It’s a Catch 22. While producers and agents always complain about how difficult it is to find good 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 new material.
OUR ADMINISTRATIVE TEAM
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. She moved to Los Angeles in 1992, and has since held a variety of administrative positions working with film and television production companies and independent producers. She is responsible for the overall administration of the contest and its associated endeavors.
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 been a PAGE Awards judge since 2005 and became our Managing Director in October 2008. In this position he is responsible for editing our eZine and managing Production Arts Group and our eMeetings program.
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 here 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 and returns again this year as Contest Coordinator. In this position she processes all script submissions and payments, handles customer relations, and keeps the contest running ship-shape.
Director of Marketing & Social Media
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 marketing, publicity and all of our social media.
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)
Pancho Mansfield (FOX Television)
Dura Temple Curry (United Artists)
Jess Rosenthal (Industry Entertainment)
Irene Yeung (Vertigo Entertainment)
Daniel Vang (BenderSpink)
Ethen Adams (Yari Film Group)
Mike Goldberg (APA)
Jarrod Murray (Epicenter)
Chris Goble (Grandview)
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)
Nate Adams (Picture Lab Entertainment)
Eric Williams (Zero Gravity)
Zach Cox (Circle of Confusion)
Marc Manus (Manus Entertainment)
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