Complete Bull Script

A marketing executive who unexpectedly finds herself fighting to save her aging father’s livestock genetics business ends up with unlikely allies among first-generation immigrants forcibly relocated from California to the Midwest amid a climate change-related water shortage.

  • Colleen Krantz
    West by Orphan Train; Unintended; Train to Nowhere; Market to Market
  • Bridget Flanery
  • Barry Andersson
    The Lumber Baron
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    Television Script
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  • Catalyst Content Festival
    Duluth, MN
    October 1, 2022
    Outstanding Editing
  • Iowa Motion Picture Association, Script Writing Award
    Ottumwa, Iowa
    May 14, 2022
    First Place "Award of Excellence" in 8 categories; runner-up award in 1
  • Vancouver Movie Awards
    Vancouver, Canada
    January 5, 2023
    Semi-Finalist, Best Series
  • Dubai Independent Film Festival
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates
    January 20, 2023
    Best Television Pilot
Writer Biography - Colleen Krantz, Bridget Flanery

Colleen Bradford Krantz, owner of Pink Spear Productions, is a television and film producer, screenwriter, author and journalist. She directed and co-produced the independent documentary “West by Orphan Train,” which won a 2015 regional Emmy, a Leadership in History Award and a Clarion Award. It was released via Amazon Prime. Krantz also wrote and co-produced a limited series, called “Unintended; Unlocking a Nation’s Pregnancy Secrets,” as well as another documentary, “Train to Nowhere; Inside an Immigrant Death Investigation,” which was licensed to Netflix. Her book of the same name was the starting point for the film and a finalist in “Best Books 2011” contest by USA Book News.

Before becoming an author and filmmaker, Krantz spent a decade as a newspaper reporter, working at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Des Moines Register.

Krantz, the daughter of western Iowa ranchers, also currently works part-time as a contract producer for a national show about agriculture.

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Writer Statement

Why this show and why now?

We need better conversations based on better mutual understanding. The dramatic series, "Complete Bull," can open hearts and minds without this being a political story.

Consider these other factors:

1) Women are flocking to earn animal science degrees, outpacing men. Yet few productions portray a woman as the primary farmer or rancher. Foodies also want to know this world.

2) Latino characters are often shoved into the stereotypical drug- runner roles, or given token secondary roles. Americans need the deeper understanding offered by a second-generation Central American raised in the Midwest.

3) Many of the little-known Tai Dam people - who long ago lost their native lands in Southeast Asia - live in the Upper Midwest , where the story is set. Through a key character, we gradually introduce viewers to their forgotten story, based on actual events.

All three of these groups are not only relatively easy to locate and reach, but also are likely to exhibit high loyalty as they all feel either overlooked or misunderstood. It's what Seth Godin, the famous marketer, would call the important "Minimum Viable Audience," the key to launching a successful show in today's ultra-crowded market.