Established in 2000, the Script Pipeline Workshop is one of the longest-running notes services in the industry, offering feedback on screenplays, pilots, and pitches for film and television. Hundreds of writers each year, from beginners to professionals, benefit from the expertise of a small, seasoned group of development execs, many of whom are active writers and producers themselves.
Any genre or format accepted. We review everything from partially completed scripts to production-ready final drafts. Writers may also follow up with their reader if they have any additional questions on the feedback. Writers may also request a critique on supplemental materials (such as a TV show bible, synopsis, or logline), as well as follow up with their reader with additional questions on the feedback.
Together with our competitions, the Workshop is another outlet to funnel upper-echelon projects to an array of industry contacts and shepherd scripts into production.
Development Notes – extensive feedback covering the primary components of the script, including:
- Plot / Structure
- Conflict / Stakes
- Other Concerns (presentation, technical errors, etc.)
Suggested For: first or early drafts of a completed screenplay or TV pilot
Current turnaround time: 6-8 business days
Length of notes: 4-5 pages (appx.)
Any questions on script notes or other services, email our coordinator.
To give writers an idea of where their script stands in comparison to the current spec market, we give one of three grades to every submission:
Recommend – with a grade of Recommend, Script Pipeline goes through the following process:
- Final review by our executive development team for additional feedback. We’ll also look over and polish the logline and synopsis.
- Personal introductions to managers and production companies, depending on the writer and the project.
- Assist long-term in finding the right match for the script. Like our contest winners and finalists, we continuously keep our Recommends in mind for industry.
Writers may re-submit the Recommend script at no cost if they’re seeking further notes.
Consider – once the script has satisfied the fundamentals for plot, structure, character development, and overall is a good representation of the writer’s skills, it’s given a Consider. While a Consider script usually requires further revisions or polishing, it is likely close to being circulation-ready.
With Considers, Script Pipeline may help assist in linking them with specific industry outlets on a case-by-case basis.
Further Development Suggested (FDS) – Our version of the typical studio or production company “Pass” grade. Since Script Pipeline never “passes” on a script (writers can of course re-submit), we’ve created the FDS grade as an indication the script generally needs more work before circulating.
Bear in mind, grading is subjective and based on what types of projects we feel deserve recognition and exposure, so it’s entirely up to the writer when they deem their work at its maximum potential–and that may be before the project receives a Script Pipeline Recommend or Consider, according to our criteria. While grading is extremely strict in order to fulfill high expectations from our industry partners, it’s not an indication of how well your script will fare in the marketplace.
To review previous Recommend material, qualified industry may make a request on our Scouting page.
Script Pipeline has cultivated relationships with a number of production companies, managers, agents, directors, independent producers, and other executives over the past two decades, leading to several success stories annually.
Companies reviewing Recommends include:
- Sean McKittrick (producer, QC Entertainment) – Get Out, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
- Brooklyn Weaver (producer/manager, Energy Entertainment) – Extant
- Jake Wagner (manager, Good Fear Film + Management)
- 21 Laps – Stranger Things, Arrival
- Michael McKay (development exec, Lakeshore Entertainment) – Million Dollar Baby, Underworld
- CAA (agent Barry Kotler)
- Anonymous Content – The Revenant, Spotlight
- Liz Destro (producer) – The Butler, Cake, The Little Hours
- Fuqua Films – The Magnificent Seven, Southpaw
- Scott Free Productions – The Martian
- Rob Deege (producer, Indomitable Entertainment) – Soul Surfer, Crash Pad
- Mosaic Media Group – Talladega Nights, Get Smart
- Silent R Management / Jewerl Ross (manager, reps Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins)
- Madhouse Entertainment – Prisoners
- LBI Entertainment – We Bought a Zoo
- Jeremy Garelick (director/producer, American High) – The Wedding Ringer, The Break-up
- Tripp Vinson (producer, Vinson Films) – Journey 3, Rose Red
- Cross Creek Pictures – Black Swan, Hacksaw Ridge
…in addition to over 100 other managers, producers, and agencies.
- Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Walking Dead) to star in Militia, winner of the 2015 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition. Writer Henry Dunham found representation less than a month after contest results were announced, signing with industry partner Madhouse Entertainment.
- In February 2017, Bohemia Group Originals (BGO) optioned two Screenwriting and TV Writing Competition finalists: Bradley Stryker’s action/thriller The Dragon Run and Diana Wright’s comedy pilot Franchise. The following month, they optioned Nadeem Siddiqui’s romcom Slut, also a 2016 Screenwriting finalist.
- Screenwriting Contest finalist Max Martini directing his feature Will Gardner starring Martini in the lead role alongside an all-star cast including Elisabeth Röhm (American Hustle), Lily Rabe (American Horror Story), Dermot Mulroney (August: Osage County), and Gary Sinise (CSI: NY). Martini’s company, Mona Vista Productions, will be donating 30% of the film’s profits to charity.
- Nir Paniry’s Princesses to be produced by Grey Matter Productions and Disney. Joachim Røenning (Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales) directing. Nir placed second in the Script Pipeline contest with his action screenplay The Coyote.
- Kevin Jones, winner of the Great TV Show Idea Competition and a three-time Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition finalist, signed with Jake Wagner (Good Fear) and UTA in 2016. Script Pipeline helped develop his contest-winning pitch into a pilot script, which is being shopped to major producers and networks.
“I’ve personally signed a number of writers from the Script Pipeline competitions, including Evan Daugherty and Tripper Clancy, and immediately review any material they send my way.”
– Jake Wagner, Manager (Good Fear)
- TV Writing Competition finalist Dani Messerschmidt (Hello, I Live Here) signed with John Zaozirny at Bellevue Productions in March 2017. Dani was introduced to reps from Bellevue at a Script Pipeline writer/industry event months prior.
- Producer Michael Klein (Dobre Films) picked up the sci-fi/action feature Moon Rush by Matt O’Reilly. Script Pipeline connected O’Reilly, who has other projects in various stages of development, with Dobre at the beginning of 2017.
- Andy Tennant (Hitch, Sweet Home Alabama) set to direct the Script Pipeline finalist screenplay Everything’s Gonna Be Okay, written by Jen Goldson. It’s the third film Jen will have had produced after meeting execs at the 2015 Script Pipeline writer/industry event, joining the romcom Off the Menu, directed by Jay Silverman and starring Santino Fontana (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) and Dania Ramirez (Devious Maids), and the thriller Snatched, produced by Nasser Entertainment.
- Howard Jordan (Family Be Like), runner-up in the TV Writing Competition, signed with Madhouse Entertainment and Paradigm in March 2017.
- First Look Project contest winner Kristi Hall is developing a feature script with Kersey Management. Script Pipeline execs worked with Kristi for over a year on a high-concept action/comedy screenplay before sending it to manager Andrew Kersey.
- Six years after winning the 2010 Screenwriting Competition, Debbie Chesebro and Tyson FitzGerald optioned their screenplay Prom Queen to Classy Films as a result of Script Pipeline’s long-term facilitation.
- TV Writing Competition Runner-up Laura Bensick (The Mother) signed with UTA less than a few weeks after placing in the 2016 contest.
“Script Pipeline’s care and attention for their finalists is unparalleled. Their network is vast and their reputation stellar. Thanks to Script Pipeline, less than two weeks after the end of the contest, I signed with a manager. I couldn’t be more grateful for all they’ve done to advance my writing career.”
– Andrew Martin Robinson, Screenwriting Contest Finalist (Cut its Head Off)
- Android, written by Script Pipeline Fellowship selection Matt O’Reilly, attached Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, The Path) in October 2016. Olga Kurylenko (Quantum of Solace) set to co-star in the sci-fi/thriller and had been attached since 2015. Niall Johnson (White Noise) directing, with Infinite Studios and Picture Films producing.
- Screenwriting finalist Andrew Martin Robinson (Cut Its Head Off) signed with Peter Katz (Story Driven) in August 2016–less than a week after his horror screenplay was circulated to Script Pipeline’s industry network.
- Greg Martin and Eric Beu signed with Good Fear Film + Management (formerly Benderspink) in 2015. The writing duo were named the winners of the 2015 TV Writing Competition with their original pilot Beachwood.
- Finalist Matt Altman signed with APA and Parallax Talent Management. He and co-writer David Matalon sold their feature script The Feud to Vandal Entertainment, and Matt later sold his spec Sam & Liz: A Killer Love Story to Relativity Media, and in August 2016, the script Red Widow to studio STX Entertainment.
- Contest winner Jason Kaleko (Snatch) signed with Energy Entertainment. He was previously developing feature and TV material with Script Pipeline execs.
- Screenwriting winner Tyler Burton Smith (Henchman) signed with WME and Grandview. He has multiple projects in development with major production companies, including Spooked, with Dan Lin producing, and Five Nights at Freddy’s, which he’s co-writing with director Gil Kenan (Poltergeist).
- Precious Cargo, a finalist in the 2010 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition written by Max Adams, was released in April 2016. The film stars Bruce Willis, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, and Claire Forlani.
- Script Pipeline “Recommend” Micah Barnett sold a one-hour drama, Ricochet, to NBC, a few years after finding management through a Script Pipeline industry contact.
“No one has done more for our screenplay and our writing career than Script Pipeline. They’ve worked tirelessly in connecting us to industry professionals over the course of six years, ultimately resulting in our script getting optioned.”
– Debbie Chesebro & Tyson FitzGerald, Screenwriting Contest Winners (Prom Queen)
- Screenwriting Finalist Craig Weeden and veteran comic writer/inker Jimmy Palmiotti (Ultimate Spider-man, Jonah Hex) optioned an adaptation of Painkiller Jane to Solipsist Films (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For). The project is in development.
- The Living Wake, Script Pipeline’s first produced film, starring Academy Award-Nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and comedian Mike O’Connell, was released theatrically in 2010, eliciting from Variety: “A stunning feature debut. . . . Eisenberg is note-perfect. Supporting ensemble couldn’t be more colorful.”
- Brian Watanabe’s “Recommend” script Operation Endgame was produced with Zach Galifianakis (The Hangover), Adam Scott, Ellen Barkin, Ving Rhames, Maggie Q, Bob Odenkirk (Better Call Saul), and an ensemble cast. Script Pipeline CEO and producer Chad Clough first brought the screenplay to Sean McKittrick (Donnie Darko, Bad Words) at Darko Entertainment.
- Screenwriter Rob Nelms was hired to pen the script Between after introductions to a director by Pipeline’s Chad Clough. The film premiered at Sundance and later aired on Lifetime.
- Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest winner Slammin‘ sold to Warner Bros. for six-figures in 2003. It was the competition’s first major success story, and the first Script Pipeline writer to sell a spec for over six-figures.
Many other writers have optioned their work, found paid writing jobs, produced their films, and garnered management or agency representation through Script Pipeline’s exhaustive process of industry facilitation for top screenplays and pilots.