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Script Pipeline Contest Winner Sold "Snow White" for $3 Million

One of the biggest spec sales of all-time


Script Pipeline Contest Finalist Sells Show to Fox

Ken Olin, Sterling K. Brown producing Laura Bensick's "Everyday Insanity"
September 2019


Netflix and CBS Staff Script Pipeline Finalist

Howard Jordan Jr. staffed on Superior Donuts, Family Reunion, and The Unicorn
September 2019


Fox Comedy "Stuber" Written by Script Pipeline Contest Winner

Tripper Clancy's first produced feature stars Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista
Released May 2019


"Standoff at Sparrow Creek" an Indie Hit

Contest winner produced, marks writer/director Henry Dunham's feature debut
Released in 2019


Script Pipeline Contest Winner Sold Specs to Fox

Also writing films for Amazon, Quibi, and studios


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Indie Co-Written by Script Pipeline Contest Winner

"The Miseducation of Bindu" produced by Mark and Jay Duplass
Premiered November 2019


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

Co-hosted panel on screenwriting with Script Mag's Jeanne Bowerman
August 2019


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

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


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

Tyler Burton Smith found management after Pipeline win


Script Pipeline Finalist "Sgt. Will Gardner" Produced

Profits from Max Martini's film support veterans
Released in 2019


Robert De Niro Stars in Script Pipeline Contest Winner

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


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Santino Fontana, Dania Ramirez Star in Script Pipeline Finalist Romcom

Script Pipeline introduced writer Jen Goldson to producer Jay Silverman


Script Pipeline's First Feature Stars Jesse Eisenberg

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


Eddie Mensore's Feature "Mine 9" Produced

Screenplay was developed through Script Pipeline's Writers Workshop
Premiered in 2019


The Los Angeles Times Interviews Script Pipeline

Discusses the state of screenwriting and upside in the spec market


"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


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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


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 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, and an adaptation of the bestselling novel The Art of Fielding for Mandalay / IMG. His action-comedy Stuber sold to Fox for the mid-six figures and released in July 2019. Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) star.

Contest winner The Standoff at Sparrow Creek, 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 Man). Standoff released January, 2019. Lit Entertainment Group and UTA signed Henry a few weeks after he was announced as the winner of the competition.

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 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 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.

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. He later joined the writing staff on Netflix’s Family Reunion and another CBS sitcom, The Unicorn, in 2019.

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 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

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

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

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 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

Within hours of Script Pipeline announcing the results, I was getting read-requests from management companies. Within a week, one of those companies reached out and asked to meet with me. Two weeks after that, I had a manager. . . . I think the only mistake a writer can make with Script Pipeline is not submitting each year. If you don’t get the result you were hoping for, then just keep working and resubmit the next year. It is 100 percent worth it.

Jess McKillopTV Writing Contest Runner-up

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)

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

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 helped me tweak that draft toward its fullest potential.

Jason VaughnGreat Movie Idea Winner

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

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)

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

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)

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

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"

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

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

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

Burke Scurfield & Adam LedererTV Writing Contest Finalists

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

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


Helen Gaughran

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The winner of the 2019 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition with Visitation, Helen Gaughran expertly crafted a tonally perfect genre mix of character-driven drama and grounded horror. Though still relatively new to screenwriting, she’s made a bold leap into establishing herself amongst the next wave of film industry talent. You’re heard this plenty of times by now from us, but let’s say it once more for the road: Visitation is perhaps one of the best feature screenplays we’ve reviewed in over a decade. For too many reasons to list here. You pulled some pieces from history to construct the script, right? What was your original intent with the idea, and how did it change, if at all, from initial concept to final draft? Given your connection to Ireland, was the story itself, or its themes, personal? First, Matt, I want to thank for relentlessly puffing up my self-regard. It’s taken a beating…

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Essential Reading - Screenplays and Pilots

Search Party – Pilot

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So many elements go into a screenplay that it’s difficult to say which one is the most important (though that hasn’t stopped us in the past). Different genres require different things to succeed, but for a screenwriter just starting out, perhaps the definitive make-it-or-break-it element is voice. “Voice” is that vague almagam of dialogue (how the characters speak), description (how the screenwriter describes the character’s actions), and theme (what the screenwriter has to say about the world at large) that makes the screenplay feel unique. It’s something that writers develop after putting in tons of time and effort, but it’s the thing that elevates a good or decent script to the next level. It’s how writers get repped, get staffed, and get hired. One of the best recent shows with a strong, unique voice is Search Party. Created by Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers, and Michael Showalter, the show is perhaps…

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Script Sales

October 2019 Script Sales

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October was a lighter month for spec sales. New Line Cinema and A-Major Media picked up Elliott San’s untitled spec last month. Although details are being kept under wraps, it’s described as a mind-bending genre tale that centers on an Asian-American lead. Meanwhile, TriStar Pictures, Unique Features, and Arlook Group are moving forward with Cooper McMains’ spec The Tip. The thriller follows a waitress who finds herself in a dangerous situation after receiving a $10,000 tip. John Strickland will direct. Robert Zappia’s 2018 Blood List script The Devil’s Light found a home with Lionsgate and Gold Circle Films. The supernatural thriller follows a nun who performs exorcisms while combating a sexist church that believes only priests should be allowed to perform exorcisms. Other script sales: – Bret McKenzie has been tapped to write the script and music for the Jim Henson Company’s adaptation of Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas. – Evan…

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