Stage 32 Happy Writers screenwriting contests are quickly becoming one of the most respected and popular contests in the industry! Why, you ask?
In fact, it is all of these reasons (and more!) that make the Stage 32 Happy Writers contests the only choice for you and your writing career! Check out a video from our most recent winners of our Stage 32 Happy Writers feature contest, Jenna Palermo and Brittni Brown. They just met with executives from SONY, Lionsgate, Universal, Warner Bros, 3 Arts Entertainment and Gotham Group to name a few:
In our quest to make sure every screenwriter gets the exposure they deserve, and by popular demand, we created our Annual Comedy Contest for our comedy writers! From current comedy films such as Trainwreck and Vacation to classic comedy franchises such as The Hangover and American Pie there is always a marketplace for feature comedy. In addition, current television shows such as Veep and Silicon Valley, as well as classic syndicates such as Seinfeld and Everybody Loves Raymond make us aware that true comedy never goes out of style. We are looking for the next voices that make us laugh.
We want to give the freshest comedic voices a shot at getting heard by people who can make a difference in your career.
Original Feature length screenplays will be accepted in the following comedy categories:
Original TV pilots will be accepted in the following comedy categories:
(Click the PRIZES tab above to see a detailed listing of ALL our great prizes)
As always, we have brought in the best of the best judges in the business. And, as always, ALL of our judges are working industry professionals. These are just SOME of the films and TV shows our judges and their companies have worked on:
Our lineup includes:
Click on our JUDGES page above now for more details!)
- Glenn Forbes, Grand Prize Winner, Stage 32 Happy Writers Search For New Blood Contest, 2014; Signed with Infinity Management International and his feature was recently optioned by Glider Films.
"I have signed with a management company in LA, Infinity Management International. I met them when Stage 32 flew me down to LA, and now the deal is done. I'm so thrilled to have Stage 32 Happy Writers in my corner for this ride. I've been plugging away for more than 10 years to secure representation. My message is never give up on your dream, and surround yourself with people who can help you get there. For that, Stage 32 has become my lynchpin."
- Frank Ponce, 2nd Place, Stage 32 Happy Writers Search For New Blood Contest, 2014; His script has been picked up for development by Atlas Entertainment (The Dark Knight, American Hustle) and recently signed to 3 Arts Entertainment! (The Dark Knight, American Hustle)
"My only wish was to find this site sooner for the sake of saving time, discovering in-depth educational value, and making legitimate connections. I have to tip my hat at RB, Joey and the gang for changing the game and helping shape my future in filmmaking. I’m honored to be swimming in a community of like-minded individuals. I’m proud to be Stage 32’s HAPPIEST WRITER right now!"
- Michael Madden (Stanfordville, New York), winner of the 1st Annual Working Writers Contest. Michael was signed by Daniel Vang at Benderspink, which lead to being repped by ICM and being hired as a writer on ABC's show, Black Box.
"I was fortunate enough to win The Stage 32 Happy Writers Working Writers 2013 competition, and the enthusiastic endorsement of Joey Tuccio captured the attention of an outstanding managing agent. The agent read my script, offered representation, and soon thereafter I became a staff writer on the ABC drama, Black Box. It’s apparent that Joey is widely admired by agents and producers for his discriminating eye, and his recommendations are held in the highest regard. The success I‘ve enjoyed would not have been possible without the support and commitment of Joey and his staff at Stage 32 Happy Writers, and I’ll always be grateful."
March 16th, 2015: quarter-finalists announced on Stage 32
March 30th, 2015: semi-finalists announced on Stage 32
April 13th, 2015: Finalists announced on Stage 32
May 4th, 2015: Winners will be announced on Stage 32
1st place winners will receive the following:
2nd and 3rd place winners will receive the following:
4th and 5th place winners will receive the following:
Stage 32 2015 Feature Contest Winners & Executives from all over town!
We hosted a party for our Stage 32 Feature Contest winners in Los Angeles. Over a dozen industry executives attended the event to celebrate the writers and to discuss their projects. This was in addition to a bunch of meetings we had set up around town at studios, production companies and literary firms such as SONY, Universal, Warner Bros., Lionsgate, 3 Arts Entertainment, Gotham Group and more. As rewarding a night as it was for the writers, it was equally rewarding for the staffs of Stage 32 and the Stage 32 Happy Writers. As you know, we pride ourselves on providing access and opportunity for our talented members and this night left us all fulfilled.
Congratulations to the Stage 32 Happy Writers Comedy Contest Winners!
1st Place & Grand Prize Winner
Kelly Anelons - Life's A Beaut
Sherrie Sanet - Sleeping With Dogs
Kranti Pally - Man to Man
Wolfgang Wright - Not About Love
Giovanni Porta - The Hook Up
Adam Dasilva & David James - Counter-Intelligence
Kevin Mahoney & Zach Zachariadis - The Barry Steinwich Show
Joe Henriques - Castle "Death By Stockings"
Sundae Jahant-Osborn - A Lying Shame
Frank Gaydos & Mark Saunders - Hotel Manana
THE FINALIST COMEDY TV PILOTS & SPECS ARE...
THE FINALIST COMEDY FEATURES ARE...
THE SEMI-FINALIST COMEDY TV PILOTS & SPECS ARE...
THE SEMI-FINALIST COMEDY FEATURES ARE...
QUARTERFINALISTS - THE TOP 50 COMEDY TV PILOTS ARE...
|Adam DaSilva & David James||Counter- Intelligence|
|Alberto Lopez||Working From Home: "Brain Storm" Pilot|
|Andra Lee||Adventures in La-La Land|
|Annie Bradley & Daniela Saioni||IR-Reverend|
|Ash Louis||Regional Artifacts|
|Ben Kawaller||The Next Best Thing|
|Branden Hood||The American Way|
|Brett Cameron Thompson & Jormond Louis Thompson||Retail Therapy|
|Bryan Roy||Part Time “Crime Pays”|
|Capri Sampson & Myles Warden||Forrest Hill Academy|
|Charles Price||Rock Hard|
|Dave Bekerman||Dirty 30|
|Erik Christiansen||The Voice of Rome: "The Apology" Pilot|
|Evan Iwata||This Bar Sucks - Pilot|
|Frank Gaydos and Mark Saunders||Hotel Mañana|
|Greg S. McDonald||Cliff on the Edge|
|J.R. Barr||project xx - Girl Code(r)|
|Jack Bennett||Motor City Sales|
|Jessica Combs||New Girl “Book Club”|
|Joe Brukner||Transplant - Pilot|
|Joe Henriques||Castle: "Death by Stockings"|
|Joe Henriques||Modern Family|
|Johnny Pappas||Common Interest Development-”Roblesians”|
|Jon Harrison Taylor||Neighbors|
|Karl Sonnenberg||Bridget Devine|
|Kathleen Puls Andrade & Andrew Eninger||Spark!|
|Kay Kaanapu||Witch Cops - Pilot|
|Kelly Marcus||Party Lines|
|Kevin Mahoney Zach Zachariadis||The Barry Steinwich Show|
|Kezia Brett||Veep Spec Script: Presidential Asylum|
|Kristin McGraw||FOPS (Fathers of Preschoolers)|
|Lisa Laureta||Modern Family - Heart Attack-ack-ack|
|Megan Karasch||W.H.C. (White House Council)|
|Melissa K. Willis||We Live with VIV 1X1: Yesterday's News|
|Michael DiGaetano||I Used tobeJoshua Fink|
|Nathan Price||Breaking Up is Hard To Do: "Mayonnaise Blowback" Pilot|
|Nick Fanego||And We're Back|
|Rosalyn Rosen||My Sex Life|
|Sean Ericson Quetulio||New Owl|
|Simon Fox||Freak Like Me|
|Stacey Baker Masand||Dr. Feel Good|
|Sundae Jahant-Osborn||A Lying Shame|
|Suzanne Stinnet and Ray White||Puncher's Chance|
|Terry Gehring||Two Broke Girl$: “And the Ten Pound Cupcake|
|Tim Snook||Modern Family: "Retire-Vention"|
THE TOP 50 COMEDY FEATURES ARE...
|Aarthi Ramanathan||Double Decker|
|Adam Nagy||Guy Walks Into a Bar…|
|Amanda Blake Davis & Brendan O. Kelly||Means to an End|
|Anthony James Donnelly||Big, Fat Fatty!|
|C.K. Steefel||PTA Wars|
|Christina Lopez-Hidalgo||Bikini Blues: My Summer at Fat Camp|
|Christina Pamies||Life shares|
|Cliff McClelland||Gender Bender|
|Craig Berger||Christmas Survival Guide for the Modern Vampire|
|Craig Berger||The Devil and Agent Webster|
|Dan Borengasser||World Enough, And Time|
|Dana Whitney||Baked Off|
|Daniel Chavez||The Id|
|Daniel J. Knauf||Heavenly Acres|
|Danny Baram||Test of Strength|
|David Bardos||Meet the freedles|
|Denise Landau||Grease Monkey|
|Diane Liberman||Ines Rents a Room|
|George Spicer||Birthday Magic|
|Giovanni Porta||The Hook Up|
|Harvey Z. Yazijian||The Afterlife of Erotica Evans|
|Ian Keldoulis||Toyz on Demand!|
|James Klein||Hot Mess|
|Jeff Eagle||The Count of Mount Ceito|
|Jody Ellis||Girl Undercover|
|Joe Henriques||Picture This|
|John Jack McGuire||The Down Payment|
|John Killoran||School Nights|
|Kelly K. Anelons||Life's a Beaut|
|Kenneth Kemp||Becoming Austin Ford|
|Kranti Pally||Man to Man|
|Larry Shulruff||Keeper of the Cup|
|Lionel M. Lober||Long shot|
|Manuel Salazar||The Latin Lover Arrives|
|Mark and Anna Casadei||Pink Slipped|
|Megan Karasch||Must Hate Christmas|
|Michele Cannon||Poochie & Lil Bit|
|Nat Topping||King Ant|
|Nicholas Kaleel and Michael Pica||Lollapalooza|
|Quinn L. Orr||Claus Encounters|
|Robert Rosenbaum||The Manny|
|Scott Baron||Living the Good Death|
|Sherrie Sanet||Sleeping with Dogs|
|Stink Fisher||Bro Mitzvah|
|Thomas Whitlock||Annie’s Song|
|Tony Boland||One Night Stan|
|Wolfgang P. Wright||Not About Love|
|Yolanda Colston Avery||The Baking Club Chronicles: Nana's Bammy Sweet Shop|
Scott Stoops is a manager at Benderspink. Scott recently sold a pilot to CBS and was instrumental in signing the comic book publisher Aspen Comics. Scott reps emerging writers and filmmakers whose films have played in festivals across the world. He also represents several directors who have done short films that were turned into feature films.
Scott has sold projects in both television and features and is always looking fresh writers, directors and filmmakers with strong voices to develop. Prior to Benderspink Scott was with Paradigm in the Feature Literary Department.
Benderspink is a management/production company best known for producing:
Company client credits include:
Jared is the Vice President of Film & TV Development at Panay Films, a film and television production company whose credits include:
In his time at Panay Films, Jared has been involved with the development and production of many projects including the independent comedy Hit and Run (2012) starring Kristen Bell, Dax Shepard, and Bradley Cooper, as well as the forthcoming MGM comedy Hot Tub Time Machine 2 starring Craig Robinson, Rob Corddry, Clark Duke and Adam Scott, and the family adventure film Echo on which Jared also served as associate producer that Relativity Media will release this January.
Prior to his time at Panay Films, Jared worked in development and production at Walt Disney Studios, Red Wagon Entertainment, Storyline Entertainment and Fox Studios - affording him the opportunity to work on a diverse slate of award winning and critically acclaimed Film and Television projects including: The Devil Wears Prada (2006), Juno (2007), Hairspray (2007), The Bucket List (2007), A Raisin in the Sun (2008), The Proposal (2009), and The Muppets (2011).
A Seattle native, Jared has a BFA from Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Media Arts.
Melissa Daykin Cassill is a seasoned executive and currently the Vice President of State Street Pictures, a production company with a first look deal at Fox 2000 Pictures. State Street was established by motion picture and television director George Tillman, Jr. and producer Bob Teitel in 1997. Melissa began her career at The Firm and Creative Artists Agency in the motion picture department. She moved on to Miramax and Mandalay Pictures as a Creative Executive, and then moved to Gunn Films as Vice President (Freaky Friday, Race to Witch Mountain), an established production company with a successful track record in partnership with the Walt Disney Company, before she settled in with State Street Pictures.
State Street Pictures credits include:
Projects currently in production are:
Matt Horwitz is a leading manager at Echo Lake Entertainment (NEBRASKA, ROMEO & JULIET, THE JONESES, WATER) with a focus on film and television writers and directors.
Matt's client roster includes some of the freshest voices in comedy, which includes:
Matt got his start at literary management company Sleeping Giant Entertainment in 2006. At Sleeping Giant,while serving as the executive assistant to President Dave Brown, Matt began working closely with award-winning writers and directors such as:
Concurrently, Matt assisted the CEO of Night & Day Pictures (WAITRESS), allowing him to participate in both the representation and physical production side of filmmaking. Upon moving to Artist International in 2010, Matt was promoted to manager and started building his client roster, which he currently has with him at Echo Lake Entertainment.
Originally from the Washington DC area, Matt graduated from Indiana University with dual-degrees in Telecommunications and English.
Tiffany Fiedler is the Creative Executive for Five All in the Fifth Entertainment. After receiving a B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan, Fiedler moved to Los Angeles, where she got her start in the entertainment industry at Creative Artists Agency. After over three years at CAA, she moved over to Jerry Bruckheimer Films. In 2014, she joined Five All, where she helps to oversee the creative day-to-day operations for all television and feature projects.
Five All in the Fifth is a production company/financier that was created by popular online destination BroBible.com, a leading online destination for 18- to 34-year-old men. Studios like Paramount and TriStar have turned to Five All in the Fifth to co-finance their slate. Five All in the Fifth Entertainment is currently seeking comedy features and TV pilot to finance. Five All is represented by CAA.
Five All in the Fifth is currently producing:
Will Phelps is the Head of Feature Development for Mailbox Baseball Productions, a production company lead by writer/director, Jeremy Garelick (The Breakup, The Wedding Ringer). Will started his career working in production for Paradigm Talent Agency. After rising through the ranks on several projects (The Wedding Ringer, Shaq Inq (tv pilot), Detour (tv pilot)) he became the head of Feature Development at Mailbox Baseball Productions. Garelick is one of the most sought after names in comedy, having just been nominated one of Variety’s top ten directors to watch.
Jackson Reynolds is looking for stellar TV pilots! Budget range is no issue.
"Orange is the New Black", produced by Lionsgate Television
Lionsgate is an entertainment company which produced feature films and TV series. They own Lionsgate Films, Lionsgate Television, Codeblack Films, Starz Inc., Anchor Bay Entertainment, and Manga Entertainment. They are also owners in Roadside Attractions and Studio 3 Partners.
Jackson Reynolds Coordinates the TV slate for Lionsgate Television. He supports senior staff in their corporate office and helps facilitate the day-to-day operations of Lionsgate production offices worldwide. He has been directly involved in every one of Lionsgate TV's productions since joining Lionsgate.
Lionsgate Television produced:
Lionsgate recently teamed with Starz and Liberty Global on the supernatural spy thriller The Rook, based on the novel by Daniel O'Malley. "The Night Manager's" Stephen Garrett, and Twighlight creator Stephie Meyer are exec producing.
Jackson is looking for stellar TV pilots to take to the senior team at Lionsgate for development and production consideration
Company credits include:
This executive is looking for female-driven thrillers, non-fiction stories, and new sci-fi and/or fantasy world creators.
Check out the trailer for Ascension starring APA's client, Michelle Mylett!
Sean Berard is a literary agent with the Agency for the Performing Arts (APA). After training as an assistant and junior agent at the coveted DDO Artists Agency, Sean made the transition to APA where he specializes in literary representation.
APA is the fourth largest talent agency in Los Angeles with offices in Beverly Hills, New York, and Nashville. Clients include Adam Sandler, Sam Elliot, Gary Oldman, Amy Acker, Jason Momoa, Jesse McCartney, Kim Basinger, Mena Suvari, Amy Schumer, Kevin Hart, Emily Deschanel, Louis C.K., Chevy Chase, Eva Longoria and many, many more. They've packaged movies and television series with virtually every major network and Hollywood studio.
Company and client credits include: