Deadline: June 15th - Pitch a Film or Series Idea

The 16th Great Movie Idea and 14th Great TV Show Idea contests are searching for original feature film and television series concepts. Ideally, unique stories a global, diverse audience can connect with.

Every entrant receives feedback with remarks on the pitch's marketability and originality.

Accepted entries include loglines, synopses, and video pitches. Completed screenplays are not reviewed, nor are entrants required to have a screenplay. You only need one spectacular idea. Any genre and budget range, studio-level or indie, including true stories.

For the winner, Script Pipeline provides additional, long-term assistance to refine the pitch, or help the writer draft a polished pilot or series outline. Our execs review the project and offer feedback at all stages of development. When the work is ready for circulation, we send the material to specific producers who would be a good match.

"Script Pipeline helped me develop my pilot, found me representation, and played a key role in getting a very ambitious TV project to some of the top producers and networks, and later helped attach a showrunner. Their continual support and guidance has been invaluable--they are second to none."
- Kevin Jones, TV Show Idea Winner, 3x Script Pipeline Finalist

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Script Notes - $100 Off for a Limited Time

promo code Workshop100 for $100 off Development Notes

or Workshop50 for $50 off a General Review

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.

Development Notes | General Review


May 2019 Script Sales 

For this month in script sales, we start off with Voicemails for Isabelle. The romantic comedy spec, written by Leah McKendrick, was picked up by Escape Artists and Sony and follows a woman dating in Los Angeles. Sharon Maguire is in talks to direct, and Hailee Steinfeld will star. Next we have the suspense/horror spec Don’t Go in the Water, which was written by Peter Gaffney and found a home with Universal Pictures, 21 Laps Entertainment, and Lit Entertainment Group. The story follows an alcoholic in an isolated cabin who contends with a massive tentacled creature in the nearby lake and fights to survive.

Other script sales:

– Miss Universe found a home with, appropriately, Universal Pictures. Abe Forsythe’s script is described as Miss Congeniality meets Men in Black. Forsythe will direct, Lupita Nyong’o is set to produce and star.

– Jane Campion is adapting Thomas Savage’s novel The Power of the Dog for See-Saw Films, Max Films, and Big Shell Films. Benedict Cumberbatch and Elizabeth Moss will star.

– David S. Goyer is set to script a Hellraiser remake.

– Abe Sylvia will adapt an adaptation of the documentary The Eyes of Tammy Faye for Fox Searchlight.

– Thematic Entertainment picked up Peter Hoare’s comedy script Down Under, which follows a detective who goes undercover with a group of Australian male exotic dancers. Chris Hemsworth and Tiffany Haddish will star.

– Pete Goldfinger and Josh Stolberg are writing a Saw spinoff based off an idea from Chris Rock.

– Laura Terruso will rewrite and direct Alison Peck’s Work It for STX Entertainment. The comedy follows a group of high school misfits competing in a dance competition.

– Tom King will script a New Gods adaptation for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment.

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Big Little Lies - Pilot

Melodrama is perhaps the most derided genre there is. Often, critics use the word as a euphemism for entertainment with poorly written, on-the-nose dialogue and exaggerated emotions and performances. But when done right, melodrama draws audiences in and establishes an irresistible tone while exploring narratives with rich themes.

Written by David E. Kelley from Liane Moriarty’s novella, Big Little Lies certainly has large emotions. At certain times, it feels like scenes exist solely for the murderers’ row of actresses (which includes—deep breath—Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Laura Dern, Zoë Kravitz, and Shailene Woodley) to chew every piece of scenery in sight. However, every emotion is grounded and true to character. The show’s central characters—later dubbed the “Monterey Five” in season two—each has her own issues and conflicts to work through, including rape, spousal abuse, and bullying. Big Little Lies deals with these themes sensitively and insightfully, elevating what could have been soapy melodrama (in the pejorative sense) to prestige television.

The first season (directed entirely by Jean-Marc Vallée) focuses on a suspected murder. Over the course of the season, the audience gets hints and clues as to who the victim might have been and what the possible motives are, though Kelley and Moriarty’s primary interest is establishing and exploring the world: Affluent families who have deep-seated issues and who would do anything for their children. Most of the conflicts arise from mothers reacting to other mothers slighting them and their kids. The show also jumps back and forth in time as it explores the central question of what happened and whom it happened to, and the achronological structure adds a stylistic flourish that keeps things interesting. It’s almost as if the entire first season is centered on a “Who shot J.R.?”-style mystery, but the victim’s identity is also obfuscated.

At the very least, Big Little Lies is worth a watch because of the sheer star-power involved. There has never been a more talented group of actors on a television show, and season 2’s (directed by Andrea Arnold) addition of Meryl Streep confirms it. At times, the series may dip into soap and melodrama, but it feels earned every step of the way. If the story is grounded in character, the audience will follow.

Read the Big Little Lies Pilot


Requesting Short Scripts for Production

Winner Receives:

$5,000 | industry exposure | financing consideration

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.

Winner and runner-up awarded:

• $5,000 to winner; $1,000 split between runners-up

• Script development and notes from Film Pipeline's executive team

• Industry exposure to specific partners for production support

• Additional reviews of other film and TV scripts, with circulation consideration

• Potential financing of the short, separate from the winner and runner-up prizes

• Invitations to annual writer and industry events hosted by Pipeline Media Group

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Upcoming Competition Deadlines & Dates

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

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

2019 First Look Project (screenplays and pilots) - September 15th

2019 Screenwriting Competition - Quarterfinalists Announced: June 20th

2019 TV Writing Competition - Quarterfinalists Announced: June 20th

Other Competitions:

Book Pipeline - Fiction, Non-fiction

Film Pipeline - Short Films and Scripts

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