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Exciting ISAConnect Member Success Stories

These are the top success stories listed by ISAConnect Members. If you're an Industry Pro and interested in viewing the work of these emerging writers, please request Industry Pro status. 66 Success Stories Listed.

Warren Clarke's MENTAL was named a semifinalist in the 2021 Austin Table Read My Screenplay Competition. In this horror thriller, a psychiatry student with a phobia for gore is held captive by intruders, and she must use her training to outsmart her attackers.
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Warren Clarke's ATTACK THERAPY was named a semifinalist in the 2021 Austin Table Read My Screenplay Competition. This thriller tells the story of a psychologist who must become her own therapist and conquer old demons, all so she can survive an attack aimed at protecting the career of the politician who assaulted her when they were teens.
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Todd Foley has signed his first attachment agreement with a producer for my satirical thriller feature AMERICAN CHECKOUT, one week after placing as a Quarter Finalist in the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition. Todd said "I look forward to collaborating on making the story even stronger and then seeing it taken out to the market, with the hope of seeing it on screen one day. This is a significant milestone in my writing career."
SCHOOL NIGHTS was recently named in the Top 10 of ISA’s inaugural Comedy and Genre Busting Screenplay Competition, an achievement that the email announcing it made seem like a big deal—so John’s decided it’s a big deal, too.
The supernatural TV drama, THE STAY LIST, makes the Quarterfinalist rank of the 2021 ISA Drama Genre-busting competition. This script was requested by Greg Berlanti Productions and Queen Latifah's production company; Flavor Unit Entertainment. It's TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL meets GREY'S ANATOMY.
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Emerging talent, Bernadett Belinda York, continues to prove the need for diversity in western features as her award-winning, female-driven, LGBTQ+ screenplay WILD DATURA advances in another genre competition!
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Stowe Story Labs announced female-driven western screenplay WILD DATURA among their ISA Fellowship quarter finalists in 2021... writer and project selected for the 2021 June narrative lab.
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The black female superhero script, Skye Montana, makes the Quarterfinals in the Emerging Screenwriters Genre Competition.
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ReAnimassassins, the latest script by Jayson Crittenden, is selected as a Semifinalist in ISA's Comedy and Genre Busting Screenplay Competition.
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KILLED TWICE IN TEXAS by Jayson Crittenden Makes The Red List as the #9 Western Feature of the month... and is selected as a semifinalist in the Creative Screenwriting Unique Voices Screenplay Competition
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Previous ISA Fast-Track Fellow Sean Collins-Smith was accepted into the inaugural Sony TV Pictures Diverse Writers Program! He was invited because of his limited series pilot WONDER DRUG, which is being called “CHERNOBYL meets ERIN BROCKIVICH.” The script chronicles the worldwide thalidomide tragedy of the 1960s, when the drug killed tens of thousands of newborn babies, and one FDA employee’s attempts to prevent it from reaching America. Readers on The Black List have called the pilot "remarkable," "fascinating," and "impeccably crafted." Sean will spend six weeks learning from writers, showrunners and execs within the Sony family.
The dark mind of an empathic serial killer is exposed in EMPATH, and has earned semi-finalist honors in the Table Read My Screenplay Genre competition for 2021.
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ANTILLIA: CONQUEST GOLD is a Semifinalist and Top 100 in the Action/Adventure genre in the 2021 Table Read My Screenplay Competition, and has advanced to the final round of judging in April. ANTILLIA: CONQUEST GOLD is the story of a mixed-race family coming together after a tragedy. Set in the Florida Keys in 1980, the lives of Pan Am flight attendant Chelsea Goldsmith, her older sister Shelly, and younger brother River are thrown into chaos when they learn a series of shocking revelations. Antillia has Semifinalist placements in the WeScreenplay TV Contest (2020), TRMS Genre Competition (2020), and Filmmatic Pitch Now - Season 3 (2021)
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Justin Olson's screenplay EPHEMERAL was selected for the 2020 Big Break Semifinals. Each year, the competition steadily grows in both talent and submissions. Their readers have the unenviable task of advancing less than half of the quarter-finalists' scripts, and his made the cut.
After four of his scripts (two pilots and two features) all placed semifinalist or better in the 2021 Chicago Screenplay Awards -- with one TOP 10 FINALIST PLACEMENT -- Gregory was immediately signed by literary manager Kathy Muraviov of the The Muraviov Company.
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Kyle Curry's feature spec HURRICANE TARA swept through several competitions. The female-led adventure won 1st place at the Visionfest, 2nd place at Zed Fest, and is among the Top 5 Action/Adventure Finalists in the Final Draft Big Break competition.
ISA Top 25 in 2021 writer Johnny Gilligan's 1 Hr Sci-Fi Pilot WOKE makes the TOP 5 in the 2020 Final Draft Big Break Competition in the 1-Hr Pilot category. Top 3 will be announced soon.
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Nicholas' script SPRING-HEELED JACK won the Action-adventure category in Emerging Screenwriters Genre Screenplay Competition. This accolade meant that he has now been selected for the ISA's Development Slate.
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Testimonial: ISA's Fast Track fellowship was a fantastic experience. During the fellowship week of meeting, I met some fantastic people who had read my pilot, were so welcoming and curious - just the kind of people I hope and love to meet in our industry. But the meetings were more than just good discussion, they were productive - I had three executives ask to send along additional scripts. Those meetings, along with a year of support that comes with the fellowship, entering ISA's Fast Track was a smart investment, and one that has me setup for a productive, career-changing 2021.
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As a part of the Grand Prize for her screenplay, WHAT'S LEFT OF US Rae Jones was invited to join ISA's Development Slate in 2021. She has already had a meeting with the Development Team, and is looking forward to an exciting year ahead.