Multimedia Senior Wins PhillyPitch! Screenwriting Competition

Marcus O'Leary '13 (Multimedia) is named the winner of the 2012 program sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Film Office

November 8, 2012

UArts student Marcus O'Leary '13 (Multimedia) has been named the winner of the 2012 PhillyPitch! competition sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Film Office (GPFO). The program, which includes exploration of story structure, pitch coaching, audience presentation and the chance to pitch story ideas to a panel of high-powered industry professionals and a live audience, is part of GPFO's annual Shoot in Philadelphia (SIP) screenwriting competition, co-sponsored by the University of the Arts.

O'Leary's winning screenplay, "Reading Terminal Romance," was chosen from among 30 food-themed story ideas that were pitched in September. Eight finalists moved onto the PhillyPitch! final competition, held October 25 during the 21st Annual Philadelphia Film Festival, where he was crowned the winner.

O'Leary will have the opportunity to further develop his story idea in a one-on-one session with PhillyPitch! judge and noted playwright/screenwriter Bruce Graham.

Other panel judges and coaches included Writing for Film & Television faculty members Diane Walsh (the program's director and co-interim director of the School of Film) and David Greenberg, as well as six-time Emmy Award-winning TV host, writer and producer Nancy Glass; renowned screenwriter Mark Rosenthal ("The Sorcerer's Apprentice," "Jewel of the Nile," "Star Trek VI"); and former SIP winner Ernie Vecchione.

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