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2015 TV Writing Contest Results


– Grand Prize Winner –

Beechwood by Gregory Martin & Eric Beu

Eric BeuGreg Martin graduated from Berklee College of Music in the summer of 2010, then promptly threw his clothes, instruments, and film scoring degree in a car and drove to Los Angeles.

There, he was able to ingratiate himself with the community and start working as a composer for film, TV, and ads. Greg’s music has been heard on FOX, CBS, NBC, ABC Family, TBS, and many more.

Eventually, Greg’s passion for film scoring started to reveal a much deeper passion for storytelling, and with his writing partner Eric, they began the process of teaching themselves the
art of screenwriting. A process that — hundreds of pages later — appears to have no end in sight.

Eric Beu studied at the Université Paris Diderot and the University of Washington, from which he graduated in 2011Greg Martin with a degree in English and French. After spending four years studying literary translation and writing short fiction, the desire to try something new (and to escape another sunless Seattle winter) sent him to Los Angeles, where his longtime friend Greg Martin worked as a composer.

Their collaboration on, of all things, a comedy about a sexually frustrated praying mantis sparked an abiding obsession with the process and craft of screenwriting. Since then, they’ve focused more on projects that weave the immersive lyricism of the literature he studied with the dark comedy and propulsive pace of the films they’ve both always loved. Having grown up on three continents, Eric has an international worldview colored by exposure to many unique cultures, societies, and exotic animals that tried to kill him.

– Runner-Up –

Family Be Like by Howard Jordan Jr.

Howard JordanHoward Jordan, Jr. is an award winning advertising copywriter and creative director. He’s spent the last 15 years creating famous work for some of the most iconic brands in the world.

Most recently, his work for Beats By Dr. Dre — The Pills won the Gold Lion for Integrated Media Campaign at the 2014 Cannes Advertising Festival. Additionally, his fall 2014 campaign “For the Love of TV” for Hulu has been recognized with LA Addy and Promax BDA awards. In 2010, he contributed to the original State Farm “magic jingle” campaign, which became a marketing and viral phenomenon.

Howard is also the author of the award winning pop culture book 101 Reasons to Leave New York. Prior to relocating from Brooklyn to Hollywood, in 2013, he blogged pop culture, comedy and New York City for the Huffington Post.

Along with devoting every waking moment to establishing himself as a sitcom writer, Howard is a former D1 basketball player, pop culture encyclopedia, and man of the people.

Finalists (10)

Archer – “Temple Raiders Crusade” by Benjamin Deeb & Graham Towers
Beechwood by Gregory Martin & Eric Beu
Better by Brett Shurman and Josh Cootner
Blowback by David Case
Chasing Chanel by Abigail Cannon & Hanna Stiens
Family Be Like by Howard Jordan Jr.
Join Us by Lee Matthew Goldberg
My Fist, Your Face by Greta Harrison & Matthew C. Vaughan
Paradise, Texas by Bree Barton
The Merc by Evelyn Yves

Semifinalists (30)

Affliction by Bill Balas
Archer – Spec by Benjamin Deeb & Graham Towers
Arrow – Spec by Terence Erickson
Beautiful Revolutionary by Laura Woollett
Beechwood by Gregory Martin & Eric Beu
Better by Brett Shurman
Blowback by David Case
Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Spec by Michael Conti
Center Court by Valen Hernandez
Chasing Chanel by Abigail Cannon & Hanna Stiens
C.U.P.I.D. by Christie LeBlanc
Cupid’s Arrow by Daniel Lawlor
Delivered by Scott Reynolds
Devils by Samuel Lukas
Escape/Artist by Alan R. Baxter
Family Be Like by Howard Jordan Jr.
Gilt by Lisa Kors
Insatiable by Brandon DeRoos
John Clayton by Connor Callaghan
Join Us by Lee Matthew Goldberg
Kinderhook by Patch Darragh & Adrian Rieder
My Fist, Your Face by Greta Harrison & Matthew Vaughn
Out of the Blue by Bernard Urban
Paradise, Texas by Bree Barton
Savage by Stephanie Bousley
Tancho Hardman by Raj Balu
The B-Side by Noah Pohl
The Goldbergs – Spec by Jerell Rosales
The Merc by Evelyn Yves
Wrecking Balls by Olivia Briggs

Quarterfinalists (52)

110% by Paul Read
Affliction by Bill Balas
Archer – Spec by Benjamin Deeb & Graham Towers
Arrow – Spec by Terence Erickson
Bad Priest by Geno Scala
Beautiful Revolutionary by Laura Woollett
Beechwood by Gregory Martin & Eric Beu
Better by Brett Shurman
Blaze of Khaki by Brian Soika
Blowback by Alan Kritzer
Blowback by David Case
Boston by Kadyn Michaels
Blackrush by Brent Beath
Brooklyn Nine-Nine – Spec by Michael Conti
Center Court by Valen Hernandez
Chasing Chanel by Abigail Cannon & Hanna Stiens
C.U.P.I.D. by Christie LeBlanc
Cupid’s Arrow by Daniel Lawlor
Delivered by Scott Reynolds
Devils by Samuel Lukas
Devil’s Heaven by Haji Outlaw
Divine St. by Nick Richey
Escape/Artist by Alan R. Baxter
Family Be Like by Howard Jordan Jr.
Frontier 11 by Harris Kauffman
Gilt by Lisa Kors
Hatchetmen by Kevin Lau
Hood by Devin Conroy
Insatiable by Brandon DeRoos
John Clayton by Connor Callaghan
Join Us by Lee Matthew Goldberg
Kinderhook by Patch Darragh & Adrian Rieder
Lacuna by Alex Koch
Mirror World by Helen Leigh
My Fist, Your Face by Greta Harrison & Matthew Vaughn
Occupation by Scott Robert Waldvogel
Offspring by Melanie Schiele
Out of the Blue by Bernard Urban
Paradise, Texas by Bree Barton
R.S.V.P. by Monica Bugajski & Diana Gettinger
Savage by Stephanie Bousley
Tancho Hardman by Raj Balu
Tellura by Jennifer Muro
The B-Side by Noah Pohl
The Chain by Teresa Huang
The Cure by Andrew Wallace Chamings & Jennifer Dizio
The Goldbergs – Spec by Jerell Rosales
The Kindred by Lisa Garvey
The Line by Alexander Raiman
The Merc by Evelyn Yves
The Fifteenth Office by Nile Cappello
Wrecking Balls by Olivia Briggs