TV Script Contest — Closed For Entries!
**PLEASE NOTE THAT EVERY WRITER WHO ENTERS TWO SCRIPTS WILL RECEIVE A FREE 1-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION TO TRACKINGB.COM! ($89 VALUE)**
**PLEASE ALSO NOTE THAT THE CONTEST IS OPEN TO ABSOLUTELY ANYONE WHO WISHES TO ENTER (THIS COULD INCLUDE REPRESENTED WRITERS, SOLD OR PRODUCED WRITERS, FORMER FINALISTS, ETC.)**
WHY ENTER CONTESTS THAT PROMISE TO CONNECT YOU TO THE INDUSTRY WHEN YOU CAN ENTER ONE THAT IS THE INDUSTRY?
“I entered my spec script EXTANT in the pilot contest because I’d heard so much about TrackingB and its reputation for helping writers reach the holy grail of representation. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that eight months later I’d be in production, going straight to series on CBS. I know that’s a million to one shot, but it happened, and TrackingB’s tv pilot contest was the very first step.” Mickey Fisher – Finalist (& Now sold TV writer with EXTANT to air on CBS!)
“The TrackingB contest changed my life as a screenwriter. As a finalist, my script was read by industry professionals all over town, and I ended up signing with an amazing management company (Benderspink). Not only was the exposure great, but I was touched by the personal dedication the TrackingB staff put into answering questions, giving advice, and offering encouragement along the way. There is no question that this competition is the launching point of my career. Can’t recommend it enough!” Ashleigh Powell – Finalist (& Now Sold Screenwriter after selling SOMACELL to Warner Brothers!)
“Being lucky enough to take 1st in last years trackingb.com TV contest opened up a whole new set of doors for me. My work was read by some of the top productions companies in Hollywood, names like Lakeshore Entertainment, The Weinstein Company and Tribeca Films. The momentum from the win helped get me to where I’m currently at, working on writing a TV pilot for a top Hollywood comic and developing a feature for State Street Pictures. Winning this contest has gotten me infinitely closer to where I ultimately want to be within the industry.” Peter Hoare — Overall Winner (& Now Sold Screenwriter after selling EVERYBODY WANTS HEAD to Sentinel Pictures/Cinetic Media!)
As a finalist in several screenwriting and television contests, let me tell you what the problem with most of them is: The contest loses interest in you fast. Typically, they send your script out to five or ten people, and may not even tell you who unless there is interest. After a few weeks, if your script hasn’t caught fire, they’re already thinking about the next contest, and losing interest. When I was selected as a finalist in the Trackingb competition, the Insider contacted me well before the final judging to start the ball rolling. I immediately began receiving updates on which managers and producers were receiving my material. Then, my script went to the panel of judges, where it was reviewed by even more industry players. After the results were announced, I continued to get contacts and leads on where to send my script for weeks and weeks, with the Insider periodically checking in to make sure things were happening. Before long, I was meeting with a manager, and not long after that, my material was on its way to serious production companies. If you’ve got a great script and don’t know what to do with it, I recommend you revise it a few more times, make it the absolute best it can possibly be, and send it to the TrackingB.com contest. It could be the best decision of your screenwriting career. Craig Berger – Finalist
“The Trackingb.com TV pilot contest was a great experience. The staff really cares about the scripts it chooses and they really take the time to follow up after it’s all over. After being selected as a top five finalist, I met with some really well-known reps and made some great contacts. If you’re looking to get your foot in the door and move your career forward, I would recommend this contest. Without a doubt, one of the best.” Tony Cohen – Finalist
THE TRACKINGB.COM ORIGINAL TV PILOT CONTEST
We are looking to find the next generation of Sorkins, Ellins, Gilligans, & Lorres by shining a spotlight on new, fresh voices writing for television. And we’ve enlisted a great industry judging panel from the TV world to help us.
THE INDUSTRY PANEL
Berry Welsh – Creative Executive – Tribeca Film
Megan Spanjian – Coordinator, Drama Development – CBS TV Studios
Peter Dealbert – Lit Manager – Principato-Young
Melissa Darman – Manager, TV – Lionsgate
Dustin Davis – Director, Current Series – ABC Network
Brad Petrigala – Lit Manager – Brillstein Entertainment Partners
Ryan Andolina – VP – Perfect Storm Entertainment
Christine Pham – Current Coordinator – The CW Television Network
Ryan Cunningham – Lit Manager – Madhouse Entertainment
Chris Mills – Lit Manager – Magnet Management
Justin Killion – Producer – Cool Guys & Nerds/1st look deal at ITV
Lindsay Framson – TV Lit Coordinator – UTA
A.B. Fischer – Lit Manager – The Shuman Co.
Josh Goldenberg – Lit Manager – Kaplan/Perrone
Brandy Rivers – TV Lit Agent – Gersh
Five finalists will be read by our industry panel, and receive exposure on trackingb.com.
Scripts must be completely original. This is not a contest for NEW GIRL or WALKING DEAD specs, or reality shows. We are open to any and all genres and lengths of scripted work. Just make sure the work is the pilot for a TV show and is your own creation in full.
TIMELINE & PROCESS
All entered scripts will be read by trackingb staff who will select their top choices. Then, The Insider will consult with the industry panel to get their thoughts (based on concept/summary alone) on the top selections, and take their opinions into account in the selection of five finalists. Judges will read the finalist scripts and select an Overall Winner at our judge’s dinner. Soon after (1st week of June), the finalists and winner will be announced on trackingb.com.
HOW TO ENTER
Early Entry deadline is: February 28th, 2014. Late Entry deadline is: March 30th, 2014 (really the 31st in the afternoon PST when our payment links are taken down for good!). Please make payment for each entry using the appropriate paypal link below and then send a pdf of your script (with ONLY the script’s title on the title page – as scripts will be read blind with no identifying information), logline/short description, your contact information and paypal transaction i.d. # in the body of your e-mail, to: firstname.lastname@example.org
**TRACKINGB, INDUSTRY JUDGES AND THEIR ASSIGNS AND EMPLOYEES SHALL JUDGE SUBMITTED ENTRIES IN ANY MANNER THEY DEEM APPROPRIATE AND FIT IN THEIR SOLE DISCRETION. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCE WILL WRITERS RECEIVE ANY KIND OF FEEDBACK ON THEIR SCRIPTS OR ANY FURTHER INSIGHT INTO THE JUDGING PROCESS.**
**TRACKINGB, INDUSTRY JUDGES & MEMBERS AND THEIR ASSIGNS AND EMPLOYEES MAY ALSO ENDEAVOR, WITH THE CONSENT OF AN ENTRANT, TO REPRESENT, AND/OR PRODUCE, PACKAGE, OPTION/PURCHASE SCRIPTS DISCOVERED THROUGH THE CONTEST. BY ENTERING, YOU AGREE THAT ALL OF THE ABOVE IS ACCEPTABLE AND AGREEABLE TO YOU.**
Early Entry ($75)
Late Entry ($100)
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