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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.

Bruce Willis Stars in Script Pipeline Contest Finalist “Precious Cargo”

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A top 20 finalist in the 2010 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, Precious Cargo,  written by Max Adams, released theatrically and on DVD in April 2016.

The Lionsgate action/thriller stars Bruce Willis, Claire Forlani, and Mark-Paul Gosselaar. Adams also directed. He’s currently writing an adaptation of The Risk Agent with Michael Lerner (Love & Mercy).

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Fox Picks Up Spec From Script Pipeline Contest Winner

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Fox purchased the comedy Stuber from Script Pipeline contest winner Tripper Clancy in April 2016 for mid-six figures.

The screenplay is based on an idea developed by Tripper and manager Jake Wagner (Benderspink). Jonathan Goldstein (Spider-Man: Homecoming) and John Francis Daley (Bones) worked with Tripper on the script. The story revolves around a night in the life of an Uber driver aptly named Stu.

“We live in a time where IP, sequels, and reboots rule the business, so it’s easy to be cynical,” said Tripper. “But fortunately for all of us plugging away on our laptops, studios and financiers are always looking for original material. Stuber is many things for me—a love letter to LA, an homage to my favorite action comedies growing up—but on a fundamental level, it’s the kind of movie I’d be pumped to go see on a Friday night at the theater. The fact that a major studio sees it the same way is a pretty sweet bonus.”

After winning the 2010 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition with his comedy Henry the Second, Tripper signed with Pipeline industry partner Jake Wagner. He has projects in development at 20th Century Fox (The Ambassadors), QED International (Winter Break), Sony (Stranded), and Hasbro (Hacker Camp).

From Tripper: “I cannot underestimate the impact that Script Pipeline has had on my writing career. Winning the contest directly led to my new representation. . . .”

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Contest-Winning Screenplay Headed to Production with 21 Laps

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Tripper Clancy’s coming-of-age comedy Henry the Second, winner of the 2010 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, is headed toward production.

21 Laps (The Spectacular Now) and producer Shawn Levy join 3311 Productions (Table 19) at the helm.

“I think for any screenwriter, the dream is to write a script in a vacuum and watch it go all the way into production,” Tripper said. “With Henry the Second, it’s been a long journey that all started with winning the Script Pipeline competition. It took the script a little while to find a home, but no one ever gave up hope. That’s probably the best thing about a feature script: as long as the people involved care about it, it’s never dead.”

Tripper’s script will be the second Script Pipeline contest winner produced in the last several years, joining Evan Daugherty’s Shrapnel, which was made into the action/thriller Killing Season starring Robert De Niro and John Travolta. Other recent Script Pipeline contest selections have projects in various stages of development, including Second Born by David Jagernauth, also a 2010 winner.

Script Pipeline CEO Chad Clough added: “We’re so proud of Tripper’s continued accomplishments and all the writer success stories we’ve helped create over the past 15 years. Winning a Script Pipeline contest has proven to be one of the easiest ways to gain attention from Hollywood’s top execs, and we’re looking forward to finding more emerging writers in upcoming competition seasons.”

Besides Henry the Second, Tripper is writing the comedy Hacker Camp for Hasbro, the animated comedy Shedd for Paramount, and the adventure/comedy Stranded for Sony, starring Kevin James (PixelsThe King of Queens). In late 2014, he sold his feature comedy The Ambassadors to 20th Century Fox, as well as the pitch Winter Break to QED International.

Read Tripper’s Script Pipeline interview here.

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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.

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