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In This Issue

1) Finalists Announced: 2014 Writing Competitions

2) Pitchfest August 2nd - Register By July 10th

3) Script Sales - June

4) Book Pipeline Contest: Deadline September 15th

5) Must-Read Scripts: Mad Men Pilot

Finalists Announced: 2014 Writing Competitions

The finalists for the 2014 Screenwriting and TV Writing competitions have now been announced. Close to 5,000 scripts were entered in both contests combined, and judges recognized this season as the best year ever in terms of overall quality of writing.

Winners announced August 2nd at our Secret Door Pitchfest in Hollywood. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Screenwriting Finalists (20)

Animal Heist by Aneesh Chaganty & Sev Ohanian
Blood Milk
by Amy Levy
Black Ox
by Joe Halstead
Dead River Girl
by Morris Long
Dreamaholics Anonymous
by Romi Moondi
Externally Yours
by Elizabeth Rogers
by Lloyd Ohls
by Soloman Gray
The Friend Zone
by Aaron Marshall
by Alex Ross
Hunter's Moon
by Adam Slutsky & Mark Rogers
by Erik Schill
Patient 36
by Hank Hoffman
by Alex Fazeli
The Memory Sphere
by Kevin Sluder
The Scoundrels Club
by Jeff York
The Shift Manager
by Matt Tassone & John Ott
by Kurt Conety
by Jimmy Mosqueda
Will Gardner
by Max Martini

TV Writing Finalists (10)

Bleach by Shawn Boxe
Expiration Date by Wes Meilandt, Nathan Bane, & Tim Black
Modern Family (Spec) by Tracy Reilly
PCU: Petty Crimes Unit by Ben Taylor
Pioneer Village by Greg Wayne
Security by Brian Hurney
Supernormal by Thomas Krajewski
Three by Kimberly Barrante
Truett Ave. by Alev Aydin
Widowmakers by Kirk Weddell

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Pitchfest August 2nd - Register By July 10th


Pitchfest Package - $325 (until July 10th, 2014)

--Pitches to 20-30 companies (writers and writing teams given five minutes with each industry executive)

--Pitch consultation with a Script Pipeline Senior Analyst ($80 value)

--Two (2) FREE entries to any Script Pipeline Competition (up to $120 value)

The Script Pipeline Secret Door Pitchfest offers a rare opportunity to connect with some of the most influential decision-makers in the film industry during a one-day event in Los Angeles. Designed for both beginning and established screenwriters, Secret Door gathers a selected group of high-level producers, managers, agents, and key studio executives searching for new material and fresh voices, allowing the writer to pitch and network in a more intimate, organized, hassle-free environment.


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Script Sales - June


A somewhat slower month. . . .  In true retro fashion, Dreamworks developing an animated Felix the Cat film. Even more retro: Medusa, another animated comedy coming from Sony Pictures. Wasting no time at all, as the news of his release broke less than a month ago, Bowe Bergdahl's story will become a feature in America's Last Prisoner of War. Fox Searchlight taking the helm. Will Smith set to star in the as-of-yet untitled NFL concussion project, bringing to light the injuries sustained by ex-football players. And Oliver Stone writing / directing a film about the notorious Edward Snowden. 

Other script sales include:

- Featuring an all-female Delta Force, the action/thriller The Athena Project, based on the novel by Brad Thor. MMA fighter Ronda Rousey attached to star.

- A remake of the 1980s thriller War Games is back on track.

- Ken Jeong will star in the political road comedy (yes, that's a genre now) International Incident.

- Marvel's latest property to enter the development pipeline: Doctor Strange. Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) writing.

View More Script Sales

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Book Pipeline Competition: Deadline September 15th, 2014

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), Lakeshore Entertainment (Million Dollar Baby), and Paradigm to discuss further development.

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 production.

 Acceptable entries include:

- 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


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Must-Read Scripts: Mad Men

It's a show that defines an era. Only not our era. Mad Men drips with glossy 1960s charm--or shameless 1960s indulgence, depending on your perspective. A soap opera, ironically, for the 21st century. The series perhaps over-dramatizes the evolution of the mid-century advertising world, but offers something in terms of unique character development that breaks our notion of what to expect in a period drama. If you're a part of its fan base, you have the benefit of retrospect when reading the pilot, and will immediately recognize how well Don Draper is established from the start, setting us up perfectly for what will be an intimate and profound character arc.

Is Mad Men nothing more than an exaggeration? A hyperbole of those living in the most tumultuous decade of the modern era? Sure. But it's the type of grounded glamorization that rips it out of the cliche, a style we anticipated from the episode one.

Read the "Mad Men" Pilot Script

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