Much Ado About Everything
Lake Placid Skater, a widely read skating blog, has updated its piece about FREE SKATE to include the TV pilot's latest honor -- making the Top 75 in the Tracking Board Launch Pad Pilots Competition. Read the piece HERE.
"Free Skate" made the Top 75 of the Tracking Board Launch Pad Pilot Competition. This represents the top 5% of all those entered. Read the announcement HERE.
The Guardian has used one of Caitlin McCarthy's quotes as the headline in an article about women in film and sexism. Note The Guardian's online newspaper was the fifth most widely read in the world as of October 2014, with over 42.6 million readers. Click HERE to read the article, which includes Caitlin's headline, quotes, and photo.
VH1 issued a press release celebrating the 2016 WriteHer List. Caitlin McCarthy's FREE SKATE is included as "One To Watch." Click HERE to read the press release.
The FREE SKATE pilot received a glowing evaluation from the prestigious Black List. Excerpt: "'Skating isn’t pretty like Nancy Kerrigan. It's down and dirty like Tonya Harding.' This line perfectly sums up the concept and appeal of FREE SKATE; a thoroughly entertaining sports soap that delivers the theatrical and athletic entertainment of figure skating with one hand and compelling human drama with the other. The pilot presents a convincing and absorbing world that feels fresh, and it richly layers its plot and characters to set-up a series. The polished, professional writing juggles many elements that would seem disparate in less capable hands, from the seemingly authentic depiction of figure skating to the genuine portrayal of relatable class struggles and family drama. FREE SKATE cleverly sets up KELLY as a wronged, underdog protagonist that the audience can't help but root for and plunges her in a heightened world that’s rife with conflict. The show’s diverse ensemble includes a classic antagonist in SANDRINE, a believable love interest in WILL, a likable ally in RHYS, and an intriguing mentor turned rival in GASTON. In turn, the dynamics between characters are refreshingly complex and allow the characters to undergo pilot episode arcs while pointing to season and series arcs."
Caitlin McCarthy's unproduced TV pilot "Free Skate" has been named "One To Watch" by the 2016 WriteHer List!
WeForShe evaluated material based on several criteria, including number of nominations, uniqueness of the roles given to female characters, competency of writing, diversity of the entire cast, break-out potential of the writer, and if the script passed the Bechdel Test.
View the Deadline Hollywood article HERE.
View the 2016 WriteHer List's official website HERE.
Two of Caitlin McCarthy's pilot teleplays -- "Free Skate" and "Pass/Fail" -- advanced to Round II in the 2016 Cinequest Screenplay Competition.
Judge feedback about “Free Skate” included: “…it's a very authentic sounding tale about a world we don't know much about or get to see from the inside. This is filled with interesting characters who can drive lots of stories.
Judge feedback about “Pass/Fail” ended with the words “great script.”
Caitlin McCarthy will be a speaker at the Woods Hole Film Festival and Woods Hole Inn's 2016 TV Writers Symposium, which runs Feb 19-21 in Woods Hole, MA. Register HERE.
Caitlin McCarthy's spec script for "Elementary" has made the Top Ten of the Final Draft Big Break Contest out of approximately 7,000 submissions. Top Five will be announced in late November. Click HERE for more details!
Caitlin McCarthy's "Elementary" TV spec script advanced to the semifinals in the Final Draft Big Break Competition! Next round will be announced in early November. Click HERE for more details.
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Caitlin McCarthy's spec for "The Good Wife" is a finalist at the 2015 Austin Film Festival - "Teleplay: One-Hour Spec" category. The winner will be announced on October 31, 2015 during an awards luncheon. For more details, click HERE.
Caitlin McCarthy's one-hour teleplay spec for "Elementary" just made the quarterfinals in the Final Draft Big Break Contest! Semifinalists will be announced mid-October. Click HERE for more details.
This year, I entered four scripts (two original pilots and two TV specs) in the Austin Film Festival (AFF)'s prestigious teleplay competition.
- My spec script for "The Good Wife," entitled "Those Who Can't, Reform," made the celebrated semifinals in the One-Hour Spec Category! Only six scripts made the semifinals. My script has a distinction received by roughly 1% of 8,627 entries across all categories. Finalists will be announced in early October. It goes without saying that I'm attending AFF at the end of October.
- My original teleplay "Free Skate" advanced to the Second Round in the AMC One-Hour Pilot category.Out of a field of 1,459 submissions in this category, my script was selected by AFF's team of readers as 1 of 30 that they "deemed worthy" to send to AMC for consideration. While AFF does not have any special mention for this other than "Second Rounder," this is still a remarkable distinction. Matt Dy, AFF's Screenplay & Teleplay Competition Director, sent me a personal email that said, "I would be happy to vouch for you if needed." (Unfortunately, AMC did not select "Free Skate" to advance to the semifinalist round of the competition. But it was an honor to be nominated by AFF.)
- Both my original teleplay (co-written with Jim Forbes) "Pass/Fail" and my spec script for "Elementary" entitled "Kith and Kin" advanced to the Second Round in their respective categories.These placements represent a distinction only achieved by about 15% of this year's submissions. AFF reached a new record of 8,627 entries across all categories, making for an extremely tough judging process.
I'll let you know how my spec for "The Good Wife" fares.
Click HERE to view the list of semifinalists and second rounders at this year's Austin Film Festival.
As always, thanks for your support!