Pedro Fernandez signed a paid option for his screenplay Californio to Grand Avenue Capital after they discovered his project via The Red List on Coverfly.
“One of the most formidable obstacles I’ve faced as a writer is the barrier to entry in the industry. It’s difficult to get exposure as a writer while maintaining a full-time job and providing for a family.
I had entered my script in a few competitions and placed in the semi-finals/finals in a few. As a result, my screenplay was made available for industry professionals to review through Coverfly. I had almost forgotten about the script when I received a notice from Coverfly that an industry professional had downloaded my script. A few weeks later, the producer contacted me and we arrived at an agreement for option shortly thereafter.
I truly believe that competitions can generate exposure for writers that are struggling to make industry connections. I would recommend opting for notes and critiques whenever available. Each set of notes or reader comments I received helped me to fine tune my screenplay. Although the screenplay didn’t take the grand prize in any of the competitions, the exposure on Coverfly definitely made the difference in getting it noticed.”
– Pedro Fernandez
Just days after being selected for the inaugural Coverfly Virtual Table Read with his project CRAWLSPACE, Jacob Wehrman signed with literary manager Andrew Wilson of Wonder Street Entertainment!
“Coverfly proved to be a powerful resource. Opportunities like Coverfly’s Pitch Week and the Live Read series can get your work in front of actors, directors, and producers– for free. I feel that Coverfly has my back by vetting every contest, and they add serious value by offering those no-cost extra opportunities. Coverfly’s Virtual Table Read was a fantastic experience. I was blown away how everything came together in a matter of days. The producer and the actors were phenomenal and brought real energy and presence to my characters. It was super fun, but also valuable as a writer to watch each performer up-close via their webcam—just like MS/CU framing in a film. I could study faces, reactions, and find where my dialog could use some tweaks. There are real people behind the scenes at Coverfly. Their passion is helping new writers get a foothold in the industry. I live in a small college town in Oregon, and I understand my geography sets me at a bit of a disadvantage. Coverfly removed that barrier.”
– Jacob Wehrman
Writer Corinne Caputo signed with manager, Nick Terry, of Zero Gravity Management after pitching him her project THE NEW APOLLO during Coverfly’s Pitch Week.
“Before Coverfly’s Pitch Week, my pilot, THE NEW APOLLO, advanced in a number of competitions including some I submitted to through Coverfly. I was excited and cautious. It can feel scary to pitch yourself and your work in only eleven minutes, especially when you are trying to impress someone. But I tried not to stress and thought of the meeting as an open conversation about me, my work and my goals. Now, I feel more confident in my samples and my ability to pitch my work and myself. The hardest part about feeling like you can’t break through is that you feel invisible. Learning how to give yourself validation and recognizing every small success you have is so necessary and important. And, stop being so hard on yourself! This is difficult enough!!”
– Corinne Caputo
Caroline Franklin, whose stage play THE BRONTE GIRLS has appeared on The Red List, as well as her one-hour pilot screenplay adaptation of the same name, has signed with manager/producer, Seth Nagel, after Coverfly introduced them. Nagel discovered Coverfly after attending the 2019 Young & Hungry List party which was produced in partnership with Coverfly.
“As a New York-based playwright, prior to submitting my work through Coverfly my access to the film/TV industry was almost nonexistent. I’m so thrilled to have signed with reps through a Coverfly introduction but that is only the tip of the iceberg of how they’ve helped my career.
After having two of my plays make the top finalist list in the same ScreenCraft Stage Play competition and an original pilot place as a top finalist in the ScreenCraft Fellowship competition, they reached out and started advising me on my career and reaching out to reps. After my pilot landed on The Red List, Coverfly chose it for their Live Read series. The table read was a major turning point in my career. I was blown away by the level of professionalism that went into producing the reading. The casting directors were phenomenal and cast several actors I’d grown up watching and of whom was already a huge fan.
Since the reading I have continued to work with some of the participants which has been a dream. Coverfly expanded my network at every level of the industry including connecting me to peers at a similar place in their careers which has lead to incredible friendships and extremely valuable camaraderie. They worked with me every step of the way and were there for advice at every up and down. They were unbelievably supportive.
Thank you so much to everyone at Coverfly I cannot think of any resource that has been as valuable in my career.”
– Caroline Franklin
Congratulations to Coverfly writer C.C. Webster who signed a paid option for her project BLUE BALL, PA. with Magnet Box Films! She pitched to Magnet Box Films during the Winter 2020 Coverfly Pitch Week. Magnet Box is currently packaging the film with more details to follow.
“Like any writer, I just struggling to get all my stories down in pages for years. I hustled to get rewrites, adaptations, and talk ideas with any producers and executives I could find in the NYC area. I had discovered Coverfly when applying to The Writers Lab, and loved the mission of curated contests and connecting screenwriters to industry pros.
I started to investigate how it all worked, and started to apply to a few of the free offerings, including Pitch Week. I was concerned that it was all so easy – there must be a catch. I just click on a link, and then meet virtually with an established, interested, producer? That simple? And, yes, it was truly that simple – and fun! The producer I pitched to and I had a swift, but fabulous conversation about my project. He was interested in reading the script, and, after he enjoyed the script, he requested an option! All contracts are signed, and we are on our way.
If you have strong work to share; entering Coverfly’s Pitch Week is an absolute no-brainer! To be included in the program is an absolute gift.”
– C.C. Webster
Congratulations to Coverfly writer, David Kushner, on signing with a literary manager at Zero Gravity. David’s projects A LOVE STORY, DREAMER OF DREAMS, and CONCRETE JUNGLE have all appeared at the top of The Red List.
“Before submitting projects through Coverfly, I had won or placed highly in several screenwriting competitions but I had not yet secured a manager. After placing as a finalist, the Coverfly team worked with me and my writing partner and put in a good word for us at Zero Gravity. I would advise any aspiring writers to enter competitions with a good track record of helping get writers signed. Coverfly has been phenomenal as a hub for me to pull my projects and loglines for competition submissions.”
– David Kushner
Congratulations to the inaugural TSL Free Contest runner-up, La’Chris Jordan, on signing with her manager at Circle of Confusion!
“Coverfly is such an excellent service for writers. The platform has been so vital to my writing career and created this amazing ripple effect. Industry leaders and other creatives were able to read my work and because of the exposure, I now have a wonderful literary manager who has skyrocketed my career. The Coverfly team truly believes in assisting writers on their journey. From the competitions to The Red List to Pitch Week, writers now have even more opportunities to hone their craft, establish credibility and get their work to those seeking new voices.”
– La’Chris Jordan
Carlo & Erin Carere signed with Kathy Muraviov of The Muraviov Company through their pilot DARK HORIZONS, which is currently on The Red List.
“Thanks to several of our scripts placing in contests and making it to the top of the Coverfly Red List, we were able to get attention for our projects, ultimately meeting and signing with Kathy Muraviov of the Muriavov Company as our literary manager. Excited for the future, and so grateful to Coverfly for the opportunities they present to writers!”
– Carlo & Erin Carere
“The quality of material coming out of Coverfly’s pitch week is highly impressive. It’s a fantastic resource for writers and reps alike.”
– Jon Hersh, Housefire Management
Travis Opgenorth was hired for a paid writing assignment after being introduced to a producer through the Coverfly team. Travis has placed on The Red List with several of his projects and was the inaugural selection for Coverfly Table Read Series with his project, DISTORTION. He has recently signed a shopping agreement with Eclectic Pictures for DISTORTION as well.
“Working in this industry comes down to your relationships. Despite winning and placing in more contests than I care to mention, I haven’t had much luck turning those wins into career advancement. What I have found though is success turning those wins into opportunities to meet with the contest organizers and build relationships; Coverfly was a huge part of that. Their support, guidance, and personal introductions have been instrumental in helping to advance my career as a writer. They’re the next best thing to a manager that a writer could have. Thanks, Coverfly!”
– Travis Opgenorth
Writer Lele Park signed with literary manager Eric Borja of EMB after pitching to him during Coverfly Pitch Week!
“Before Pitch Week, I was in a stagnant spot and needed direction. I was seeking guidance and really was on the cusp of what seemed to be a turning point. I felt the usual roller coaster, accepting creative life is feast or famine. And it still is that way, but being matched with Eric Borja was eyeopening. Participating in Coverfly’s Pitch week really was the much-needed fill-up! Thanks to Coverfly’s reputation as a legitimized presence in the screenwriting landscape, being selected and engaged in their Pitch Week brought momentum. I had in-depth conversations with Eric and learned a lot about how he evaluates talent. If you’re on the fence about Pitch Week I suggest you just do it. I genuinely feel grateful. They take the navigational process that screenwriters go through seriously, by vetting the competitions, festivals, and the connections they bring. It all lends itself to build a germane space, that has hard-earned credibility.”
– Lele Park
Nicole Jones signed with a literary manager after her screenplay SHRIMP topped The Red List and was discovered via Coverfly.
“For me, Coverfly has proven to be more than a script submission service – it’s a vital resource. I submitted my script for a contest and requested coverage. Within a matter of weeks, I had not only incredible notes, I had a Coverfly Writers Advocate who accomplished in a matter of months what I had not been able to do in years—secure representation. Today, I have capable and responsive literary management all because I chose to submit my script on Coverfly.”
— Vanessa Carmichael, screenwriter
“I’ve been to several well-known pitch fests and none were as well-organized or as effective as Coverfly’s Pitch Week, which was also free. The process was smooth and efficient and opened the door to signing with a literary manager whom I never would have otherwise met.”
– Ian Southwood, screenwriter
“Coverfly’s Pitch Week led to three meetings with literary managers, who all requested and read my material – ultimately leading to one of them representing me. Getting a rep is a GIANT hurdle in this industry, and the fact that Coverfly was able to help me secure one proves how valuable they are. Query letters, emails, etc., RARELY elicit a response, require a ton of time, effort, and energy – and are a thing of the past. The future is an intermediary linking hungry writers like myself, and the reps who make things happen. Coverfly is proving they are THE go-to intermediary. I HIGHLY recommend Coverfly.”
– Brock Newell, screenwriter
Writer Annika Pampel signed with manager Jon Hersh of Housefire Management after meeting during Coverfly Pitch Week.
“Pitching can be a very vulnerable and intimidating experience. But pitch week not only made it comfortable, they also had some wonderful suggestions. It helped me condense how I wanted to describe my project and how I talked about myself as a writer in general. I’m very grateful opportunities like this exist. They help bring forward and nurture new voices that might just be a bit different. That’s what we need. Finding someone who believes in my work and helps me to take it to the next level is very encouraging and gives me so much more energy to continue working on stories.”
– Annika Pampel, screenwriter
Shiwani Srivastava is a screenwriter in San Francisco, California. Her screenplay WEDDING SEASON was ranked highly on Coverfly’s The Red List and she signed with manager Nicholas Bogner of Affirmative Entertainment after meeting him via Coverfly. Her screenplay was purchased by a major studio. We can’t wait to announce details soon!
“What Coverfly is doing is a much needed service and is an absolute gift to writers. I can’t thank Coverfly enough. Working with the reps at Coverfly has been a dream. And I absolutely love how it came together, leading me to the wonderful pairing with Kevin at The|Machine, whom I’ve found to be the perfect fit as my literary manager. I’m speaking for myself, and I know many writers share my story; not being able to just pick up my life and move across the country can feel daunting, especially when all you hear is that you have to live in Los Angeles to make it in the film industry. And in this age of technology where we can FaceTime and Skype and be in touch instantaneously, ‘having to live’ anywhere seems archaic. So in this way and many others, I feel that what Coverfly is doing with this advocacy program is visionary and paving the road for the future of our storytellers. Brava. Coverfly will always be ‘how I got my foot in the door,’ and I would be delighted to be a mouthpiece for the benefits of this program. Thank you Coverfly”
– Jennifer Cooney, screenwriter
“After a producer discovered my script F*** YOU, JOHN on Coverfly’s The Red List, everything took off. She made some great connections and got my script into all the right hands. Two months later and I’ve been hired as a Staff Writer at a production company for not only my first gig, but with producers whose mission statement I vibe with. Moral of the story: always include bad words in your script titles. Big thanks to Coverfly for giving further access to undiscovered writers!”
– Zac Kish, screenwriter
“Coverfly’s Pitch Week was a great experience. It was well-organized and a great way to meet up-and-coming writers from all over the world. I met writers from Australia and the UK. I ended up signing LeLe Park who is based out of Chicago. I never would have had the chance to meet her if it wasn’t for Coverfly.”
– Eric Borja, literary manager
“Once Coverfly put me in contact with a producer who loved my screenplay, everything took off. She was amazing at getting the script into the right hands and I now have an attachment agreement in place for it with a hugely talented director/producer. I can’t wait to keep growing the script and pushing it towards production. Thank you to everyone at Coverfly who worked so passionately to get my work out there!”
– Matthew Ryan, screenwriter
Literary manager David Baggelaar at Good Fear signed screenwriter Crystal Ro after discovering her via Coverfly.
“The entire experience with Coverfly has been so encouraging. I’ve submitted quite a few scripts and the process is very easy. What I recently realized, though, is how easy it must be for the industry to find the kind of script they want. The very first script I submitted was found and now I have a shopping agreement in place. The Coverfly team has been wonderfully supportive. Thank you!”
– Ellen Winburn, screenwriter from South Carolina
“Coverfly gave my script the industry visibility it needed to connect with a producer who read my script and then hired me for an open writing assignment, furthering my writing career. The Coverfly team has been generous with their time, advice, and support, which is an invaluable resource in this business. Thank you Coverfly!”
– Cat Dale, screenwriter from Colorado, USA
“Coverfly is a revolutionary platform. A free-to-play portal connecting screenwriters to producers. Your script goes directly to their desk without any subscription fees or mass mail-outs or the need to secure an agent or manager. A Hollywood producer downloaded my script from Coverfly, then came to me with an offer I couldn’t refuse. Without Coverfly, my project wouldn’t have been optioned by an established film producer. It would seem Coverfly is fast becoming the go-to place for connecting writers to real opportunities.”
– Pearse Lehane, screenwriter from London
“Coverfly gave our screenplay valuable exposure to industry management. After years of hard work, it was through Coverfly that we were introduced to our manager. Not only was the Coverfly staff amazingly proactive, they were communicative every step of the way, which is a blessing for emerging screenwriters.”
– Colin Dalvit & Andrew Lahmann, screenwriters from Washington, USA
“After Coverfly put me in contact with a producer, I was fortunate enough to get signed this week! I’m now working with a literary manager whom I trust to guide me and my screenwriting career. Thank you Coverfly for working so hard and so passionately on behalf of screenwriters… and most of all for believing in our stories.”
– Patrick Byrne, screenwriter living in Tokyo, Japan
“After years of sifting through countless screenwriting competitions, I am now able to simply search through an easy-to-read list on Coverfly and submit my projects all in one place. Never before did I know that the Nashville Film Festival had a screenwriting competition until I was introduced to it through Coverfly. I submitted my project and subsequently ended up winning the top screenwriting honor for my TV Pilot, Radicalized. Subsequently I signed with manager Randy Kiyan at Luber Roklin Entertainment and I’m now in pre-production on my feature film, A Brotherhood, with David Moscow attached to produce.”
– Bandar Albuliwi, screenwriter from Florida, USA
“The team at Coverfly has tremendous insight into why and how my TV pilot should be presented to the industry for representation and development. They have helped submit my project to several literary managers for consideration. I have complete confidence in the team at Coverfly.”
– Melinda Maerker, screenwriter
“As a producer developing movie properties, Coverfly is invaluable to me and my team in putting the correct writer with the right projects and in helping discover new talent.”
– Michael Doven, Producer (The Last Samurai, Minority Report, In Search of Fellini)
“I have used several vehicles and sites to get traction for my writing. Coverfly stood out as way to aggregate my work and make professional connections to match my writing style perfectly. Within weeks of listing my work, I was introduced to the right senior level industry executive – someone who makes decisions and gets films made.”
– Michael Bernard, screenwriter
“After I used Coverfly’s incredible platform to run my scripts through competitions, landing on the Red List made way for a huge jump in exposure and opportunities for me to meet other producers and filmmakers. Coverfly opened many doors and not only did it lead to a feature script option, but also lead to another one of my Red List scripts to be developed and it’s in production right now! Thank you Coverfly for helping me to write my way towards more growth and create my films.”
– Sayem Huq, screenwriter from Santa Monica, CA
…and see what competitions on Coverfly are doing for writers:
After winning the Top Comedy spot in the Launch Pad Feature Competition, Surj Das’s script THE CONFECTION CONNECTION was set up with Pacific Electric and Ed Helms attached to produce.
Pete Barry’s Launch Pad finalist script MARIAN was set up with Amy Pascal producing for Sony, with Margot Robbie attached to produce and star.
Anthony Stitt & Jeff Trently
Enterprise Entertainment options THE CURSE OF OLD BOB by Scriptapalooza winners Anthony Stitt & Jeff Trently.
Colin Dalvit & Andrew Lahmann
After hosting their screenplay on Coverfly, Colin Dalvit & Andrew Lahmann quickly secured a literary manager through the platform (see their testimonial quote above).
Heather Faris was hired by Perdomo Productions to do a script rewrite within two months of winning gold at the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards for her script Ripple.
Anna Klassen was the winner of the 2017 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship and subsequently signed with her manager at Plattform and with an agent at WME, her screenplay was recently voted onto 2017’s The Black List.
Tripper Clancy was a Grand Prize winner of Script Pipeline’s screenwriting competition. His action-comedy script Stuber recently attached Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy) as well as Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick, Silicon Valley). 20th Century Fox picked up the script, based on a pitch developed by Tripper and his manager Jake Wagner (Good Fear).
T.A. Snyder was a winner of the 2014 ScreenCraft Screenwriting Fellowship, and he subsequently signed with literary management company Echo Lake where he has film and TV projects in active development. His pilot “Dead Men” was recently acquired by Endgame Entertainment.
Evan Daugherty was discovered by his manager on Script Pipeline and subsequently sold his script Snow White and the Huntsman to Universal for $3 million and later took the lead as a writer on studio films Divergent, Ninja Turtles, and the upcoming Rose Red from Disney.
Dominique Holmes, the Spring 2016 Diverse Voices TV Winner, signed with a founding partner at Heroes and Villains Management and is in active development on TV and feature projects.
Launch Pad Top 10 romantic comedy script JUST. ONE. KISS. by Dennis Curlett was recently sold in a bidding war to Netflix.
Klasky-Csupo gives Jamie Wilson, Scriptapalooza runner-up, a development deal.
Rob Lambert was Shore Scripts’ 2016 TV Pilot Winner and his pilot Los Ninos Sicarios was picked up by Sony’s Crackle. He is currently developing the show with their team.
Kenlon Clark won the 2017 WeScreenplay Feature Screenplay Contest and subsequently signed with a manager at Believeland Management after being introduced by WeScreenplay.
John Griffin won a full scholarship to ScreenCraft’s Screenwriters Residency Program in The Bahamas, went on to sell his spec screenplay ‘Crater’ to Fox.
Theo James Krekis
Theo James Krekis’ PAGE Award-winning short film script Breathe was picked up by Film London/BFI and awarded production funding and he’s now being approached by Hollywood producers with writing assignments.
Henry Dunham’s The Incident at Sparrow Creek Lumber wrapped production in April 2018 with an ensemble cast featuring James Badge Dale (Rubicon), Brian Geraghty (The Hurt Locker), Happy Anderson (Mindhunter), Robert Armayo (Game of Thrones), and Gene Jones (The Hateful Eight). Dallas Sonnier, Jonathan Brownlee, and Amanda Presmyk producing. Dunham is making his feature directorial debut. The project, originally titled Militia, won the 2015 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Competition. Henry was connected with representation less than a month after contest results were announced, signing with Pipeline industry partner Madhouse Entertainment.
Niall Queenan won the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards and then signed with manager Peter Katz.
Louis Ackerman was Shores Scripts’ 2015 Feature Grand Prize Winner and they just set up the horror/thriller script, Flesh & Blood with Blumhouse Productions. The film will be part of Hulu’s ‘Into the Dark’ series, and be released in Nov 2018. Dermot Mulroney will star as the doting father trying to help his daughter, Kimberly, a teenager suffering from agoraphobia who has not left the house since her mother’s still-unsolved murder. Patrick Lussier (My Bloody Valentine) is directing.