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In This Issue

1) Upcoming Deadlines - Writing & Idea Contests

2) CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2014 Book Pipeline Contest

3) Script Sales - March

4) Script Pipeline Alum's Film Makes Fest Premiere

5) Must-Read Scripts: "Bridesmaids"

Recent Script Pipeline Success Stories

- Michael Bay's adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, co-written by Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest winner Evan Daugherty, releases this summer, August 8th. Evan also co-wrote the hit film Divergent and is currently writing multiple studio and network TV projects.

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Upcoming Deadlines - Writing & Idea Contests

- April 15th -
2014 Great Movie & TV Show Idea Contests

- May 1st -
2014 Screenwriting & TV Writing Competitions

All winners and finalists receive exposure to over 200 managers, producers, and agents, intensive development assistance from Pipeline executives prior to circulation, and a FREE entry to the August 2nd Secret Door Pitchfest in Los Angeles.

In total, writers discovered and developed by Script Pipeline have earned $5 million in script sales, with many launching professional careers in film and television.


In the last few months, several Pipeline alums sold their scripts to both indie production companies and studios. Some of the highlights. . . .


Screenwriting Contest winner Tripper Clancy, who secured representation with a Script Pipeline partner, sold a pitch to QED International (District 9) and the comedy feature The Ambassadors to 20th Century Fox. He's also tabbed to write the upcoming animated comedy Shedd for Paramount, and his contest-winning screenplay Henry the Second is moving forward in development.

"I cannot underestimate the impact that Script Pipeline has had on my writing career. Winning the contest directly led to my new representation, which in turn led to working with studios such as 20th Century Fox."
- Tripper Clancy (The Ambassadors, Winter Break, Shedd)

Alum Evan Daugherty co-wrote the box office hit Divergent, starring Shailene Woodley and Kate Winslet, as well as Snow White and the Huntsman. Evan was also brought on board Michael Bay's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, coming to theaters later this year. Other projects in development include the ABC event series Esmeralda, a pilot for NBC (Midnight Mass), and the third installment of the GI Joe franchise for Paramount. His Script Pipeline contest-winning screenplay was produced and starred Robert De Niro.

"Script Pipeline introduced me to a manager a few weeks after the contest, helping launch my professional career as a screenwriter."
- Evan Daugherty (Divergent, Snow White and the Huntsman)

Other former finalists and Pipeline "Recommends" have found representation with top management companies and moved their projects closer toward production, including screenwriting finalist Craig Weeden, who optioned Painkiller Jane with writer Jimmy Palmiotti to Solipsist Films (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For) earlier this year, and Micah Barnett, who sold his spec Ricochet to NBC. Winners and runners-up of the Idea competitions are also actively shopping their projects to studio-level producers.


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CALL FOR ENTRIES: 2014 Book Pipeline Contest

2014 Book Pipeline Contest

The 2014 Book Pipeline Competition, presented by Script Pipeline, is searching for playwrights and authors with material well-suited for film or television adaptation. The winning writer will have meetings with Energy Entertainment (Extant), Benderspink (We’re the Millers, A History of Violence), and Paradigm to discuss further development and the potential for production.

After 12 seasons running the successful Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, the 1st Annual Book Pipeline Contest aims to continue discovering new talent and delivering unique, compelling stories to the industry--with the specific intent of getting projects on the fast track to motion picture or television production. 

ENTRY FEE: $50 per submission 

Acceptable entries:

- Novels (fiction or non-fiction)
- Book Proposals / Pitches
- Graphic Novels
- Plays

*Books and graphic novels may be published or unpublished; if published, the film AND television rights must be available

Supplemental materials (illustrations, character bios, etc.) may be included as well.


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Script Sales - March


Amongst another month full of young adult novel adaptations and remakes, a few original specs cracked through, as well as some classic stories about to become new again. Sofia Coppola set to direct a live-action version of The Little Mermaid, which may stick to the original storyline by Hans Christian Anderson. Summit Entertainment continues to tap into the tween market with Dork Diaries, based on the book series. Rupert Sanders (Snow White and the Huntsman) will direct the Paul Haggis sci-fi/crime script The Juliet.  

Other script sales include:

- An (animated) adaptation of The Pink Panther. MGM taking the helm.

- A biopic on pitcher R.A. Dickey, who after years in the minor leagues, finally makes the majors and becomes, albeit briefly, one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball.

- The comedy Vacation Friends. Anna Faris and Chris Pratt starring, 20th Century Fox producing.

- Meryl Streep will star in the Diablo Cody project Ricky and the Flash.

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Script Pipeline Alum's Film Makes Fest Premiere

Josh Chesler, winner of the 2012 Script Pipeline Great Movie Idea Contest and top 20 finalist in the 2012 Screenwriting Competition, saw his original script Chasing Ghosts produced, and it recently premiered at the Cleveland International Film Festival in March. Tim Meadows (SNL), Toby Nichols, Robin Lively, W. Earl Brown (Deadwood), and Frances Conroy (Six Feet Under) rounds out a stellar cast for the indie.

"It's been an incredible ride getting my first feature film produced and brought to the screen," said Josh. "I couldn't be happier with the finished movie. My recognition from Script Pipeline gave me the incentive and confidence to keep pushing my writing career, and I can't wait to make the next one!"

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Must-Read Scripts: "Bridesmaids"

Screenwriting 101 teaches you short dialogue is good dialogue. Brevity over talking heads. Dialogue-heavy scripts can only work if the dialogue is. . . well, good. Bridemaids fits the bill--and then some.

The film was critically-acclaimed as one of the best in its genre, due in part to an all-star cast that helped (further) advance the careers of its stars, prove the otherwise sobering Rose Byrne (Damages) is an incredibly talented actress, and establish Kristen Wiig and co-writer Annie Mumolo as a legitimate force for female screenwriters. Not only female screenwriters in general, but those who can write broad, mainstream comedies, rejecting the "chick flick" stereotype branding female writers.

Acting talents aside, the comic timing on the page is apparent, with each scene consistently showing the wit and heart of its characters. The result: a modern primer for students of screenwriting. Consider this Advanced Comedy Writing 201.

Read the "Bridesmaids" Script

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