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In This Issue 

CALL FOR ENTRIES: 9th Annual Script Pipeline Competitions
SP Success Story: John McTiernan to Direct Contest Script

Script Pipeline at the CS Screenwriting Expo, Oct. 7-10

Recent Script Sales - September
Script Pipeline Success Stories
Script Pipeline Recommends: Holiday Screenplay Contest

Script Pipeline Feedback

Script Pipeline in the News

Miscellaneous - Top Websites for Screenwriters

2011 Script Pipeline Competitions: CALL FOR ENTRIES

2011 Competition

The 9th Annual 2011 Script Pipeline Screenwriting & TV Writing Competitions are now OPEN for entries.  This is an international contest, and writers worldwide are welcome to submit.

Over $100,000 in cash and prizes.

Finalist loglines circulated to 200 industry execs looking for new material.



Pre-registration Deadline: December 31st, 2010
Discounted Rate: $40
*Additional Notes: $45 


Screenwriting Competition - feature-length script, any genre
TV Writing Competition - spec, original pilot, reality show proposal


John Mctiernan attached to direct 2008 Winning script SHRAPNEL (Aug. 2010)

2008 Winner Evan Daugherty sold spec to Universal for $3 million (Sep. 2010)

2010 Winner Tripper Clancy secured representation with SP contact FilmEngine (Sep. 2010)

View recent finalist success stories

View feedback from previous competition entrants


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SP Success Story: John McTiernan to Direct 2008 Contest Winning Script Shrapnel  


The acclaimed director of Die Hard, The Thomas Crown Affair, and The Hunt for Red October, sets his sights on another gritty action project: Evan Daugherty's Shrapnel, winner of the 2008 Script Pipeline Screenwriting CompetitionRepped by FilmEngine, Evan was signed in 2008 by SP industry contact Jake Wagner, who is now a part of FilmEngine's management division.  Paul Breuls (Corsan) and Anthony Rhuels (FilmEngine) will produce. 

Evan's script placed in the top four of the annual writing competition, and in a matter of weeks, he signed with Wagner, then at Energy Entertainment. Warner Bros. later hired Evan to rewrite an adaptation of their then-franchise Masters of the Universe, entitled Greyskull.  He's currently working on new feature-length projects with FilmEngine, and another of his specs sold in September to Universal for $3 million, entitled Snow White & The Huntsman.

Variety Article

Evan Daugherty's Script Pipeline Interview


More success stories from Script Pipeline

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Script Pipeline at the 2010 CS Screenwriting Expo: Oct. 7-10

CS Expo

Just a few weeks left to REGISTER for the 2010 Creative Screenwriting Expo in Los Angeles, October 7-10. Seminars, exhibitor booths, pitch sessions, and more writer perks. 

Info on the annual event can be found here.

Script Pipeline will be in attendence and offering an EXCLUSIVE Writers Workshop script notes offer that includes over $500 in value for one hugely discounted rate.  Only those attending the event and coming by the SP booth will be able to take advantage of this yearly special, in addition to other benefits for attending the Expo. 

Hope to see you there.


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Recent Script Sales - September

Rob Zombie     Del Toro     Ron Howard / Brian Grazer  

A mix of genres (more so than in recent months, anyway) dot the landscape.  Plenty of specs, some random 3D projects, and fewer overall adaptations this month.  Leonardo DiCaprio will produce, and potentially star, in Portofino, a thriller so secret even the plot is thoroughly ambiguous.  A biopic on former president Ronald Reagan is in the works, as is one on John DeLorean.  The jury's out on which one will be more awesome. . . .  And watch out Stephen King fans: arguably the most epic of his novels finally gets a shot at the big screen, The Dark Tower

Other notable sales include:
series is set to begin.

--Guillermo Del Toro will helm DreamWorks Animation's Trollhunters, what's sure to be a visually-packed script.

--Rob Zombie returns to the director's chair with The Lords of Salem, about a group of witches in modern-day Salem.

--Little America: a teenage prostitute on the run bonds with a truck driver after she accidentally kills a gang member. Fortunately, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are producing. Oscar written all over it.

--A new film featuring Tom Clancy's iconic character Jack Ryan. Our guess is it'll have something to do with terroists in some foreign country.

--An adaptation of Goosebumps, based on the RL Stine children's series that Script Pipeline General Manager Matt Misetich did not read all issues of when he was already in high school, nor was his favorite One Day in Horrorland.

View previous script sales

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Script Pipeline Success Stories

2010 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest Winner Tripper Clancy Signs Rep. Deal w/FilmEngine

2010 Script Pipeline Competition winner Tripper Clancy signed with Jake Wagner at FilmEngine, just two months after claiming one of the top four spots in the 9th annual contest.  Tripper's script, "Henry the Second," was sent directly to FilmEngine by Script Pipeline after winners were announced in July.

John McTiernan to Direct '08 Winning Script Shrapnel by Evan Daugherty

John McTiernan (Die Hard, The Thomas Crown Affair) is on board to direct Evan Daugherty's script Shrapnel, winner of the 2008 Script P.I.M.P./Pipeline Screenwriting Competition.

After introductions to managers through Script Pipeline, Evan signed with Jake Wagner of Film Engine (formerly of Energy Entertainment). From there, the spec made The Blacklist as one of the top un-produced screenplays of 2008, and Evan went on to pen an adaptation of He-Man for Warner Bros.

The project is currently in the pre-production stages.

Read the Script Pipeline interview with Evan Daugherty

2009 Script Pipeline Finalists Sean Fallon and Charlotte Barrett's Film to be Produced - August, 2010

Thanks to their top 20 placement in the 2009 Script P.I.M.P./Pipeline Screenwriting Competition with the script Denny Delivers, writers Sean Fallon and Charlotte Barrett caught the attention of a producer who would end up producing their first feature, Virgin Alexander. Production is slated for 2010.  View the film's IMDB page.

2009 Writers Workshop “Recommend” Screenplay Optioned by Paranormal Activity Producers - 2010

Micah Barnett’s “The Merc List,” submitted to the Script Pipeline Writers Workshop in 2009, has been optioned by Jason Blum and Steven Schneider, the producers of Paranormal Activity. 

In what was a somewhat quick progression of events, writer Micah Barnett submitted the action script to the Workshop, received his notes with a “strong consider” grade, and was given some additional feedback from a senior analyst within a handful of days.  Script Pipeline then sent "The Merc List" direct to some potentially suitable management companies, it was quickly read, and Micah signed with a manager within the week. The script getting optioned took less than a year.

For more info on the Writers Workshop and our process of circulation assistance, click here.

Recommend Writers Suzanne Gill and Ann Isherwood Option “The Pet Sitter” - 2010

Through an extensive series of notes and feedback, including one-on-one consults, from Script Pipeline’s Writers Workshop, Suzanne Gill and Ann Isherwood have drawn the attention of Barbara Bitel with the Silver Bitela Agency, who is now repping their project, “The Pet Sitter.”  Barbara discovered the screenplay through Script Pipeline partner InkTip.  Numerous drafts of the romantic comedy were submitted, as Suzanne and Ann reworked the screenplay based on in-depth Workshop notes.

Other recent or notable success stories:

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Script Pipeline Recommends: Holiday Screenplay Contest

Holiday Screenplay Contest

Last year's winner sold her script -- Will you be next?
The Holiday Screenplay Contest is open to all writers and offers cash awards and industry contacts to the winners. All writers are encouraged to enter!
Major Rule: The screenplay must be centered around one or more Holidays (New Year's Day, President's Day, Valentine's Day, St. Patrick's Day, April Fool's Day, Easter, 4th of July, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or any other world holiday you would like to feature.
Winning Material has been requested by over 100 agents, studios, producers and managers.
Submission Deadline: November 1, 2010 - Low Entry Fee! - Endorsed by

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Script Pipeline Feedback

Thanks to all our members and writers who took the time to send in their comments.  For more extensive list of feedback, click here.

Here are just a sampling of some recent quotes:

"Being Script Pipeline finalists changed our careers. We went from begging friends for a read to now directing our own script with an incredible cast (Virgin Alexander).  We are forever grateful to Matt, Chadwick, and the entire Script Pipeline team." - Sean Fallon / Charlotte Barrett (2009 Finalists)
"Kudos to Script Pipeline for genuinely trying to assist those of us who have yet to make our mark. The feedback I received was spot on, and there's been consistently helpful follow-up. These contests are the lifeblood of aspiring writers as they offer ongoing connections and promotion." - Craig Peters (2010 Finalist)
"As a writer with very limited experience, the assistance your company has given me [Writers Workshop consult] has been wonderful. I had my consultation. . . and have begun the process of re-working my script. Just three days after the consultation the script is reading better than ever." - Workshop Writer
"The Script Pipeline Writers Workshop is a huge help with rewrites. I was impressed with The Script P.I.M.P. Contest‘s ability to stay on time and their overall professionalism. It was great to meet industry people and the other finalists." - Russ Meyer (2010 Finalist) 
"What drew me to enter Script Pipeline was their reputation for helping to discover young writers and my own desire to compete. Being in a contest with over 3,400 people forces you to elevate your own material -- that level of competition is great for all writers to experience because it simply makes your stuff better. My experience since being named a finalist has been wonderful. Not only have the fine people at Script Pipeline helped develop my material, they've introduced me to a number of people and have expanded my own circle of contacts within the industry." - Greg Ernstrom (2010 Finalist)
"It was a really great experience all around working with Matt and the team at Script P.I.M.P./Script Pipeline. They were amazingly professional, organized, and committed to helping me and my script reach the next level. . . . The contest win itself was enormously helpful to me, but beyond that, they offered me script notes, feedback, mentoring, and a wide variety of industry contacts to help me get my work out there and move my script forward." - Daniel Ragussis (2010 Finalist)
"I wanted to thank you for your feedback. I think it was very helpful and constructive, but most importantly, it was thoughtful and professional. It made me feel like they took the time to actually analyze rather than just skim through." - Contest Entrant
"My experience has been nothing but positive with Matt, Chad, and Script Pipeline. The guys have created a wonderfully supportive environment for up and coming writers and are truly interested in helping to promote new talent. I couldn't recommend them more highly." - Debbie Chesebro (2010 Finalist)
"The notes are extremely helpful and I look forward to re-shaping the script based on your notes." - Workshop Writer
"Thank you for the direction [re: contest notes], I truly appreciate your candor and insight." - Contest Entrant
"I had an awesome experience with Script Pipeline. They are extremely organized and well-connected in the industry, and as a writer aspiring to "break in," I felt like they really worked to use their resources to help me and all the other finalists reach our writing goals." - Teresa Lo (2010 Finalist)
"I think it's an awesome service you provide, and especially cool that you are willing to critique queries. Thank you!!" - Writers Database Member

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Script Pipeline in the News


Chadwick Clough/Matt Misetich Script Pipeline Blogtalk Radio Interview

The Living Wake - Creative Screenwriting Podcast Interview

Operation Endgame Facebook page

"The Living Wake Picked by Movieline as a "Masterpiece of the 00s"

Script Pipeline/P.I.M.P. Named Top 50 Websites by Moviemaker

Script Pipeline Reviewed by Associated Content

Chadwick Clough Interview:

Script Pipeline's Operation Endgame (aka "Rogue's Gallery") in The Hollywood Reporter

Script Pipeline on TV (Peter Bart's Sunday Morning Shootout): (click on link at top of home page)

View all Script Pipeline Press: (scroll down to In the News section)

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Miscellaneous - Top Websites for Screenwriters

The following is a guide for the Script Pipeline community of five-star websites for screenwriters and aspiring filmmakers.  To post your site in this section for approval, contact us at


Screenwriters Federation of America
Shooting People
International Screenwriters Association


Done Deal



Script Pipeline
Simply Scripts




Kairos Prize
Movie Bytes




Hollywood Script Shop 


Screenwriters Utopia


The Writers Junction


Writers Boot Camp




Writers Store


Final Draft
Movie Outline


Script Magazine
Creative Screenwriting


Vancouver Film School


Writers Store


Screenwriting Info  
Script Pipeline Partners
  Final Draft   Script Magazine   MovieMaker Magazine  Creative Screenwriting  Magazine
Writers Boot Camp  iScript    Ink  Tip

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