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Grand Prize winner of the 2011 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, Tyler Burton Smith has been tabbed to co-write the Warner Bros. horror Five Nights at Freddy’s, based on the uber-popular app/PC game of the same name where animatronic characters come to life—to kill people, of course.

Tyler will be teaming with director Gil Kenan (Monster HouseCity of EmberPoltergeist). RoyLee (The Lego Movie), David Katzenberg (GremlinsIt), and Seth Grahame-Smith (The Lego Batman Movie) producing.

After his animated comedy feature Henchmen was selected as a top-4 winner in the competition, Tyler found management and was hired on various writing assignments, including the action video games QuantumBreakSleeping Dogs, and Prototype 2. He’s currently repped by Chris Goble (Grandview) and WME.

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Secret Door Pitchfest - Saturday, August 8th

Use code "LApitch" during registration for an exclusive entrance-only* rate. 

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.

The event package includes:

• Pitch to appx. 20-25 companies

• 5-year Script Pipeline Script Pipeline Membership ($100 value)

• Two (2) FREE entries to any Script Pipeline Competition ($120)

• Parking and refreshments

*promo code rate does not include a consult, free contest entries, or membership.

Reserve a Spot

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Great Movie and TV Show Idea Contests

The 9th Great Movie Idea and 7th Great TV Show Idea contests are searching for truly innovative material for both studio and indie markets. Ideally, groundbreaking ideas that are both marketable and fresh--something a global audience can connect with. Accepted entries include loglines, synopses, video pitches, or full treatments. Completed script are not reviewed, nor are entrants required to have a completed script. You only need one spectacular idea. Think big and original.

For writers and non-writers alike, Script Pipeline provides additional development assistance and connects the winner with top studio producers, including execs from Lakeshore Entertainment (Million Dollar Baby), Benderspink (Vacation), Darko Entertainment (Pride, Prejudice, and Zombies), and other major motion picture producers looking for new concepts.

NEXT DEADLINE: October 1st, 2015



July 2015 Script Sales

It was a somewhat slower month for script sales. Disney acquired Prince Charming, a fantasy/comedy spec by Matthew Fogel about Prince Charming's brother who has never lived up to his family name. MGM has purchased the spec script Bed Rest written by Lori Evans Taylor, a Hitchcockian thriller about an expectant mother confined to bed rest. Fubar Films has optioned Bill Kennedy's Blacklist script The Fixer, a gritty mob drama set in Los Angeles. Paramount and Red Hour films moving forward with Red Shirts, a college football comedy pitch from Veep's Timothy Simons and Matt Walsh. Ben Stiller to produce. . . .

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True Detective - Pilot

Anthology television has seen a resurgence recently, with such series as American Horror StoryFargo, and American Crime leading the way, but no series has made as much of a cultural impact as True Detective.

Although season two has not been as well received (we at Script Pipeline believe it's still very good but needlessly complex), the first season deserves all the praise critics and audiences heaped upon it. Edgar Allan Poe and Arthur Conan Doyle popularized the detective genre with C. Auguste Dupin and Sherlock Holmes, respectively, and Agatha Christie perfected it with Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. In the decades since, thousands of writers have contributed to the constantly growing genre (in every medium imaginable—TV, film, graphic novels, even podcasts), making it harder and harder for authors to standout. But True Detective succeeded where others. . . 

Read the True Detective Pilot

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