Recent Success Stories

Stuber, written by Script Pipeline Screenwriting winner Tripper Clancy, screened to an audience of 1200 at SXSW on March 13th. The film stars Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, The Big Sick), Betty Gilpin (Glow), and Iko Uwais (The Raid).

Tripper won the the Screenwriting Competition with his comedy feature Henry the Second and was soon after connected with management after introductions by Script Pipeline. 

He's currently writing an adaptation of The Art of Fielding for Mandalay, the feature High Five for Amazon, and other film and TV projects.


Deadline Soon - The 2019 Script Pipeline Screenwriting and TV Writing Competitions


Winners Receive:
$50,000 | long-term industry circulation | script development

*new for this season: all entrants may schedule a no-cost 15-minute call with our Senior Coordinator, who can answer any questions on the industry or the Script Pipeline process.

The 2019 Script Pipeline Screenwriting and TV Writing Competitions head into their 17th and 12th seasons, continuing the search for up-and-coming talent and connecting them with top producers, agencies, and managers.

An intensive facilitation process, which consists of long-term writer development and circulation of material, helps Script Pipeline selections gain elite representation and crucial introductions to Hollywood. $7 million in screenplays and pilots have been sold by competition finalists and "Recommend" writers, with several scripts produced since 1999.

Finalists receive immediate circulation to Script Pipeline partners, in addition to the following:

- $50,000 to winners; $5,000 to runners-up

- Introductions to managers, producers, agents, directors, and others searching for screenplays

- Long-term script circulation to industry and continual guidance connecting with companies

- Development assistance from Script Pipeline's senior execs

- Additional script reviews and consideration of other material for industry exposure

- Exclusive invitations to annual writer and industry events hosted by Pipeline Media Group






February 2019 Script Sales

Spenser Cohen’s spec Distant found a home with Amblin Partners, Automatik Entertainment, and Six Foot Turkey Productions. The sci-fi/romance follows a miner who has crash-landed on a hostile alien planet and must rescue the only other survivor, a woman trapped in an escape pod, as they run out of oxygen. We’re sure the movie will leave us breathless. Universal Pictures picked up Chris Borrelli’s untitled action/thriller spec, which will be directed by Simon Crane. Although details are being kept under wraps, this marks Crane’s directorial debut after an impressive career as a stunt coordinator (credits include SaltWorld War Z, and Edge of Tomorrow). Finally, Paramount Pictures and LuckyChap Entertainment are moving forward with Big Gay Jamboree, written by Jonathan Parks-Ramage and Maria Mindelle. The musical follows a raunchy woman who finds herself stuck in a 1940’s musical, sort of like Isn’t It Romantic? meets Judy Garland. Margot Robbie is set to produce, Alethea Jones is attached to direct, and we are eagerly awaiting ticket pre-sales.

Other script sales:

- Reprising her Tony Award–winning role, Glenn Close will win the 2021 Best Actress Oscar for the movie-based-on-the-musical-based-on-the-movie Sunset Boulevard. Production is pretty much only a formality at this point, but just to make sure she gets the Oscar this time, Tom MacRae will adapt the script, and Rob Ashford will direct for Paramount.

- Billy Eichner will write and star in an untitled gay rom-com for Universal Pictures and Apatow Productions. Nick Stoller to direct.

- Gary Sanchez Productions and Valparaiso Pictures are teaming for Sam Bain’s No Glory. Kumail Nanjiani is attached to star.

- Samantha Strauss’s President’s Astrologer found a home at Fox Searchlight. The script is based on the true story of the White House astrologer Nancy Reagan employed after the assassination attempt on her husband.

- Writer Bragi Schut and director Adam Robitel are returning for Escape Room 2, sequel to this year's surprise hit.

- Scott Z. Burns has been tapped to rewrite the 25th James Bond movie for EON Productions. Neal Purvis and Robert Wade wrote a previous draft, Cary Fukunaga is set to direct, and former stars Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw will reprise their roles.

- Alexander Payne is attached to direct the horror/comedy The Menu, written by Will Tracy and Seth Reiss, for Gary Sanchez Productions.

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The Other Two - Pilot

Perhaps the most important element for any television show is concept. Unlike movies, television shows need to convince audiences not only to watch the pilot but also to watch two or three or more seasons. This means combining a high-concept premise with compelling characters. Breaking Badhad that “wow” factor, as did stuff as diverse as WeedsThe Wire, and Killing Eve. But perhaps my favorite recent example is The Other Two.

Here’s the premise in a nutshell: Imagine a teenager who becomes famous overnight after his Youtube music video goes viral (not unlike Justin Bieber). The show isn’t about him; it’s about his two older siblings, who are well into their late twenties and are not even remotely successful. It’s about them—the “other two.”

Written by Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider, the pilot’s teaser does an excellent job depicting that disparity. The show opens with 13-year-old sensation Chase Dubek (a.k.a. “ChaseDreams,” played by Case Walker) being interviewed on the Today Show. After talking briefly about his success, his mom Pat (hilarious-as-always Molly Shannon) mentions his two older siblings: actor Cary (Drew Tarver) and former dancer Brooke (Heléne Yorke). The script cuts away from Chase’s interview to show the sad reality behind Pat’s descriptions. Cary is a struggling actor who’s auditioning for the role “Man At Party Who Smells Fart” in a commercial, and Brooke works for a leasing agency and squats in the company’s unrented units.

Although Kelly and Schneider mine much of the humor from the inherent sadness of Cary’s and Brooke’s lives, they never feel pitiable. Instead, they’re two people who had lofty dreams and ambitions but whose lives never materialized in the way they had hoped. There’s definitely a great deal of empathy and sympathy for these characters, even if we’re laughing at them half the time.

Still, the show is hilarious, with a constant barrage of jokes and pop culture references that make it seem at times as the heir apparent to Difficult People, and for that alone it’s worth checking out. Come for the schadenfreude, stay for the spot-on satire of American culture.

Read The Other Two Pilot


Get Your Short Screenplay Financed and Produced


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Winner Receives:
$5,000 | script development | production assistance

The 2nd Annual Film Pipeline Short Script Competition provides an opportunity for writers and directors to get their material produced. Long-recognized by the industry as an avenue to scout unique, diverse voices, short-form content has become a vital calling card in attracting representation or seeing a proof-of-concept adapted into a feature. Film Pipeline eases the immense challenge of making a short by collaborating with selected entrants from development to production. Open to any genre, experimental or narrative, the contest supports imaginative storytellers in carrying their vision to screen.

After almost two decades of discovering new projects through screenwriting, TV writing, and pitch competitions, Pipeline Media Group (PMG) brings a dynamic, hands-on process of industry facilitation to Film Pipeline. This allows both emerging and seasoned filmmakers a shot at financing and producing their work, as well as spotlighting their talents to garner interest from execs capable of advancing careers.

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Script Pipeline Workshop Notes - Screenplays and Pilots

Established in 2000, the Script Pipeline Workshop is one of the longest-running notes services in the industry, offering feedback on screenplays, pilots, and pitches for film and television. Hundreds of writers each year, from beginners to professionals, benefit from the expertise of a small, seasoned group of development execs, many of whom are active writers and producers themselves.

Any genre or format accepted. We review everything from partially completed scripts to production-ready final drafts. Writers may also request a critique on supplemental materials (such as a TV show bible, synopsis, or logline), as well as follow up with their reader with additional questions on the feedback.

Together with the suite of Script Pipeline competitions, the Workshop is another outlet to funnel upper-echelon projects to an array of industry contacts and shepherd scripts into production.

*contest entrants receive a discounted rate on General Reviews; add-on notes available during registration for any competition

Development Notes | General Review


Upcoming Competition Deadlines & Dates


2019 Great Movie Idea Contest - Early Deadline: April 15th

2019 Great TV Show Idea Contest - Early Deadline: April 15th

2019 Screenwriting Competition - Deadline: May 1st

2019 TV Writing Competition - Deadline: May 1st

2019 First Look Project (screenplays and pilots) - June 1st

Other Pipeline Competitions:


Book Pipeline - Fiction, Non-fiction

Film Pipeline - Short Films and Scripts

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