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Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch, finalists of the 2011 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition (Shed), are tabbed to direct the sequel to Universal’s horror Mama

The writer/director duo gained a considerable amount of attention after their breakout hit film Starry Eyes premiered at SXSW, receiving favorable reviews from Entertainment WeeklyRogerEbert.comVariety, and critics nationwide.

Along with the Mama sequel, Dennis and Kevin are directing Summit Entertainment’s Exorcism Diaries.

They’re represented by manager Adam Goldworm at Aperture Entertainment and WME.

#LongLiveTheWriter Campaign

Thanks to everyone who participated in our January ‪#‎LongLiveTheWriter‬ campaign. We'll be using all the feedback we received to enhance our services and competitions in 2016, and for that, we're extremely grateful to everyone who shared their stories and perspectives on writing.

We had such a tremendous response from our Facebook and Twitter networks this month, we'll be integrating the intent of the Long Live the Writer campaiogn--encouraging writers to focus on the craft of writing and the realities of the industry--into Script Pipeline year-round.

More to come. Thanks again.

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2016 Idea Competitions Opening Soon, 2015 Winners Announced

2015 Competition Winners:

Movie: The Interlopers by Jason Vaughn

TV Show: Jack Curious by Bryce McClellan

The 10th Great Movie Idea and 8th Great TV Show Idea contests will reopen for sumbissions next week and 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.

CONTEST OPENS: February 15th, 2016



January 2016 Script Sales

January was a slower month for script sales. Elston Films optioned Justin Kremer's 2013 Black List spec Bury the Lead. Independent Pictures is moving forward with Delia Ephron's The Book. Meg Ryan will direct. Skydance Productions and Mockingbird Pictures will co-produce Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese's Life, in which astronauts discover traces of life on Mars that may be more intelligent than they expected. Jared and Jarusha Hess to write NickToons for Nickelodeon. The movie will be based on various Nickelodeon cartoon characters, and Jared Hess will also direct. 

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Casual – Pilot

The downside to this Golden Age of TV is that almost every television channel, streaming service, and website that has even a tangential connection to the film industry produces original, scripted content, and the majority of those series are quite good. In fact, the vast quantity of quality shows has caused the more cynical, DVR-half-empty viewers to dub this "Peak TV," as if the television market is a bubble on the verge of bursting. But if Casual, which just completed its freshman season, is a omen of television to come, the Golden Age still has many years left of quality programming to come.

Casual, created by Zander Lehmann and produced by Jason Reitman, centers on newly-divorced Valerie, her brother, and her 16-year-old daughter, all living in the same house and all pursuing "casual" relationships. Each character has their own (plural) issues, and each is played to perfection by an amazing cast. Michaela Watkins (Enlightened, They Came Together) as Valerie is great as usual, and relative newcomers Tommy Dewey (as brother Alex) and Tara Lynne Barr (as daughter Laura) equally impress. But the standout talent is creator Zander Lehmann, which is especially notable since Casual is his first produced writing credit. As Reitman put it, "We were just looking for a voice. And that’s what kind of jumped off the page more than anything. When you read a pilot. . . you’re just getting a taste, so you need to know that his voice is going to translate over the course of years."

(Please don't continue reading until you copy, paste, write down, print out that quote. Or as our Director of Development Matt Misetich succinctly said, "Writers: this.")

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"A film is only film without a writer." - @pipelinefox