Posted by Jason Mirch

Television Drama is crushing it right now. Television Drama has expanded the possibilities for character exploration and led to storytelling that is beyond what any feature film could achieve. That is why series like THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT and BRIDGERTON on Netflix, EUPHORIA on HBO, YELLOWSTONE on Paramount, DEXTER on Showtime, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, and upcoming series like GENERATION on HBOMax are blowing away critics. Writers and producers of Television Drama are on the cutting edge of entertainment. And the next iteration of Television Drama will need to meet and exceed the expectations of an audience who are already enjoying television the likes of which have never been seen before.

And Stage 32 is ready to answer the call. In a first ever for Stage 32 - we are shining a light on writers who work in Television Drama. And we have once again blown the doors of the industry open and brought in executives from the most prolific producers in television to read your work. Your work could be read by executives at companies behind series including Emmy-winning “THE NIGHT OF”, “YELLOWSTONE’, Emmy-winning “DEXTER”, Emmy-winning “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK”, Emmy-winning “SUCCESSION”, the upcoming series “GENERATION” on HBOMax, “DOPESICK” onHulu, and many more!

Our panel of judges are not only experts in the field of understanding Television Drama writing, but are on the hunt for new writers and material.


Stage 32 is proud to announce our 1st Annual Television Drama Writing Contest. Learn more here. 


What are we looking for? Something dramatic. Television Drama has seemingly infinite sub-genres and we are open to them all. We want unique Dramas that have something new to say to audiences. Whether your story is a Gritty Crime Drama, Historical Drama, Horror Drama, Procedural Legal Drama, War-time Drama, Young Adult Drama, Sports Drama, Soap Opera Drama - or anything else in between - our judges want to see it! They are looking to get new ideas made and they want your best.

As Elizabeth Harmon says at the conclusion of “THE QUEEN’S GAMBIT”...“Let’s play.”

This competition is designed to discover the most unique voice in television writing and give that person a platform to launch their career. And make no mistake - the Stage 32 team will work tirelessly to propel the winner (and finalists) of this competition to new heights. If you have a voice that needs to be heard, if you have a story that needs to be told, if you are ready to play at the top of the industry, then this competition is for you.

This year we are welcoming another all-star panel of judges and mentors from Emmy and Golden Globe-winning companies specializing in Television Drama including Bad Wolf, John Goldwyn Productions, HBOMax, and the minds behind series including ‘ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK”, “YELLOWSTONE”, “CRIMINAL MINDS”, “KYLE XY”, and many more.

Our panel of judges are not only experts in the field of understanding Television Drama writing, but are on the hunt for new writers and material. The Grand Prize Winner will be flown to LA (travel permitting) and meet with judges and mentors including:


  • Mike Blutstein, Head of Television Development, John Goldwyn Productions (“DEXTER”, “DOPESICK”)
  • Ashlie Sapiro, Development Manager, HBOMax (Lena Dunham’s "GENERATION”, “DOOM PATROL”)
  • Harrison Rothman, Literary Manager, Elevate Entertainment (client credits include “YELLOWSTONE”)
  • Jeff Boone, Director of Development, Bad Wolf America (“THE NIGHT OF”, “SUCCESSION”)
  • Liz Dickler, Producer & Executive, (“ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK”, “CRIMINAL MINDS”, “KYLE XY”)


PLUS...we will reveal an A-list mystery Industry Mentor during the competition!


ALL FINALISTS will be in a Stage 32 Look Book which includes their script title, logline & bio mailed to over 500 industry executives including, managers, agents, producers, development executives, and financiers! Stage 32 Look Books are respected throughout the industry and have helped secure dozens meetings and which have led to writer success with companies like Verve, Good Fear, 3 Arts, APA, Echo Lake, Amazon, UTA, CAA, WME, First Friday, Pathfinder, The Cartel, Art/Work and many, many more.


Chris Torres signed with Energy Entertainment after a meeting set by Stage 32!


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