PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Feedback is Finished

by Larry Brody

Time for a brief but important announcement:

I have finished and emailed all of “Larry Brody’s Personal Feedback” to all PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 entrants!

The Feedback aspect of the PEOPLE’S PILOT is, I believe, one of its most important benefits. Where else are y’all going to see the accumulated reactions of Industry pros to your work before you join the ranks of said pros?

So if you haven’t received yours, check all the usual places (like your spam file or other email folders where your filters automatically send things without needing your click of approval), and if you still can’t find it, give me a holler HERE and I’ll, you know, see what I did wrong and do my best to set it right.

Fair enough?

LYMI
LB

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 WINNERS!

26th PEOPLE’S PILOT WINNERS
For contest ending November 1, 2017

COMEDY SERIES WINNERS

First Place
SINGLE SEX by Claire Bostrom

Second Place
THE WINTER WHITE HOUSE by Meredith Bagby

Third Place
CON HEADS by Steve Boudreault

1st Runner-Up
BEARD MOUNTAIN by Erica Lies

2nd Runner-Up
TRINITY LOFT by Roland Zistler

DRAMA & ACTION SERIES WINNERS

First Place
THE SHARP CO. by Joe Lee

Second Place
TO BE SEEN by Susan Hippen

Third Place
SUPER by Kathryn Graham

1st Runner-Up
DRIVEN by Susan Hippen

2nd Runner-Up
THE STRANGE REALITY OF SALLY PARKER by Diana Black

SPECIAL INTERNATIONAL PRODUCTION AWARD

THE CHEDDARBOX EXPRESS by Allie Theiss

There we have it, after hours – days – weeks – feels like years – of reading and reacting and analyzing and discussing and swearing and strangling, two different teams of judges have determined the Best of the Best of the many wonderfully conceived and written entries in the 2017 PEOPLE’S PILOT.

In the regular judging this time around, Claire Bostrom’s, Single Sex, the highest scoring Comedy entry and Meredith Bagby’s 2nd Place finisher were separated by only 1/6 of a point, with Steve Boudreault’s third place entry a mere 3/10 of a point behind them.

In the Drama/Action category, the 1st Place finish was even more of a squeaker, with only .05 of a point between J. Lee’s The Sharp Co. and Susan Hippen’s 2nd place entry, with Kathryn Graham’s 3rd place script only 1/6 of a point below. All three of this category’s winners finishing with judging totals of more than 9 points out of a possible 10.

While we’re at it, we would like to point out that the Winner of our very first Special International Production Award, Allie Theiss, came through with a series and script that the judges believed was the most likely to succeed as a candidate for – you guessed it – international production, like a genuine superstar.

As usual, LB will be posting his reaction to and interpretation of the entries and results as soon as he can (LB’S NOTE: Next week at the latest!) so keep your eyes out for that.

And, of course, he’ll be sending out his personal Feedback on all the entries starting next week so all those who entered and worked so hard will have the best idea possible of the strengths and weaknesses of their endeavors.

Remember, please, that our Beloved Leader is writing every single one of the Feedback emails himself, so please be prepared to wait as long as a full month for yours to arrive.  No angry, “Where’s my Feedback, dammit?!” messages until after March 15th, okay?

Congratulations to the Winners, Runners-Up, Finalists, Semi-Finalists, and everybody 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!

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Finalists!

26th PEOPLE’S PILOT FINALISTS
For contest ending November 1, 2017

COMEDY SERIES FINALISTS
(alphabetically)

ADORBZ by Marci Buehler

BEARD MOUNTAIN by Erica Lies

CHOSEN by Cody Varney

CON HEADS by Steve Boudreault

MADE TO ORDER by Dan Ingram

SINGLE SEX by Claire Bostrom

THE CHEDDARBOX EXPRESS by Allie Theiss

THE WINTER WHITE HOUSE by Merdith Bagby

TRINITY LOFT by Roland Zistler

DRAMA & ACTION SERIES FINALISTS
(alphabetically)

AFTER WE FALL by Gustave Cadet & Jacob Chattman

DRIVEN by Susan Hippen

ORLONSKI IS MISSING by Hank Isaac

SHADOWS by Anne Marie Caluwaert

SIDEKICK: THE RED RAPTOR FILES by Christopher Valin

SUPER by Kathryn Graham

THE CHOIR SINGER by Barry M. Putt Jr.

THE MEEK by Steven Zurline

THE SHARP CO. by Joe Lee

THE STRANGE REALITY OF SALLY PARKER by Diana Black

TO BE SEEN by Susan Hippen

WRECKAGE by Ryan Stack


Congratulations, Finalists. Your work is wonderful.

In both the Comedy and Action/Drama categories, the Finalists are so good that the total difference between the highest and lowest scores is less than three-fourths of a point. And in the Action/Drama category four of the Finalists have scores of 9.00 or higher out of a possible 10.00.

Points, however, can’t tell the whole story when it comes to judging writing. Instinct and experience count. With that in mind, it’s clear that these scores are so close – and the feelings here so high – that we’ve had to bring in 10 more judges to help us sort everything out.

Which is why, instead of asking you to come back next week for the next round we’re saying:

BE HERE IN TWO WEEKS FOR: The 2017 PEOPLE’S PILOT Winners

Believe us when we say we’re crossing out fingers in the hope that we’ll make that deadline.

Thanks for being so terrific!

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Finalists are Coming This Week

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 FINALISTS
For contest ending November 1, 2017

Hope your enjoyed your week of celebration, PEOPLE’S PILOT Semi-Finalists. It’s time for you to start stressing again.

TVWriter™ is proud to announce that this Thursday, January 25, 2018, will bring the announcement of the PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Finalists!

Are you on the list? Is your best friend? Your – choke – enemy?

Be here and find out!

LYMI

LB & Team TVWriter™

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Semi-Finalists!

26th PEOPLE’S PILOT SEMI-FINALISTS
For contest ending November 1, 2017

COMEDY SERIES SEMI-FINALISTS
(alphabetically)

ADORBZ by Marci Buehler

ALLENTOWN by Terry Gehring

BEARD MOUNTAIN by Erica Lies

BITCHES IN SEASON by Sasha Feiler

CHOSEN by Cody Varney

CON HEADS by Steve Boudreault

GFA (GREAT F’ING ADVICE) by George Tonelli

MADE TO ORDER by Dan Ingram

SINGLE SEX by Claire Bostrom

THE CHEDDARBOX EXPRESS by Allie Theiss

THE PINSTRIPED PRIMATES by Kenneth Kleeman

THE WINTER WHITE HOUSE by Merdith Bagby

TIL DEATH DOES PART US by Terry Gehring

TRINITY LOFT by Roland Zistler

DRAMA & ACTION SERIES SEMI-FINALISTS
(alphabetically)

AFTER WE FALL by Gustave Cadet & Jacob Chattman

CONNECTION by Jace Lacob

DRIVEN by Susan Hippen

NORIEGA by Juan Francisco de la Guardia

ORLONSKI IS MISSING by Hank Isaac

SHADOWS by Anne Marie Caluwaert

SIDEKICK: THE RED RAPTOR FILES by Christopher Valin

SONS OF WITCHES by Eugene Ramos

STRUCK by Elaine F. Chekich

SUPER by Kathryn Graham

THE CHOIR SINGER by Barry M. Putt Jr.

THE MEEK by Steven Zurline

THE NAKED EYE by Sean Skelton

THE SHARP CO. by Joe Lee

THE STRANGE REALITY OF SALLY PARKER by Diana Black

TO BE SEEN by Susan Hippen

WRECKAGE by Ryan Stack


TVWriter™ congratulates all the Semi-Finalists. Your work is awesome.

We keep saying this, but that’s because it’s true: This time around, the overall quality of the entries greatly exceeded our expectations. Last year, we explained how difficult it was for the judges to make their decisions by pointing out that literally every Semi-Finalist in that year’s competition could have been a Top 5 placer in previous runnings of the PEOPLE’S PILOT. This year, the same holds true.

This time around, the median entry score in the Comedy Script category was a whopping 7.95, while the median Drama & Action category score was  7.75. Inasmuch as the PEOPLE’S PILOT considers a score of 7.00 as signifying Professional quality, it’s clear that on the whole the PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 entries were Very Professional Indeed.

In short, we believe that all of those who entered this year should be very proud of themselves…and hope that at the very least all of the Semi-Finalists above will treat themselves to the most awesome celebration they can!

NEXT WEEK: The 2017 PEOPLE’S PILOT Finalists