March 1st, 2020 ($50/entry)
$25,000 | long-term industry circulation | script development
The 13th Script Pipeline TV Writing Competition is searching for extraordinary television writers and original, compelling pilots for exposure to production companies, agencies, and managers. Together with the Screenwriting Competition, Script Pipeline cultivates relationships with the industry's leading executives, focused specifically on finding writers representation, supporting diverse voices, championing marketable, unique storytelling, and pushing more original projects into production. Script Pipeline contest winners have optioned pilots and been staffed on major network shows, including Howard Jordan Jr., who wrote for Superior Donuts, Netflix's Family Reunion, and the CBS sitcom The Unicorn.
The company’s intensive process, consisting of long-term writer development and widespread circulation of material, gives Script Pipeline writers access to some of the top industry execs worldwide. $7 million in screenplays and pilots have been sold by competition finalists and "Recommend" writers, with several scripts produced since 1999. In the last few years, over 10 films and series from Script Pipeline writers were released or are in active development or production, including 2019 releases Stuber, from Fox, and the indie hit The Standoff at Sparrow Creek.
Finalists receive circulation to Script Pipeline partners, in addition to the following:
- $25,000 to winner, $2,500 to runner-up
- Introductions to managers, producers, agents, directors, and others searching for TV writers
- Long-term script circulation to industry and continual guidance connecting with companies
- Development assistance from Script Pipeline's senior execs
- Additional script reviews and consideration of other material for industry exposure
- Invitations to writer and industry events hosted by Pipeline Media Group
All entrants may request a no-cost call with our Creative Executive, who can answer general questions on the industry or the Script Pipeline process.
Early: March 1st, 2020 - $50
Regular: May 1st, 2020 - $60
Late: May 15th, 2020 - $70
Enter the 2020 season by filling out the form on the right-hand side of this page. Writers may register at any time. There is no additional fee to send an updated draft from now until the regular May 1st deadline.
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