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Recent Success Stories

- TV Writing Competition finalist Dani Messerschmidt (Hello, I Live Here) signed with John Zaozirny at Bellevue Productions in March 2017. Dani was introduced to reps from Bellevue at a Script Pipeline writer/industry event months prior.

- Nir Paniry’s Princesses to be produced by Grey Matter Productions and Disney. Joachim Røenning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) directing. Nir placed second in the Script Pipeline contest with his action screenplay The Coyote.

- Screenwriting Contest finalist Max Martini directing his feature Will Gardner starring Martini in the lead role alongside an all-star cast including Elisabeth Röhm (American Hustle), Lily Rabe (American Horror Story), Dermot Mulroney (August: Osage County), and Gary Sinise (CSI: NY). Martini’s company, Mona Vista Productions, will be donating 30% of the film’s profits to charity.

Screenwriting Competition

2017 Screenwriting and TV Writing Contests: Deadline - May 1st 

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

Deadline: May 1st, 2017

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





Great Idea Contests: Early Deadline - April 25th

Early deadline is April 25th for the 12th Great Movie Idea and 10th Great TV Show Idea competitions.

Former winners have had their work developed and optioned by major production companies, studio-level producers, managers, and agencies. All winners receive one-on-one assistance from Script Pipeline execs to get their pitch (or a completed screenplay/pilot) ready for circulation.

As with all Script Pipeline competitions, writers may register at any time and submit the material later (at no extra fee).

"I've been amazed at the quality and depth of the development my idea has received since winning the Great TV idea contest. I know my concept in a richer, deeper way than I did before thanks to Script Pipeline."
- Bryce McLellan, TV Show Idea Winner (Jack Curious)



March 2017 Script Sales 

It was a strong month for spec scripts. Things kicked off with Bluegrass Pictures and DreamWorks Studios picking up Bad Cop, Bad Cop, an action buddy comedy written by Fortune Feimster, Brian Jarvis, and Jim Freeman. Feimster is also attached to star. Sony is moving forward with Marian. The action/drama spec follows Maid Marian donning Robin Hood's mantle after his death, and the film is set to star Margot Robbie. Cristal Pictures and The Donners' Company will produce Ingrid Eskeland-Adetuyi's action/comedy spec Twin Blades, which centers on a tech entrepreneur relocated to China and her local female bodyguard. Finally, Ian Shorr's sci-fi spec Infinite, which follows a schizophrenic who discovers that his hallucinations are memories of his past lives, has found a home with Di Bonaventura Pictures and Paramount.

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Enlightened – Pilot

Enlightened is the best TV show ever made. Is that hyperbole? Maybe. At the very least, it's probably the best TV show you haven't watched. Created by stars Laura Dern (Big Little LiesInland Empire) and Mike White (School of RockOrange County) and written entirely by White (literally...he wrote every episode), the series follows Dern's Amy Jellicoe, a self-destructive executive who has a very public breakdown in the pilot's opening minutes and is subsequently fired. From there, she goes to a treatment center in Hawaii to get a new outlook on life and treat her depression/bipolar disorder, becomes a low-level data cruncher at Abaddon, the same corporation she was fired from, and eventually becomes a whistleblower to all the sins her company has committed.

As a protagonist, Amy can be a tad frustrating at times, but as a viewer, you can't help but root for her.  The pilot's first shot does a ton to earn her sympathy. As she sits alone in a bathroom stall and sobs, two co-workers enter and discuss office gossip about her. There's no question that this is her lowest point.  It also helps that this is a bluntly hilarious scene. Throughout the series, Amy has noble intentions, but the means through which she achieves them are less so. She does morally questionable things. She can be self-centered and often puts her own wants above anyone else's. She is the definition of a flawed character. But nevertheless, she is fascinating to watch. Even if you don't agree with what she does, you empathize with her, and you want her to succeed, and you want her to stay better. It's a delicate balancing act that Laura Dern's performance and Mike White's writing nail completely.

Read the Enlightened Pilot