Awarding $25,000 for Screenwriting

The 2020 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition - register by March 1st

 

Contest Winner Signs with UTA

Helen Gaughran's "Visitation" won the 2019 Screenwriting season

 

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

Ben Deeb and Graham Towers' first produced episode, directed by Matthew Cherry, aired in 2020

 

Awarding $25,000 for TV Writing

The 2020 Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition - register by March 1st

 

subplot: Charles Ray Hamilton

The multi-talented writer hits his stride in Hollywood - READ

 

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

One of the biggest spec sales of all-time

 

Producers Seeking Screenplays + Pilots

$15,000 awarded - register today

 

Script Pipeline Finalist Sells Show to Fox

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

 

Fox Comedy "Stuber" Written by Script Pipeline Contest Winner

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

 

Netflix and CBS Staff Script Pipeline Finalist

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

 

2020 Pitch Competition

Developing new scripts - submit a pitch for film or TV

 

"Standoff at Sparrow Creek" an Indie Hit

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

 

Script Pipeline Contest Winner Sold Specs to Fox

Also writing films for Amazon, Quibi, and studios

 

Submit for Script Notes

Get detailed story feedback from a development exec

 

Indie Dramedy Co-Written by Script Pipeline Contest Winner

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

 

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 Sponsors Session at the 2019 Writer's Digest Conference

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

 

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

Tyler Burton Smith found management after Pipeline win

 

Script Pipeline Finalist "Sgt. Will Gardner" Produced

Profits from Max Martini's film support veterans

 

Robert De Niro Stars in Script Pipeline Contest Winner

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

 

Santino Fontana, Dania Ramirez Star in Script Pipeline Finalist Romcom

Script Pipeline introduced writer Jen Goldson to producer Jay Silverman

 

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Script Pipeline's First Feature Stars Jesse Eisenberg

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

 

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

 

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

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 $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.

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 a Kevin Hart series for Quibi, Die Hart. 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).

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 other finalists and winners landed management.

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 17,000 screenplays, pilots, and original pitches in 2019.

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From Script Pipeline Writers

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 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

For writers without representation, it's not just about placing in competitions but having a support system where you can feel safe to bounce off ideas and ask questions. The staff at Script Pipeline provide that. They're in it with you for the long-term and genuinely want to be a part of your career. I've never experienced that type of nurturing when I've placed in other contests which, in my opinion, sets them apart from all the rest.

Elizabeth MusgraveScreenwriting Contest Finalist

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)

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

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)

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

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

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

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

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"

It's a competition that not only promotes creativity, but offers unparalleled support in development.

Kurt ConetyGreat Movie Idea Contest Winner

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)

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

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

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"

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)

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

Script Pipeline not only provides a solid foundation on which to get credible feedback on your work and a springboard to propel you into making some real progress, but a generous and richly-cultivated community of authentic support and cheerleading that exists nowhere else in the Hollywood landscape.

Joe TowerScreenwriting Runner-up

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

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

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

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

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

I’ve been fortunate to be a finalist in a few comps. None have been as continually supportive and responsive as Script Pipeline. They’re about relationships, not transactions.

Josh EstesTV Writing 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

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

Script Pipeline has been nothing but wonderfully supportive in providing feedback for all my material. They go above and beyond for their writers, even advocating for their winners and finalists from years back. The appeal of their contests isn't simply the prize, but the continuous support they offer.

Justin KwonFirst Look Project Winner

The best part about becoming a finalist hasn’t been the meetings and opportunities that have come as a result of their efforts on my behalf but the relationships I’ve been able to build with their brilliant staff and talented community of writers. The folks at Script Pipeline are story experts who provide excellent notes and really care about building and maintaining long term relationships with writers they’ve discovered. It’s been a pleasure to work together, and I anticipate it continuing for a long time.

Daniel KavanaghTV Writing Finalist

One of the finest contests around. . . a showcase for original, dynamic screenplays.

Haji OutlawScreenwriting Contest Runner-Up

Script Pipeline is that rare contest that sincerely cares about its writers--and actually walks the talk. From their resubmission policy (a rarity in the contest world), to their ongoing efforts to connect writers with other writers, prodcos, and reps, it was the first time I felt like someone was in my corner fighting with and for me.

Debbie CastanhaScreenwriting Finalist

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"

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)

The TV and film industry is like a maze that can prove difficult--if not impossible--to navigate. Script Pipeline is your GPS!

Adam RockeTV Writing Contest Finalist

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

I've been a finalist in several screenwriting contests, but none match the level of attention and commitment that I received from Script Pipeline. It's evident they really care about the success of their people, not just as competition winners, but as actual working writers.

Justin BestScreenwriting Contest Finalist

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"

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

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 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

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

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

Subplot - Profile Series

Charles Ray Hamilton

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“It really did feel like, ‘We’ve never seen one of your kind before.’” When he was 13, Charles Hamilton started the eighth grade as a stranger in a strange land. He’d just left the comfortable confines of Killeen, Texas–population 81,000–and moved with his family to Fort Worth, a metropolitan powerhouse with over half a million residents. Hamilton wasn’t just starting a new school. He was starting a new life. And what happened next was right out of Jordan Peele’s race-themed horror film Get Out. On his first day, the white kids in Hamilton’s class grabbed him and started touching him everywhere. One white classmate asked him, disappointed, “Why don’t you talk like 50 Cent?” Another chimed in, “My mom told me y’all run so fast because y’all have extra muscles in y’all’s legs. Is that true?” Before Hamilton could answer, the 8th grader grabbed his legs to check for himself….

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Interviews

Laura Bensick

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Runner-up in the 2016 Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition, Laura Bensick’s career has been steadily on the rise. In September 2019, she sold her show Everyday Insanity to Fox with Sterling K. Brown (This is Us) and Ken Olin producing. Earlier the same year, her play Life in Paradox debuted in Los Angeles. She placed in Script Pipeline with her pilot The Mother and later signed with UTA. You showed up on our radar with The Mother, which is still one of the most remarkable drama pilots we’ve reviewed, and placed as runner-up in a tight race that season for the top spot. When writers are consistently drilled with this notion that they should only be focused on “writing genre,” how do you disregard that for a moment and write what feels true to your self and your sensibilities? What inspired the concept behind The Mother, which is, let’s be honest,…

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Essential Reading - Screenplays and Pilots

Stranger Things – Bible

By Essential Reading - Screenplays and Pilots

For this column, we typically focus on produced screenplays and teleplays to give aspiring writers a sense of what the standard is for professional screenwriters. The scripts we choose typically have strong characters, poignant themes, and — it should go without saying — exceptional writing. Although a well-written screenplay is still the best calling card an aspiring writer can have, focusing solely on the script doesn’t fully reflect the reality of the film industry. It has become increasingly common for producers, managers, and especially TV execs to request a bible or pitch deck before even reading the script, and perhaps the best example in recent years is the pitch document for Stranger Things. We’ve written about Stranger Things before, and needless to say, we’re big fans of the series (as is everyone else on the internet). This pitch deck was written before the show was picked up (the original title…

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Script Sales

January 2020 Script Sales

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Here are some of the most notable script sales from January 2020: – Previous Script Pipeline winner Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman) will script the Anaconda remake for Columbia Pictures. The original movie was written by Hans Bauer, Jim Cash, and Jack Epps Jr. – …and previous Script Pipeline winner Tripper Clancy (Stuber) has an action/comedy series over at Quibi. Titled Die Hart, the series is written by Tripper and Derek Kolstad and directed by Eric Appel, and it stars John Travolta and Kevin Hart. – Rian Johnson’s sequel to Knives Out is in development. Johnson will write and direct, and Daniel Craig will possibly star again as well. – Jennifer Harrington’s sci-fi/action/comedy sped It’s the End of Liz as We Know It was picked up by The Detective Agency and Sony Pictures Entertainment. – Robert Sudduth’s ensemble Latina female-driven drama spec Tias found a home with Will Packer…

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