TV Script: PRINCESS. IN REVERSE, by David Chester

C7ae621c0a posterWhen a Jewish American Princess moves to Japan with her new husband in the 1990s, she must learn to adapt to two foreign concepts: living abroad… and marriage.

 

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Writer Biography – David Hal Chester, Lisa Fineberg Cook

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A Los Angeles native based in Tokyo, David Chester’s creative efforts in screenwriting and filmmaking richly reflect his bicultural experience. David’s brand is “female-driven drama with sharp humor.” He has written six commissioned screenplays (three produced to date, one currently on Netflix, one on Amazon Prime). All his original feature screenplays have placed as finalists in U.S. screenwriting competitions, especially “Big Sister,” a three-time finalist and first prize winner. David has also produced, written and/or directed four short films, most notably “The Lesson,” which won the Tokyo LGBT Film Festival “Grand Prix,” and the Torino GLBT Film Festival “Best Short Film.”

David’s writing has benefitted greatly from participation in Corey Mandell’s screenwriting workshops, Roadmap Writers’ Top Tier group for film and TV writing, and mentoring by writer/producer Ellen Sandler (“Everybody Loves Raymond”).

When David isn’t obsessing over the seven volumes of “Mad Men” scripts, you can find him hunched over his desk writing a screenplay or teleplay (or, more likely, rewriting them).

For more info visit: http://www.davidchester.com

ANIMATION TV Pilot: Koko and Friends: Born to Play, Destined to Win!, by Clara West

63655a7eff posterKoko and his cousins are a 21st century family of precocious grade-school bugs who confront bullying and the stigmas of being from “the wrong side of the tracks” while pursuing their dreams of becoming all-star basketball players. Koko is an acronym for “Keep On Keeping On!” It’s Arthur meets A Bug’s Life with a semi-Space Jam twist.

Once the boys hatch from their eggs, they are greeted by their grandfather-coach, who reveals to them their destinies to play basketball. Eager to get started, the young bugs set out on a journey through the house seeking other teams to play. Their adventure is riddled with amazement, danger, and excitement as they encounter spiders that want to eat them, ants who try to beat them, ladybugs that are rude, silverfish that think they are crude, and skateboarding flies that pellet them with breadcrumbs! All because, according to the other house bugs, they live in the “least desirable” place in the house–under the water heater in the laundry room. Discouraged, they return home.

Their grandfather helps them deal with their bruised feelings, tells them about their legacy, and reveals the survival skills they were born with. They meet their aunt and basketball playing girl cousins. These young bugs are neither superheroes nor do they possess superpowers. They are underdogs desiring to “fit in”. They learn the value of family, teamwork, good sportsmanship, and perseverance—never, ever give up!

 

Writer Biography – Clara Denise West, Ph.D., Charla Jamille Maclin

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Clara Denise West, a native of Memphis, Tennessee, is the creator and owner of the Koko and Friends characters and the Owner, Chief Executive Officer, and President of Koko and Friends Products, Inc. in Brooklyn, NY. She also is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Koko and Friends Foundation, Inc. She is a retired systems test engineer and a former school teacher. West holds a Ph.D. degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. She earned Master’s degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Business and Security Management from Webster University. Moreover, she received Bachelor degrees in Electrical Engineering and Applied Mathematics from the University of Memphis.

West is a former engineer with the U.S. Department of Defense and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. When her daughter was 8 years old, she attempted suicide due to bullying. West was unable to find age-appropriate resources to help her deal with her feelings of fear, shame, loneliness, helplessness and hopelessness. In desperation, she began making up stories about a family of young bugs, Koko and his cousins, who were being picked on the “cool” bugs in their house. Because her daughter connected emotionally with the characters, West was able to enter her world, see things through her eyes and create “underdog” stories to equip her with survival skills. Koko, an acronym for “Keep On Keeping On!”, means— Never, ever, give up! Thus, the Koko and Friends project was birthed.

West is the creator of the Koko and Friends Anthropomorphic Characters and product line; the PreK-12 Koko and Friends Anti-bullying Program; and the Last Straw “You Can’t Break Me!” Campaign. The Koko and Friends Project has a social message that is universal across all cultures and socio-economic classes. The characters are representative of typical 21st century youth who learn life-lessons through their daily experiences and new adventures. The young bugs learn character-building principles and values as well as develop life-long decision-making skills. West is the author of Koko and Friends: Born to Play – Destined to Win!, Koko and Friends: Friends??? Oh, Really!!!; The Family That Plays Together, Stays Together; and Standing Strong. She is the creator of the Koko and Friends Anti-bullying Program and a co-developer of the Wise Up! Law and Order curriculums. She is also the creative force behind the Check Up!, Check This Out! and Check Point series for elementary school students; the Reality Check for Teens © booklets for middle and high school students – Gangs; Gun Violence; Teen Pregnancy for Guys; Teen Pregnancy for Girls; Dating Violence for Victims; Dating Violence for Abusers; The Race Talk—Racial Profiling; Sexting and Sextortion,; and Risky Sexual Behavior.

 

Writer Statement

 

“Introducing the Koko and Friends characters to young children through an animated TV series is a catalyst for awareness, prevention, and change through positive messages while modeling problem-solving, coping, and self-regulation skills. Ultimately, it’s about saving lives.”

TV Festival Logline: The Bad Coach, by Sepehr Golmakani

Jacob McFarland is an ordinary, middle- Class Soccer Fan who then becomes a manager through taking advantage of opportunities and achieves big money and great fame little by winning more and more matches. To maintain his status, he resorts to every kind of dirty deed to change the game in his favor.

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  • Script Type:
    Other
  • Genres:
    Drama, Sport
  • Number of Pages:
    1
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom

Female Festival Logline: Empathy (Series), by Margarita Andreeva

“Dehumanizers, dehumanized.”

The show is a prime-time, half hour, crime mystery about the abuse survivors who strive to criminalize the lacking in empathy and rid the world of Cluster B and unsafe leaders, facing the rise of global narcissism and rape culture.

Pilot logline: 
The Heart, the Brain and the Empath prey on the random narcissistic individuals to beta test the empathy activator.

(Mr. Robot meets Big Little Lies. They throw a party with Minority Report)

Writer Biography – Margarita Andreeva, Anthony Giambertone

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Graduated from the Ural Federal University with a degree in management. Trauma-sensitive yoga classes teacher since 2018. Survivor. Mental health blogger.

Studied screenwriting through self-education, reading produced screenplays, pilots and episodes, and taking Shonda Rhimes’ and Aaron Sorkin’s workshops at MasterClass.

✩✩✩ To HBO guys at The HBOAccess Writing Fellowship:
Consider hiring Anthony Giambertone to write promo materials and reviews for Game of Thrones. He’s a really good writer and the number one fan of your show. Check out his blog https://ablogoficeandfire.com/blog/

Kind regards. ✩✩✩

Anthony Giambertone: A Story

My life has been largely shaped by stories. One of my earliest memories of my childhood in upstate New York is of me and my brother sitting down to watch the original Star Wars trilogy with our grandfather. I’ll never forget the moment when I first beheld the iconic black mask of Darth Vader, and the terror and wonder that image instilled in me. I will also never forget the moment when my grandfather leaned over to me and said, “Now that is Luke Skywalker’s father, but Luke doesn’t know that yet,” and my response was, “Who’s Luke Skywalker?”

Over the next few years, I watched those VHS tapes so often that they started whirring and smoking every time we fired them up, and the answer to my quandary about Luke Skywalker became a simple one: he is my favorite character in fiction. It wasn’t until years later, while I was furthering my education and trying to become a serious writer, that I learned about Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces, and the Monomyth. Campbell’s theories helped to explain why Luke’s journey seemed to resonate with so many people, myself included. And yet, it did not explain one mystery of my Star Wars fandom that seemed to set me apart from most other fans: The Empire Strikes Back wasn’t my favorite Star Wars film, in fact, it was my least favorite of the original three.

When I watch the film now, from a more educated vantage point, I can clearly see that it is the most well-made of Lucas’s original films; it is the best written, best paced, most humorous, has the best light-saber fight, and yet there was something that didn’t land for me. The film is best known for one scene and one scene alone; one of the most iconic scenes in all of cinema: the “No, I am your father” scene.

When I look back at old reviews of Empire when it came out, it’s clear that the revelation split fans down the middle, with many hating it, or being in denial of the validity of the statement by Vader. It’s actually quite comparable to the recent backlash concerning certain revelations in Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi. Yet, the scene never had the impact on me that is did on so many other Star Wars fans, and I can only find one reason why it didn’t: I already knew the twist. I was viewing the scene, not through the lens of my favorite character Luke, as audiences were meant to, but through the blackened lenses of Vader’s mask. Instead of empathizing with Luke’s anguish at finding out that his world was built on a lie, I was standing impatiently next to the Dark Lord, just waiting for him to decide what he was going do next.

I learned an important lesson then: it’s not just what you express to your audience, but how you express it. That doesn’t solely pertain to twists either.

In the first episode of Game of Thrones, if Robert rode in and Arya simply said, “There’s King Robert, he was betrothed to our aunt,” it would not have had the same impact as it did we saw Robert insist on visiting her in the crypts. We were able to see the pain on his and Ned’s faces, and were told information about them through their natural conversation, rather than an exposition dump.

So why do I bring up all this in a bio? Well, what is a bio if not an exposition dump. I can sit here and say, “I was born in Rochester New York, I’m twenty-nine years old, I’ve been writing and developing my skills at analyzing stories for most of my life, and so on and so on.” But in the end, it’s about presentation.

If you choose my partner and I for the fellowship, you will, of course, be privy to all the boring details of my life, but for the purposes of this bio I chose to present myself, some of my background with fiction, and display a bit of my knowledge of story structure, all in a more palatable way that still shows that I have the ability to string sentences together. I hope that you will consider us for this fellowship, and if not, then please, choose someone even better.

TV SHOW: EUROTRAZZ SUPER HERO, by Robert M. Sorensen

Title of Story: EUROTRAZZ SUPER HERO

Written by: ROBERT M SORENSEN

Genre: SCIENCE FICTION

Type: THREE LITERARY SKETCH’s FOR PILOT SERIES – Includes 3 Separate Digital Paintings by Writer corresponding to each Short Story“

TV SHOW: Chief Executive, by Una M. Bolger

Title of Story: Chief Executive

Written by: Una M. Bolger

Logline: Henry Featherson is the most powerful CEO in the world, and on the eve of his 70th birthday, he has an emotional breakdown, forcing him to go on a journey of liberation from his infernal life of ruthless business, back stabbing partners, evil ex wives and estranged children.

Genre: Dramedy

Type: TV Pilot (one hour)

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March 2019 – TOP TV PILOT Screenplays

Read the best TV PILOT Loglines for March 2019:

TV SHOW: Z, by Jose Padilha
https://storypitches.com/2019/03/12/tv-show-z-by-jose-padilha/

TV SHOW: Sorting Homegrown Issues in Therapy (SH*T)/Committed(?), by Tanishtha Dasgupta
https://storypitches.com/2019/03/12/tv-show-sorting-homegrown-issues-in-therapy-sht-committed-by-tanishtha-dasgupta/

TV SHOW: Conscious, by Jamaal Williams
https://storypitches.com/2019/03/12/tv-show-conscious-by-jamaal-williams/

TV SHOW: SMITTY, by Jason Holland
https://storypitches.com/2019/03/09/tv-show-smitty-by-jason-holland/

TV SHOW: Penelope Pan Syndrome, by Joe Leone
https://storypitches.com/2019/03/09/tv-show-penelope-pan-syndrome-by-joe-leone/

TV SHOW: C.E.O., by Curtis Ellison Jr.
https://storypitches.com/2019/03/09/tv-show-c-e-o-by-curtis-ellison-jr/

TV SHOW: We, The People, by Vlad Edouard
https://storypitches.com/2019/03/09/tv-show-we-the-people-by-vlad-edouard/

TV SHOW: Drive-Time, by Jayson Johnson, David Ballard
https://storypitches.com/2019/03/09/tv-show-drive-time-by-jayson-johnson-david-ballard/

TV SHOW: Student Body, by Charles Niagne
https://storypitches.com/2019/03/09/tv-show-student-body-by-charles-niagne/

TV SHOW: Coexist, by Steve Masihoroe
https://storypitches.com/2019/03/09/tv-show-coexist-by-steve-masihoroe/

TV SHOW: Genesis, by Nate Zegue
https://storypitches.com/2019/03/09/tv-show-genesis-by-nate-zegue/

TV SHOW: The Love Meeting, by Pascal Adam
https://storypitches.com/2019/03/09/tv-show-the-love-meeting-by-pascal-adam/

TV SHOW: The Man Who Sold the World, by Sepehr Golmakani
https://storypitches.com/2019/03/09/tv-show-the-man-who-sold-the-world-by-sepehr-golmakani/