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Don Thompson

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11 Award Wins

KALTENHOUSE Wins Top Prize At New York Film Awards

Tricia Lee

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8 Award Wins

GOOD CHANCE on 2020 Black List!

Ted Campbell

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28 Award Wins

Ted Campbell Wraps A DANGEROUS DEFENSE for MarVista Entertainment

Dale Winton

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23 Award Wins

POSITIVE LEE Off To A Very Positive Awards Start.

Rodolfo Alvarado

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10 Award Wins

THE VOICE OF SANTA ANITA: THE LIMITED SERIES --Optioned

Johnny Gilligan

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36 Award Wins

ISA Top 25 2021 Writer with Two Sci-Fi Pilots In Big Breaks 2020 Top 10

Matthew Papadopoulos

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99 Award Wins

THE REAL THING - Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival (2020)

Christopher DeWan

Top 25

9 Award Wins

WUNDERLAND optioned by Omnifilm Entertainment

Stéphanie Joalland

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9 Award Wins

Visit Films boards ICE

Anthony Pittore

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3 Award Wins

Accepted into the Writers Guild Foundation's Veterans Writing Project

Kim Hornsby

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27 Award Wins

CHAT - On RED LIST

Johnny Gilligan

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36 Award Wins

#1 On THE RED LIST - Johnny Gilligan's TV Pilot REVELATIONS

Danielle Nicki

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T. Siena

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4 Award Wins

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Larry Coleman

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19 Award Wins

EBO Advances in the Emerging Screenwriters Shoot Your Short Competition

Rain Story

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27 Award Wins

THE PECULIAR PREDICAMENTS OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER RATS Published Book

Rae Jones

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1 Award Win

ISA Development Slate 2021

John Hartfield

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1 Award Win

CONTINGENCY in development

Amy Amani

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12 Award Wins

WHEN IN ROME receives some love

Christopher DeWan

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9 Award Wins

LOVE IN THE TIME OF KAIJU Optioned

Greg Fortier

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10 Award Wins

Feature screenplay optioned by Marginal Mediaworks

Johnny Gilligan

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36 Award Wins

REVELATIONS by Johnny Gilligan Takes 2nd Place at 2021 Cinestory

Larry Coleman

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19 Award Wins

EBO, a Los Angeles International Screenplay Awards Short Semifinalist

Kim Hornsby

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27 Award Wins

Short Script Makes the Top Ten

Sam Peters

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FROM THE DARKEST SKIES Optioned

Gregory Houghton

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9 Award Wins

Signed with Kathy Muraviov of the The Muraviov Company

Chris Mul

ISA Dev Slate

27 Award Wins

Final Draft Big Break Winner - FASTER THAN HORSES

John Mawson

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3 Award Wins

Audio Movie starring Brian Cox and John Malkovich in Post Production

Holly Holstein

ISA Dev Slate

9 Award Wins

Quarter-Finalist - WeScreenplay Feature Contest

La'Chris Jordan

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32 Award Wins

Beverly Hills Film Festival selects ROSES IN THE WATER

Justin Hayward

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22 Award Wins

12 HOURS 2 STEAL wins at UK Motion Picture Festival

Gregory Houghton

ISA Dev Slate

9 Award Wins

JUST IN! The Epiphany of Faye Optioned

Veronica Tabares

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13 Award Wins

MINERVA CLAUS named Quarterfinalist

Larry Coleman

ISA Dev Slate

19 Award Wins

EBO advances in the SWN Screenplay Competition:

Harker Jones

ISA Dev Slate

8 Award Wins

COLE & COLETTE accepted to the Horror Movie Awards Film Festival

Jason Todd

ISA Dev Slate

10 Award Wins

ANTILLIA: CONQUEST GOLD Advances to Finals of Table Read My Screenplay 2021

Ted Campbell

ISA Dev Slate

28 Award Wins

Ted Campbell wraps KILLER PROFILE for MarVista Entertainment

Daniel Woburn

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THE MIST AMONG THE TREES, Optioned by My Precious Pictures

Audrey Webb

ISA Dev Slate

9 Award Wins

LGBTQ Crime Drama Makes Top 10 List

Peter Arneson

ISA Dev Slate

1 Award Win

Nicholl Semifinalist script independently produced

Chris Pittas

ISA Dev Slate

11 Award Wins

ISA Fast-track leads to a spot on Development Slate

LaDarrion Williams

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ISA Development Slate Invitation and DREAMERS Pitched to Amazon Studios

LaDarrion Williams

ISA Dev Slate

Sundance Playwriting Intensive

Annika Pampel

ISA Dev Slate

Signed with Paradigm

Annika Pampel

Top 25

ODIUM optioned

Jason Todd

ISA Dev Slate

10 Award Wins

ANTILLIA Advances to Semifinals of ScreenCraft Public Domain Competition

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