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This month, Script Pipeline celebrates the Writer: the most crucial component of the filmmaking process, yet perhaps the most underestimated.

In our 15 year history, with hundreds of thousands of screenplays, TV pilots, and pitches reviewed, we've seen the evolution of new writers firsthand and have come to discover real progress is made only when emerging talent is given a platform to showcase their ability, an opportunity to test the market and see where their work stands amongst others. We've helped launch numerous careers, but it always starts with you, the writer--your dedication to improvement and the process of development that allows us to better, more effectively connect you with the industry.

Over the next four weeks, we'll be giving away notes packages, consultations, entries to Script Pipeline competitions, and other writer-centric rewards as a thank you to our continuously growing, global community. Be sure to follow us on both Twitter and Facebook for consideration.

We want to hear how you become a writer, what you despise about the industry, what you love about the industry, why you haven't given up, and the things that keep you inspired. Post on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag ‪#‎LongLiveTheWriter‬ (and don't forget to tag @scriptpipeline).

Here's to a productive 2016. Let's make every year "The Year of the Writer." 

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Script Pipeline: 2015 in Review

Some highlights from Script Pipeline alumni, including former contest winners and finalists.

Henry Dunham (Militia) signed with Madhouse Entertainment and UTA in September, less than a month after being announced as the winner of the 2015 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition.

In December, Henry's contest-winning script ranked on the 2015 Black List with nine industry executives naming it one of their favorite unproduced scripts of the year.

Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest winner Tripper Clancy (The AmbassadorsStranded) signed on to write Hacker Camp for Hasbro, based on an idea from Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner. The action-comedy centers around a group of nerds at a computer camp. Tripper has other projects in development at Sony, Paramount, Fox, and QED International.

Also, Tripper’s coming-of-age comedy Henry the Second, winner of the 2010 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, is headed toward production by summer 2016. 21 Laps (The Spectacular Now) and producer Shawn Levy join 3311 Productions (Table 19) at the helm.

MGM and Warner Bros. hired Script Pipeline writer Evan Daugherty in February 2015 to pen the new Tomb Raider reboot. Graham King (The DepartedArgo) producing. Instead of a sequel to the 2001 Angelina Jolie version, the new plot will feature a younger Lara Croft on her first adventure. Evan found representation with Script Pipeline partner Jake Wagner in 2008.

In addition, Hulu has picked up Myst, based on the video game and written by Evan. The bestselling computer game of the 90s, Myst pawned four sequels, several spin-off games, and novels. Hulu bought the pitch and has commissioned a pilot script from Evan. Upon script approval, Myst will go direct to series.

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.

Tyler will be teaming with director Gil Kenan (Monster HouseCity of EmberPoltergeist). Roy Lee (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. Tyler is repped by Chris Goble (Grandview) and WME.

Chasing Ghosts, written by former Script Pipeline contest winner and finalist Josh Chesler, was released on April 21st, 2015. The film stars Tim Meadows (SNL), Toby Nichols, Robin Lively, and Frances Conroy. 

Josh was a finalist in the Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition and winner of the Great Movie Idea Contest with co-writer Paul Connor. He's currently developing additional feature and TV material.

Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest finalist Matt Altman sold his sci-fi/action spec Sam & Liz: A Killer Love Story to Relativity Media. Previously, Matt had signed with with APA and Parallax Talent Management, and in October 2014, he and co-writer David Matalon sold their feature script The Feud to Vandal Entertainment. Matt placed in the 2010 Pipeline competition with the action/thriller Dangerous Waters.

December 2015 Script Sales

Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions picked up Claire, a thriller spec by Brad Ingelsby. Claire follows a mother who protects her daughter after she falls in with the wrong crowd. Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire will produce Wayne Lemon’s spec The Havana Affair, a true-story thriller about the CIA’s Operation Mongoose. Amazon Studios is moving forward with Max Hurwitz’s Black List spec Forgive Me, a biopic about 60 Minutes’  Mike Wallace and his struggles with depression. Finally, Jason Bateman will produce Jesse Zwick, Allan Haldeman, Emerson Davis, and Michael Weintraub's untitled crime script based on Operation Pandora's Box, a sting operation that resulted in Los Angeles Sheriff Lee Baca's resignation in 2014. 

Read more script sales

Script Pipeline Deadlines & Announcements

2016 Screenwriting Competition - March 1st (early)

2016 TV Writing Competition - March 1st (early)

2015 Great Idea Contest winners announced in February

2015 First Look Project winners announced in March


Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Screenplay

One of the best dramas last year was also one of the funniest comedies. However, the emotional aspects only worked because the movie is so funny. 

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, adapted by Jesse Andrews from his own book and directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, won both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize at Sundance last year, but the film came and went unnoticed when it was released. And it's not hard to see why: It's got all the quirk of Little Miss Sunshine, but one of its principle characters is a 17-year-old girl dying of leukemia, Rachel. On top of that, the main character Greg (he's the "me" in the title) only hangs out with her because his mom's making him. So yeah.

Read the Me and Earl and the Dying Girl Screenplay

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