Much Ado About Everything

Much Ado About Everything

2016 - A big writing year!

by Caitlin McCarthy on 12/05/16

2016 was quite a year for my writing. Biggest event was landing my manager Barry Krost: www.tracking-board.com/launch-pad-alum-caitlin-mccarthy-signs-with-barry-krost-management-exclusive/

Other special moments include:

* January: My unproduced TV pilot "Free Skate" was named "One To Watch" by the 2016 WriteHer List: http://deadline.com/2016/02/weforshe-2016-writeher-television-script-list-women-1201696963/

* February: I was a speaker at the TV Writers Symposium 2016, held in association with the Woods Hole Film Festival and Woods Hole Inn, and hosted by TV drama veteran P.K. Simonds (former executive producer of "The Ghost Whisperer" and "Party of Five"): www.woodsholefilmfestival.org/woodsholefilmfestivalarchives/festival-2013/workshops/tv-writers-symposium-2016/

* May: The Guardian used one of my quotes as the headline in an article about women in film and sexism, and featured my photo and additional comments within the article:  www.theguardian.com/film/2016/may/14/those-in-power-are-fully-aware-of-the-sexism-readers-on-working-in-film

* June: “Pass/Fail,” an original TV pilot that I co-wrote with Jim Forbes, made the finals in Universal Cable Productions' first Pitch Fest. The Deadline article references me ("educator") and Jim ("working journalist") towards the end: http://deadline.com/2016/06/universal-cable-productions-pitch-fest-winner-1201775821/

* July: I was named the Red Sox Most Valuable Educator for July 9. I was recognized for my teaching, screenwriting, and DES activism on the field at Fenway Park during the pre-game ceremony: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wHRGHvjWE1w

* September: My minute and a half with Oliver Stone! Fast forward to 27:00 to watch it. (Ends around 28:52.) www.youtube.com/watch?v=5rC0qpLGciU

Also in September, a clip from my video entry to co-host "LIVE with Kelly" with Kelly Ripa: www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlxv7xZh7CY

* November: “Free Skate” was named one of the “Top 100 Pilots of 2016” by The Tracking Board (scroll to page 15): www.tracking-board.com/vote/LaunchPadAlumniBooklet2016.pdf

Excerpt: "What 'Black Swan' did for ballet, and 'Empire' did for music, this pilot does beautifully for figure skating. Smart, relatable, complex, and oozing with drama, this is the kind of soapy new series that captures an audience and never lets go. With a uniquely fascinating setting, and some of the most richly drawn characters we’ve ever seen, this peek behind the curtain of one of the most prestigious sports in the world offers viewers a glimpse at a world that’s far more provocative than they could ever imagine."

* December: "The Top 100 Indie Writers In the World Part I" is getting a Christmas Release on iTunes -- and it will include yours truly as #10. Stay tuned for details on how to order your copy.

As for 2017, WONDER DRUG is poised to move into pre-production.

Also, my essay “A Soapy Life” will be published in "SOAP OPERA CONFIDENTIAL: Writers and Soap Insiders on Why We'll Tune In Tomorrow, As the World Turns Restlessly by the Guiding Light of our Lives," edited by Elizabeth Searle and Suzanne Stempek Shea (McFarland & Company, March 2017).

Thank you for your support. Wishing everyone a happy holiday season and new year! -- Caitlin

Caitlin McCarthy included in "The Top 100 Indie Writers In the World"

by Caitlin McCarthy on 12/03/16

"The Top 100 Indie Writers In the World Part I" is getting a Christmas Release on iTunes -- and it will include Caitlin McCarthy as #10. Stay tuned for details on how to order your copy.

Two scripts advance to Final Draft Big Break Semifinals

by Caitlin McCarthy on 10/20/16

Caitlin McCarthy's "Madam Secretary" spec and original TV pilot "Free Skate" advanced to the Semifinals in the 2016 Final Draft Big Break Competition. Top 10 finalists will be announced in early November. Click HERE for more details.

FREE SKATE Named One of the Top 100 Pilots of 2016

by Caitlin McCarthy on 10/13/16

FREE SKATE was named one of the Top 100 Pilots of 2016 by The Tracking Board. View it HERE (scroll to pg. 15).

The following is what The Tracking Board said about FREE SKATE: "What 'Black Swan' did for ballet, and 'Empire' did for music, this pilot does beautifully for figure skating. Smart, relatable, complex, and oozing with drama, this is the kind of soapy new series that captures an audience and never lets go. With a uniquely fascinating setting, and some of the most richly drawn characters we’ve ever seen, this peek behind the curtain of one of the most prestigious sports in the world offers viewers a glimpse at a world that’s far more provocative than they could ever imagine."




Announcement about Barry Krost signing Caitlin McCarthy

by Caitlin McCarthy on 10/04/16

The Tracking Board wrote an article announcing Caitlin McCarthy's signing with Barry Krost Management. Click HERE to read the full article. 

Two scripts advance in 2016 Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition

by Caitlin McCarthy on 09/29/16

Two of Caitlin McCarthy's scripts made the Quarterfinals in the prestigious Final Draft Big Break Competition:


* Hour Spec: Madam Secretary: “The Personal is Political”

* Hour Pilot: “Free Skate”


In the past, Caitlin has done well in this contest: her hour pilot “Pass/Fail” made the Top Ten; her spec for “Elementary” made the Top Ten; and her spec for “The Good Wife” was a semifinalist. 


Semifinalists will be announced in October. Click HERE to learn more.


Oliver Stone forum

by Caitlin McCarthy on 09/28/16

Director Oliver Stone joined Ron Suskind, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, for a conversation about his upcoming film "Snowden" at the Harvard Institute of Politics. In a both informative and entertaining Forum, Stone explained the artistic process and difficulties of translating the controversial story of Edward Snowden into a film. 

While answering questions from the audience, Stone touched on his work in prior films, his motivation in telling political stories through cinema, and his views on the state of America’s government surveillance programs.

Fast forward to 27:00 HERE to watch Caitlin McCarthy ask Oliver Stone a question. (Her moment with him ends around 28:52.)

2016 Young & Hungry List

by Caitlin McCarthy on 09/26/16

Caitlin McCarthy will be featured in the upcoming 2016 Young & Hungry List, which will be released by The Tracking Board on Monday, October 3, 2016. According to The Tracking Board: "The Young & Hungry List (is) comprised of the 100 best up-and-coming writers in the business, as voted on by industry professionals." Learn more HERE

Caitlin McCarthy on ABC's "LIVE with Kelly"

by Caitlin McCarthy on 09/20/16

During ABC-TV's "LIVE with Kelly" on Friday, September 22, Kelly Ripa will reveal the Top 40 entries that are in the running to co-host for a day. Watch a clip from Caitlin McCarthy's entry, which was featured on "LIVE with Kelly" earlier this week, HERE

Barry Krost now managing Caitlin McCarthy

by Caitlin McCarthy on 09/19/16

Barry Krost of Barry Krost Management (BKM) is now managing Caitlin McCarthy. 

Krost is well known in the entertainment industry, both as a literary agent and producer.  He has been involved in the careers of some of the entertainment industry's leading talents, including Cat Stevens, Angela Lansbury, Richard Gere, Liza Minnelli, Peter Finch, Joan Collins, Elizabeth Montgomery, Jackie Collins, Michael Scott, Stuart Ross, John Osborne, and Lynn Mamet.



Official Artist/Part of NYTVF+ Alumni Program

by Caitlin McCarthy on 08/26/16

Caitlin McCarthy has been invited to participate in the 2016 New York Television Festival (NYTVF) as an Official Artist. The invitation is part of the NYTVF+ Alumni Program. Caitlin’s TV pilot “Pass/Fail” (co-written with Jim Forbes) was previously a finalist in the NYTVF’s “Voice and Vision: The NBC Drama Challenge.” Click HERE to learn more. 

Upcoming Honors for FREE SKATE

by Caitlin McCarthy on 08/22/16

The script information for FREE SKATE will be featured in The Tracking Board's 2016 Spec BookHit ListYoung & Hungry List, and Launch Pad Alum booklets.

FREE SKATE honored as part of The Tracking Board LPPC's Top 5%

by Caitlin McCarthy on 08/22/16

FREE SKATE by Caitlin McCarthy is highlighted as part of The Tracking Board's Launch Pad Pilots Competition's Top 5%. Click HERE to read the announcement. 

WONDER DRUG highlighted in article about DES

by Caitlin McCarthy on 08/21/16

WONDER DRUG by Caitlin McCarthy was highlighted in an article about DES entitled "One Of The Worst Pharmaceutical Disasters in History is Still Relevant Today." Click HERE to read more.

"Pass/Fail" Reaches Finals in UCP's Pitch Fest

by Caitlin McCarthy on 08/16/16

"Pass/Fail" by Jim Forbes and Caitlin McCarthy made the finals in Universal Cable Productions' first Pitch Fest. The Deadline article references Caitlin  ("educator") and Jim ("working journalist") towards the end.

Quote: "Pitch Fest’s open submission process was designed to give everyone a chance and attracted an impressive and diverse range of people and ideas, UCP says. They included an educator, an attorney, a working journalist, a comic book scribe and several college students, among others."


Read more HERE

Two Books Coming Out in 2017

by Caitlin McCarthy on 08/12/16

McFarland & Company, which specializes in nonfiction books about pop culture subjects, is publishing "SHE LOVES YOU: Women Writers Tell How a Teen Idol Changed Their Life" in early 2017. This book will contain Caitlin McCarthy's essay about Duran Duran.  

 

Another essay by Caitlin McCarthy -- this time, about soap operas -- will appear in "SOAP OPERA CONFIDENTIAL: Writers and Soap Insiders on Why We'll Tune In Tomorrow, As the World Turns Restlessly by the Guiding Light of our Lives." McFarland & Company is publishing this book, too, in 2017.

 

Stay tuned for specific publication dates, as well as book tour information.

RESISTANCE Named Stowe Story Labs/NewEnglandFilm.com Fellowship Finalist

by Caitlin McCarthy on 08/10/16

Caitlin McCarthy's screenplay "Resistance" is a finalist for the 2016 NewEnglandFilm.com fellowship to the Stowe Story Labs in September. The winner of this fellowship will be announced next week.

About the fellowship: "Open to screenwriters, filmmakers, and creative producers based in New England. The premier online resource and magazine for film and video production in New England, NewEnglandFilm.com partners with Stowe Story Labs to provide a fellowship to the Fall Labs to a emerging New England-based screenwriter, filmmaker and/or creative producer showing tremendous promise and talent."


Read more HERE.

FREE SKATE glides into LPPC's Top 25

by Caitlin McCarthy on 07/20/16

FREE SKATE just made the TOP 25 SEMI-FINALISTS in the 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition.

FREE SKATE is a sports comedy-drama that can be described as MAKE IT OR BREAK IT meets BLACK SWAN. This year's Top 25 is made up of 13 dramas and 12 comedies, written by 19 women and 10 men (including 4 writing teams). 

Next round – Top 10 – will be announced on August 3. 

FREE SKATE advances to Top 50 in Tracking Board's Launch Pad Pilots Competition

by Caitlin McCarthy on 07/07/16

FREE SKATE just advanced to the TOP 50 FINALISTS in The Tracking Board’s 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition. Click HERE for the announcement.

This year's Top 50 make up the Top 3% of all those entered, and are comprised of a wonderfully diverse group of stories and writers -- with 32 dramas and 18 comedies making the cut, from 29 female writers and 24 male writers including 3 female writing teams and 3 female/male writing teams.

Because of this advancement, the script information for FREE SKATE will be featured in the Tracking Board’s annual Spec Book, Hit List, Young & Hungry List, and Launch Pad Alum booklets. Also, FREE SKATE will be read, reviewed, and voted on by each of the LPPC's 25 esteemed judges.

Top 25 will be announced on July 20.

Named Red Sox Most Valuable Educator for July 9

by Caitlin McCarthy on 06/29/16

Caitlin McCarthy has been named the Red Sox Most Valuable Educator for July 9. She will be recognized for her teaching, screenwriting, and DES activism on the field at Fenway Park during the pre-game ceremony.
If you are in the Boston area, come check it out. Pre-game ceremony starts around 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 9. Game starts at 4:05 p.m. Buy tickets HERE.



Photographer: Stacey Doyle