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CHRISTMAS IN CRYSTAL CREEK, the novel, was optioned by 5x5 Productions and is in development as a TV movie with a star attached. The spec screenplay was written by USA Today Bestselling Author and Awarded Screenwriter, KIM HORNSBY. Repped by JD DeWitt
Amy was a writer on a feature film now showing on Netflix, James Franco's DON QUIXOTE: THE INGENIOUS GENTLEMAN OF LA MANCHA. This film also premiered at Palm Springs Int. Film Festival.
After consideration of many worthy contenders, the Lift-Off Global Network (Manchester) has announced that SECRET LIBRARY by Laurel King has been chosen as an OFFICIAL SELECTION for Best Screenplay. This is a phenomenal success for new screenwriter Laurel King, who now has SIX AWARD NOMINATIONS under her belt: Lift-Off Global Network (Manchester) Film Festival 2020 | Golden State Film Festival 2020 | Eurasia Fest Film Festival 2020 | Annual CPH Film Festival 2020 | New York Cinematography Awards (NYCA) 2020 | Cinema Lab 2020 The Utah Film Festival & Awards 2020 has also released a RAVE REVIEW of Secret Library, on their Facebook page. More to come!!
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Julia Skikavich has been named a TOP 50 finalists under consideration for the ISA Fast Fellowship. Two of Julia's pilot scripts -- MISSING PIECES and SURVIVORS: B.S. -- landed her a double-slot on the finalist list, and chance at being one of the two fellows selected for 2020. Julia is an award-winning screenwriter, online producer, and journalist. Both MISSING PIECES and SURVIVORS: B.S. have won and placed in several contests and have been hailed for their women-centric approach in tackling intractable social issues, centred on wholly relevant discussions. Julia holds degrees in screenwriting, journalism and political science. She has worked on a variety of news programs, factual entertainment and reality series.
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Julia Skikavich's darkly funny, one-hour drama, SURVIVORS: B.S., is under consideration as a TOP 50 finalist in ISA's Fast Track Fellowship. The pilot script has been hailed for its women-centric approach in tackling intractable social issues, centered around wholly relevant discussions tied to sexism, rape culture, the #MeToo movement, and the harsh realities of dealing with a serious medical issue and disability as a struggling young professional.
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Julia Skikavich's female-centric serialized crime drama, MISSING PIECES, has placed as a TOP 50 finalist under consideration for the 2020 ISA Fast Track Fellowship. The gritty pilot has been hailed as a "kick butt script" that's "thoughtful" and "thrilling", "high stakes story that will keep the audience invested."
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On Wednesday, March 25th Martin announced that she has joined the client roster of The Gersh Agency's Literary Department. She is represented by Bayard Maybank and Bob Hohman.
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Family film optioned by TURNER LATIN AMERICA/WARNER MEDIA
Scott Gilman has been hired at a flat rate to pen three of nine episodes in the first season of the unproduced television series THE NINTH RING, produced by Cory Anne Entertainment LLC.
First and foremost, any analysis of this pilot script must account for its incredibly imaginative premise. This might just be the textbook definition of an original idea. An abandoned, crumbling amusement park as a ghostly location becomes a more than fitting arena for a supernatural series. Such a rich setting inherently comes with great genre appeal in its vivid imagery alone, something this pilot captures quite intimately. On a more narrative level, this pilot gives the audience a worthy way into this Dazzleland world - through the recently departed Neal Tray. As the new member of its park, Neal takes on the outsider role - allowing this pilot to teach both... To read the rest go to: https://www.facebook.com/DazzlelandTV/?ref=bookmarks
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Joann Collins' BOUNDARY WATERS, a compelling and timely action script with a strong female lead, won 4th place for the ISA's Shoot Your Sizzle competition.
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EXPIRATION DATE a romantic comedy about a married couple facing an empty nest as their children head off to college, was selected as a top 10 finalist by Gidden Media. Their Grown-Up Movies competition focuses on screenplays with a lot of commercial potential for audiences aged 40+
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Joseph Tamborello's one hour legal drama pilot, JUST PERSPECTIVE placed in the top 100.
ELSA, a historical biography by Joann Collins, that dramatizes the life of outrageous artist Baroness Elsa von-Freytag Loringhaven, was selected as a featured screenplay for Toronto's Female Eye Film Festival, taking place November 2019. The festival included a live reading of the script. At the end of the festival, Elsa was awarded first runner-up for Best of the Fest. Elsa is also in second round consideration for the Sundance Screenwriting Lab and made the top 10% of the Academy's Nicholl Fellowship competition.
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Elaine Purnell is currently a finalist in the 2020 ScreenCraft Stage Play Competiton with her script  THE SENATOR'S BAD DAY: Three applicants attend an interview. All are unemployed because of a terrible mistake. Who will overcome the past and land the job? Elaine's play is a socio-political drama. It addresses the way in which people's perception of themselves and how they compare to others affects their confidence and choices.
We are thrilled to announce that in this past week Ben Johnson was signed by Mark Finley and Daniel Brandt of Plain Text Literary Management. He'd met some U.S. reps, & working writers through social media platforms and arranged in person meetings when he was in LA for the Final Draft Awards.  He also had the opportunity to meet some managers at the Big Break Luncheon where he was introduced to Mark though another Big Break Category winner. Mark and Ben hit it off immediately. After building a relationship for over a month, Mark opted to sign Ben last week. Congratulations to all concerned.
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Julia Skikavich has been selected as the Women in Film and Television - Toronto (WIFT-T) bursary recipient for the Pitch It Masterclass and Workshop. The two-day event will be facilitated by The Optimal Pitch's Kevin Wright, the former senior vice-president of programming at Astral Television Network. The workshop will focus on developing effective and strategic pitches for when presenting to the industry's top decision-makers. Julia was selected on the basis of a written pitch for her darkly-funny TV drama, SURVIVORS: B.S.. Over the course of the masterclass she'll have the opportunity to fine-tune her verbal pitch for the series.
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Dewayne was hired by the Spoken Word artist, Cedric Hoard, to write a script for his next video project, High.
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Melissa Birk's TV Pilot BELLE is set in Indiana in the early 1900s and inspired by true events. Belle is a Norwegian immigrant who uses "lonely hearts" letters to lure men to her farm, where she kills them for their money.
CRAWLSPACE, a contained thriller set in the moody Pacific Northwest, has been put under a one-year shopping agreement between writer Jacob Wehrman and Literary Manager / Producer Andrew Wilson at Wonder Street Entertainment in Culver City CA. They are seeking to attach director Alejandro Brugues (JUAN OF THE DEAD, NIGHTMARE CINEMA) and to secure funding for the feature project. CRAWLSPACE is the first screenplay by Jacob Wehrman, an award-winning screenwriter who lives in Oregon.
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