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Ridley Scott

RAISED BY WOLVES | THE MARTIAN | GLADIATOR

“Writers are an integral part of my team and without them I would not be able to do my job, so to be able to work with Launch Pad and provide a new and innovative way for them to get their work out in the world is truly exciting.”

Brooklyn Weaver

Manager & Producer, Energy Entertainment

“The numbers speak for themselves. Beyond the massive amount of writers who have landed reps from Launch Pad, no other has led to more sales and bidding wars in existence. And beyond that, the success isn’t just here, but these scripts have landed on every major end of year list. This place starts careers!”

Katie Golden-Brady

Launch Pad Feature Top 10 and writer of UNASSIGNED LANDS

Launch Pad is truly the most influential screenwriting competition out there. Since making Top Ten, without even hearing winning results yet, I’ve had more contact from managers and production companies than in several years of my career so far combined.

Key Dates

Deadline

Jan 17, 2022
Regular
Feb 14, 2022
Late
Mar 15, 2022
Final

Announcements

Jun 17, 2022
Top 100
Jul 1, 2022
Top 50
Jul 22, 2022
Top 10
Aug 12, 2022
Winner
Apr 15, 2022
Second Rounder

Launching Careers

The Launch Pad Competitions have led to more signings, success stories and careers than any other screenwriting competition. With nearly a decade of experience in promoting up-and-coming writers, The Launch Pad Competition has firmly established itself as the premier hub for Hollywood to discover fresh voices and new ideas.  We advocate for all of our Top 100 finalists, working with them to share their work with the right industry members to advance their career. 

Our prestigious juries of industry members include managers, agents, producers and executives at companies across Hollywood. We also offer exclusive partnerships with management and production companies to give writers an extra leg up. 

Through these partnerships, as well as our exclusive mentorship opportunities, we seek to provide as many avenues towards success as possible.  No competition will do more to help all of their finalists take the next steps in their careers, and no competition has had as much success in helping writers break into the industry. Enter now for a chance to join this tradition of Launch Pad success.

The Benefits of Feedback

We are committed to helping writers take meaningful steps in their career, and there is nothing more important in developing your craft than thorough, in-depth notes from a trusted source. We are proud to offer our Feedback Notes program, providing 1-2 pages of in-depth notes on your competition entry, with insight into the story, characters, writing and commercial potential.

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Meet the Jury

Andrea Dimity

Pannon Entertainment | Manager

Andrea Dimity is a literary manager, producer. For more than a decade, Andrea has been actively working in feature film development and production. Prior to management, she worked for producers such as Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Todd Phillips, Chris Meledandri. She has also served as Associate Producer (Untitled HL Project) at Walt Disney Studios and was previously engaged on a local Walt Disney Studios production called the United that was shot entirely in Jordan. Andrea is currently executive producing Kandahar (Gerard Butler) for Thunder Road Pictures, Her client, Pete Barry is the writer of Marian, a twist on a Robin Hood tale that was sold to Amy Pascal and Colombia Pictures with Margot Robbie starring and producing along with Donald De Line. She also reps Launchpad Finalist Cate Honzl (Warroads, USA/Paperclip Ltd.)among others.

Brian J. Goldberg

WPA | Literary Agent and Partner

Brian J. Goldberg began his career in 2007 as a member of Paradigm Talent Agency’s Business Affairs Department. While at Paradigm, his passion for below-the-line talent became evident, leading Brian to represent television and film’s top editors, cinematographers, line producers, costume designers, and production designers. Brian is an active member of the Television Academy.

Carrie Isgett

Lit Entertainment | Manager

Carrie Isgett is a development and production executive at Lit Entertainment. She began her career is 2009 as a writer’s assistant on the long-running Australian series ALL SAINTS before moving into physical production working as a coordinator for an international producer based out of Fox Studios Australia. After moving to Los Angeles, Carrie joined Madhouse Entertainment in 2013 as an assistant where she worked her up to manager, representing a diverse list of emerging voices. She joined Lit Entertainment as a manager when the company launched at the beginning of 2019 before transitioning to focus solely on development for the company’s producing slate in 2020.

Christina Hull

Bad Robot |

Christina Hull grew up in San Antonio, Texas, where she spent most of her childhood escaping the Texas heat at the movie theater. After brief stints in finance and event management, Christina started her entertainment industry career at ICM Partners in 2016. As a lifelong sci-fi and fantasy enthusiast, Christina had always been impressed by the degree to which genre content could provide a unique vehicle for social commentary. To that end, she joined J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions in 2018 and has spent the past three years working in the Features department.

Chris Tsui

Davis Entertainment | Film/TV Development

Davis Entertainment is the production company behind such films as JUNGLE CRUISE, DOLEMITE IS MY NAME, SHAFT, GAME NIGHT and more. They also produce television series like MAGNUM PI, THE EQUALIZER, THE BLACKLIST and more.

Daniel Seco

Empirical Evidence | Literary Manager and Partner

A former sports journalist covering U.S. Soccer, MLB, and the NBA, Daniel Seco began his Hollywood career in 2013 at Resolution. He joined CAA in 2014 where he worked in the motion picture literary department before venturing into literary management on the feature side at Writ Large in 2015 as a coordinator/junior manager. A series of consulting jobs including a stop at Netflix in its Original Film department gave way to Seco joining Schemers Entertainment as a literary manager in 2018. Currently, Seco is a literary manager and partner at Empirical Evidence, a literary creative company founded by Derrick Eppich. Seco is a proud graduate of the University of Maryland and the University of Florida as well as a cancer survivor.

Jamie Wager

Capital Creations | Principal

Jamie Wager is the principal at Capital Creations, where he focuses on TV writers. Current clients include Maria Ferrari, creator of UNITED STATES OF AL; Shawn Simmons whose show WAYNE currently airs on Amazon; Jon Worley, currently a CO-EP on RAISED BY WOLVES at HBO Max, and who’s adapting “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” for Miramax TV; and Sheila Wilson who wrote on both season of WARRIOR NUN on Netflix, and in between as a story editor Marvel’s HELSTROM for Hulu. Jamie was VP of Television at Alcon Entertainment, Director of Current Programming at the WB Network, Director of Comedy at 20th Television before starting his own management company.

Kasey Muraszko

A3 Artists Agency | Agent

Kasey Muraszko started her entertainment career at Paradigm Talent Agency in 2015. Over the course of her 5 year tenure at Paradigm, she worked across the TV Literary, Talent, and Crossover divisions while diligently working her way up from Assistant to Agent in the TV Literary department. In 2020, Muraszko made the exciting move over to A3 with multiple Paradigm colleagues to establish their Literary Department. Kasey has a strong affinity for working with emerging writers and playwrights and has a particular goal and passion to amplify, champion, and empower artistic voices that are members of underrepresented and underserved groups.

Kasra Ajir

Velocity Entertainment Partners | Manager and Producer

Kasra Ajir is a talent manager, producer and one of the owners of Velocity Entertainment Partners. His diverse client list includes luminary actors, writers, directors and television personalities. Trained at the William Morris Agency and having worked as a manager since 2006, Ajir brings has years of industry experience. He is a graduate of Lehigh University.

Nick Arnstein

Echo Lake Entertainment | Manager

Nick joined Echo Lake in 2019 after working in TV Development at Assembly Entertainment. Prior to Assembly, Nick worked in the TV Literary Department at the Kaplan-Stahler Agency. Nick represents a diverse list of writers and directors in TV and Film with a focus in advocating for unique voices in the comedy space.

Patrick Strapazon

Stellar Entertainment | Literary Manager and Producer

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Patrick Strapazon developed a love of film and television at a young age. After graduating from USC in 2011, he landed a job working in development at HBO. Following his time at HBO, he assisted writer/director Joss Whedon on MARVEL’S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. before moving to London for principal photography on AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. He joined Fox 2000 Pictures where he worked on a number of films including LOVE, SIMON and Oscar nominated HIDDEN FIGURES. He relocated to Belfast after being hired by multiple Emmy award winning director David Nutter to work as his assistant on GAME OF THRONES. Patrick continued his work in the genre space by accepting a job with showrunner Rafe Judkins on the television adaptation of THE WHEEL OF TIME. He became the Development Coordinator at Judkins’ production company, Long Weekend, before becoming a manager and producer. Patrick is the founder of Stellar Entertainment, a literary management and production company that represents artists across television and film.

Rachel Sklar

Everywhere Studios | Executive

EveryWhere Studios is an Independently financed production company committed to bringing unique voices and stories to screens everywhere. Working with both true and fictionalized stories, the EWS team identifies compelling content and talented writers to create noteworthy television series, event series and movies for all distribution platforms. They have produced many projects for the Lifetime Network.

Roberto Larios

Verve | TV Agent

Roberto Larios is a TV Agent for Verve Talent & Literary Agency. A Chicago native and 1st generation Mexican-American hailing from the Back of the Yards, Roberto joined Verve in September 2017, was recognized as 1 of 10 “Assistants to Watch” by Variety in the Fall of 2018, and is focused on helping with Verve’s mission to discover underrepresented voices and talent.

Sonya Gauthier

Woolf + Lapin | President

Sonya is the co-founder of Canadian talent agency Woolf + Lapin, which represents Film, TV, YouTube and VR Talent. Using Montreal as a hub, they are constantly seeking out global tastemakers that work at the intersection of art, technology and life-changing storytelling.

Thuan Dang

Gotham Group | Literary Manager

Thuan Dang is a literary manager at The Gotham Group representing writers and directors in feature film, live action television, and animation. Previously, he was a development executive for Mark Wahlberg’s non-scripted production company, Unrealistic Ideas, and before that worked at WME. Thuan initially got his start in the industry as a tour guide on the Warner Bros. Studio Lot and then transitioned into production, working on multi-cam sitcoms from MIKE AND MOLLY, THE GREAT INDOORS, and THE JERROD CARMICHAEL SHOW. Before entering into the entertainment industry, Thuan was a janitor

Prizes with Results

Grand Prize | Top 3 Winners

Everything the Top 10 receive, plus…

  • Invited to our exclusive, annual Launch Pad party where you will meet top agents, managers, executives, producers, and some of our current and previous judges.

 

Top 10

Everything the Top 50 receive, plus…

  • Your work will be read, reviewed and voted on by each of our esteemed Judges.
  • One free entry to any future Launch Pad Competition of your choosing.

 

Top 50

Everything the Top 100 receive, plus…

  • One year free membership to the Tracking Board.

 

Top 100

  • Your project and writer profile will be shared and marketed to our extensive industry network through newsletters, website posts, promotional emails and more. 

Let's Talk Guarantees

Guaranteed Option Prize

  • A Minimum of 1 project will be selected from our option partners to receive an option offer for their Launch Pad project.
  • To qualify for this prize, entrants must have selected the “Guaranteed Option” add-on when submitting their project.
  • This prize, as with all add-on prizes is not decided upon by placement in the competition. Regardless of whether the project entered makes any finalist round, your project will still be in contention for this prize until the competition ends.

 

Guaranteed Signing Prize

  • A Minimum of 1 writer will be selected for representation by our exclusive signing partner.
  • To qualify for this prize, entrants must have selected the “Guaranteed Signing” add-on when submitting their project.
  • This prize, as with all add-on prizes is not decided upon by placement in the competition. Regardless of whether the project entered makes any finalist round, your project will still be in contention for this prize until the competition ends.

 

Mentorship Program Selections

  • A Minimum of 3 writers (1 per mentor) will be selected by our mentors to enter our 2022 Launch Pad Pilot Mentorship Program.
  • To qualify for this prize, entrants must have selected the “Mentorship Program” add-on when submitting their project.
  • This prize, as with all add-on prizes, is not decided upon by placement in the competition. Regardless of whether the project entered makes any finalist round, your project will still be in contention for this prize until the competition ends.

Guaranteed Option

This year, we are thrilled to have 2 Guaranteed Option Partners!

Our first Guaranteed Option partner this year is Confluential Films.

Founded by multi-hyphenate filmmaker Tommy Oliver, Confluential Films is a media company dedicated to championing inclusive projects that celebrate our shared human experiences. Their past projects include the critically-acclaimed HBO documentary 40 Years a Prisoner, the groundbreaking hit documentary series Black Love on OWN, Sony thriller The Perfect Guy, and award-winning independent features 1982 (TIFF Official Selection), Jinn (SXSW Special Jury Award), and Kinyarwanda (Sundance Audience Award). Upcoming projects include Netflix feature The Perfect Find starring Gabrielle Union, Gina Torres, and Keith Powers, Die Like A Man starring Cory Hardrict, Untitled NFL Story starring Joel Kinneman, and Untitled Juice Wrld for HBO Documentaries.

 

Our second Guaranteed Option partner is Dynamic Television.

Dynamic Television is an independent television company that develops, produces, co-produces, finances and distributes premium programming tailored to the needs of global broadcasters and digital platforms in areas underserved by major studios. In 2021, Dynamic is Producing, Executive Producing, and/or Distributing 13 scripted drama series totaling 96 hours of programming produced in 10 countries including the U.S., Canada, Australia, France, UK and the Nordics. In 2021, more than 85 hours of Dynamic scripted programing will have premiered on leading broadcasters and streamers from 10 drama series produced in 8 countries around the world, including the hit series Ginny & Georgia, The Sommerdahl Murders, and Van Helsing.

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Guaranteed Signing

Our Guaranteed Signing Partner is Rascality Entertainment. Founded by David Binns in 2018, Rascality Entertainment is a literary management and development company based in Atlanta, GA. Formerly the Vice President of Development at Energy Entertainment, David has built a network of film and TV’s top industry insiders. Utilizing the resources and experience in navigating the LA-based market, Rascality seeks to develop and empower fresh voices worldwide and to build the bridge for them to explore the greater film and TV landscape.

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Pilot Mentorship Program

Requires Add-On in Checkout

The best way to learn is by working with experienced writers who have already navigated that path to success. That is exactly what the Launch Pad exclusive mentorship opportunity is set up to do

D. Dona Le

D. Dona Le is a Story Editor on FBI: MOST WANTED. She has a one-hour pilot, CONSERVATORY, in development at Homegrown Pictures. Her pilot DUST CHILD was selected for the 2020 CAPE List, and she was one of eight writers accepted to the CAPE New Writers Fellowship last year. DUST CHILD was also named a Top 10 Finalist in the 2020 Launch Pad TV Pilot Competition and was a Launch Pad Mentorship Program Winner. Dona's horror feature NEGATIVE is currently in development with Mike Medavoy’s Phoenix Pictures.

Sasha Stewart

Sasha is a writer, producer, and comedian from Dallas, TX. TV credits include: Amend: The Fight For America (Netflix), The Fix (Netflix), The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore (Comedy Central), and the 2016 White House Correspondents' Dinner. She participated in the 2019 Comedy Think Tank at the Climate Story Lab and 2020 Comedy Think Tank on Paid Family Leave. She contributes to the New Yorker, McSweeney's, and The Belladonna. She is the Head Writer for Daughters of D.C. a YA scripted podcast (out now!), and is a winner of the 2020 Yes and… Laughter Lab. She’s currently in active development on three projects, in pre-production for another.

Ursula Taherian

Her Mom is a Christian-practicing white girl, her Dad is a Muslim-practicing Afghan, she is a yoga-practicing Halfghan (with a mezuza outside her door just to cover all her bases). Ursula Taherian is a multiple award-winning actor, filmmaker and writer, and currently writes on the Chuck Lorre CBS comedy, United States of Al. Through nuanced and complex storytelling and characters, her work aims to advance representation for Middle Eastern creators and performers.

Submission Guidelines

The winners will be chosen based on the following criteria: (i) The originality and commerciality of the premise; (ii) The effectiveness of the plot and structure in serving that premise; (iii) The professional quality and creative use of the writing, formatting and presentation; (iv) The use of dialogue to advance the character, story and entertainment value of the project; (v) The originality, believability and emotional investment in the characters and their impact on the overarching story and themes.

Initial reads will be completed by professional industry readers, after which the top scored scripts will be named to a Second Round. At this point, our internal team of readers will read all remaining submissions to allow for extensive internal discussions over the relative merits and weaknesses of each project. Through internal conferences, we narrow down a list of 100 finalists. At this point, writers may be asked to submit supplemental information (a brief bio, a bible for their tv pilot, etc.) to assist in the decision making process. 

Further rounds of internal reading and discussion, as well as consultations with our signing and option partners, narrows the finalists down to 10, at which point our panel of industry judges read each script and determine our winners. 

Any entrant may be deemed ineligible at the sole discretion of Launch Pad. We reserve the right to amend these rules at any time.

Successes from a few Top 100's

Liz Storm

Liz Storm's Launch Pad PIlot finalist script led to her having a project set up with Karen Gillan and Awkwafina attached to star

Sarah Lampert

Following her Top 25 placement for her pilot I LOVE COLLEGE, Sarah Lampert signed with UTA and Writ Large and went on to sell her original pilot GINNY & GEORGIA to Netflix.

Jess Harris-Distefano

Fresh off her Top 10 placement in the Pilot Competition for her script THE DISAPPEARANCE, Jess Harris-Distefano signed with agent Brad Rosenfeld at Culture Creative Entertainment and manager Adrian Garcia at Recon Literary. THE DISAPPEARANCE went on to be set up at Warner Bros. TV with Castle Rock producing and Rob Reiner attached to executive produce.

Ahmadu Garba

After placing as a finalist in both the feature and pilot competitions, Ahmadu Garba went on to be staffed on such shows as HAPPY!, THE SINNER and DR. DEATH, before selling his original pilot NIGERIA 2099 to AMC earlier this year.

Rules

  1. All scripts MUST BE submitted as a PDF.
  2. All pilot scripts must be under 70 pages (any script with more than 70 pages will be charged an additional $1 per page) 
  3. Do not submit any form of pitch document with your pilot script.
  4. Do not include any identifying information (name, address, etc) on any page of your submission EXCEPT for the Title Page, which will be removed before sharing with readers to preserve anonymity. As such, the Title Page can include any information you would like. 
  5. Scripts with multiple writers are allowed (however, all entry fees must be paid under one account and all prizes to be shared among writing partners).
  6. All submissions must be the sole property of the writer(s). Any submissions of existing characters and or stories not in the public domain, as well as any intellectual property that the writer does not own will be disqualified.
  7. Pilots with a prior option are allowed, but at the time of submission and for the duration of the contest, must remain exclusively the writer’s property.
  8. The only scripts not allowed to be entered are those which have already sold, been produced, have previously earned our “TB Recommends” or “Launch Pad Recommends” honors, or received a top 100 placement in a previous Launch Pad competition, regardless of format.
  9. Launch Pad uses Coverfly to manage our submissions and reads. Updated drafts accepted through the Coverfly website only.
  10. The Launch Pad and all judges/readers will utilize whatever criteria they deem appropriate in deciding a winner.
  11. All scripts will remain the property of the writer(s) throughout the contest (at no point will anyone from the judge’s panel, or Launch Pad ever attach themselves to your work without your consent).
  12. Entrants may be contacted as a result of the contest by Launch Pad, its partners, the judging panel or other industry professionals in regards to representation, production, sale and/or option of the entered work.
  13. Entrants are under no obligation to sell their work or otherwise attach themselves to representation in any form – this includes the guaranteed option and guaranteed signing add ons
  14. General script entries will not receive feedback, however, you can opt to upgrade and receive feedback on your script submission.
  15. The contest is open to entrants who will be 18 or older at the time of the winners announcement. It is an international contest and open to entrants worldwide.
  16. The Launch Pad reserves the right, at our sole discretion, to change or modify these terms at any time without notice.
  17. By entering this competition, you agree to receive periodic emails from The Launch Pad and The Tracking Board. You may unsubscribe to these at any time.
  18. All entrants understand and agree to allow Launch Pad to post details on their script (title, writers name, logline, genre, and competition details) as well as regarding the writer (biography, picture) to their site, or sister site to help promote the entrants’ work.
  19. By entering the competition, entrants are acknowledging their eligibility for the competition. The vast majority of entrants enter in good faith, and validating everyone at the entry stage would be inefficient and take away from efforts reading and finding the best scripts. Therefore, we check eligibility at the Top 100 Finalist stage, which allows us to confirm eligibility prior to winner selection. If an issue comes to our attention earlier, we will address eligibility issues in earlier rounds on a case-by-case basis.
  20. All purchases and submissions are final. No refunds will be issued.
  21. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
  22. Except where prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes each entrant’s consent to LaunchPad and its agents’ and contest sponsor’s use of entrants’ names, likenesses, photographs, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. All uses of a entrants’ information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy.
  23. You agree to release and hold harmless LaunchPad, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, prize contributors, judges, readers, sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising, or promoting the competition, and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) past and present from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s entry, participation in the competition and/or acceptance or use or misuse of prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial exploitation of the script by a Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the LaunchPad and its sponsors, agents, and employees from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) relating to an entrant’s participation in the competition and/or entrant’s use or misuse of Prize.

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