PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 WINNERS!

26th PEOPLE’S PILOT WINNERS
For contest ending November 1, 2017

COMEDY SERIES WINNERS

First Place
SINGLE SEX by Claire Bostrom

Second Place
THE WINTER WHITE HOUSE by Meredith Bagby

Third Place
CON HEADS by Steve Boudreault

1st Runner-Up
BEARD MOUNTAIN by Erica Lies

2nd Runner-Up
TRINITY LOFT by Roland Zistler

DRAMA & ACTION SERIES WINNERS

First Place
THE SHARP CO. by Joe Lee

Second Place
TO BE SEEN by Susan Hippen

Third Place
SUPER by Kathryn Graham

1st Runner-Up
DRIVEN by Susan Hippen

2nd Runner-Up
THE STRANGE REALITY OF SALLY PARKER by Diana Black

SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTION AWARD

THE CHEDDARBOX EXPRESS by Allie Theiss

There we have it, after hours – days – weeks – feels like years – of reading and reacting and analyzing and discussing and swearing and strangling, two different teams of judges have determined the Best of the Best of the many wonderfully conceived and written entries in the 2017 PEOPLE’S PILOT.

In the regular judging this time around, Claire Bostrom’s, Single Sex, the highest scoring Comedy entry and Meredith Bagby’s 2nd Place finisher were separated by only 1/6 of a point, with Steve Boudreault’s third place entry a mere 3/10 of a point behind them.

In the Drama/Action category, the 1st Place finish was even more of a squeaker, with only .05 of a point between J. Lee’s The Sharp Co. and Susan Hippen’s 2nd place entry, with Kathryn Graham’s 3rd place script only 1/6 of a point below. All three of this category’s winners finishing with judging totals of more than 9 points out of a possible 10.

While we’re at it, we would like to point out that the Winner of our very first Special International Production Award, Allie Theiss, came through with a series and script that the judges believed was the most likely to succeed as a candidate for – you guessed it – international production, like a genuine superstar.

As usual, LB will be posting his reaction to and interpretation of the entries and results as soon as he can (LB’S NOTE: Next week at the latest!) so keep your eyes out for that.

And, of course, he’ll be sending out his personal Feedback on all the entries starting next week so all those who entered and worked so hard will have the best idea possible of the strengths and weaknesses of their endeavors.

Remember, please, that our Beloved Leader is writing every single one of the Feedback emails himself, so please be prepared to wait as long as a full month for yours to arrive.  No angry, “Where’s my Feedback, dammit?!” messages until after March 15th, okay?

Congratulations to the Winners, Runners-Up, Finalists, Semi-Finalists, and everybody who entered. We Really Love You Mean It for all the work you’ve put in and hope you love yourselves for it as well. You are the possessors of extraordinary talent, courage, and perseverance and should be very, very proud!

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Finalists!

26th PEOPLE’S PILOT FINALISTS
For contest ending November 1, 2017

COMEDY SERIES FINALISTS
(alphabetically)

ADORBZ by Marci Buehler

BEARD MOUNTAIN by Erica Lies

CHOSEN by Cody Varney

CON HEADS by Steve Boudreault

MADE TO ORDER by Dan Ingram

SINGLE SEX by Claire Bostrom

THE CHEDDARBOX EXPRESS by Allie Theiss

THE WINTER WHITE HOUSE by Merdith Bagby

TRINITY LOFT by Roland Zistler

DRAMA & ACTION SERIES FINALISTS
(alphabetically)

AFTER WE FALL by Gustave Cadet & Jacob Chattman

DRIVEN by Susan Hippen

ORLONSKI IS MISSING by Hank Isaac

SHADOWS by Anne Marie Caluwaert

SIDEKICK: THE RED RAPTOR FILES by Christopher Valin

SUPER by Kathryn Graham

THE CHOIR SINGER by Barry M. Putt Jr.

THE MEEK by Steven Zurline

THE SHARP CO. by Joe Lee

THE STRANGE REALITY OF SALLY PARKER by Diana Black

TO BE SEEN by Susan Hippen

WRECKAGE by Ryan Stack


Congratulations, Finalists. Your work is wonderful.

In both the Comedy and Action/Drama categories, the Finalists are so good that the total difference between the highest and lowest scores is less than three-fourths of a point. And in the Action/Drama category four of the Finalists have scores of 9.00 or higher out of a possible 10.00.

Points, however, can’t tell the whole story when it comes to judging writing. Instinct and experience count. With that in mind, it’s clear that these scores are so close – and the feelings here so high – that we’ve had to bring in 10 more judges to help us sort everything out.

Which is why, instead of asking you to come back next week for the next round we’re saying:

BE HERE IN TWO WEEKS FOR: The 2017 PEOPLE’S PILOT Winners

Believe us when we say we’re crossing out fingers in the hope that we’ll make that deadline.

Thanks for being so terrific!

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Finalists are Coming This Week

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 FINALISTS
For contest ending November 1, 2017

Hope your enjoyed your week of celebration, PEOPLE’S PILOT Semi-Finalists. It’s time for you to start stressing again.

TVWriter™ is proud to announce that this Thursday, January 25, 2018, will bring the announcement of the PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Finalists!

Are you on the list? Is your best friend? Your – choke – enemy?

Be here and find out!

LYMI

LB & Team TVWriter™

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Semi-Finalists!

26th PEOPLE’S PILOT SEMI-FINALISTS
For contest ending November 1, 2017

COMEDY SERIES SEMI-FINALISTS
(alphabetically)

ADORBZ by Marci Buehler

ALLENTOWN by Terry Gehring

BEARD MOUNTAIN by Erica Lies

BITCHES IN SEASON by Sasha Feiler

CHOSEN by Cody Varney

CON HEADS by Steve Boudreault

GFA (GREAT F’ING ADVICE) by George Tonelli

MADE TO ORDER by Dan Ingram

SINGLE SEX by Claire Bostrom

THE CHEDDARBOX EXPRESS by Allie Theiss

THE PINSTRIPED PRIMATES by Kenneth Kleeman

THE WINTER WHITE HOUSE by Merdith Bagby

TIL DEATH DOES PART US by Terry Gehring

TRINITY LOFT by Roland Zistler

DRAMA & ACTION SERIES SEMI-FINALISTS
(alphabetically)

AFTER WE FALL by Gustave Cadet & Jacob Chattman

CONNECTION by Jace Lacob

DRIVEN by Susan Hippen

NORIEGA by Juan Francisco de la Guardia

ORLONSKI IS MISSING by Hank Isaac

SHADOWS by Anne Marie Caluwaert

SIDEKICK: THE RED RAPTOR FILES by Christopher Valin

SONS OF WITCHES by Eugene Ramos

STRUCK by Elaine F. Chekich

SUPER by Kathryn Graham

THE CHOIR SINGER by Barry M. Putt Jr.

THE MEEK by Steven Zurline

THE NAKED EYE by Sean Skelton

THE SHARP CO. by Joe Lee

THE STRANGE REALITY OF SALLY PARKER by Diana Black

TO BE SEEN by Susan Hippen

WRECKAGE by Ryan Stack


TVWriter™ congratulates all the Semi-Finalists. Your work is awesome.

We keep saying this, but that’s because it’s true: This time around, the overall quality of the entries greatly exceeded our expectations. Last year, we explained how difficult it was for the judges to make their decisions by pointing out that literally every Semi-Finalist in that year’s competition could have been a Top 5 placer in previous runnings of the PEOPLE’S PILOT. This year, the same holds true.

This time around, the median entry score in the Comedy Script category was a whopping 7.95, while the median Drama & Action category score was  7.75. Inasmuch as the PEOPLE’S PILOT considers a score of 7.00 as signifying Professional quality, it’s clear that on the whole the PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 entries were Very Professional Indeed.

In short, we believe that all of those who entered this year should be very proud of themselves…and hope that at the very least all of the Semi-Finalists above will treat themselves to the most awesome celebration they can!

NEXT WEEK: The 2017 PEOPLE’S PILOT Finalists

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Semi-Finalists are Coming This Week

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 SEMI-FINALISTS
For contest ending November 1, 2017

Open up your calendar apps, gang. It’s time to put in an alert.

We here at TVWriter™ are happy to announce that this Thursday, January 18, 2018, will bring the announcement you’ve all been waiting for:

The names of the writers and projects comprising the PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Semi-Finalists!

Be here!

LYMI

LB & Team TVWriter™

LB: First Thoughts on the PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Writing Competition Entries

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by Larry Brody

It’s been 5 – count ’em, 5 – days since PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017, the web’s premier TV pilot writing competition (as I sure as hell like to think) closed, and Team TVWriter™ and I have been logging in the entries and doing some preliminary analysis thereof.

As usual, I’ve enjoyed myself immensely because how can I help but be excited and happy when I’m learning as much as I am about where the entrants’ hearts, souls, and heads are and where the future of what used to be thought of as “just TV” but now is a bit more respectably referred to as “electronic media” is heading.

Haven’t done any close reading, mind you, but here’s what I’ve discovered while playing lookie-loo with all the entrants’ work:

    1. The most obvious thing is that PEOPLE’S PILOT entries were down this year by almost 25%. Sounds like a lot, yeah? But the loss in fact simply brought us back to the same number of entries – plus or minus a handful – that the PP averaged for several years until a big rise that sustained itself for 2015 and 2016. No one here at TVWriter™ was able to fully explain the rise at the time. In fact, we’d been expecting a downturn because of economic conditions and the increase in online writing contests. I admit that I’m disappointed that the new, higher number of entries didn’t last, but we’re going to study the data more thoroughly and work like demons to turn it around again.
    2. Last year, I recognized the names of about 30% of the entrants, either from previous contest entries, emails to TVWriter™ or myself, and the various classes I teach. This year, that number is up a bit, to 33%. It’s always gratifying to realize that we have a core group of repeat visitors and appreciate not only your loyalty but also our responsibility to continue giving helpful “tips and tricks” (as our homepage used to say when we first started TVWriter.Com almost 20 years ago) to TV and screenwriters both new and, well, let’s just say “more experienced” and let it go at that. Big thanks to all of you for inspiring us to double down on our efforts to give you what you need.
    3. Last year, we had three categories, one for half-hour shows, one for one-hours, and one for – surprise – longer than one-hour shows. This year we downsized back to two categories, Comedy (of any length) and Drama/Action shows (also of any length).  I was worried a bit that this might result in a decrease ion the number of longer pilots, and, yep, that’s what happened. However, this year we made an effort to reach out to writers of web series, with the result that the percentage of scripts that were either shorter than half an hour or longer than one hour went up a tad, to almost 20 %. I’m very pleased that the PP is being embraced by web series creators and believe this represents a major shift in what the biz types call content distribution. In fact, here’s a prediction: Within the next couple of years, creating and running a successful web series will be the major calling card for a wider professional career.
    4. Speaking of becoming professional, I have to admit that I’m surprised to report that the number of Drama/Action entries this year was just a couple of percentage points shy of double the number of comedy entries, a fair-sized uptick. When I mentioned that to a couple of my comedy writer friends, they nodded and looked smug. “Comedy writing is harder, Larry,” one said. “I think it scares writers off.” When I said that the numbers looked bad for the future of comedy, another friend laughed. “Fewer new writers means more work for this old warhorse,” she said. Of course, for those of you looking to make a place in showbiz, there’s another way to look at it. Fewer new comedy writers in the conveyor belt means more of a need for them. And, come to think of it, if you enter the Comedy category, less competition in the upcoming PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018.
    5. Here’s another comparison I find interesting. This time around, almost 75% of the comedy entries we’ve looked through appear to be traditional, old-school sitcoms whose purpose is to make the audience laugh rather than exercises in irony designed to impress viewers with their hipness. I’m thinking that this is a function of the way, especially over the past year, daily life in the U.S. has seemed to grow progressively more stressful on just about every level, creating a need for more humor. Looks like the current generation of new comedy writers is instinctively reacting to the situation, which I find impressively perceptive.
    6. Another trend that is showing up in this year’s entries is a rise in the percentage of science fiction and fantasy offerings. 22% of the comedies and a whopping 55% of the drama entries are genre. Putting it another way, this year we received three times as many s-f and fantasy entries as last. OTOH, a look back at PP records shows that the number of police procedural entries is down (only 10% of the total entries) while what we might call “criminal soap operas” are, you know, trending, at least in the PEOPLE’S PILOT.
    7. As usual, I’m enjoying the titles of this year’s entries. I’m especially looking forward to reading the following, just because of their names. There’s a lesson there that everyone reading this should note: A good title goes a long, long way to helping your cause. Here, in no particular order, are the ones that are grabbing me the most:
      ANDY PANSKY’S A CORPORATE LACKEY
      GFA (GREAT F’ING ADVICE)
      ADULTING
      SINGLE SEX
      FRANK FETUS, NICU
      GROVER VS. THE GALAXY
      CUTTING HEART
      INNER DEMONS
      STEALING GOD
      SECONDHAND SAINTS
      AFTER WE FALL
      BLOOD ON THE HILL
      SONS OF WITCHES
      DREAMS IN THE KEY OF C
      HELL COUNTY
      THE STRANGE REALITY OF SALLY PARKER
      2 IN THE CHAMBER
    8. Also as usual, we’ve received some fascinating one-word titles – 25% of all entries, in fact.  Here’s a random sample:
      DUMBBELZ
      SWIPE
      JETLAGGED
      ADULTING
      NORIEGA
      LUCKY
      SHADOWS
      WRECKAGE
      DRIVEN
      TURBULENCE
      SHAMAN
      SUPER
      CONNECTION
      STRUCK
      VAGABOND
      M.A.G.I.C.
      INEFFABLE

FWIW, my favorite title in the Comedy Category this year is FRANK FETUS, NICU, and in the Drama/Action Category I’m a big fan of 2 IN THE CHAMBER. No, I haven’t read either of them yet, but I will. Soon.

Our plan for announcing winners remains the same as we say on the PEOPLE’S PILOT “About” page. We’re on schedule to for announcing Semi-Finalists, Finalists, and Winners between mid-January and mid-February of next year.

And, of course, I’ll probably have a few more things to say between now and then so keep checking. Wouldn’t want anybody to be a Winner and not know it.

Which reminds me, if you entered PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 and want to keep abreast of all the further developments (and, you know, your placing, Feedback, et al), do yourself and us a favor and make sure to keep your name and email address on the TVWriter™ eMail List because that’s our go-to way of getting in touch.

Thanks again to everyone for taking part and being so talented! More to come!

LYMI

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LB

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 is now CLOSED! TVWriter™, Manner Movie Ltd, and InkTip thank you for your entries and your support throughout the almost 20 years we’ve been holding this great contest.

The ball is in our court now, and we’re already analyzing the entries and preparing them for judging. We want our entrants and supporters to have as much information about the process as possible, so be on the lookout for a preliminary status report by TVWriter™ honcho Larry Brody right here before the end of next week.

For PEOPLE’S PILOT info, CLICK HERE

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