WeScreenplay’s TV Pilot Competition delivers a one-of-a-kind virtual writing lab hosted by top managers, agents, writers, and more. Winners take part in an interactive 4 day virtual lab with hands-on workshops, industry meetings, and will learn from working TV writers.
At least 4 winners will be selected to participate in this career-changing lab.
Free Feedback: All entrants will receive a page of written feedback on their script from their first round’s judge.
Past TV Pilot Competition winners and finalists have signed with representation at companies like Zero Gravity, Heroes and Villains, Echo Lake Entertainment, and have landed script deals with companies like Party Over Here, CBS Studios and more.
We want to find the best undiscovered TV writers out there, submit today!
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Sydney Blanke is a Literary Manager at Fourth Wall Management. A Texas native, Blanke represents writers and directors and one very talented comedian – Robin Tran. Blanke’s focus has been on championing women and underrepresented artists in comedy, YA and genre. She has sold projects to Amazon, Amblin, Disney, Freeform, Hulu, Netflix and Universal; and has clients working on a variety of shows including Acapulco, Bad Crimes, BMF, Cruel Summer, The Equalizer, Halo, Heels, iCarly, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story, Single Drunk Female, Velma, The Walking Dead: World Beyond, Warrior Nun, and The Wonder Years.
AE Jones (they/them) is a television literary manager at Stagecoach Entertainment, where they keep the shifting television market in constant perspective for clients. Their experience spans representation, production, as well as business & creative development with companies such as Kaplan Stahler, Paradigm, NBCUniversal, Red Bull Media House, and Manatt, Phelps, and Phillips, LLC. AE uses these experiences to advise their writing clients on how to develop creative and business opportunities to grow their careers in pragmatic, equitable, and inclusive ways. In addition to their work as a manager, Jones is a volunteer mentor for #StartWith8Hollywood and Boston University’s Career Advisory Network.
Brandy Rivers is a literary manager at Industry Entertainment. Previously she was an agent with The Gersh Agency, selling books to film & television. Her clients have set up major projects with companies like MRC, Universal, and have attached A-list stars and directors like Matt Damon and George Clooney. She previously worked at Jerry Bruckheimer Television where she worked on over 400 hours of television.
Mike Griffin is a talent manager and producer at MAKE GOOD Content. Mike works in artist management and creative development where his specific focus is TV/film production in both animation and live action along with representing actors, comedians, and screenwriters. His clients include TV & film stars Peyton Elizabeth Lee, Byron Bowers, Justin Hires, and Calum Worthy as well as top tier, comedic writing talent such as the Emmy winning, SNL head writer Dennis McNicholas, Aunty Donna's Mark Samual Bonanno, and rising stars Sierra Katow and Sahana Srinivasan. Mike works alongside Paul Young, the Emmy-winning producer of KEY AND PEELE, who founded and ran Principato-Young Entertainment for 17 years. MAKE GOOD also has turnkey production services compatibilities across many forms of entertainment including animation, live-action, documentaries, and podcasting. Paul and Mike have produced dozens of movies and television shows, including RENO 911 for Comedy Central, CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE and KEANU for WB/New Line, WOMAN IN THE BOOK for Crypt TV & Facebook Watch, and the hit docuseries, THE COMEDY STORE for Showtime which chronicled the epic history of the World Famous Comedy Store on Sunset. MAKE GOOD is partnered with Starburns Industries, the animation studio behind RICK AND MORTY and the Oscar-nominated ANOMALISA, and its affiliated podcast network, Starburns Audio.
Rebecca Windsor is the Vice President of Current Programming and Head of the Warner Bros. Television Workshop, the premier writing and directing program for artists looking to launch their television careers. As an extension of her role developing new talent, Rebecca helped launch Warner Bros. digital brand Stage13, overseeing the critically acclaimed Snatchers, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and SXSW, and Special, which premiered on Netflix and garnered four Emmy nominations. Previously, she was the Creative Producing Initiative Manager of the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Program, playing a key role in coordinating the Screenwriters and Directors Labs, Episodic Story Lab, and Creative Producing Lab and Summit. Prior to Sundance, Rebecca was Manager of Development at Samuel L. Jackson’s television company, UppiTV, and at Mandeville Films. She started her career as an assistant at the Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann Agency and ICM. A San Diego native, she attended Northwestern University, where she received a BS in Theatre.
Lucy Luna is a Mexican writer living in Los Angeles. Lucy’s multi award-winning feature script, Sophie & Valentina, has led her to the beginning of her professional journey, having won the 2019 HBOAccess Writing Fellowship, the ScreenCraft Fellowship, and placing on the Young & Hungry List. She penned a horror feature script for Mexican producer Gerardo Gática, wrote on CW’s Two Sentence Horror Stories, and is currently writing on CBS’ All Rise. Lucy continues to develop feature and television projects, focusing primarily on the horror, thriller, and drama genres.
Neil Thomas, is a TV Executive for MRC Studios. In his role, Thomas sources new content, including both intellectual property and original material. During his career he has helped develop shows including HBO's The Outsider, and Apple TV's The Terminal List, and The Shrink Next Door.
Jason Hafford is an Agent in the Television department at leading entertainment and sports agency, Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Hafford is based in the Los Angeles office, where he represents writers, directors, showrunners, producers, and actors from around the globe, with a focus on India, the Middle, East, Africa, and the UK. In addition, Hafford works on identifying new business opportunities for the agency and its clients with an emphasis on the international marketplace. Hafford began his career at IMG. He joined CAA in 2012. Hafford graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Digital & Broadcast Journalism.
WeScreenplay Virtual TV Writing Lab
The top 4 winning scripts will be invited to WeScreenplay’s Virtual TV Writing Lab! This is a once-in-a-career opportunity to network, get exposure for your writing, and learn from working TV writers.
Winners will take part in an interactive 4 day virtual lab with hands-on workshops, industry meetings, and will learn from working TV writers. They will take meetings with development executives, TV writers, and learn how to make the most of a client/rep relationship from managers and agents.
Additionally, our top scripts are read by our incredible industry jury and the winners get access to ongoing mentorship from WeScreenplay including an initial phone call, guidance for drafting query letters, research methods for finding the right representation, prep before big meetings, and strategic planning for next steps in their careers — all based on the writer’s specific goals
See what some of our past Lab Mentors and Lab Winners had to say!
I loved the mock writers' room. Hearing from a veteran showrunner and getting a firsthand look into the process of creating a season of television was inspiring and invaluable.
Winner, 2022 TV Pilot Lab
Learning from showrunner Naren Shankar, about how a TV show breaks an entire season from the very beginning concepts to final locked-in scripts, pre production to post, was an amazing experience and great prep for anyone hoping to get staffed in a writers room one day!
Winner, 2022 TV Pilot Lab
Thank you for such a spectacular week, it has been enlightening and life changing on so many levels. I feel like we had a whirlwind of a grad school education in only four days.
Winner, 2022 TV Pilot Lab
The notes session was a great way to revisit my script after a long time with fresh eyes and even more excited feedback. I truly loved reading everyone's scripts and getting to collaborate on this small scale to hopefully help them continue to develop and strengthen their samples, because I know for a fact they did all of that for mine.
Winner, 2022 TV Pilot Lab
I am loving the workshops and meetings - really I've learned a lot from everyone! Thanks for this intangible experience and for this chance to move forward as writers.
Winner, 2022 TV Pilot Lab
Group Mentorship Meetings
1:1 Curated Meetings
Before the lab, we will share all the winning scripts with the group. During a one to two hour session, the group will share script notes verbally. While all the winning scripts are already strong, the purpose of this notes session is to refine your work, to get thoughts on next steps, and to practice giving and receiving notes.
We will have exciting workshops for winners to get hands on experience with industry professionals. For our 2022 TV Pilot Lab, winners participated in a Writers’ Room Workshop with Naren Shankar, Showrunner on THE EXPANSE, a Rep’s Perspective Workshop with AE Jones of Stagecoach Entertainment, and a Pitching Masterclass with Jim Arnoff.
The writers had group meetings with executives, literary managers and other TV writers to learn more about the craft, industry to get a 360 educated learning experience of a professional screenwriting career. Each session had a mentor who would share their experience and area of expertise followed by a Q&A with the writers. The writers met with execs and managers from Make Good Content, Fourth Wall Entertainment, Sony, Stagecoach entertainment, TV Writers Brandon Hines and Lucy Luna.
WeScreenplay Development team curated 1:1 meetings for each winner keeping in mind their writing goals and strengths. The respective Lab recipients had individual general meetings with execs and managers from Grandview LA, Industry Entertainment, Bellevue, Authentic, Westbrook Studios, Khalabo Ink Society, Mucho Mas Media and Gato Grande.
Check out more of our Writers’ Successes.
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 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.
“Sarah Eagen and 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.“
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! She has since signed with CAA.
“My time as a WeScreenplay 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.”
A FREE, 1-page mini-version of our phenomenal coverage from the entry’s first round judge, including their scores!
*Note: You can upgrade your free Judges Notes to WeScreenplay’s famous Classic Notes for an additional fee!
A new reader and another read for every script that makes it to this round.
*Note: You can upgrade to include a fresh round of Judges Notes for a small fee!
Another new reader and another full read for every script that makes it to this round … and you are welcome to submit an updated version of your script for only $6.
Scripts that make it to this round will be read internally by the WeScreenplay team as well as our industry jury. Scores will not be provided for this round, as judging will be discussed privately.
The top scripts selected by the Judges and WeScreenplay team! We’ll be reaching out to the winners with mentorship to help take their career to the next level.