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May Newsletter

In This Issue

1) 2011 Script Competitions: FINAL DEADLINE: This Sunday
2) Secret Door Pitch Fest June 4th, 2011
3) Recent Script Sales - April
4) Executive Series for Screenwriters
5) Character Writing Workshop with Julie Gray
6)From Script to Screen: and
7) SPECIAL OFFER: New WD Members - Get TWO Free Contest Entries
8) Script Pipeline Recommend: Horror Screenplay Contest

2011 Script Competitions: FINAL DEADLINE This Sunday



-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)



Final Deadline: Sunday May 1st, 2011
Entry Fee: $50
*Additional Notes: $45


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

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2011 Secret Door Pitch Fest, June 4th, 2011

Secret DoorThe Script Pipeline Secret Door Pitchfest offers a rare opportunity to connect with the most influential decision-makers in the film industry during a one-day event in Los Angeles. Designed for both beginning and established screenwriters, Secret Door gathers a selected group of 20 high-level producers, managers, agents, and key executives searching for new material and fresh voices, allowing the writer to pitch and network in a more intimate, hassle-free environment.

Pitchfest Package - $350
Everyone attending will receive the following for a flat $350 (value in parentheses):

-One free entry to the 2011 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition
-Guaranteed pitches to a minimum of eight (8) different companies
-Script Pipeline Writers Workshop “Overall Review” script notes ($175)
-Pitch consultation with a Script Pipeline Senior Analyst ($110)
-1-year Script Pipeline Writers Database membership ($99)
-1 Free entry to the 2012 Script Pipeline Screenwriting or TV Writing Competition ($80)
-Parking / lunch and refreshments

Spaces are limited. Click here to learn more and register.

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Recent Script Sales - April

Tom HanksMLK Jr.Fast SixR.L. Stine

Multiple bio-pics were set up this month.  Dreamworks to make a Martin Luther King Jr. film,  penned by Kario Salem and produced by the King family.  Ponzie's Scheme, based on the life of Charles Ponzi and written by Christopher Weekes, to be produced through Starry Night Entertainment.   

"Groundhog Day" for kids: Goosebumps author R.L. Stine's yet to be published book, It’s the First Day of School…Forever! to be produced consecutively with the release of the book.  Timely for the royal wedding, Scott Neustadter and (500) Days of Summer writer Michael Webber sold a romantic comedy for seven figures about a midwestern girl going to the UK and marrying a prince.

Ian Edelman sold his street basketball script to Paramount - Mark Wahlberg to produce and star, along with Justin Bieber in the cast.  And a week before the release of the fifth installment of "The Fast and the Furious," the sixth script, Fast Six, written by Chris Morgan, sold to Universal.

Other notable sales this month include:

- Ouija - written by Jon Huddle and based on the Hasbro board game.

- American Idiot, a musical based on the Green Day album and broadway musical, produced by Tom Hanks.

- The $700 Billion Man, written by Zach Helm, to star (an possibly be directed by) George Clooney.

View previous script sales

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 Executive Series for Screenwriters

The Writers Junction

The Executive Series for Screenwriters: Making Hollywood Work for You" - brought to you by No BullScript Consulting and hosted at The Writers Junction  is 4-week, 8-class series class taught by Top Hollywood Executives ready to bring their extensive expertise to you.  Every Tuesday and Wednesday in May, a new 90-minute workshop will tackle a different topic on screenwriting and the ins and outs of working in Hollywood.  These are comprehensive, informative classes taught by Industry Insiders that will teach you how to excel in screenwriting, structure, genre writing, graphic novel writing, pitching, the development process, and more.  You can pick and choose which courses you'd like to take and order each individually or take them ALL for a great discount!

Tickets and class description here:

Character Writing Workshop with Julie Gray

Julie GrayDo you feel stuck when it comes to coming up with characters for your novel, short story or script?

  • Whether you write novels, short stories or scripts, your story will only sing if you've written believable, convincing characters and dialogue!

  • Dedicate a day to learning specific tools and exercises to help you create characters that are unique, interesting and compelling! 
  • Learn to write characters that agents, publishers, readers and viewers LOVE and will never forget!
  • Practice new tricks and approaches to understanding your characters from the brainstorming process all the way through to the page!

  • Breakdown the barriers of feeling stuck or frustrated when it comes to creating characters that really do seem like real people!

    -and much, much more in this truly satisfying and fun all day workshop with Julie Gray! for more information


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From Script to Screen – brought to you by and

Cinestory Filmmaker

 No ordinary writer Q&A, From Script to Screen is a creative and practical autopsy of how a script goes from the the written word to the silver screen.  These evenings will provide detailed insight on the whole process experienced  by the produced writer, including conception of the story, approach during the writing process, purchase of the script, and the metamorphosis of that script during production.
May 10th come hear Academy Award Nominee Mark Fergus

A CineStory alum and mentor, Mark is an Academy Award nominee and writer  of films  such as FIRST SNOW, CHILDREN OF MEN, IRON MAN and the upcoming   COWBOYS AND ALIENS. Come hear about how he broke into screenwriting and  built a successful career.

Script Pipeline writers receive 15% off 'From Script to Screen' and all other Filmmaker Junction events with coupon code: pipeline

Coming in July: CineStory mentor Glenn Gers (FRACTURE, MAD MONEY, DISFIGURED). Stay tuned for details.

Tuesday May 10th, 7-9pm
The Station @ The Working Village
212 Marine Street suite 100
Santa Monica CA 90405
Ph: 310-450-7070  
Tickets: $20 in advance, $30 at the door 

Visit for further details.

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Extended 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 final deadline of 5/1/2011. 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 inquire about writing, film, and the industry in general.

Learn more about the Writers Database

Learn more about the Writers Workshop

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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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2011 Script Competitions: Final Deadline: May 1st, 2011