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News and Updates: October

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LeBron James to Produce Script Pipeline Alum's Pilot

Big news from Script Pipeline alum Matthew J. O'Neill: his sports drama series is moving forward at NBC, with LeBron James' SpringHill Entertainment producing. The show follows a doctor who specializes in treating the world's greatest sports stars. Renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews will serve as an executive consultant.

This is O'Neill's first TV project sale. He previously sold Bait and Switch, a Script Pipeline "recommend," to Universal in 2011.

DEADLINE: November 15th - Screenplays, Pilots, and Short Films

Searching for the best genre screenplays, original pilots, and short films.

The 5th Annual First Look Project competition fulfills the requests of major studios, Hollywood production and management companies, and leading agencies by finding fresh, high-concept material across three main categories:

Screenplay – four genre divisions
Teleplay – original pilots, any genre
Media – produced short films and reels

Supported by Good Fear Film + Management, Energy Entertainment, Darko Entertainment, Lakeshore Entertainment, and other Script Pipeline partners, the competition presents the best scripts and filmmakers to major companies. One winner in each category receives personal development assistance from Script Pipeline’s executive team. We will also select up to 5 finalists for each division.

The contest is open to writers and filmmakers of all backgrounds--no limit on those who have sold, produced, or optioned material in the past.

Enter the First Look Project

September 2016 Script Sales

First up, a Pipeline success story! Script Pipeline "Recommend" writer Matt J. O'Neill has sold his currently untitled sports drama to NBC. LeBron James to produce under his company SpringHill Entertainment (Survivor's Remorse). Green-Light International and Imprint Entertainment have acquired Zika Agiashvili's spec The Silver Arrow, a heist thriller about thieves searching for a legendary pre–World War II racecar, the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrow. Oscar-nominated cinematographer Phedon Papamichael to direct. Madhouse has acquired the spec biopic American Rebel. Written by Christopher Cosmos, the story follows Deborah Sampson, who disguised herself as a man to fight in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. Amy Pascal to produce.

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You're the Worst – Pilot

The pilot is perhaps the most important episode for a series. A successful pilot not only needs to establish the tone and the characters, but first and foremost, it needs to give the audience a reason to watch episode two. For serialized shows, that reason typically centers around the plots and relationships the pilot episode has established.

Although upon first inspection You’re the Worst might appear to be a Bad Santa or Bad Teacher knock-off in which characters who are all id say whatever snarky, cynical ideas that pop into their heads, creator Stephen Falk does a masterful painting Jimmy (Chris Geere) and Gretchen (Aya Cash) as damaged, self-destructive people bitter at the world. Neither is where they want to be in life: Jimmy is a failed author while Gretchen is a PR executive with an immature client. The pilot follows Jimmy and Gretchen as they struggle in their personal lives and as their relationship slowly kicks off despite being commitment-phobes. The series focuses on this relationship, and the pilot does a great job at laying the groundwork.

Read the You're the Worst Pilot