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EARLY DEADLINE: March 1st - 2017 Screenwriting and TV Writing Contests

Winners Receive:

$40,000 total | long-term industry circulation | consultations with execs

Early Deadline: March 1st, 2017

*register now and submit your script any time before May 1st at no additional fee

The 15th Annual Script Pipeline Screenwriting and 10th Annual 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 proven enormously successful, with numerous screenwriting contest alumni finding elite representation and gaining crucial introductions to otherwise impossible-to-reach industry execs.

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

• $25,000 to winner, $15,000 to TV Writing winner

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

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

• Additional material review for potential circulation

• Long-term circulation and development for all finalists (and select semifinalists)

• Exclusive invitations to private writer/industry events hosted by Script Pipeline



Recent Script Pipeline Success Stories

Script Pipeline Hires Creative Executive, Expands Industry Network

In an effort to continue enhancing our writer-to-industry facilitation process, Script Pipeline brought on a Creative Executive, Jeffrey McCrann, this past November. 

The new CE has been working closely with Senior Executive and Director of Development Matt Joseph Misetich to expand the Script Pipeline industry network of producers, agents, managers, and other top-tier companies seeking properties for film and television. In-house writer development as well as individual assistance for recent Script Pipeline competition winners and finalists will also be placed as a greater priority in 2017 and beyond. 

“We’re in a position now to become the foremost writer discovery platform in the world,” Matt said. “We’ve already taken huge strides in connecting our recent Script Pipeline and Book Pipeline contest finalists with the right outlets. Getting projects produced has always been our number one goal, and given Jeff’s background and level of experience, we’ve never been more confident in our ability to find the best up-and-coming writers and secure a home for their material.” 

Jeff started his career at Lionsgate Entertainment before moving on to FEARnet Television, where he managed Development and Acquisitions for the genre network. Most recently, Jeff worked in acquisitions for Participant Media's Pivot network before joining the team at Script Pipeline.  

"Having been in TV and film for years, I’m both overwhelmed and thrilled by the quality of work coming through Script Pipeline," Jeff said. "I’m looking forward to playing a key role in industry outreach and getting these scripts into the hands of executives looking for emerging talent."

The 2017 seasons for Screenwriting and TV Writing are open for entries. Submit by March 1st.

If you're a qualified producer, agent, manager, or director and wish to review Script Pipeline available material, fill out a request here.

December 2016 Script Sales

Hollywood winded down in December for the holidays and the new year, which meant the last month of 2016 ended up a slow one for script sales. But it wasn't completely silent. Amazon Studios picked up Jack Thorne's action/adventure spec The Aeronauts, based on the true story of balloon pilot Amelia Wren and scientist James Glaisher and their hot-air balloon adventure. Twentieth Century Fox acquired The State, written by Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani. The action/thriller spec follows a father in a desperate race to rescue his son. Anthony Jaswinski's action/thriller spec Highway One, which follows an Afghanistan veteran with PTSD who resorts to extreme measures after her daughter is kidnapped, found a home at Dreamworks. Finally, Working Title Films is set to produce Luke Garrett's The Englishman, a drama/thriller spec about East Germany's Ministry for State Security. Paul Dano in talks to star, Edward Berger (Deutschland 83) attached to direct.

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Postcards from the Edge – Screenplay

Postcards from the Edge is an emotional movie, closely tied to Carrie Fisher's substance abuse problems and her relationship with her mother, Debbie Reynolds. Any great screenplay focuses on characters and relationships, and Postcards is a thinly veiled study of Debbie and Carrie's. Fisher doctored many other scripts, including the Star Wars prequels and The Wedding Planner, all of which were uncredited rewrites, but for Postcards, she solely wrote the script and the semi-autobiographical novel it is based on. How often does the word “genius” get tossed around? Because it mostly definitely applies here and to this screenplay. The story follows a Hollywood actress as she tries to overcome her addiction to cocaine and pharmaceuticals while under the shadow of her famous mother, closely echoing Carrie's own life.

Directed by the late Mike Nichols, Postcards features amazing performances from Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine, both of whom (in this writer's opinion) give career-best performances. But still, the script is the movie's star and features an abundance of gallows humor and the sharp, cutting comedy Fisher has become known for. Her wit only grew in the years since (take her subsequent roasting/honoring of George Lucas in 2005 as one example), but Postcards remains the quintessence of her writing prowess. Suzanne, the novel and the movie's main character, overdoses and attempts to reclaim some sense of dignity in her life while still (in her mind) being overshadowed by her mother, former movie/musical star Doris Mann, an embellished version of Carrie's own mom. After Suzanne's overdose and stint in rehab, she is forced to move into her mother's house in order for the insurance company to cover her to act in a low-budget movie, which Suzanne and Doris both agree has a terrible script. Suzanne is tempted many times to return to her drug dependent days, as she starts a new romance and fights to remain sane. . . 

Read the Postcards from the Edge Script and Write-up