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TV Writing Contest Results

2023 TV Writing Contest Results

By July 10, 2023December 19th, 2023No Comments


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Matthew Manson

Matthew Manson is a writer and director whose work can be seen across multiple platforms: from TV and film to sketches and commercials. He has won awards at the Tribeca Film Festival, Cannes Lions, and Telly Awards. Additionally, he won the 2022 Final Draft Big Break TV Award, and the 2023 Script Pipeline TV Writing Contest.
Born and raised in Manhattan, Matthew is a graduate of NYU’s Film & TV program. His thesis film screened at festivals worldwide, winning multiple awards, including the Audience Award for Best Short at the Tribeca Film Festival.

After creating hundreds of webseries and sketches for production companies such as FunnyOrDie and UCB – many of which were among the most viewed on YouTube – Matthew worked as the comedy executive and in-house writer/director at AwesomenessTV. While there, he created and oversaw production on several series, including two seasons of Hacking High School for which he was head writer and executive producer. The half-hour comedy accumulated several million views, and Paste Magazine called it “sharp, smart, punchy…groundbreaking.”

Since then, he has developed TV and film projects with Shondaland, Haven Entertainment, and Flavor Unit Entertainment, among many others.

Outside of narrative work, Matthew creates branded content and commercials. He has worked with companies such as Butterfinger, Nestle, IHOP, Dell, Intel, and Zappos. Two of his campaigns topped the Ad Age viral charts, the Box Office for advertising.

His recent feature film script, Wannabe won a production grant from filmmaker Christopher Columbus, and an adaptation of the feature he directed was nominated for Best Short at the Tribeca Film Festival. Indiwire said “Tribeca winner Matthew Manson takes you on a coming-of-age story that will make you swoon.”

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, two sons, and a very feisty terrier. His work can be seen at


Stephen Ra-Choi

Stephen Ra-Choi’s 95 year old grandmother serves as the central source of inspiration for Matriarchs. A mother of five, grandmother to ten, and great-grandmother for eight (and still counting) – her vivid stories of struggle and triumph in America as a first generation immigrant lent the emotional backbone to his pilot. 

Stephen himself originally hails from the great state of New Jersey but currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two famous cats. Ever since his childhood days, Stephen has subsisted on a well-balanced diet of genre-specific films and TV shows that were highly inappropriate for his age. However, those tastes have molded his preferences as a screenwriter today where he now blends genre conventions with stories inspired by his personal life experiences. 

While working a 9-to-5 in advertising, Stephen writes in his off-hours and enrolls into writing and directing classes at UCLA Extension. His goal is to successfully pull off a career pivot towards TV and film while also securing representation. Stephen was recently named one of three winners of the 2023 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship and was invited to partake in the 2023 Writers’ Access Support Staff Training Program. 

2023 Finalists

Bitch Town
Kat Sieniuc

Eva Konstantopoulos

HAGS (Have A Great Summer)
Lizzy Bryce

Illicit Bids For Dying Kids
Phillip Roquemore

Lethal Weapons
Adam Hopwood

R.M. Schneiderman & Nick Kendrick

The Protégée
Sean Fitz-Gerald

Young Agatha
Maria Hinterkoerner



Aaron R. Smith

Dondré Taylor-Stewart

Camp Psychopathways
Danny Galvin & Brad Pike

Danny Solomon

Alex Blumberg

Christopher O. Lukens

Mother Tucker
Steve Holbert

Poe & Co. Detective Agency
Mindy Strouse

The Hemingways
Molly Virostek

Emily Parker

Wake Up! Wake Up! Wake Up!
Aimiende Negbenebor Sela & Andrew Rubin



Donny Sheldon

Audrey Kaufman

Jasmine Jagger & Ju Shardlow

Good Boy
Andy Greene

How to Snatch a Body
Nicole Swinford

Brian Crewe

Lacie in the Wonderverse
Michael Ierulli

Life During Wartime
Mark Bowes

Louder Than Hell
Geoffrey Hyatt

Most Wanted
Summer Benowitz

Route Tree
Jackson Hukari Hukari

Alex Blumberg

Steve Holbert

White Hat
Sarah Granger

Wonderview Avenue
Elana Goldberg

Finalists Announced – August 1st

Winner Announced – August 12th

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