PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 WINNERS!

27th PEOPLE’S PILOT WINNERS
For contest ending November 1, 2018

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.

COMEDY SERIES WINNERS

First Place
THE BOOK OF JOEY by Steven Block

Second Place
THE COACH by Eric McKeever

Third Place
VIDIOTS by Sasha Tolmachyov

1st Runner-Up
PATIENT by M. Rowan Meyer

2nd Runner-Up
THE BEST OF TIMES by Keith Dowd

DRAMA & ACTION SERIES WINNERS

First Place
THE FUCKING NEW GUYS by Meredith Bagby

Second Place
THE MERRY MURDER WIVES CLUB by Elizabeth Hrib

Third Place
BELOVED by Tammy Gross

1st Runner-Up
TWIRL by Cara Winter

2nd Runner-Up
PLANTATION by Melissa L. White & Alan Scott Young

SPECIAL BONUS AWARDS

Best Web Series Pilot
ALLEGORY by Vesta Giles

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 a wild ride, with the top 5 scoring entries in both the Comedy and Drama/Action categories constantly changing places, and it took several weeks for the final team of judges to make its selection.

In the Comedy category, the judges favored 1st Place finisher Steven Block’s THE BOOK OF JOEY for its humor, irreverence, and potential series longevity.

And on the Drama/Action side, Meredith Bagby’s THE FUCKING NEW GUYS took the top spot, finishing well ahead of its rivals because of its “cracking good script about a fascinating subject, populated with characters you can root for. “

Not only the Winners, but all entrants in this year’s PEOPLE’S PILOT 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.

As usual, the boss is flying 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?

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 2018 Finalists!

27th PEOPLE’S PILOT FINALISTS
For contest ending November 1, 2018

COMEDY SERIES FINALISTS
(alphabetically)

BEARD by Gretchen Somerfield

BREAKING IN SHELLY by Capri Sampson & Myles Warden

MY SEX LIFE by Rosalyn Rosen

PATIENT by M. Rowan Meyer

SKYWAY by Jared Reise

THE BEST OF TIMES by Keith Dowd

THE BLACKOUT MENACE by Kyle Smith

THE BOOK OF JOEY by Steven Block

THE COACH by Eric McKeever

THE VIDIOTS by Sasha Tolmachyov

THE Z by Danielle Silverstone

DRAMA & ACTION SERIES FINALISTS
(alphabetically)

ALLEGORY by Vesta Giles

BELOVED by Tammy Gross

EMERGENCY PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE – EPS by Holly Scarabosio

LADY OF THE LAKE by Dawn McElligott

PLANTATION by Melissa L. White & Alan Scott Young

TALES FROM THE CREEPS by Diana Davis

THE FOOL OF MUNCASTER by Dawn McElligott

THE FOUNDATION by Pj Perez

THE FUCKING NEW GUYS by Meredith Bagby

THE MERRY MURDER WIVES CLUB by Elizabeth Hrib

TWIRL by Cara Winter


Congratulations, Finalists. Your work is extraordinary.

This time around, in both the Comedy and Action/Drama categories, the Finalists are separated by mere percentage points.

The median score for Comedy Finalists is 8.90 out of 10.00.

The median score for Drama Finalists is 8.80 out of 10.00.

The difference between the highest and lowest of the Comedy Finalists’ scores is a mere 0.75 points.

The difference between the highest and lowest of the Drama Finalists’ scores is even smaller – 0.70 points.

Whew!

 As this is being written, a final group of 12 new judges is giving the top scripts in each category a final read and making the ultimate determination of which entries are the best of the best.

They’ve all sworn to deliver ASAP, which means that instead of having to wait another two weeks–

BE HERE NEXT WEEK AND MEET: The PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 Winners!

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 Semi-Finalists!

27th PEOPLE’S PILOT SEMI-FINALISTS
For contest ending November 1, 2018

COMEDY SERIES SEMI-FINALISTS
(alphabetically)

BEARD by Gretchen Somerfield

BREAKING IN SHELLY by Capri Sampson & Myles Warden

DENTIST’S NIGHT IN by Conor Curtin

FOREIGN COUCHES by Inbal Baron

HOW TO BE A CHRISTIAN by Daymond C. Roman

I MEOW BACK by Sacha Kenton

JEN AGAIN by Jennifer Hurvitz

JUST JOEY HUNDRED by David Perlis

MY SEX LIFE by Rosalyn Rosen

PAST THE BAR by Jim Norman

PATIENT by M. Rowan Meyer

REBORN AGAIN by Douglas Moser & Pat Watkins

SHROOMERS by Robert Morgan

SKYWAY by Jared Reise

THE BEST OF TIMES by Keith Dowd

THE BLACKOUT MENACE by Kyle Smith

THE BOOK OF JOEY by Steven Block

THE BULLPEN by Jeff Nessel

THE COACH by Eric McKeever

THE VIDIOTS by Sasha Tolmachyov

DRAMA & ACTION SERIES SEMI-FINALISTS
(alphabetically)

ALLEGORY by Vesta Giles

BELOVED by Tammy Gross

EMERGENCY PSYCHIATRIC SERVICE – EPS by Holly Scarabosio

I’M NOT DEAD: THE JOURNALS OF CHARLES DUDLEY bu Christopher J. Valin & Artie Cabrera

J.B. HICKOK’S WEIRD WEST by Robert Tinsley

LADY OF THE LAKE by Dawn McElligott

PLANTATION by Melissa L. White & Alan Scott Young

RIP by Carlo Nicdao & Pete Cafaro

TALES FROM THE CREEPS by Diana Davis

THE CHAMELEON STONE CHRONICLES by Joe Donahue

THE FOOL OF MUNCASTER by Dawn McElligott

THE FOUNDATION by Pj Perez

THE FUCKING NEW GUYS by Meredith Bagby

THE ILLUMINATI by John Cruz Alarid

THE LOST OPERA by Rachel Thomas Medwid

THE MERRY MURDER WIVES CLUB by Elizabeth Hrib

TWIRL by Cara Winter


TVWriter™ congratulates everyone who entered PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018, with a special round of applause today for the Semi-Finalists. You have demonstrated courage, hard work, and skill, and you all should be proud of what you’ve written. We know that all of us speaking for the contest certainly are.

The PEOPLE’S PILOT considers a score of 7.00 as signifying Professional quality. We’re happy to say that this time around the median entry score in the Comedy Script category was higher than ever before at 8.35, and the median Drama & Action category score was a solid 7.45. Professionalism was the name of the game.

For our boss, Larry Brody, and the judges of PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018, the highlight of this our 27th outing has been the experimental nature of so many of the entries in both categories.

New perspectives! New subjects! New approaches! What a satisfying sensation to be drinking genuinely new wine in new bottles instead of the same old, same old that we see all too often on TV.

It takes courage to write that way, and everyone at TVWriter™ feels fortunate to have been able to read so many boundary-breaking scripts. From where we sit, it looks like the current Golden Age of TV will soon be shining more brightly than ever.

COMING IN 2 WEEKS: The PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 Finalists. See you then!

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 Semi-Finalists are Coming This Week

PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 SEMI-FINALISTS
For contest ending November 1, 2018

Open up your calendar apps, gang. It’s time to put in an alert.

We here at TVWriter™ are happy to announce that this Wednesday, February 13, 2019, will bring the announcement you’ve all been waiting for:

The names of the writers and projects comprising the PEOPLE’S PILOT 2017 Semi-Finalists!

Be here!

LYMI

LB & Team TVWriter™

LB: First Thoughts on the PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 Writing Competition Entries

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by Larry Brody

In the four days since PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 (the web’s premier TV pilot writing competition) closed, Team TVWriter™ has been logging in the entries, and I’ve done some preliminary analysis I’d like to share.

I haven’t done any actual script reading, but here’s what I’ve discovered while merrily peering into the facts about this year’s entrants and their work:

    1. The good news in terms of the PEOPLE’S PILOT itself is that the number of entries has gone up 16%, regaining much of the ground lost in last year’s surprising downturn.  In 2017, we were unable to explain the decline. This year, we haven’t yet figured out the rise but suspect that it’s due to our new association with Film Freeway, which accounted for a hot 28% of our total entries. Looks like we’ll be sticking with ’em for awhile.
    2. Most of the rise in total entries, by the way, came from a 50% rise in the number of entries in the Comedy Series category. Comedy counted for 41% of the total, with the Drama/Action category accounting for 54%.
    3. What’s that? You want to know what happened to the missing 5%? So do we, because that’s the percentage of paid entries that never got uploaded. Fear not, those of you who didn’t make the last deadline for uploading, we’re applying your payment to next year’s competition. Now you’ve got plenty of time to polish your scripts into the masterpieces we all want them to be!
    4. Last year, I recognized the names of 33% of the entrants, from previous contest entries, emails to TVWriter™ or myself, and the various classes I teach. This year, that number is down by almost half, showing that PEOPLE’S PILOT and TVWriter™ are gaining a new audience. I believe that, overall, that’s a good sign, boding well not only for TVWriter™ but for TV and other eMedia as well.
    5. Other statistical factoids you may find interesting (and not just because I do):
      a. Number of entrants who submitted more than one script: 9%
      b. Number of writing teams submitting at least one script: 5%
      c. Number of Comedy entries that included loglines: 30%
      d. Number of Drama/Action entries that included loglines: 37%
      e. Number of total entries that included series bibles and/or other info: 54% (a sharp increase due in large part to the fact that such info is required by Film Freeway).
      f. Number of entries whose writers took advantage of our new “Infinite Revisions” policy and replaced their original drafts with one or more rewrites: 5% (whoa, you’re a more confident bunch that I’d thought. Hmm…)
    6. I’m always impressed with the titles entrants give their spec series. This year, I’m especially looking forward to reading the following, just because of their names. (The a lesson here is that a good title goes a long, long way toward helping readers, executives, and of course viewers take notice of your work.):
      THE MERRY MURDER WIVES CLUB
      A VERY LONG ROPE
      DEAD CORPS
      TALES FROM THE CREEPS
      MY MOTHER MURDERED MY FATHER
      WHEN THE WORLD WAS SQUARE
      YOU BUG ME!
      GOITER ‘N STACHE
      BULLET PORK
      TIL DEATH DOES PART US
      FOREIGN COUCHES
      MY SEX LIFE
      URANUS
      SHROOMERS
    7. And then there are the one-word titles. This year, they comprised 24% of the total entries (about the same as last year), and while in principle I’m againsts them because they’re usually too generic to mean much in terms of the series, two are on the list above…because, let’s face it, the word URANUS is always funny. And SHROOMERS, well, I’ll put it this way: My experience with some real world shroomers changed my life. Anyway, here are some others that caught my attention as well, for better or, possibly, for worse:
      RIP
      BELOVED
      MACABRE
      ELYRIA
      SUNK
      VALLEYWOOD
      SELF-EMPLOYED
      CHOSEN
      SKYWAY
    8. Speaking of titles, without reading the material and having a clue about how the titles relate to the scripts, my favorite Comedy pilot title is: BULLSHIT AND CRAP. And my fave Drama/Action title is: THE FUCKING NEW GUYS (uh-oh, what does this say about me? Never mind – don’t answer).

Our plan for announcing the results of this competition here at beautiful downtown TVWriter™  remains the same as we say on the PEOPLE’S PILOT “About” page. We’re looking forward to announcing Semi-Finalists, Finalists, and Winners over a three to five week period between mid-January and mid-February of 2019. (Where does the time go?)

That’s it for now. I’ll probably have a few more things to say between now and then, so keep checking. Wouldn’t want anybody to be a Winner and not know it.

Which reminds me, if you entered PEOPLE’S PILOT 2018 and want to keep abreast of all the further developments (and, you know, your placing, Feedback, et al), do yourself and us a favor and make sure to keep your name and email address on the TVWriter™ eMail List because that’s our go-to way of getting in touch.

Thanks again to everyone for taking part and being so talented! More to come!

LYMI

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