Guys Mills first-grader wins national writing contest

Speaking of young writers, we think this is awesome news:WCLogo_Mag_forAbout STAFF REPORTErie Times-News 

A first-grader from Crawford County has won first place in a national contest sponsored by PBS.

Ethan Mattocks, of Guys Mills, won the top prize in the first-grade category of the annual PBS Kids Writers Contest.

WQLN-TV, the local PBS affiliate, announced Ethan’s honor at a news conference at its Summit Township studios on Thursday.

Ethan was chosen as a winner from thousands of submissions from 365 PBS stations throughout the country, WQLN said.

His winning story is called “Once Upon a Pencil.”

Major congrats to Ethan! When’re you gonna turn pro? (We need you!)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 7/28/14

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  • Sam Raimi, Ivan Raimi & Bruce Campbell (if you don’t know at least 2 our of these 3 names you shouldn’t be reading this anyway) are writing-developing a TV series based on the EVIL DEAD series of films. (And if that isn’t the most interesting thing the San Diego Comic Con has to offer so far, then what is? Huh? Huh? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Ha!)
  • Robert Kirkman (THE WALKING DEAD) is adapting his comic book Outcast for a Cinemax series. (And if that isn’t good news for exorcism lovers everywhere, then what is? Huh? Huh?)
  • Nick McDonell & John Dempsey (yer friendly neighborhood munchaddict never heard of ‘em but the press releases says Nick’s a journalist and John’s a “politico”) have written an AMC pilot called WHITE CITY about the crap going down in Kabul, which is set to start shooting any second now. (And if that ain’t the best news in the world for right wing extremist war junkie fruitcakes, then what is?)
  • Big deal best-selling novelist James Patterson is adapting his thriller, Zoo, into a series for CBS. No pilot necessary on this one. It’s going straight to series. (And if that isn’t the the most exciting news any novelist with a few notches on his belt ever heard, than…well, you know the drill. As the munchman’s dear old daddy used to say, “Success brings success, kid, so keep on sucking!” Yeah, he was clever that way, he is.)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 7/25/14

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  • Billy Eichner (BILLY ON THE STREET) has a deal to write an untitled “comedic take on Hollywood and pop culture…as a book for Hachette Book Group. (Hachette, you may recall, is the publishing house that Amazon’s been slugging it out with. Congratulations, Billy, on getting your big writing op with a book that nobody will be able to buy from the world’s largest bookseller. Oh, dear, that didn’t come out quite right, did it?)
  • Dustin Lance Black (MILK) is adapting A. Scott Berg‘s Pulitzer Prize winning bio, Lindberg, into a limited TV series to be produced by Paramount TV.  (Cuz Nazi sympathizing one-shot wonder manly man flyers are the kind of thing the TV audience just loves to eat up. My munched-up self can’t help but think that this ain’t gonna be the hit somebody’s thinking it will. But what do I know?)
  • Cris Cole (UK’s MAD DOGS) has written the pilot for a U.S. version of the series for Amazon Studios. (Cuz why make crappy $$$ writing for the best TV system in the world when you can make slightly less crappy $$$ writing for what yer friendly neighborhood munchman would bet his soul on – if I had one – will end up the worst?)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 7/24/14

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  • Lesley Livingston‘s young adult Wondrous Strange trilogy has been sold to Shaftesbury Films to be adapted into a TV series, so probably they’re looking for, heh, a writer to develop the project further. (Cuz as a Shaftesbury spokesperson said, Buffy the Vampire SlayerBitten and Orphan Black have shown us that television audiences are hungry for genre series featuring strong female protagonists who are dealing with extraordinary circumstances in the real world.” Yeppers, kids, yesterday’s edgy has already become today’s tried and true. And you know what that means for the future…. )
  • John Ridley (12 YEARS A SLAVE) has a new overall deal with ABC Studios (cuz the fact that he has one of the biggest “hard-to-get-along-with reps in Hollywood doesn’t scare those fearless execs. Nossiree, baby. Wonder if this means that the era of the spineless “Organization Man” TV writer is coming to a close?)
  • Aaron McGruder (BOONDOCKS) has a new Adult Swim deal. (And is creating/producing a live-action series called HOOLIGAN SQUAD there. I’d want to write for that one just cuz of the name alone. Hey, anybody know Aaron’s private number?)
  • David Franzoni (GLADIATOR) and Michael Finch (PREDATORS) are writing THE CRUSADERS, a mini-series for Spike TV. (Cuz Spike is more macho than any gladiator or predator or crusader, for that matter. Just ask his mama.)

Love & Money Dept – TV Writing Deals for 7/22/14

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  • David Hollander (HEARTLAND) is adapting  Nicholson Baker‘s novel, The Fermata into a series for Paramount Television. (The book, written way back in 1994 is about a guy who can stop time and uses this ability to embark on a series of sexual assaults adventures. So it could be fun – or something quite the opposite of fun after it’s been televisionized.)
  • Craig Zadan & Neil Meron (BONNIE AND CLYDE) are developing a Universal TV comedy series about pro soccer player Robbie Rogers “the first opening gay man to compete in a top North American sports league.” (Cuz homosexualilty=funny. Yeah, Right. You can hear me laughing already.)
  • Teena Booth, Inon Shampanier, Natalie Shampanier and Stephen Kay are supposedly writing the script for the Lifetime Television Movie BEAUTIFUL AND TWISTED, a story of murder and the usual accompanying badassedness in Miami Beach. (Marvelous munchie says “supposedly” cuz 4 writers seems way too many for the WGA’s rules to allow. Not to mention for the terrible result that’s sure to follow, especially considering how little money is going to be divided all those ways. Sigh….)
  • Rene Echevarria (TERRA NOVA) has a development deal with Legendary TV. (This is what’s called a “blind deal” cuz the execs who hired him don’t see so well. No, wait, just kidding. It’s a blind deal because although Legendary has committed to 2 scripts no one’s decided what they’ll be yet. This means Legendary trusts Rene, and el muncho definitely thinks that’s the right attitude. Dood shepherded DEEP SPACE NINE and TEEN WOLF to ultrasonic success, right? Congrats to the smart buyers. Oh, right, you too, Rene bro!)