Between binging entire seasons just to keep up and a new streaming service being created every 14 seconds, it’s pretty clear: we’re in a golden era of TV. WeScreenplay wants TV enthusiasts with great pilots. Our professional readers will provide feedback, and we’ll highlight our favorite scripts to the industry (starting with our pretty sweet jury).
PLUS, starting this year, WeScreenplay will be inviting winners to our very first TV Writing Lab! Writers will tackle meetings with industry executives, participate in hands-on workshops, and learn from current television writers. So what are you waiting for?
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Tze (pronounced “Z”) Chun is a writer, director, producer, and visual artist based in Los Angeles. He is currently creator and showrunner of the animated Gremlins prequel GREMLINS: SECRETS OF THE MOGWAI for Warner Bros and Amblin, premiering on HBO Max in 2022. He is also Executive Producer and Co-Showrunner of Boots Riley’s upcoming Amazon series I’M A VIRGO. Past credits include writer/producer on Fox’s hit Batman prequel show GOTHAM and on ABC’s ONCE UPON A TIME. With roots in independent film, Chun also wrote and directed the award-winning films WINDOWBREAKER (Sundance 2007), CHILDREN OF INVENTION (Sundance 2009) the Bryan Cranston thriller COLD COMES THE NIGHT (Sony), as well as an episode of BAFTA-nominee LITTLE AMERICA (Apple TV+) centering around his mother's life. Along with Salvatore Simeone, Chun also co-founded the graphic novel and fiction publishing company TKO Studios, which publishes original series by top creators such as Jeff Lemire, Garth Ennis, Roxane Gay, and more.
Monica Macer is a screenwriter, executive producer, and showrunner of Korean and African American descent. She has written for some of the most acclaimed television series over the last 15 years, including LOST and QUEEN SUGAR. Currently, Monica is proud to serve as showrunner and executive producer for MACGYVER (CBS). Macer’s experience in television has spanned broadcast, cable, and streaming with writing and producing credits ranging from PRISON BREAK (FOX) to TEEN WOLF (MTV), NASHVILLE (ABC) to DECEPTION (NBC), and THE BREAKS (VH1). Last season, Macer served as showrunner and executive producer of Netflix’s Latinx dramedy, GENTEFIED. As showrunner of Queen Sugar’s second season, Macer was tapped as one of Variety’s 10 Writers to Watch. She currently serves on the Motion Picture Television Fund’s (MPTF) NextGen board and is a co-founder of the newly minted organization, Korean American Leaders in Hollywood. Monica was also in the inaugural class of the NetKAL (Network for Korean American Leaders) Fellowship at USC. Additionally, Macer is a 2020 Coalition of Asian Pacific (CAPE) Writing Fellows Mentor.
Brin Lukens is the Senior Vice President of Live Action Development at Nickelodeon & Awesomeness Studios where she oversees scripted development. In her role, she has produced multiple series including Hulu’s critically acclaimed and Primetime Emmy nominated comedy, “PEN15,” YouTube Premium’s longest running comedy, “Foursome,” and the Daytime Emmy award-winning Netflix series, “TRINKETS.” Prior to joining Awesomeness, Brin was the Director of Development for Ashton Kutcher’s Katalyst Films developing both features and digital series. Prior to that she was a Creative Executive at Mockingbird Pictures where she developed numerous feature films.
Jason Kyle currently works in Scripted Drama Development at Sony Pictures Television Studios (THE BLACKLIST, OUTLANDER, THE GOOD DOCTOR, THE BOYS, etc.) In 2019, he started as the Manager of Development under the production deal of Glenn Geller (former President of CBS Studios) and then went on to develop with Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa (Creators of HOMELAND, 24) under their overall production deal with Sony. He’s Co-Founder of The Creators Writing Room with Lee Aronsohn (Co-Creator TWO AND A HALF MEN, Exec. Producer BIG BANG THEORY) where they teach writers how to pitch their own shows, and hold free zoom webinars with other industry Pros. Jason is a former Management Consultant (don’t ask him about it - too much PTSD), and served in the Peace Corps in Albania. He’s traveled to 50+ countries and has one roommate, Maggie, who walks on all-fours and doesn’t pay any rent.
The top 3 winning scripts in both 1 hr and 1/2 hr pilot categories 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 meetings with development executives, experience a mock TV writer’s room with working TV writers, and learn how to make the most of a client/rep relationship from managers and agents. It’s an exciting, hands-on schedule of events that will help you further your career — all from the comfort of your own home.
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.
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.”
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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.