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Script Pipeline Contest Winner “Standoff” Premieres at 2018 Toronto Film Festival

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Henry Dunham’s The Standoff at Sparrow Creek began production in 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 makes his feature directorial debut.

The film premiered at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, where it was acquired by RLJ Entertainment. It’s due for an early 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)

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.

“Really excited for Henry,” said Misetich. “One of the most astute writers I’ve met. . . . Looking forward to seeing his career evolve in the years to come.”

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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.

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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.

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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 engaging pilots I’ve ever read,” said Senior Executive Matt Joseph Misetich. “Such a well-crafted story, start to finish–with the added challenge of taking a very tricky concept and figuring out a way to make it broad without losing the edge. The Sopers have a serious future in television if they keep churning out scripts like this.”

This is the first series the Sopers have had in development. They also write horror and sci-fi for both film and TV. Previous work has placed in Slamdance, Screamfest, and ISA’s Table Read My Screenplay contest.

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