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With 2017 about to slip into our rearview, it’s time once again to present the best spec scripts of the year, as voted on by Hollywood. With the release of our eighth annual list, we’re incredibly proud to shine a light on this year’s writers, and the projects that made them the talk of the town in 2017.

With 90 new spec scripts making the Hit List this year, we’ve now had the pleasure of seeing 707 different specs land on our annual Best Of list, representing the endlessly creative minds of 883 writers. We’ve counted more than 22,000 votes from 4,000 voters, and tallied the list down from the more than 3,000 eligible specs that have hit the market since 2010. We’ve seen the rise, fall, and rise again of companies, representatives and genres, as the industry and audiences change. We’ve seen more than 350 Hit List projects go on to land on other Best Of lists, and more than 100 go on to earn Oscar and box office wins alike. We’ve seen more than 100 writers return to the list more than once, as well as 25 Launch Pad Alums gracing these pages.

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A society where sleep is optional and the rich work and play on a 24-hour cycle is the thrilling setting of the winning unproduced script in the 2017 John Hinde Award for Excellence in Science-Fiction Writing, presented last night in Brisbane to C.S. McMullen for her pilot script Awake.

‘As a writer whose first love has always been science-fiction, this award has incredible significance for me, and I am prouder of this than perhaps anything else I’ve won,’ said McMullen, currently in Los Angeles. ‘Thank you so much to the AWG, and the estate of the late John Hinde for this bequest. This is part of a golden age for Australian science-fiction, and I am thrilled to be a part of it.’

A Melbourne-based screenwriter, McMullen has already made a considerable mark on the industry, listed by Inside Film in 2016 as one of the industry’s ‘Rising Talents’. In 2015 she was nominated for an Australian Writers’ Guild Monte Miller Award and in 2016 she was a semifinalist in the Academy Nicholl Screenwriting Awards, a finalist in the PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, and was winner of the prestigious Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award presented by the International Emmys Foundation for her script Living Metal.

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Melburnian Catherine S. McMullen has won the 2016 Sir Peter Ustinov Television Scriptwriting Award, awarded by the the International Emmys Foundation.

“The competition is designed to motivate non-American novice writers under the age of 30, and offer them the recognition and encouragement that might lead to a successful career in television scriptwriting,” said the Emmys Foundation in a statement. 

McMullen was recently included on the 2016 IF List as one of the local industry’s ‘Rising Talents,’ and was chosen as one of the inaugural recipients of Shane Brennan’s Scripted Ink funding, which will see her sitting in on the script department of Foxtel series Wentworth

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