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Old 09-09-2012, 08:46 AM   #1
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Default Best contests for TV drama pilots?

I'm very familiar with feature contests, but a total noob when it comes to TV script contests.

What are the most respected ones for drama pilots? I'm guessing the list includes Page and Tracking B?
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:53 PM   #2
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Default Re: Best contests for TV drama pilots?

Don't know if you're still searching for this answer, but I hear good things about the Austin Film Festival's TV contest.

http://www.austinfilmfestival.com/su...ayandteleplay/
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:10 PM   #3
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Scriptapalooza TV is a good one, runs twice a year.
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:27 PM   #4
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TrackingB and Austin
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Old 12-31-2012, 04:17 AM   #5
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Default Re: Best contests for TV drama pilots?

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Scriptapalooza TV is a good one, runs twice a year.
Top prize is $500. Hardly seems worth the effort to enter...

Any others?
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Old 12-31-2012, 05:45 AM   #6
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Top prize is $500. Hardly seems worth the effort to enter...

Any others?
If you're in it for the money, take the contest entry fees that you would otherwise spend on your script and put it into the BlackList when they open it up to TV (theoretically in the next month or two). You should be able to get roughly two months of hosting plus two reads, with far greater benefit.
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Old 12-31-2012, 06:11 AM   #7
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If you're in it for the money, take the contest entry fees that you would otherwise spend on your script and put it into the BlackList when they open it up to TV (theoretically in the next month or two). You should be able to get roughly two months of hosting plus two reads, with far greater benefit.
I didn't know that about the Black List! Thanks! Already got two features up there and waiting for first paid review.

At this point, only planning to enter the pilot in Page and Austin.
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Old 12-31-2012, 07:39 AM   #8
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trackingb just opened entries for TV pilots
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For those of you who are interested in entering contests that accept original TV pilots, the following information about some past winners of the PAGE Awards competition who are currently writing for television might be of interest to you.

In most cases, these writers were signed by an agent or manager following their PAGE win – in some cases by one of our judges – and with the assistance of their new representative, the writer was then staffed, their script was optioned, or the writer landed a script assignment.
2005 Silver Prize winner Janet Lin has been on the writing staff of the Fox series BONES for six seasons, and she is now a producer on the show.

2006 Silver Prize winner Sang Kyu Kim was recently hired as a producer on the hit AMC series THE WALKING DEAD. Sang was previously staffed on the Starz series CRASH and the TNT series HAWTHORNE.

2007 Silver Prize winner Bill Balas was recently hired as a staff writer on the new Carlton Cuse A&E series BATES MOTEL.

2008 Gold Prize winner VJ Boyd has been working on the writing staff of the FX series JUSTIFIED for the past two years.

2009 Gold Prize winner Rob Sudduth is currently a staff writer on the new Ryan Murphy NBC comedy THE NEW NORMAL. Rob previously worked on the writing staff of GCB.

After winning their 2010 Bronze Prize, Matt Mariska & Andy Sipes signed a deal to develop a new half-hour sitcom with Torn Sky Entertainment, and the team also sold an original series to Comedy Central.

The 2011 Bronze Prize winning TV drama THIS TOWN, by Laurelei Ballard, was optioned by Fox Studios and Apostle Films.

The 2011 Silver Prize winning drama pilot ICON, by Joe Webb, has been optioned by Sony, with Jon Amiel attached to direct and Deb Spera & Maria Grasso attached to executive produce. In addition, Joe’s TV pilot BOOKS was produced by Freemantle Media and won the top drama prize in the 2012 New York Television Festival.

The 2012 Silver Prize winning drama pilot WELL ENDOWED, by Jonathan Wolf, was picked up by Sony and producers Deb Spera & Maria Grasso.
Several of our foreign winners are also doing very well in television:
2008 Gold Prize winner Simeon Goulden is the creator/writer of the award-winning comedy SPY, which has just finished its second season on Sky1 HD in the U.K.

2008 Silver Prize winner Jonathan R. Hall has written 25 episodes of the long-running BBC drama series DOCTORS.

2007 Gold Prize Winner David Bishop was hired to write a multi-platform conspiracy thriller for the BBC, several episodes of the children's show NINA AND THE NEURONS for the CBeebies channel, as well as several episodes of the BBC drama DOCTORS.

2005 Bronze Prize winner Martin McSweeney has written episodes of several different series for Irish television, including the popular BBC/NI series SEACHT and the TG4 series MARU (MURDER).
There is more. I am told that 2008 Gold Prize winner Lee Arcuri, 2012 Gold Prize winner Graham Norris, and a couple of our other winners also have some very exciting deals in the works, which I don’t yet have permission to discuss.

You know, lots of folks in this forum love to keep regurgitating the old “contests are a waste of money” “nothing ever happens for writers who win contests” “the Nicholl is the only contest worth entering” etcetera, etcetera, etcetera... I could post dozens of “Thank you so much!” messages attesting otherwise. But let me post just one. This is a message sent to me by one of our U.K. winners, Simeon Goulden:

“It's extraordinary for me to think back to 2008 when I won your sitcom competition. I could not have been more unknown - I hadn't written anything much, wasn't represented, had no great prospects. But that win helped get me on the radar and secure representation. And I blink and 4 years later I find myself the creator of a relatively popular UK sitcom that is nominated for an International Emmy and has caught the attention of ABC in the US. I continue to be very grateful to the PAGE Awards. You guys can't manufacture success for people but you can give unknown writers an outlet where their abilities may be recognised and nurtured. And in such a competitive industry, the opportunity you give people to distinguish themselves is invaluable.”

Jennifer Berg
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Old 01-26-2013, 10:56 PM   #10
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I think you might have changed some minds of some folks, Jenn.

Wow.
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