Love Screenwriting? Overbrook Entertainment and Will Smith’s America’s Newest Scriptwriter Contest


The ANA Alliance for Family Entertainment, James Lassiter and Will Smith of Overbrook Entertainment are searching for America’s Newest TV Scriptwriters.


Will Smith and James Lassiter of Overbrook Entertainmed are working together with the ANA Alliance for Family Entertainment ( a group of national advertisers working on finding great family content) to find the most talented undiscovered TV scriptwriter in the Country.

The Overbrook Entertainment and ANA Alliance are working to produce and support family entertainment. Because family entertainment means different things to different people make sure your script is unique and emotionally relatable to today’s family.

Submit either your 30-minute comedy or one-hour drama by 1pm PST, March 21, 2013.

Script Guidelines and Eligibility

There are a set of rules and guidelines for this contest. Please read through the following Script Guidelines and Eligibility information Here.

Resources for Scriptwriters

Aspiring Scriptwriter Resources

James Lassiter, who co-founded Overbrook Entertainment with Will Smith, learned to hone his producing skills by reading a collection of books and studying countless scripts. Below are two recommended reading lists to help inspire you to write extraordinary content for the contest and beyond.

A Creative Reading List

Bettelhein, The Uses of Enchantment
Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces
Campbell and Moyer, The Power of Myth
Hall, Aspire
Hauge, Writing Screenplays that Sell Through the Power of Words
Mckee, Story
Schmidt, 45 Master Characters
Sharp, A Writer’s Workbook: Daily Exercises for the Writing Life
Tobias, 20 Master Plots & How to Build Them
Viders, 10 Steps to Creating Memorable Characters
Vogler, The Writer’s Journey

Teaching a New Generation of Scriptwriting List

For the full list of reading suggested by legendary scriptwriter James Lassiter, Click Here.


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  • Fred capitano

    Hello I,m Fred Capitano, Actor ,model ,review also explore talent,have imdb credits also in several photo shoots for holly wood scary holloween also music video contact me at 850 6989629 ,was in Freelancers 2012 as the Gambler

  • Alan DuBois – 818-915-2752

    This is a wonderful endeavor Overbrook and ANA have embarked upon. Talk about giving back to the community…Thank you all. Alan DuBois

  • William Pep Hatcher

    Thanks Wil for all the support and the Central parties!