Floridian wins Final Draft competish

Hastings named top 'Dawg'

Ken Hastings of Orlando has beat out 2,000 other entrants to take home the first-place trophy in the Final Draft Intl. Screenplay Competition.

Hastings was handed a $5,000 check Monday at a luncheon at Spago in Beverly Hills by Marc Madnick, CEO of Final Draft Screenplay Software and Stephen J. Cannell of the Cannell Studios.

Hastings’ screenplay “Dawg,” about a commitment-phobic playboy, won him a trip to Hollywood, where Final Draft set up three days of meetings with agents and producers, including Cannell.

Final Draft Screenplay Software is the bestselling screenwriting program worldwide, with more than 100,000 units sold.

Encino-based Final Draft Inc. was founded in 1992 by writer Marc Madnick and software engineer Benjamin Cahan.

Details of Final Draft’s new screenplay contest will be announced in January.

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