2018 Pilot Competition Results

Announcing the Winners

Overall Winner

LEGACY

Ben Samuels & Oliver Samuels

THE 100 meets SCANDAL

A failed North Korean nuclear missile strike reveals a long-held secret – the existence of a large ship meant to carry humans off the dying Earth.

DramaSci-FiThriller

Top Drama

BETWEEN THE EYES

Gregory Levy / Gabriel Berlind & Gregory Levy (Story)

DEADWOOD meets JANE GOT A GUN

The first female Pinkerton detective is hired to foil an assassination plot against President-elect Lincoln as he travels from Illinois to Washington for his inauguration.

ActionDramaPeriod

Top Comedy

YEARBOOK OF REVELATION, THE

Peter Sherer

THE GOOD PLACE meets ELECTION

In the midst of an ongoing apocalypse, one determined high schooler makes it her life’s mission to save the yearbook club in the face of the end of the world.

ComedyFantasyTeen

Artillery Creative Guaranteed Signing Winner

MARBLE TOMB, THE

Devi Gowni

GAME OF THRONES meets THE CROWN

The sons of Mughal emperor Jahangir fight to become his successor as war threatens the empire on all sides.

DramaEpicPeriodWar

Mentorship Program Winners

101 WAYS TO BECOME A BETTER PERSON

Megan Bacharach

THE END OF THE F***ING WORLD meets INGRID GOES WEST

After the death of her mother, a sociopath moves to LA and strives to become a better person, with an internet checklist as her only guide.

ComedyDark Comedy

Mentorship Selection – Lauren Otero

AETERNUM

Heidi Nyburg

RESURRECTION meets ALTERED CARBON

A surgical resident, damaged by the role he played in his son’s death, betrays all he knows in an effort to bring his son back to life. Along the way, he becomes entrenched in the vendetta of an unusual family that holds the key to eternal life.

DramaSci-FiSupernatural

Mentorship Selection – Helen Leigh

COMMONS, THE

Laura E. Davis

SIX FEET UNDER meets ALTERED CARBON

After the eradication of all disease, the government puts a cap on life at age 65 in order to keep the population under control. A woman who works as a facilitator for the elderly to pass on finds her morals in question when she discovers her parents have evaded the system and joined an underground resistance.

DramaSci-Fi

Mentorship Selection – Zach Robbins

Announcing The Top 10

After months of reading, reviewing, debating, and finalist rounds, we have finally made it to the last round of finalists before our overall winners announced – The Top 10!

Evenly split between half-hour comedies and hour-long dramas, this years Top 10 comes to us from all four corners of the United States, and is made up of twelve writers (two writing teams), with four scripts appearing from female writers, and six from male writers, and two Launch Pad alums returning to the spotlight from previous years.

On the comedy side, our writers have taken us to worlds both painfully realistic and uniquely fantastical. We get to laugh at inept workers cleaning up disastrous experiments at a closed Jurassic Park-style theme park and attend a high school pushing forward as if nothing is wrong despite the apocalypse happening around them. We can grow up alongside teenagers embarrassed and enlivened by their immigrant parents and keep the secret of a fake marriage from oppressive parents, then turn the channel to see the employees of a failing home shopping network try to remain relevant in the internet age.

Looking to the past, our drama pilots will take us along for the ride as America’s first female detective attempts to prevent the assassination of President Lincoln, sell us snake oil as we see the birth of Herbalife in 1980s Los Angeles, bring us to the party as a black, female club owner stakes her place in 1920s Harlem, and immerse us in a clash between empires in 16th century India. In the future, we can look to the stars as humanity attempts to survive the impending apocalypse with a trip into deep space.

As our judges finalize their decisions and pick our winners, we continue to be thrilled with the diverse group of writers and stories that we got the chance to read and enjoy this year. We know that this will be our most successful collection of pilots ever!

And now, let us present to you the 2018 Launch Pad Pilots Competition Top 10.

BETWEEN THE EYES

Gregory Levy / Gabriel Berlind & Gregory Levy (Story)

DEADWOOD meets JANE GOT A GUN

The first female Pinkerton detective is hired to foil an assassination plot against President-elect Lincoln as he travels from Illinois to Washington for his inauguration.

ActionDramaPeriod

CLEANUP CREW, THE

Curtis Retherford

PARKS AND RECREATION meets JURASSIC PARK

A ragtag team of inept workers is tasked with dismantling an abandoned theme park filled with leftover, ill-advised genetic experiments.

ComedySci-Fi

CONCRETE JUNGLE

David Kushner

BOARDWALK EMPIRE meets JACKIE BROWN

In 1930s New York, the black jazz club owner known as the “The Queen of Harlem” must make a difficult decision when the Italian mob demands ownership of her business in exchange for protection.

CrimeDramaPeriod

FIRST GENERATION

Sophia Zolan

FRESH OFF THE BOAT meets MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING

Two first generation American teenagers struggle to fit in despite the wacky antics of their parents and the embarrassing cultural differences their families bombard them with.

ComedyTeen

LEGACY

Ben Samuels & Oliver Samuels

THE 100 meets SCANDAL

A failed North Korean nuclear missile strike reveals a long-held secret – the existence of a large ship meant to carry humans off the dying Earth.

DramaSci-FiThriller

MARBLE TOMB, THE

Devi Gowni

GAME OF THRONES meets THE CROWN

The sons of Mughal emperor Jahangir fight to become his successor as war threatens the empire on all sides.

DramaEpicPeriodWar

PG 30

Vidhya Iyer

MASTER OF NONE meets KNOCKED UP

In an effort to get their nagging parents off their back an Indian-American woman and her gay Indian-American best friend decide to enter into a fake marriage. It’s a plan that seems to be going perfectly… right up until she discovers she’s pregnant with her incredibly white ex-boyfriend.

ComedyDrama

PYRAMID

Sebastian Davis

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET meets BETTER CALL SAUL

A high-school drop out needs to make money for his mom’s medical expenses, but when he realizes the pyramid scheme he’s working for is a scam, he decides to create his own so that he can be on top.

DramaThriller

VALUE SHOPPING NETWORK, THE

Meg Favreau

30 ROCK meets SUPERSTORE

After accidentally setting her news studio on fire and becoming a viral sensation, a type-A journalist is forced to take a job hosting on a failing home shopping network.

Comedy

YEARBOOK OF REVELATION, THE

Peter Sherer

THE GOOD PLACE meets ELECTION

In the midst of an ongoing apocalypse, one determined high schooler makes it her life’s mission to save the yearbook club in the face of the end of the world.

ComedyFantasyTeen

Announcing The Top 25

 

We’ve entered the home stretch now. Our judges are completing their final reads and the winners are just around the corner. Alongside our exclusive competition partners Artillery Creative and Oil and Cattle Entertainment, we are thrilled to be bringing new, talented writers into our Launch Pad family!

This year’s Top 25 pilots center on an amazing collection of compelling characters, from the woman who was Queen of both England and France, to pop stars selling their souls in Faustian bargains, to outsiders fighting against the Hollywood blacklist. Our writers have made criminals sympathetic, cancer patients unlikable, and soap opera stars relatable, bringing the reader into worlds and experiences they’ve never seen before.

Knowing the bright futures ahead for all of them, we are thrilled to introduce you to the writers and projects of the 2018 Launch Pad Pilots Competition Top 25!

(As a reminder: If you selected one of our add-on prizes at time of entry, but did not advance to the Top 25, you are still in contention to win those prizes.)

BETWEEN THE EYES

Gregory Levy / Gabriel Berlind & Gregory Levy (Story)

DEADWOOD meets JANE GOT A GUN

The first female Pinkerton detective is hired to foil an assassination plot against President-elect Lincoln as he travels from Illinois to Washington for his inauguration.

ActionDramaPeriod

BITCH

Gary Sewell

FEUD meets DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

A soap opera star in the 1980s discovers that her character is about to be killed off, so she channels the violent matriarch she plays in order to stay on top by any means necessary.

DramaPeriod

CANCER OF THE EVERYTHING

Adam Nadler

CATASTROPHE meets 50/50

After having the worst one-night stand ever, two cynical, lovelorn New Yorkers wake up to learn that one of them has cancer. But rather than cut their ties and go their separate ways, they make a deal: she will help him through cancer treatment, and he will find her a husband with a normal life expectancy.

ComedyDark ComedyDrama

CLEANUP CREW, THE

Curtis Retherford

PARKS AND RECREATION meets JURASSIC PARK

A ragtag team of inept workers is tasked with dismantling an abandoned theme park filled with leftover, ill-advised genetic experiments.

ComedySci-Fi

CONCRETE JUNGLE

David Kushner

BOARDWALK EMPIRE meets JACKIE BROWN

In 1930s New York, the black jazz club owner known as the “The Queen of Harlem” must make a difficult decision when the Italian mob demands ownership of her business in exchange for protection.

CrimeDramaPeriod

DEAL WITH JENNY SHIELDS, THE

Colton Lawrence & Shannon Van Dorn

NASHVILLE meets SUPERNATURAL

A young musician literally signs away her soul to a mysterious talent agency that promises to make her famous, but finds her new life more dangerous than she imagined.

DramaMusicSupernaturalTeen

EXPLORER’S GUILD, THE

Cody Pearce

INDIANA JONES meets MYSTERY TEAM

A group of adults who had an “explorers club” as children come together in search of a powerful artifact when their friend dies and leaves them all mysterious clues.

AdventureComedyDrama

FIRST GENERATION

Sophia Zolan

FRESH OFF THE BOAT meets MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING

Two first generation American teenagers struggle to fit in despite the wacky antics of their parents and the embarrassing cultural differences their families bombard them with.

ComedyTeen

HATCHET PLAINS

Angela Jorgensen

MAD MEN meets TRUMBO

At the height of McCarthyism and the Hollywood blacklist, three “unemployable” screenwriters team up to produce a politically charged television series under pseudonyms.

DramaPeriod

HIGH POCKETS

Chad Callaghan

ALIAS meets THE PACIFIC

Trapped in the Philippines under Japanese occupation during WWII and driven by a desire to revenge the death of her soldier husband, an American singer begins a spy ring out of her cabaret club in Manila. Based on a true story.

DramaPeriodThrillerWar

JACKRABBIT

David Schlow

FIREFLY meets BATTLESTAR GALACTICA

A man finds out that he is actually living on a fake Earth under the influence of a dangerous alien race, and that his absent father has secretly been part of a rebellion.

DramaSci-Fi

LEGACY

Ben Samuels & Oliver Samuels

THE 100 meets SCANDAL

A failed North Korean nuclear missile strike reveals a long-held secret – the existence of a large ship meant to carry humans off the dying Earth.

DramaSci-FiThriller

LIONHEARTS

Tobin Addington

THE TUDORS meets VICTORIA

The true story of Eleanor of Aquitaine, the most notorious queen of the Middle Ages, struggles to maintain independence from her husband, the King of France.

DramaPeriodTrue

MARBLE TOMB, THE

Devi Gowni

GAME OF THRONES meets THE CROWN

The sons of Mughal emperor Jahangir fight to become his successor as war threatens the empire on all sides.

DramaEpicPeriodWar

PALM SPRINGS

Paul Ditty

DALLAS meets REVENGE

A wealthy and powerful family of real estate moguls embark upon a new development in Palm Springs, but their personal demons and secret pasts threaten to ruin everything.

Drama

PARTNERS

Alan W. Porter

SPLITTING UP TOGETHER meets CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND

Fifteen years after a rough breakup, former law school sweethearts reunite to start a law firm together.

Comedy

PG 30

Vidhya Iyer

MASTER OF NONE meets KNOCKED UP

In an effort to get their nagging parents off their back an Indian-American woman and her gay Indian-American best friend decide to enter into a fake marriage. It’s a plan that seems to be going perfectly… right up until she discovers she’s pregnant with her incredibly white ex-boyfriend.

ComedyDrama

PREMATURE EVANGELIZATION

Mark Kosin

MONTY PYTHON’S LIFE OF BRIAN meets BIG MOUTH

After Jesus ascends to heaven, his disciples realize just how inept and lost they are without him.

Comedy

PRODIGAL SON

Ezra W. Nachman

THE SOPRANOS meets DISOBEDIENCE

When their estranged son returns after ten years away, an influential Orthodox Jewish family involved in diamond and drug smuggling is forced into an internal power struggle. All the while, little do they know, but their son is undercover for the FBI.

DramaThriller

PYRAMID

Sebastian Davis

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET meets BETTER CALL SAUL

A high-school drop out needs to make money for his mom’s medical expenses, but when he realizes the pyramid scheme he’s working for is a scam, he decides to create his own so that he can be on top.

DramaThriller

RESURRECTIONIST, THE

Josh Katz & Josh Thorud

THE TERROR meets THE RETURNED

Eight years after his brother went missing on an expedition to the arctic, a provocative columnist in Providence discovers that his brother’s ship has made it home, but with nobody on board.

DramaHorrorSupernatural

SATELLITE

David Williams

DYNASTY meets BATTLESTAR GALACTICA

The daughter of one of the three wealthy families who rule over the moon as oligarchs returns home after surviving a terrorist attack that could mark the start of a populist rebellion.

DramaSci-FiThriller

SPIN CYCLE: THE DOCUMENTARY

Meredith Hambrock

THE OFFICE meets DODGEBALL

After losing her hand in a freak accident, a spin instructor decides to open her own independent studio, right next to the big chain studio she used to work at.

Comedy

VALUE SHOPPING NETWORK, THE

Meg Favreau

30 ROCK meets SUPERSTORE

After accidentally setting her news studio on fire and becoming a viral sensation, a type-A journalist is forced to take a job hosting on a failing home shopping network.

Comedy

YEARBOOK OF REVELATION, THE

Peter Sherer

THE GOOD PLACE meets ELECTION

In the midst of an ongoing apocalypse, one determined high schooler makes it her life’s mission to save the yearbook club in the face of the end of the world.

ComedyFantasyTeen

Announcing The Top 50

 

As we continue to narrow down this year’s crop of fantastic pilots alongside our accomplished collection of judges and exclusive competition partners Artillery Creative and Oil & Cattle Entertainment, we are impressed again and again with the sheer depth of talent on display in this year’s competition.

Whether it be laughing out loud at the exploits of inept spin instructors and television personalities, biting our nails as we wait for the results of houseboat heists and murder trials, or holding our breaths during sweeping battle scenes in Roman Spain and car chases through the red mud of Georgia – it has been a delight to explore the skills and creativity of our Top 50 pilots.

Knowing the bright futures ahead for all of them, we are thrilled to introduce you to the writers and projects of the 2018 Launch Pad Pilots Competition Top 50!

(As a reminder: If you selected one of our add-on prizes at time of entry, but did not advance to the Top 50, you are still in contention to win those prizes.)

ProjectWritten By
101 WAYS TO BECOME A BETTER PERSONMegan Bacharach
AETERNUMHeidi Nyburg
BETWEEN THE EYESGregory Levy / Gabriel Berlind & Gregory Levy (Story)
BITCHGary Sewell
BOARD, THESarah K. Moss
CANCER OF THE EVERYTHINGAdam Nadler
CLEANUP CREW, THECurtis Retherford
COMMONS, THEBobby Hankinson
CONCRETE JUNGLEDavid Kushner
CRIMINALSJoey Siara
DEAL WITH JENNY SHIELDS, THEColton Lawrence & Shannon Van Dorn
DESERT 10Zachary Tomlinson
EXPLORER’S GUILD, THECody Pearce
FIRST GENERATIONSophia Zolan
FUN CENTERAnna Menta & Sarah Soderquist
HANNIBAL AT THE GATESAdam Korenman & Sam Khushal
HATCHET PLAINSAngela Jorgensen
HER MAJESTY’S SPYMISTRESSMarcus Goodwin
HIGH POCKETSChad Callaghan
HIGHWIREGareth Smith
INFLUENCEMelissa Cassera
INSIDE OCEANSIDETate Elizabeth Hanyok
JACKRABBITDavid Schlow
LEGACYBen Samuels & Oliver Samuels
LIFERS ANONYMOUSSean Collins-Smith
LIONHEARTSTobin Addington
LOST EDEN CANYONAlan R. Baxter
LOVE SCENES, LLCLira Kellerman
LOW ACHIEVING CHILDRENBen Kawaller
MARBLE TOMB, THEDevi Gowni
NOTTINGHAMCallie C. Miller
PALM SPRINGSPaul Ditty
PANTHERSEric Glover
PARTNERSAlan W. Porter
PEARLKimberly Rose Ka’iulani Wolter
PG 30Vidhya Iyer
PREMATURE EVANGELIZATIONMark Kosin
PRODIGAL SONEzra W. Nachman
PROGRESSIVE, OHIOAaron Smith
PYRAMIDSebastian Davis
RED DIRTDavid Sullivan
RELATIVEMichael Apgar
RESURRECTIONIST, THEJosh Katz & Josh Thorud
SATELLITEDavid Williams
SPIN CYCLE: THE DOCUMENTARYMeredith Hambrock
TOWPATH, THEC.J. Wells
UNPROHIBITEDJordyn Giddens
VALUE SHOPPING NETWORK, THEMeg Favreau
VINEYARD, THETeresa Huang
YEARBOOK OF REVELATION, THEPeter Sherer

Announcing The Top 75

As our judges, partners and mentors begin their deep dive into this years finalists, we, alongside our exclusive partners Artillery Creative and Oil and Cattle Entertainment are thrilled to announce the next round of finalists in this years competition, as we present our Top 75.

And even as we narrow our list from 100 to 75, this years finalists continue to include something for everyone. With stories of America’s first female detectives and those of history’s greatest generals, with a truly ‘universal’ sci-fi twist on Robin Hood in space, to the intricately comedic worlds of home shopping networks, from the baseball diamonds of little leagues to the app obsessed dating worlds of adulthood and the oh so fun balance of love, marriage, parenthood, and the exploration of all the things that make us who we are today.

So, once again, without further ado, let us introduce you to the Top 75 finalists of the 2018 Launch Pad Pilot Competition!

(As a reminder: If you selected one of our add-on prizes at time of entry, but did not advance to the Top 75, you are still in contention to win those prizes.)

ProjectWritten By
101 WAYS TO BECOME A BETTER PERSONMegan Bacharach
A TRAIN, THEJulie Sayres
AETERNUMHeidi Nyburg
AGENDERDale Winton
AMERICAN MOTORSam Tofsted
AN OUTSIDER’S GUIDE TO RICH PEOPLEJames Mulholland & Jennifer Krueger
ARCANUMGabriel Lichstein & Jennie Chamberlain
BAD THINGSJon Bachmann & Katherine Griffin
BETWEEN THE EYESGregory Levy / Gabriel Berlind & Gregory Levy (Story)
BITCHGary Sewell
BOARD, THESarah K. Moss
CANCER OF THE EVERYTHINGAdam Nadler
CLEANUP CREW, THECurtis Retherford
COMMONS, THELaura E. Davis
COMMONS, THEBobby Hankinson
CONCRETE JUNGLEDavid Kushner
CRIMINALSJoey Siara
DARK EMBASSYSloane Korach
DARK FORCESJonathan A. Mooney
DEAL WITH JENNY SHIELDS, THEColton Lawrence & Shannon Van Dorn
DESERT 10Zachary Tomlinson
DO RIGHT WOMANCatherine Coyne
EXPLORER’S GUILD, THECody Pearce
FIRST GENERATIONSophia Zolan
FLUNKIESMicah Leslie
FOUNDERSMolly Miller
FUN CENTERAnna Menta & Sarah Soderquist
G.I. VOGUEAlyson Weaver Nicholas
HANNIBAL AT THE GATESAdam Korenman & Sam Khushal
HATCHET PLAINSAngela Jorgensen
HER MAJESTY’S SPYMISTRESSMarcus Goodwin
HIGH POCKETSChad Callaghan
HIGHWIREGareth Smith
HOLLYWOODLANDLisa Bao
INFLUENCEMelissa Cassera
INSIDE OCEANSIDETate Elizabeth Hanyok
JACKRABBITDavid Schlow
JOSH AND EMMA ARE NOT DATINGZach Heltzel
LEGACYBen Samuels & Oliver Samuels
LIFERS ANONYMOUSSean Collins-Smith
LIONHEARTSTobin Addington
LITTLE LEAGUEJake Bernstein & Tyler Eaton
LOST EDEN CANYONAlan R. Baxter
LOVE SCENES, LLCLira Kellerman
LOW ACHIEVING CHILDRENBen Kawaller
MARBLE TOMB, THEDevi Gowni
NOTTINGHAMCallie C. Miller
OUT OF THE STONE AGEJoe Gold
PALM SPRINGSPaul Ditty
PANTHERSEric Glover
PARTNERSAlan W. Porter
PEARLKimberly Rose Ka’iulani Wolter
PG 30Vidhya Iyer
PLASTICSDeborah Tarica
POINT ROBERTSJeff Patneaude
PREMATURE EVANGELIZATIONMark Kosin
PRODIGAL SONEzra W. Nachman
PROGRESSIVE, OHIOAaron Smith
PULPRaphael Loucadellis
PYRAMIDSebastian Davis
RED DIRTDavid Sullivan
RELATEDBen Agron & Brandon Feldman
RELATIVEMichael Apgar
RESURRECTIONIST, THEJosh Katz & Josh Thorud
RESURRECTIONISTS, THETravis Opgenorth
SATELLITEDavid Williams
SHITSTORMDavid H. Luz
SPIN CYCLE: THE DOCUMENTARYMeredith Hambrock
TOWPATH, THEC.J. Wells
UNPROHIBITEDJordyn Giddens
VALUE SHOPPING NETWORK, THEMeg Favreau
VINEYARD, THETeresa Huang
WEFEEDFrank Spiro
WHISTLE-BLOWER, THEBill Taub & Scott Ritter
YEARBOOK OF REVELATION, THEPeter Sherer

The Launch Pad Pilots Competition is back for 2018! We are now accepting submissions, so if you dream of writing for TV, submit your pilot today.

Here at Launch Pad we’ve spent the last 5 years working tirelessly to help writers launch their careers. Our partners and judges represent some of the top agents, managers, producers, and executives in the industry. This type of unprecedented access is unique to us and has resulted in 254 writers finding representation, 81 projects getting set up, and 48 writers getting staffed on a show.

 

This competition is truly a golden opportunity to get your work in the hands of the people that matter. So polish off your pilots and submit your script today.

WHAT DO I NEED?
One (or more) original television pilot no more than 70 pages.

WHAT CAN I WIN?
3 Grand Prize Winners will receive flights to Los Angeles for a meet and greet with some of the biggest agents, managers, and execs in the industry. Guaranteed Option Add-On: Our partner will option at least one pilot from the competition. Guaranteed Signing Add-On: Your chance to get a rep. Our partner will sign at least one writer from the competition. Mentorship Prizes Add-On: Our three mentors will each select a writer to advise and support through their journey in the industry.

OTHER BENEFITS
Feedback Notes Add-On: Our readers are standing by, ready to give you a professional analysis of your work and constructive feedback on how to take it to the next level Every entrant will also receive the once in a lifetime opportunity to get their work in front of the top reps, producers, and execs in the industry, at companies such as Verve, 3 Arts, Anonymous Content, APA, Energy Entertainment, Bellevue, Imagine Entertainment, Chernin Entertainment and many more.

POWERFUL PARTNERSHIPS

 

One crucial reason we have been so successful in helping launch careers is our relationships with our wonderful partners. For five years now, we’ve partnered with some of the top writers, producers, execs, agents, and managers to expand opportunities for up and coming scribes.

Our partnerships manifest in three exciting add-on prizes: The Guaranteed Option, Guaranteed Signing, and the Mentorships. Each writer who purchases the add-on will be considered by our partners, regardless of their performance in the overall competition.

For the Option Prize, our partner will select at least one work to option. The Guaranteed Signing is very similar, except instead of an option, our partner agrees to represent at least one writer from the competition. The Mentorship Prize will see three partners each select a writer to advise during their career. Past partners for these prizes have included Scott Free, Bellevue, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. writer Dan Doyle.

GUARANTEED SIGNING PRIZE

 

Step one, write your script. For many, step two is landing great representation who will share you and your work with Hollywood decision makers. For this year’s competition, we’ve partnered with Thomas Carter and his management company Artillery Creative. A respected veteran in the business, Thomas has served as both literary manager and producer. His clients have written for networks like NBC, HBO, TNT, USA, CBS, FreeForm, and on shows that include TIMELESS and CHICAGO PD.

On the producing front, he has the upcoming adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s Hugo and Nebula Award winning book DAWN with Ava DuVernay attached to produce. He’s also producing the adaptation of true crime thriller BURN for Anonymous Content with Mahershala Ali set to star and client Frederick Kotto set to write. This is a rare opportunity to earn representation from a veteran who brings invaluable knowledge of both the management and producing world.

For our guaranteed signing prize, Artillery Creative will select at least one writer for representation.

GUARANTEED OPTION PRIZE

 

We are pleased to announce our Guaranteed Option Prize partnership with development acquisition financier and production company, Oil & Cattle. Currently, Oil & Cattle is set to produce Octavia E. Butler’s Nebula and Hugo Award-winning sci-fi classic Dawn, alongside A Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay, and former WME partner Charles D. King’s Macro. Oil & Cattle has optioned the rights of several other high profile books and articles from companies that include HarperCollins, GQ, The New Yorker and Rolling Stone. Oil & Cattle prides themselves on discovering commercially viable projects rooted in humanized storytelling.

By partnering with the Launch Pad, Oil & Cattle will option at least one project which has selected the Guaranteed Option add-on.

THE MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

 

With 2018 Pilot Competition mentors Lauren Otero, Helen Leigh & Zachary Robbins

There’s no need to go it alone. Working closely with experienced writers who have walked the walk can be an invaluable experience. That’s why we offer exclusive mentorship opportunities for writers to learn from those making moves in the industry today.

We’re incredibly excited to announce our newest mentor, Lauren Otero. Lauren has staffed on cable and network TV shows, including HAPPY ENDINGS, HOW TO LIVE WITH YOUR PARENTS FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE, and GIRL MEETS WORLD. In the digital space, she has written for go90’s MR. STUDENT BODY PRESIDENT, has served as a co-producer on go90’s VERSUS, and has sold projects to AwesomenessTV and Mitú. Currently, Lauren is developing a dark musical comedy with Sacha Baron Cohen’s production company.

Also joining our mentor program this year is writer, Helen Leigh. Helen is known for her genre writing prowess. She served as writer’s assistant on Cinemax’s OUTCAST, coming off of writing and producing her first episode. She also previously worked for literary management and production company Circle of Confusion and Robert Kirkman’s Skybound Entertainment. Helen most recently participated in the creative conference for developing the mobile game THE WALKING DEAD S4 with Telltale Games.

Last but not least, writer Zach Robbins is our third mentor this competition. Staffed on HBO’s BALLERS, Zach has also written for IFC’s MARON and FX’s RESCUE ME, as well as served as script coordinator for Showtime’s HOUSE OF LIES.

Our mentors bring real world experience and diverse paths on how to break into the industry as a television writer, insight into navigating the writers’ room, and valuable tips on how to sell original material. Our mentor program will also focus on getting your script ready, and strategies for pitching and choosing your next project. This is an incredible opportunity that you don’t want to miss. Stay tuned as we prepare to announce our next two mentors!

FREE BONUS WITH YOUR ENTRY

 

We’re pleased to be re-teaming with Roadmap Writers to offer all of our competition entrants a free seminar with the Roadmap Writers Program. Run by former development exec for Bold Films Joey Tuccio, the exclusively curated seminar – geared toward writers of all experience levels – will give writers insight from working producers, executives, agents, and managers to help you build a better pitch, learn how to be good in a room, and how to be sure you’re putting your best work into the world.

REAL NOTES, REAL FEEDBACK

 

Continuing with the same educational ideas behind the origination of the mentorship program, and continually looking to identify new ways to give our writers even more of a leg up when entering the Launch Pad Competition, we’re thrilled to announce the return of our Feedback Notes Program.

Rather than receiving a few vague disconnected sentences or paragraphs from other coverage services or competitions out there, we’ve struck a deal with our professional readers (reading for places such as 20th Century Fox, Sony, Paramount, Universal, UTA & more) to provide 1-2 pages of in-depth notes on your competition entry. With an emphasis on initial thoughts, opinions and analysis, get an inside look at what is usually a behind the curtain process, and get our readers’ perspectives on the story, characters, marketability, and ideas for where the story could go. Was it a page-turner? Did we want to see more of a character? Was the dialogue believable? Get the actionable notes and insight you deserve.

The Launch Pad is more than just a writing competition.

We’re here to be the first step in starting your writing career.

Allard Cantor

Epicenter

Ari Lubet

3 Arts Entertainment

Blair Bigelow

Skydance Productions

Brooklyn Weaver

Energy Entertainment

Caroline Garity

Chernin Entertainment

Charlie Scully

Anonymous Content

Courtney Conwell

Writ Large

Danny Alexander

APA

Dash Aiken

Romark Entertainment

David Boxerbaum

Verve

Derrick Eppich

Lee Stobby Entertainment

Jeff Ciabattari

Thruline Entertainment

Jeff Portnoy

Bellevue Productions

Jennifer AU

Untitled Entertainment

Jewerl Ross

Silent R Management

Jon Huddle

Fourth Wall Management

Leif Lilliehaugen

Endgame Entertainment

Katherine Riley

Kaplan Stahler Agency

Matt Nordsten

CAA

Melissa Graf

Makeready

Michael Losasso

Gersh

Ryan Cunningham

Madhouse Entertainment

Scott Stoops

Good Fear Film + Management

Thomas Carter

Artillery Creative

Will Raynor

Mandalay Pictures