The women’s advocacy group inaugurated the small-screen equivalent to the Black List last year. The scripts are evaluated based on a variety of criteria including diversity of cast, the Bechdel Test and the number and quality of female roles.
This year WeForShe received almost 200 nominations. Among the 16 winning scripts are "Harmony" from playwright and writer-producer Sara B. Cooper ( "Continuum," "House M.D."), "How to Hate Yourself" by writer and stand-up comedian Laura House ("Mom," "Blue Collar TV") and "Douglas Heights" by Leah Keith ("The Polar Bears"), who has previously worked as a Motion Picture Executive at DreamWorks and a Motion Picture and Television Executive at Walt Disney Pictures and Walt Disney Television.
The WriteHer list has already spawned some success stories. Two of 2015’s honorees have since found new representation, while two writers featured have been hired on staff or to develop new series. Scarlett Lacey’s script for "Model Women" has been picked up at ABC.
2015 honoree Kristen Newman said of her experiences post WriteHer List, "I was very honored to receive a WriteHer award for my unproduced pilot. I was amazed, however, when VH1 contacted me to buy the pilot because it was brought to their attention when Maggie Malina read the list. There is so much good work by women out there going unproduced just because it isn’t on anyone’s radar, so I’m so grateful for the existence of WeForShe."
Check out the 2016 WriterHer List in full below, courtesy of WeForShe:
WRITEHER LIST 2016
The Chosen by Julie Richardson
The Dark Pieces by Naomi McDougall Jones
Diary of a Sociopath by Valerie A. Brotski
Dickinson by Alena Smith
Disciples by Blair Butler
Douglass Heights by Leah Keith
Dust by Joy Blake
Harmony by Sara B. Cooper
How to Hate Yourself by Laura House
The Hunter and the Mystic by Whitney Hamilton
Lineage by Marlana Hope
Maybe Tomorrow by Hayley Tyler
Rabbit Warren by Vivian Tse
Red Line by Caitlin Parrish & Erica Weiss
We Peaked in 8th Grade by Julia Lillis
Yank by Marin Gazzaniga
ONES TO WATCH:
Free Skate by Caitlin McCarthy
Royally Screwed by Ari Berkowitz
Shadow by Yvonne Slaten
Sundown by Scarlette Bennett Tapp & Nikki Braedlin
Unique State of Mind by Thembi Banks & Rochee Jeffrey
Verbatim by Sydney Mitchell
[via Press Materials]