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Script Pipeline Contest Winner “Standoff” Releases January 2019

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Henry Dunham’s The Standoff at Sparrow Creek releases 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 producing. 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 on October 3rd, 2018. It’s due for a January 2019 release. “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…

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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. Follow: Facebook | Instagram

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“Stuber,” Written by Script Pipeline Winner, in Production with A-List Stars

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The action-comedy Stuber, written by Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest winner Tripper Clancy, attached Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) in December 2017, Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick, Silicon Valley) in March 2018, and later added Iko Uwais (The Raid) . Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses) and John Francis Daley (Bones) producing. The film began production in May 2018. 20th Century Fox picked up the script, based on a pitch developed by Tripper and his manager. Tripper was one of the Grand Prize Winners of the 2010 competition. Soon after, Script Pipeline execs linked him with management, paving the way for projects set up at Sony, Fox, Hasbro, Paramount, and Mandalay, where he’s adapting the acclaimed novel The Art of Fielding. Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure

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Script Pipeline Contest Winner Sold “Snow White & the Huntsman” to Universal

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Script Pipeline execs Chad Clough and Matt Misetich connected Evan Daugherty with management after his script Shrapnel won the 2008 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition. SWATH later sold to Universal and grossed $400 million worldwide. Evan went on to write the hugely successful films Divergent, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and other upcoming studio projects, including a reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise with MGM and Warner Bros. producing. In addition to TV series in development, Evan is writing and directing Ink and Bone for Dimension Films. From Evan: “Script Pipeline helped launch my professional career as a writer.”

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Script Pipeline Connects Writers with the Film and TV Industry – Learn More

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Script Pipeline actively searches the world for emerging film and TV writers who possess a unique voice and a desire to launch a career in the entertainment industry. Since 1999, over 200 writers have signed with managers and agents, had their scripts optioned, and saw their work produced as a result of intensive, long-term assistance from Pipeline execs. Recent script sales include Snow White and the Huntsman by Evan Daugherty, Stuber by Tripper Clancy, The Incident at Sparrow Creek Lumber by Henry Dunham, as well as numerous other screenplays, pilots, and pitches, totaling over $6 million in spec sales from Pipeline writers and $1 billion in revenue from films written by Pipeline alums. Learn more about Script Pipeline here. Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure View recent success stories

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Los Angeles Times Interviews Script Pipeline’s CEO Chad Clough in 2018

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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 Submit to a Script Pipeline Writing…

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Script Pipeline Contest Writer Staffed on CBS Sitcom “Superior Donuts” in 2017-2018

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Howard Jordan Jr., runner-up in the 2015 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 stars Judd Hirsch, Jermaine Fowler, Katy Sagal, and Maz Jobrani. Howard is represented by Madhouse Entertainment and Paradigm. Superior Donuts is his first writing opportunity on a network series. “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 to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure

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Script Pipeline Contest Winner Sells Multiple Specs Including “Stuber”

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Script Pipeline Contest Winner Tripper Clancy sold projects to 20th Century Fox (The Ambassadors, Stuber), QED International (Winter Break) and will write the animated comedy Shedd for Paramount, Hacker Camp for Hasbro, and as of May 2017, an adaptation of the acclaimed novel The Art of Fielding. He was previously hired to write the adventure/comedy Stranded for Sony Pictures. Winner of the 2011 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, Tripper found management with Script Pipeline industry partner Jake Wagner (Good Fear) only a few weeks after winning the contest. From Tripper: “I can’t express the impact Script Pipeline has had on my writing career. Winning the contest directly led to new representation, which in turn led to working with studios such as 20th Century Fox.” Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure

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Santino Fontana, Dania Ramirez Star in Script Pipeline Finalist Romcom, Released in 2018

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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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“The Living Wake” Produced by Script Pipeline, Stars Jesse Eisenberg – Now on Amazon

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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.” Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure

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Jeremy Garelick’s Classy Films Options Script Pipeline Contest Winner

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Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition winner Prom Queen, written by Debbie Chesebro and Tyson FitzGerald, has been optioned by Classy Films, a production company headed by Jeremy Garelick (The Wedding Ringer, The Break-Up). After winning the 2010 contest, the teen comedy made the rounds to a number of companies in Script Pipeline’s industry network. Though the script remained un-optioned, Script Pipeline and Director of Development Matt Misetich continued to stay in touch with Debbie and Tyson, eventually finding a home for Prom Queen in July 2016. “Nothing has done more for Prom Queen and our writing career than Script Pipeline,” said Debbie and Tyson. “Matt has worked tirelessly to connect us and the script to industry professionals, ultimately resulting in the option.” The script was a Script Pipeline judges’ favorite in 2010—and one Misetich held in high regard for years. “I’ve been a huge fan of this script for so long,…

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Bruce Willis Stars in Script Pipeline Contest Finalist “Precious Cargo”

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A top 20 finalist in the 2010 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, Precious Cargo,  written by Max Adams, released theatrically and on DVD in April 2016. The Lionsgate action/thriller stars Bruce Willis, Claire Forlani, and Mark-Paul Gosselaar. Adams also directed. He’s currently writing an adaptation of The Risk Agent with Michael Lerner (Love & Mercy). Submit to the Screenwriting Competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure  

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Script Pipeline’s Chad Clough Interviewed with “Snow White” Scribe

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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. Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure

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“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” Written by Script Pipeline Contest Winner

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The reboot of the mega-popular franchise debuted at the top of the box office. Script Pipeline alum Evan Daugherty was brought on-board as co-writer. TMNT stars Megan Fox (Transformers), Will Arnett (Arrested Development), and William Fichter (The Dark Knight Rises). Evan was later brought on to major studio projects, including Esmeralda for ABC, GI Joe 3 for Paramount, Myst for Hulu, and the Tomb Raider reboot. Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure

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Zach Galifianakis Joins “Endgame” Produced by Script Pipeline CEO

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Released in 2010, Operation: Endgame stars Zach Galifianakis, Rob Corddry, Maggie Q, Ellen Barkin, Adam Scott, and Emilie de Ravin. The action-comedy is based on Brian Watanabe’s Script Pipeline “Recommend” screenplay Rogue’s Gallery, originally developed by Script Pipeline execs. Script Pipeline CEO Chad Clough brought the project to Sean McKittrick (Get Out), and it was later produced by Darko Entertainment and Infinity Media. Watch the Trailer Here Variety Article – July 27, 2008  Indie comedy co-stars Corddry, Scott, Odenkirk Ellen Barkin, Ving Rhames and Rob Corddry are starring in the indie comedy “Rogues Gallery.” Michael Ohoven and Kevin Turen are producing via their Infinity Films shingle (“Capote”). Spy romp takes place in an underground government intelligence agency. Paris-based director Fouad Mikati is directing from a script by Brian Watanabe and Abe Levy. Pic began shooting July 21 in Los Angeles, becoming one of the few films to go before cameras amid the de facto work stoppage. Joe…

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