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In This Issue

1) Winners Announced - Screenwriting & TV Writing Contests

2) SPECIAL OFFER: 1-on-1 Development Assistance

3) Script Sales - July

4) TWO WEEKS LEFT: First Look Project Early Deadline

5) Script Pipeline's Writers Database - Free Contest Entry

Winners Announced - Screenwriting & TV Writing Contests

From left: Haji Outlaw, Script Pipeline CEO Chad Clough, Jackson Sinder,
Director of Development Matt Misetich, and Morgan von Ancken

On August 3rd at the Secret Door Pitchfest in Hollywood, Script Pipeline announced the winner and runner-up of the 2013 Screenwriting & TV Writing competitions.

Taking top Screenwriting honors was Morgan von Ancken with his dramedy Cutting Numbers. Runner-up: the western / thriller Deadmen by Haji Outlaw.

In the equally uber-competitive TV Writing contest, Jackson Sinder and his period drama / adventure Yukon nabbed the top spot.

Similar to previous years, it was an extremely close decision for both contests.

"Just when we think the quality of writing has sort of peaked, we have yet another group of screenplays and TV material that manages to outdo the season prior," said Matt Misetich (Director of Development, Script Pipeline). "We're very eager to circulate the finalists to our industry contacts and generate more writer successes as we move into the 2014 season."

For a complete list of finalists, visit:

Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition

Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition

The 2014 Competitions Open September 1st


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SPECIAL OFFER: One-on-One Writing Consultations

Many writers are better-served discussing feedback direct with their reader, and Script Pipeline is extending the offer for one-on-one consultation sessions for the rest of the summer. View more info here.

Sign up for a single consult session or multiple "classes" tailored to your specific goals as a writer. Screenplays, original TV pilots, and works-in-progress accepted, as well as novelists looking to hone their skills as screenwriters by adapting their own material.

Email us at to reserve a time for a (free) preliminary call with our Senior Consultant, who will advise on what options are best for you.


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Script Sales - July


Amongst a spattering of sci-fi thrillers, a few popular titles emerge, including Gran Turismo and a follow-up to the tremendously successful The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, a remake of the Swedish adaptation The Girl Who Played with Fire. Bust out an 80s keyboard and polish up your "Axel F" skills: Beverly Hills cop Axel Foley (aka Eddie Murphy) will return in a fourth installment of the franchise. And Tom Hanks is top dog in another Dan Brown thriller, Inferno. Ron Howard will direct.

Other script sales include:

- A biopic on the life of quarterback Kurt Warner (whose true story might be a lot more incredible than most think. . . ) 

- It's about time: Artemis Fowl, coming soon. Robert De Niro to executive produce the Disney pic.

- Fox taking the wheel on a big-screen rendition of the now-classic comic series X-Force.

- Winner of stand-out title of the year: Sleep-Away Camp for Postmodern Cowboys.

View more script sales

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Early Deadline: August 15th - 2013 First Look Project

Now in its second season, the contest intends to fulfill the current requests of studios and top-tier production companies by finding new, high-concept material in four divisions: Feature Screenplay (4 genre sections), Teleplay, and Adaptation.


The selected entries receive $1,000 and direct industry exposure to: Vinson Films (Journey to the Center of the Earth), Green Hat Films (The Hangover franchise), Lakeshore Entertainment (Underworld), Vertigo Entertainment (The Strangers), Paradigm, and Benderspink (The Incredible Burt Wonderstone).

As with all Pipeline competitions, the selected First Look winners get personal development assistance prior to and post-circulation, working one-on-one with executives for the long-term--a process that has helped numerous writers launch their careers, including alum Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman, Divergent, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).

"After receiving a follow-up batch of practical, genre-minded notes that remained true to the story, I went in and polished the script. Better than it ever was. Their feedback also inspired me to write the most chilling opening scene I've ever imagined. Script Pipeline is the secret to taking any serious screenwriter's script to the next level, making it stronger, tighter, and ultimately ready for market."
- Jace Daniel, 2012 First Look Winner (horror / thriller)

This is an international competition, and writers worldwide are welcome to submit. Visit for details.

EARLY DEADLINE: August 15th, 2013


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Script Pipeline's Writers Database 

Now a 5-year membership until September 1st

Search companies looking for material and considering new writers in the Writers Database.

Become a member and view over 1,000 more listings for agents, managers, and producers. New members also receive:

- discounts on professional script notes

- one entry to any Script Pipeline Competition, including the 2013 First Look Project

- one-on-one assistance with logline and query reviews


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