28th PEOPLE’S PILOT WINNERS
For contest ending November 1, 2019
Here they are, the Best of the Best of the many fine entries in PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018, as determined by not one, not two, but three different judging teams composed of professional TV writers, feature film writers, TV producers, entertainment lawyers, entertainment critics, and, yes, creative executives.
COMEDY SERIES WINNERS
SHOOTING AT BALLERINAS by Hank Isaac (Web Series)
DAMNED FOR ETERNITY by Paul Michael Lacy
KING ELIZABETH by Henry Cline
SINGLE #CRIME by N.J. London
MY RIGHT-HAND MAN by Anthony Moschetto
DRAMA & ACTION SERIES WINNERS
THE VILNA CHRONICLES by Ira Fuchs
ESCAPE by Robert Tinsley (Audio Fiction)
STRONGER by Mary Kate Allen
CHRISTINA ON-CALL by Corinna Mendis
JB HICKOK’S WEIRD WEST by Robert Tinsley (Audio Fiction)
SPECIAL BONUS AWARDS
Best Web Series Pilot
SHOOTING BALLERINAS by Hank Isaac
Best Audio Series Pilot
J.B. HICKOK’S WEIRD WEST by Robert Tinsley
Attention, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place and Special Bonus Award Winners, Larry Brody will be contacting you over the weekend regarding your prizes.
For Team TVWriter™, the judging was anything but easy. After the first round, the top 5 scoring Comedy entries were separated by less than three-quarters of a point, and the top 4 scoring Drama/Action entries were tied, with two more entries tied at fifth and sixth place literally (in the true sense of the word) one-twentieth of a point behind.
Over the next few weeks, the top 5 in both categories changed every time a new judge divulged their rankings, and in the Drama/Action category several entries placed both first and fifth or even sixth on various ballets right up to the end.
In the Comedy category, ultimately the judges favored 1st Place finisher Hank Isaac’s SHOOTING BALLERiNAS for its originality, imagery, and subtlety. And the script’s demonstration of its mastery of the web series concept and exquisite prose added icing to an already delicious cake.
On the Drama/Action side, Ira Fuch’s THE VILMA CHRONICLES stood out for its immersive depiction of its historical setting and the intensity of the storytelling and dialog, which didn’t merely “jump off the page” as the old saying goes but leapt, danced, fought tooth and nail and for all practical purposes ripped every page to shreds.
Larry Brody and Team TVWriter™ congratulate our extraordinary Winners, Runners-Up, Finalists, Semi-Finalists, and every writer who entered. We Really Love You Mean It for all the work you’ve put in and hope you love yourselves for it as well. You are the possessors of extraordinary talent, courage, and perseverance and should be very, very proud!
Time now for a quick “What’s Next” re PEOPLE’S PILOT 2019.
Once again, not only the Winners, but all the entrants will of course be receiving LB’s personal Feedback on their work. He’ll be starting on this not-exactly-insignificant project early next week.
The boss flies solo on this, writing each Feedback email himself, which means it may take awhile for yours to arrive, so we hope you’ll be patient. Please, no angry “Where’s my Feedback, dammit?!” messages – until at least the end of spring, okay?
LB & Team TVWriter™