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UTA and Madhouse Rep 2015 Script Pipeline Contest Winner

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A few weeks after Script Pipeline sent the 2015 finalist/winner loglines industry-wide, Screenwriting Competition winner Henry Dunham was picked up by Madhouse Entertainment (Prisoners). Agency powerhouse UTA followed soon after. “While I’m a little surprised he found representation so quick, I’m not at all surprised it happened,” said Script Pipeline Senior Executive Matt Misetich. “It was inevitable. And it goes beyond writing ability–he’s one of the most grounded, humble writers I’ve met all year. That attitude will take him far in what will of course be a continual process of collaboration. For two tremendous companies like Madhouse and UTA to jump on board is extraordinary. No doubt this will be the first step in a long writing career.” Read Henry’s Script Pipeline interview. Submit to the Screenwriting Competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure  

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Screenwriting Contest Winner Tyler Burton Smith Co-Writing WB Feature

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Grand Prize winner of the 2011 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, Tyler Burton Smith has been tabbed to co-write the Warner Bros. horror Five Nights at Freddy’s, based on the uber-popular app/PC game of the same name where animatronic characters come to life–to kill people, of course. Tyler will be teaming with director Gil Kenan (Monster House, City of Ember, Poltergeist). Roy Lee (The Lego Movie), David Katzenberg (Gremlins, It), and Seth Grahame-Smith (The Lego Batman Movie) producing. After his animated comedy feature Henchmen was selected as a top-4 winner in the competition, Tyler found management and was hired on various writing assignments, including the action video games Quantum Break, Sleeping Dogs, and Prototype 2. He’s repped by Chris Goble (Grandview) and WME. Read Tyler’s Script Pipeline interview. Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure

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Indie Dramedy Written By Script Pipeline Contest Finalist Released

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Chasing Ghosts, written by former Script Pipeline contest winner Josh Chesler, was released on April 21st, 2015. The film stars Tim Meadows (SNL), Toby Nichols, Robin Lively, and Frances Conroy. “The team at Script Pipeline has been and continues to be immensely supportive of my writing career,” said Josh. “They genuinely made me feel like I’m part of a writing community committed to helping everyone get one step closer to living their dreams.” Josh was a finalist in the Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition and winner of the Great Movie Idea Contest with co-writer Paul Connor. Chasing Ghosts is available on DVD and VOD. View Josh’s Script Pipeline interview. Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure

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Project by Script Pipeline “Recommend” Writer in Development with Gene Simmons Prodco

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Temple, written by Script Pipeline “Recommend” writer Matt Savelloni, will be produced by WWE Studios and Kiss legend Gene Simmons under their new Erebus Pictures banner, which plans to finance and produce horror films. Simmons will also star in the horror/thriller. Temple centers on a team of operatives trapped inside a military compound after its AI is disabled, leading to “strange phenomena” as they unlock the mystery of the previous team’s disappearance. Matt, who signed with a Script Pipeline partner (manager Andrew Kersey), has another action feature in development, Exile to Babylon. Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure

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Tomb Raider Reboot Hires Script Pipeline Writer

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MGM and Warner Bros. hired Script Pipeline writer Evan Daugherty in February 2015 to pen the new Tomb Raider film. Graham King (The Departed, Argo) producing. Instead of a sequel to the 2001 Angelina Jolie version, the new plot will feature a younger Lara Croft on her first adventure. Evan found representation with manager/producer Jake Wagner after winning the 2008 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition. Adaptations are nothing new for Daugherty: his resume includes recent feature releases Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Divergent, in addition to in-development TV series projects Esmeralda (ABC), Midnight Mass (NBC), The Foundation (Fox), and Five Ghosts (SyFy). Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure

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Relativity Picks Up Project Written by Script Pipeline Contest Winner

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Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest finalist Matt Altman sold his sci-fi/action spec Sam & Liz: A Killer Love Story to Relativity Media. Jim Wedaa and Jon Shestack are on board to produce. The logline: “Sam is an average guy working a 9 to 5 job that he hates, wishing for a more exciting life. When he meets gorgeous thrill-seeker Liz, he gets more more than he bargained for. Together, they go on a wild ride discovering that nothing they know about themselves is true and their connection to each other has surprising and deadly consequences.” Previously, Matt had signed with with APA and Parallax Talent Management, and in October 2014, he and co-writer David Matalon sold their feature script The Feud to Vandal Entertainment. Matt placed in the 2010 Pipeline competition with the action/thriller Dangerous Waters. Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure

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Oldboy Director Attached to Helm Contest-Winning Screenplay

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The sci-fi thriller Second Born, winner of the 2010 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, attached director Chan-wook Park (Oldboy) in November 2014. Written by David Jagernauth, the project is being produced by former Bold Films President David Lancaster (Drive, Whiplash) and his company Rumble Films. David was part of a stellar group of screenwriting winners in 2010 that included novelist Teresa Lo and screenwriter Tripper Clancy (Stranded, Hacker Camp). A separate sci-fi/action project of David’s was previously in development with Script Pipeline execs. Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure

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“Recommend” Writer Eddie Mensore Developing Feature

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Script Pipeline “Recommend” screenplay Mine 9, a drama centered on a group of West Virginia miners trapped underground after a cave-in, is currently in the early stages of pre-production. The project marks writer/director Eddie Mensore‘s second feature film undertaking. His first, The Deposition (2011), won a Grand Jury award at the Las Vegas International Film Festival. Script Pipeline linked Eddie with his current manager, Andrew Kersey (Kersey Management), and consulted on Mine 9 and other projects. From Eddie: “Getting a Recommend through Script Pipeline is difficult. But when it does happen, great things can occur. That’s how I found representation, and now my project is in development.” View Beneath Existence, the short film based on Mine 9. Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure

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Vandal Ent. Picks Up Feature from Script Pipeline Contest Finalists

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Writers Matt Altman and David Matalon, finalists of the Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, sold their spec The Feud to Vandal Entertainment, headed by former FilmEngine president Navid McIllhargey. The crime/thriller, Matt’s first script sale, will join several other film and television projects in development at Vandal, which plans to produce two to three projects per year. Matt is repped by APA and Parallax Talent Management, while David is with Paradigm. Their script Dangerous Waters placed in the top 20 of the 2010 Pipeline contest and was described by judges as “an intense thriller with a fresh backdrop, setting it far apart from others in the genre.” Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure

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SyFy Network Tabs Script Pipeline Contest Winner to Write Series

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A TV series adaptation of Five Ghosts, created by Frank J. Barbiereand and Chris Mooneyham, for the SyFy Network to be written by Script Pipeline alum Evan Daugherty, who will also serve as executive producer alongside Chris Bender (Benderspink). The Image Comics property revolves around a treasure hunter who is able to harness the skills of five dead literary characters: The Detective, The Wizard, The Samurai, The Vampire, and The Archer. Daugherty’s career gained steam after signing with Script Pipeline industry partner Jake Wagner in 2008. He went on to co-write the box office hits Divergent and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and in 2010 sold Snow White and the Huntsman to Universal for $3 million. He’s currently developing projects for ABC, NBC, and several studios. Evan will make his feature directing debut with Ink and Bone, produced by Dimension Films. Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential…

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Marc Samson, Script Pipeline “Recommend,” Wraps Film

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Winner of the Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, Marc Samson completed his micro-budget psychological thriller Where the Devil Dwells in 2014 (view trailer). Marc is a two-time Script Pipeline “Recommend” writer with other horror and thriller screenplays. His crime/thriller I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead, centered on a female heroine in search of revenge, was selected as a top-four winner in the 2011 Pipeline competition. He’s currently developing additional features and independent projects. Read Marc’s original 2011 interview 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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Comic Series Sells to Fox with Contest Winner Attached to Adapt

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20th Century Fox purchased the rights to the comic miniseries The Foundation, and Script Pipeline competition winner Evan Daugherty will write the screenplay adaptation as well as serve as Executive Producer. In addition to this feature project, Evan is writing Midnight Mass for NBC, the event series Esmeralda for ABC, and GI Joe 3 for Paramount. He’ll make his directorial debut with Ink and Bone (Dimension Films) in 2015. Previous writing credits include Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), Divergent (2014), and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014). He also wrote and directed short live-action films based on the Super Mario Bros. characters in 2013. Evan found representation after an introduction by Script Pipeline execs Chad Clough and Matt Misetich to manager Jake Wagner (Benderspink). His contest-winning script Shrapnel was produced in 2012 and starred Robert De Niro and John Travolta. 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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Top Comic Writer and Script Pipeline Finalist Option Script

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Script Pipeline Screenwriting finalist Craig Weeden and comic veteran Jimmy Palmiotti (Ultimate Spider-Man, Jonah Hex) optioned an adaptation of Palmiotti’s Painkiller Jane in March 2014 to production company Solipsist Films (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For). Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary) attached to direct the project, which Jen Soska described as “unapologetically kick-ass.” Craig is also in development on other feature and television projects. His previous work includes the children’s illustrated book Mia’s Gift and the feature crime/thriller Diamond Payback, which placed in the 2011 Pipeline competition. Submit to a Script Pipeline competition Submit for notes and potential industry exposure

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