2023 TV Pilot Writer Development Program Update!

 

At Shore Scripts, our mission is to elevate the craft of screenwriting and help writers forge meaningful industry connections.

 

The Writer Development Program is a pivotal element of our Feature and TV Pilot contests, offering unparalleled support to winners and finalists as they navigate their creative journeys.

 

Here, we provide an overview of the WDM program and highlight the successes of last year’s participants.

 

The Writer Development Prize: An Essential Tool for Emerging Writers

 

Led by our Writer Development Manager, Ajit Samra, Shore’s Writer Development program is a bespoke prize for our contest finalists designed to guide writers through crucial stages of their career development. Let’s go through each of these steps!

 

 

1. Initial Zoom Meeting with Ajit

 

The journey with Shore Scripts’ Writer Development Program begins with an initial Zoom meeting with Ajit. This crucial first consultation is designed to chart the writer’s path forward, tailoring the program to their unique needs and goals. During this meeting, Ajit helps writers decide among three primary options: script development and polishing, seeking representation, or moving toward production.

 

For those focusing on script development and polishing, the objective is to refine the script until it’s perfectly polished and ready for industry eyes. This stage involves intensive feedback and revisions to ensure the script meets professional standards and showcases the writer’s voice effectively.

 

Writers opting for representation receive guidance in seeking agents or managers who can manage their careers and open doors within the industry. This path is about building a professional support system that can help the writer navigate opportunities and challenges.

 

Finally, those choosing the production path work towards getting their scripts produced. This involves not only refining the script but also preparing pitch materials and strategizing how to attract producers and financiers to bring the project to life.

 

Our contests have helped over 100 writers kickstart their screenwriting careers

See how our Feature, TV Pilot, Script Development Fund & Short Film Fund Contests can help you break through as a screenwriter

 

2. Script Readiness and Circulation

 

Once a script reaches the stage of being polished and ready, we initiate the process of circulating it to industry professionals. This crucial step is meticulously customized to align with the writer’s specific needs and career goals, ensuring that each script finds the best possible path forward.

 

Currently, several TV Pilot and Feature winners from our 2023 contests are actively having their scripts circulated. Writers like Jasmine Aziz & Dan McNeil for HERE SHE COMES, Neiman & Aaron Outlen for THE MIGHTY MIND OF IMANI STRONG, and Kedar Williams Stirling for VIBRATIONS, are among those whose compelling stories are catching the attention of major industry players.

 

 

 

 

This year we have been circulating our 2023 writers’ scripts with top-tier companies such as Affirmative Entertainment, Mosaic, Anonymous Content, Magnolia Entertainment, The Gersh Agency, Zero Gravity Management, and more.

 

These industry giants are known for their keen eye for talent and have a track record of developing successful projects, providing our writers with invaluable opportunities to advance their careers.

 


3. Industry Meetings

 

Once scripts are circulated and garner interest, writers begin to participate in meetings with industry professionals. Frequently, these meetings, known as “generals,” are introductory sessions where writers and industry representatives get to know each other.

 

A general typically involves a writer sitting down with an agent, manager, producer, or development executive. The goal is not to pitch a specific project but to discuss the writer’s background, creative vision, and future aspirations. These meetings are an opportunity for writers to build relationships, gain insights into the industry, and showcase their personality and storytelling skills.

 

For example, some of our writers have had successful generals with executives from top companies like FilmNation Entertainment, Entertainment 360, and more. These meetings often lead to further discussions, mentorship, and sometimes even direct opportunities for collaboration, making them a vital component of the writer’s development journey.

 

 

 

Most recently, we set up a meeting for Charlotte Balough with Worldwide Production Agency for her 1-Hour Drama TV Pilot KILL THE LAX BRO.

 

Additionally, we scheduled meetings for Parker Whitmore with Upstream Entertainment for his 1-Hour Drama TV Pilot EDEN’S VALLEY.

 

Both writers were Top 10 Finalists in our 2023 TV Pilot contest.

 

 

 

4. Path to Success Stories

 

The ultimate goal of our Writer Development program is to see our writers succeed. The journey from script development to industry recognition is complex, but our structured approach provides a clear path. Many of our alumni have gone on to achieve remarkable success, securing representation, optioning their scripts, or even moving into production.

 

For more information on the 100+ inspiring journeys and outcomes we have achieved for our writers, visit our Success Stories page. If you’re a screenwriter, our TV Pilot and Feature contests could be your ticket to industry recognition and success. Learn more about our Feature and TV Pilot contests!

 


Laura Huie is a writer and editor involved in comedy-drama screenwriting, fiction editing, and full-time marketing copy. Laura is also a freelance article writer for Shore Scripts and has worked with Script Pipeline on their live Symposium series. She is one-half of the screenwriting duo, Bloom & Huie. Together, they have written multiple television series, as well as a feature-length film. Their mission is to write honest and witty female stories wrapped up in unbelievable worlds.

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