Working Writer? Submit Your Script for the 2014 Humanitas Award

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HUMANITAS is pleased to announce a Call for Entries for the 40th annual HUMANITAS Prize. The annual HUMANITAS Awards Luncheon will be held on January 16, 2015 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

The HUMANITAS Prize submission deadline is AUGUST 31, 2014. There is no entry fee and no limit to the number of submissions.

Please visit our website or click here to submit.

Categories include:

*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

Since 1974, The HUMANITAS Prize has awarded over $3 million in prize money to film and television writers for their scripts produced on broadcast and cable TV.

A signature HUMANITAS story challenges us to use our freedom to grow and develop, confronts us with our individual responsibility, and examines the consequences of our choices, while also entertaining us with fully realized characters and elegantly crafted stories. HUMANITAS honors stories which strive to unify the human family by exploring the hopes and fears and joys and tragedies of human beings who are very different in culture, race, lifestyle, political loyalties and religious beliefs in order to break down the walls of ignorance and fear that separate us.

Please help us celebrate what is right with television and film. We look forward to receiving your submissions.

To learn more about the HUMANITAS Prize, please visit our website at or contact:

Deirdre Dooley, Program Administrator


Tiffany Shlain, creator of the Webby Awards, tells us all the mistakes she made with her own film making so that we can avoid them. And, since we all want to do things right, we’re all going to watch this, right? And tell our friends? And family? But not our enemies or rivals, oh no, not them. Cuz this advice is spot on:

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TVWriter™ Top Posts for the Week Ending 8/22/14


Here they are, the most viewed TVWriter™ posts during the past week:

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And our most viewed resource pages were:

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

TVWriter™ Welcomes Inktip!

Don'tcha love the colors of this logo? We love the colors!

Don’tcha love the colors of this logo? We love the colors!

Speaking of the Spec Scriptacular as we just were, TVWriter™ is proud to announce that Inktip, which we consider THE site for producers and reps to find and see your work, has partnered up with us to co-sponsor both the Spec Scriptacular and the People’s Pilot competitions.

Starting with the current Spec Scriptacular, the first place winner of each category of our two flagship contests will receive a six-month listing on the InkTip site, a terrific meeting place for writers and pros. Over 200 films have been made from scripts and writers found on InkTip, and no telling how many more deals may have been struck that gave new writers a start.

LB and InkTip’s Jerrol and Norma LaBaron have known each other for almost two decades, and, LB says:

“I think it’s great that we’ve finally found a way to work together to help writers get the career boosts they deserve. I’m looking forward to the day when an Emmy winning showrunner holds out that statuette and thanks not only his or her agent, partner, mother, father, network head, cast, staff, crew, God and country but the three of us as well!”

Um, we think that’s a little tongue in cheek, but, hey, it’s the Brode, so who knows?

More about InkTip is HERE.

Oh, and what the hell, more about the Spec Scriptacular is HERE.

The TVWriter™ Spec Scriptacular Early Bird Special Ends in 10 Days

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Yes, it’s true. There are only 10 days left to get the Early Bird Discount price of $35 for your entry in this year’s SPEC SCRIPTACULAR.

The regular price is 50 bucks, so this is, you know, 30% off.

How It Works

  1. The Early Bird Special Discount is good for all entries up until the very last minute the offer ends – 11:59 am Pacific Time, September 1, 2014.
  2. Once you’ve paid you have the option of uploading your entry immediately or holding onto/finishing/revising it and uploading at any time up to the very last minute of the contest - 11:59 am Pacific Time, December 1, 2014.
  3. There’s no muss, no fuss, not even a special code to remember. Anybody entering the SPEC SCRIPTACULAR up to the aforementioned time when the offer ends is automatically charged the discount price.

This sounds like  pretty good deal to us, so:

Sign up for your 2014 SPEC SCRIPTACULAR Early Bird Entry HERE

A few words about the SPEC SCRIPTACULAR:

This contest, which began 14 years ago, is for spec scripts of 3 types:

  • Currently or recently aired sitcoms
  • Currently or recently aired action or dramatic shows
  • Original screenplays of any length that can be broadcast as TV movies or original specials

The SS awards $6000 worth of prizes, and every entry receives free feedback on where it ranks in terms of both professional standards and this year’s competition.

As an Entrant, Semi-Finalist, Finalists, or of course Winner you’ll be in the august company of previously unknown writers who over just the past couple of years have been on the staffs of CHICAGO PD, CHICAGO FIRE, PERSON OF INTEREST, THE WALKING DEAD, RIZZOLI AND ISLES, GREY’S ANATOMY, ROME, NTSF:SD:SUV, KILLER WOMEN, ANIMAL PRACTICE, and THE LEFTOVERS.

How cool is that?


More about the prizes is HERE.

And, in case you missed it, the page to go to enter is HERE.

We Really Do Make Our Own Luck

Looking for fame and fortune in Hollywood or its various annexes in, say NYC, or Sheboygan? Well, good news, fellow creatives. Turns out that even if showbiz success is all luck, we’re still in control. Cuz, as this article points out being lucking is “an easy skill to learn.”

Yeppers, it had us at the word “easy” too. (Is that so wrong?)

by Richard Wiseman

A decade ago, I set out to investigate luck. I wanted to examine the impact on people’s lives of chance opportunities, lucky breaks and being in the right place at the right time. After many experiments, I believe that I now understand why some people are luckier than others and that it is possible to become luckier.

To launch my study, I placed advertisements in national newspapers and magazines, asking for people who felt consistently lucky or unlucky to contact me. Over the years, 400 extraordinary men and women volunteered for my research from all walks of life: the youngest is an 18-year-old student, the oldest an 84-year-old retired accountant.

Jessica, a 42-year-old forensic scientist, is typical of the lucky group. As she explained: “I have my dream job, two wonderful children and a great guy whom I love very much. It’s amazing; when I look back at my life, I realise I have been lucky in just about every area.”

In contrast, Carolyn, a 34-year-old care assistant, is typical of the unlucky group. She is accident-prone. In one week, she twisted her ankle in a pothole, injured her back in another fall and reversed her car into a tree during a driving lesson. She was also unlucky in love and felt she was always in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Over the years, I interviewed these volunteers, asked them to complete diaries, questionnaires and intelligence tests, and invited them to participate in experiments. The findings have revealed that although unlucky people have almost no insight into the real causes of their good and bad luck, their thoughts and behaviour are responsible for much of their fortune.

Take the case of chance opportunities. Lucky people consistently encounter such opportunities, whereas unlucky people do not. I carried out a simple experiment to discover whether this was due to differences in their ability to spot such opportunities.

I gave both lucky and unlucky people a newspaper, and asked them to look through it and tell me how many photographs were inside. On average, the unlucky people took about two minutes to count the photographs, whereas the lucky people took just seconds. Why? Because the second page of the newspaper contained the message: “Stop counting. There are 43 photographs in this newspaper.” This message took up half of the page and was written in type that was more than 2in high. It was staring everyone straight in the face, but the unlucky people tended to miss it and the lucky people tended to spot it.

For fun, I placed a second large message halfway through the newspaper: “Stop counting. Tell the experimenter you have seen this and win £250.” Again, the unlucky people missed the opportunity because they were still too busy looking for photographs.

Personality tests revealed that unlucky people are generally much more tense than lucky people, and research has shown that anxiety disrupts people’s ability to notice the unexpected. In one experiment, people were asked to watch a moving dot in the centre of a computer screen. Without warning, large dots would occasionally be flashed at the edges of the screen. Nearly all participants noticed these large dots.

The experiment was then repeated with a second group of people, who were offered a large financial reward for accurately watching the centre dot, creating more anxiety. They became focused on the centre dot and more than a third of them missed the large dots when they appeared on the screen. The harder they looked, the less they saw.

And so it is with luck – unlucky people miss chance opportunities because they are too focused on looking for something else.

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