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June 15th, 2014

Entry Fee: $35

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We’re in a golden age of television, where innovative writers and creatives have greater opportunities to see their ideas produced.

The 4th 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.

June 15th, 2014

WINNER ANNOUNCED: July 15th, 2014

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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  

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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.

Evan Daugherty - Snow White and the Huntsman

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 

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Other Success Stories

  Zach Galifianakis      Jesse Eisenberg - The Living Wake 

Notables include:

  •  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.

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  • 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.
  • 2003 winning script Slammin' sold to WB for six-figures.
Script Pipeline contests have garnered more major success stories than any other competition, resulting in $5 million in writer spec sales.

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Deadlines & Prizes
$1,000 cash
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.
($1,000 value)
20 Five-Year  Memberships to Script Pipeline's Writers Database ($2,000 value)
2 extended consultation packages with a Script Pipeline development exec
($1,500 value)
*Prizes randomly selected amongst entrants
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