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- Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest winner Tripper Clancy (Henry the SecondStuber) will adapt the critically acclaimed novel The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach. IMG and Mandalay Sports Media producing. Craig Johnson (The Skeleton Twins) will direct. The project joins several other features in Tripper's lineup, including Hacker Camp for Hasbro. Tripper found representation with a Script Pipeline industry partner shortly after winning the competition.

The 2017 First Look Project: Open to Writers and Filmmakers

Winners Receive:

$10,000 (Screenplay), $2,000 (TV), $2,000 (Short Film)
Studio-level exposure | Development assistance | Long-term industry circulation

Special Entry Deadline: Saturday, May 20th – $35

The 6th Annual First Look Project fulfills the requests of major studios, production companies, and top managers by finding fresh, high-concept material across three main categories:

Screenplay – divisions for Action, Comedy, Drama, Horror, and Sci-fi
Teleplay – original pilots, any genre
Short Film – produced short films or series pilots

Supported by Good Fear Film + Management, Panay Films, Lakeshore Entertainment, Silent R Management, Madhouse Entertainment, and other Script Pipeline partners, the competition presents the best scripts and filmmakers to major companies.

One winner in each category receives a share of $14,000 in prizes, industry circulation, and long-term personalized development assistance from Script Pipeline’s executive team. We also select up to 3 finalists for each division.

Unlike Script Pipeline’s main Screenwriting and TV writing competitions, entries for First Look are judged equally on writing ability and commercial potential. The originality of the concept and a strong understanding of genre and marketplace trends will take precedence, as well as overall writing ability.

Our goal with The First Look Project is to circulate exceptional high-concept material to studios and push more scripts from our alumni into production.


Script Pipeline Co-Founder Dave Kline has launched WritersForWriters ( a new platform where WGA writers will assist writers through script consultations and fellowship opportunities. All script consultations will be with WGA writers. All selected fellowship fellows will be mentored over the course of a year with the WGA-writer team at WritersForWriters, as well as one-on-one with a WGA senior mentor.

Senior mentors include: Will McCormack (Toy Story 4), Gary Lennon (Justified, Power), Aimee Lagos (No Good Deed), Alysia Reiner (Orange is the New Black), and Stephen Nemeth (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas)

Script consultation registration and fellowship applications are now being accepted.


Script and book consultations will be tailored to fit the writer’s needs. We will also review pitches, treatments, and outlines, and also offer career strategy sessions. Consultations are priced far below market value for a WGA writer consult. Our focus is to help as many writers as possible become professional writers.

Fellowships currently offered are: 1) Diversity Fellowship open to all diversity writers and to ALL writers who have written diversity-themed screenplays/fiction/non-fiction. 2) Female-Themed Fellowship open to all female writers and to ALL writers who have written female-driven screenplays, novels, non-fiction. 3) Indie Film Fellowship open to all indie-themed projects. At the end of the Fellowship period, writers will be introduced to producers, managers, agents, and other influential representatives.

Learn more about Writers-For-Writers

Follow Writers for Writers on Twitter (@writforwriters) and Facebook for updates and news about the industry’s push towards diversity.

April 2017 Script Sales

April was a strong month for writers. Voltage Productions and Chris Morgan Productions are teaming to produce Luke Paradise's action/mystery spec The Prodigal. The feature follows a soldier who returns home to investigate his estranged brother's death. Universal has picked up Todd Rosenberg's drama spec All My Life. The script follows the true story of Solomon Chau and Jennifer Carter, an engaged couple who raise money to fund the wedding of their dreams after Chau is diagnosed with liver cancer. Melissa Stack's untitled comedy spec, about an older woman who goes on vacation with her much-younger boyfriend's family, has found a home at Twentieth Century Fox. Stack will also direct. Sony and Immersive Pictures are moving forward with Noah Griffith and Daniel Stewart's Fragment. The sci-fi/thriller, based on Griffith and Stewart's 2015 short, follows a crashed Air Force pilot who follows a mysterious radio beacon to discover something not of this Earth.

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The Handmaid's Tale – Pilot

World building is an essential element to any pilot. Some shows require more than others (e.g., shows with deeper mythologies like The X-Files or Fringe demand more groundwork in the pilot than a typical sitcom would), but at minimum, the audience needs to have some sense of the show’s setting before they can truly connect to the pilot’s story and agree to spend twenty or more hours with the series.

“Offred,” the pilot episode of The Handmaid’s Tale (written by Bruce Miller and Ilene Chaiken and based on Margaret Atwood’s novel), eschews many of the finer details of how this dystopian, authoritarian state of Gilead, a near-future version of New England, came about. We do get some hints—there was an infertility epidemic and many characters speak of the radiated outlands—but instead of overwhelming us with specifics, the pilot opts to paint a compelling picture of life inside this world, particularly from the perspective of the women. In short, most women have little freedom. Unless your husband is among the elites, you are expected to perform a specific function in life. The Marthas are the housekeepers, the aunts are older women in charge of the handmaids and are tasked with reeducating them, and the handmaids themselves are concubines for the elite men whose wives are infertile. Each woman’s role is highlighted by her attire: Marthas wear light blue, aunts wear tan, and handmaids wear red. . . .

Read The Handmaid's Tale Pilot