1st Annual Television Drama Writing Contest

Contest Info

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The Grand Prize Winner will be flown to Hollywood (travel permitting) to meet one-on-one with our incredible panel of judges whose company and client credits include Emmy-winning “THE NIGHT OF”, “YELLOWSTONE’, Emmy-winning “DEXTER”, Emmy-winning “ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK”, Emmy-winning “SUCCESSION”, upcoming “GENERATION” and "DOOM PATROL" on HBOMax and more!

ALL Finalists will have exposure to these judges, & both their titles & loglines will be featured in our Industry LookBook (sent to over 500 executives & professionals who work directly with Stage 32)! Previous Stage 32 finalists have had their projects optioned &/or been signed because of their inclusion in our LookBooks!

 

Television Drama is crushing 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” on Hulu, 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.

 

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.


Stage 32 is your key to exclusive access & unprecedented opportunity.

“Winning [the 3rd Annual Sci-Fi & Fantasy Screenwriting Contest] feels like a game changer. Stage 32 bought me a week in LA, flown out on their dime, for a week of meetings with reps and producers. These are real industry people. Stage32 becomes like your manager in a way. They prep you before. They follow up with them after. They are the bridge and they go over and above! I had my first official meeting not even 2 hours off the freakin’ plane." - Bill Poore, Winner, 3rd Annual Sci-Fi & Fantasy Screenwriting Contest

"Stage 32 stayed involved, set me up with new meetings, introduced me to a producer who is interested in optioning...Stage 32 kept in contact long after they had any obligation to. They kept passing [my script] AVALANCHE around, championing it on my behalf. This led to a meeting with First Friday Entertainment, who were sent the script, read, and loved. Both parties felt the vibe and they are now my representation." - Eric Jeske, Winner, Stage 32 Screenwriting Contest

"I suddenly had people with real industry knowledge and connections in my corner. Not only did Jason Mirch help prep me for all the meetings they were setting up for me, but he helped me create an entire pitch deck (and helped me realize that I actually want to get this show made, not just use it as a writing sample)." - Jenny Rauch, Winner, Stage 32 Screenwriting Contest


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.

 

Who are the Judges?

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:

 

  • Tracy Mercer, Senior Vice President, Amasia Entertainment ("DARK SHADOWS") 
  • Aaron Kerman, Development Executive, Paramount Plus Originals ("Star Trek") 
  • 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”)
  • 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.

 

Stage 32 Gets Results!

Stage 32 screenwriting and television writing competitions have springboarded over TWENTY screenwriting careers! All of these writers have either been signed, optioned, or are now working screenwriters in the industry.

 

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

 

 

Some highlights from Stage 32 contest winners and finalists in the last 12 months alone include:

  • Eric Jeske - was signed by literary managers Krista Sipp and Devon Byers of First Friday Entertainment after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!
  • Greg Mania - was signed by Laina Cohn and Jon Taub of Cohn/Torgan Management after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!
  • Christina Pamies - was signed by prolific spec script selling manager Jake Wagner of Alibi Entertainment after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32! She was hired to write the horror Thriller BAGHEAD for StudioCanal (see the announcement on Deadline here)!
  • Christine Torres - signed with prolific manager and producer Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!
  • See dozens of success stories below under "Our Track Record"

 

What Types Of Scripts Can I Enter?

This year, we’re looking for any and all original Drama teleplays.

Please no Feature length screenplays or spec episodes based on existing series.

 

Feedback Option

For an additional fee of only $49 you can receive full coverage from our industry readers on your screenplay or teleplay. Just check "coverage" upon checkout. Coverage will be sent out after the winners are announced.

"I found Stage 32’s contest coverage far better than some other services I have used in the past, where I felt almost assaulted. Please thank him or her for a well-done job. It was my first try with Stage 32 but it will not be my last." - Bob C.

"Stage 32 contest coverage is even better than some of the industry coverage I received. Thank you for these invaluable notes!" - E. Robinson

"The insight from my coverage from the Stage 32 contest helped me improve my script's dimension exponentially. I had looked at the script so much that I can't believe I missed a major plot point. Thank you!!" - S. Persons

 

Unprecedented access. Greater opportunities. Better exposure. More reads.

Real success!

 

Congratulations to our Winner!

TITLE WRITER
PONZI WIGHAM FOOTHILL

 

Congratulations to our Finalists

TITLE WRITER
EVERY MAN KIFF SCHOLL AND SAM KITE
FREEDOM CODE RICKI LINKSMAN
GRANITE HOUSE MARGARET MALONEY
LA BEAT LAURIE ASHBOURNE
OFF THE FIELD JORMOND THOMPSON
PONZI WIGHAM FOOTHILL
SHRINK PROOF STEPHEN POTTS
SOCIAL WORK NANCY NYMAN
ST. MARK'S ACADEMY FOR BOYS MICHAEL LEONI
THE LOST CENTURY NICK MOSS

 

Congratulations to our Semifinalists

TITLE WRITER
ASHTABULA MARK PAONE
BLACK DRAGON ROY HSU
BORDER DOGS SOLA SIENA
BRIGHTEST STARS RUTH HERNANDEZ
BUTTERFLY HARRIET O'NEILL
CHARLATANS JIMMY PROSSER
CHOPIN THE SERIES ALEX BALASSA
COWBIRDS FRANK RUSSO
CREAM CITY JEFFREY JAMES KEYES & MATT W. CODY
D.A. DIARIES SHAUN FLETCHER
DEAD FLO AND FLOWER GIRL BRYAN KELSEY
DEBT CHRISTOPHER O'BRYANT
DELILAH'S MOON ELLEN RIVERSIDE
DIVERSION CA. B. HAYWARD RANDALL
EVERY MAN KIFF SCHOLL AND SAM KITE
FALL SHELLEY A. GUSTAVSON
FREEDOM CODE RICKI LINKSMAN
GRANITE HOUSE MARGARET MALONEY
HEARTLESS JAYDEN CUMMINS
HIGHER PRIMATES SOLA SIENA
HITCH MATT WITTIG
IMMACULATE - EPISODE I - THE BLIGHT NATE RYMER
IN OUR MIDST MARTIN O'BRIEN
JESSE MICHAEL LEE BARLIN
LA BEAT LAURIE ASHBOURNE
LEGACY KATIE CANTY
LES PETITES GARCES JOSHUA MAHEU
LOST AND FOUND VIRGINIA SHAFFER
MILTON FALLS JASON MURGATROYD
MISS WATSON MATT LAVERY
MOTHERSHIP BRIANNE BERKSON
MOTOR CITY TERRI EMERSON
MT. CLEMENT RANDY HINES
NO DIRECTION HOME DOMINIC J. DEJOSEPH
OFF THE FIELD JORMOND THOMPSON
OH-LA-LA! GM STUART
PINKERTON GIRL: CHILD OF A CHEROKEE WOMAN JERI FONTÉ
PONZI WIGHAM FOOTHILL
PROCTOR SANETTA Y GIPSON
RESTRAINT STEPHEN HOOVER
RUM DANDY DANIEL CARROLL
SHOOPER CAROLYN LOVIE DAVIS
SHRINK PROOF STEPHEN POTTS
SLICK RIVER HOLLI HERRLE-CASTILLO
SOCIAL WORK NANCY NYMAN
ST. MARK'S ACADEMY FOR BOYS MICHAEL LEONI
STARS AND STRIPES ANDRA VEBELL
STREET LIGHTS TERRENCE THOMPSON
THE ACADEMY BRIT COWAN
THE BENJAMINS KAMAFI ADIO BYRD
THE LOST CENTURY NICK MOSS
THE MAHARAJA AMAR REHAL
THE MESSIAH COMPLEX DAVID E BAUGNON
THE NEIGHBORHOOD JON COMULADA
THE POSSE MICHAEL SNEDEN
THE PROSPERITY GOSPEL ANNE JORDAN
THE RECOVERY AGENTS - TV PILOT MARCO SANTIAGO
THE STAY AT HOME DETECTIVE JESS PROSSER
THE STRANGE REALITY OF SALLY PARKER DIANA T BLACK
TRIPLE NET LOUISA KENDRICK BURTON
WALLOON VINCENT REUSCH
WRITE UP REBECCA GLAZER GREENE

 

 

 

Congratulations to our Quarterfinalists!

 

TITLE WRITER
100 DEGREES DOMINIC ABEYTA
ABROAD LUIS ANDRES SALDIAS
ACROSS THE HUDSON ALIA ASHKENAZI
AFFINITY ETHAN MILLER
AMERICAN (K) IDOL PAUL LEACH
ASHTABULA MARK PAONE
AT THE FLASH SEAN CHANDLER
BELLUM ADRIA BUDD JOHNSON
BLACK DRAGON ROY HSU
BLUE SKY RED NELSON DOWNEND
BORDER DOGS SOLA SIENA
BOUND ADRIENNE ARNO
BRIGHTEST STARS RUTH HERNANDEZ
BUTTERFLY HARRIET O'NEILL
CASS JOHN MICHELLE DENNIE TIMOTHY W. BUBENIK
CHANGE OF LIFE SHERRY L. PETERSON AND BOBBY PETERSON
CHANGE OF LIFE SHERRY L. PETERSON
CHARLATANS JIMMY PROSSER
CHOPIN THE SERIES ALEX BALASSA
CONSTABLE CLINT GAIGE
COWBIRDS FRANK RUSSO
CREAM CITY JEFFREY JAMES KEYES
CRYIN' TIMES NICK WALSH
CUTTER GW ALLISON
D.A. DIARIES SHAUN FLETCHER
DA VINCI'S DISCIPLES: MURDER IN THE DUOMO DONNA RUSSO MORIN
DEAD FLO AND FLOWER GIRL BRYAN KELSEY
DEALS MONICA LEVY
DEBT CHRISTOPHER O'BRYANT
DEEP EAST TEXAS RACHEL LIEBLING
DELILAH'S MOON ELLEN RIVERSIDE
DEVIL'S LAKE JAY FISHER
DIANASAURUS REX SHELDON GLEISSER
DIVERSION CA. B. HAYWARD RANDALL
DREAMWORLD JAY KIM
DUTY HONOR COUNTRY JOE CYR
EASTSIDE BRYAN KELSEY
EDGEWOOD LOVIE D
EMPIRE ISLES CHRISTINA NAIME
EVERY MAN KIFF SCHOLL
FAK YAASS VASILIOS FILIPPAKIS
FALL SHELLEY A. GUSTAVSON
FIERCE! PABLO DIABLO
FRANKLIN STREET STATION SANTO D. MARABELLA
FREEDOM CODE RICKI LINKSMAN
GODS & KINGS JON SNOW
GRANITE HOUSE MARGARET MALONEY
GREENER GRASS LEAH QUEEN
HEARTLESS JAYDEN CUMMINS
HELLO GORGEOUS MJ FITZSIMONS
HIGHER PRIMATES SOLA SIENA
HITCH MATT WITTIG
HONOUR RICHARD SLOGGETT
HORIZONS ROB INGALLS
I ALICE DUANE PIEDMONT
I HUNTER JACK POLO
I WILL TELL YOU PLEASE MICKI LESUEUR
IMMACULATE - EPISODE I - THE BLIGHT NATE RYMER
IN OUR MIDST MARTIN O'BRIEN
IN THE SHADOWS OF NOVEMBER BILL ALBERT
JESSE MICHAEL LEE BARLIN
KEEPING PARADISE EPISODE 1: STRAW MIKE CASUCCI
LA BEAT LAURIE ASHBOURNE
LAKEVIEW HEATHER PROVOST
LEGACY KATIE CANTY
LES PETITES GARCES JOSHUA MAHEU
LOST AND FOUND VIRGINIA SHAFFER
LOUIS CAMILLA ERLANDSDOTTER
MAJORITY RULES E. AMATO
MALEDICTION ARAY BROWN
MILES APART BOBBY RAY CAULEY, JR.
MILTON FALLS JASON MURGATROYD
MISS WATSON MATT LAVERY
MISSISSIPPI MACE RISSA THOMAS
MONTANA SKY DEBRA HOLLAND
MOONCHASER LISA NEWMAN
MOTHERSHIP BRIANNE BERKSON
MOTOR CITY TERRI EMERSON
MT. CLEMENT RANDY HINES
MY HALF-SISTER'S HALF-BROTHER REBECCA GLAZER GREENE
NEFERTITI JACLYN LOPEZ
NEW CUT ROAD TRAVIS CARR
NO DIRECTION HOME DOMINIC J. DEJOSEPH
NO MORE DRAMA JUWAN CHAMBERS
OFF THE FIELD JORMOND THOMPSON
OH-LA-LA! GM STUART
OLD HABITS BRITTANI HARRIS
OPENED DOORS NICHOLAS L GIURICICH
PHONE MAN JEFFREY ALAN CHASE
PINKERTON GIRL: CHILD OF A CHEROKEE WOMAN JERI FONTÉ
PONZI WIGHAM FOOTHILL
PROCTOR SANETTA Y GIPSON
PROJECTIONS LEONARDI GUZMAN
RANGERS TIM VANVILLA
RED LIGHTS LUCA PERITO
RESILIENT: BELOW POVERTY DR. TOMMY WATSON
RESTRAINT STEPHEN HOOVER
RUM DANDY DANIEL CARROLL
SAME SKY MICHAEL HORWITZ
SHOOPER CAROLYN LOVIE DAVIS
SHRINK PROOF STEPHEN POTTS
SLICK RIVER HOLLI HERRLE-CASTILLO
SOCIAL WORK NANCY NYMAN
SPY BITES SPY MARTIN K ZITTER
SQUARES TIFFANY MCCULLOUGH
ST. MARK'S ACADEMY FOR BOYS MICHAEL LEONI
STARS AND STRIPES ANDRA VEBELL
STREET LIGHTS TERRENCE THOMPSON
SULPHUR SCOTT DAMIAN
TEAM USA ALEX BEATTIE
THE ACADEMY BRIT COWAN
THE BENJAMINS KAMAFI ADIO BYRD
THE FAMILY UNIT SHANNON TL KEARNS
THE GETAWAY KEN WHITE
THE KALLIKAK CRUSADE TOM HOLOWACH
THE LOST CENTURY NICK MOSS
THE MAHARAJA AMAR REHAL
THE MESSIAH COMPLEX DAVID E BAUGNON
THE NEIGHBORHOOD JON COMULADA
THE POSSE MICHAEL SNEDEN
THE PROSPERITY GOSPEL ANNE JORDAN
THE RACE ALEXANDER PLATT
THE RECOVERY AGENTS - TV PILOT MARCO SANTIAGO
THE STAY AT HOME DETECTIVE JESS PROSSER
THE STRANGE REALITY OF SALLY PARKER DIANA T BLACK
THE UNQUIET DAWKIN BARKER
THE WHITE MOUSE SCREENWTR 67227
TRANSCENDENT LATAVEYA VAULT
TRIPLE NET LOUISA KENDRICK BURTON
TRIPLE THREAT KEELY KURTAS-CHAPMAN
UMERIKA JILL VON DAE
UNDER DUANE PIEDMONT
UNFORTUNATE PEOPLE - 1.01 APOPHENIA DIEGO SCERRATI
UNIVERSITY JENNIFER ARTHUR
URBAN DEFENDER JOHN KIM AND WILL GRIFFIN
VINTAGE LAURA HOCKRIDGE
WALLOON VINCENT REUSCH
WE CAN'T SLEEP CHRIS PHILLIPS
WILLOW SWIM CLUB GRANT MICHAEL STUART
WRITE UP REBECCA GLAZER GREENE
YOUR LUCKY PENNY MARTHA CAPRAROTTA

Contest Prizes

The Grand Prize Winner will be flown to Hollywood and sent on private one-on-one meetings with the panel of industry mentors from companies including:

Paramount Plus ("STAR TREK")

Amasia Entertainment ("DARK SHADOWS")

John Goldwyn Productions (“DEXTER”, “DOPESICK”)

HBOMax (Lena Dunham’s "GENERATION”, “DOOM PATROL”)

Elevate Entertainment (client credits include “YELLOWSTONE”)

Bad Wolf America (“THE NIGHT OF”, “SUCCESSION”)

Producer & Executive, (“ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK”, “CRIMINAL MINDS”, “KYLE XY”)

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

In addition, Stage 32's executive team will send your screenplay title, logline, writer bio & script synopsis to over 500 development executives, producers, managers & agents who work with Stage 32. If an executive requests the script or a meeting, we will facilitate the delivery.

If you reach the Finals, you still get massive exposure to decision makers!

ALL FINALISTS will receive a FREE MONTH OF THE MEMBER'S ONLY STAGE 32 WRITERS' ROOM and 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 some of the most sought after talent resources for the industry and have helped secure meetings with places like Verve, Good Fear, 3 Arts, APA, Echo Lake, Amazon, UTA, CAA, WME, First Friday, Pathfinder, The Cartel, Art/Work and many, many more.

 

Our Track Record

Stage 32’s contests have gained a reputation as one of the “most worthwhile contests to change your career.” No other contest provides their winners and finalists with the same level of direct access to industry leading professionals who can take your career to the next level! Stage 32 has become an incubator for finding talent and material across the globe.

  • Eric Jeske - signed with Krista Sipp & Devon Byers from First Friday Entertainment and is currently in the middle of negotiating an option for his winning project with a major international producer!
  • Christina Pamies - signed with Jake Wagner of Alibi Entertainment. Hired for writing assignment by StudioCanal.
  • Christine Torres - signed with manager and producer Brooklyn Weaver of Energy Entertainment.
  • Greg Mania - signed with manager Laina Cohn of Cohn/Torgan Management.
  • Jonathan Jordan - signed with Verve Talent & Literary Agency and manager Byron Austen Ashley.
  • Duane Piedmont - signed with Kaplan-Stahler Agency and Heroes And Villains Entertainment.
  • Brittni Brown and Jenna Palermo - signed with Infinity Management International.
  • Benji Smith - signed with Meridian Artists.
  • Trish MacEnulty - attached producer Gavin Dorman to her script.
  • Scott Waldvogel and Matt DeMartini - signed with Gotham Group and APA.
  • Frank Ponce - signed with 3 Arts Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment.
  • Glenn Forbes - signed with Infinity Management International and optioned by Glider Films.
  • Richard Hobley - signed with Paradigm and Goldcrest Films International.
  • 10-31, a horror film that will be produced by renowned director Eli Roth, Roger Birnbaum and Orion Pictures,written by Stage 32 member Laurie Ashbourne is greenlit and starts shooting later this year.
  • Chick Fight starring Malin Ackerman, Alec Baldwin and Bella Thorne written by Stage 32 member Joe Downey is in post-production and awaiting release!
  • What Lies Ahead, written by Stage 32 member William Viglione, directed by Stage 32 member Rob Gardner, and packaged by Stage 32 script services executive Tiffany Boyle of Ramo Law was released in theaters in 2019.
  • Vagic, a romantic comedy written by Stage 32 member Julie Ann Cross, received a $7,500 option and is being produced by legendary producer Amy Baer of Gidden Media Group.
  • My Clone’s an A-Hole, a comedy written by Julie Ann Wight was offered a $5,000 option by National Lampoon.
  • I'm Not Jack, a script written by Stage 32 member Jack Cusick, received a $7,500 option and is being developed by legendary producer Amy Baer of Gidden Media Group.
  • Eric Jeske - signed with Krista Sipp & Devon Byers from First Friday Entertainment and is currently in the middle of negotiating an option for his winning project with a major international producer!
  • Scott Waldvogel and Matt DeMartini - signed with Gotham Group and APA.
  • Frank Ponce - signed with 3 Arts Entertainment and Atlas Entertainment.
  • Glenn Forbes - signed with Infinity Management International and optioned by Glider Films.
  • Richard Hobley - signed with Paradigm and Goldcrest Films International.
  • Diana Wright signed with The Cartel after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!
  • Aaron Benjamin signed with Housefire Management.
  • Aaron Bierman signed with Verve Talent and Literary Agency after being set up on a meeting by Stage 32!

This contest has produced some of the most sought after material from our finalists and winners. Requests for our finalists scripts have increased year over year and our winners have met face to face with a who’s who of working industry executives and gatekeepers!

Contest Judges

Tracy Mercer (Judge)

Tracy Mercer (Judge) - Senior Vice President of Television, Amasia Entertainment

Tracy is Amasia Entertainment’s Senior VP of Television. She joined Amasia in 2017. Currently, Amasia is in development at The CW with a sequel series to Dan Curtis’ classic, DARK SHADOWS, to be showrun by Emmy-winner Mark B. Perry. Additional shows in development include BECAUSE THE NIGHT based on the James Ellory book.

Tracy began her film in production before working as a personal assistant to actress, Jennifer Aniston. After working as a script analyst for producers Jennifer and Suzanne Todd at Team Todd, Tracy took a story editor position with producer Rob Fried at Fried Films; there she worked on projects including THE BOONDOCK SAINTS, and HBO’S, WINCHELL. Tracy next joined producer Dan Halsted at Halsted Pictures, who was then partnered with Oliver Stone, where she worked in development on TNT’s WITCHBLADE and films including ANY GIVEN SUNDAY and THE ART OF WAR.

Tracy was next hired by her childhood hero, Gale Anne Hurd, at her company, Valhalla Motion Pictures. Tracy was the executive in charge of production on the PBS award-winning documentary, TRUE WHISPERS: THE STORY OF THE NAVAJO CODETALKERS and helped develop Ang Lee’s HULK, Marvel’s THE PUNISHER, and Karyn Kusama’s AEON FLUX.

After four years at Valhalla, she headed up development for Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman’s Revelations Entertainment, where she was involved in the development of films including INVICTUS, directed by Clint Eastwood, and 10 ITEMS OR LESS, directed by Brad Silberling.

Of all of her work at Revelations, she is most proud to have been instrumental in setting up, developing, and serving as an executive producer on the pilot of CBS’ hit series, MADAM SECRETARY. Working with TV showrunner Barbara Hall remains a career highlight. Tracy was a producer on 60 episodes of MADAM SECRETARY before moving on from Revelations to launch Amasia’s TV division

Ashlie Sapiro (Judge)

Ashlie Sapiro (Judge) - Manager, Drama Development, HBOMax

Ashlie Sapiro is the manager of original content at HBOMax, focusing primarily on Drama series. A lover of all character dramas and stories that defy genre and type, she is currently working on the upcoming Lena Dunham produced series "GENERATION", the reboot of "PRETTY LITTLE LIARS" with Roberto Aguierre Sacasa, "DOOM PATROL" and "TITANS" from the DC Universe, and the pilot for the beloved book, "RULES OF MAGIC".

Ashlie started her career working at CAA in the TV Literary department.

Aaron Kerman (Judge)

Aaron Kerman (Judge) - Development Executive, Originals Content Development, Paramount+

Aaron is a Development Executive in the Originals Content Development division of the recently launched Paramount+. He has worked on series including THE GOOD FIGHT, THE TWILIGHT ZONE, STAR TREK: DISCOVERY, GUILTY PARTY, and WHY WOMEN KILL, among many others.

This executive have been at CBS Studios for the last three years. Prior to this, he was at WME for two years, working directly with the heads of TV and Talent. His is a graduate of the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Mike Blutstein (Judge)

Mike Blutstein (Judge) - Head of Television Development, John Goldwyn Productions

Mike Blutstein is the Head of Film and Television for the heavy hitting John Goldwyn Productions. Under the prolific producer, John Goldwyn, the company has been responsible for successes such as "DEXTER", THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY, BABY MAMA and HOT ROD.

Mike’s position and taste have afforded him an expansive network including Hollywood’s top agents, writers, directors and studios. Presently, he is an executive on content such as Lionsgate’s "MANHUNT", Hulu’s "DOPESICK" and Peacock’s MACGRUBER. He is also currently adapting the story of Mandy Harvey, the world’s most famous fully-deaf musician.

Mike enjoys championing stories with poignant themes and interesting characters, ranging in genre from Sci-Fi to Romance and Dramas. In his prior position, Mike worked on the production side at "SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE", where he also continued to build a love for Comedies and Dramedies.

 

Liz Dickler (Judge & Mentor)

Liz Dickler (Judge & Mentor) - Producer, Anders Media, Inc

Liz Dickler has been consulting at Anders Media, Inc. for both scripted and non-scripted television series.

Liz started her executive career at ABC Studios in both Current and Development. She worked on series including "CRIMINAL MINDS", "SCRUBS", "ACCORDING TO JIM", and "KYLE XY".

She then went to work at A&E as the VP of Drama Programming, overseeing series, such as "THE GLADES" and "BREAKOUT KINDS" along with Movies of the Week. Next, she joined Lionsgate as their VP of Television shepherding projects including "ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK" and "CHASING LIFE".

She is known for her ability to develop and maintain strong working relationships with writers and production companies. Having worked closely with Stan Lee, Adam Glass, Nancy Miller, Alli Shearmur, Zoe Saldana, Evolution Media, and Televisa.

 

Harrison Rothman (Judge)

Harrison Rothman (Judge) - Literary Manager, Elevate Entertainment

Harrison Rothman is a Jr. Literary Manager at Elevate Entertainment. Founded by Alexander Cole and Jenny Wood, Elevate is a boutique Talent and Literary Management company representing some of the biggest names in film, including Academy Award Nominee Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Hell or High Water, Wind River) and Academy Award Nominee Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook, Animal Kingdom).

Harrison started his film career in development, previously working at Bold Films (Drive, Whiplash, Nightcrawler) and then at Pandemonium (Hacksaw Ridge, Coraline) with Oscar nominated producer and former CEO & Chairman of 20th Century Fox, Bill Mechanic (Titanic, Braveheart, The Thin Red Line, and Fight Club). In 2018, Mr. Rothman decided to transition into literary management with an eye towards finding and developing new and exciting voices.

 

Winner Announcements

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