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Something Shady is Going on at Fade In

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TheWrap investigates cases where aspiring screenwriters, after winning the Fade In screenwriting contest never got their prizes.

Mistreating screenwriters? In Hollywood?! Pshaw!

Amy Kaufman writes:

Meanwhile, a number of contestants have still yet to see the money and prizes they were promised.

Powell Weaver won first place in the 2007 “Comedy” category. He was promised the same prizes as Patrice Williams, but has only seen a Waterman pen to date.

“I’m happy to have won and it’s an honor, but it’s a tease,” Weaver said. “I kept asking Audrey Kelly if I was going to get paid and she’d say, ‘It’s coming, it’s coming.’ At this point, it doesn’t feel worth it to keep trying.”

Craig Berger, who took second place in the “Comedy” category in 2005, did receive all of his promised prizes. But he believed that the magazine would help him get representation and meeting with producers. That didn’t happen.

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