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Script Pipeline Great TV Show Idea Contest

CONTEST DESCRIPTION

Script Pipeline's 5th Great TV Show Idea Contest seeks pitches, synopses, and loglines for the next great TV idea and connects the winner with top television executives searching for series concepts.

PRIZES

  • $2,000 cash
  • Exposure to studio-level producers for potential development
  • Consultation sessions with Script Pipeline executives to get your concept ready for circulation
  • Additional circulation to up to 200 production companies and industry contacts looking to develop new feature material

PRIZES

  • Memberships to Script Pipeline’s Writers Database ($280)
  • (2) extended consultations with Script Pipeline’s Director of Development to fine-tune your pitch ($1,500 value)

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Rules

Accepted formats:

  • Scripted television series in ANY genre
  • Reality series or game show (EX: Pawn Stars, Minute to Win It, Naked and Afraid)
  • Original mini-series (EX: Fargo, True Detective)
  • Webseries pitches intended to be adapted for cable or network television

Written or video submissions accepted. For written pitches:

  • Anything from a two-sentence logline to a 3-5 page treatment–entirely up to you on how to best present your idea. We don’t judge on format, we judge on the idea itself. Extended treatments and supplemental materials (illustrations, etc.) are also accepted. Please do not send full-length screenplays–summaries ONLY. Pitches may be emailed direct.
  • Longer submissions are judged on the SAME criteria as short ones, so whatever length you think is best.

For video pitches:

  • Submit a link to the video after registration by emailing idea@scriptpipeline.com. We prefer it be a private link on YouTube, Vimeo, or any other video hosting site or your personal website.
  • Videos can be any length, but remember, shorter is typically better. Web series are also accepted, but our judges will only review the first episode and any supplemental pitch materials.

General rules:

  • Concept must be for a scripted or unscripted television series, reality show (including game shows), or mini-series.
  • Adaptations from your own published or produced work (e.g. a graphic novel) are accepted.
  • It is highly advised that you register your concept with the WGA prior to submitting, however it is not required. Script Pipeline will NOT share your idea with anyone unless you are chosen as a finalist AND give us explicit permission to do so.
  • Previous Script Pipeline writers (Workshop, contest winners, etc.) are welcome to submit.
  • Goes without saying, but the concept must be WHOLLY ORIGINAL and not based on an existing series. Even if you have the most amazing spin on Game of Thrones, think of your own original story. Spec scripts of existing shows may be submitted to our TV Writing Competition.

FAQs

HOW SHOULD I FORMAT MY ENTRY?

We’ll accept anything from a logline (as brief as a sentence) all the way up to a full treatment with supplemental materials. We’ll also review video pitches through a private link or as an attached file. Whatever format you prefer that best exemplifies your idea.

 

WILL I BE DISQUALIFIED FOR A FORMATTING REASON?

No. If for some reason we can’t open the file, or link, or there’s an issue with the entry itself, we’ll contact you immediately, and you’ll be able to re-send.

 

DO I GET FEEDBACK ON MY ENTRY?

For all contest entrants, we offer an exclusive discounted rate on Treatment / Pitch Notes that cover everything from plot and concept to tone and character. A sample can be found here. Additional notes are optional and are kept separate from the actual judging process.

 

IF I WIN, DO I NEED THE COMPLETED PILOT SCRIPT READY?

Not at all. If you do, great, but it won’t affect the outcome of the contest. We’re just looking for original, unique concepts. No TV writing experience necessary. Our Director of Development and executive team will assist in refining the pitch and helping you get started on the script itself.

 

ARE YOU LOOKING FOR A SPECIFIC TYPE OF GENRE?

No genre restrictions–anything you want to pitch. Although keep in mind preference in judging is given to projects that would appeal to a more mainstream audience.

 

CAN I SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE IDEA FOR THE SINGLE FEE?

Is there a limit to the number of submissions? There is no limit to the number of entries. Each idea, however, is a separate entry fee.

 

WHAT IF THE IDEA IS FROM MY EXISTING SCRIPT OR NOVEL? AM I STILL ELIGIBLE?

Yes, as long as the idea is original (i.e. your own creation) and intended to be a feature film, or if you own the film adaptation rights to a property that isn’t yours.

 

IS MY IDEA PROTECTED? WILL I RETAIN THE RIGHTS TO MY IDEA?

All rights remain with the writer, regardless of the contest results, and no one outside of Script Pipeline’s small team of judges will review your entry. For the winner, we will not send out their winning idea until we have their consent.

 

IS THE COMPETITION OPEN TO INTERNATIONAL WRITERS?

Yes, absolutely. Anyone worldwide can enter.

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- Winner Evan Daugherty sold Snow White & the Huntsman to Universal for $3 million. He was also hired to adapt the young adult novel Divergent for Summit Entertainment (Twilight), and sold a pitch to NBC, Afterthought, in 2011. In September 2012, it was announced he would be one of the writers and executive producers on an adaptation of the DC comic franchise Midnight Mass. He also worked on the adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles--Michael Bay to direct, Megan Fox to star--and was hired to adapt the next installment in the GI Joe franchise. He has numerous other film and TV projects in development as well.

 

- Script Pipeline contest-winner Tripper Clancy signed with a Script Pipeline partner following a top-four finish in the contest. His winning comedy script, Henry the Second, is in development with 21 Laps (Shawn Levy), and in 2013, he sold The Ambassadors to 20th Century Fox

 

- Script Pipeline Screenwriting contest-winning screenplay Shrapnel (renamed Killing Season) was produced and released in 2013. The action film stars Robert De Niro and John Travolta.  

 

- Shane Free, winner of the 1st Bi-Annual Great Movie Idea Contest, signed with a major producer to develop his concept. Details under tight wraps until the project moves forward and is set up at a studio. 

 

- Script Pipeline Writers Workshop "Recommend" Micah Barnett sold a one-hour drama, Ricochet, in September 2013 to NBC, a few years after finding management through a Pipeline industry contact.

 

- 2003 Script Pipeline screenwriting contest winning script Slammin' sold to WB for six-figures. 

 

- The Living Wake, Script Pipeline's first produced film, starring Academy Award-Nominee Jesse Eisenberg, was released theatrically in 2010. From Variety: "A stunning feature debut. Scene after scene of dialogue recalls Tom Stoppard." 

 

- Finalists Sean Fallon and Charlotte Barrett had their first feature, Virgin Alexander, produced after their placement in the Script Pipeline contest's top 20 sparked interest in the project. 

 

- Brian Watanabe's "Recommend" script Operation Endgame was produced with Zach Galifianakis, Adam Scott, Ellen Barkin, Ving Rhames, Maggie Q, Bob Odenkirk, and an ensemble cast. Script Pipeline owner Chadwick Clough first brought the project to Darko Entertainment, and the film was released in 2010. 

 

- Writer Rob Nelms was hired to pen the script Between after introductions to a director by Chad Clough. The film premiered at Sundance and later aired on Lifetime. 

 

- 2012 winner Jason Kaleko signed with manager Jake Wagner (Benderspink). 

 

- 2012 & 2009 Finalist Kevin Jones signed with Zero Gravity Management. 

 

- Finalist Matt Altman signed with APA and Parallax Talent Management. 

 

- Winner Tyler Smith (Henchman, 2011) signed with WME. 

 

- 2011 finalists Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch signed with Kersey Management.

 

- Screenwriting and TV Writing Finalist (2008, 2010) Julie Anne Wight published her first children's book through Script Pipeline industry contact and publisher Intuary. 

 

- Finalist script Shed optioned by producer Josh Goldstein. 

 

- Craig Weeden, a 2011 finalist, adapting the comic series Painkiller Jane with top writer/inker Jimmy Palmiotti (Ultimate Spider-man, Jonah Hex).