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Exciting ISAConnect Member Success Stories

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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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Patrick McGrath's script TEAM JACKIE has been racking up contest placements; Semi finalist Emerging Screenwriters - Top 100 Screenplays Shoot Your Sizzle Contest, American Screenwriters Conference Top 100 Screenwriters, and as a Semi finalist LA Cinefest.
Ben Johnson was thrilled when two of his feature film projects were chosen to be pitched for JETS (Junior Entertainment Talent Slate) funding at Berlinale 2020. The first, CHARLIE, was one of only two projects chosen by the National Film And Video Foundation out of screenplay entries from across South Africa, to represent this country at the finance pitches in Berlin. Ben also received a special invitation from Berlinale to come and pitch another project of his, CANAAN, whilst also invited to speak on an international panel about the challenges facing filmmakers and writers in Africa. Unfortunately he could not attend because he won his category in the Final Draft Big Break Contest and had instead to attend the awards in Los Angeles. 
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Ben Johnson was recently awarded a NYFA Screenwriting Fellowship as one of the prizes for winning his category in the Final Draft Big Break Contest 2019. He said "It's been both a dream and a strategic career goal of mine to gain entry into one of these prestigious fellowships. I tried without success for 2 years, until I got my Big Break. I love learning and improving my craft, and the classes provide me with a stimulating environment where I can grow as a writer. I feel extremely proud as an African writer, to represent my continent in this programme. I hope to glean skills that will leverage me into even greater career opportunities. " He is currently developing two TV concepts and one Feature concept through the classes and wishes to thank both Final Draft and NYFA.
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SECRET LIBRARY by Laurel King has been selected as the Best Screenplay for the Hollywood Blood Horror Festival in February 2020. Currently, this phenomenal screenplay described as having "suspense and intensity" by the Utah Film Festival has been chosen by 9 different competitions and festivals for: Top 3, Top 5, Top 12, Finalist, Semi-finalist and Official Selection. With nine more months left in the year, and the interest of multiple producers and directors, this screenplay is well on its way to becoming an amazing film!
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Danielle R Erlich's origin story LUANA was not only chosen as a finalist, but it has now **WON** Best Original Screenplay at The 2019 Burbank International Film Festival!
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MICHAEL WANTS TO MARRY by Jennifer Bieser, was selected as a finalist in the Cinequest Screenwriting Competition.
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Archer Entertainment Group discovered Jennifer Bieser and had her write two shorts, they were both then optioned for their anthology series project.
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