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Screenwriting Winner #1 on The Black List

Daniel Jackson's "Cauliflower" joins other Pipeline writers for 2021's top scripts.

 

Reviewing Screenplays and Pilots

$55,000 awarded - register now

 

Contest Winner Sold "Snow White" for $3 Million

One of the biggest spec sales of all-time

 

Screenwriting Contest Finalist Sells Spec for 7 Figures

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

 

The 2022 First Look Project

Awarding $15,000 + development + industry circulation

 

2021 Winners Sign with Managers

Erin Muroski and Daniel Jackson signed w/Bellevue after Script Pipeline circulation

 

Pipeline Artists

A platform to educate, empower, and elevate creatives

 

The Workshop - Developing Scripts

Professional feedback on screenplays, pilots, and pitches

 

Contest Winner Signs with UTA

Helen Gaughran's "Visitation" won for Screenwriting

 

Join the Convo on Twitter

#PipelineWriters virtual mixers every Friday + general creative chaos

 

Contest Finalists Sign with Mgmt.

Kaplan/Perrone repping Kelsey Krasnigor and Crosby Selander

 

Fox Comedy "Stuber" Written by Script Pipeline Contest Winner

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

 

The Los Angeles Times Interviews Script Pipeline

The state of screenwriting and upside in the spec market

 

Script Pipeline's First Feature Stars Jesse Eisenberg

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

First Look Project

The 11th 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 25th, 2022

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Screenwriting Contest

The 20th Annual Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition connects talented writers with production companies, agencies, and managers who can help launch their career.

Next Deadline: March 1st, 2022

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TV Writing Contest

The 15th Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition is searching for television writers and original pilots for exposure to production companies, agencies, and managers.

Next Deadline: March 1st, 2022

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Idea Contest

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.

Next Season: February 1st, 2022

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About

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.

Major and recent success stories include:

Tripper Clancy, winner of the Screenwriting Contest, found management with a Script Pipeline partner in 2010, and his career has since risen steadily. He sold a handful of specs and pitches and was hired to write several studio projects for Sony, Mandalay, and Amazon. His action-comedy Stuber, starring Dave Bautista and Kumail Nanjiani, sold to Fox for the mid-six figures, he was staffed on the Netflix series I am Not Okay With This, and created the Quibi series Die Hart. 

Screenwriting Competition winner Evan Daugherty sold Snow White and the Huntsman to Universal for $3 million, one of the all-time biggest spec sales, and later wrote the studio films Divergent and Ninja Turtles. His contest-winning script Killing Season was produced and starred Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro.

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. Crosby was signed by Kaplan/Perrone following Pipeline circulation.

In the past few years, Script Pipeline introductions have resulted in several writers landing management and agency rep with UTA, Zero Gravity, Kaplan/Perrone, and more. Both 2021 winners—Erin Muroski for TV Writing and Daniel Jackson for Screenwriting—signed with reps at Bellevue. Daniel (Cauliflower) and First Look Project winner Brian T. Arnold (In the End) made the 2021 Black List, with Cauliflower garnering the #1 spot.

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.

With a constantly expanding industry network, Script Pipeline searches for new material and writers on a daily basis. Over 25,000 screenplays, pilots, and original pitches were reviewed in 2021.

Final Deadline

February 25th, 2022 Screenplays + Pilots

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Schedule a no-cost Q&A call with a Pipeline Creative Executive, who can address inquiries about the film/TV industry or provide general advice to emerging writers. *does not include feedback on scripts or other material; limit one call request per writer

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From Script Pipeline Writers

“Having advanced in other contests and not gotten much traction, I was floored with the support Script Pipeline offered. Within a couple days, my script was in the hands of top industry professionals and led me to Kate Sharp and Zack Zucker at Bellevue. They are a perfect fit for me as a management team ... I went from feeling like a total industry outsider to feeling like the door was kicked wide open.”

Erin MuroskiTV Writing Winner (Munch)

“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

“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

“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 with my managers John and Kate, and I absolutely wouldn't be in this position without Script Pipeline.”

Brian T. ArnoldFirst Look Project Winner (The End)

“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)Screenwriting 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.”

Malinna LiangTV Writing Runner-up

Interviews

Andy Compton

By Exclusive Interviews

Winner of the 2021 First Look Project (Drama), Andy’s script Bellyache struck a nerve with its utterly flawless depiction of a dysfunctional mother/daughter dynamic, in the vein of Lady Bird and other dramedies resonating on a truly universal level. First and foremost: is Bellyache coming from a personal pace, in terms of the concept and its characters? Why choose this foundation, and really the framework itself, for a story about the fractured relationship between a parent and her child? Yeah, it’s pretty personal, but in a few different ways. The plot is about an alcoholic lunch lady who is fired from her job at a low-income elementary school when she’s caught giving a less-fortunate child free meals. My mom (not an alcoholic) was a cafeteria worker at a low-income school in Missouri where she was put in this situation by a school policy that states when a child’s lunch account goes negative…

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Essential Reading - Screenplays and Pilots

Gone Girl – Screenplay

By Essential Reading - Screenplays and Pilots

One of the most debatable points in screenwriting: “The book was better. . . .” Of course the book was better. The book is always (well, sometimes) better. Because it’s a book. There are few rules in novel writing as far as plot and structure. No length or budget restrictions. Characters are explored and detailed to exhaustion, and the audience–the reader–becomes more emotionally invested. It’s one thing to sit in front of a screen, it’s another to bear the imaginative burden of conjuring up images by yourself. The typical result is a deeper, satisfying experience. But it’s nearly impossible for films to stay entirely true to their literary counterparts (unless audiences are receptive to a seven-hour time commitment, and that sounds dreadful). So the screenwriter takes the source material and adapts–in every sense of the term. It’s no terrible surprise, then, that adoring fans of Gone Girl the novel became ardent critics…

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Script Sales

December 2021 Script Sales

By Script Sales

Here are some of the most notable script sales from December 2021. – Stampede Ventures has picked up the romantic thriller spec Lady Krylon by Brandon Constantine. – TSW Films is moving forward with a Suge Knight biopic written by Nick Cassavetes and Anthony Thorne. – The Hideaway Entertainment will produce the comedy Sleep Train, written by Andrew Nunnelly. – Jake Helgren will write/direct his thriller The Bodyguard for The Ninth House. – Entertainment 360 is producing an untitled sports drama about the true story of deaf football coach Keith Adams, who led an all-deaf football team to the D2 California State Championship. Luke Davies will write the script. – Mattel Films and Vital Pictures will produce Christmas Balloon, written by Gabriela Revilla Lugo and based on a true story of a young girl in a Mexican border town who ties her letter to Santa to a ballon and the…

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