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April Newsletter

In This Issue

1) DEADLINE: May 1st - Screenwriting / TV Writing Competitions

2) Writing Classes - 1-on-1 Script Consultations

3) DISCOUTNED RATE: Secret Door Pitchfest, Expires 4/1

4) Script Sales - March

5) Script Pipeline Recommends: Script-a-Thon & Seminar

6) Script Pipeline Partner: iScript - Record Your Screenplay

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Great Movie Idea Contest

*$20,000 cash, $80,000 in prizes*

*Finalist scripts reviewed by 200 companies*

*Snow White & the Huntsman written by former winner*

New Writers Database members get ONE FREE ENTRY 

2012 Screenwriting Competition

DEADLINE: May 1st - Entry fee $50

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.

Recent success stories in the past few weeks include 2011 winner Matthew Bozin and 2010 finalist Tony Boland optioning their feature screenplays. The 2008 winning screenplay Killing Season recently wrapped production, starring Robert De Niro and John Travolta.

In 2010, contest winner Evan Daugherty sold his spec Snow White and the Huntsman to Universal for $3 million, and winner Tripper Clancy was hired by Fox as a comedy writer after securing representation with Script Pipeline industry partner Jake Wagner 

2011 winner Tyler Smith signed with a manager and WME agent in September, and the finalist script Shed was optioned in January 2012.

View more success stories



2012 TV Writing Competition

DEADLINE: May 1st - Entry fee $50

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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Writing Classes: 1-on-1 Script Coaching

Writing Classes

Over 100 screenwriters have launched their careers through Script Pipeline, including Workshop "Recommend" Micah Barnett (The Merc List) and screenwriting competition finalist Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman; Killing Season). This dedication to fostering up-and-coming talent has resulted in $4 million in screenplays sold over the last 10 years.

But we're not merely searching for the next great writer: ultimately, we're looking to help get your script produced.

Through the newly-launched Writing Classes, novice to advanced writers have a chance to work 1-on-1 with Pipeline development execs.  Each session can be customized based on the type of assistance required.  Whether you have a general concept, a first draft, or need to start with the basics of screenwriting, the goal is to refine your skills so your script can compete in the spec marketplace.

Both feature film and TV writers are welcome to submit.

All packages consisting of three or more sessions include the following:

View recent writer success stories

For more information, or to request a series of sessions, call us at (323) 424-4243 or email us at

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LAST CHANCE: Discounted Entry - Secret Door Pitchfests

Secret Door Pitchfest - May, June, & August

Secret Door Pitchfest
presented by Script Pipeline

August 4th, 2012



Pitch your scripts and ideas DIRECT to industry reps, including agents, managers, and producers.

The Secret Door Pitchfest returns this summer to Los Angeles, August 4th 2012.  Pre-register before April 1st for the discounted rate ($200 off).

Previous companies have included Lakeshore Entertainment, Gersh, Principal Entertainment, FilmEngine, Darko, Bold Films, and other top execs.

Everyone attending will receive the following:

--One-on-one meetings with 20-30 companies (confirmed list TBD)

--Pitch consultation with Script Pipeline ($100 value)

--1-year Writers Database membership ($100 value)

--Two (2) FREE entries to the 2012 Script Pipeline Screenwriting or TV Writing Competitions ($100 value)

*Spaces limited to 100 writers*


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Recent Script Sales - March


As in previous months (and years), plenty of novel adaptations to go around, perhaps the most specs based on books in a while.  One of them few saw coming: a remake of 1984, possibly to be renamed "So None of this Stuff Actually Happened."  Ron Howard producing.  Brett Ratner may direct the sequel to the 1988 film Midnight Run.  Dr. Seuss' The Cat in the Hat gets another green light, sans live-action.  Based on the graphic novel, The Red Star, set in an alternate future where the USSR still exists, should add some fresh vision to theaters.  And Muppets 2--hopefully it won't take long, looking forward to 10 more 80s-quality Muppet films.

Other script sales include:

- Adaptation of the 2011 novel Crazy U: One Dad’s Crash Course In Getting His Kid Into College.  If only Will Ferrell was involved.  Say, producing through his company Gary Sanchez and possibly starring.

- The erotic drama 50 Shades of Grey, which should inevitably spark an erotic drama revolution in Hollywood.

- Huck and Tom, a modern-day tale of the adventurous duo.  Paramount producing.

- Biopic of the eccentric artist Salvador Dali.  Moustache casting separately.

View more script sales

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Script Pipeline Recommends: Script-a-Thon & Seminar

The Script-a-thon is a screenwriting marathon and contest (inspired by the NaNoWriMo, the novel writing marathon) in its 3rd year. Enter now for cash prizes, agent meetings and much more. Judges include Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2), Steve Mazur (Liar, Liar) and Scott Rosenfelt (Home Alone).  Early entry ends March 31, 2012. Enter now for just $29. Use discount code "pipeline" for $5 off.  Click here to enter.

Anne Norda, founder of the Script-a-thon, will be presenting a seminar based on her screenwriting workshop (
) -- "Intuitive Screenwriting: Unlock Your Inner Genius" -- at the Scriptwriter's Network on May 26th and the Great American Pitchfest on June 2nd.

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