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A must listen/watch podcast interview with studio screenwriter and creative consultant Ryan Dixon. Covers new strategies...
07/06/2020
There to Here with Ryan Dixon

A must listen/watch podcast interview with studio screenwriter and creative consultant Ryan Dixon. Covers new strategies for breaking into the industry, the type of content studios are buying and what the future holds for the entertainment industry.

Ryan Dixon, writer, producer and the founder of Tartan Valley Ventures, a Los Angeles-based creative development consulting firm. He also gives some fantastic tangible first-steps for aspiring writers just starting out.

A must listen/watch podcast interview with studio screenwriter and creative consultant Ryan Dixon. Covers new strategies...
07/06/2020
There to Here with Ryan Dixon

A must listen/watch podcast interview with studio screenwriter and creative consultant Ryan Dixon. Covers new strategies for breaking into the industry, the type of content studios are buying and what the future holds for the entertainment industry.

Ryan Dixon, writer, producer and the founder of Tartan Valley Ventures, a Los Angeles-based creative development consulting firm. He also gives some fantastic tangible first-steps for aspiring writers just starting out.

Considering the Shonda Rhimes TV Writing class? Stephanie Palmer did a detailed review of what's good (lots!) and what c...
05/02/2017
Shonda Rhimes Masterclass Review - Is It Worth It?

Considering the Shonda Rhimes TV Writing class? Stephanie Palmer did a detailed review of what's good (lots!) and what could be improved (a few things...)

Former MGM executive Stephanie Palmer's Shonda Rhimes Masterclass Review covers the course in detail to help you decide if you want to take the Masterclass.

The beauty of Hollywood is that the next big project can come from anywhere. That’s been the motivation behind ScriptSha...
09/06/2016

The beauty of Hollywood is that the next big project can come from anywhere. That’s been the motivation behind ScriptShark since the beginning.

After 18 years and countless projects, we're approaching the end of our last act and winding down the business. Starting today, we will no longer accept submissions. If you’ve got a project in the queue, we’ll return our comments by September 20th.

It’s been a great ride and we’ve loved every minute of it. Thanks to all the talented writers whose work we’ve had the honor of reading. If you have questions, please email us at [email protected].

Considering Aaron Sorkin’s screenwriting class? Stephanie Palmer did a detailed review of what's good and what could be ...
08/12/2016
Aaron Sorkin Masterclass Review (Sorkin Screenplays Included)

Considering Aaron Sorkin’s screenwriting class? Stephanie Palmer did a detailed review of what's good and what could be improved.

Former MGM executive Stephanie Palmer's Aaron Sorkin Masterclass Review will help you decide if you want to take the class (includes screenplays by Sorkin).

How many of you guys have produced or directed your own micro-budget screenplay? What was your experience like? For thos...
08/05/2016
Producing Your Own Micro-Budget Screenplay

How many of you guys have produced or directed your own micro-budget screenplay? What was your experience like? For those who haven't done so yet, Screenwriter and former development executive Dan Benamor reveals why producing your own micro-budget screenplay can be the best thing for your career.

Are you trying to get a star or "name" for your indie film? Then this great interview with Broadway icon Cheyenne Jackso...
06/07/2016
Interview: Cheyenne Jackson Talks Opening Night (Exclusive)

Are you trying to get a star or "name" for your indie film? Then this great interview with Broadway icon Cheyenne Jackson discussing his new film Opening Night is a MUST READ. (The film was co-written and exec-produced by ScriptShark Manager Ryan Dixon and is now available on iTunes and Amazon.)

Read Shockya's exclusive interview with actor Cheyenne Jackson on his comedy-drama, Opening Night, which was co-written and directed by Jack Henry Robbins.

In his new blog post, Paul Zeidman reveals why it's essential that, no matter what happens, you DON'T GIVE UP WRITING! H...
05/11/2016
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In his new blog post, Paul Zeidman reveals why it's essential that, no matter what happens, you DON'T GIVE UP WRITING!

How many of you guys have considered giving up screenwriting? What do you do to stay inspired and keep writing?

Do you love theater? Have fond memories of high school / college drama club? Then the new film Opening Night is for you....
05/06/2016
Watch Opening Night () online - Amazon Video

Do you love theater? Have fond memories of high school / college drama club? Then the new film Opening Night is for you.

Co-written and exec-produced by ScriptShark manager Ryan Dixon, the film stars Broadway icons Anthony Rapp, Cheyenne Jackson and Mitch Jarvis.

Taking place entirely during the opening night of a high school's production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, OPENING NIGHT chronicles the on-stage disasters and off-stage drama of a group of students, their drama teacher and a visiting B-List TV star.

Below is the link to watch the film on AMAZON. It's free with Amazon Prime. And for those wanting to watch the film on iTunes, here's the link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/opening-night/id1079182024

Taking place entirely during the opening night of a high school's production of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, OPENING NIGHT chronicles the on-stage disasters and off-stage drama of a group of students, their drama teacher, and a visiting B-list TV star.

HUGE congrats to ScriptShark manager Ryan Dixon on the release of Opening Night, the new film he co-wrote and exec produ...
05/06/2016
Opening Night on iTunes

HUGE congrats to ScriptShark manager Ryan Dixon on the release of Opening Night, the new film he co-wrote and exec produced. If you love theatre or were in drama club, this film's for you! Click on the link to watch on iTunes (also available on Amazon and all other digital/on demand platforms).

Taking placing during the opening night of a high school's production of Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream, OPENING NIGHT chronicles the on-stage disasters and off-stage drama. Starring Broadway legends Anthony Rapp and Cheyenne Jackson.

A new clip from the upcoming film co-written and exec produced by ScriptShark manager Ryan Dixon...
04/27/2016
Opening Night

A new clip from the upcoming film co-written and exec produced by ScriptShark manager Ryan Dixon...

First exclusive #OpeningNightMov clip has dropped on Indiewire Full Movie is available May 6 on #VOD
http://ow.ly/4n81f4

04/24/2016
Opening Night

What is your favorite Shakespeare quote?

#HappyBirthday #Shakespeare Celebrate with #OpeningNightMov and #dubsmash your favorite Bard quotes #ShowUsYourShakes
Mitch Jarvis

04/24/2016
Opening Night

May the Bard's words live forever!

#HappyBirthday #Shakespeare Celebrate w #OpeningNightMov & #dubsmash your favorite Bard quotes #ShowUsYourShakes
Mitch Jarvis

Interested in TV writing? Stephanie Palmer has a terrific list of the best 9 TV writing books to inspire and keep you on...
04/18/2016
TV Writing Books - The Best TV Writing Books

Interested in TV writing? Stephanie Palmer has a terrific list of the best 9 TV writing books to inspire and keep you on track:

Former MGM executive Stephanie Palmer shares the best TV writing books that TV writers and screenwriters should know.

03/29/2016
Opening Night Official Movie Trailer 2016

Check out the new trailer for Opening Night, a new film co-written and exec-produced by ScriptShark manager Ryan Dixon. It's being released on digital and VOD on FRIDAY, MAY 6th.

Taking place entirely during the opening night of a high school’s production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, OPENING NIGHT chronicles the on stag...

The conversation about diversity in Hollywood is an important one. Here are twelve clear and compelling infographics to ...
02/23/2016
Diversity In Hollywood Explained in 12 Infographics

The conversation about diversity in Hollywood is an important one. Here are twelve clear and compelling infographics to help us see how the issues of race, sex, and gender manifest in awards, roles, and even spec sales.

Diversity in Hollywood is an important issue. Here are the best diversity infographics and 54 diversity programs, funds and fellowships for TV and film,

Longtime ScriptShark client James Papa is shooting his first short film: 'Ray Of Hope' in Philadelphia. Ray is played by...
02/09/2016
Ray of Hope: a short film about paying it forward.

Longtime ScriptShark client James Papa is shooting his first short film: 'Ray Of Hope' in Philadelphia. Ray is played by Brian Anthony Wilson from HBO's 'The Wire' and Hope is played by the talented Carol Anne Raffa. James has written for over ten years and is now going to tackle behind the camera. He's look for everyone's support in making Ray Of Hope come off the pages into a reality.
To see the TRAILER, please click on the link below. Thank you for your help and sharing our project.

Planning to enter your script in a screenwriting contest? Here are the 10 contests worth entering in 2016. BONUS: Get th...
01/11/2016
10 Best Screenwriting Competitions To Enter In 2016

Planning to enter your script in a screenwriting contest? Here are the 10 contests worth entering in 2016. BONUS: Get the 2016 Screenwriting Contest Deadlines as a free printable PDF to help you stay motivated.

Want to know the 10 screenwriting contests that agents and producers actually pay attention to? Get the PDF calendar to keep track of the deadlines and stay motivated!

Do you know Hollywood’s most liked, yet unproduced screenplays from this year? The Black List 2015 includes the top agen...
12/18/2015
Black List 2015: Full List And Why All Writers Should Read It

Do you know Hollywood’s most liked, yet unproduced screenplays from this year?

The Black List 2015 includes the top agents and managers that represent screenwriters:

Black List 2015 includes the best screenplays and the top agents and managers in Hollywood. The Black List 2015 is a must-read for all screenwriters.

How long do you guys normally take to proofread your script? Do you have any screenplay proofreading tips you can share?
11/12/2015
Isn’t This Tuff Enough Already?: Screenplay Proofreading

How long do you guys normally take to proofread your script? Do you have any screenplay proofreading tips you can share?

ScriptShark blogger Paul Zeidman reveals why screenplay proofreading is essential if you want to sell your script.

What do you guys think of the WGA's 101 Funniest Screenplay List? Agree? Disagree? What movies would you take off or put...
11/12/2015
101 Funniest Screenplays List

What do you guys think of the WGA's 101 Funniest Screenplay List? Agree? Disagree? What movies would you take off or put on?

Want to be a TV comedy writer? Here are 22 Awesome Bits of Career Advice From Amy Poehler, Adam McKay, Diablo Cody, Patt...
10/30/2015
Poking a Dead Frog: Amazing Advice From TV Comedy Writers

Want to be a TV comedy writer? Here are 22 Awesome Bits of Career Advice From Amy Poehler, Adam McKay, Diablo Cody, Patton Oswalt, and many more top TV comedy writers…

Former MGM executive, Stephanie Palmer, shares 22 bits of career advice from the New York Times bestseller "Poking a Dead Frog".

Have you guys ever pretended that your life was a movie in order to give it an injection of extra fun? How did it go? Re...
10/09/2015
Make Your Life Better: Think of it as a Movie!

Have you guys ever pretended that your life was a movie in order to give it an injection of extra fun? How did it go? Recovering TV writer explains how turning your life into a movie offers all sorts of positive benefits.

Considering going to American Film Market? Check out the Pitch Conference on Nov. 7th where you can potentially pitch yo...
10/08/2015
Conference Schedule & Speakers - American Film Market & Conferences

Considering going to American Film Market?

Check out the Pitch Conference on Nov. 7th where you can potentially pitch your project to 600+ people, plus hear critiques from top producers Cassian Elwes (Dallas Buyers Club, Slingblade, The Apostle) and Tobin Ambrust (President of Acquisition & Production for Virgin Produced).

If you only attend the Pitch Conference (or other single conference), tickets are $95 through tomorrow, then the price goes up. Here's more info: http://americanfilmmarket.com/conferences/

Screenwriters: What are the best networking tips you've found? How important do you think networking should be? Are ther...
09/29/2015
Networking Tips for Screenwriters: It's More Than Just a Group Thing

Screenwriters: What are the best networking tips you've found? How important do you think networking should be? Are there any drawbacks to networking?

Paul Zeidman offers networking tips for screenwriters and reveals how networking might be very different from what you think.

Are you struggling to find time to write? Learn 9 ways to say "no" and take back your time:
09/21/2015
Communication Skills For Screenwriters: 9 Ways To Say “No”

Are you struggling to find time to write? Learn 9 ways to say "no" and take back your time:

Former MGM Executive Stephanie Palmer explains communication skills for screenwriters to help them say "No," protect their time, and raise their status.

Check out the exciting back of projects that ScriptShark is helping to introduce to the industry through our Scouting Pr...
09/08/2015
ScriptShark Scouting Updates

Check out the exciting back of projects that ScriptShark is helping to introduce to the industry through our Scouting Program...

ScriptShark Scouting provides the industry with the best un-optioned scripts available and helps get un-repped writers signed by agents and managers.

Aside from those discussed in the article, what tips can you guys offer in terms of giving and receiving script notes?
08/20/2015
How to Give Good Script Notes

Aside from those discussed in the article, what tips can you guys offer in terms of giving and receiving script notes?

Paul Zeidman reveals the secrets of how to give good script notes and the most productive ways of receiving notes, good or bad.

Have you ever had to deal with a cold streak after booking screenwriting jobs? How did you deal with it? Former TV write...
08/14/2015
The Seven Circles of Screenwriting Hell

Have you ever had to deal with a cold streak after booking screenwriting jobs? How did you deal with it? Former TV writer Mark Miller reveals how he made a living when he wasn't able to find more writing jobs...

How do you make a living when your hot streak as a writer ends? Recovering TV writer Mark Miller explains how he survived his trip to screenwriting hell.

When should writers get an attorney? How are attorneys paid? Good in a Room shares these answers and more:
08/10/2015
Should You Hire An Entertainment Attorney?

When should writers get an attorney? How are attorneys paid? Good in a Room shares these answers and more:

Former MGM Executive Stephanie Palmer explains when you do (or do not) need an entertainment attorney.

What are the best ways you've found for bouncing back after not winning a screenplay contest?
07/31/2015
On Losing a Screenplay Contest and How to Bounce Back

What are the best ways you've found for bouncing back after not winning a screenplay contest?

Paul Zeidman discusses the emotional lows of losing a screenplay contest and offers tips on bouncing back better than ever.

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