Much Ado About Everything
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!
- Brandchannel: "Forty Over 40: Celebrating Fearless Women Innovators and Disruptors."
- Working Mother: "Forty Women to Watch Over 40: Forty Over 40's 2015 list of leaders, innovators, disruptors and dreamers shows that sometimes, wisdom really does come with age and experience."
- PRWeb: "The 3rd Annual 40 Women To Watch Over 40 List Announced: 2015 List Gives Visibility to a Surprising Source of Innovation - Women Over 40."
- 40/20 Vision: "You Can Start Late and Reset."
Exciting news! Screenwriter Caitlin McCarthy has been named one of 2015's "40 Women To Watch Over 40."
Below is the official press release.
NEW YORK, NY July 8, 2015
The 3rd Annual 40 Women To Watch Over 40 List Gives Visibility to a Surprising Source of Innovation
Innovation gets better with age. Now there is a list that serves to recognize women who bring this truth to life. This year's honorees bring to life the mission of 40 Women To Watch Over 40. Now in its 3rd year, the list celebrates the achievements of women over 40 who are pushing the boundaries of what is possible. Christina Vuleta, brand innovator and founder of a cross-generational mentoring network and Whitney Johnson, former Wall Street equity analyst and author of Disrupt Yourself: Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work, founded the list to challenge age stereotypes and raise awareness that "over forty" is in fact when many women come into their most productive era.
When it comes to disruption, the typical image is an under 30-year-old startup entrepreneur. Yet research finds that Nobel Prize winners' age around a significant breakthrough is about 38 (and not recognized until they're 60) and another posits that a lifetime of learning leads to greater breakthroughs between ages 55-65. Data from the Kauffmann Foundation bears this out as findings indicate people over 55 are almost twice as likely to found successful companies than those between 20 and 34.
Vuleta and Johnson want to change that perception. The list aims to inspire 40+ disruptors to continue to reinvent while showing women in their 20s and 30s new possibilities.
The winners, ranging in age from 40 to 70s, were selected based on a rigorous application and judging process that evaluated three criteria:
- Impact: Are they creating growth or making an impact in their field of work, community and beyond?
- Role Model: Is this person a positive role model, through mentoring, leading by example, innovating around work/ life issues or promoting women for leadership, whether in business, boardrooms or through building diverse communities?
- Reinvention / Momentum: Are they engaged in personal disruption, taking on new challenges and harnessing the power of their experiences?
The honorees come from a variety of industries including the arts, healthcare, sports, science, media, business and tech. Some are recognizable names and some less known, but all have more in front of them than behind them.
Their impact ranges from Laura Gentile -- founder and vice president of espnW who is creating support for female sports through innovative coverage and mentorship -- to Lisa Congdon who changed careers in her 30s to become a successful artist and has since built a platform to help others build their careers as artists.
The full list of winners is listed below.
The rigorous vetting process includes the participation of a judging panel that spans generations, gender and industry including: Saul Kaplan, Founder of the Business Innovation Factory, Andrea Sullivan, CMO of Interbrand, Tim Brunk, Co-Founder and CEO of USERcycle and Tammy Tibbetts, Founder of She's The First.
The host committee is also diverse with both 20-somethings and 40-sometings. Molly Ford, head of brand marketing at Venmo and founder of SmartPrettyAwkward.com and Stephanie Florence, Sr, Account Executive, Edelman PR and editor 40:20 Vision bring a millennial perspective. Completing the team is 40-something Canadian strategy and management consultant Catherine Saul.
For more information on 40 Women To Watch Over 40, please contact Christina Vuleta or Whitney Johnson at The40over40@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @Fortyover40.
2015 Honorees: 40 Women to Watch Over 40
- Allison O'Kelly, CEO MomCorps
- Ari Horie, CEO, Founder, Women's Start Up Lab
- Becky Robinson, Founder, Weaving Influence
- Betsy Beers, Producer, Shondaland
- Caitlin McCarthy, Screenwriter, DES Activist, Inner City Public HS Teacher
- Charlene Li, Founder, CEO, Altimeter Group
- Cheryl Bachelder, CEO, Popeye's Louisiana Kitchen
- Christine Garde, Founder & CEO, CouldYou?
- Christine Osekoski, EVP Marketing, Katz Media Group
- Diana Verde Nieto, Founder, Positive Luxury
- Diane Hessan, CEO, Startup Institute
- Diane Tuft, Photographer, Global Warming Activist
- Didem Gurcuoglu Tekay, Managing Partner, Management Centre Turkey (MCT)
- Jane Condon, Comedian
- Jeannette Hill, Founder, Spot On Sciences
- Jennifer Jako, Principal, fix studio, Creative Director, AIDS activist
- Joan Fallon, Founder and CEO, Curemark
- Laura Gentile, ESPN/Vice President/espnW/Women in Sports
- Linda Rottenberg, Co-Founder and CEO, Endeavor Global
- Lisa Congdon, Fine Artist, Illustrator and Author
- Lisa Joy Rosner, CMO, Neustar Inc
- Lisa Sepulveda, President, Global Client Management, Edelman
- Margaret "Digit" Murphy, Co-founder, Play It Forward Sport Foundation
- Margit Detweiler, CEO Gyrate Media; Founder and Editor-in-Chief, TueNight.com
- Melissa Goidel, Chief Revenue Officer, Refinery29
- Nan Forte, Chief Product & Content Officer, LivingHealthy
- Nely Galan, Founder, The Adelante Movement and Founder, Galan Entertainment
- Nilofer Merchant, The Jane Bond of Innovation
- Paula Froelich, Yahoo Travel Editor-in-Chief/Digital Media
- Ruthe A. Farmer, Chief Strategy & Growth Officer, Director, K-12 Alliance, National Center for Women & IT (NCWIT)
- Sarah Gormley, CMO, Girl Scouts of USA
- Sheila Roche, Creative & Communications Officer, (RED)
- Sheryl WuDunn, Partner, Piedmont Partners Group Ventures, Pulitzer Prize winner, Half the Sky
- Susan Cain, Co-founder and Chief Revolutionary, Quiet Revolution; Author, QUIET, The Power of Introverts
- Susan Danziger, Founder and CEO, Ziggeo
- Suzanne McKechnie Klahr, Founder and CEO, BUILD
- Taryn Rose, Founder, DRESR
- Tereza Nemessanyi, Entrepreneur-In-Residence, Microsoft
- Tina Fordham, Managing Director, Chief Global Political Analyst, Citigroup
- Tori Lyon, Executive Director, Jericho Project
Lake Placid Skater, an influential figure skating blog, has published a terrific piece about FREE SKATE. Read the item HERE.