In this video, Script Angel founder Hayley McKenzie reveals what makes a tv pilot script stand out in the Studio21 Drama Series Script Competition.

There are tips on crafting a great pilot script plus a Q&A with BFI Network SouthWest Hub executive Alix Taylor-Searle, with questions from the webinar attendees.


The Studio21 Drama Series Script Competition runs annually, looking for a pilot script and series pitch for an original international drama series that will appeal to audiences worldwide.

Check out their website for the latest information on the submission deadline:

Script Angel is a partner on this fantastic opportunity for new and emerging television creators and screenwriters.

This unique competition connects emerging writers with the global content business, offering the winner a £10,000 development option and unique opportunity to connect with the global drama business through C21Media’s Content London in December.

From the submissions a shortlist of 21 scripts will be announced, and from these six finalists will be chosen to present their script to the global drama business at Content London 2022.

This audience includes key commissioners from digital platforms including Amazon, Netflix and Hulu, to broadcasters from ABC, BBC and C4 to YLE, and ZDF, attending Content London.

Each finalist will also receive a free development consultancy session from Script Angel.

The winning project will be developed by Studio21, supported by an advisory board made up of the most creative showrunners and television executives in the business, including Chris Albrecht, who built HBO with shows like Sex and the City and The Sopranos to Netflix’ former head of international programming and a raft of leading showrunners who have created and run series from Criminal Minds to Rome, Shameless, Spooks, This Life, The White Queen and many more.  Studio21 will connect the developed project with the right co-producer, platform or channel.

Previous winners now have their shows in development with Studio21 and leading co-producing partners, and the raft of new writers and projects taken under the Studio21 wing is commanding the attention of co-producers and commissioners worldwide.


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