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Howard Jordan Jr., runner-up in the 2015 Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition with the comedy Family Be Like, was staffed on the CBS series Superior Donuts in 2017. The show stars Judd Hirsch, Jermaine Fowler, Katy Sagal, and Maz Jobrani.

Howard is represented by Madhouse Entertainment and Paradigm. Superior Donuts is his first writing opportunity on a network series.

“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,” Howard said. “Script Pipeline was the turning point.”

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ANNOUNCED: 2017 Screenwriting and TV Writing Contest Winners

After reviewing more than 7,000 screenplays and pilots this season, the Winners and Runners Up for the 2017 Screenwriting and TV Writing Competitions have been chosen:

Screenwriting Contest

Grand Prize Winner: Getaway by Joshua Paul Johnson & Jamie Napoli
Runner-up: End of Life by Ashley Locher

TV Writing Contest

Grand Prize Winner: Default by Hannah Dillon
Runner-up: Future Me And Me by Corey Taft

The complete results for the competitions can be found here:

Screenwriting Contest Results
TV Writing Contest Results

Thanks to all who entered!

SPECIAL ENTRY DEADLINE: 2018 Screenwriting and TV Writing Contests – August 31st

Winners Receive:
$25,000 | long-term industry circulation | development with execs

Special Entry Deadline: August 31st
*register now and submit your script any time before May 1, 2018 at no additional fee

Script Pipeline's 16th Annual Screenwriting Contest and 14th Annual TV Writing Contest continue a long tradition of discovering up-and-coming talent and connecting them with producers, agencies, and managers across both studio and independent markets. Script Pipeline’s unique industry-to-writer facilitation process has proven enormously successful, with screenwriting contest selections finding elite representation and gaining crucial introductions to top execs every season.

The result thus far is $6 million in screenplays and pilots sold by competition finalists and “Recommend” writers since 2003. Last year, over 13,000 screenplays, pilots, and pitches were reviewed across all competitions and services, making Script Pipeline one of the leading companies in the world receiving unproduced material.

Finalists are given exposure to Script Pipeline industry partners and the following:

• $25,000 to winner, $1,000 to runner-up

• Development assistance with Script Pipeline execs

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

• Additional material review for potential circulation

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

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

Our intent: to circulate exceptional material, launch careers, and push scripts closer to production.



July 2017 Script Sales 

Screenwriters made a strong showing in July, with many projects finding homes over the course of the month. Voltage Pictures snagged Brian Edward Hill's untitled horror/thriller spec. The script has been described as a supernatural take on Seven but with a female lead. Miramax picked up Jason Markarian and John Mirabella's spec The Armstrongs. The action/comedy follows a divorced couple in witness protection who have to team up when their son is kidnapped. Eli Roth is set to produce Casey La Scala's 1974, a thriller spec inspired by true events about a man convicted of murdering his parents and siblings. La Scala is set to direct as well. New Line Cinema purchased Super-Intelligence, an action/comedy spec written by Steve Mallory. Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone are also set to produce. Finally, Lionsgate acquired Shay Hatten's action spec Ballerina, which follows a female assassin out for revenge. The script might become a spinoff to the John Wick movies. . . .

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Kubo and the Two Strings - Screenplay

Pixar may be getting all the gifs and Buzzfeed articles (deservingly so), but in the background, Laika has been quietly producing some of the greatest animated films ever made. Known for mastering the painstaking process of stop-motion animation, Laika got their start with Henry Selick's excellent adaptation of Coraline, and they haven't slowed down since. Although they only have four films to their name, their relatively small oeuvre could easily rank among Pixar's best.

Laika continued their streak last year with the criminally under-watched Kubo and the Two Strings. Written by Marc Haimes and Chris Butler and directed by Travis Knight, Kubo follows a young boy named Kubo who plays a magical shamisen. He sets off on a journey with a talking monkey and a samurai who was turned in a beetle to avenge his mother's death. . . .

Read the Kubo and the Two Strings Script