2nd Annual Stage 32 Happy Writers TV Writing Contest

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WINNERS ANNOUNCED! CLICK "WINNERS" TAB!

 


 

Plane ticket to Los Angeles. Guaranteed industry meetings. Opportunity is calling you.

Grand Prize Winner meets with Anonymous Content, Gersh, Management SGC PLUS a 1-year mentorship with Mickey Fisher, writer/creator of Steven Spielberg executive produced TV show Extant

Top 3 winners meet with executives!

All finalists will have their loglines presented to 500 working industry executives!

 

The Stage 32 Happy Writers TV Writing Contest is back by popular demand!

We want it all! Serialized, sitcoms, procedurals, miniseries, one-hours, you name it! We are looking for 30 and 60-minute original pilots and 30 and 60-minute existing show teleplays.

 

WHAT YOU’LL WIN

  • The Grand Prize Winner will be flown to Los Angeles to attend one-on-one meetings with Anonymous Content, The Gersh Agency, Management SGC and more, a 1-year mentorship with TV writer Mickey Fisher, plus attend a special networking cocktail hour hosted by Stage 32.
  • 2nd & 3rd place winners will each receive a Skype meeting with a TV executive, producer, manager or agent and three Stage 32 Happy Writers online pitch sessions. 
  • All winners will receive a logline review from the “The Logline Whisperer”, Emmy-Award winner Lane Shefter Bishop 
  • All finalists will receive a Free On-Demand Stage 32 Next Level Webinar and loglines exposed to over 500 executives on Stage 32

OUR TRACK RECORD

The first round television category finalists of our overall contest, Scott Waldvogel and Matt DeMartini - signed with Gotham Group and APA!

Now we’re back with year 2 of this incredibly popular contest designed to give our TV writers the opportunity to have their work exposed to some of the top TV execs, producers, managers and agents in the industry.

Our judges are the best of the best from TV writing legend Norman Lear's production company Act III Pictures, Anonymous Content, APA Talent & Literary Agency, Ensemble Entertainment, Bellevue Productions, Thinkfactory Media, Hazy Mills Productions, and 5x5 Media. They're ready to find new TV writing talent, are you it?


 

FEEDBACK OPTION

For an additional fee of only $39 (60% savings!) you can receive full coverage from our industry readers on your teleplay. Just check "coverage" upon checkout.


  

WHAT KIND OF TELEPLAYS CAN I ENTER?

Stage 32 Happy Writers are looking for scripts that encompass both 30-minute and 1-hour TV shows. We will be searching for up and coming TV writers who write in the following formats:

30-minute Original Pilot

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

30-minute Spec

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

1-hour Original Pilot

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

1-hour Spec

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


Contest Prizes

 

GRAND PRIZE WINNER

Plane ticket to Los Angeles

Meetings with Anonymous Content, Gersh, Management SGC and more!

1-year mentorship with Mickey Fisher, writer/creator of Steven Spielberg executive produced TV show Extant

Networking cocktail hour with various industry contest judges

Teleplay title and logline posted on Stage 32

A logline review from the “The Logline Whisperer”, Emmy-Award winner Lane Shefter Bishop

Free On-Demand Stage 32 Next Level Webinar

 

2ND & 3RD PLACE

Skype meeting with a TV executive, producer, manager or agent

Three Stage 32 Happy Writers online pitch sessions

A logline review from the “The Logline Whisperer”, Emmy-Award winner Lane Shefter Bishop

Free On-Demand Stage 32 Next Level Webinar 

 

ALL FINALISTS

All finalists loglines will be posted in a special section of Stage 32 where any of the 500 industry executives we work with will be able to view them. If there is interest beyond the logline, we will facilitate the communication between the exec and the writer. Finalists will also receive a special Free On-Demand Stage 32 Next Level Webinar


Contest Deadlines

Super Early Bird Deadline

Wednesday, Oct 5 - 11:59 PM PDT

Submission fee: $25.60

Early Bird Deadline

Thursday, Oct 20 - 11:59 PM PDT

Submission fee: $33.60

Regular Deadline

Thursday, Nov 17 - 11:59 PM PST

Submission fee: $41.60

Final Deadline

Tuesday, Dec 27 - 11:59 PM PST

Submission fee: $49.60

Extended Holiday Deadline

Monday, Jan 2 - 11:59 PM PST

Submission fee: $49.60


Contest Judges

Brent Miller (TV Contest Judge)

Brent Miller (TV Contest Judge) - Head of Production and Development, Act III Productions

Brent has been working with Norman Lear for nearly a decade as a television, movie and event producer. He launched his career with Lear by producing the Declare Yourself Unofficial Presidential Inaugural Ball in 2009 – cited by many as “the best event at the Inauguration” - hosted by Jessica Alba with performances by Jamie Foxx, Maroon 5 and John Legend, while simultaneously premiering their short film/music video, Born Again American. He is the creator and executive producer of the docu-series, TAIT STAGES (AXS TV, 2013), and has recently produced his first feature film, NORMAN LEAR: JUST ANOTHER VERSION OF YOU (Music Box, 2016) ---- which had its world premiere on opening night of the Sundance Film Festival. Currently, he is co-executive producer of AMERICA DIVIDED (EPIX, 2016) executive produced by Lear, Shonda Rhimes and Common. And he's co-executive producer of the new highly anticipated scripted series ONE DAY AT A TIME (NETFLIX, 2017), starring Justina Machado and Rita Moreno. Miller serves as Head of Production and Development for Lear’s ACT III Productions.

Danny Alexander (TV Contest Judge)

Danny Alexander (TV Contest Judge) - TV Development, APA (Agency for the Performing Arts)

Agency for the Performing Arts (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, 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 also packaged movies and television series with virtually every major network and Hollywood studio.

Danny Alexander works in the TV literary department at APA, working directly with writers such as John Carpenter (Halloween), Derek Kolstad (John Wick) and Mike Le (upcoming Patient Zero with Natalie Dormer and Stanley Tucci). Prior to working at APA, Danny was at Kaplan Perrone Entertainment where he worked with a wide array of comedy and drama writers.

Amar Hansen (TV Contest Judge)

Amar Hansen (TV Contest Judge) - Anonymous Content

Prior to joining Anonymous Content, Amar worked for HBO, Sony Pictures, and TV Land. He currently works in the lit management department.

Nick Peet (TV Contest Judge)

Nick Peet (TV Contest Judge) - Manager of Development, Hazy Mills Productions

Nick graduated with a BA from the Film and Electronic Arts Program of Bard College in the spring of 2011. Shortly after relocating to Los Angeles, he was inducted into the Writers Guild of America in January of 2014 and sold his first hour-length dramatic script to NBC later that year. Nick is currently the Executive Manager of Development for Hazy Mills Productions as well as a freelance writer on NBC's hit drama Grimm.

Jared Waine (TV Contest Judge)

Jared Waine (TV Contest Judge) - Development, Ensemble Entertainment

Jared Waine currently works for managers Jon Brown and Jeffrey Thal with Ensemble Entertainment, a prominent, boutique literary management/production company with Oscar and Emmy winning writer/director/producer clients. Ensemble represents clients in all stages of their career in film, scripted and unscripted television, and new media. Ensemble’s clients include Ron Underwood (Tremors, City Slickers), James V. Hart (Hook, August Rush, Epic), and Maggie Friedman (showrunner of the CW show No Tomorrow).

 

Jared started his career working in development for New York-based production company Intrinsic Value Films. After moving to Los Angeles, Jared worked in development for producers Shaun Redick and Ray Mansfield (In the Blood, And So It Goes) and was a key factor in establishing the literary division of talent management company Chome Artists Management. Simultaneously, he read scripts for several production companies including WWE Studios and Hyperion Media Group. He joined Ensemble in 2015, where he works with the existing clients and is always on the lookout for new and exciting voices.

Daniel Ross Noble (TV Contest Judge)

Daniel Ross Noble (TV Contest Judge) - Manager, Scripted Programming, Thinkfactory Media

A San Francisco Bay area native, Daniel began his career in unscripted television and quickly fell into the literary world working at Agency for the Performing Arts. After his agency days, he worked with Ellen Pompeo at Calamity Jane Entertainment as her Director of Development. Daniel made his way to Thinkfactory Media in the fall of 2015 where he currently manages scripted programming. Thinkfactory Media’s scripted credits include the upcoming Million Dollar Quarter (CMT), Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le (Lifetime), Hatfields & McCoys (HISTORY) Texas Rising (HISTORY) in addition to several projects in development with broadcast and cable networks. Currently a board member of the HRTS Associates Program, he was recently Co-President of JHRTS for their 2015-2016 term and continues to work with several organizations within Hollywood including the NY Television Festival, Motion Picture Television Fund, Hollywood Stars for a Cause, and many others.

Craig Armstrong (TV Contest Judge)

Craig Armstrong (TV Contest Judge) - 5x5 Media

Emmy-winning producer Craig Armstrong co-founded 5X5 Media in 2009. Armstrong and his producing partner, Rick Ringbakk, together create television that celebrates the individual (nerd and hero alike) and motivates viewers to better themselves through entertainment.

Series executive produced by Armstrong and the 5X5 team include the highly successful “King of the Nerds” (TBS), “Wake Up Call” and “The Hero” (both TNT), both with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, “Fashion Star” (NBC) and “Bet on Your Baby” (ABC). In addition, the company is in post-production on a new original gameshow, "Separation Anxiety," hosted by comedian Iliza Shlesinger and airing on TBS in March.

Prior to co-founding 5X5, Armstrong served as an independent unscripted television producer for nearly 10 years, working on series such as the groundbreaking juggernaut “Survivor” (CBS) with Mark Burnett, the smash hits “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” “Supernanny” and “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” (all ABC), among many others.

A six-time Emmy Award nominee, in 2010 Armstrong won the award for “Outstanding Reality Series” for “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.”

Prior to his unscripted television career, Armstrong spent 10 years working in scripted television and film, producing more than 300 sketch comedy short films for shows including “The Jenny McCarthy Show” (MTV), “Mr. Show with Bob and David” (HBO), and the “VH1 Awards;” as well as numerous music videos for “Weird” Al Yankovic. Armstrong’s film work includes “Jack Frost” (Warner Brothers) with Michael Keaton, “Born on the Fourth of July” (Universal) with Tom Cruise, and Armstrong’s first industry job, Oliver Stone’s “Talk Radio” (Universal).


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.

 

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 - 2017

February 22nd: Quarter-finalists announced on Stage 32

March 1st: Semi-Finalists announced on Stage 32

March 8th: Finalists announced on Stage 32

March 23rd: Winners will be announced on Stage 32

 

If you've opted for script coverage with your entry, you will be emailed your coverage in April.

 


Winners Announced!  

Grand Prize Winner

ALT ALEX written by Danny Baram, Burbank, California

 

2nd Place

WHIPPED written by Maude Michaud, Montreal, Canada

 

3rd Place

WASTED SPACE written by Bryan Roy

 

 

Finalists Announced!

 

TITLE WRITER
ALT ALEX Danny Baram
GILT Andrew Crook
RAIN CITY Sara Sutton
ROSEWOOD FALLS Jaye Lowe & Michael Massey
SAVAGES Duane Piedmont
ST. CIARA'S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS Sylvia Batey Alcalá
THE REGENTS Betty Sullivan
THE WALL Dominic Carver & Anne-Marie Caluwaert
WASTED SPACE Bryan Roy
WHIPPED Maude Michaud

 

Join us as we congratulate these writers who's original teleplays or TV specs landed them as a Semi Finalist!

 

TITLE WRITER
ALT ALEX Danny Baram
ARCHANGEL Lance Wayne
BROOKLYN 99, "A MAN, A PLAN, EAR CANAL, PANAMA" Julia Monahan
CIVIL UNREST Jeff Perreca
CREATOR CODE Michael Raymond
CROSSWORLDS Nantale Corbett
Edge City Nick Cammilleri & David Sanner Mcfarlane
FALLEN ANGELS Patricia Hickman
FATHER VINNY Dave Corey
GILT Andrew Crook
HACKED-UP Sergio Kopelev
HEARTBREAKER Tim Fasano
I AM LAW Lori M. Johnson, Mark D. Young
Insurrection Simon Bowler
LORDS OF THE STREET Doug Bradshaw
MEXICAN OVERDRIVE Paul Marshall Fenn
MIDNIGHT SUN Jennifer Titus
NEW YORK NATION Judith Lutz
PETZ AHOY Devin Comisky
POST VIRAL Gage Agnew
PROOST Anne-Marie Caluwaert
RACHEL III Danielle Evenson & Heather Huntington
RAIN CITY Sara Sutton
RAP MAGAZINE Timothy Offor
REAR NAKED Adam Slutsky
ROSEWOOD FALLS Jaye Lowe & Michael Massey
SAVAGES Duane Piedmont
SEEDS IN THE CONCRETE L. Joevon
ST. CIARA'S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS Sylvia Batey Alcalá
SYRINGES Ross Raffin
TESLA: DAWN OF THE MODERN AGE PJ Tamayo
THE BLANKED PILOT - FROM THE ABYSS Glenn Acosta
THE CARMICHAEL SHOW - SPANKING Capri Sampson & Myles Warden
THE FARM LEAGUE Chris Todd
THE GHOST FILES Cam Clark
THE NATION Debrah Neal
THE REGENTS Betty Sullivan
THE SALTON SEA PILOT Christina Arango Dowling
THE WALL Dominic Carver & Anne-Marie Caluwaert
WASTED SPACE Bryan Roy
WHIPPED Maude Michaud
YOUNG WINSTON Robert Tetlow
ZINC E. Douglas Brown

 

Join us as we congratulate these writers who's original teleplays or TV specs landed them as a Quarter Finalist!

TITLE WRITER
ALT ALEX Danny Baram
AMERICA 1979 Lila Yomtoob
ANTONIO OF PADUA Pedro E. Babiak
ARCHANGEL Lance Wayne
BLACKISH: THE SUGAR Kehinde Walker
BROOKLYN 99, "A MAN, A PLAN, EAR CANAL, PANAMA" Julia Monahan
CIVIL UNREST Jeff Perreca
CIVIL UNREST Jeff Perreca
CREATOR CODE Michael Raymond
CROSSWORLDS Nantale Corbett
Edge City Nick Cammilleri & David Sanner Mcfarlane
ELAN VITAL Maroun Rached
EX LIBRIS Tanya Klein
FALLEN ANGELS Patricia Hickman
FANG YOU VERY MUCH Larry Woldenberg
FATHER VINNY Dave Corey
FINDING HOME Stephen Lance
GILT Andrew Crook
HACKED-UP Sergio Kopelev
HEADCASE Christopher K. Jones
HEARTBREAKER Tim Fasano
HOURGLASS Cailin Coane
I AM LAW Lori M. Johnson, Mark D. Young
IMMORTAL CHIP Kyle Davis
Insurrection Simon Bowler
KILLONA Zack Harding
LAND OF THE FREE Robin Schmidt
LORDS OF THE STREET Doug Bradshaw
LUSH Desiree Middleton
M.I.L.F.S Tamara Herman and Cindy Aronson
MAGNIFICENT Toby Scales
MEXICAN OVERDRIVE Paul Marshall Fenn
MIDNIGHT SUN Jennifer Titus
MISFIT PARENTS Amanda Scott & Veronica Slattery
MODERN FAMILY: RELAX I GOT THIS Edward Pronley
MORALE GALS Natasha Backlin
NEW LIFE Duane D. Piedmont
NEW YORK NATION Judith Lutz
NIGHTHAWKS Mark V. Bedard
OTHERSIDE L.B. Roberts & Sarah Jones
PETZ AHOY Devin Comisky
POLY Jody Ellis
POST VIRAL Gage Agnew
PROGRAMMED Celene Paramo
PROOST Anne-Marie Caluwaert
QUARRY Ash Corristine
RACHEL III Danielle Evenson & Heather Huntington
RAIN CITY Sara Sutton
RANDY IN HR Brandon Lee Roberts
RAP MAGAZINE Timothy Offor
REAR NAKED Adam Slutsky
REDEMPTION Matt Sharp
ROCK LIFE Jason Neidigh
ROLLERS Jennifer Fletcher
ROSEWOOD FALLS Jaye Lowe & Michael Massey
SANITIZED Rachael Blackwood
SAOIRSE Danielle Whitehead
SAVAGES Duane Piedmont
SEEDS IN THE CONCRETE L. Joevon
SMALL TOWN: SEE HOW THEY RUN Lachlan Marks & Ella Roby
SOONER Jack Wood
ST. CIARA'S SCHOOL FOR GIRLS Sylvia Batey Alcalá
SYRINGES Ross Raffin
TESLA: DAWN OF THE MODERN AGE PJ Tamayo
THE 313 Jessica Tanner
THE BLANKED PILOT - FROM THE ABYSS Glenn Acosta
THE CARMICHAEL SHOW - SPANKING Capri Sampson & Myles Warden
THE CLAIR Doug Willen
THE CUDLETS Eric Bachmann
THE DEFENDERS Antoine Tardif
THE DEMON BUREAU Mike Donald
THE FARM LEAGUE Chris Todd
THE GHOST FILES Cam Clark
THE LEFTOVERS: ANY MINUTE NOW Chance Muehleck
THE NATION Debrah Neal
THE REGENTS Betty Sullivan
THE SALTON SEA PILOT Christina Arango Dowling
THE WALL Dominic Carver & Anne-Marie Caluwaert
THOROUGHLY MORMON MILLIE Paul Ditty
THREADS Jeff Cales & Lee Stridsberg
WASTED SPACE Bryan Roy
WHIPPED Maude Michaud
WHISKEY AND THE FIRECRACKER Sarah DiMeo
WHORIFIED Darrin L. Dortch
YOUNG WINSTON Robert Tetlow
ZINC E. Douglas Brown

 

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OUR CONTEST WINNERS SEE RESULTS!

Every single one of our contest winners has been signed. Stage 32 has quickly emerged as the leading source for industry executives to uncover new talent! Is this your year to move the needle on your career?

  • Scott Waldvogel and Matt DeMartini - signed with Gotham Group and APA
  • Benji Smith - signed with Meridian Artists.
  • Brittni Brown and Jenna Palermo - signed with Infinity Management International, their script is in development at a major network.
  • Trish MacEnulty - attached producer Gavin Dorman to her script.
  • Frank Ponce - signed with 3 Arts Entertainment and is in development with Atlas Entertainment and Universal Television.
  • Glenn Forbes - signed with Infinity Management International and was optioned by Glider Films.
  • Richard Hobley - signed with Paradigm and Goldcrest Films International.
  • Michael Madden - signed with BenderSpink and ICM and was staffed on an ABC series.
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