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Contest Winner Signs with UTA

Helen Gaughran's "Visitation" won the 2019 Screenwriting season

 

Script Pipeline Contest Winner Sold "Snow White" for $3 Million

One of the biggest spec sales of all-time

 

Fox Comedy "Stuber" Written by Script Pipeline Contest Winner

Tripper Clancy's first produced feature stars Kumail Nanjiani and Dave Bautista

 

Netflix Series Co-written by Script Pipeline Winner

Tripper Clancy on the staff of "I am Not Okay With This" - Now Streaming

 

2020 Pitch Competition

Next Season Opens August 1st

 

Script Pipeline Finalist Sells Show to Fox

Ken Olin, Sterling K. Brown producing Laura Bensick's "Everyday Insanity"

 

Black-ish Ep. Written by Script Pipeline Finalists, Directed by Oscar Winner

Ben Deeb and Graham Towers' first produced episode, directed by Matthew Cherry, aired in 2020

 

Netflix and CBS Staff Script Pipeline Finalist

Howard Jordan Jr. staffed on Superior Donuts, Family Reunion, and The Unicorn

 

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"Standoff at Sparrow Creek" an Indie Hit

Contest winner produced, marks writer/director Henry Dunham's feature debut

 

Script Pipeline Contest Winner Sold Specs to Fox

Also writing films for Amazon, Quibi, and studios

 

Script Pipeline Co-Produced and Co-Financed Short Film "Biophilia"

Emerging writer/director Marina Michelson won Best Screenplay at Brooklyn Fest

 

Eddie Mensore's Feature "Mine 9" Produced

Screenplay was developed through Script Pipeline's Writers Workshop

 

The Los Angeles Times Interviews Script Pipeline

Discusses the state of screenwriting and upside in the spec market

 

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Indie Dramedy Co-Written by Script Pipeline Contest Winner

"The Miseducation of Bindu" was produced by Mark and Jay Duplass

 

"Child's Play" Written by Script Pipeline Screenwriting Winner

Tyler Burton Smith found management after Pipeline win

 

Script Pipeline Sponsors Session at the 2019 Writer's Digest Conference

Co-hosted panel on screenwriting with Script Mag's Jeanne Bowerman

 

Script Pipeline Finalist "Sgt. Will Gardner" Produced

Profits from Max Martini's film support veterans

 

The 2021 Screenwriting and TV Writing Competitions

Next Season Opens August 1st

 

Robert De Niro Stars in Script Pipeline Contest Winner

"Killing Season" was the first Pipeline-winning screenplay produced

 

Santino Fontana, Dania Ramirez Star in Script Pipeline Finalist Romcom

Script Pipeline introduced writer Jen Goldson to producer Jay Silverman

 

Script Pipeline's First Feature Stars Jesse Eisenberg

Now a cult indie favorite, "The Living Wake" was praised by Variety

 

"Divergent" Written by Script Pipeline Contest Winner

Popular YA series adapted to screen, starred Shailene Woodley

 

Awarding $25,000 for Screenwriting

Next Season Opens August 1st

 

Writer Evan Daugherty and Script Pipeline's Chad Clough Interviewed for Podcast

Script Pipeline winner sold Snow White to Universal and wrote films for major studios

 

Action-Comedy Produced by Script Pipeline

Zach Galifianakis, Adam Scott, Bob Odenkirk highlight ensemble cast

 

Bruce Willis Stars in Script Pipeline Contest Finalist Screenplay

"Precious Cargo" was Max Adams' feature directorial debut

 

Contest Winner Writes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Reboot

One of several studio films written by Evan Daugherty

 

Writers Workshop "Recommend" a Global Success

Marc Mahon's "Strength and Honour" was developed with Script Pipeline execs

 

Awarding $25,000 for TV Writing

Next Season Opens August 1st

 

Sundance Premiere: "Between," a Script Pipeline Recommend

Screenplay was set up with producer and workshopped through Pipeline

 

AMC's "Shootout" Highlights Script Pipeline

Producer Peter Guber recommended Script Pipeline

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The 9th Annual First Look Project fulfills the requests of production companies and managers by finding high-concept material in screenplays and TV pilots.

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The 18th Annual Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition connects talented writers with production companies, agencies, and managers who can help launch their career.

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The 13th Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition is searching for television writers and original pilots for exposure to production companies, agencies, and managers.

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Script Pipeline discovers and develops writers for film and television, connecting them to producers, agents, and managers. Since 1999, several produced films and over $7 million in screenplay and TV pilot spec sales are credited to Script Pipeline’s unique, intensive process of long-term writer-to-industry facilitation.

Success stories include:

Tripper Clancy, winner of the Screenwriting Contest, sold the comedy The Ambassadors to 20th Century Fox and the pitch Winter Break, before writing Stranded for Sony and Hacker Camp for Hasbro. In development: High Five with Amazon, an adaptation of the bestselling novel The Art of Fielding for Mandalay / IMG, and a Kevin Hart series for Quibi, Die Hart. His action-comedy Stuber sold to Fox for the mid-six figures and starred Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick) star. Tripper was also staffed on the Netflix series I am Not Okay With This (2020).

Screenwriting Competition winner Evan Daugherty selling Snow White and the Huntsman to Universal for $3 million and later taking the lead on studio films Divergent and Ninja Turtles, as well as the new Anaconda reimagining for Sony. His contest-winning script Killing Season was produced and starred Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro and John Travolta.

Most recently, Screenwriting Competition winner Helen Gaughran signed with UTA, and several other finalists and winners landed management, such as 2019 First Look Project winner Nick Roth and 2019 TV Writing finalist JP Estes getting representation from Zero Gravity (Ozark).

A number of original feature and TV projects are in various stages of development, and over 150 writers have found representation, had their scripts optioned and produced, and seen their careers launched as a result of facilitation. With a constantly expanding industry network, Script Pipeline searches for new material and writers on a daily basis–and an anticipated 20,000 screenplays, pilots, and original pitches will be reviewed for 2020.

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Subplot - Profile Series

A Charmed Beginning: The ‘Many Worlds’ of TV Writer Christina Piña

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Imagine yourself a self-proclaimed aspiring witch (the good kind), sights dead-set on a professional career in TV writing. Then you land a job on one of television’s most popular hourlong series—a show about witches. Credit the rituals? Divine intervention? Personal ambition and shrewd planning? Christina Piña personifies the struggle of many hopeful writers: breaking from familial expectations, coping with mental health, and finding a clear niche despite originating from “so many worlds.” ▼ Rituals are in Christina Piña’s blood. From the time she practiced Santeria with her grandmother as a child, to years later, when she became a witch, the 29-year-old has created rituals for many parts of her life. Including job interviews. In March of 2019, Christina scored an opportunity to write for the CW reboot of Charmed, which meant it was time for the the ritual of all rituals. She got up early, made breakfast, picked an outfit,…

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Interviews

Nicholas Roth

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Winner of the Script Pipeline First Look Project with his pilot Power Suit, Nick Roth had a varied career in the industry before becoming a full-time screenwriter. Following his contest win, Pipeline executives connected him with management at Zero Gravity, who saw the clear potential in his high-concept TV project set in the world of 1980s Hollywood. Before we get into the pilot, you told us a story of writing a screenplay with your father (a veteran TV director) in China over the course of several months. . . . How formative was that for you, creatively and professionally speaking? So I decided to pursue screenwriting full-time a little over seven years ago, and since then, I sort of have had the beginnings of two completely separate writing careers. In one, I spent about six years as a writers’ PA, assistant editor, researcher, middle school substitute Latin teacher, etc., and…

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From Script Pipeline Writers

“When I literally knew no one in LA, Script Pipeline promoted my script to anyone and everyone who'd listen. Not to mention read my other material and answer a barrage of questions, all while being unbelievably creatively supportive. I'd recommend them without hesitation.”

Helen Gaughran (Visitation)Screenwriting Contest Winner

“I cannot overstate the impact that Script Pipeline has had on my writing career. Winning the contest directly led to new representation, which in turn led to working with studios like 20th Century Fox.”

Tripper Clancy (Stuber)Screenwriting Contest Winner

“Script Pipeline introduced me to a manager and helped launch my professional career as a writer.”

Evan Daugherty (Snow White & the Huntsman, Divergent, Rose Red)Screenwriting Contest Winner

“In a matter of hours, Script Pipeline achieved what I’d been trying to do for years: they got my foot in the door... and changed my life in more ways than I could have imagined.”

Justin Daries JamesTV Writing Contest Winner (Powerhouse)

“In the few days after the competition announcement, we had a slew of terrific meetings... Script Pipeline allowed us, two unknowns from Australia, to come to LA, meet people in the industry, and begin relationships.”

Penelope Chai and Matteo BernardiniScreenwriting Contest Winner

“The Script Pipeline staff goes the extra mile promoting and championing their winners' work and have gotten me opportunities I would never have been able to get on my own. It's wonderful being a part of the Script Pipeline family, and I am proud to be counted as one of their winners.”

Diana WrightFirst Look Project Winner

“I’ve been fortunate to be a finalist in a few comps. None have been as continually supportive and responsive as Script Pipeline. They’re about relationships, not transactions.”

Josh EstesTV Writing Finalist

“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. Script Pipeline was a turning point.”

Howard Jordan Jr. (Superior Donuts)TV Writing Contest Runner-up

Essential Reading - Screenplays and Pilots

Dead to Me – Pilot

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In recent years, the lines between comedy and drama have become increasingly blurred, at least in the television world. It’s not uncommon to see hourlong series that more closely resemble comedies and half-hour shows that are for all intents and purposes dramas. This current trend was kickstarted almost fifteen years ago with shows like Weeds and Desperate Housewives that, while being ostensibly comedies, often leaned more heavily toward the drama side of the coin. Demand for this type of series has only increased, and dramedy has become a surprising enduring and successful genre for female-led series. Just look at last year’s Emmy nominations — Fleabag, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Russian Doll each straddles that line and all were met with critical acclaim. Also add Dead to Me to that list. The series, created by Liz Feldman, is a (dark) comedy about grief. Two women meet in a therapy group for…

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Script Sales

May 2020 Script Sales

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Here are some of the most notable script sales from May 2020: – Jamie Lee Curtis and Russell Goldman’s climate change horror script Mother Nature was acquired by Blumhouse. Curtis will make her feature directorial debut. – Taika Waititi and Krysty Wilson-Cairnstaika will write a Star Wars spinoff for Disney and Lucasfilm. Waititi will also direct. – Paramount Pictures and di Bonaventura Pictures picked up Mattson Tomlin’s sci-fi/drama/dystopian spec 2084. – Paramount Pictures, Weed Road Productions, and The Tea Shop & Film Company are teaming for Flight. Miles Chapman’s spec is a contained thriller set on an international flight, based on an idea by Johannes Roberts. Roberts will also direct. – Paramount Pictures and Fully Formed Entertainment won out in a bidding war for Daniel H. Wilson’s sci-fi spec The Blue Afternoon That Lasted Forever, based on his short story. – Good Films Collective will produce Petter Skavlan’s true-story drama…

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