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January Newsletter  

In This Issue

1) NEXT DEADLINE 3/1: Script Pipeline Competitions  

2) SP Success Story: Workshop "Recommend" Sells Spec to WB  

3) SP Success Story: Consultant Dave Kline to Produce CBS Series 

4) SPECIAL OFFER: New Writers Database Members - Get 2 Free Contest Entries  

5) Recent Script Sales - December

6) Script Pipeline Success Stories 

7) Script Pipeline Recommend: Horror Screenplay Contest

8) Script Pipeline Feedback

9) Script Pipeline in the News

10) Miscellaneous - Top Websites for Screenwriters

NEXT DEADLINE, March 1st: 2011 Script Pipeline Competitions


Early Deadline: 3/1/11

The 9th Annual 2011 Script Pipeline Screenwriting & TV Writing Competitions are 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.



Early Deadline
: March 1st, 2011
Discounted Rate: $45
*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 (Oct. 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: Workshop "Recommend" Sells Spec to WB


In 2009, Micah Barnett submitted a script to the Writers Workshop--now he's on the road to a budding career as a professional screenwriter.

His spec The Rabbit sold in December to Warner Bros. for six figures, with Chris Tucker set to star.  Dan Lim (Sherlock Holmes) will produce.  The project is Tucker's first film since Rush Hour 3.

With his spec The Merc List, recently optioned by the producers of Paranormal Activity, Micah received a Script Pipeline "Recommend" and found representation in less than a week after General Manager Matt Misetich sent his script direct to FilmEngine for consideration.  To date, it was the fastest any "Recommend" writer went from review to finding management with an SP contact.

Read the Variety article

More success stories from Script Pipeline

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SP Success Story: Consultant Dave Kline to Produce CBS Series


David Kline, co-founder of Script Pipeline and current Writers Workshop consultant, sold Detail, a one-hour drama, to CBS. David is producing the procedural series with CSI creator Anthony Zuiker.  The series is based on private security expert Kim-Maree Penn.

During this time, David will continue to assist writers through one-on-one script consultations (via phone) in Script Pipeline's Writers Workshop.

For more info on how to submit for consults, visit the Writers Workshop homepage.

Read the Variety article

Request a consultation

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Special Offer: New Writers Database Members - Get TWO Free Contest Entries



New Writers Database members may submit TWO free entries to the 2011 Script Pipeline Competitions for a limited time between now and our early deadline of 3/1/2011.  After sign up, scripts may be sent to for processing.

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Through a composite directory, Script Pipeline has gathered the specific needs and submission guidelines of production and management companies, literary agencies, independent producers, and creative executives searching for scripts. Along with extensive resources, this information is available in the members-only Writers Database, where users may search through 1,300-plus listings.

Database members also have the ability to send queries/loglines for FREE review as well as inquires about writing, film, and the industry in general.

Learn more about the Writers Database

Learn more about the Writers Workshop

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Recent Script Sales - December


A relatively busy month of script sales to close out 2010.  Dan Brown (The DaVinci Code) will see his next film adaptation, The Lost Symbol, in the works.  Judd Apatow to produce and direct a spinoff of Knocked Up, and James Franco to write/direct the drama As I Lay Dying and Blood Meridian.  And Disney's now making movies about rides that never even opened with The Museum of the World.  But most importantly, Script Pipeline "Recommend" writer Micah Barnett sold The Rabbit to Warner Bros. for the mid-six figures.  Dan Lin producing.

Other sales include:

--The Three Stooges. The movie.  'Nuff said.

--Ridley Scott will direct The Color of Lightning.

--The biopic of Louis Zamperini, war hero and Olympic track star, Unbroken.

--George Clooney to star in The Monster of Florence, a mystery based on a true story.

--The world of valets: the last occupation not represented on film.  Adam Sandler and Kevin James will produce and possibly star in Valet Guys.

View previous script sales

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Script Pipeline Success Stories

Writers Workshop "Recommend" Micah Barnett Sells Spec to WB

Micah Barnett, a 2009 Script Pipeline "Recommend," sold his script The Rabbit to Warner Brothers for the mid-six figures. Chris Tucker is attached to star.

After submitting a spec to the Writers Workshop and receiving a Recommend, Micah's screenplay was sent directly to one of SP's industry contacts, Jake Wagner at FilmEngine, who signed him almost immediately. The process took less than a week--the quickest any writer went from Workshop Recommend to landing representation.

Contest Winner Evan Daugherty Sells Snow White Spec for $3 million to Universal

Script Pipeline 2008 contest winner Evan Daugherty sold his spec script Snow White and the Huntsman to Universal for $1.5 million (against $3 million).  Acclaimed commercial director Rupert Sanders will helm the project. Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy (Inception) are attached to star, with Joe Roth producing.

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.

Other recent or notable success stories:

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Script Pipeline Recommends: Horror Screenplay Contest

Horror Screenplay Contest


Hollywood, CA - The creators of and Executive Producer, Michael David Jensen present the 2011 Horror Screenplay Contest. 

The mission of the Horror Screenplay Contest - is to further promote the horror genre in screenplay form.  The contest is open to all writers, eighteen years and older.  The contest is limited to the first 600 entries and the submission deadline is July 20, 2011.  Writers may also submit their material online.

The 2011 Horror Screenplay Contest is sponsored by:  Brain Damage Films, Gorilla Software,,, Cherub Productions,, Final Draft, Palace of Horror, The Haunted Studio and Instock Costumes.

Winners of the 2011 contest will receive cash and industry related prizes in addition to having their material submitted to Hollywood producers, agents and studios.

The 2011 HORROR SCREENPLAY CONTEST is now accepting entries. Contest rules, information, and entry forms are available at:

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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:

"Thanks for the useful and informative feedback. This commentary elucidated some problems that we felt were inherent in our screenplay but were unable to figure out on our own. It provided the type feedback and editorial guidance we were looking for as well as providing specific suggestions that we can utilize from here forward." - Workshop Writer
"The reader's detail is phenomenal. . . I am thoroughly pleased with everything, and I honestly can give you all 10's across the board." - Workshop Writer
"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

Manager Jewerl Ross mentions SP in interview with Done Deal

Chadwick Clough/Matt Misetich Script Pipeline Blogtalk Radio Interview

The Living Wake - Creative Screenwriting Podcast Interview with Jesse Eisenberg

Operation Endgame Facebook page

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

Script Pipeline Named Top 50 Websites by Moviemaker

Script Pipeline Reviewed by Associated Content

Chadwick Clough Interview:

Script Pipeline's 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


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