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January Newsletter

In This Issue

1) 2012 Writing Competitions - Next Deadline: March 1st

2) Success Stories - Year in Review

3) Interviews with 2011 Contest Finalists

4) Script Sales - November

2012 Writing Competitions - Next Deadline: March 1st

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2012 Screenwriting Competition

NEXT DEADLINE: March 1st - Entry fee $45

With more major writer success stories in the past two years than any other competition, the 10th Annual Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest sets its sights on discovering up-and-coming creative talent and connecting them with top production companies, agencies, and managers.

Most recently, former contest winner Evan Daugherty sold his spec Snow White and the Huntsman to Universal for $3 million, and 2010 winner Tripper Clancy was hired by Fox as a comedy writer after securing representation with Script Pipeline industry partner FilmEngine.  2011 winner Tyler Smith signed with a manager and WME agent in September.


2012 TV Writing Competition

NEXT DEADLINE: March 1st - Entry fee $45

Now in its 5th year, the Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition is searching for the best in TV material. Accepted entries include reality or idea proposals, spec scripts for existing shows, and original pilots.




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Success Stories: Year in Review


Talk about an amazing year for our writers. . . . 

Through Script Pipeline's extensive network of industry contacts, recent screenwriting competition finalists and Writers Workshop "Recommends" have landed assignments with studios, gained major agency representation, sold specs in six-figure deals, and our 2008 winning script Killing Season (formerly Shrapnel) is headed to production this January.

Highlights include:

- Snow White & the Huntsman, written by contest-winner Evan Daugherty, wrapped production in December and is set for a summer 2012 release.  It's expected to be one of the biggest theatrical releases of next year.  Stars Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron.  Rupert Sanders directing.

- 2008 winning screenplay Shrapnel is slated for a 2012 release as well, with Robert De Niro and John Travolta to play two war veterans out for vengeance.

- Tripper Clancy, winner of the 2010 Competition, was hired by 20th Century Fox to work in feature film development as a comedy writer.

- Tyler Smith signed with William Morris Endeavor after snagging a top four spot in the 2011 Screenwriting Competition.

- 2011 Screenwriting and TV Writing finalists Ian McWethy, Nicol Eilers, and Ben Yip signed with manager Andrew Kersey.

- Winner Evan Daugherty sold a TV pitch to NBC with the writer of Twilight.

- Former "Recommend" script Watch Roger do his Thing, written by Michael Starrbury, was named to the 2011 Blacklist as one of the most popular unproduced screenplays of the year.

- Writers Workshop "Recommend" writers were hired by multiple Script Pipeline industry contacts over the course of the year.

Congratulations to all our former finalists and Workshop "Recommend" screenwriters! 

View the slideshow on the Script Pipeline Home Page for more recent success stories.

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Interviews with 2011 Contest Finalists

2011 Screenwriting Competition Winner - Marc Samson

"There's no way you can evolve without feedback. That is true for music, painting, writing or any other art. The thing to keep in mind is to not be discouraged by criticism. Sometimes people are right, and sometime they are not. It's your job to take this feedback, interpret it, and make it your own."
Marc's full interview

2011 Screenwriting Competition Winner - Tyler Smith

"I definitely saw Henchman as more of a sample when I was writing it.  I knew there were a lot fewer opportunities for optioning an animated script, but it was a story I really wanted to tell.  Sometimes I just have to go with my gut and write the stories I'm excited about, because those are the ones that come out the best, whether or not they sell." 
Tyler's full interview

2012 Screenwriting Competition Winner - Matthew Bozin

"The recognition of winning Script Pipeline has been a great avenue for the script as well.  I’ve caught the attention of some creative executives and have had a couple meetings out of it, which leads to more relationships and more people I can send my next script to."
Matthew's full interview

2011 TV Writing Competition Winner - David Love

"But I would much rather write something that is first and foremost funny. If it has some kind of message, or speaks to the human condition, bonus points, but more than anything, I think people just need to laugh."
David's full interview

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Recent Script Sales - December


A final trickle of spec sales, as well as a good number of novel adaptations, to close out the end of December and 2011.  Two superhero scripts, based on characters by comic guru Stan Lee, are slated for development, with Lee to serve as producer on both.  Disney and Benderspink are teaming up on Bob the Musical, a comedy about a man whose life turns into a musical.  And on a more dramatic note, the true story of Jacob Barnett, a child genius diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome.

Other script sales include:

- A remake of American Psycho, minus the genius of Christian Bale.  Lionsgate to produce.

- Grown Ups 2, sequel to the Adam Sandler ensemble comedy (although wouldn't "Grown Upper" be a better title?)

- Gangsters, vampires, and aliens do battle in, where else, 1920s Prohibition-Era America.  From the graphic novel Turf.

View more script sales

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