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February Newsletter  

In This Issue

1) NEXT DEADLINE 3/1: Script Pipeline Competitions  

2) Star of The Living Wake Jesse Eisenberg Nominated for Academy Award 

3) SP Success Story: Contest Finalist Tripper Clancy Signs with UTA

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

5) Ian Bagg and Chris Fairbanks at the Catalina Club March 21st

6) Recent Script Sales - January

7) Script Pipeline Success Stories 

8) Script Pipeline Recommend: Horror Screenplay Contest

9) Script Pipeline Feedback

10) Script Pipeline in the News

11) Miscellaneous - Top Websites for Screenwriters

NEXT DEADLINE, March 1st: 2011 Script Pipeline Competitions

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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.

 ENTER THE COMPETITION

DEADLINES AND FEES

Early Deadline
: March 1st, 2011
Discounted Rate: $45
*Additional Notes: $45 

ACCEPTED ENTRIES

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

RECENT CONTEST SUCCESS STORIES

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); signs with UTA (Feb. 2011)

View recent finalist success stories

View feedback from previous competition entrants

ENTER THE COMPETITION

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Star of The Living Wake Jesse Eisenberg Nominated for Academy Award

Jesse Eisenberg

Congratulations to Jesse Eisenberg, star of Script Pipeline's The Living Wake, on his Oscar nomination for his role in "The Social Network."  Jesse was also nominated this year for a Golden Globe, and won the NBR Award for Best Actor.

The Living Wake is now available for free on Hulu.com.  Click here to watch.

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SP Success Story: Contest Finalist Tripper Clancy Signs with UTA

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2010 Script Pipeline Competition winner Tripper Clancy was signed by UTA this past month.

From Tripper, regarding his UTA signing: “If it wasn't for Script Pipeline, my script (and career) would still be collecting dust on the shelf."

His comedy script, Henry the Second, was chosen as a top-four Grand Prize winner of the 2010 screenwriting contest, and soon afterward caught the attention of FilmEngine. Manager Jake Wagner signed him in a matter of weeks after introductions by Script Pipeline.

"Winning the contest directly lead to new representation and a whole new fan base for my writing," Tripper said. "Whether you're trying to break into the business or you're already there, this competition can help you out."

The 2011 competitions are accepting entries until May 1st, with an early, discounted rate deadline of March 1st. Over 200 companies review the top 20 winning scripts, and finalists receive $20,000 in cash.

Learn more about the 2011 Script Pipeline Competition

View more success stories

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

OFFER EXPIRES 3/1/11

REGISTER HERE

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 entry@scriptpipeline.com 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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IAN BAG and CHRIS FAIRBANKS at the Catalina Club

Chris Fairbanks   microphone  Ian Bagg

Chadwick Clough returns from his comedy show hiatus with a new venue--and world famous comics.  First 100 subscribers of the Script Pipeline newsletter to RSVP receive free tickets.
Come see Ian Bagg (The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with Craig Ferguson), and Chris Fairbanks (The Daily Habit, Last Comic Standing) in this one-of-a-kind comedy show.
 
MARCH 21st - 8pm @ the Catalina Club (Hollywood, CA)

Tickets at the door ar $5.

Catalina Jazz Club
6725 W Sunset Blvd #100
Los Angeles, CA 90028

RSVP to cc@scriptpimp.com to be added to the free guest list.  You will receive a confirmation email in 24 hours and then a reminder email closer to the show day.  If you need to cancel, please email one day before the show so someone can take your free spot.

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Recent Script Sales - January

Stephen King  Marc Webb  Seth Rogen  Lidsville     

January was a fantastic month for script sales. . . .  Hat's off to Adam Lorenzo for his script sale of "Lidsville" to Dreamworks Animation.  Based on the 70's TV show, this children's fantasy is about personified talking hats and headgear. Conrad Vernon is set to direct.  Warner Brothers picked up Stephen King's "The Stand," a story about a worldwide flu epidimic.  Although made into a mini-series in the nineties, producer Roy Lee will be bringing this Horor/Sci-Fi to the big screen.  Dan Fogelman sold his script "My Mother's Curse" to Paramount, with SNL's Lorne Michaels along with John Goldwyn to helm the project.  Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand to act/produce in this road comedy.

Other sales include:

--Cobu 3D, written by Duane Adler, a dance/music project set up at Lionsgate

--Age of Rage, written by Mark Heyman, a sci-fi at Fox Searchlight, Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer) to direct.

--Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus, by Harry Elfont & Deborah Kaplan, produced by Benderpink.  Based on the book by John Gray.

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; Signs with UTA

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.

In February 2011, Tripper signed with industry heavyweight UTA.

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 Wraps Production

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.  IMDB page

View the trailer here: http://www.virginalexander.com/

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

2011 HORROR SCREENPLAY CONTEST - NOW ACCEPTING ENTRIES!

www.HorrorScreenplayContest.com


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

The mission of the Horror Screenplay Contest - www.HorrorScreenplayContest.com 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, www.ScreenplayContests.com, www.TopFilmFestivals.com, Cherub Productions, www.KillerPumpkins.com, 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: www.HorrorScreenplayContest.com

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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 Script Pipeline 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: Filmmaking.net

Script Pipeline's Rogue's Gallery in The Hollywood Reporter

Script Pipeline on TV (Peter Bart's Sunday Morning Shootout):
http://www.scriptpipeline.com/ (click on link at top of home page)

View all Script Pipeline Press:

http://www.scriptpipeline.com/ (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 support@scriptpipeline.com.

NETWORKING SITES:

Screenwriters Federation of America
Shooting People

Talentville
International Screenwriters Association

RECENT SCRIPT SALES

Done Deal

FREE SCREENPLAYS ONLINE

Script Pipeline
Simply Scripts

SCREENPLAY RECORDING

iScript

SCREENPLAY CONTESTS

Screenplay Contests.com
Kairos Prize

Cinestory

Movie Bytes

SCREENPLAY FACILITATORS

InkTip

SCREENPLAYS TO BUY

Hollywood Script Shop 

SCREENPLAY REVIEWS

Screenwriters Utopia

WRITING SPACES

The Writers Junction

WRITER COURSES

Writers Boot Camp

SCREENWRITER INTERVIEWS

MovieBytes

SCREENWRITING BOOKS

Writers Store

SCREENWRITING SOFTWARE

Final Draft
Movie Outline

SCREENWRITING MAGAZINES

Moviemaker
Script Magazine
Creative Screenwriting

SCREENWRITING SCHOOLS

AFI
Vancouver Film School

SCREENWRITING SUPPLIES

Writers Store

SCREENWRITING HOW-TO

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

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