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Indie Co-Written by Script Pipeline Contest Winner

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Writers Prarthana Mohan and Script Pipeline contest winner Kay Tuxford saw their script The MisEducation of Bindu make a rapid ascent through crowdfunding. The dramedy, which puts a new spin on the coming-of-age story, is seen through the perspective of a 14-year-old Indian girl adjusting to her first high school experience. The project was selected for Seed & Spark’s #HometownHeroes campaign, and Mark and Jay Duplass (Togetherness) came on board as executive producers in 2017. The film premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival in 2019. Kay and her writing partner Lily Dahl won the 2016 Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition with their true story drama pilot Queen of Thieves (aka 40 Elephants). She later sent the screenplay for Bindu to the Script and Film Pipeline team, who instantly saw its potential as a standout character-driven indie. Kay and Prarthana soon landed recognition from Seed & Spark, which led to the the Duplass brothers attachment. “Winning...
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SP Contest Winner Sold “Snow White & the Huntsman” to Universal

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Script Pipeline contest directors Chad Clough and Matt Misetich connected Evan Daugherty with management after his script Shrapnel won the 2008 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition. Snow White and the Huntsman later sold to Universal for over $3 million--one of the biggest spec sales in history--and grossed $400 million worldwide. Evan went on to write Divergent, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and other studio projects, including a reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise. From Evan: "Script Pipeline helped launch my professional career as a writer." SUBMIT A SCREENPLAY
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Los Angeles Times Interviews Script Pipeline

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In the January 19th, 2018 edition of the LA Times, Chad Clough, Script Pipeline Executive and CEO of Pipeline Media Group, was quoted on the state of the spec market: “Right now, the industry wants original voices. . . . There’s still a need for an excellent script.” Writer Chris Erskine, gleaning interviews from Clough, screenwriter Nicholas Kazan (Reversal of Fortune), and producer Elizabeth Cantillon, commented on the decline of the spec script and how a resurgence may be forthcoming: “Clough, of Script Pipeline, says the spec market could be—like old vinyl or vintage guitars—a thing of the past and the future. He cites an increasing voracious marketplace, as evidenced by Netflix’s pledge to produce 80 new original movies in 2018. So could the corpse soon rise from the dead, for a surprise Hollywood ending, even a fresh life?” Read the full LA Times article

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

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Script Pipeline CEO and producer Chad Clough alongside writer Evan Daugherty discuss how Script Pipeline helped launch Evan’s career, leading to the sale of Snow White & the Huntsman and Evan co-writing the 2014 hit films Divergent and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The two were interviewed by The Script Reporter’s Joshua Stecker. Watch the full video here  

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Fox Comedy “Stuber” Written by Script Pipeline Winner

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The action-comedy Stuber, written by Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest winner Tripper Clancy, stars Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick, Silicon Valley), Betty Gilpin (Glow), and Iko Uwais (The Raid). Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses) and John Francis Daley (Bones) produced. The film released in July 2019 and was screened at the 2019 SXSW festival. WATCH THE TRAILER 20th Century Fox picked up the script, based on a pitch developed by Tripper and his manager. Tripper won for Script Pipeline Screenwriting, and soon after, Script Pipeline execs linked him with management, paving the way for projects set up at Sony, Fox, Hasbro, Paramount, and other studios. He's adapting the acclaimed novel The Art of Fielding for Mandalay and a film for Amazon, High Five. SUBMIT A SCREENPLAY
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Script Pipeline’s First Feature Stars Jesse Eisenberg

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Now available on Amazon Prime and Netflix (previously available on Hulu and other streaming networks). The uniquely iconic dramedy stars Academy Award-Nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Batman vs. Superman), Mike O’Connell, comedian Jim Gaffigan, Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale), and an ensemble cast. Script Pipeline Executive Director Chad Clough produced and raised financing for the indie. From Variety: “Pic defies all categorization. . . . Playing opposite the monumental O’Connell would seem to be an impossible assignment, but Eisenberg is note-perfect as his steady servant and go-to guy. Supporting ensemble couldn’t be more colorful.”

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Script Pipeline Contest Winner “The Standoff at Sparrow Creek” Premieres in 2019

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Henry Dunham's The Standoff at Sparrow Creek released in January 2019, featuring the ensemble cast of James Badge Dale (Rubicon), Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker), Chris Mulkey (Whiplash), Happy Anderson (Mindhunter), Robert Armayo (Game of Thrones), and Gene Jones (The Hateful Eight). Dallas Sonnier, Jonathan Brownlee, and Amanda Presmyk produced. Dunham makes his feature directorial debut. The film premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, where it was acquired by RLJ Entertainment. It made its West Coast premiere at Beyond Fest in Hollywood in October 2018. "Without the momentum my win gave me, I don’t know where my screenplay would be. I owe Script Pipeline for everything." - Henry Dunham (writer/director, The Standoff at Sparrow Creek) Formerly titled Militia, the script was a unanimous pick amongst Script Pipeline staff for top honors. Both CEO Chad Clough and Senior Executive Matt Joseph Misetich pegged the screenplay as a fresh, relevant spin on the genre,...
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Script Pipeline Contest Writer Sells Show to Fox in 2019

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Runner-up in the Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition, Laura Bensick sold her show Everyday Insanity to Fox. Ken Olin (This is Us) and Sterling K. Brown producing. The drama series addresses mental illness within three different families who come together to form one supportive group. Laura placed with the hourlong drama The Mother in the 2016 Script Pipeline season, besting over 2,500 other pilots. In 2019, Bensick’s autobiographical play Life in Paradox, premiered in Los Angeles. Everyday Insanity is Laura’s first TV show sale. SUBMIT A TV PILOT
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Feature Film “Between,” Developed by Script Pipeline, Premieres at Sundance

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Writer Rob Nelms was hired to pen the script Between after introductions to director David Ocanas by Script Pipeline CEO Chad Clough. In March 2004, the film was greenlit for production and principal photography started in late May in Tijuana, Mexico. The lower-budget feature starred Poppy Montgomery (Unforgettable, Without a Trace), Danny Pino, and Jose Yenque (Traffic). It made its Sundance premiere in 2004 and later aired exclusively on Lifetime. According to David Ocanas, “After struggling for months trying to find the right writer for a film project I wished to produce and direct, one call to Chad Clough of Script Pipeline made all the difference. Script Pipeline brought us a writer who has given our story new and exciting elements, and thereby giving us a greater opportunity in making a successful film.” From the LA Times: “San Francisco-based writer Rob Nelms is another lucky one. His psychological thriller Between made its debut at Sundance this year. ‘I sent a comedy…

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Script Pipeline Finalist “Sgt. Will Gardner” Produced

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A top 20 finalist in the Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, Sgt. Will Gardner released in February 2019. Written/directed by and starring Max Martini (The Unit) the film centers on an American veteran coping with homelessness, PTSD, and the long journey toward emotional recovery, highlighting the very real concerns of vets. A percentage of the film’s profits were donated to three veterans charities: Higher Ground, Warriors Heart, and the Special Operations Charity Network. Watch Sgt. Will Gardner on Amazon

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Netflix and CBS Staff Script Pipeline Contest Finalist for 2019 Shows

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Howard Jordan Jr., runner-up in the Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition with the comedy Family Be Like, was staffed on the CBS series Superior Donuts in 2017. His first solo-written episode, "Sofia's Choice," aired in February 2018. The show starred Judd Hirsch, Jermaine Fowler, Katy Sagal, and Maz Jobrani. Superior Donuts was his first writing opportunity on a network series. He later joined the staff of Netflix's Family Reunion, starring Tia Mowry (Sister, Sister) and the CBS sitcom The Unicorn in 2019. "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," Howard said. "Script Pipeline was the turning point." Read Howard's latest Script Pipeline interview here. SUBMIT A TV PILOT
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“Child’s Play” Written by Script Pipeline Contest Winner

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Winner of the 2011 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition with his screenplay Henchman, Tyler Burton Smith’s career has soared in recent years, most recently with the Child’s Play reboot starring Aubrey Plaza and Mark Hamill. Previously, Tyler worked with Gil Kenan (Poltergeist) on an adaptation of the popular video game Five Nights at Freddy’s and co-wrote Kung Fury 2 with David Sandberg, the original creator of the Kung Fury short. The film wraps production in 2019 and stars Michael Fassbender, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Eiza Gonzalez.

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

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Pipeline Media Group Senior Executive Matt Joseph Misetich co-hosted the session Screenwriting 101: Demystifying Hollywood with Script Mag Editor Jeanne Veillette Bowerman at the 2019 Writer's Digest Conference in New York City. A long-time sponsor of the WDC, Book Pipeline was pleased to help lead the discussion on the basics of becoming a screenwriter and lend some insider advice in breaking into the film and TV industry. New Yorker cartoonist Bob Eckstein was on-hand to document the conference--in epic form, as usual. Learn more about the Writer's Digest conference, held annually in Midtown Manhattan, and the Novel Writing Conference in Pasadena, CA. SUBMIT A SCREENPLAYSUBMIT A TV PILOT
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Script Pipeline Co-Produced Short Wins Best Screenplay in 2018 Brooklyn Film Festival

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Biophilia, co-produced by Script Pipeline, won the Best Screenplay award at the 2018 Brooklyn Film Festival. Written and directed by Marina Michelson, the short is “inspired by the effects of the 2008 recession” and serves as a commentary, in part, on self-reliance and our intimate connections to nature. The story: “Rachel, a former Brooklynite, has persuaded her boyfriend to take a stab at farming on his family’s abandoned sheep ranch. But the dream of self-reliance reveals itself to be a harsher reality and strains their relationship. When a sheep dies under their watch, Rachel becomes determined to deal with the remains and in doing so, prove her worth.” Biophilia was also accepted to three other festivals in North America. View the trailer. Read Marina’s interview with Women & Film and Film Pipeline. Follow: Facebook | Instagram

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Santino Fontana, Dania Ramirez Star in Script Pipeline Finalist Romcom

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Off the Menu, written by Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition finalist Jen Goldson, was released in early 2018. Industry partner Jay Silverman (Girl on the Edge), who directed the romcom, picked up the project in 2015. Silverman and producer Bethany Cerrona were introduced to Goldson by Script Pipeline execs. "Off the Menu came about 100% due to Script Pipeline," Goldson said. "I was a finalist in the 2015 Screenplay Competition and attended their writer/industry event. There were a lot of producers there, but I remember [Script Pipeline Director of Development] Matt Misetich steering me toward Jay Silverman and Bethany Cerrona, saying they would appreciate my work--and they did! We soon had a meeting where I pitched the script, and boom: Jay offered to option the script right then and there, promising to make it. A year later, Jay, my director, was very true to his word, and we wrapped what I hope is a warm...
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