Hirsch’s TV pilot wins second place in the Alfred P. Sloan Script Competition


September 9, 2016

The television pilot created by drama master’s student Daniel Hirsch was selected as a second-place winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Script Competition at Carnegie Mellon University. The award recognizes the best screenplay or television pilot furthering the public understanding of science and technology. ECE Professor Diana Marculescu served as a consultant for the pilot, titled “Traitorous.” The pilot follows Robert, a young physicist, as he arrives in Silicon Valley in 1956, where the main output from this corner of California is apricots, not Apples, and few have even heard the word silicon. Based on the life of tech pioneer Robert Noyce, "Traitorous" depicts the birth of a new industry, the tumultuous transformation of a community, and the break-ups and betrayals that preceded one of the 20th Century’s most important technological breakthroughs: the microchip.

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