Writers we’ve helped:
2022 WeScreenplay Feature Quarterfinalist Jess Gupta signed a shopping agreement with Tulsea Management for his project GUARDIAN, who have attached their client Patrick Graham to direct after the WeScreenplay team introduced them.
“WeScreenplay consistently delivered constructive feedback by readers who had a decent knowledge of the genre I was working within. I felt like they wanted to help me. As an emerging writer, there is nothing more demoralizing than caustic feedback from someone who doesn’t know what they’re talking about. It makes you feel like the whole exercise is worthless. I did feel a whole lot of positive energy from the WeScreenplay team, which was helpful. And then, when I had assumed they had forgotten all about me, they connected me with a manager who was looking for work like mine. Turned out they were looking out for me the whole time.”
2019 WeScreenplay TV Pilot Finalist M.D. Walton signed with a literary agent at Kaplan Stahler after crediting WeScreenplay notes as critical in developing the material that landed him representation.
“This industry is hungry for new voices. It’s important to do the research to know what these programs are and which contests and/or platforms are most respected. What I did was try and hone my drafts to make them as bulletproof as possible, get coverage and feedback and push forward. I’ve used WeScreenplay as a coverage service time and time again for my TV and Feature projects. The coverage from the readers certainly helped me hone in on areas of my scripts along the way that may have needed more strengthening. They certainly helped me get each of my scripts to the next level.”
2019 WeScreenplay Feature Finalist Mark Sposato signed a shopping agreement with Antares MediaVerse.
“The biggest obstacle I encountered early in my screenwriting career was finding a platform to share my ideas. It’s one thing to write in a vacuum, but in our business, the experience of a reader and eventual viewer, is an integral component. WeScreenplay helped The Eremite in two important ways: first I received excellent notes on a previous draft, which I think helped to focus and sharpen my themes. It’s a big story with a lot going on, so further revisions after my WeScreenplay coverage had some much needed streamlining and clarity. I eventually entered the feature contest, and the revised script was a shortlisted finalist. I think this accolade really helped catch the attention of the producers I Iinked up with. It was a way of validating the writing abilities and project viability of an unknown/emerging writer.”
2022 WeScreenplay TV Pilot Winner Allyn Rachel, used the momentum from the TV Pilot Lab and multiple signing offers from managers, to create a competitive environment that led to Allyn adding a TV Scripted agent to her team at CAA.
“I just loved our group. It was so diverse in terms of everyone’s background and
individual genre preference, we all really laughed a lot, there was such genuine investment from everybody involved, and we got to meet with a variety of really fabulous people. Make yourself and your work — the priority. Show up everyday. Set very attainable goals, especially initially as you get a feel for what is reasonable to demand from yourself on a regular basis. Consistency above all else. And buy yourself treats, treats are important.”
2022 WeScreenplay TV Pilot Winner Aiko Hilkinger used the momentum from the lab to sign with Alison Mann at Fourth Wall Management.
“Things take time and you shouldn’t force anything to happen on your time. It’s important to understand that Hollywood moves at its own pace and trying to fight the current will only burn you out faster. While it’s important to write and be as productive with your time as you possibly can, it’s also important to rest and remember that rest is progress too. WeScreenplay has been an integral part in the process of signing with a manager. While they didn’t directly make the introduction, it was through meeting someone at the TV Pilot Lab that I learned about my manager and felt empowered and brave enough to contact her.”
2021 WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Finalist Shyam Popat signed with literary agents at Independent Talent Group after the WeScreenplay team offered script development notes.
“Placing in one of the WeScreenplay competitions was a great boost for my confidence and led me to taking the pitching the project to industry figures. If you think you’ve taken your script as far as you can possibly take it on your own, why not see if it’s good enough to catch the eye of a reader? At the least, you’ll know a little more about how your work comes across – at best, you might win!”
Alex George Pickering & Matthew Breault
After placing as top Finalists in the 2021 WeScreenplay Feature competition, Alex George Pickering & Matthew Breault signed with a literary manager at ATN Entertainment after WeScreenplay introduced them.
“The WeScreenplay Team, connected us with numerous management and production companies. As a result, we had the wonderful privilege of interviewing with several managers. In the end, Mike Diaz of ATN Entertainment left a strong impact on us, with additional support from manager Ben Pitts and ATN CEO Jennifer Aurianne DaRe. Today, we are excited to say that we are now signed with ATN Entertainment!”
Kelechi won the WeScreenplay TV Pilot Competition in early 2021, and her winning script landed a deal with Party Over Here and CBS Studios! Congratulations, Kelechi!
“After winning, I got connected to the amazing WeScreenplay team who’ve worked hard to champion my work. I was also contacted by some production companies and even had interest from a manager! I had absolutely no expectations when I entered, but it turned out to be a great opportunity that’s created some incredible relationships.“
After placing as a Finalist the Spring 2021 Diverse Voices competition, WeScreenplay provided career consulting and got Teresa’s work read at numerous management companies, resulting in her signing with a literary manager at Heroes & Villains Entertainment.
“Honestly I was floored when WeScreenplay reached out to me as a Finalist in the Diverse Voices competition saying that they also work with finalists to get their work seen and help their careers. I didn’t expect that anyone other than those selected for the lab would have gotten that kind of help. The WeScreenplay Team graciously met with me to offer loads of great career guidance. It’s a real testament to WeScreenplay that they go so out of their way to help all the writers that come into their orbit. I couldn’t be more grateful!”
After taking 2nd place in the WeScreenplay TV Pilot competition in early 2021, WeScreenplay set Brandon up with several meetings with literary managers and production companies. He signed with AF Entertainment, and a production company is pitching his script around town!
“WeScreenplay was very proactive in getting my script read by managers, and I had meetings with a couple of them. WeScreenplay also shared my script with a production company that is currently pitching my script around town. This was a huge leap forward for my writing career and industry connections. I’ve entered dozens of contests and WeScreenplay was definitely my best experience. Their notes alone make the entry fee worth it! “
Brittany Suzanne Kelly
After winning the Spring 2021 Diverse Voices competition, Brittany took meetings with literary reps and production companies WeScreenplay set up as part of the Diverse Voices Lab. She signed with literary managers at Thoro Artists, and is in development on two features.
“The WeScreenplay team is fantastic, their feedback is thorough and extremely helpful. I’ve done a few labs with other competitions I’ve placed in and the Diverse Voices Lab was by far the most engaging, useful and inspiring I have taken part in. They really believe in the program they have created to uplift diverse and underserved narratives.“
After winning Diverse Voices and participating in the WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Lab at the end of 2020, Tricia was recommended for and then hired as the creative showrunner of an animated anthology series!
“The WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Lab, was so informative, and we met some great execs who are supportive of diverse voices. I loved meeting my peers and creating a community that will grow together in our careers. Giving and getting notes from my fellow writers was a highlight. And following up with the executives, and creating relationships is exciting.“
After placing as a Finalist in the Spring 2021 Diverse Voices, WeScreenplay pitched Soma to several managers, garnering multiple meetings and offers. As a direct result, she signed with Josh Goldenberg at Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment.
Considering entering a WeScreenplay competition? “Absolutely go for it! You can get invaluable feedback to polish your script and it’s an amazing opportunity to get your work in front of reps. I’d like to say a big, heartfelt thanks to WeScreenplay for helping me connect with representation. The WeScreenplay Team was the epitome of professionalism and courtesy. I don’t doubt that I would be much further behind in my journey to find representation if it weren’t for their help.“
After winning the Fall 2020 Diverse Voices Competition, WeScreenplay set up Elise with a general at UCP. Shortly after the Diverse Voices Lab, Elise got staffed on CANDY for UCP/ Hulu, starring Elisabeth Moss.
“Diverse Voices was an incredible experience, and one that I’m very happy to have had. The staff at WeScreenplay put a lot of (very appreciated) work into creating a lab that would prepare us for the next step in our careers, while encouraging us and doing anything they could to help move us forward. Once you’re part of the WeScreenplay family, it feels like they are truly rooting for your success and do what they can to help you achieve it. “
Eric Anthony Glover
After winning the WeScreenplay TV Pilot competition and placing as a Finalist in the Diverse Voices competition, Eric worked with WeScreenplay to secure representation. Most recently, Eric signed with Echo Lake Entertainment, and his graphic novel was published by Abrams ComicArts!
“You’re not just entering a WeScreenplay contest for a chance at a lab or representation. Should you place well, the people at WeScreenplay will still be invested in advancing your career well after a given competition’s end. It’s remarkable how kind, generous, and determined they are to help, even years after my initial contact with them.”
Shaun & Jay Perry
After placing as an Honorable Mention in the 2020 Shorts Contest, WeScreenplay connected Shaun & Jay with an Oscar-nominated short filmmaker and prepped them for meetings with reps. They’ve signed with one of the top agencies in Australia, and their short is now in pre-production!
“The WeScreenplay team deserve a round of applause for everything they are doing. Our conversations with the team were always fruitful. Not only are they incredibly friendly, but have a wealth of industry knowledge. They educated us on agencies, managers, writing query letters and generally how to get our foot in the door. They’re also responsible for setting up a meeting with Oscar nominated writer/director Vincent Lambe, who has since become a great contact for us – and led us to a meeting with Profile Creative. The rest is history, we signed with our agent, and we also have a producer for our short film.“
Jai Jamison won the 2020 WeScreenplay Diverse Voices Competition with his race-bending Superman pilot THE AMERICAN WAY before getting staffed on the new CW show SUPERMAN & LOIS.
“Submitting to contests is a great way to make sure your writing is sharp and clear before you send it out to the industry. Winning the Diverse Voices Lab was great because it put me on the radar for a lot of folks and introduced me to the great team at WeScreenplay who have been fantastic (and very patient) resources for me. I’m now staffed on SUPERMAN & LOIS and signed with great managers at Kaplan / Perrone!”
Phylicia Pearl Mpasi
After winning the Fall 2020 Diverse Voices Competition, Phylicia worked with the WeScreenplay team to target reps and prep for specific meetings, landing literary rep with Issa Rae’s new company ColorCreative!
“My time as a WeScreenplay Diverse Voices fellow has informed my writing and who I am as a person so much. Being a part of this community has opened my eyes to the magic that can come from collaboration and how powerful you can become when other people are supporting you.”
After winning the Fall 2020 Diverse Voices Competition, WeScreenplay set Junot up with numerous meetings with literary reps. After fielding multiple offers, he signed with manager Cameron Cubbison at Zero Gravity and agent Halle Mariner at APA!
“WeScreenplay gave me inspiration and encouragement. It just takes one person to believe in you to help you get a running start. WeScreenplay filled those shoes, and I’m grateful. The world is hungry for fresh news in the form of story, and you as the artist are their chosen messenger. Your story and voice are worth it. WeScreenplay treated us all with care, support, and insight. My first reader’s notes were the most helpful, actionable notes I’d ever received. “
After winning the Fall 2020 Diverse Voices Competition, WeScreenplay set Jason up with numerous meetings with literary reps as part of the Diverse Voices Lab. After fielding multiple offers, he signed with manager Allison Hartel at 3Arts, and his winning pilot BROOKLYN PANSY is currently being packaged and produced by Zero Gravity.
“I didn’t know if I or what I had written was ‘enough’. I had never taken a meeting. I had no idea how to package and present myself. I was 100% a total newbie and the Lab changed all of that. I can’t thank WeScreenplay enough. Your supportive, individualized care and attention toward each writer is unique and incredibly special. It has absolutely changed the course of my life and career.”
Fall 2020 Diverse Voices Finalist, Sam Josephs, has signed with a Literary Manager at Stride Management. They placed as a finalist with their one hour pilot PANSY CRAZE.
“I know my work isn’t for everyone, so I wanted a contest that was looking for fresh bold voices. I was looking to put my work out there to get some feedback and hoped for the best for anything else. That’s why I submitted to WeScreenplay!”
Evyn Williams won the 2019 WeScreenplay TV Contest with her pilot ALTERED before working with WeScreenplay and signing with manager John Bauman.
“I’m amazed at how much WeScreenplay champions their writers. After I won the pilot competition, they jumped right in to support me with amazing advice, resources, and career chats. They have consistently been there to cheer me on.”
After placing in the 2019 WeScreenplay Shorts Contest and being encouraged to adapt the short into a feature script, Sam Thompson signed with a manager at AK Management.
“What drew me to WeScreenplay was their fast turn around on note services, and the quality of the readers. A few years ago, I was writing an early draft of the first feature I had ever written, and they were the first service I turned to for notes. To this day, those notes still rank among the best notes I’ve ever gotten. I entered a short script of mine to their short screenplay contest, and the reactions to it were eye opening in a good way. This pushed me to adapt the short to a feature script, and that script ended up getting me my manager.”
Congratulations to Diverse Voices Fall 2020 Finalist, Brianna Adams, for signing with Literary Managers at Echo Lake Entertainment. She placed with her one hour pilot THE BLACK WALL STREET.
“There is not one way to break into this industry. So try everything. Apply to festivals and fellowships, reach out to alumni, friends, friends of friends. Your third cousins’ sister-in-law. There are multiple paths to this industry, which can be a blessing and curse.”
Stephanie Stanley won the 2019 WeScreenplay TV competition with her pilot THE RADICAL. WeScreenplay introduced her to manager, Jermaine Johnson, of Zero Gravity Management, who signed her as a client.
“Since placing, the amazing folks at WeScreenplay have been incredibly supportive and enthusiastically active with helping me transition the placement into industry representation. Yay! Their connections and insights have been invaluable for me to take the next step forward. I feel so lucky and grateful to be a part of the WeScreenplay family now, and I sincerely can’t say enough nice things about them as professionals and as individuals.”
After winning the Spring 2019 Diverse Voices contest, WeScreenplay worked with Dallas Rico to set up meetings with execs and managers before he was staffed on an HBO series.
“The feedback has been incredibly insightful and validating. I got a meeting with a manager through WeScreenplay who I really dig and who is considering signing with me. It has made a significant difference already because of the relationships I’ve made. I’ve become legit friends with high-level producers and writers who continuously vouch for me to showrunners and execs. “
After placing as a finalist in the 2019 WeScreenplay Shorts Competition, Gabe Berry’s script caught the attention of a Canadian producer. They began working together, and Gabe has officially been hired to write a new script as part of their collaboration.
“Don’t hesitate to enter. WeScreenplay provides feedback on every single script entry. That in itself is worth the cost of submission. Additionally, if your script places, it can give you a boost in the exposure department. I earned a writing assignment from a complete stranger – a producer/director in Canada.“
After winning the 2018 WeScreenplay feature competition with his spec, LAST TO FALL, Jim Maceda worked closely with WeScreenplay to develop his materials and take studio meetings before landing a paid feature writing assignment.
“After winning its 2018 Feature runner-up award, WeScreenplay’s staff took me under its wing and hooked me up with successful pros, guiding me through the maze. WeScreenplay has been instrumental in my career. Its coverage gave me the confidence to get my stuff out there, and to place in a number of screenwriting competitions. Earlier this year a production company hired me to script and consult on a Cold War docudrama. After four years of staring at the door, I’m finally in the room. What a thrill… thanks in no small part to WeScreenplay.”
Nevil Jackson was a Spring 2018 Diverse Voices finalist with his comedy pilot THE HILL. After placing as a finalist, he signed with Zero Gravity Management after WeScreenplay introduced them.
“I think one of the things standing between many writers and their goals is access. There’s plenty of talented writers who’ve yet to get their shot because they can’t get their work in front of the people making the decisions. Entering WeScreenplay got me my management.”
Faisal Azam and Erica Velis
Faisal Azam and Erica Velis were winners of the 2018 WeScreenplay TV Pilot Competition with their riveting script H8. WeScreenplay introduced them and their writing to Zero Gravity Management, and they’ve signed with a team there.
After Winning the 2018 WeScreenplay TV Contest, Justin Moran had his pilot optioned by FutureFrame, had a meeting with HBO, and has been hired to write a musical feature.
“WeScreenplay offers the best thing that a contest can offer: if you place high enough, they can get some people in the industry to look at your script — and what happens after that depends on their taste and the quality of your writing. That’s the biggest win any new writer can hope for. I got multiple meetings from my WeScreenplay win, each leading to great relationships and industry connections.”
Amanda Bermudez won the Fall 2017 Diverse Voices contest and was connected to a literary manager at Gotham Group, who represent clients like Steve Buscemi and Freida Pinto. She went on to sign with Gotham and is working on both features and television.
Erica Tachoir won the Fall 2017 Feature contest and was connected to Hollywood producer Melissa Azizi, who was a juror on the contest. They met to discuss the project and after working on it together, Erica has officially attached Melissa as a producer on the project.
Cara was a finalist in the 2017 Diverse Voices Competition before signing with literary rep at Bohemia Group, which led to her interviewing for a job in the QUEEN SUGAR writers room and pitching her original TV show to Lionsgate.
“I entered WeScreenplay hoping to connect, learn, and get feedback. When something resonates with a judge or reader, that’s important information for me. It means, keep going, you’re on to something.”
After placing as a Finalist in the 2017 Diverse Voices competition, Elise signed with The Gersh Agency and Marc Pariser Entertainment Group.
“As a queer woman, I wanted to tell stories about women and the LGBTQ+ community. So, when I saw that WeScreenplay had a diverse voices competition, I didn’t hesitate to enter. The feedback I received from the judges was invaluable. WeScreenplay is managed by seasoned professionals who actually care about writers, who reach out and make themselves available to discuss just about anything. I never feel like just another writer in another competition.”
After placing as a top Finalist in the 2016 WeScreenplay TV Contest, Chase Kroll worked as an assistant for years. As a result of working with the WeScreenplay team in 2020, he signed with two amazing managers at Kaplan / Perrone and is taking writer meetings for highly sought-after IP.
“WeScreenplay made sure they moved the needle in my career. Just this year, four years after submitting, WeScreenplay and their industry liaison team were instrumental in helping me strategize how best to get in front of potential reps. It wasn’t overnight, but they followed up, stayed with me, and didn’t stop until I signed.”
After Winning in the 2017 WeScreenplay TV Contest, Matthew Roshkow signed with NYC manager Mike Sword at Sword Entertainment. He has multiple projects with high level attachments and a pilot with Mike Karz Productions at Warner Brothers.
“I was feeling stuck, so a writing partner and I wrote something we were really attached to, but that wasn’t an easy sell. The freedom WeScreenplay gave me encouraged me to do that. The project that came out of that has the most amount of heat and is a personal project — we got some serious reads from a few big agents – like ICM. WeScreenplay allowed me to focus on writing something I was passionate about.”
Congratulations to 2017 Diverse Voices winner, Bandar Albuliwi, whose feature film, TWELVE HOURS, began production in New York in January 2021. Bandar writing, directing, and producing the project. He previously signed with a Literary Manager at Luber Roklin.
“WeScreenplay provided me with amazing coverage on the project and helped me realize that the project isn’t a comedy as originally intended, but rather a drama with a dark comedic tone.”