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Script Pipeline Success Stories

In March 2016, Disney gave Screenwriting Contest winner Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the HuntsmanDivergent) the go-ahead on developing Rose Red, based on an original script by Justin Merz and a pitch by Evan that will serve as a companion piece to the original Snow White story.

Evan is also developing Midnight Mass. for NBC, Five Ghosts for Syfy, Esmeralda for ABC Studios, and the third installment of the GI Joe franchise for Paramount.

Among all these projects, he’ll be making his directorial debut with Ink and Bone for Dimension Films, and will write Warner Bros. and MGM’s Tomb Raider reboot.

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ENTRY DEADLINE: May 1st

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

• $35,000 to winners - one of the biggest cash prizes across all film and TV writing competitions

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

• Consultations with Script Pipeline’s Director of Development and other industry execs

• Long-term circulation assistance for all finalists and winners.

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

"It’s been a long journey that all started with winning the Script Pipeline competition." 
- Tripper Clancy, 2010 Screenwriting Contest Winner (Henry the SecondStranded)

"When I relocated from NYC to LA to pursue sitcom writing, everyone I met in the industry said it wasn’t about entering competitions, it was about entering the right competition. All of them named Script Pipeline as the right competition."
- Howard Jordan Jr., 2015 TV Writing Competition Runner-Up

"There is no better place for writers than with Script Pipeline. Their attention and assistance on helping me guide my career is invaluable."
- Nir Paniry, 2015 Screenwriting Competition Runner-up

DEADLINE: May 1st, 2016

Submit Your Screenplay

Submit Your TV Pilot or Spec

Original Pitches for Film and TV

The 10th Great Movie Idea and 8th Great TV Show Idea contests are now open for sumbissions. We 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.

EARLY DEADLINE: April 15th, 2016

GREAT MOVIE IDEA CONTEST

GREAT TV SHOW IDEA CONTEST

CALL FOR ENTRIES: The 2016 First Look Project

Special Entry Fee Until April 22nd, 2016

The 5th Annual First Look Project fulfills the requests of major studios, leading Hollywood production companies, and agencies by finding high–concept material across six categories:

• Screenplays (Action/Adventure, Comedy, Horror/Thriller, Sci-fi/Fantasy)

• Teleplays

• Media

Supported by Energy EntertainmentBenderspinkDarko EntertainmentLakeshore Entertainment, and Paradigm, the competition presents the best scripts and filmmakers to leading companies. One winner in each category receives personal development assistance from Script Pipeline’s executive team, followed by meetings to discuss potential production. We will also select up to 5 finalists for each division.

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March 2016 Script Sales  

Many high-profile projects were acquired in March. Dan Harmon will produce Isaac Adamson’s Black List script Bubbles, a Michael Jackson biopic told from the point-of-view of his chimp. It will be a stop-motion animation film. A pair of specs from Max Landis (Chronicle) were picked up in March: Deeper, a mystery/thriller about a disgraced astronaut, by Phantom Four Films and Addictive Pictures and Bright, a fantasy centering on orcs, fairies, and police officers, by Netflix. The latter sold for $3 million. Paramount is moving forward with BenDavid Grabinski’s Bravado, about a former soldier who takes a job as a cop. Anonymous Content picked up the drama spec Letters From Rosemary, written by Nick Yarborough and based on Rosemary Kennedy and the lobotomy that left her permanently incapacitated. Emma Stone set to star.

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American Crime Story – Pilot

Pretty much everyone knows the O.J. Simpson story, and even those who don’t probably have an opinion. As one character says later in the series, “You couldn’t get away with this plot twist in an airport paperback,” and that line serves as a perfect encapsulation of the spectacle as a whole. From the Bronco chase to the fame-hungry witnesses, a racist LAPD officer, and Johnny Cochran’s infamous “if it doesn’t fit” line, the O.J. Simpson case had so many twists and turns that it might as well have been a soap opera. And for most, it was. The media coverage of the trial was unprecedented, with the Bronco chase and the verdict receiving huge television ratings (at least 95 million people watched each), and the trial all but created reality shows. But in the frenzy surrounding the case, people forgot why there was a case in the first place: O.J. Simpson in all likelihood murdered his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. And he got away with it.

So how exactly can someone respectfully tell this story without sensationalizing it, especially when everybody already knows how it ends?

Read the American Crime Story Pilot

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