Women's Screenwriting Contest


Two aspiring writers have had their scripts developed for broadcast on TV. And New Yorkers get to decide which one gets a four-episode series!

In 2017, the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) and Brooklyn College's Feirstein Graduate School of Cinema launched a citywide screenwriting competition which called for stories by, for, or about women in New York City. The contest was aimed at addressing the underrepresentation of women in the film and television industries both on and off the camera.

Out of over 300 submissions, two were selected as winners: Maturity, by Robin Rose Singer, and Half Life, by Patty Carey. This past summer, diverse teams of Feirstein students — led by women — produced each of the scripts for television.

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On January 19 and 20, 2018 at 10 PM EST, the two pilot episodes will air back to back on NYC Life, the flagship channel of the New York City's official broadcast network. One of the pilots will be chosen to go to series.

We need your help. New Yorkers are invited to help select the winner of this groundbreaking contest. Watch the pilot episodes this month and learn more about each of the writers and projects below. You can also watch the pilots themselves after they air right here at nyc.gov/GreenlightHer. The voting starts on January 19 and ends January 27, 2018. The winner of the vote will see her project made into a four-episode series in the coming year.

As they say in the business, let's "greenlight" a series.

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Patty Carey

Patty Carey's Half Life takes a comedic look at the frenzied life of a working mom who leaned out to build her family and decides it's time to lean back in and chase down her dreams, but first she has to pack lunch for the kids.

In addition to writing, Carey has over 20 years of experience as a top location manager and scout in New York City. Her location department credits include the pilot episode of HBO's upcoming series Succession directed by Oscar winner Adam McKay, 20th Century Fox's The Greatest Showman starring Hugh Jackman, and Ron Howard's A Beautiful Mind. She is a member of the Directors Guild of America and has a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Maryland. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two children.

Carey points out that Half Life is not autobiographical. Her kids eat school lunch.

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Robin Rose Singer

Robin Rose Singer's Maturity is a comedy set in a senior living facility in the Bronx. A nurse, just transplanted from Kansas, starts her new job working with a quirky group of senior residents. However, her past may not be as far behind her as she thinks.

Singer's short narrative "Aphasia" (which she wrote, acted in, and produced) was called "one of the most provocative films of the Tribeca Film Festival" by Film Ink magazine in 2015. Her feature-length screenplay The Lions of Mesopotamia was named Top 50 for the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowship, selected by Oscars voters from almost 7,000 submissions. She was a 2016 fellow at the New York Stage and Film Screenwriting Lab.

Singer also works in commercial production, creating content for global brands like LG, Under Armour, Puma, Hennessy, Budweiser and more.

Pilots in the making: Behind the scenes with Feirstein filmmakers