and my pilot script “1099”


For the past 2 years, I’ve been developing the pilot screenplay for my sitcom entitled 1099, which is about a self employed videographer. While looking online for screenplay services to critique and review the script, I was surprised how long I had to wait for virtually every review service out there. Most coverage (screenplay lingo for review notes) services make you wait MONTHS and have to pay several hundred dollars to get feedback on your screenplay. I’m fine with the price, however not with waiting a few months, on top of some of these coverage services only offering a 1 page review.

It was in early 2013 I discovered Not only did they claim a 3-4 day turnaround, but it was not even $100. It was BY FAR the cheapest and more importantly QUICKEST turnaround I found online. I’ve used their services twice for 1099. The first time was in the Spring/Early Summer of 2013. The turnaround was quick, 2 days, and I got about 5 pages worth of notes. So I was happy the first time around. Their claims were true, they were indeed the quickest and most affordable screenplay coverage site out there. Skylar, the head honcho, was very quick to respond to questions as well.

On my second draft of the screenplay, I submitted to ScreenPlayCoverage a second time for review in Spring of 2014, about a year later. I actually got a RECOMMEND score on my pilot for 1099 this time around. Only one percent of submissions get that according to YAY!!!! I’m still reworking the script to this day and actually I am hoping to get an online skit series together to put on YouTube to get a better crowd presence and feel for the show.

The notes for the 2nd draft, which got a RECOMMEND score, were also a very quick turnaround, barely 4 days. Amazing when you can’t find a service to do it in four months despite paying three times the cost.

Below are my coverage notes from Both the 2nd draft (listed first) and the 1st draft (listed at the end of the post) are included. If anyone out there is looking for coverage, feel free to peruse what I received and see if it’s a right fit for you. I personally recommend them and will be using them again in the near future.


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Below are two videos for a table read of the 2nd draft of my pilot for 1099 courtesy of the Dysfunctional Screenwriters Society, which meets bimonthly for table reads of local Philadelphia screenwriters.  Only the first two acts are read.

Here’s the TABLE READING at Dysfunctional Screenwriters Society hosted at PhillyCam this past summer.


And the DISCUSSION/REVIEW after the reading.

And below, as promised, are the first draft notes I received from, which I used to rewrite the much improved second draft.



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Thanks again for reading,

Gary Hanna
Psynema: Philadelphia Video Production – Corporate, Commercial, Animation, and Screenwriting 


  1. I read through Art U the other day. I would be interested in reading 1099

  2. Awesome sauce. How did Art U go?

  3. That was one of the funniest things I’ve read in a long time! Good luck with it!

  4. Funny I actually looked up Hulu submissions a while back, i heard they’re trying original programming.

  5. Well, there you go. Submit it to HULU. If that doesn’t work out, and If you do decide to go to TV, though, MTV, IFC or HBO would be the best choices for this, at least I would say. The tone of the series best fits those broadcasters. Maybe NBC? if you were to take out some the language, but yeah. HULU, MTV, HBO and IFC I would think are the best choices for this.

  6. Thanks,

    yeah the tone is odd, but I like being modern. I like the Louis CK series and I’ve had people make comparisons to 10:99 in terms of tone/production wise so I was looking at FX hopefully.

  7. Yes hopefully I’ll get Art U up and running but kind of like 1099 a bit better for marketing as it may be a better sell. Amazon already picked an art school show.

  8. Oh, okay. Good Luck on your pilot.

  9. FX is a good idea. Archer, Chozen, Louie, Always Sunny… they would go well with this show. Say, what of Art U? Are you trying to do anything with that?

  10. Just uploaded draft 2, July 22nd being the deadline now. This version got much better coverage scores from

  11. Nice. I’ll go check it out!

  12. Terrific post – Thanks for sharing – and best wishes for ‘1099’. (BTW – I’m a tax preparer, so I knew what that referred to right away. Keep it!)

  13. James Poule – thanks James, yeah most people wanted me to change the name. Then I entered a contest and saw 1099 got into the finals…but SOMEONE ELSE has a pilot WITH THE SAME NAME ARGH….just imagine entering a screenplay contest, you see your script’s title, then turn your head to the name column and see someone else’s name…argh. I called them up and yeah, we both titled our scripts 1099…the other guy was also a videographer/1099er.

  14. Thanks for sharing man. I’ve been looking for a reasonably priced script consulting resource.

  15. As always Gary, I’m happy to help if you need me. 🙂 lmk.

  16. Nice Gary! I’m available my man!!

  17. I’m an actress & would love to be a part of your project!

  18. Great job Gary Hanna! I’m an actor as well and would love the opportunity to be apart of this amazing screenplay! Thank you for any opportunity. Have an awesome day 🙂

  19. I would love to be considered.

  20. i’m interested please inbox me the info

  21. I’m interested and you have my info 🙂

  22. Im available anytime Gary 🙂

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