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North Fork TV Festival Partners with Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for 2nd Annual Science + Tech Script Development Competition

After a successful first year, the fifth annual North Fork TV Festival is partnering with Alfred P. Sloan Foundation again for the second annual science + tech script development competition, which aims to encourage screenwriters to create more reali...

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Writer-Actress Nia Fairweather's 'Four Seasons' Bears Hope for the Indy Filmmaker

Back in February, before the novel coronavirus hit and temporarily upended the industry, writer and actress Nia Fairweather’s Four Seasons premiered at the Pan African Film Festival (PAFF) in Los Angeles. Reception to the film, which follows Charisse...

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Spec Spotlight: Zack Ford Sells 'The Watcher' to Spooky Pictures

Zack Ford is hoping to scare audiences with his spec script The Watcher, which recently sold. The psychological thriller is about a newly engaged couple who move to an apartment in New York City, however the fiancée soon feels that she is being watch...

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Women Screenwriters Over 40 Find Their Champion In Meryl Streep and The Writers Lab

Are you a 40+ female with a script you’re dying to develop? Then The Writers Lab is for you. Presented by co-founders Elizabeth Kaiden and Nitza Wilon, along with founder Kyle Stokes, The Lab evolved from a discussion about what’s it’s like to be a w...

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The Triumphant Return of LALIFF

Last year, the Los Angeles Latino International Film Festival (LALIFF) returned after a five-year hiatus. Back again this past summer, LALIFF “doubled in audience, sponsors and excitement,” says Rafael Agustín, LALIFF’s Executive Director. “We weren’...

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Spec Spotlight: Meredith Dawson Sells Spec to Universal, Paul Feig to Produce

Screenwriter Meredith Dawson is hoping to reignite the romantic comedy genre with the recent sale of her spec script, When Michael Met Carrie…and Other People. Universal Pictures snapped up the script, which will also be directed by Dawson, with Paul...

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Spec Spotlight: Gregg Hurwitz Sells 'Sweet Girl' to Netflix

According to New York Times best-selling thriller author and screenwriter Gregg Hurwitz, he and his writing partner, Philip Eisner, wanted to write a different kind of dark thriller.

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Spec Spotlight: Jeff Bushell Sells 'Bad Dog' to Lionsgate

Screenwriter Jeff Bushell’s latest spec has gone to the dogs. But in his case, that’s actually a good thing. Bushell’s comedy spec script Bad Dog is about an adorable mutt who’s also Satan’s favorite hellhound, and it was recently purchased by Lionsg...

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Spec Spotlight: Peter Gaffney Sells Sci-Fi Spec 'Don't Go in the Water' to Universal Pictures

After setting up sci-fi specs at both LeVision Entertainment and Lionsgate, New York-based screenwriter Peter Gaffney went on to reportedly sell his spec script Don’t Go in the Water to Universal Pictures in the mid-to-high six figure range. 

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