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The ScreenCraft Television Jury
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Director of Development, AMC Network - Crystal Holt
As Director of Director of Development & Scripted Programming at AMC Networks, Crystal Holt works on AMC shows such as REBEL, THE TERROR, FEAR THE WALKING DEAD, WALKING DEAD: WORLD BEYOND and CREEP SHOW in addition to shepherding new scripted works for AMC Television.
Vice President of Comedy Development, 21st Century Fox - Edwin Chung
Edwin Chung oversees comedy series for broadcast and streaming, and the upcoming reimagining of THE WONDER YEARS with Lee Daniels for ABC, and IMMIGRANT starring Kumail Nanjiani for Hulu, among others. He was previously SVP at Legendary Television, on LOST IN SPACE for Netflix, CARNIVAL ROW for Amazon, and more. Beginning at NBC, Chung worked on THE OFFICE, 30 ROCK, COMMUNITY, CHUCK, HANNIBAL and more. He was named to the top 35 entertainment industry executives under age 35 by The Hollywood Reporter.
Director of Development, Hillman Grad Productions, Rocio Melara
Rocio Melara is a development executive at Hillman Grad productions (Lena Waithe's company), dedicated to championing diverse voices and bringing under-represented stories to life. A first-generation Salvadorian American and LA native, Rocio worked for Mad House Entertainment, Di Bonaventura Pictures, and Ben Stiller’s Red Hour. She’s currently producing TWENTIES for BET and developing new projects for Film and Television.
Emmy & WGA-nominated TV Writer and Executive Producer, Yahlin Chang
Yahlin Chang is an Exec. Producer and Writer for THE HANDMAID’S TALE, awarded the HUMANITAS Prize in 2020 and nominated for multiple Emmys, WGA and PGA awards. Past credits include ER, SUPERGIRL, DIRTY SEXY MONEY, SHADES OF BLUE, ED and more. She graduated from Yale magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and was a writer, reporter and cultural critic for Newsweek.
Career support that goes beyond just a prize.
The overall grand prize winner, the one-hour winner, and the half-hour winner will be welcomed to the ScreenCraft Writer Development Program and receive individualized consulting regarding your portfolio and career goals, develop a personalized plan of action for your writing career, and receive introductions with one or more top Hollywood literary managers, execs, or producers who are looking for talented emerging Film & TV screenwriters.
The top 3 winners’ project info and log lines will be recommended in a targeted way to our network of 100+ Hollywood managers, agents, producers and development executives with mandates that match your writing and voice.
ScreenCraft has a proven track record for getting writers signed with managers, agents, and staffed in writing rooms.
Showrunner Mentorship Program
2023 Quarterfinalists on Coverfly
At the program's request, Coverfly will automatically remove your title page for you if you include one when submitting to this program.
- Submissions are accepted via electronic submission only.
- Entry fees are as listed on the site and checkout form. No coupon or discount is applicable on a previous entry.
- Optional feedback from a professional reader may be requested at the time of entry. Requests for feedback can be done through Coverfly
- TV pilots may be any length -- however the standard short pilot is between 1 - 20 pages, the standard 1/2 hour is between 20 - 40 pages, and the standard hour long is between 40 - 70 pages. Any pilot script submission longer than 70 pages will incur a $.50 per page overage fee for each page over 70 if it does not include feedback and $1 per page if the entry does include feedback.
- There is no limit to the number of projects you may submit.
- Entries must be received on or before the deadline dates by 11:59PM Pacific Time, and submission fee payment must be made in full at time of the submission. All entry fees are non-refundable.
- All submitted material must be owned by the writer(s), however the material may be based on other works not owned by the writers.
- Material must be submitted by the writer. Material written by writing teams must be submitted by one of the writers, with consent of the other(s).
- If a writing team is chosen as a winner, prizes will be given to the person who submits the project. Each team is responsible for dividing or sharing any prizes awarded as they deem fair (whether there is a cash value or not).
- Substitutions of either corrected pages or new drafts of the entered material will be allowed for a limited time with a $5 reentry fee through Coverfly. Please proofread your script carefully before submitting.
- It is recommended that original material be registered with the WGA or The Library of Congress before submitting to any competition, however we do not require registration.
- Contact info may be included on the cover page of the screenplay, however it is not required. ScreenCraft uses Coverfly to manage submissions and automatically removes cover pages before scripts are read by the judges.
- ScreenCraft claims no ownership nor option on your work. All ownership and rights to the scripts submitted to this contest remains with the original rights holders.
- The decision of the judges will be final and cannot be contested in any manner. There is no score on a scorecard that guarantees advancement to the next level as advancement will be based on all scores in the competition.
- ScreenCraft reserves the right to change deadline and announcement dates at any time.
- All writers at least 18 years of age are eligible.
- A writer who has earned more than $50,000 (or equivalent currency) from professional writing services for film or TV in the preceding 12 months or $500,000 (or equivalent currency) from professional film or TV in the proceeding 10 years is not eligible. (Contest winnings not included.)
- All persons from anywhere in the world are eligible; however the material submitted must be in English (occasional dialogue in other languages is acceptable, if subtitle translation is provided).
- All material submitted to other competitions or contests are eligible for this contest.
- There are no requirements as to when the material was written.
- Material should be submitted in standard screenplay format, font, spacing and margin.
- We have no preferences regarding title page content. Title and name of writer would suffice.
- All material must be submitted electronically as a PDF. Broken files or non-PDF files may be accepted, but if the file cannot be read ScreenCraft will not judge the submission.
- Prize winners may be required to sign an affidavit of eligibility and proper tax documentation before prizes are released.
- By entering the competition, user acknowledges their eligibility for the competition. ScreenCraft will verify all eligibility requirements at the finalist stage of the competition and before distributing any prizes.
- The winners and top finalists may be contacted by interested industry representatives, such as managers, agents or producers.
- Entrants may be required to submit further information to assist in the judges’ verification of eligibility.
- Any entrant may be deemed ineligible as a Finalist or Winner at the sole discretion of ScreenCraft.
- All recognition, placements, and winners are chosen at the sole discretion of ScreenCraft.
- Finalists may be required to sign and return within seven (7) business days of receipt a notarized Affidavit of Eligibility and a Release and Indemnification and proof of valid passport and any other documents that ScreenCraft or any other partner may require before receiving prize payment. Failure to respond to the initial notification within ten (10) days or return of notification will result in disqualification.