2014 Competition

This Year’s Winning Readers

This year’s competition winners will have their scripts read by:

Tom Pollock

Former Chair of Universal Pictures, as well as Former Vice Chair and Executive VP of MCA,  has  influenced the development of films including Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List that grossed more than $10 billion.


With Ivan Reitman, Pollock set up The Montecito Picture Company, which produced Up in the Air, Old School, and Hitchcock, among othersPollock frequently represents the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in its outreach projects worldwide.

Blossom Films

is the production company founded by Australian actress Nicole Kidman in 2010. The first production by the company was the feature film version of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer-Prize winning play Rabbit Hole, which garnered Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations.


As an actress, Nicole Kidman has appeared in films grossing more than $3 billion (US), with 17 movies making more than $100 million. Kidman has been nominated for nine Golden Globes, winning three, and three Academy Awards, winning for her performance in The Hours.

Ben Nearn

Co-Founder and CEO of Sycamore Pictures, recently finished the film Can a Song Save Your Life? with Mark Ruffalo, Hailee Steinfeld, and Keira Knightley, to be distributed by The Weinstein Company this summer.


Ben’s credits include: The Way, Way Back, which was the winner of last year’s “Audience Award” at the Nashville Film Festival, Black Swan, which earned Natalie Portman a Best Actress Oscar and was nominated for Best Picture and Best Director Oscars in 2010, The Ides of March, starring Ryan Gosling and George Clooney, The Woman in Black, and more.

Nearn is also a co-founder and part owner of Cross Creek Pictures.

Laray Mayfield

is an Emmy-nominated casting director who has selected the talent for top Hollywood films for more than a decade, collaborating closely with acclaimed Director David Fincher ( The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Social Network,) actors Edward Norton (The Incredible Hulk, Fight Club), Rooney Mara (The Social Network, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,) and Brad Pitt (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Fight Club.)


Mayfield has been involved with films grossing over $1.5 billion dollars in the box office and 29 Academy Award nominations, winning seven. Her TV credits include the hit Netflix original series House of Cards.

Harmony Korine

is a producer, director, actor and writer of films that push the boundaries of acceptability and possibility in film.  Korine’s 2012 Spring Breakers starred James Franco, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens.


His films, including Kids, Gummo, and Julien Donkey-Boy have become cult classics. Acclaimed film critic Roger Ebert praised Korine as
“an innovative and gifted filmmaker whose work forces us to see on his terms.”

Korine’s films have premiered or won prizes at the Toronto Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, Venice International Film Festival, the Copenhagen International Film Festival and Nashville Film Festival.

Rich Peluso

Senior Vice President of AFFIRM Films, the faith/family and inspirational label of Sony Picture Entertainment (SPE), is responsible for acquiring, developing, producing and marketing Sony Pictures’ faith-based and inspirational films, reporting to Steve Bersch, the President of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions.


Peluso is credited Soul Surfer and Courageous, as well as 2014 releases, Moms’ Night Out and The Remaining.  Previously, Peluso has been president of EMI Christian Music Group Distribution, a division of EMI Music North America.

Lewis Bogach

Vice President of Production for CMT-TV, oversees the development of all original documentary specials and is also the Executive Producer of numerous primetime series.


He is instrumental in the development of many of CMT’s most successful and highly rated documentaries, specials, series, and franchises, including Dale, Petty Blue, My Big Redneck Vacation, Guntucky, CMT Greatest Moments, American Revolutions, CMT Comedy Stage, CMT’s Most Shocking, Small Town Secrets, True Grit, and My Big Redneck Wedding.


Before CMT, he was VP of Documentaries at American Movie Classics, (AMC), where he won numerous awards, including the prestigious Presidents Award Emmy.


Nomadic Independence Pictures

As a production company, Nomadic Independence Pictures (I Used To Be Darker, Ping Pong Summer) strives to find projects that maintain a high integrity and resonate with a certain audience. The Company focuses on making films that are outside the conventional box and reach a level of quality that exists amongst the filmmakers for which they admire. Nomadic Independence is based on the idea that artistry comes first, without following the base parameters of mainstream cinema.