Storyboard TV launches website and script contest for TV writers

Storyboard TV, an online community of scriptwriters, television producers, and TV enthusiasts, launches its website today with a script contest awarding a $5,000 prize to the writer with the best pilot for a television drama. At storyboardtv.com, writers can share TV scripts for original shows with their potential audience members, while soliciting feedback and gauging enthusiasm for their story. Membership to Storyboard TV is free and open to all, and all members will be able to read, critique, and vote on their favorite TV scripts.

The script contest, which begins February 1st and runs through March 31, 2010, is open to anyone with a TV script for an original one hour series. After a month of peer review, ten semi-finalist scripts will be forwarded to a panel of writers, producers, and directors which will in turn narrow the field to three. The three finalist scriptwriters will receive an industry reading of their television dramas in New York City in June 2010. The winner of the script contest, announced on July 1, 2010, will be chosen from the finalists exclusively by Storyboard TV’s membership community. In addition to awarding $5,000 prize, Storyboard TV will option and develop the winning TV script for possible production.

“I started this script contest and website with the ridiculously lofty goal to ‘save fiction television,’” says Rachel Levy, Storyboard TV’s founder. “We’re seeing more and more long-form fiction replaced by sitcoms and reality programming on the network schedules. I’m hoping that Storyboard TV will be a place where scriptwriters and their audiences can nurture the television drama while we search for new ways to affordably produce and distribute it.”

Storyboard TV believes in the power of the television drama to document, enhance, and transform people’s lives for the better. Storyboard TV’s mission is to move show selection and pre-production away from the networks and directly to the web. Established in 2009, Storyboard TV endeavors to cultivate new writers and TV scripts, to nurture the connection between the scriptwriter and the fan, and to shepherd new television drama into production during the Internet age.


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