It’s a Catch 22. While producers and agents complain about how difficult it is to find great new material, talented writers who live outside Los Angeles and have no personal connections within the movie industry find it virtually impossible to penetrate the barriers of the Hollywood system.
The PAGE Awards screenwriting contest was designed to bridge that gap – giving new screenwriters the opportunity to get their scripts into the hands of top industry professionals, while also serving as a much-needed resource for Hollywood producers, agents, and studio execs who are searching for talented new writers and exciting new material to produce.
OUR ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM
Kristin began her film career working as an assistant and script reader in the development department at Davis Entertainment, and since that time, she has consulted, collaborated, and developed scripts with dozens of writers, producers, and production companies. Kristin also has extensive experience in production. She has produced a wide range of independent features, original sitcom pilots, award-winning short films, TV commercials, and videos, and she currently has several feature projects in development. Kristin is a graduate of Northwestern University. She is a member of the Producers Guild of America and the Directors Guild of America.
With her extensive background in script development, production and marketing, Jennifer has been the guiding force behind the PAGE Awards since the contest’s inception in the fall of 2003. Jen began her career in the Midwest, where she worked on stage productions as a writer, producer, and director, and also as a freelance editor. Since moving to Los Angeles, she has held a variety of administrative positions working with film and television production companies and independent producers. Jen is responsible for the overall marketing and administration of the PAGE Awards contest and its associated endeavors.
A multi-lingual former military kid, Zoe was raised all across the U.S. and Europe, and in the process attended a total of 13 different schools. She received her university degree in English with a minor in Film, and spent the next 15 years working for a number of production companies in Hollywood, where she did her best work quietly and efficiently behind the scenes. Zoe found her home here at the PAGE Awards in 2008. As Contest Coordinator, she processes all script submissions and payments, handles customer relations, and keeps the contest running ship-shape.
Since making the move from Boston to Los Angeles in June 2001, John has worked in the development departments at The Donners’ Company, Kopelson Entertainment, ABC and AEI. He has taught writing at the university level and mentored budding writers in the WGA’s Young Storytellers Program. John has served as a PAGE judge since 2005. In his position as Editorial Director, he is responsible for all of our publications, including our bi-monthly eZine “LOGLINE” and our eBook “The Insiders’ Guide to Screenwriting.”
Social Media Director
Shortly after arriving in Los Angeles, Sandy starting performing comedy around town, which eventually led to writing for animation, where she was nominated for a Humanitas Prize. Sandy has worked in script development for both television and film, and she has hundreds of hours of television production under her belt. She has worked for some of the top showrunners in the business, among them, Carlton Cuse, John Wirth and Tom Spezialy. In her position here at the PAGE Awards, she is responsible for all of our social media outreach.
A veteran of the film industry, Darlene has served as an executive for Paramount Pictures and Walt Disney Studios, where she helped to oversee such films as BEVERLY HILLS COP, D.A.R.Y.L., EXPLORERS and SHOOT TO KILL. She also served as point person on many talent deals at Disney, along with supervising its story department. As an independent producer, she joined Davis Entertainment as Vice President of Production where she produced GRUMPY OLD MEN, THING CALLED LOVE and SHATTERED, among other titles. Darlene continued as an independent producer with Uptown Entertainment and Motown Entertainment, where she developed music-oriented projects, and she also set up projects at Warner Bros. and DEF Films. After serving as managing editor for Animation World Network and VFXWorld, Darlene began Darlene Chan PR, which specializes in web PR and social media for authors.
Each year, dozens of professional script readers, screenwriters, producers, agents, managers, and film and television executives are involved in judging the various rounds of our competition. Among our current and past Judges:
Robert Baird (MONSTERS UNIVERSITY)
William Massa (RETURN TO HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL)
Amy Sorlie (DARK TIDE)
Susan Van Allen (EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND)
Maya Goldsmith (PRETTY LITTLE LIARS)
Silka Luisa (THE WILDING)
Geoff Harris (NBC TV)
Mike Goldberg (APA)
Pancho Mansfield (FOX Television)
Dura Temple Curry (United Artists)
Jess Rosenthal (Industry Entertainment)
Irene Yeung (Vertigo)
Daniel Vang (BenderSpink)
Jarrod Murray (Epicenter)
Chris Goble (Grandview)
Ethen Adams (Yari Film Group)
Julie Pacino (Unofficially Unlimited)
Mitchell Peck (Peck Entertainment)
John Schwartz (Quadrant Pictures)
Marty Berneman (Precision Entertainment)
James Engle (Echo Lake Management)
Teresa Zales (Metamorphic Films)
Chris Cook (Madhouse Entertainment)
Andrew Kersey (Kersey Management)
John Zaozirny (Bellevue Productions)
Nate Adams (Picture Lab Entertainment)
Eric Williams (Zero Gravity)
Zach Cox (Circle of Confusion)
Marc Manus (Manus Entertainment)
Peter Katz (Story Driven)
Joe Riley (Velocity Entertainment)
Mike Kuciak (Blast Furnace Media)
Josh Goldenberg (Kaplan/Perrone)
Kelly Pancho (Intrigue Entertainment)
and many more…
Read more about Our Judging Procedure