2023 TV PILOT CONTEST WINNERS

We are honored to announce the Winners & Finalists of our 2023 TV Pilot Contest.

It has been a pleasure to immerse ourselves in these fantastic stories and proudly share them with our award-winning industry Judges.

And now the Judges have spoken!

We want to congratulate all the writers who have graciously shared their work with us this year. With so many great stories from talented writers, we are in no doubt that a large number of this year’s entrants will go on to have successful careers in the industry.

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 WINNERS – TV PILOT 1 HR | TV PILOT 1/2 HR

TOP 10 FINALISTS – TV PILOT 1 HR | TV PILOT 1/2 HR 

SEMI-FINALISTS – TV PILOT 1 HR | TV PILOT 1/2 HR

QUARTER-FINALISTS – TV PILOT 1 HRTV PILOT 1/2 HR

TV PILOT 1 HOUR GRAND PRIZE WINNER - THE MIGHTY MIND OF IMANI STRONG BY AARON & NEIMAN OUTLEN

$2,500 CASH PRIZE

THE MIGHTY MIND OF IMANI STRONG

A thirteen year old girl discovers her extraordinary true self after the untimely death of her mother.

TV PILOT 1 HOUR 2ND PLACE WINNER - RUDY CHAMPION AND THE EDGE OF THE EARTH BY PHILIP ENCHELMAIER

$500 CASH PRIZE

RUDY CHAMPION AND THE EDGE OF THE EARTH

An orphaned Flat Earther exposes a conspiracy to assassinate a Presidential candidate who claims to be his real father and he’s the assassin.

TV 1-HOUR FINALISTS
(10 Finalists – alphabetical order)

Aaron & Neiman Outlen The Mighty Mind of Imani Strong A thirteen-year-old girl discovers her extraordinary true self after the untimely death of her mother.
Charlotte Balogh Kill the LAX Bro After all-American ANDREW LEE is mysteriously kicked off his lacrosse team by all-around-asshole TROY RICHARDS, Andrew recruits three of Troy’s enemies; SASSI (the ex), VERITY (the lab partner), and TATUM (the dealer) to take him down. A love letter to 90s girl groups and a literal JOHN TUCKER MUST DIE.
Johnny Gilligan Alphastate
When a wonder drug makes sleep obsolete, a famous hypnotherapist works with police to solve new waking-dream crimes called Re-cals, as malevolent forces strive to find new ways to manipulate human minds, including his, in this newly awakened criminal landscape. Think THE MENTALIST meets MINORITY REPORT.
Kris Hall Red World A troubled American family, living in a colony on Mars, must scramble to survive when the colony becomes prematurely independent due to a nuclear war on Earth.
M. Rowan Meyer New Cardiff A New England coastal town is rocked by the disappearance of a beloved fisherman. But what’s lost at sea isn’t lost for good.
Mia Volta Sunnier Climes Nantucket islanders struggle for power in interwoven stories of the nineteenth-century whaling era and the climate-ravaged future.
Parker Whitmore Eden’s Valley Two young Tohono Oʼodham Natives find themselves, and their community, caught amidst a growing war between U.S. Border Patrol and a ruthless Mexican drug cartel.
Patrick Tierney M&Ms Two physicians investigate medical errors in a busy Los Angeles hospital.
Philip Enchelmaier Rudy Champion and the Edge of the Earth An orphaned Flat Earther exposes a conspiracy to assassinate a Presidential candidate who claims to be his real father and he’s the assassin.
Rae Binstock Butch A lesbian private detective in 1970s New York takes on the filth, glamour, and corruption of 1970s New York as she investigates a series of murders targeting the city’s newly radicalized gay community.

TV PILOT ½ HOUR GRAND PRIZE WINNER - HERE SHE COMES BY JASMINE AZIZ & DAN MCNEIL

$2,500 CASH PRIZE

HERE SHE COMES

An introverted South Asian woman having the worst sex of her life becomes an adult toy seller much to the chagrin of her eccentric but traditional Indian family.

TV PILOT 1/2 HOUR 2ND PLACE WINNER - STEFAN BY ANA-MARIJA STOJIC

$500 CASH PRIZE

STEFAN

Stefan is a dark comedy about a 16-year-old misguided boy, who’s played in drag by me. The story starts when his biological father comes back into his life, just to set it all up in flames.

TV ½ HOUR FINALISTS
(10 Finalists – alphabetical order)

Ana-Marija Stojic Stefan Stefan is a dark comedy about a 16-year-old misguided boy, who’s played in drag by me. The story starts when his biological father comes back into his life, just to set it all up in flames.
Emily E. Ellis Stuntwomen In 1955 Hollywood, stuntwomen are pitted against each other for what little jobs exist. When naive newbie Eleanor joins their ranks, she must convince the stuntwomen’s brash, older leader Birdie she belongs. Eleanor’s fight to belong bumps against her confusing feelings for a confident actress rumored to be a lesbian.
Jasmine Aziz & Dan McNeil Here She Comes An introverted South Asian woman having the worst sex of her life becomes an adult toy seller much to the chagrin of her eccentric but traditional Indian family.
Kimberly Gore & David Sanchez CLiCK! Six single thirty-somethings try to navigate life, love, and the dating app.
Luna Al-Kaisy Student Debt  Two best friends embark on a series of get-rich-quick schemes so they can pay for their final year of university before their parents find out they’ve lost their scholarships.
Mischa Webley Hasaan Hates Portland A depressed Black cab driver in the Whitest city in America becomes an unlikely hero when his apartment gets slated to be demolished and he accidentally becomes the leader of a tenant strike.
Pearse Lehane Written Out When the famous actress, Kati Golightly, discovers her character on a long-running drama is about to be killed off, she embarks on a ruthless, deadly campaign to resurrect her career.
Rudi O’Meara
AMENDS: It’s All Gooooood…
While in rehab, a washed-up 90s sitcom star finds out he’s dying of cancer and, together with his agent, decides to break out and mend fences with everyone he’s ever wronged (to varying degrees of failure).
Ryan O’Donoghue Mom Crush After graduating from college without a job and moving back home with her parents, Maeve Wolfe battles her waning self-confidence by starting an affair with her best friend’s mother, a closeted lesbian.
Simon Pond & Joe Clabby Shaky Town Joe is a struggling actor on the verge of his big break. When his co-star, ex-NFL legend turned actor Reggie Knox, is accused of murder, Joe must choose whether to clear his name, or risk losing his last shot at making it in Hollywood.

TV PILOT 1 HOUR SEMI-FINALISTS
(47 screenplays have progressed)

NAME(S) SCRIPT TITLE
Aaron & Neiman Outlen The Mighty Mind of Imani Strong
Aimiende Negbenebor Sela & Andrew Rubin Wake Up! Wake Up! Wake Up!
Alex Vickery-Howe Gemini
Alyssa Kramer DALE: Keep Your Eyes Open
Amanda Prentiss Black Caesar
Annique Arredondo Scene Queen
Barry Leach Same Old Tricks
Brandon Gale Magneto
Brandon Shorter The Experimenters’ Game
Bruce Buschel Vial
Calum James TWENTY7
Charlotte Balogh Kill the LAX Bro
David B. Guthrie Nightfall
David Christopher Loya Esperanza
Elena Zucker The Ten Plagues
Gregory Abbey Shark
Gregory Field Wearing the Flag
Heather Farlinger The Lavender Panthers
Hue Anthony My Brother’s Keeper
Hugo Lasalle Body Electric
Irene Jiang The Extraordinary Disappearance of Morwenna Gray
Jamee Decio Esperanza
James Rushbrooke Afterglow
Janna Jilnina The Three of Us
Jarod Backens The Bubble
Jay Tigers Dirtbag Fantasies
Jo Harper Tiger mum
Joe Wolff Buntline & Cody
John Bensink Corner of Crenshaw & Life
Johnny Gilligan Alphastate
Kris Hall Red World
Lorraine Flett The Believer
M. Rowan Meyer New Cardiff
Marine Mondelot Eon
Mia Volta Sunnier Climes
Parker Whitmore Eden’s Valley
Patrick Tierney M&Ms
Paul Knox Bailey House
Philip Enchelmaier Rudy Champion and the Edge of the Earth
Rae Binstock Butch
Shiloh Creveling The New World
Simon Foster NightFall
Sophia Dienstag Echo Falls
Stephen Scarlato When the War Came Home
Stuart Creque Asomnia
Tavish Gudgeon Rats
Tim Kontje Black Butterfly

TV PILOT ½ HOUR SEMI-FINALISTS
(35 screenplays have progressed)

NAME(S) SCRIPT TITLE
Adrián Burke Laughey Giraffey
Amy DePaola Tiki Bar Funeral Home
Ana-Marija Stojic Stefan
Andy Knuth Mortified
Anna Kate Fahey Techies
Annie Fick The 6 Chick
Carly Silverman The Apothecary’s Apprentice
Chris Watt Southbank
Daniel Sussman BOOKED: Library Day
David Murphy & Ric Marble The Right Track
Emily E. Ellis Stuntwomen
Francesco Capussela GIN-VERSE: A Ginless Bar
Jackson Hukari & Landon Laub Lap of Luxury
Jasmine Aziz & Dan McNeil Here She Comes
Joel Michalak Re-Gifted
Kimberly Gore & David Sanchez CLiCK!
Lavar James Guards
Luna Al-Kaisy Student Debt
Maria Hinterkoerner Young Agatha
Marty Johnson In the Wings
Matija Šraj Queenmaker
Max Conroy The Oracle
Mike Nielsen Living Assisted
Mischa Webley Hasaan Hates Portland
Natalie Bendheim The Struggler
Pearse Lehane Written Out
Phil Hamer The Davieses
Robert Knoll The Eye In Time
Rudi O’Meara AMENDS: It’s All Gooooood…
Ryan O’Donoghue Mom Crush
Samuel Sutton The Megalomaniacs
Simon Pond & Joe Clabby Shaky Town
Teri Shavoz SHE.e.o
Tony Hendriks Mystic Pictures
Will Clempner My Father is Dead to Me

TV PILOT 1 HOUR QUARTER-FINALISTS
(94 screenplays have progressed)

NAME(S) SCRIPT TITLE
Aaron & Neiman Outlen The Mighty Mind of Imani Strong
Aimiende Negbenebor Sela & Andrew Rubin Wake Up! Wake Up! Wake Up!
Alan O’Brien The Occult Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 
Alex Vickery-Howe Gemini
Alicia Norman Eaters
Alyssa Kramer DALE: Keep Your Eyes Open
Amanda Cole Thornfield
Amanda Prentiss Black Caesar
Annique Arredondo Scene Queen
Barry Leach Same Old Tricks
Brandon Gale Magneto
Brandon Shorter The Experimenters’ Game
Bruce Buschel Vial
Calum James TWENTY7
Charlotte Balogh Kill the LAX Bro
Chynna Williams Blood Bond
Crystal Lee & Cheryl Neve The Nightingale Tattletale
Danielle Tjoelker Belladonna
David B. Guthrie Nightfall
David Christopher Loya Esperanza
Edmund Kelly Enemies of Church
Elena Zucker The Ten Plagues
Emily Friedman The Pictures
Eric Williams Rigged
Eugene Fuller Let It Shine
Gabriel Brugni Da Cruz The Harvest
George Gier & Emmett Overvey The Twist
Georges Le Macon Silvermane
Gregory Abbey Shark
Gregory Field Wearing the Flag
Heather Farlinger The Lavender Panthers
Henry Spicer Freaky Deaky
Hue Anthony My Brother’s Keeper
Hugo Lasalle Body Electric
Irene Jiang The Extraordinary Disappearance of Morwenna Gray
J. D. Elliby The Kingmaker
Jack Anderson & Sam Butler Unexplainable
Jackie Lee Martial Classes
Jade Maitre Petrol Girls
Jamee Decio Esperanza
James Rushbrooke Afterglow
Janna Jilnina The Three of Us
Jared Doles Canvas 31
Jarod Backens The Bubble
Jason Todd ANTILLIA: Conquest Gold
Jay Tigers Dirtbag Fantasies
Jessica Romagnoli Kings of Saint Machan
Jo Harper Tiger mum
Joe Wolff Buntline & Cody
John Bensink Corner of Crenshaw & Life
Johnny Gilligan Alphastate
Jonathan Case Chasing Starlight
Karly Thomas Thirst Trap
Kate McMorran Fateplay
Kris Hall Red World
Liam Fitzpatrick High Moon
Lorien Sekora Sarah
Lorraine Flett The Believer
Luis Cuenca $ainthood
M. Rowan Meyer New Cardiff
Mand Paskuski Poppy Fields
Marie Jones Those We Trust
Marine Mondelot Eon
Mark Bowes LIFE DURING WARTIME: Nowhere Fast
Mia Volta Sunnier Climes
Michelle Muldoon Ripper
Nancy Ostertag & Vaness Ruane RADICALS: A Fearful Storm
Nick Roth Rumford
Oliver Woolf Disco Inferno
Parker Whitmore Eden’s Valley 
Patrick Tierney M&Ms
Paul Knox Bailey House
Paul Land Lim
Philip Enchelmaier Rudy Champion and the Edge of the Earth
Rae Binstock Butch
Raymond Urrutia Boots
Ricardo Thompson Trench Town
Rick Akins Angels in Blue
Robbie Brown Control
Ryan Bergeron Slab City
Ryan Dellaquila Humanely Human
Shiloh Creveling The New World
Simon Foster NightFall
Sophia Dienstag Echo Falls
Stephen Scarlato When the War Came Home
Steven Hill Red Omega
Stuart Creque Asomnia
Tavish Gudgeon Rats
Thandie Evans Replacing Fear
Tim Kontje Black Butterfly
Tom Burke SAPPHIRE & SEQUOIA: Femme Fatales!
Tom Burke SUNNY &TESSA: Pearls in The Jungle
Travis Seppala Wytch
Zackery Harris Gaysians

TV PILOT ½ HOUR QUARTER-FINALISTS
(70 screenplays have progressed)

NAME(S) SCRIPT TITLE
Adam Scott Mazer Villain-Coded
Adrián Burke Laughey Giraffey
Akevo Jenkins Confessions of a Hitman
Alex Fitzgerald Laughable Fears
Alyssa Kramer TRIBUTE: Locket
Amy DePaola Tiki Bar Funeral Home
Ana-Marija Stojic Stefan
Andrea Ash Foole
Andrew Vidgen Grace 
Andy Knuth Mortified
Anna Kate Fahey Techies
Annie Fick The 6 Chick
Ava Sins The Freaks of Laurel Creek
Avery Koenig Cancel Me
Callie Waligora She’s The Man
Carly MacIsaac Kai and Kleo Kill Bill
Carly Silverman The Apothecary’s Apprentice 
Carrie Fishbane Iris
Chris Watt Southbank
Claude Stuart Ship Show!
Daniel Sussman BOOKED: Library Day
David Murphy & Ric Marble The Right Track
Diouc Koma The Reflection
Emily E. Ellis Stuntwomen
Francesco Capussela GIN-VERSE: A Ginless Bar
Guil Parreiras TILL DEATH RIP US APART: Love Is Not a Dog from Hell
Jackson Hukari & Landon Laub Lap of Luxury
Jacob S. Wydra Have You Ever Tried Martian Coffee?
Janine Demaria Stay
Jasmine Aziz & Dan McNeil Here She Comes
Jeffery Richards Backpackers Inc!
Joel Michalak Re-Gifted
Kelly Roderick Sword & Myth
Kimberly Gore & David Sanchez CLiCK!
Lavar James Guards
Lily Portman Dosed Pilot
Luna Al-Kaisy Student Debt
Madelyne Dhaliwal Over My Dead Body
Maria Hinterkoerner Young Agatha
Marty Johnson In the Wings
Mary Von Aue Greetings From The Floodgates
Matija Šraj Queenmaker
Matt Michaud Cross Country
Max Conroy The Oracle
Michael Brennan Jenkins and Watts: Paranormal Attorneys At Law
Mike Nielsen Living Assisted
Miriam Sachs Gal Pals
Mischa Webley Hasaan Hates Portland
Natalie Bendheim The Struggler
Nicki Lane A-SPEC
P. A. Lopez Cyberpink
Page Getz Ellinger Stardrift Road
Pearse Lehane Written Out
Phil Hamer The Davieses
Robert Knoll The Eye In Time
Rudi O’Meara AMENDS: It’s All Gooooood…
Ryan O’Donoghue Mom Crush
Samuel Sutton The Megalomaniacs
Simon Pond & Joe Clabby Shaky Town
Skylier Jones THIEF: The Child, The Graves, and The Keeper
Sophia Dienstag Bad Faith
Tapan Sharma Indian Medium
Teri Shavoz SHE.e.o
Tessa Flannery Faire
Thomas Franey Faithful
Tony Hendriks Mystic Pictures
Victoria Bullock 12 Steps To Becoming A Lesbian
Vikki Harris Mom and Me
Will Clempner My Father is Dead to Me
Will Nunziata Forty-Licious