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Signed! Winning Writing Team Land Representation

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APAThe stand-out writing team of Scott Robert Waldvogel and Matt DeMartini have signed with Agency for the Performing Arts and The Gotham Group for agency and management representation respectively.

Scott and Matt entered Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition in 2014 with nine scripts in various genres. What was more remarkable was that all nine scripts read by The Gotham Group Logodifferent judges across different genres and formats advanced to the quarter finals. Four different scripts were named finalists and ultimately three scripts earned honourable mentions in the screenplay competition. Following up with awards and placements in such notable competitions as Page, Final Draft, Stage 32, Austin and Bluecat, their hard work and perseverance paid off last year when their various successes, accolades and achievements landed them both a reputable agent and manager. Great work guys and congratulations!!

Reel FX Studios Reels In Fresh Voices Winner Shane Brown

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Reel FxShane Brown, first place winner of the 2015 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition Thriller Category for his screenplay, The Ripper and the Thief, has been approached by Reel FX Studios to develop a synopsis based on an original idea.

On the heels of his win, Fresh Voices submitted Shane's winning script to Reel FX's Director of Development, Nick Oleksiw. The period writing sample about a criminal mastermind working in Victorian London, at the same time Jack the Ripper terrorized the city, was well received by the company. But while period stories are not within their mandate, there was something about Shane’s voice that prompted Nick to bring Shane this opportunity to develop the story with them. The premise is currently being kept under wraps.

Reel FX recently produced Free Bird starring Owen Wilson, Amy Poehler & Woody Harelson as well as the The Book of Life starring Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana. Nick, who is in charge of developing Reel FX’s live action genre films, most recently worked at Agency for the Performing Arts.

Shane Brown lives in Melbourne, Australia and is a prolific writer of nine screenplays. With no formal training in screenwriting, he is a self-described graduate of the School of 10,000 Hours. Fresh Voices was his first Screenplay Competition win. 

2010 Winner Exec Produces Winning Story for The CW Network & CBS Television Studios

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New CW2010 Fresh Voices Drama Winner Louise Ransil has set up her winning script and her story of MARLOWE to Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment and The CW Network for CBS Television Studios.

Marlowe is based on the true noir life of Samuel Marlowe, an African American PI in 1930’s Los Angeles who served as the real life inspiration for Raymond Chandler’s famous Philip Marlowe character. Samuel worked for many of the movie studios during the Golden Age of Cinema, protecting and investigating their starlets and working in collusion with the film bosses, mob bosses and the Los Angeles Police Department of the time.

According to The Hollywood Reporterthe story has been redeveloped as a TV procedural written by Devon Greggory (CSI, New York). Louise Ransil is Executive Producing alongside Aaron Kaplan. Congratulations Louise!!

City In The Sun Wins 2015 Grand Prize Award

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Kenyan writer, Nadeem Rajwani, takes home Grand Prize Award plus 3 Spotlight Awards at Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition

Nadeem RajwaniFresh Voices, headed by chairman Joel Mendoza, and guest judge, Academy Award Nominated Screenwriter Hossein Amini, have named City In The Sun by Nadeem Rajwani the Grand Prize Award Winner of the 2015-16 Screenplay Competition.

City In The Sun was selected from nearly 1,500 entries in a unanimous decision by the judge’s panel. Through five extensive rounds of reading, City In The Sun was consistently identified as a high favorite. Additionally, the screenplay was selected for three Spotlight Awards; Best Ensemble Cast, the Culture & Heritage Award, and Best Foreign Screenplay Award.

Think City of God meets Crash, City In The Sun is a multi-strand, ensemble story set in modern-day Nairobi that weaves an intricate tale of two families from very different backgrounds as their lives unexpectedly intertwine with bittersweet consequences.

Fresh Voices Grand Prize Winner Chris Bowen Signs with Echo Lake Management

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Echo Lake Ent logoChris Bowen, Grand Prize Winner of the 2014-15 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition has been signed by managers James Engle and Amotz Zakai at Echo Lake Entertainment.

Echo Lake recently produced the 6 times Academy Award Nominated film Nebraska and the upcoming film Truth starring Robert Redford, Dennis Quaid and Cate Blanchett.  On the management side, they have over 45 clients staffed on hit TV shows including TURN, THE 100, UNFORGETTABLE, HOUSE OF LIES, L&O:SVU, GREY’S ANATOMY, LAST SHIP, REIGN, the upcoming SHADES OF BLUE on NBC, HUNTERS on SyFy and many others. They also have clients currently writing feature scripts for Warner Bros, Fox, Fox 2000 and a client with a movie in production at MGM.

Read an interview with Chris Bowen here about his experience winning the Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition.

Signed! James Barclay signs with Magnet Management

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by Fresh Voices 4/24/15

Magnet Management logoJames Barclay, Honorable Mention in the Science-Fiction/ Fantasy category of the 2014-15 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition has been signed by manager Mitch Solomon at Magnet Management.

Founded in 2004, Magnet Management is a passionate advocate for screenwriters and has grown into one of the premier literary management companies with over 70 clients working in Film and Television. Mitch Solomon has over 15 years experience in both development and production. 

Magnet Management is currently in production on the film Pacific Standard Time starring Willa Holland

Concord Films lands Stephen Hunt's The Oval Portrait

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banner 2Since winning the 2012 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition, Grand Prize winner Stephen Hunt has hit a hot streak securing 13 screenplay competition and film festival wins with 3 different scripts.

All this heat led to the attention of Emmy Award winning TV director Miguel Guerreiro who ultimately collaborated with and directed a short crime thriller written by Stephen now in post-production entitled Early Release.

Not satisfied with merely seeing his short script being shot by an Emmy winning director, last week Stephen optioned his feature screenplay, Edgar Allan Poe's The Oval Portrait, based on the Edgar Alan Poe short story, to Concord Films, a US production company now wrapping their their third film. The Oval Portrait is scheduled to be their next project to be shot in Louisiana.

Congrats Stephen!

Megalopolis Lands Producer

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Moutaz JadMPower Pictures Makes Deal on 2012 Competition Winner Megalopolis  

In the first deal since announcing the winners of the 2012 Fresh Voices Screenplay Competition just one month ago, 1st place winner in the Science-Fiction/ Fantasy category, Moutaz Jad has struck a deal with established Hollywood production company MPower Pictures, to attach the company as producers to his winning script Megalopolis. MPower Pictures has produced several movies including Snowmen, American Carol, and the Golden Globe Nominated Machine Gun Preacher directed by Marc Forster and starring Gerard Butler.