The most notable alumni from Script Pipeline’s competitions, as well as writers we’ve helped develop and expose to the industry over the past 15 years. A number of other alums are on the cusp. Check back often for updates, and view additional success stories here.
Evan Daugherty (Screenwriting Competition Winner)
After personal introductions by Script Pipeline to industry partner Jake Wagner, Evan was first hired by Warner Bros. in 2008 to rework a draft of their He-Man franchise script. Although that film never moved forward, it led to additional meetings and Evan selling what would become a huge spec: Snow White & the Huntsman, purchased by Universal for $3 million. It marked one of the biggest script sales in years and subsequently turned Evan into one of the hottest young writers in the industry. The film was released summer 2012, starred Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron, and grossed over $400 million worldwide.
In 2013, Evan co-wrote an adaptation of the young adult novel Divergent for Summit Entertainment (Twilight). The film released March 2014 and stars Shailene Woodley (The Spectacular Now) and Academy Award-winner Kate Winslet.
After selling a pilot pitch, it was later announced Evan would be one of the writers and executive producers on an adaptation of the DC comic franchise Midnight Mass. for NBC. Most recently, he was one of the writers on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot. The Michael Bay film starred Megan Fox and came out summer 2014, holding the top box office spot its opening weekend.
Evan is tabbed to write and executive produce the event series Esmeralda for ABC Studios and signed on to pen the third installment of the GI Joe franchise for Paramount, in addition to the SyFy series Five Ghosts, which he will co-produce alongside Chris Bender (We’re the Millers).
Among all these projects, he’ll be making his directorial debut with Ink and Bone for Dimension Films, and in 2015, signed on to adapt the Hulu TV series Myst and write the reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise for Warner Bros. and MGM. Hopefully, this sprawling queue of work will serve as a launch-pad for a full re-imagining of the extraordinary Super Mario Bros. live-action shorts he wrote and directed in 2013.
“Script Pipeline introduced me to a manager and helped launch my professional career as a writer.”
Tripper Clancy (Screenwriting Competition Winner)
Winner of the 2010 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest, Tripper Clancy was introduced to and signed with a Pipeline industry partner, beginning the first step of what has become a successful screenwriting career.
Just a few months after the screenwriting competition ended, 20th Century Fox selected Tripper for their feature comedy writing team to help develop new material, and in September 2013, the studio purchased his comedy The Ambassadors. Later that year, Tripper’s buddy-comedy pitch Winter Break was picked up by QED International (District 9) as the last spec sale of the year. In early 2014, he was hired to write the animated comedy Shedd for Paramount.
While he’s developing additional feature and TV material, Tripper was tabbed in 2014 to write the adventure/comedy Stranded for Sony Pictures, Kevin James (The King of Queens, Grown-ups) attached. And in early 2015, Hasbro brought on Tripper to write the comedy Hacker Camp.
In October 2015, his contest-winning script Henry the Second was finally slated for production, which will begin by summer 2016. Tripper also sold an original comedy spec to Fox in April 2016, Stuber, based on an idea developed by Tripper and his manager.
“I think for any screenwriter, the dream is to write a script in a vacuum and watch it go all the way into production. With Henry the Second, it’s been a long journey that all started with winning the Script Pipeline competition.”
Brian submitted his action/comedy Rogues Gallery, went through several rounds of intensive notes, and eventually received a “Recommend.” Script Pipeline connected Brian with manager Andrew Kersey (Kersey Management), and he later signed with Gersh for agency representation. Script Pipeline CEO Chad Clough brought the Recommend project to industry partner Sean McKittrick (Darko Entertainment) for further development, and Rogues was officially optioned in early 2007. After acquiring financing and assembling an all-star cast, production in Los Angeles began in 2008.
Under a new title, Operation: Endgame was released in 2010. Most notably, the film features Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Adam Scott (Parks and Rec), Jeffrey Tambor (Arrested Development), Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), Emilie de Ravin (Lost), Maggie Q, Ellen Barkin, and Ving Rhames.
Rob Nelms (“Recommend” Writer)
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 (Without a Trace, Unforgettable), 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 article covering Script Pipeline:
“I sent a comedy script for [Script Pipeline] to review and provide me with coverage a few years before Between even came about. They worked with me to improve the script, and then Chadwick Clough, the founder, landed me an agent based on that script. . . .”
Micah Barnett (“Recommend” Writer)
Script Pipeline Director of Development Matt Misetich, along with Pipeline’s team of analysts, consulted on Micah’s screenplay The Merc List, a futuristic action/thriller, until it was considered a “Recommend.” Matt immediately sent the script to Jake Wagner (Benderspink), who signed Micah in less than a week. To date, it’s the quickest a Pipeline writer has gone from receiving a “Recommend” to formally signing with a manager.
He is currently developing feature and TV material.