2021 Screenwriting & TV Writing Competitions

Awarding $55,000 + long-term development and intros to industry

 

2020 Finalist Sells Spec for 7 Figures

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

 

First Look Project Finalist Produced by Paramount

Written and directed by Quincy Ledbetter, "Alieu the Dreamer" premiered on BET

 

Contest Winner Sold "Snow White" for $3 Million

One of the biggest spec sales of all-time

 

Producers Seeking Screenplays + Pilots

$15,000 awarded plus industry circulation - register by Feb. 20th

 

Contest Winner Signs with UTA

Helen Gaughran's "Visitation" won for Screenwriting

 

Now on Hulu: "Run"

Latest film from Script Pipeline winners Sev Ohanian and Aneesh Chaganty

 

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Contest Finalists Sign with Mgmt.

Kaplan/Perrone repping Kelsey Krasnigor and Crosby Selander

 

Awarding $25,000 for Screenwriting

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Script Pipeline Finalist Sells Show to Fox

Ken Olin, Sterling K. Brown producing Laura Bensick's "Everyday Insanity"

 

Fox Comedy "Stuber" Written by Script Pipeline Contest Winner

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

 

Black-ish Ep. Written by Script Pipeline TV Finalists, Directed by Oscar Winner

Ben Deeb and Graham Towers' first produced episode, directed by Matthew Cherry, aired in 2020

 

Netflix Series Co-written by Script Pipeline Winner

Tripper Clancy on the staff of "I am Not Okay With This" - Now Streaming

 

"Subplot" by Script Pipeline

A original article series profiling emerging film and TV writers

 

Netflix and CBS Staff Script Pipeline Finalist

Howard Jordan Jr. staffed on Superior Donuts, Family Reunion, and The Unicorn

 

Script Pipeline Recommend "Whelm" Hits the Fests

Written and directed by First Look Project finalist Skyler Lawson

 

"Standoff at Sparrow Creek" an Indie Hit

Contest winner produced, marks writer/director Henry Dunham's feature debut

 

Awarding $25,000 for TV Writing

Register today for a lower entry fee.

 

"Die Hart" Created by Script Pipeline Winner

The Quibi comedy series starred Kevin Hart, Nathalie Emmanuel, and John Travolta

 

The Los Angeles Times Interviews Script Pipeline

The state of screenwriting and upside in the spec market

 

Script Pipeline Co-Produced and Co-Financed Short Film "Biophilia"

Emerging writer/director Marina Michelson won Best Screenplay at Brooklyn Fest

 

Eddie Mensore's Feature "Mine 9" Produced

Screenplay was developed through Script Pipeline's Writers Workshop

 

Script Pipeline Contest Winner Sold Specs to Fox

Also writing films for Amazon, Quibi, and studios

 

2020 Pitch Competition

Reviewing ideas for film and TV - next season opens Feb. 1st

 

Robert De Niro Stars in Script Pipeline Contest Winner

"Killing Season" was the first Pipeline-winning screenplay produced

 

"Child's Play" Written by Script Pipeline Screenwriting Winner

Tyler Burton Smith found management after Pipeline win

 

Santino Fontana, Dania Ramirez Star in Script Pipeline Finalist Romcom

Script Pipeline introduced writer Jen Goldson to producer Jay Silverman

 

Script Pipeline Finalist "Sgt. Will Gardner" Produced

Profits from Max Martini's film support veterans

 

Indie Dramedy Co-Written by Script Pipeline Contest Winner

"The Miseducation of Bindu" was produced by Mark and Jay Duplass

 

Submit for Script Notes

Get detailed story feedback from a development exec

 

Script Pipeline Sponsors Session at the 2019 Writer's Digest Conference

Co-hosted panel on screenwriting with Script Mag

 

Script Pipeline's First Feature Stars Jesse Eisenberg

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

 

"Divergent" Written by Script Pipeline Contest Winner

Popular YA series adapted to screen, starred Shailene Woodley

 

Writer Evan Daugherty and Script Pipeline's Chad Clough Interviewed for Podcast

Script Pipeline winner sold Snow White to Universal and wrote films for major studios

 

Action-Comedy Produced by Script Pipeline

Zach Galifianakis, Adam Scott, Bob Odenkirk highlight ensemble cast

 

Bruce Willis Stars in Script Pipeline Contest Finalist Screenplay

"Precious Cargo" was Max Adams' feature directorial debut

 

Contest Winner Writes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reboot

One of several studio films written by Evan Daugherty

 

Writers Workshop "Recommend" a Global Success

Marc Mahon's "Strength and Honour" was developed with Script Pipeline execs

 

Sundance Premiere: "Between," a Script Pipeline Recommend

Screenplay was set up with producer and workshopped through Pipeline

 

AMC's "Shootout" Highlights Script Pipeline

Producer Peter Guber recommended Script Pipeline Workshop

First Look Project

The 10th Annual First Look Project fulfills the requests of production companies and managers by finding high-concept material in screenplays and TV pilots.

Next Deadline: February 20th, 2021

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Screenwriting Contest

The 19th Annual Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition connects talented writers with production companies, agencies, and managers who can help launch their career.

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TV Writing Contest

The 14th Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition is searching for television writers and original pilots for exposure to production companies, agencies, and managers.

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The Great Movie and TV Show Idea contests are searching for original feature film and television series concepts; unique stories a diverse audience can connect with.

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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 $8 million in screenplay and TV pilot spec sales are credited to Script Pipeline’s unique, intensive process of long-term writer-to-industry facilitation.

Success stories include:

Tripper Clancy, winner of the Screenwriting Contest, sold the comedy The Ambassadors to 20th Century Fox and the pitch Winter Break, before writing Stranded for Sony and Hacker Camp for Hasbro. In development: High Five with Amazon, an adaptation of the bestselling novel The Art of Fielding for Mandalay / IMG, and other film and TV projects. His action-comedy Stuber sold to Fox for the mid-six figures and starred Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) star. Tripper was also staffed on the Netflix series I am Not Okay With This (2020) and created the Quibi series Die Hart. 

Screenwriting Competition winner Evan Daugherty selling Snow White and the Huntsman to Universal for $3 million and later taking the lead on studio films Divergent and Ninja Turtles, as well as the new Anaconda reimagining for Sony. His contest-winning script Killing Season was produced and starred Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro and John Travolta.

Most recently, Screenwriting Competition winner Helen Gaughran signed with UTA, and several other finalists and winners landed management, such as 2019 First Look Project winner Nick Roth and 2019 TV Writing finalist JP Estes getting representation from Zero Gravity (Ozark).

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 and writers on a daily basis. Over 20,000 screenplays, pilots, and original pitches were reviewed for 2020.

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Subplot - Profile Series

The Revival: Eva Gonzalez Szigriszt’s Undeniable Path to Hollywood

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[Typically, this is the area where we add a brief and eloquent summary of what to expect in the article—however. . . no summary will do Eva’s story justice. Just read it.] ▼ A terrorist attack almost prevented Eva Gonzalez Szigriszt from fulfilling her dream of becoming a film director. It was March 11, 2004. Gonzalez Szigriszt was 18 and living in a town south of Madrid, Colmenar de Oreja. She had an exam the next day, and if she passed, she’d possibly get accepted into the most prestigious film school in Spain: Escuela de Cinematografía y del Audiovisual de la Comunidad de Madrid (ECAM for short). Her older sister signed up to take the test, too, and together, they were aiming to be nothing less than the next Coen brothers.  In lieu of taking an early-morning train, the sisters decided to travel the evening before and stay overnight at their grandparents’ house….

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Interviews

Crosby Selander

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A finalist in the 2020 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, Crosby Selander signed with management at Kaplan/Perrone after an introduction by Pipeline execs. A month later, his script Bring Me Back sold to Legendary in a seven-figure deal, marking one the biggest spec sales of all-time from a “new,” unproduced writer. For the next decade, everyone’s going to ask about how this script went from idea to script to sale. We know the broad details of course, but lay it out for us here (hey, instead of telling the story every time, you can just send people this link!). I hope we’re talking about other things a decade from now! But it’s a nice thought. More than anything, Bring Me Back is a love letter to my wife. It started out as a running joke that I had with her for about a month, and then one day I figured out a…

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From Script Pipeline Writers

“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 Gaughran (Visitation)Screenwriting Contest Winner

“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

“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

“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)

“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

“This was my first time submitting to any competition, ever, and I couldn’t have asked for a better experience. They were fantastically transparent about where the scripts would be sent, who requested what, and really diligent about making the introductions--that’s how I was introduced to Jermaine Johnson at Zero Gravity, who is now representing me. I’m very thankful to Pipeline for making that connection.”

Malinna LiangTV Writing Runner-up

“I’ve been fortunate to be a finalist in a few comps. None have been as continually supportive and responsive as Script Pipeline. They’re about relationships, not transactions.”

Josh EstesTV Writing Finalist

“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

Essential Reading - Screenplays and Pilots

Mad Men – Pilot

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It’s a show that defines an era. Only not our era. Mad Men drips with glossy 1960s charm–or shameless 1960s indulgence, depending on your perspective. A soap opera, ironically, for the 21st century. The series perhaps over-dramatizes the evolution of the mid-century advertising world, but offers something in terms of unique character development that breaks our notion of what to expect in a period drama. If you’re a part of its fan base, you have the benefit of retrospect when reading the pilot, and will immediately recognize how well Don Draper is established from the start, setting us up perfectly for what will be an intimate and profound character arc. Is Mad Men nothing more than an exaggeration? A hyperbole of those living in the most tumultuous decade of the modern era? Sure. But it’s the type of grounded glamorization that rips it out of the cliche, a style we…

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Script Sales

November 2020 Script Sales

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Here are some of the most notable script sales from November 2020. – Lionsgate, Point Grey Pictures (Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s production company), and Stampede Ventures have picked up Chris Thomas Devlin’s horror spec Video Nasty. Jonathan Levine is in talks to direct. – Stampede Ventures and Savvy Media Holdings have acquired Mr. Croup, a spec spy thriller written by Ward Parry. – New Line Cinema and Atomic Monster (James Wan) are teaming up to produce Joshua Rollin’s untitled horror spec, set in a post-apocalyptic Los Angeles. Bishal Dutta will direct. – Curiosa Films will produce writer/director Claire Denis’ next film, Radioscopie. Juliette Binoche will star. – Gran Via Productions and The H Collective will produce the coming-of-age drama The Vineyard written by Tory Kamen. Mark Steven Johnson will direct. – Mark Chappell’s untitled murder mystery script, set in London’s West End in the 1950s, has found a home…

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