TVWriter™’s Top Posts of the Week Ending July 31st 2015

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The posts TVWriter™ visitors clicked on most during the past week were:

2015 PEOPLE’S PILOT Winners!

2015 PEOPLE’S PILOT Finalists!

Five Common Screenwriting Mistakes Made By Film Students

Steven Spielberg Tells Us Why He’s a Great Director

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

And our most visited resource pages were:

Writing the Dreaded Outline

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT

THE SPEC SCRIPTACULAR

The Teleplay

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT: Prizes

Big thanks to everyone for making this such a great week. Don’t forget to read what you missed, re-read what you loved, and, most importantly, come back for more soon!

2015 PEOPLE’S PILOT Winners!

24th PEOPLE’S PILOT WINNERS
For contest ending June 1, 2015

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ONE-HOUR SHOW

WINNERS

First Prize–EVOLUTION by Cara Winter

Second Prize–TRANSGRESSIONS by Michelle R. Anderson

Third Prize–THE HUNTER by Angela Berliner

 Runners-Up:

1st Runner-Up–KINGDOM OF GOD by Travis Opgenorth

2nd Runner-Up–THE DEVIL’S ERRANDS by Michael Sumner

HALF-HOUR SHOWS

WINNERS

First Prize–UNRAVELING: A SADISTIC MUSICAL by Michael D. Poisson

Second Prize–EDGEWICK COMMONS by Erica Lies & Valerie Nies

Third Prize–AMERICAN HISTORY Y by Skander Halim

 Runners-Up:

1st Runner-Up–Non-Denominational Dave by Michael Riedel

2nd Runner-Up–SELF HELP by Julie Livingston

Let’s hear it for the best of this best in this year’s competition. The judges went at it tooth and nail over the final order in both categories, the One-Hour scripts proving to be even more difficult for everyone to agree on than usual. One thing everyone did agree on: All of the above shows have what it takes to be major television hits.

Our plan now is to catch our breath as quickly as possible and get right to contacting the Winners regarding their prizes, following which LB will start sending out his Feedback on all the entries, letting the writers know the strengths and weaknesses of the work they’ve done.

We’re hoping to have the official Winners notification emails sent out early next week, and Feedback will start appearing in entrants’ email boxes by the end of the week. The Feedback is personal, coming directly from LB, so entrants should be prepared to wait as long as a full month for theirs to arrive. In other words, please, no angry, “Where’s my Feedback, dammit?!” messages until after Labor Day, okay?

That’s it for 2015 – until LB posts his usual round-up of thoughts on the meaning of this year’s People’s Pilot results for entrants, the TV Industry, and maybe, just maybe, he’ll even talk a little about what the results mean to our culture as a whole.

Again, congratulations to the Winners and Runners-Up and everybody who entered. We Really Love You Mean It for all the work you’ve put it and firmly believe you should all congratulate – and love – yourselves for it as well.

The Humanitas Prize is Looking for Entries

Speaking of writing awards, here’s a lovely press release for one of the most significant awards out there – the Humanitas Prize. (Sigh, remember the day when LB came ohsoclose to, like, getting one? Anyway:

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by Team TVWriter™ Press Service

Yeppers, it’s another press release – or to be precise, another worthwhile one:

CALL FOR ENTRIES for the 41st Annual HUMANITAS Prize
Submission Deadline is August 31, 2015


For over four decades, the HUMANITAS Prize has empowered writers with financial support and recognition to tell stories which are both entertaining and uplifting. HUMANITAS encourages writers who create contemporary media to use their immense power to:

* Encourage viewers to truly explore what it means to be a human being.
* Challenge viewers to take charge of their lives and use their freedom in a responsible way.
* Motivate viewers to reach out in respect and compassion to all their brothers and sisters in the human family.

“HUMANITAS exists to recognize, encourage and empower writers who teach us how to embrace our common humanity by way of their unique and powerful voices. It is a noble mission. We believe film and television have tremendous power. By bringing into our living rooms human beings who are very different from ourselves in culture, race, lifestyle, political loyalties and religious beliefs, we can dissolve the walls of ignorance and fear that separate us from one another.”  – Cathleen Young, HUMANITAS Executive Director

The winners receive both a trophy and a cash award at our annual HUMANITAS Awards Luncheon, which will be held in January or February 2016. The total annual amount of the awards is $80,000 and is divided up into the following eight categories:

* Feature Film Screenplay
* Sundance Feature Film Screenplay
* 90 minute Teleplay
* 60 minute Teleplay
* 30 minute Teleplay
* Feature Documentary
* Children’s Animation
* Children’s Live Action

Eligibility Guidelines:
* No entry fee nor limit to the number of submissions
* Teleplay must be written and produced in the English language for U.S. Television (Broadcast, Cable, Internet and Satellite)
* Teleplay must have had a national release on Television (Broadcast, Cable, Internet and Satellite)
* Feature film screenplay becomes eligible in the year in which it receives a U.S. theatrical release
* Teleplay or film must be aired or released between September 1, 2014 and August 31, 2015

Click HERE to submit.  Please help us celebrate what is right with television and film.

To learn more about the HUMANITAS Prize, please visit our website at http://www.humanitasprize.org

Deirdre Dooley, Program Administrator
Deirdre.dooley@humanitasprize.org 310-454-8769

TVWriter™’s Top Posts of the Week Ending July 24th 2015

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The posts TVWriter™ visitors clicked on most during the past week were:

2015 PEOPLE’S PILOT Finalists!

2015 PEOPLE’S PILOT Semi-Finalists!

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

HBO Announces HBOAccess Writers Fellowship Winners

Herbie J Pilato opens new consulting firm geared to classic re-dos

And our most visited resource pages were:

Writing the Dreaded Outline

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT

THE SPEC SCRIPTACULAR

The Teleplay

The Logline

Big thanks to everyone for making this such a great week. Don’t forget to read what you missed, re-read what you loved, and, most importantly, come back for more soon!

2015 PEOPLE’S PILOT Finalists!

24th PEOPLE’S PILOT FINALISTS
For contest ending June 1, 2015

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ONE-HOUR SHOW
(alphabetically)

6 WHEELS by Ben Everhart

EVOLUTION by Cara Winter

KINGDOM OF GOD by Travis Opgenorth

NIGHTMARE by Lance Wayne

PETHAHIAH POPPER by Peter Steinberg

PRISM by Meredith Bagby

SIGHT by Chance Muehleck

SYNCHRONICITY by Neal Wiser

THE DEVIL’S ERRANDS by Michael Sumner

THE HUNTER by Angela Berliner

TRANSGRESSIONS by Michelle R. Anderson

HALF-HOUR SHOW
(alphabetically)

AMERICAN HISTORY Y by Skander Halim

COUNTING DAYS by Valerie Nies

EDGEWICK COMMONS by Erica Lies & Valerie Nies

NON-DENOMINATIONAL DAVE by Michael Riedel

SELF HELP by Julie Livingston

UNRAVELING: A Sadistic Musical by Michael D. Poisson

TVWriter™ congratulates an outstanding group of People’s Pilot finalists. As far as we’re concerned, every one of these entries not only could be a successful series but should be. And, yes, we’ll go on record as saying that each of these writers should be on the payroll of a major network/channel/carrier.

Picking winners from these Finalists is going to be one of the most difficult tasks we’ve ever engaged in, but we’re girding our loins and getting to it ASAP, so be ready because:

COMING NEXT WEDNESDAY – The People’s Pilot Winners.

Robin Thede, Head Writer of THE NIGHTLY SHOW, is making History

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 19:  Host Larry Wilmore appears on the debut episode of Comedy Central's "The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore" at The Nightly Show Studios on January 19, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Comedy Central)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 19: Host Larry Wilmore appears on the debut episode of Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” at The Nightly Show Studios on January 19, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Comedy Central)

Robin Thede is the first black woman head writer for a major late night talk show, i.e., THE NIGHTLY SHOW WITH LARRY WILMORE. Click on her image below for the story of how she got there and how she does it:

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