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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 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!”

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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 hiring Creative Executive Jeff McCrann in November 2016. Bohemia was one of several new contacts made, as McCrann and Senior Executive Matt Joseph Misetich ramped up industry network expansion.

“After speaking with Bohemia, we felt their gameplan toward production matched up very well to the type of scripts we champion–a strong focus on storytelling, fresh concepts, and diverse voices,” Misetich said. “The fact these writers have been so great to work with over the last several months should be an encouraging sign moving forward.”

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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 HexUltimate 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.

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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.

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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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