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Last Chance for the 2022 Seasons

FINAL DEADLINE: Tuesday, May 31st

 

Screenwriting Contest Finalist Sells Spec for 7 Figures

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

 

Screenwriting Winner #1 on The Black List

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

 

2021 Winners Sign with Managers

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

 

Contest Winner Sold "Snow White" for $3 Million

One of the biggest spec sales of all-time

 

Pipeline Artists - A Home for Creatives

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

 

The Workshop - Developing Scripts

Professional feedback on screenplays, pilots, and pitches

 

"First Look" Reviewing New Scripts

Awarding $15,000 for film & TV writers

 

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

 

Contest Winner Signs with UTA

Helen Gaughran's "Visitation" won for Screenwriting

 

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

Screenwriting Contest

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

Final Deadline: May 31st, 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.

Final Deadline: May 31st, 2022

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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.

Early Deadline: June 5th, 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 Deadline: June 15th, 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 Roku 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.

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.

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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

Collateral – Screenplay

By Essential Reading - Screenplays and Pilots

In a way, one of the more underrated, or at least slightly-less-than-discussed, screenplays in the genre. Collateral encompasses most every element you need–er, prefer–in an action/thriller. A ticking clock, high stakes, an innocent protagonist we can pull for, a “heartless” and dangerous villain. . . . Screenwriting 101, right? But Stuart Beattie’s script is a richly-layered psychological study of character (yes, really) as much as it is a popcorn crime tale. As the story behind the story goes, apparently Beattie came up with the idea, or at least the seeds of the idea, when he was 17. A classic “what if __?” scenario that developed into a treatment, followed by a script, and the final product, which apparently hardly resembles its original incarnation. A testament to the screenwriting process in itself, by the way–rare is it when a writer’s first draft, or initial concept, sees the light of a projector. When reading this…

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Script Sales

April 2022 Script Sales

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Here are some of the most notable script sales from April 2022. The Streets of Rage adaptation found a home with DJ2 Entertainment and Escape Artists. The script was written by Derek Kolstad and based on the SEGA video game franchise. The original 1991 game was directed by Noriyoshi Ohba. Universal Pictures, Silk Mass, and Evil Media Empire have picked up Ryan Belenzon and Jeff Gelber’s thriller spec Batshit. Highland Film Group, Broken Open Pictures, and Volition Media Partners will produce David Frigerio and William Eubank’s action/thriller Land of Bad. Russell Crowe and Liam Hemsworth will star, and Eubank will direct. Far Pictures and Trybe Films will produce the romance/drama Re-Live: A Tale of an American Island, written by Rain Valdez and 2020 Script Pipeline Runner-up Rachel Leyco. Valdez will also direct. The script also appeared on the 2022 GLAAD List. Stop-motion powerhouse Laika will be making the animated noir…

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