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.

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.

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

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Remaking a classic TV show for the big screen or small?

Need to verify particular character or story mythologies?

Working on a classic TV documentary or any media-geared movie or production?

Need pop-culture research or writing assistance in general for any script, TV series or feature film in any genre?

Then contact Pop-Culture Consultants, a new entertainment consulting firm established by TVWriter’s very own Herbie J Pilato.

As the author of several classic TV companion books (such as Glamour, Gidgets and the Girl Next Door, The Bionic Book, The Kung Fu Book of Caine, Bewitched Forever, and Twitch Upon A Star: The Bewitched Life and Career of Elizabeth Montgomery), Herbie J founded The Classic TV Preservation Society (a formal 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the celebration of classic television programming).  He has also served as the writer, producer and on-screen cultural commentator for a number of classic TV documentaries.  So, Pop-Culture Consultants is the natural extension of his career, prime-cut at a time when everything old is new again, and more popular (cultured!) than ever.

Herbie J Pilato, the man, the myth, the consultant

Herbie J Pilato, the man, the myth, the consultant

As Herbie J explains, “Pop-Culture Consultants works with film studios, TV networks, production companies and independent producers, writers and actors – with specific regard to nostalgia-oriented projects, including adaptations, reboots of classic TV shows as feature films, TV-movies, or new series altogether.  The firm also partners with entertainment professionals developing and producing documentaries for television, theatrical release, or for the ‘extras’ on various DVD releases of classic shows or motion pictures.  Clients include Warner Bros., Sony, Universal, Bravo, TLC, Syfy, and A&E, among others networks and studios, as well as individual production companies.”

Across the board, Pop-Culture Consultants clearly is the go-to new company for every intended remade-classic, and then some.  Whether for the big-screen or small, the live stage or the printed page…with original ideas or reimaginings of music, performance or the written word…in whichever selected creative venue, Pop-Culture Consultants helps to, as Herbie J puts it, “tell-your-vision.”

See link below for more information or call or email Herbie J today:  (310) 480-0067  *  HerbieJPilato@Outlook.com

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A & E Networks Partnering with New York TV Fest

A & E Networks – you know, that set of cable TV channels that used to be good? – has teamed up with the New York TV Festival, and if everybody means what they’re saying, that’s good news for us all.

We here at TVWriter™ can’t, of course, comment too much on intentions, but here’s what’s being said:

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A+E Networks and the NYTVF today announced partnership on a new initiative that will identify outstanding new writers and producers for potential development opportunities with A&E Networks’ various TV properties: A&E, HISTORY, Lifetime, FYI and H2.

The program, called Create360°, will offer independent television writers, producers, and production companies opportunities via a comprehensive development program that will build on the longtime unscripted partnership between the NYTVF and A+E Networks, and provide additional opportunities for scripted television writers and producers.

“A+E Networks has seen recent success in the scripted area, and with the demand for talented storytellers across the television landscape at an all time high, we are proud that they are extending their partnership with us beyond the terrific foundation of unscripted development that we’ve worked on with the networks for many years,” said NYTVF Founder Terence Gray. “There exists a unique opportunity for bold, new voices in today’s marketplace, and we’re thrilled to bring the indie creative community this fantastic opportunity to work with one of the best network groups in the business.”

A+E Networks-NYTVF Create360° includes the following programs:

The Lifetime Writers Project (Submissions open July 27-August 7)

For the first time, NYTVF is partnering with Lifetime in search of talented television writers with bold new scripted concepts for further development opportunities with the premier female-focused entertainment destination and home to one of the summer’s breakout hits, UnREAL.

The NYTVF-Lifetime Writers Project is soliciting new hour-long, brand-defining series concepts from emerging TV scribes. To submit, writers must enter an original series overview (up to four pages) along with an excerpt from the series’ pilot script (up to fifteen pages) and a current C.V.

A screening committee of NYTVF officials will narrow the pool of entrants down to a selection of semi-finalists for review by Lifetime, and all semi-finalists will be invited to participate in the 2015 New York Television Festival as Official Artists. The network will select five (5) writing fellows, each of whom will receive a grant ($1000 per artist) to attend the 2015 Festival and meet with Lifetime executives during the event.

Additional information, creative guidelines, and rules can be found at www.nytvf.com/2015_lifetime.html.

Unscripted Development Pipeline (Accepting submissions through August 17)

A&E, HISTORY, and Lifetime are returning to the 2015 New York Television Festival in search of new, bold, unscripted show concepts and out-of-this-world characters. The A+E Networks 360° Unscripted Development Pipeline is seeking character tapes and sizzle reels from independent producers and production companies, with each network offering   submitting producers shot at potentially  developing their concept with the corresponding network.

Submitting producers can review creative briefs from A&E, HISTORY, and Lifetime for additional information and creative guidelines at www.nytvf.com/2015_pipeline.html.

A screening committee of NYTVF officials will narrow the pool of entrants down to a selection of finalists for review by the participating networks, which will identify projects of interest for meetings during the 2015 New York Television Festival, with finalists invited to participate as Official Artists. Each network with select one winner to receive a grant of $5,000 and a potential opportunity for further development with A+E Networks.

NYTVF Pitch: FYI and H2

Writers/creators named Official Artists for the 2015 New York Television Festival, including those for the above as well as all other 2015 NYTVF competitions, will be eligible to submit original series concepts for consideration by FYI and H2 executives. Additional creative guidelines will be provided exclusively to Official Artists by the networks.

Information for these and all NYTVF submission opportunities can be found at www.nytvf.com/submit.html.

Seattle Area Playwright is Pulitzer Prize Finalist

Jordan Harrison has just been named a Finalist for the 2015 Pulitzer Prize in the playwriting category. That in itself is cool enough, but time now for the extra-cool local spin: Jordan’s from Bainbridge Island Washington, just a hop, skip, no jump necessary from the personal HQ of our Beloved Leader, LB. When are we going to have a Pulitzer Prize winner posting on TVWriter™, boss? Huh? Huh?

 by Seraine Page

Jordan Harrison still isn’t sure he’s made it big in the writing field.

That idea may seem ludicrous to most writers considering the fact that Harrison, 37, recently scored a slot among the crème de la crème in playwriting. In April, he learned his play, “Marjorie Prime,” was selected as one of the finalist pieces in the 2015 Pulitzer Prize playwriting category.

The surprise came after the playwright had already felt the success of “Marjorie Prime,” which hit the stage in Los Angeles starring big-name actress Lois Smith in the title role.

“There was no hint for it being a finalist. It was an enormous surprise,” he said in a recent telephone interview from his current location in L.A.

The play is loosely based on real-life events, but ultimately focuses on an 86-year-old woman whose dead husband ends up visiting her as a hologram. It runs 80 minutes long, allowing the audience to experience some of “the growing pains of humanity and technology” challenges.

“’Marjorie Prime is compassionate, troubling and (as anyone familiar with Jordan’s work has come to expect) beautifully written,” said Sarah Lunnie, Literary Manager of Playwrights Horizons, which will run off-Broadway performances of “Marjorie Prime” starting in November through January 2016.

“The play grapples with difficult facts of the human condition — chiefly, that the people we love and on whom we come to depend eventually will die — and explores how we might one day seek recourse in technology to stem the pain of our humanity, the pain of loss, regret and the passing of time. It’s a play that’s interested in what makes us human, and the ways in which technology does or doesn’t make it more possible to be human.”

Six months out of the year he lives in Los Angeles, and the other half is spent in Brooklyn, New York, with his husband and cat. And in addition to the Pulitzer nomination, Harrison currently writes for the popular television show “Orange Is the New Black.”

Read it all at Bainbridge Review

2015 PEOPLE’S PILOT Semi-Finalists!

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

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ONE-HOUR SHOW
(alphabetically)

6 WHEELS by Ben Everhart

AWAKE ANEW by Aaron Andrew Woolsey

EVOLUTION by Cara Winter

FASHION SHARKS by Leigh Rudd

HELLAS by Jacklyn Saferstein-Hansen

KINGDOM OF GOD by Travis Opgenorth

NIGHTMARE by Lance Wayne

PETHAHIAH POPPER by Peter Steinberg

PRISM by Meredith Bagby

SAFE by Kelly Jo Brick

SHOOTING STARS by Jorge c Perez

SIGHT by Chance Muehleck

STATE OF EMERGENCY by Nadia Madden

SYNCHRONICITY by Neal Wiser

THE DEVIL’S ERRANDS by Michael Sumner

THE HUNTER by Angela Berliner

THE OAKS by Scott Ludden

TRANSGRESSIONS by Michelle R. Anderson

HALF-HOUR SHOW
(alphabetically)

ALL IN by Christopher Shearer

AMERICAN HISTORY Y by Skander Halim

COUNTING DAYS by Valerie Nies

DWAYNE by Curt Burdick & Jeff Burdick

EDGEWICK COMMONS by Erica Lies & Valerie Nies

LUNCH LADIES by Julie Livingston

NON-DENOMINATIONAL DAVE by Michael Riedel

PACTUM DEMONIK by David Perlis

SELF HELP by Julie Livingston

TIME SUCK by David Crosman

UNRAVELING: A Sadistic Musical by Michael D. Poisson

TVWriter™ congratulates everyone who entered. The caliber of writing in this year’s People’s Pilot was extraordinary, but these Semi-Finalists were the teleplays that stood out even more in the judges’ eyes in terms of storytelling and audience (and network) appeal, the work of writers who, if not currently pros, certainly should be.

All of us here are extremely proud of the 2015 People’s Pilot Semi-Finalists. We urge you to go out and splurge on the kind of celebrations you deserve. Or better yet, get your friends and family to take you out. In other words, you should be very proud of yourselves!

Remember, this is only the beginning because:

COMING NEXT WEEK – The People’s Pilot Finalists.

Be here.