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Pre-register – 2016 Script Pipeline Competitions

The 2016 Script Pipeline Screenwriting and TV Writing Competitions continue a long tradition of discovering up-and-coming talent and connecting them with top producers, agencies, and managers across studio and independent markets. This process has thus far resulted in over $5 million in screenplays and TV pilots sold from competition finalists and “Recommend” writers since 2003.

Finalists are given exposure to Script Pipeline industry partners, approximately 200 qualified contacts, and the following:

• $35,000 to winners

• Consultations with Script Pipeline’s Director of Development

• Personal introductions to managers, producers, agents, and others searching for new screenplays, tailored to each individual project

• Exclusive invitation to private industry/writer events throughout the year

*Register by December 31st for a reduced entry fee – submit your script any time before May 1st, 2016.

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LATE DEADLINE - Great Movie and TV Show Idea Contests

SUBMIT BY: December 15th

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 film 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 screenplays are not reviewed, nor are entrants required to have a completed script. 

Grand Prize Winner:

• $1,000

• Consultation sessions with Script Pipeline executives to get your concept ready for circulation

• Exposure to producers for potential development

• Review of additional pitches and material

Previous winners have seen extensive circulation of their work and had their pitches repped by studio execs. Recently, Script Pipeline's development team consulted with former contest winner Kevin Jones on his TV series idea Horizon for several months until he completed the pilot script--the project is now making the rounds to top production companies, major networks, and agencies.

"I've been entering and placing in contests--including Script Pipeline--for several years. Through each of those 'almosts', I've uncovered my strengths, found my voice, defined my realm. It's all led to this, and I'm excited to see where things go from here."
- Kevin Jones, Great TV Show Idea Winner (Horizon)

Pitch Your Movie Idea

Pitch Your TV Show Idea

Year-Long Script Development - Apply for a Pipeline Fellowship by 12/15

The Pipeline Fellowship offers writers an ongoing, exclusive opportunity to receive a one-year mentorship with Script Pipeline and industry professionals, including screenwriter Will McCormack (Toy Story 4) and Michael Lerner (Love & Mercy). At the end of the Fellowship period, writers will be introduced to producers, managers, agents, and other influential representatives.

We select a minimum of four Fellows, and there is no maximum number of selectionsApplicants may submit up to two different projects--screenplays or TV pilots.

Application Window Ends: December 15th, 2015 

Application Fee: $75

Announcements and Process: All applicants are notified no later than the end of January by phone or email with an update on their status and whether or not they were selected. General feedback from our Director of Development and Senior Consultant is included as well. A complete list of Fellows is publicly announced in late February 2016.

Apply for the Pipeline Fellowship

November 2015 Script Sales

Hollywood moved a little slower this month, as is to be expected for the holiday season. MGM picked up Matthew Orton’s untitled historical thriller spec about Mossad agents trying to capture Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann. Chuck Hayward’s sorority dramedy Ain’t No Half Steppin found a home at Broad Green Pictures. The film follows a black sorority girl who agrees to teach black Greek stepping to stereotypical white sorority girls who are about to lose their charter. Good Universe is moving forward with Jessie Andrews’ dramedy script Empress of Serenity about a lawyer forced to take a cruise to bond with his estranged father. Bill Hader to star, Andrews to also direct. Max Landis’ Deeper is moving forward at Phantom Four Films and Addictive Pictures. The psychological thriller focuses on a disgraced astronaut on a mission to reach the bottom of an oceanic trench and the mysterious forces he encounters. Finally, Casey Affleck will produce and direct Damien Ober’s Far Bright Star, based on the novel by Robert Olmstead.

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Fargo – Pilot

Fargo the movie is a classic. The Coen brothers' crime comedy captivated critics and audiences alike with a tale of pettiness, greed, kidnapping, murder, a woodchipper, and Minnesotan accents. Any attempt to bring the film to television would have giant shoes to fill, so it's no surprise that eighteen years passed before Fargo the series premiered on FX. (A pilot was filmed in 1997 with Kathy Bates directing and Edie Falco starring, but the show never made it to series and, unlike Fargo-FX, had no involvement from the Coens.)

Noah Hawley, the show's creator and showrunner, abandons the Coens' characters and plot but has crafted a series that's still unmistakably Fargo. The setting, the humor, the boldfaced based-on-a-true-story lie, and, of course, the glorious accents all remain intact, and each of the (so far) two seasons focuses on borderline-incompetent criminal newbies getting mixed up with career criminals and resilient, small-town law enforcement just like the film. In fact, Hawley so perfectly captures the spirit of the original movie that the Coens' Fargo feels less like a source material and more like another chapter in (as Hawley calls it) The History of True Crime in the Mid WestAdd in a few remixed elements from other Coen classics including No Country for Old Men and The Man Who Wasn't There, and that's the show.

Read the Fargo Pilot

"It is far easier to criticize than to create."