ManRubicon). Standoff released January 18th, 2019. Kendrick Tan (Lit Entertainment Group) signed Henry a few weeks after he was announced as the winner of the competition, with UTA following suit.

Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition winner Evan Daugherty selling Snow White and the Huntsman to Universal for $3 million and later taking the lead on studio films DivergentNinja Turtles, and the upcoming Rose Red from Disney. Evan was previously attached to write the limited series Esmeralda for ABC Studios, GI Joe 3 for Paramount, an adaptation of Myst for Hulu, and the Tomb Raider reboot. His contest-winning script Killing Season (formerly Shrapnel) was produced and starred Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro and John Travolta.

Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest finalist Jen Goldson saw her romantic comedy Off the Menu produced and released in 2018, starring Santino Fontana (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Dania Ramirez (Devious Maids). Jen was introduced to director Jay Silverman at a Script Pipeline event—the screenplay went into production in less than a year. She has two other features in production, including her contest-placing dramedy Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, Andy Tennant (Hitch) set to direct.

Micah Barnett, whose work was developed through Script Pipeline’s Workshop, sold The Rabbit to Warner Bros. for six-figures and a TV pilot, Ricochet, to NBC. Screenwriter Brian Watanabe had his Script Pipeline “Recommend” action-comedy Rogue’s Gallery (later titled Operation: Endgame), also initially developed by Script Pipeline, produced by Script Pipeline’s Chad Clough and Sean McKittrick (Get Out). The film starred Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Adam Scott (Parks and Rec), Maggie Q, Ellen Barkin, Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), and an ensemble cast.

The Devil in Evelyn, winner of the First Look Project (Teleplay), was picked up for development by Mandalay Pictures. Script Pipeline set up the co-writers, Ben and Tyler Soper, with meetings after extensive circulation to industry. From 2017-2018, Howard Jordan Jr., runner-up in the Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition with the comedy Family Be Like, was staffed on the CBS series Superior Donuts. His first solo-written episode aired in January 2018.

Outside of its own writer successes, Script Pipeline’s first produced film, The Living Wake, starring Academy Award-nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and comedian Mike O’Connell (Dr. Ken), received high praise when it made its festival debut in 2010.

A number of original feature and TV projects are in various stages of development, and over 150 writers have found representation, had their scripts optioned and produced, and seen their careers launched as a result of facilitation. With a constantly expanding industry network, Script Pipeline searches for new material on a daily basis–and reviewed over 15,000 screenplays, pilots, and original pitches in 2018.

*Industry requests to review material from Script Pipeline writers can be made here.

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From Script Pipeline Writers

I've been blown away by the amount of work Script Pipeline has put into getting my script out there. It's remarkable the amount of industry reads I had after the announcement. Probably the best part: they're interested in not just the script that won the contest, but in you as a writer. From reading and circulating additional material to developing new concepts with you, the Script Pipeline team is a wonderful partner, and I count myself lucky to have them by my side.

Peter Malone ElliottScreenwriting Contest Winner (Junior)

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 Daries JamesTV Writing Contest Winner (Powerhouse)

The dedicated Script Pipeline staff root for you and your writing career every step of the way. They champion your work and sing its praises to exciting industry contacts. I've never been so honored to win a contest and will carry this achievement to push me through those tougher days of writing.

Kay TuxfordTV Writing Contest Winner (Queen of Thieves)

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

When you're an independent filmmaker without a development team, you must rely on coverage. The readers from Script Pipeline on 'Mine 9' nailed it. My movie got made without the studio, and I can't thank the Script Pipeline enough for that.

Eddie Mensore (Mine 9)Script Pipeline "Recommend"

I've been amazed at the quality and depth of the development my idea has received since winning the Great TV Idea Contest. I know my concept in a richer, deeper way than I did before thanks to Script Pipeline.

Bryce McLellanGreat TV Show Idea Winner (Verge)

The constructive feedback I received allowed me to take my screenplay to another level--the film won over 22 awards worldwide. I would highly recommend Script Pipeline.

Mark Mahon, Writer/Director (Strength and Honour)Script Pipeline "Recommend"

Script Pipeline gives the best notes. Whenever I'm struggling with a project, their staff never fails to provide feedback that elevates the story. They take their commitment to "Recommended" writers, contest winners, and finalists incredibly seriously, and do an amazing job of getting those scripts out into the world.

Greg WayneContest Winner and "Recommend" Writer

Less than a week after the competition was over, I scored a meeting with a manager for my finalist script. We hit it off right away, and I am now signed with a smart and talented rep who takes this industry and my writing seriously. For someone like me from a no-name town, who doesn't have any contacts, this is a huge opportunity. I can't thank Script Pipeline enough for their dedication and the exposure they are able to provide for writers.

Charles StulckScreenwriting Contest Finalist

Winning Script Pipeline's First Look Project and being a finalist in their TV writing competition has been a huge boost to my career. The Script Pipeline staff goes the extra mile promoting and championing their winners' work and have gotten me opportunities I would never have been able to get on my own. It's wonderful being a part of the Script Pipeline family, and I am proud to be counted as one of their winners.

Diana WrightFirst Look Project Winner

Every time Script Pipeline announces contest winners and finalists, I put those scripts at the top of my reading list. It's one of the most well-respected contests around--the entire team does such an impressive job.

Andrew KerseyManager

I can’t speak highly enough about the Script Pipeline team. The support they provided throughout the evolution of my latest action/comedy screenplay was invaluable. Script Pipeline truly cares about my success, not only promoting my work at every opportunity but also challenging me to push the limits of my skills. Thanks to their efforts, I am now working with a great manager and have an exciting new project on the horizon.

Kristi HallFirst Look Project Winner

We knew right off the bat that Jeff Diamond (Octagon Entertainment) was going to be an ideal match for us. We’re looking forward to developing our partnership and would never have met them were it not for Script Pipeline.

Jamie Napoli & Joshua Paul JohnsonScreenwriting Contest Winners

There is no better place for writers than with Script Pipeline. Their attention and assistance on helping me guide my career is invaluable.

Nir Paniry (Princesses)Screenwriting Contest Runner-up

What a unique pool of talent brought together by this competition. . . . So excited and honored to be part of the Script Pipeline family.

Allison BegalmanScreenwriting Competition Runner-up (B1)

Having no connections to the industry and needing some quality feedback, I turned to high-level contests like Script Pipeline. From the day I became a finalist, they've championed my work and sent it to a long list of industry members. Even through reputation alone, I’ve gotten requests to read my script.

Sommer RusinksiTV Writing Finalist

In a vast sea of screenwriting competitions, Script Pipeline goes above and beyond. They don't view you as just another entrant, but a real person trying to get their voice heard in the industry.

Melanie Schiele, Writer/Director (Butterfly Children)Screenwriting Contest Finalist

I can't thank Script Pipeline enough for all the hard work put into this competition and the follow-ups. I only have a manager right now because of the work that they do.

Tyler TheofilosScreenwriting Contest Finalist

While I knew Script Pipeline would help circulate my script, the amount of attention they gave my pilot, my other material, and me was mind-blowing. I wouldn't be here without them.

Sara MongeTV Writing Contest Finalist

The Script Pipeline team went above and beyond to help find the right home for my TV pilot. I didn't have representation, and yet they managed to get my script to one of the most sought-after studios. No other contest works harder for its finalists.

Jenny RafteryTV Writing Contest Finalist

Script Pipeline took a chance on an idiosyncratic script, and it quickly became apparent they had given my work thoughtful consideration. I'm honored to be associated with them.

Morgan von AnckenScreenwriting Contest Winner

Script Pipeline was integral in taking our screenplay to the next level through the Workshop. Their feedback and constructive insights were invaluable, and the exposure we had to industry after we placed in the finals of the Screenwriting Contest was unrivaled.

Jen Badasci & Christopher PoeScreenwriting 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

My idea led to a messy first draft with loads of promise. But now, by way of a systematic scene-by-scene approach, Script Pipeline is helping me tweak that draft toward its fullest potential.

Jason VaughnGreat Movie Idea Winner (Interlopers)

Script Pipeline was actually something a friend (who's very high up in the industry) introduced me to, and having her recommend it speaks volumes about how highly regarded a contest it is, even within the upper echelon.

Henry Dunham (The Standoff at Sparrow Creek)Screenwriting Contest Winner

Couldn’t have signed with Mosaic without Script Pipeline. . . . Thanks for your help!

Burke Scurfield & Adam LedererTV Writing Contest Finalists

In the few days after the competition announcement, we had a slew of terrific meetings. . . . Script Pipeline allowed us, two unknowns from Australia, to come to LA, meet people in the industry, and begin relationships.

Penelope Chai and Matteo BernardiniScreenwriting Contest Winner

The best part of being a contest finalist is what happens after--getting read by industry members I couldn't access on my own, feedback on future projects, and a priceless ongoing guidance.

Romi MoondiScreenwriting Contest Finalist and "Recommend"

Being a finalist got me a meeting, an offer for representation, and has immediately given me exposure to high-profile managers/producers that I could never reach directly on my own. I'm still blown away where my script has been requested. And I really appreciate that they don't simply blast the industry in a 'one and done' manner. Knowing they actually go the extra mile and tailor their pitches to people's tastes makes all the difference--you realize they care about and respect the writers.

Gary KingScreenwriting Contest Finalist

It's a competition that not only promotes creativity, but offers unparalleled support in development.

Kurt ConetyGreat Movie Idea Contest Winner

Script Pipeline helped me develop my pilot, found me representation, and played a key role in getting a very ambitious TV project to some of the top producers, showrunners, and even networks. Their continual support and guidance has been invaluable--they are second to none.

Kevin JonesTV Show Idea Contest Winner / 3-Time Script Pipeline Screenwriting Finalist

Script Pipeline’s First Look Project was an awesome experience. From our first phone call, they became our personal champions and proceeded to surprise us again and again with the extent of their support. Thanks to them, we are now developing our pilot with Mandalay Entertainment. Entering this contest moved our careers forward in an unprecedented way and was the smartest thing we did all year!

Ben and Tyler SoperFirst Look Project Winners (The Devil in Evelyn)

With their rapidly expanding network of industry connections, Script Pipeline has continued to champion my script long after the competition, giving me invaluable access to industry circulation and promoting my career in ways that would otherwise be out of my reach.

Ashley LocherScreenwriting Contest Runner-up

No one has done more for our screenplay and our writing career than Script Pipeline. They've worked tirelessly in connecting us to industry professionals over the course of six years, ultimately resulting in our script getting optioned.

Debbie Chesebro & Tyson FitzGeraldScreenwriting Contest Winners (Prom Queen)

I can't say enough good things about Script Pipeline. It's a contest that truly cares about the writer. When you're a winner or finalist, you really feel like you joined a special tribe or family. They are supportive and very meticulous about the scripts they select. If you only can enter a few contests, make Script Pipeline one of them.

Colin CostelloScreenwriting Contest Finalist and "Recommend"

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

Evan Daugherty (Snow White & the Huntsman, Divergent, Rose Red)Screenwriting Contest Winner

My advice to aspiring writers is to keep getting (and incorporating) Script Pipeline Development Notes on the same script until it earns a Recommend. Why? Because there are certain techniques that won’t make sense until your writing skills and the script itself reach a certain level. I did this with 2011 Script Pipeline finalist screenplay Diamond Payback, and it was the best screenwriting “course” I ever took.

Craig Weeden (Painkiller Jane)Screenwriting Contest Finalist

The team at Script Pipeline has been and continues to be immensely supportive of my writing career, and has genuinely made me feel like I’m part of a writing community committed to helping everyone get one step closer to living their dreams.

Josh CheslerScreenwriting Contest Finalist

One of the finest contests around. . . a showcase for original, dynamic screenplays.

Haji OutlawScreenwriting Contest Runner-Up

Script Pipeline has been a trusted and valuable resource for screenwriters seeking in-roads to the industry. Their staff is dedicated to finding talented writers and building careers.

Shelly MellottFinal Draft

Script Pipeline's care and attention for their finalists is unparalleled. Their network is vast and their reputation stellar. Thanks to Script Pipeline, less than two weeks after the end of the contest, I signed with a manager. I couldn't be more grateful for all they've done to advance my writing career.

Andrew Martin RobinsonScreenwriting Contest Finalist

Interviews

Kevin Jones

By | Exclusive Interviews

A 3-time Screenwriting Competition finalist  and eventual competition winner (the 2013 Great TV Show Idea Contest) with his pitch for the adventure/fantasy Horizon, Kevin Jones has been more involved with Script Pipeline than any other writer to date. His work is best labeled as “grounded with a twist of supernatural,” but it was his phenomenal crime/drama screenplay Southbound that first gained traction with Script Pipeline execs in 2009. While continuing to pursue film and TV, Kevin has also branched off into writing fiction. You’ve been in the Script Pipeline fold for. . . many, many years now. We’ve kind of seen the evolution–and the creative and career struggles–firsthand. Lots of close calls, and while we’re glad we helped play a part in some of those, we’re also just as dejected that the big hits haven’t yet panned out. But you’ve kept writing. Non-stop. What gives you the motivation? The main motivators…

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Essential Reading - Screenplays and Pilots

The Favourite – Screenplay

By | Essential Reading - Screenplays and Pilots

Perhaps the biggest surprise at this year’s Oscars was Olivia Colman taking the Best Actress trophy. In the lead up, most pundits assumed the competition was between Lady Gaga and perennial nominee Glenn Close, but Colman managed to swoop in and nab the prize. It was an unexpected moment, but one that was incredibly well-deserved. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and written by Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite takes historical figure Anne, Queen of Great Britain and Ireland, and uses her life to craft a compelling story of loss, romance, and the pursuit of power. Davis and McNamara place Anne at the center of a love triangle as Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough (Rachel Weisz), and Sarah’s estranged cousin Abigail Hill (Emma Stone) compete to curry Anne’s favor. Sarah is the Queen’s current “favourite”—she’s Anne’s righthand woman and also lover, and Abigail envies her for it. What pursues is a…

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Script Sales

April 2019 Script Sales

By | Script Sales

With most of the WGA having fired their agents, things slowed down a little in terms of script sales. Red Wagon Pictures and Sony Pictures have scooped Thomas O’Donnell’s spec I Heart Murder, a female-driven horror crime/thriller. Meanwhile, Lionsgate and Temple Hill Productions have picked up Matt Lieberman’s comedy spec Meet the MacHines. The story follows two robots who try to find a family for their recently deceased creator’s son as they to blend in modern suburbia. Good Fear, BRON Studios, and Kituufu Films have picked up Sabrina. The script, written by Kristen Buckley, tells the true story of Sabrina Greenlee, single mother to four children (including NFL wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins) who was attacked and left for dead but nevertheless persevered. Sam Bailey will direct. John Wikstrom’s 2018 Black List thriller AMA (Ask Me Anything) found a home with Assemble Media. Zelda Williams will direct. Other script sales: –…

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