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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 CompetitionSWATH later sold to Universal and grossed $400 million worldwide.

Evan went on to write the hugely successful films DivergentTeenage 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.”

Screenwriting & TV Writing Competitions Deadline: May 1st, 2018

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The annual Script Pipeline Screenwriting and TV Writing competitions continue a long tradition of connecting writers with top producers, agencies, and managers across both studio and independent markets.

Through a unique, long-term circulation process, Script Pipeline contest alumni have found representation, optioned their work, and had their scripts produced over the past 16 years as a direct result of Script Pipeline facilitation. The result thus far is $6 million in screenplays and pilots sold by competition finalists and “Recommend” writers since 2003.

“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)

Finalists are given exposure to Script Pipeline industry partners and the following:

  • $50,000 to winners
  • Development assistance with Script Pipeline execs
  • Personal introductions to managers, producers, agents, and others searching for new TV material, tailored to each individual project
  • Additional material review for potential circulation
  • Long-term circulation for all finalists (and select semifinalists)
  • Exclusive invitations to private writer/industry events hosted by Script Pipeline

“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. Script Pipeline was a turning point.”
– Howard Jordan Jr., TV Writing Contest Runner-up (Superior Donuts)

“With their rapidly expanding network of industry connections, Script Pipeline has continued to champion my script long after the competition, giving me invaluable access to industry circulation and promoting my career in ways that would otherwise be out of my reach.”
– Ashley Locher, Screenwriting Contest Runner-up (End of Life)

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Filming in 2018: Script Pipeline Contest Winner “Incident”

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Henry Dunham’s The Incident at Sparrow Creek Lumber began production in March 2018 with an ensemble cast featuring James Badge Dale (Rubicon), Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker), Happy Anderson (Mindhunter), Robert Armayo (Game of Thrones), and Gene Jones (The Hateful Eight). Dallas Sonnier, Jonathan Brownlee, and Amanda Presmyk producing. Dunham is making his feature directorial debut.

The project, originally titled Militia, won the 2015 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition. Henry was connected with representation less than a month after contest results were announced, signing with Pipeline industry partner Madhouse Entertainment.

“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, 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, and an “unquestionably strong calling card” for the up-and-coming Dunham.

“Couldn’t be happier for Henry,” said Misetich. “One of the most astute young writers I’ve met. He has such an incredible head start now. . . . Looking forward to seeing his career evolve in the years to come.”

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Los Angeles Times Interviews Script Pipeline’s CEO Chad Clough – 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?”

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Dave Bautista Starring in Script Pipeline Contest Winner – 2018

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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. Jonathan Goldstein (Horrible Bosses) and John Francis Daley (Bones) producing. 20th Century Fox picked up the script, based on a pitch developed by Tripper and manager Jake Wagner (Good Fear), in April 2016.

Tripper was one of the Grand Prize Winners of the 2010 competition. Soon after, Script Pipeline execs linked him with Jake, initiating a long working relationship that has led to projects set up at Sony, Fox, Hasbro, Paramount, and Mandalay, where he’s adapting the acclaimed novel The Art of Fielding.

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Script Pipeline Contest Winner Staffed on CBS Sitcom “Superior Donuts” – 2017

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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. 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.

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Script Pipeline Contest Winner Sells Multiple Specs Including “Stuber” – 2017

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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.”

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Santino Fontana, Dania Ramirez Star in Script Pipeline Finalist Romcom – 2017

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Off the Menu, written by Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition finalist Jen Goldson, wrapped production in October 2016 and is set for a 2017 release. Industry partner Jay Silverman (Girl on the Edge), who directed the romcom, picked up the project in 2015. Silverman and producer Bethany Cerrona met Goldson at the annual Script Pipeline writer/industry event in Los Angeles.

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 and funny film.”

Starring Santino Fontana (Frozen, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Dania Ramirez (Entourage, Devious Maids), the film centers on the heir to a Mexican fast-food franchise who goes “cuisine” hunting for the next culinary big thing, soon finding himself in a small New Mexican town where foodies come from all over to salivate over the treats of a local, authentic, and feisty female chef.

“I was inspired to tell the story of two very unlikely people whose appetite for each other is ignited by a quirky town, its eccentric residents, and a very special chilé pepper,” Silverman said.

Goldson has other features currently in various stages of development, including her competition finalist screenplay, Egbok.

From Misetich: “When we read Egbok during contest judging, it was clear that Jen had such a strong grasp on the complexities of creating grounded, relatable characters. It’s difficult (at best) to write a unique drama or romantic comedy, but her voice really shines through–and for that reason alone, I think she’ll have a bright career ahead of her. Always exciting to discover a screenplay and eventually see the film produced.”

Jen joins a host of other Script Pipeline contest finalists and winners whose scripts are getting produced in 2016 and 2017, some of which have taken years to come to fruition.

“Pretty rare for Hollywood that in just one year, a script went from option to completion,” Jen added. “Had a great time working with the Silverman team!”

The film was released in 2018 and will screen at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

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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 NetworkBatman 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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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, and hearing pass after pass was just as frustrating for me as it was for the writers,” Matt said. “Debbie and Tyson probably don’t realize how many rejections we had at the pitch stage: ‘good idea, not for us,’ ‘need something more straightforward for the genre,’. . . every courteous pass you could think of. It’s not a cookie-cutter teen comedy, so it needed a really sharp producer with a little vision to champion it properly. When I got the email asking for a very specific type of script, I knew I only had one that fit the bill.”

Prom Queen joins Tripper Clancy’s Henry the Second and David Jagernauth’s Second Born as the other 2010 Script Pipeline winning screenplays on the path to production. Shawn Levy’s 21 Laps Entertainment (The Spectacular Now, Stranger Things) and 3311 (Table 19) on board to produce Henry, while Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy) is attached to direct Second Born.

“To us, success stories like this continue to justify our unique long-term facilitation process,” said Script Pipeline CEO Chad Clough. “We wish it hadn’t taken five years, of course, but sometimes you need to wait for the right match. Can’t wait to see where things go from here.”

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