December 15th, 2013
Entry Fee: $35
We’re in a golden age of television, where innovative writers and creatives have greater opportunities to see their ideas produced.
The 3rd Great TV Show Idea Contest connects the winner with top television executives searching for series concepts--any genre or TV format, live-action or animation, cable or network, is accepted.
Extraordinary TV premises are a rarity, so all entrants are encouraged to take marketability, current trends, and the ingredients of a long-running series into consideration. Come up with the next Boardwalk Empire or Orange is the New Black, and you'll be sure to garner interest.
For over 14 years, Script Pipeline has established relationships with hundreds of production companies, managers, and agents, resulting in $5 million in specs sold from previously undiscovered writers. The contest looks to generate even more success stories in the world of television.
DEADLINE: December 15th, 2013
WINNER ANNOUNCED: January 20th, 2014
Major Script Pipeline Success Stories
Contest Winner Adapting NBC, ABC Series
Script Pipeline competition winner Evan Daugherty was hired to adapt the DC comic franchise Midnight Mass. for NBC, as well as the event series Esmeralda for ABC Studios. Daugherty will co-executive produce both projects.
Robert De Niro Starred in Contest-Winning Script
Killing Season, based on the original script Shrapnel, winner of the 2008 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, was released in July 2013, starring Robert De Niro and John Travolta.
Script Pipeline CEO Chad Clough introduced Evan to manager Jake Wagner, Executive Producer on the film.
Evan Daugherty Sells Spec for $3 Million
After winning the Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition, Evan Daugherty sold Snow White & the Huntsman to Universal for $3 million. The film was was one of the highest-grossing movies of 2012.
Shortly after the Script Pipeline screenwriting contest, Evan landed a assignment with Warner Bros. to rewrite an adaptation of He-Man.
In 2012, he was hired to write a screen version of the young adult novel Divergent for Summit Entertainment (Twilight). The film is due for a 2014 release and will star Shailene Woodley (The Spectacular Now) and Academy Award-winner Kate Winslet.
After selling a pilot to NBC, it was later announced Evan would be one of the writers and executive producers on an adaptation of the DC comic franchise Midnight Mass.
In 2013, he was hired to rewrite the script for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles--Michael
Bay to direct, Megan Fox to star. And recently, he signed on
to pen the third installment of the GI Joe franchise for Paramount.
Watch the interview with Evan and Script Pipeline Exec. Director Chad Clough
Read Evan's Script Pipeline Interview
Other Success Stories
- 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.
- Finalist Ben Yip, signed by a Script Pipeline industry contact, was accepted to the prestigious NBC Writers on the Verge program, putting him on the fast track to a TV writing career.
- The Living Wake,
Script Pipeline's first produced film, starring Academy Award-Nominee
Jesse Eisenberg and comic Mike O'Connell, was released theatrically in
2010. Variety gave the film high praise: "A stunning feature debut.
Scene after scene of dialogue recalls Tom Stoppard."
- Brian Watanabe's "Recommend" script Operation Endgame
went into production with Zach Galifianakis, Ellen Barkin, Ving Rhames,
and an ensemble cast. Script Pipeline owner Chad Clough first brought the project to Darko, and the film was released in 2010.
- "Recommend" screenwriter Micah Barnett sold The Rabbit to Warner Bros. for six-figures. Chris Tucker (Rush Hour) to star.
Script Pipeline contests have garnered more major success stories than any other competition, resulting in $5 million in writer spec sales.
- 2003 winning script Slammin' sold to WB for six-figures.
View More Success Stories
Guidelines & Judging
- Scripted television series in ANY genre (EX: Modern Family, Mad Men, Fringe)
- Reality series or game show format (EX: Minute to Win It, Bizarre Foods)
- Original mini-series
- 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. Extended treatments and supplemental materials (illustrations, etc.) also accepted, but please do not send full-length screenplays--summaries ONLY. Pitches may be emailed direct to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Longer submissions are judged the SAME way as short ones, so whatever length you think is best for your story. You can include a title and genre, but only the idea itself is critiqued.
For video pitches:
- Submit a link to the video after registration by emailing email@example.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.
Judges are comprised of our full-time readers and industry partners, including active managers and producers, as well as Script Pipeline executives and our Director of Development. Ideas are graded almost exclusively on originality and marketability.
Prizes, Deadlines and Results
GRAND PRIZE WINNER
- $1,000 cash
- Exposure to studio-level producers for potential development.
- Consultation sessions with Script Pipeline executives to get your TV premise ready for circulation.
- Additional circulation to production companies and industry contacts looking to develop TV material specific to your winning premise.
- Extended series of consultations with Script Pipeline's development team to fine-tune their movie idea for potential circulation ($1,000 value).
- (20) Five-Year Memberships to Script Pipeline's Writers Database, a writer resource tool ($2,000 value)
- (2) extended consultations with Script Pipeline's Director of Development to fine-tune your pitch ($1,000 value)
WINNER ANNOUNCED: 1.20.2014
Standard competition agreement.
And these 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 Dexter--think of your own serial-killer-with-a-heart TV series. Specs of existing shows may be submitted to our TV Writing Competition
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. Usually, the best entries are a one-page synopsis or breakdown of your story, highlighting the unique elements of the pitch especially.
Previous winners and runners-up have sent everything from a 10-word logline, to a 2-minute video pitch, to a longer treatment with graphics and illustrations, so it's really up to you. 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 a link, or there's an issue with the entry itself, we'll contact you immediately, and you'll be able to re-send.
If I win, do I need the completed TV pilot or series bible ready?
Not at all. If you do, fantastic, but it won't affect the outcome of the contest. We're looking for original, unique concepts, no need to have a completed TV script. Our Director of Development will assist in refining the pitch and helping you get started on a potential pilot script.
Do you want a specific type of genre? Format?
No genre restrictions--anything you want to pitch is fine, live-action or animated. Although we are looking for commercial, high-concept ideas. The next Two Broke Girls or Homeland would do just fine.
Can I submit more than one idea for the same 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 TV show or mini-series.
I have a reality show idea based around a celebrity. Is that ok?
Unless you’re the celebrity, or have that entity’s written consent, then no. Plus, it’d be tough to compete against a Kardashian. . . .
Is my idea protected?
No one outside of Script Pipeline's small team of judges will review your pitch/idea. For the winner, we will not send out their winning idea until we have their consent.
Is the competition open to international entrants?
Yes, anyone meeting the criteria can enter.
Any other questions on the contest? Confused on how to submit? No problem: send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Contest Directors: Chad Clough / Matt Misetich
1304 N. Highland Ave. #272
Hollywood, CA 90028
Industry requests for the winning TV concepts may email email@example.com.
Deadlines & Prizes
• Reviews from studio-level execs for potential development, including representatives from:
• Consultation sessions with Script Pipeline to get your concept ready for circulation.
• Exposure to over 100 production companies and industry contacts looking to develop new material.
• Additional consultations and personal sessions with Script Pipeline's development team to fine-tune their TV idea for potential circulation.
• 2 extended consultation packages with a Script Pipeline development exec
*Prizes randomly selected amongst entrants
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Past Idea Contest Winners
Idea Contest Feedback
"It was incredible to
receive the news that I won because I was well
aware of Script Pipeline's commitment toward their winners. It's a competition
that not only promotes creativity and originality, but also offers unparalleled
support in developing an idea into something
- Kurt Conety, 2013 Movie Idea Winner
"Winning the grand prize was a big confidence boost and has encouraged me to keep writing!"
- Amber Yoder, 2012 TV Show Idea Winner
"I've been surprised how easy Pipeline has been to work with.
They've provided invaluable insight, and I've been excited at how proactive
they've been with getting my ideas in front of potential partners."
- Matt Herrmann, 2012 Movie Idea Winner
year, I have found amazing new talent from
the Script Pipeline competitions and have personally signed writers they've
discovered, including Evan Daugherty ('Snow White and the Huntsman')."
- Jake Wagner, Manager (Benderspink)
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