Our Judges

Every script submitted to the screenplay competition is thoroughly analyzed by active film & television industry professionals.

Finalist entries are carefully read and given full script analysis by our Senior Judging Panel. These judges are award-winning working professionals eager to see your best work... and to help you move forward in your writing career. Our judges work directly with the biggest Hollywood companies.

Our judges
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Stuart Benjamin Producer

PGA Oscar-nominated theatrical, film & television Producer & Grammy winner. His credits include "Ray", "White Knights", "La Bamba", "Long Walk Home", "Rooftops", "Mortal Thoughts", "Safe House", and multiple hit sound tracks.Experienced at identifying screenplay contest grand prize winners with production potential.

Michael Sloan Writer - Producer

Producer of the 2018 box office hit The Equalizer 2 starring Denzel Washington, with hundreds of TV and movie credits.Served as Jury President of the Television Festival of Monte-Carlo, creator & Writer-Producer of Colombia Pictures' "The Equalizer," Author of 2018's hardcover Killed in Action.Guides screenplay competition winners toward active industry career opportunities.

Marie Medevielle Script Editor - Development Consultant

An independent script editor/story analyst bringing international perspective and keen insights into areas of character development, story and writing technique solutions.

Dave Kabbe Producer

A seasoned leader in every aspect of film and television, with deep experience in overseas filmmaking. Producer of Hack, ​Assassin Nine, Variant, and the forthcoming Scorched Earth. Independent film and low budget screenplay specialist

Robert L. McCullough Writer - Director - Producer

WGA, DGA, Creator and showrunner of multiple pilots, miniseries, ​and new media projects. Bob has a history of promoting unknown writers to star status.

Garner Simmons Writer - Producer

WGA, DGA, WGC, ATAS, writer/producer of "Yellow Rose," "V", "Poltergeist: The Legacy", Features include "A Rare Breed," "Miracle Landing." Acclaimed author of "Peckingpah: A Portrait in Montage," WGA award winner with a keen eye for promising writers and taking them to the finals of leading screenplay contests.

Mikhael Bassilli Writer - Director - Producer

A development executive, director, producer, and financier, he is the CEO of Play Think Entertainment, a full scale production company and script development firm looking for character-driven feature film content within the $1-5m range.

Marla White Development Executive

​Marla is a television executive and producer of award nominated television movies in multiple genres. Currently Director of Development for Sony Television networks. Renowned coach for for screenwriters with serious aspirations to win screenplay competitions.

​Howard Young Producer

Howie has expertise in script analysis from casting, marketing, and financing perspective. Develops screenplay contest winners through production. Credits include "Dolphin Tale", "Dexter", "Mission: Impossible III", "Lore", "Mars", "Hit & Run", "Speed II: Cruise Control".​

Marc Pariser Manager - Producer

Former CAA, WME packaging agent, producer. Responsible for the development of hundreds of major film & television writing careers, constantly discovering and nurturing new screen and television writing talent; founder of Marc Pariser Consulting,Eager to read and promote material from screenplay contest winners.

Dave Selby Actor

Film and television star known for "Falcon Crest", "Dark Shadows", "Social Network", "Batman: The Dark Knight", "Soldier of Fortune". PhD, published ​poet and author of "A Better Place".Enjoys the sense of discovering new writers who place well in leading screenplay contests.

Gordon Webb Producer

Prolific award-winning producer of nearly two dozen major feature films, including "Kindergarten Cop", "Dave", "Six Days Seven Nights", "Ghostbusters", "Fletch", "Brubaker", "Space Jam".Produces screenplay contest winning screenplays by working closely with writers and directors.

Dennis Brown Producer

One of Hollywood's most seasoned and prolific TV movie producers, a veteran of Paramount, Warner Bros, and NBC. He's worked with major stars like Neil Diamond, Burt Lancaster, and Jerry Seinfeld,and has developed projects from the treatment stage to finished screenplay.

Tom Sawyer Writer - Producer

WGA, DGA, Emmy-nominated Showrunner, UCLA Screenwriting Professor, professional consultant and author of "Fiction Writing Demystified," as well as multiple novels.

Rawn Erickson Producer

Co-founder of Maker Studios, now known as Disney Digital Interactive, Rawn is a strategic ssocial media marketing innovator focused on ​discovering new voices and content.

​Danielle Judovitz Actor

Professional actor and renowned voice-over performer. Known as the voice of iconic animated superheroes. Credits include "Batman", "Toy Story", "Wolverine", "Social Network", "Full House", ​"Picket Fences", "Big Little Lies".

Nishi Munshi Actor - Director

Known for "Jane the Virgin", "Bones", "Pretty Little Liars", and "Californication", she's an independent producer with a proven track record in acquisitions and private funding of screenplay competition winners.

Ron Friedman Writer - Producer

WGA, DGA, SAG. One of the most prolific and celebrated television writers of all time, live action and animation writing guru behind "Transformers", "G.I. Joe", "Fantastic Four." USC & Chapman University Professor of Screenwriting, a sought-after screenplay contest analyst and workshop leader.

Jerry London Director - Producer

Emmy nominated winner of the DGA's Outstanding Directorial Achievement, with 100+ credits, known for creating "Shogun", and "Ellis Island." ​Author of 2018's From I Love Lucy to Shogun...and Beyond.

Ray Austin Writer - Producer - Director

WGA, DGA, SAG, with more than 300 directing, writing, producing credits. Renowned author of "Find Me a Spy", "Catch Me a Traitor" as well as ​the Beauford Sloan Mystery series.

Michael Sloan Writer - Producer

Producer of the 2018 box office hit The Equalizer 2 starring Denzel Washington, with hundreds of TV and movie credits.Served as Jury President of the Television Festival of Monte-Carlo, creator & Writer-Producer of Colombia Pictures' "The Equalizer," Author of 2018's hardcover Killed in Action.Guides screenplay competition winners toward active industry career opportunities.

​Jeffrey Scott Writer - Producer

Emmy winning screenwriter, with hundreds of animated and live-action. TV and film writing/producing credits , Jeffrey is the acclaimed author​ of "How to Write for Animation."