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TVWriter.com The People's Pilot

Contact

PO Box 65024
Port Ludlow, WA 98365
(360) 821-9082 (voice)

Web: http://tvwriter.net
Email: larrybrody@tvwriter.com

Contact: Larry Brody, CEO, Cloud Creek Communications, Inc.

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Signficance: 1 star (1.2/5.0)
Report Cards: 9    
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Objective

We are all about giving agents, showrunners, and executives exactly what they now are looking for: Spec pilot teleplays that showcase you, the new writer operating at your very best. If the suits love the writing of a spec pilot, they have the best reason in the world to trust the writer to come through in the development process. A strongly-written spec pilot shows you’re ready for the gig.

All genres are welcome. Ditto series intended for any/all form of electronic media: Broadcast, Cable, Satellite TV; Game Console series; Web series; et al. The newer and fresher your POV the better!

Bonus 1: Free feedback on all entries. ($125 value)
Bonus 2: Free "Storytelling Patterns" ebook by Larry Brody for all entrants (unavailable anywhere else)
Bonus 3: Special Bonus Award - All Entries automatically eligible

Deadline/Entry Fees

Deadline Date Entry Fee Days till Deadline
Early Bird August 1, 2017 $35
Web Series Discount November 1, 2017 $35 10
Final November 1, 2017 $50 10

The PEOPLE'S PILOT opens for entries June 1st and closes November 1st each year.

The entry fee for each PEOPLE’S PILOT submission is $50, with an Early Bird Special Fee of only $35 per entry for everyone entering in June and July.

The new Duo Discount Entry allows you to pay for 2 entries at the same time for a total payment of only $85. The Duo Discount will go into effect May 2nd, after the Early Bird Discount expires, to make sure you get the best possible deal!

Submissions can be made ONLINE ONLY. Submission of and payment for your PEOPLE’S PILOT entry or entries signifies that you have read and accept the rules of the PEOPLE’S PILOT.

WinningScripts Pro $10 Off Coupon

Notification: Within two months of deadline

Rules

See website for rules and more details.

Awards

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT The is divided into 2 prize-giving categories plus a Special Bonus Category:

  • Scripted Comedy Series - intended for any electronic platform (including broadcast and premium cable series, internet series, cell phone series et al) of any length of any length required for telling your story
  • Scripted Drama & Action Series - intended for any electronic platform (including broadcast and premium cable series, internet series, cell phone series et al) of any length required for telling your story
  • NEW! Special Bonus Category - Thanks to Manner Movie Limited, a longtime PEOPLE'S PILOT sponsor, and Global Saga Media Entertainment, both of Hong Kong, all entries in this year's competition automatically will be eligible for the Special International Production Award, which will be given to an entry or entries that the judges deem especially suitable for the global television market.

    First Prize:
    • US $700 from Manner Movie Ltd. of Hong Kong
    • 1 free 1-On-1 Career Coaching (by phone, e-mail, or, if possible, in person with producer-writer Larry Brody of TVWriter™ ($350 value)
    • 1 Script Consultation from Script Pipeline ($395 value)
    • Free admission to Larry Brody's Master Class TV and Film Writing Workshop ($279 value)
    • 1 year of Gold Plan Spotlighted Screenplay Posting Service at ScreenwriterShowcase.Com ($84 value)
    • 1 InkTip Script Listing so that producers and reps can find you ($65 value)
    • 1 InkTip Magazine Logline Listing to make your presence known in print ($40 value)
    • Inclusion in the TVWriter™ List of Recommended Writers (priceless)
    Second Prize:
    • US $200, courtesy of Manner Movie, Ltd.
    • 1 free 1-On-1 Career Coaching session (by phone, e-mail, or in person with producer-writer Larry Brody of TVWriter™ ($350 value)
    • 1 InkTip Script Listing so that producers and reps can find you
    • 1 InkTip Magazine Logline Listing to make your presence known in print ($40 value)
    • Inclusion in the TVWriter™ List of Recommended Writers
    Third Prize:
    • US $100, courtesy of Manner Movie, Ltd.
    • 1 InkTip Script Listing so that producers and reps can find you
    • 1 InkTip Magazine Logline Listing to make your presence known in print ($40 value)
    • Inclusion in the TVWriter™ List of Recommended Writers

    Special Bonus Category


    All entries in this year’s competition automatically will be eligible for the Special International Production Award, which will be given to an entry or entries that the judges deem especially suitable for the global television market and consist of $500 for a 2 year option on that entry or entries

    FREE FEEDBACK FOR EACH ENTRY

    After the Winners are announced, all entrants will receive an e-mail containing the actual score given by the judges, an explanation of what its point value means, and the judges’ general reaction to the entry.

    FREE STORYTELLING PATTERNS E-BOOK WITH EACH ENTRY

    All entrants will receive a PDF file of Larry Brody’s Storytelling Patterns in Genre Films booklet, a guide to outlining screenplays and teleplays by using established story patterns and essential scenes that is available literally nowhere else on or off the web.

TVWriter.com The People's Pilot

Contact

PO Box 65024
Port Ludlow, WA 98365
(360) 821-9082 (voice)

Web: http://tvwriter.net
Email: larrybrody@tvwriter.com

Contact: Larry Brody, CEO, Cloud Creek Communications, Inc.

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Signficance: 1 star (1.2/5.0)
Report Cards: 9    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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TVWriter.com The People's Pilot

Contact

PO Box 65024
Port Ludlow, WA 98365
(360) 821-9082 (voice)

Web: http://tvwriter.net
Email: larrybrody@tvwriter.com

Contact: Larry Brody, CEO, Cloud Creek Communications, Inc.

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Signficance: 1 star (1.2/5.0)
Report Cards: 9    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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TVWriter.com The People's Pilot

Contact

PO Box 65024
Port Ludlow, WA 98365
(360) 821-9082 (voice)

Web: http://tvwriter.net
Email: larrybrody@tvwriter.com

Contact: Larry Brody, CEO, Cloud Creek Communications, Inc.

Report Card

Overall: 2.5 stars2.5 stars2.5 stars (2.4/5.0)
Professionalism: 4 stars4 stars4 stars4 stars (4.0/5.0)
Feedback: 3 stars3 stars3 stars (3.1/5.0)
Signficance: 1 star (1.2/5.0)
Report Cards: 9    
Have you entered?
Please submit a Report card.

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Interviews

MovieBytes Interview:
Screenwriter John Adcox

An interview with screenwriter John Adcox regarding the People's Pilot Writing Competition.

Q: What's the title of the script you entered in this contest, and what's it about?

A: The TV pilot is called "Challengers." It started as an attempt to create a series with the feel of the old pulp characters: Tarzan, the Shadow, Doc Savage, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Professor Challenger, and the like.

Unfortunately, those characters really only work in period. You can sort of believe that Tarzan was raised my apes back in Victorian times, but when the story is transported to modern times, it just comes across as silly. You can almost believe that Professor Challenger could find dinosaurs in The Lost World back in the day. But in 2008? Not so much.

But setting the story in period is, at best, rather less than practical for television. So the idea of Challengers is that the lead characters are the great-grandchildren of the larger-than-life adventurers that inspired the pulp tales and movie serials of their day. Some of them aren't really sure that all the adventures really happened. After all, such things are impossible, right?

Right?

But maybe the reason their famous great grand parents could have all those adventures back in the day was because the world really was different back then... and something has changed.

There is a secret history of the world.

Challengers is the "unified field theory" of Conspiracy paranoia, the place where ancient mysteries -- the prophesies of doom in the Mayan calendar and the alignments of the great pyramids and the monoliths at Stonehenge -- intersect with CIA mind control experiments, the so-called New World Order, and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. The world is stranger -- and far more dangerous -- than we dare imagine.

Behind history's most significant events--the beginning of the World Wars, the dominance of mighty religions and sinister cults, unexplained phenomena, the disappearance of lost cities, fluctuations in the global economy, the sudden appearance of unexplained creatures, and even the deadliest secrets governments keep--is a great conspiracy.

Known only as the Cabal, a word itself meaning secret, and identified only by an ancient symbol, the conspiracy has existed since the time of Christ, and probably much longer. Now, centuries of planning and manipulation are coming to a terrible and deadly climax.

Only nine people know the truth: a 26-year-old billionaire, a spy, a magician, an investigator, a scientist, a ninja assassin, a teenage genius, a daredevil, and a shaman.

They are the great grandchildren of the larger than life global adventurers who inspired the pulp tales and movie serials of their day. They have grown up in the spotlight, with the world watching to see what they'll become, expecting them to be brilliant. Now, they seek the world's last vanishing wonders--just as the original Challengers did decades before. But like their great grandparents before them, they have a secret agenda. They are our only hope against the terrible might of the shadowy, global Cabal.

Each of the team members has a secret past, the kind of secret that makes a career in mainstream society difficult or impossible. The Challengers are all dynamic, talented individuals with tempestuous personalities. Ultimately, they will become a tightly knit family. They care deeply about one another.

One of them is a traitor.

Beware. Things are not as they seem. Everything you know is a lie. And everyone is in disguise.

Q: What made you enter this particular contest? Have you entered any other contests with this script? If so, how did you do?

A: I entered this contest largely because I'd found TVWriter.com, and found the community to be welcoming, supportive, and helpful.

I entered an earlier draft into Writemovies, and was a finalist. I have entered the pilot script into Scriptapalooza TV, but haven't heard results yet. That, too, was an earlier version. I wish I'd waited.

I also entered two novels and a short story collection into Writesafe's Presentathon and the novels into Writemovies. I won first, scond AND third at Writesafe, and was a finalist at Writemovies (although the latter was for screenplays, and I entered novels). I am insufferably pleased. Serious, the boost in confidence means a great deal to me.

Q: Were you satisfied with the adminstration of the contest? Did they meet their deadlines? Did you receive all the awards that were promised?

A: The People's Pilot was a terrific experience all around. I plan to enter again.

Q: Were you given any feedback on your script? If so, did you find the feedback helpful?

A: The feedback was exceptionally good. I have a much tighter and funnier script now. The mentoring sessions that came with my prizes were even more helpful.

Q: Has your success in this contest helped you market your script? Were you contacted by any agents, managers or producers?

A: I was already working with a production company, and I think this helped move the project from the bottom of the stack. I haven't yet received any more contacts, but given the strike, I don't expect to right away. I am still hoping, though. Especially after the first, second, and third place wins at Writesafe.

Q: What's your background? Have you written any other screenplays or television scripts?

A: I've been in marketing communications strategy and new media for almost 20 years. Now, at age 43, I am retiring to concentrate on storytelling full time. Challengers was my first script ever, although I am developing another ( a feature based on one of my Christmas short stories) with a Creative Exec at Paramount.

Q: Do you live in Los Angeles? If not, do you have any plans to move there?

A: No, and I won't unless I have to. I am extremely happy in Atlanta. I may get an apartment there, though.

Q: What's next? Are you working on a new script?

A: I am working on the feature at Paramount, waiting for the strike to end so that I can market Challengers, and trying to do something with the novels while the contest wins are still hot.

Posted Friday, January 18, 2008