Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Scriptapalooza Calling all TV Writers

Scriptapalooza Television Writing Competition CALL FOR ENTRIES

Hey all you TV writers, this is your chance to change the way you watch TV! Scriptapalooza TV has seen major success in their 10 years...2 writers won Emmys, numerous writers have gotten agents, managers and meetings. The four categories include existing 1 hour shows like True Blood and Merlin.Existing half hour sitcoms like The Office and Two and a Half Men.Original pilots and reality shows. (for reality shows we would like a 1-5 page synopsis only)

Supported by the Writers Guild of America west and the Writers Guild of Canada. 323.654.5809

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Profiling Up and Coming Writer-Director - Julian Breece

I worked with Julian on one of my scripts a couple of years ago when he had just finished graduate school and was in the producer's program. I'm happy to see that Julian is well on the road to success. Way to GOOOOOO, Julian. Perhaps we can work on another project again one day in the near future.



Writer-Director JULIAN BREECE is a graduate of Harvard University (AB '03) and USC's Graduate School or Cinema-Television (MFA '05). His debut short, THE YOUNG & EVIL, received grants from Panavision, The Reginald F. Lewis Foundation and the Frameline Completion Fund. The short has screened at major festivals around the world and is an Official Selection of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival.

Breece's first feature screenplay BALL won a Slamdance Feature Screenplay Award and went on to become a 2007 Finalist for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting. Currently, Breece is the creator, executive producer and director of BUPPIES, the first web drama to present an African-American cast. Featured as one of IndieWIRE's "Ten Exciting New Voices in Black Cinema," Breece will direct his first feature film, HEARTLAND, in Fall 2009.

Profiling Screenwriter: Diane Thomas

Although Diane's life ended far too soon, hopefully, the way that she broke into the industry will be an encouragement.

Write on and never give up.


Diane Thomas
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Diane Thomas (January 7, 1946–October 21, 1985) was a screenwriter. She was working as a waitress while writing scripts and then had the opportunity to pitch the script for Romancing the Stone to customer Michael Douglas who then bought, produced, and starred in the film with Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito.

Diane Thomas died in a car accident in October 1985;[1] this was only about six weeks before the sequel to Romancing the Stone, The Jewel of the Nile was released. Ms. Thomas was busy writing for the movie Always for Steven Spielberg and was not available to write Jewel of the Nile.

In the Special Edition of Romancing the Stone DVD, Michael Douglas stated in an interview that he had purchased a Porsche for Thomas as a present for her work with him on Romancing and help with scenes on Jewel of the Nile. Thomas was a passenger in the Porsche, while her companion driving it caused the accident, killing her instantly. The accident, according to Michael Douglas, occurred on the Pacific Coast Highway. The companion was identified as male and was driving while intoxicated.
Following her death, UCLA created the prestigious Diane Thomas Screenwriting Awards in her honor. Original judges included Steven Spielberg, Michael Douglas, James Brooks and Kathleen Kennedy.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Wanna write for TV?

FYI. Scriptapalooza is having their 11th annual TV competition. 4 catergories: scirpts based on 1 hour existing TV shows, existing 1/2 hour sitcoms, original pilots and reality shows (1-5pg synopsis only). Go to for details and interviews with last year's winners. Deadline 10/15/09. Entry fee $40. I'm thinking about entering something, perhaps a reality or original TV pilot. Pass it along to anyone you know who wants to write for TV. May be worth a shot.

Write on!