Vulcan: "Wild Western" (original pilot)
A self-made black man is roped into working for a Russian crime family as he chases the American Dream down Wall Street. A two-hander (rooted in a related original, rights-retained New York magazine story by this author) in which ambition, fears, and rivalries play out in the C-suites and sleek apartment towers of Manhattan.
Seahawk: "Rushmore" (original pilot)
Mike Nash is the most high-profile unemployed man in America. He's the former president of the United States, and he’s looking for his second act. But in the wake of scandal, this youngest ex-president ever finds his way back to his roots in a working-class section of Seattle to take on his first case in years, redeem his soul and save his family even as he plots his political comeback in Seahawk, an ensemble legal show drawing heavy from mafia-trial and campaign-trail reportage.
& Associates (feature film)
A black transgender hit man and his Afghan-war-vet buddies make a fatal error and find themselves pitted against an MBA-ish cartel. A feature film in the Coen Bros./Tarantino mold. Research in El Paso and Mexico: Ciudad Juárez (until recently, murder capital of the world) and Guerrero state, current national leader in homicides.
Fleabag: "Rock the Cradle of Love" (TV spec)
New dramatic comedy.
Breaking Bad: "Resurrection" (TV spec)
WINNER: SCRIPTAPALOOZA TV WRITING PRIZE
Not only is the series reborn in the season opener "Resurrection," but so, too, is Walt's marriage, his meth business, his DEA brother-in-law Hank's fighting spirit, and partner Jesse's soul. But how to handle new twin threats of yet another south-of-the-border cartel and the Bandidos biker gang wanting in on the action? (FBI-DEA agent-sources had input here; also: the ex-convict and meth-cook known to his militia following as “Uncle Fester.”)
Mad Men: "Strum the Lute" (TV spec)
The theme is seduction in all its various permutations, the unforeseen pitfalls of desire fulfilled. To better woo the Helena Rubinstein cosmetics account, ad agency Sterling Cooper hires its first Jew, causing tension.
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