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2021 Winners Sign with Managers

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

 

The 2021 First Look Project

Final Deadline: October 30th

 

Screenwriting Contest Finalist Sells Spec for 7 Figures

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

 

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Contest Winner Signs with UTA

Helen Gaughran's "Visitation" won for Screenwriting

 

"Flatbush Misdemeanors" Created by Pipeline Winner

A new comedy series by Idea Contest winner Dan Perlman and Kevin Iso - now on Showtime

 

Contest Winner Sold "Snow White" for $3 Million

One of the biggest spec sales of all-time

 

Script Pipeline Finalist Sells Show to Fox

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

 

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Now on Hulu: "Run"

Latest film from Script Pipeline winners Sev Ohanian and Aneesh Chaganty

 

First Look Project Finalist Produced by Paramount

Written and directed by Quincy Ledbetter, "Alieu the Dreamer" premiered on BET

 

Fox Comedy "Stuber" Written by Script Pipeline Contest Winner

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

 

Black-ish Ep. Written by Script Pipeline TV Finalists, Directed by Oscar Winner

Ben Deeb and Graham Towers' first produced episode, directed by Matthew Cherry

 

Netflix Series Co-written by Script Pipeline Winner

Tripper Clancy on the staff of "I am Not Okay With This" - Now Streaming

 

Netflix and CBS Staff Script Pipeline Finalist

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

 

Script Pipeline Recommend "Whelm" Hits the Fests

Written and directed by First Look Project finalist Skyler Lawson

 

"Standoff at Sparrow Creek" an Indie Hit

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

 

"Die Hart" Created by Script Pipeline Winner

The Quibi comedy series starred Kevin Hart, Nathalie Emmanuel, and John Travolta

 

The Los Angeles Times Interviews Script Pipeline

The state of screenwriting and upside in the spec market

 

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

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

 

Eddie Mensore's Feature "Mine 9" Produced

Screenplay was developed through Script Pipeline's Writers Workshop

 

Script Pipeline Contest Winner Sold Specs to Fox

Also writing films for Amazon, Quibi, and studios

 

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Robert De Niro Stars in Script Pipeline Contest Winner

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

 

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

Tyler Burton Smith found management after Pipeline win

 

Santino Fontana, Dania Ramirez Star in Script Pipeline Finalist Romcom

Script Pipeline introduced writer Jen Goldson to producer Jay Silverman

 

Script Pipeline Finalist "Sgt. Will Gardner" Produced

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Indie Dramedy Co-Written by Script Pipeline Contest Winner

"The Miseducation of Bindu" was produced by Mark and Jay Duplass

 

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

Co-hosted panel on screenwriting with Script Mag

 

Script Pipeline's First Feature Stars Jesse Eisenberg

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

 

"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

 

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

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First Look Project

The 10th Annual First Look Project fulfills the requests of production companies and managers by finding high-concept material in screenplays and TV pilots.

Final Deadline: October 30th, 2021

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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: December 15th, 2021

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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: December 31st, 2021

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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: December 31st, 2021

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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.

Success stories include:

Tripper Clancy, winner of the 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, an adaptation of the bestselling novel The Art of Fielding for Mandalay / IMG, and other film and TV projects. His action-comedy Stuber sold to Fox for the mid-six figures and starred Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) star. Tripper was also staffed on the Netflix series I am Not Okay With This (2020) and created the Quibi series Die Hart. 

Screenwriting Competition winner Evan Daugherty selling Snow White and the Huntsman to Universal for $3 million and later taking the lead on studio films Divergent and Ninja Turtles, as well as the new Anaconda reimagining for Sony. His contest-winning script Killing Season was produced and starred Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro and John Travolta.

Most recently, Screenwriting Competition winner Helen Gaughran signed with UTA, and several other finalists and winners landed management, such as First Look Project winner Nick Roth, TV Writing finalist JP Estes, and 2021 TV Writing finalist Sam Boyer getting representation from Zero Gravity. Both 2021 winners–Erin Muroski for TV Writing and Daniel Jackson for Screenwriting–signed with reps at Bellevue.

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 and writers on a daily basis. Over 20,000 screenplays, pilots, and original pitches were reviewed for 2020.

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Erin Muroski

By Exclusive Interviews

Winner of the 2021 Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition with her half-hour dramedy pilot Munch, Erin Muroski managed to pull off a script that, in the eyes of Script Pipeline staff, sparked a deeply resonant conversation about societal norms and mental health. Erin signed with managers Kate Sharp and Zack Zucker (Bellevue) after an introduction by Pipeline execs.  In the long history of Script Pipeline’s TV Writing Competition, I don’t think we’ve had more staff discussions about a single script than we had about Munch. Polarizing in the best of ways, since it opened up so many windows—not so much about your writing ability (which is obviously stellar) but about the subject matter. How difficult was it to find a balance in getting your underlying commentary across and still present a lead character we wanted to follow? The reason I wanted to tell this story is because I think, as…

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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--that’s how I was introduced to Jermaine Johnson at Zero Gravity, who is now representing me. I’m very thankful to Pipeline for making that connection.”

Malinna LiangTV Writing Runner-up

Essential Reading - Screenplays and Pilots

A Quiet Place – Screenplay

By Essential Reading - Screenplays and Pilots

There’s no way around it: To make an effective horror or thriller movie, you need tension. Lots of it. (You also need characters the audience will care about, but that should be a given for any screenplay.) One of the classic horror set pieces is the killer stalking a potential victim, who then hides in the closet or in the bathroom or under the bed and struggles not to make a single sound. Dozens of movies probably just popped into your mind with that brief description. But what if that classic horror moment became the premise of an entire feature? A Quiet Place, written by Bryan Woods & Scott Beck and John Krasinski and directed by Krasinski, makes that premise a reality. In the near future, Earth has been attacked by extraterrestrials and most of the world’s population has been wiped out. The catch? These aliens have ultra-sensitive hearing, so…

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Script Sales

September 2021 Script Sales

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Here are some of the most notable script sales from September 2021. – Twentieth Century Studios purchased up Shawn Simmons’ untitled action/thriller script about a former teenage getaway driver who is drawn back into the life she left behind. Deadpool and Zombieland’s Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick will produce. – Common’s Stardust Films and Everlast Pictures will produce writer/director Eric Amadio’s sports drama The Faith of Long Beach. Common will also co-star. – Peter Saji will write and direct a film based on Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff’s hit song “Summertime” from their 1991 album Homebase. Screen Gems, Davis Entertainment, and Smith’s Westbrook Studios will produce. – Almost Never Films is moving forward with The Plus One, written by Austin Highsmith Garces and Brendan Bradley. Ashanti is set to produce and star. – Verdi Productions is moving forward with The Junkyard Dogs, a family comedy written by Jacob Cooney…

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