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HOLLYWOOD, January 27th 2012

Shawn Ashmore, star of the X:Men movies, has been cast alongside Harry Shum Jr. , star of the hit Fox series Glee, to play partners in crime in Already Gone.  Shawn Ashmore plays Jude Mulvey, a low level criminal suffering from a debilitating and life threatening disease, but after making a huge score against the Mob, he’s got bigger problems than just his health.

The screenplay, written by Bill Balas, was discovered through the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition.


RIP Eli Richbourg - March 2013

You will be greatly misssed by everyone you touched.

Eli Richbourg Head shotEli Richbourg is a WGA writer and has been given the task of rewriting scripts for many of Joel Schumacher’s films, including the recent Nicole Kidman, Nicholas Cage film Trespass. Most recently, Eli sold his pitch for a new installment of the Rambo franchise to producer Avi Lerner at Millenium/ Nu Image. Other Executive Producer and Associate Producer Credits include: The Number 23, The Phantom of the Opera, Phone Booth, Bad Company, Tigerland. In this informative interview, Eli explains his background, how he got his start and his approach to the art and business of screenwriting.


bill balas headshotSince being a finalist in the 2010 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition, Bill quit his day job selling insurance and is now a staff writer for the upcoming A&E TV series The Bates Motel starring Vera Farmiga. With the help of Fresh Voices, Bill optioned his winning screenplay Already Gone and attached Shawn Ashmore (X:Men 1,2,3) and Harry Shum Jr. (Glee) to star in the project. See the trailer here


The Bates MotelThe Bates Motel is a new series created by Kerry Ehrin (Parenthood, Friday Night Lights, Boston Public) and Carlton Cuse (Lost, Nash Bridges). The Bates Motel is based on Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho and is a further exploration of Norman Bates dark and twisted relationship with his morther. The series stars Vera Farmiga (The Departed, Up in the Air), Max Theriot and Freddie Highmore. The show is under a 10 episode order from Universal Television and will air on A&E in 2013.


bill balas headshotHollywood, Ca. October 2011

As a direct result of his placement in the 2010 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition, screenwriter Bill Balas has optioned his winning screenplay, Aleady Gone, to producers Peter Katz and Don Le.

Bill’s journey began in February 2011 when his script was chosen from nearly 1,000 entries and announced a finalist in the Thriller Category of the 2010 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition. While submitting the winning scripts to producers, Fresh Voices were approached by Peter and Don seeking high quality thrillers that could be made on a budget. Having read a number of samples, they quickly identified Already Gone as their next project.


2010 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition Grand Prize Winner

patrick caulfield headshotPatrick Caulfield won the Grand Prize of the 2010 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition with his comedy script, Saint Patrick's Day. The script is about 3 best friends struggling with the obligations and responsibilities of adulthood. When they find their annual Saint Patrick's Day celebration under threat, events begin to spiral out of control. Read what Patrick has to say about screenwriting, his  experience winning the Fresh Voices competition and what has been happening since. 


Joel Mendoza - Co-Founder Fresh Voices/ CEO Attraction Entertainment

Hollywood SignLooking back on movie releases from the last 20 years, it’s easy to see why one would believe that Hollywood is stuck in remake rut, relying too heavily on sequels, prequels, adaptations, reboots, and remakes. One could even be forgiven for arguing that there are no original scripts coming out of Hollywood anymore.

But don’t be discouraged. Many original screenplays break through the Hollywood gridlock and find huge success at the box office. What’s even more exciting is that many are written by previously unproduced writers.  Below is just a partial list of successful films based on original screenplays written by unproduced screenwriters.  (Box Office numbers as reported by Box Office Mojo.)


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