3rd Annual TV Writing Contest

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The wait is over! One of our most popular screenwriting contests is back. The Stage 32 3rd Annual TV Screenwriting Contest is now LIVE!

For the 3rd straight year, Stage 32 is seeking the most original writing voices. No matter what format you write in – sitcoms, dramas, serialized, procedurals, mini-series, limited series – we want your work!

All 30 and 60 minute original pilots and 30 to 60 minute existing show teleplays are eligible. As you know, the television space is red hot and our incredible industry judges are anxious and ready to read your scripts.

This contest gives you unparalleled access! Last year’s winner, Danny Baran (Alt Alex), went on numerous meetings and was eventually mentored by Mickey Fisher, creator of Extant which is executive produced by Steven Spielberg. Another of our finalists, Duane Piedmont, was signed Kaplan-Stahler and Heroes and Villains Entertainment!

This year, our winning writer will be flown to Hollywood and sent on meetings all over town. Our 2nd and 3rd place winners will be set up with executive meetings over Skype or by phone. ALL finalists will have their loglines sent to our executive list featuring managers, agents, producers, development execs, financiers and more! 

OUR TRACK RECORD

We pride ourselves in giving our writers exclusive and direct access with industry decision makers. In 3 years, our contests have produced numerous writers who have been signed, optioned, produced or placed on television writing staffs! We work diligently for our winners to make sure they have every chance to take their careers to the next level! 

The first 2 years of our TV contest provided the following success stories:

  • Scott Waldvogel and Matt DeMartini - signed with Gotham Group and APA!
  • Duane Piedmont signs with Kaplan-Stahler and Heroes and Villains Entertainment
  • Danny Baran mentored by Mickey Fisher (Extant – Steven Spielberg)
  • Kelly Anelons met with Jerry Zucker (Airplane) and Scot Armstrong (Hangover 2

  

FEEDBACK OPTION

For an additional fee of only $49 (50% savings!) you can receive full coverage from our industry readers on your teleplay. Just check "coverage" upon checkout.

 

WHAT KIND OF TELEPLAYS CAN ENTER?

30-minute Original Pilots

Teleplays in this category are 30-minute original pilots, and are not based off of an existing TV show.

30-minute Spec Scripts

Teleplays in this category must be based off of a currently airing 30-minute TV show, such as: Veep, Silicon Valley, Black-ish, Master of None, etc.

1-hour Original Pilots

Teleplays in this category are 1-hour original pilots, and are not based off of an existing TV show.

1-hour Spec Scripts

Teleplays in this category must be based off of a currently airing 1-hour TV show, such as: Story of Us, Orange is The New Black, Better Call Saul, The Ozarks, Mr. Robot, iZombie, etc.

Limited Series or Mini-Series Scripts

Teleplays for limited series such as Big Little Lies and The Night Of.

Anthology Series Scripts

Teleplays for anthology series such as Fargo, American Horror Story and True Detective


Contest Prizes

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

  • Plane ticket to Los Angeles for a whirlwind tour of executive meetings!
  • Meetings with contest judges from Zero Gravity Management, Bohemia Group Originals, Artillery Creative, Coscas Productions, Route One and more!
  • Teleplay title, logline and writer's name will be circulated to our list of hundreds of industry managers, agents, executives and producers. If there is interest beyond the logline, we will facilitate the communication between the exec and the writer.
  • Teleplay title and logline posted on Stage 32 for exposure to our global community.
  • A logline review from the “The Logline Whisperer”, Emmy-Award winner Lane Shefter Bishop
  • Free On-Demand Stage 32 Next Level Webinar.
  • Script's title, logline and writer's name will be circulated to our list of hundreds of industry managers, agents, executives and producers. If there is interest beyond the logline, we will facilitate the communication between the exec and the writer.

 

2ND & 3RD PLACE

  • 1 Skype Meeting with an executive, producer, manager or agent
  • Three Free Pitching Sessions
  • Free Stage 32 Next Level Webinar
  • A logline review from the “The Logline Whisperer”, Emmy-Award winner Lane Shefter Bishop
  • Teleplay title, logline and writer's name will be circulated to our list of hundreds of industry managers, agents, executives and producers. If there is interest beyond the logline, we will facilitate the communication between the exec and the writer.
  • Teleplay title and logline posted on Stage 32 for exposure to our global community.

 

4TH - 10TH PLACE

  • Free Stage 32 Next Level Webinar
  • Free Pitching Session
  • Teleplay title, logline and writer's name will be circulated to our list of hundreds of industry managers, agents, executives and producers. If there is interest beyond the logline, we will facilitate the communication between the exec and the writer. 
  • Teleplay title and logline posted on Stage 32 for exposure to our global community.

Contest Deadlines

Super Early Bird Deadline

Monday, Dec 4 - 11:59 PM PST

Submission fee: $39.99

Early Bird Deadline

Thursday, Dec 28 - 11:59 PM PST

Submission fee: $45.50

Regular Deadline

Wednesday, Jan 31 - 11:59 PM PST

Submission fee: $55.50

Final Deadline

Wednesday, Feb 28 - 11:59 PM PST

Submission fee: $65.50


Contest Judges

Tai Duncan

Tai Duncan - President of Production, Zero Gravity Management

As President of Production at Zero Gravity Management, Tai Duncan oversees film projects from inception to completion encompassing all aspects of development, casting, finance and production. Prior to his time at Zero Gravity Tai was the Senior Vice President at Paul Schiff Productions contributing to the feature films: MONA LISA SMILE (Sony Pictures Entertainment), WALKING TALL (MGM), HOOLIGANS (Odd Lot Entertainment) DATE MOVIE, and EPIC MOVIE (New Regency/20th Century Fox). In 2007 Tai produced his first three movies, THE AIR I BREATHE, NUMB and SPIN. Tai also produced the comedy TENURE and Executive Produced the ABC Family film REVENGE OF THE BRIDESMAIDS and recently produced the thriller HOW IT ENDS for Netflix starring Theo James and Forest Whitaker and PROUD MARY for Sony/Screen Gems starring Taraji P. Henson.
 
Prior to working with Paul Schiff, Tai worked as an executive at The Donners’ Company, primarily focusing on identifying and procuring new projects and contributing to the creative aspects of the following films: TIMELINE (Paramount), CONSTANTINE (Warner Brothers), XMEN 2 (20th Century Fox) and OUT COLD (Buena Vista/Spyglass Entertainment). Before his time at The Donners’ Company, Tai was an Agent Trainee at the United Talent Agency (UTA) in the feature literary department.
Justin L. Ross (Judge)

Justin L. Ross (Judge) - Executive Vice President of Development, Bohemia Group Originals (BGO)

Justin L. Ross is the Executive Vice President of Development for Bohemia Group Originals (BGO). BGO is the recently launched production arm of 25 year old, international talent management company, Bohemia Group. BGO is focused on both finding and developing outstanding material for an ever-changing marketplace.

Bohemia group represents over 400 industry professionals including Catherine Dyer ("Stranger Things", THE BLIND SIDE), Elizabeth Daily ("Rugrats", HAPPY FEET, WRECK-IT RALPH), Geoffrey Cantor ("Daredevil", HAIL, CAESAR!)Aaron Schwartz (THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, "Gossip Girl", THE MIGHTY DUCKS), Jed Brophy (THE HOBBIT, DISTRICT 9), Annet Mahendru ("The Americans", "The Following", "Tyrant"), Christie Lynn Smith (THE CRAZIES, "Justified"), Lindsey Haun ("True Blood"), and Natalie Lander ("The Middle") to name just a few.

BGO was recently featured in Variety for their current development of THE GET, a feature film based on the 1981 interview between Emmy winning late night talk show host Tom Snyder and convicted murderer Charles Manson - an interview executive produced by Roger Ailes.

Mr. Ross began his career as a script reader; later promoted to Creative Executive at Intrinsic Value Films (XX/XY, BROTHER TO BROTHER; MARJORIE PRIME). Justin lives in Los Angeles and is passionate about two things: great stories and good people.

Sophia Dilley (Judge)

Sophia Dilley (Judge) - Route One Films

Sophia Dilley began her career at Film 44, where she worked on Hancock and Battleship for Pete Berg. In 2010, she joined Route One and helped oversee A Walk in the Woods and Equals.

In 2014, Ms. Dilley joined Not Impossible Labs as Head of Production. She was tasked with producing commercials and documentaries illustrating the application of high tech solutions to serious real world problems. Dilley’s first project, “Don’s Voice,” attained over 1M views in 2 weeks and 1 billion media impressions; won 3 Telly Awards, 3 One Show Pencils; shortlisted for the AICP and won the SXSW Innovation Award for Connecting People in 2016. She also accepted the SXSW Innovative 3-DIY Interactive Award for “Project Daniel” along with Mick Ebeling and Elliot Kotek in 2015.

In May 2015, Ms. Dilley returned to ROE, where she focuses on film, TV and digital opportunities. Since her return she has co-produced Tallulah, Colossal, Landline, and The Circle and currently oversees a diverse pipeline of projects.

Alexandre Coscas

Alexandre Coscas - Producer, Coscas Productions / Storyworks Entertainment

Mr. Coscas comes from a background of writing and producing film and television content with a primary focus on producing. Coscas is an Executive Producer on the recently set up shows I Know Who You Are (1 Hour Spanish Format) at CBS TV and PARAMOUNT NETWORK with David Semel directing and Wish a ½ hour comedy at NICKELODEON. He was a Co-Executive Producer on the Hallmark Channel television series When Calls The Heart (Based on a series of books), and he was the Co-Executive Producer on the pilot for The Saint starring Eliza Dushku and Adam Raynor, directed by Simon West and written by Jesse Alexander, rebooting the 1960’s series of the same name based on the international bestselling books. He’s produced a number of television movies for the Hallmark Channel, The Christmas Spirit, All Yours, A Christmas to Remember, A Royal Christmas, A Harvest Wedding and was an Executive Producer on the Lifetime film TalHotBlond, which was adapted from the documentary with the same name. He’s worked on high profile films such as Expendables, Playing for Keeps, Conan, Trespass while he was an executive at Nu Image/Millennium Films.

 

Coscas worked as a Creative Executive and Production Executive at Nu Image, one of the largest independent production, finance, and foreign sales companies in the world. While there, he worked on some of their higher profile pictures. He transitioned from Nu Image to MPCA, where he worked as their SVP of Production and Development overseeing the development of their television department while maintaining their independent feature film output.

In 2014, Coscas created Storybox Entertainment which is a production & development company with an international sales arm that booths at every market (AFM, MIPCOM, MIPTV, NATPE, BERLIN). As a sales company Storybox represents third party producer’s content and Storyobx is the exclusive sales agent for all of Hallmark Channel’s owned content (since 2015). Storybox currently has over 50 films on their sales slate. After four successful years, Coscas sold Storybox Entertainment in 2017 and started his own company Coscas Productions and a new international sales and Production and Development company, Storyworks Entertainment with his new partners Michael Lurie and Jeffrey Giles of Automatic Entertainment.

Storyworks and Coscas Productions are currently packaging and developing many different television movies and series based on formats, books, graphic novels and other IP, along with a healthy independent film slate.

 

Nick Watson (Judge)

Nick Watson (Judge) - Creative Executives, Artillery Creative

Artillery Creative is a boutique production and literary management company based in Los Angeles. They specialize in identifying and developing commercially viable writers, directors and filmmakers to firmly establish their brand in the entertainment industry. 

Artillery Creative represents:

  • Anslem Richardson - "Timeless" (NBC)
  • Shaina Fewell - "Guilt" (Freeform), "One Tree Hill" (CW)
  • Fredrick Kotto - "Chicago PD" (NBC)
  • Allen Bain - WINTER'S BONE, TWO MEN IN TOWN, REVENGE OF THE GREEN DRAGONS

Nick Watson is a Creative Executive at Artillery Creative. They have projects set up at FilmNation, Aggregate/Universal, Bullitt, Weinstein and MACRO, and writers staffed on "Timeless" and "Chicago PD".


Contest Rules

ENTRANT RULES

Void where prohibited by law.

The Stage 32 2nd Annual Happy Writers Television Writing Contest is an international contest. Must be 18 years or older to submit.

Entrant agrees to Stage32.com terms and conditions.

The Stage 32 2nd Annual Happy Writers Television Writing Contest is not a game of chance. All material is read and reviewed by industry professionals.

All quarterfinalists, semi-finalists, finalists and winners are subjectively determined by our judges.

There is no limit to the number of teleplays an Entrant can enter. The same teleplay cannot be submitted multiple times under different names. If so, you will be disqualified.

Entrant must not be an immediate family member or friend of any of the judges or their respective companies.

Entry fees will not be returned or adjusted.

No waivers are available for this contest.

Entrants must submit screenplays and payment online.

If you order coverage, it will be returned after the winners are announced. 

 

TELEPLAY RULES

Teleplays should be written in English and in standard industry format.

Teleplays must be 30-minute original pilots, 30-minute teleplay based off of a currently airing TV show, and 1-hour original pilots or 1-hour teleplay based off of a currently airing TV show

Teleplay must be the original work of the Entrant and may not be based whole or in part on any fictional or non-fictional material, published or unpublished, produced or unproduced for which the Entrant does not have rights.

The rights to the Entrant’s teleplay should not have been previously optioned or sold.

Entrant’s teleplay must not have been produced or have won any contests.

After a teleplay is entered, no new drafts or corrected pages can be made by the Entrant. No exceptions.

Only TV scripts are expected. No features or shorts.

 

 

 


Contest Winners

WINNER ANNOUNCEMENTS - 2018

April 18, 2018: Quarter-finalists announced on Stage 32

May 2, 2018: Semi-Finalists announced on Stage 32

May 16, 2018: Finalists announced on Stage 32

May 30, 2018: Winners will be announced on Stage 32

 

If you've opted for script coverage with your entry, you will be emailed your coverage once the winners are announced.

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