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Fox Comedy “Stuber” Written by Script Pipeline Winner, Coming July 2019

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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 releases in July 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 to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure

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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 “The Standoff at Sparrow Creek” Released 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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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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Director Attached to Contest Winner’s Screenplay “S21”

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Director Scott Speer (Midnight Sun) is set to helm Script Pipeline finalist and Recommend writer Greg Wayne’s dark romcom S21. Catapult and Needle’s Eye producing. Speer has also directed I Still See You and Step Up Revolution. This will be Greg’s first produced feature film. He previously won the Script Pipeline First Look Project with his comedy pilot Ad Game and has placed as a finalist and received a Recommend on numerous other screenplays and pilots, working closely with Script Pipeline development execs. From Greg: “Script Pipeline gives the best notes. Whenever I’m struggling with a project, their staff never fails to provide feedback that elevates the story. They take their commitment to Recommended writers, contest winners, and finalists incredibly seriously, and do an amazing job of getting those scripts out into the world.” Submit to the Script Pipeline Competition Submit for Script Notes

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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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AMC’s “Sunday Morning Shootout” Recommends Script Pipeline

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Discussing script coverage, producer Peter Bart remarked Script Pipeline (formerly Script P.I.M.P.) as his favorite. Since 1999, development and consultation services from Script Pipeline have linked over 100 writers to the industry, with numerous feature screenplays and TV pilots optioned, sold, and produced. Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure

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Mandalay Pictures Developing Script Pipeline Contest-Winning TV Pilot

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The Devil in Evelyn, winner of the 2016 First Look Project (Teleplay), was picked up for development by Mandalay Pictures in September 2017. Script Pipeline set up the writers, brothers Ben and Tyler Soper, with meetings after extensive circulation to Pipeline’s industry network. “Script Pipeline’s First Look Project was an awesome experience,” Ben and Tyler said. “From our first phone call, they became our personal champions and proceeded to surprise us again and again with the extent of their support.  Thanks to them, we had meetings with a manager and production companies and are now developing our pilot with Mandalay Entertainment.  Entering this contest moved our careers forward in an unprecedented way and was the smartest thing we did all year!” A favorite of Script Pipeline judges, the horror/comedy expertly weaves genres and manages to overcome the hurdle of grounding relatable themes in an entirely unreal context. “Probably one of the most…

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Zach Galifianakis Joins “Operation Endgame” Produced by Script Pipeline CEO

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Operation: Endgame stars Zach Galifianakis, Rob Corddry, Maggie Q, Ellen Barkin, and Adam Scott. The action-comedy was first discovered from Script Pipeline after Brian Watanabe submitted for Development Notes. Script Pipeline CEO Chad Clough brought the project to Sean McKittrick (Get Out), and it was later produced by Clough, 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 Anderson, Odette Yustman, Bob Odenkirk, Jeffrey Tambor, Maggie Q,…

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“Divergent” Written by Script Pipeline Contest Winner

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Released in March 2014, the Summit Entertainment film stars Shailene Woodley and Academy Award-winner Kate Winslet. Co-written by Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest winner Evan Daugherty and novelist Veronica Roth, based on Roth’s hit young adult novel. A sequel is currently in the works. 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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Three Contest Finalist Scripts Optioned by Bohemia Group Originals

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In February and March 2017, Bohemia Group Originals optioned three Script Pipeline Screenwriting and TV Writing Competition finalist scripts: Bradley Stryker’s action/thriller The Dragon Run, Diana Wright’s comedy pilot Franchise, and Nadeemi Siddiqui’s romcom Slut. All three placed in the 2016 competitions. “We are thrilled to be working with the whole team at Script Pipeline,” said Bohemia CEO Susan Ferris. “They have quickly proven to be an extremely valuable resource for solid material and incredible writers. While these two projects could not be more different from one another, they meet the standard of quality, entertainment value, and unique voice that we at BGO are looking for.” The option agreements come on the heels of Script Pipeline ramping up industry network expansion in 2016. Bohemia was one of several new contacts made by Senior Executive Matt Joseph Misetich “After speaking with Bohemia, we felt their gameplan toward production matched up very well to the type of…

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Jessica Chastain Starring in Film Co-Written by Script Pipeline Contest Finalist

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Craig Weeden, discovered through the Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, and Jimmy Palmiotti (Jonah Hex, Ultimate Spider-man) optioned Painkiller Jane to Solipsist Films, and after several years in development, Academy Award Nominee Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty) signed on board to play Jane in November 2016. In 2017, a new writing team was brought on board prior to the script going into production. Weeden, also a former Pipeline “Recommend” writer, placed in the top 20 of the 2011 Screenwriting Competition with the crime/drama Lost Stones. He’s currently in development on other feature and television projects. Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure

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NBC, LeBron James Producing TV Series from Script Pipeline “Recommend” Writer

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Matthew J. O’Neill’s sports drama series was picked up by NBC in October 2016, with LeBron James’ SpringHill Entertainment producing. From The Hollywood Reporter: the series centers on “a brilliant doctor who specializes in treating the world’s greatest sports stars. Only when the doctor undergoes a health crisis, it forces him to rethink his approach to medicine with the help of a gifted sports psychologist.” Renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, who O’Neill first approached with the project, will serve as an executive consultant. This is O’Neill’s first TV script sale. He previously sold Bait and Switch, a Script Pipeline “Recommend,” to Universal in 2011. Mark Wahlberg is attached to produce. Submit to the Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure

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Script Pipeline TV Competition Runner-up Signs with UTA

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Script Pipeline TV Writing Contest Runner-up Laura Bensick (The Mother) signed with UTA in September 2016, less than a month after contest results were announced. From Script Pipeline’s Director of Development, Matt Joseph Misetich: “It’s beyond rare to find such a compelling drama, and Laura’s character work in The Mother is impressive. Can absolutely see this as the next award-worthy limited series, and the type of project a talented actress would shine in–a deeply immersive, socially conscious crime/mystery.” The Mother drew interest from major producers after Script Pipeline’s 2016 writer/industry event. Laura is also repped by Tom Drumm at ThinkTank Management. Submit to the Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure  

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