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TV Pilot Screenwriting Competition

Featuring a jury of industry professionals from top companies. The Launch Pad Pilot competition also features four mentorship opportunities plus guaranteed signing and development opportunities.

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For over a decade, the Launch Pad Competitions have led to more signings, success stories and careers than any other screenwriting competition.

Our prestigious juries of industry members include managers, agents, producers and executives at companies across Hollywood.

We advocate for top finalists and winners, and share their work with the right industry members to advance their career. We also offer exclusive partnerships with management and production companies to give writers an extra leg up.

Enter now for a chance to join this tradition of Launch Pad success.

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Writer Testimonials

LaunchPad was instrumental in helping submit my material and set up meetings for me as I was looking for a new manager. Their team was dedicated, enthusiastic, and tireless in their process, and I couldn’t be more grateful for their support!

Josh Chesler

Signed with a literary manager

Josh Chesler

Launch Pad has been so professional, helpful, communicative, and seems to truly care about the writers who submit their work to them! I have felt very supported throughout the process.

Allison Minick

Signed with a literary manager

Allison Minick

The Launch Pad did everything I could ask for...there's not too much else the competition could have done for me.

Taylor Hopkins

Signed with a literary manager

Taylor Hopkins

Winning Top Comedy in Launch Pad's Pilot Competition was a pivotal moment in my career-- within months I was represented by a major management company, pitching to top tier producers like Apatow Productions and Conaco. Launch Pad provided me with a huge boost, and for that I am extremely grateful!

Ivy Johnson

Signed with a manager & developing original pilot with MGM Television

Ivy Johnson

The Launch Pad Pilot Competition and its diligent team helped “Angels of War” to gain visibility and traction. I am grateful for the opportunities provided to competition winners to meet with various industry reps and producers.

Nataline Bergman

Signed with a literary manager

Nataline Bergman

Launch Pad has been an invaluable resource for reaching my career screenwriting goals.They not only provided a platform through the contest, but put me in touch with industry players, answered any questions I had, and aided my writing career with a personally-focused approach. A must-enter contest for aspiring screenwriters.

Alex Ovadal

Signed with a literary manager

Alex Ovadal

What’s great about the Launch Pad writing contest, is that you don’t have to win to come out a winner. My script Happy Little Accidents made it into the top 100 but didn’t advance further, and yet I was chosen for their mentorship program. They truly take all scripts and screenwriters into consideration and are looking for writers that are passionate and ready for the next step in their career.

Andy Erikson

Signed with a literary manager

Andy Erikson

Key Dates

All entries must be electronically submitted by midnight on their respective deadlines.

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Deadlines

Sep 20, 2023

Early

Oct 20, 2023

Regular

Nov 20, 2023

Late

Dec 20, 2023

Final

Announcements

Feb 23, 2024

Second Rounder

Mar 22, 2024

Top 100

May 10, 2024

Top 50

May 24, 2024

Top 10

Jun 21, 2024

Winner

Jun 21, 2024

Top Drama

Jun 21, 2024

Top Comedy

Jun 21, 2024

Mentorship Selection

Prizes with Results

The competition winners will receive the following prizes.

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Grand Prize | Top 3

Everything the Top 10 receive, plus…

  • Each of the competition winners will be invited to an exclusive yearly virtual event where they will get the chance to meet with and pitch industry professionals from management companies, agencies and production companies in a 1:1 setting. Past participants included MGM, Scott Free, Verve, Bellevue, Lit Entertainment, WME, and more.

Top 10

Everything the Top 50 receive, plus…

  • Your work will be read, reviewed and voted on by 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 networks.

Additional Opportunities

Writers have launched their careers with these opportunities - yours could be next. To qualify for these prizes, entrants must select the specific add-on, or make it to the Top 10.

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Signing Prize

With O. Valerie Nicolas

This year’s Signing partner is manager O. Valerie Nicolas of Thoro Artists, who will select a minimum of one (1) writer from the competition to sign as a client.

Thoro Artists

Thoro Artists

TV Pilot Mentorship Program

The best way to learn is by working with experienced writers who have already navigated that path to success. The Launch Pad mentorship program is tailored for each individual relationship and will include a call or meeting with your mentor to provide career advice.

Amadou Diallo

Amadou Diallo

Elle Triedman

Elle Triedman

Gabriel L. Feinberg

Gabriel L. Feinberg

Simon Barry

Simon Barry

Development Prize

Miguel Ángel Faura

Producer at Nostromo Pictures

Miguel Ángel Faura

Meet the Jury

Featuring jurors from Heroes and Villains Entertainment, Circle of Confusion, Bellevue, Citizen Skull, Artists First, Lit Entertainment and more.

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Kersey Management

Andrew Kersey

Kersey Management

Andrew Kersey is a literary manager with a focus on nurturing unique storytelling voices in film and TV. In 2021, his client's comedy VACATION FRIENDS starring John Cena and Lil Rel was Hulu's biggest 3-day weekend opener for an original in the streamer's history at the time. The sequel just wrapped. Another recent success is the sale of his client’s sci-fi spec, VARIETAL, to Universal with Mike De Luca, the Oscar-nominated producer behind THE SOCIAL NETWORK and the FIFTY SHADES OF GREY movies. His incredibly talented clients have projects at all the major studios as well as streamers Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu. In tv, his clients have sold projects to and worked for networks and cable channels such as ABC, Fox, NBC, CW, AMC’s ALLBLK, Disney Channel, Nickelodeon and WGN America. His clients’ projects have been packaged — and many sold — with such top tier talent as Sandra Bullock, The Rock, Lil Rel, Chris Pratt, Anna Faris, Ice Cube, Sylvester Stallone, Zach Galifianakis, Maggie Q and Adam Scott.

Heroes and Villains Entertainment
Chris Coggins

Chris Coggins

Heroes and Villains Entertainment

Chris Coggins began her career directly after graduation from USC School for Cinematic Arts working as a Creative Assistant at Escape Artists/Sony Pictures, where she assisted on productions The Pursuit of Happyness, The Weather Man, The Taking of Pelham 123, Knowing and The Great Debaters. She also secured the scripts for and co-produced The Back-Up Plan and Hope Springs. Coggins then moved on to working at Allison Shearmur Productions at Lionsgate, where she developed Pride, Prejudice and Zombies and Cinderella. She worked at Rock Paper Scissors Entertainment as Head of Development and at Luc Besson’s studio EuropaCorp. She recently moved into management at Heroes and Villains Entertainment representing writers, actors, directors and wellness professionals.

Capital Creations
Jamie Wager

Jamie Wager

Capital Creations

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.

Neon Kite
Jay Glazer

Jay Glazer

Neon Kite

Jay Glazer is a manager/producer who represents creatives in film, theatre, and television. Jay studied business and film at The University of Southern California. While studying, he worked at Brillstein Entertainment Partners & The Gersh Agency, where he started his professional career. After a decade in management, Jay departed Roar to found Neon Kite, where he represents screenwriters, directors, and actors, as well as actively develops projects. His debut feature, Get Luke Lowe, stars Emma McDonald premiered in 2020. He is currently in development with Mandalay Pictures, H2L, Storied Media Group, and Storyboard Entertainment.

Artists First
Katie Zipkin-Leed

Katie Zipkin-Leed

Artists First

Katie Zipkin-Leed is a Los Angeles native who started her journey in the Industry with internships at Creative Artists Agency (CAA) and United Talent Agency (UTA). After graduating from Tulane University, where she doubled majored in Marketing and Legal Studies in Business, she officially started her career in the mailroom at UTA, eventually landing a role in the TV Talent department. During the pandemic, Katie transitioned over to management, taking a position at Artists First. During this time, she worked for two separate senior literary partners before being promoted in December 2022. Katie’s clients have projects in development with production companies such as Pacific Electric Picture Company, Original Film, Broken Road, and Room 101 amongst others.

Citizen Skull

Lindsey Walko

Citizen Skull

Lindsey joined Citizen Skull Productions in 2020, first working in their non-scripted department before transitioning over to scripted development in 2021. Recent projects include Street Gang for HBO, Glorious for Shudder, and Collision for Netflix. CSP Management currently represents writers, directors, producers, show creators, showrunners, and on-camera talent. They have writers staffed on major network shows, and creators with content on a plethora of outlets and development deals at ABC, SONY, and various streamers.

Jigsaw Productions

Mahak Jiwani

Jigsaw Productions

Mahak Jiwani is a scripted exec at Jigsaw Productions where she sources and develops compelling and diverse stories. Originally from Pakistan, Jiwani has produced short films all over the world which have won awards at Venice Film Festival, Toronto International Film Festival, SXSW and Huesca Film Festival. She has also worked in production capacities on award-winning features like PORNO and DICK JOHNSON IS DEAD. Her work has received support from Focus Features and IFP. She is a graduate of the Creative Producing program at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Art.

ACE Content
MJ Grogan

MJ Grogan

ACE Content

MJ Grogan is the Director of Development at ACE Content where he develops and produces a slate of feature films, scripted television, feature documentaries, and docu-series. Prior to joining ACE, MJ served as the Director of Story and Development at Legendary Entertainment where he worked on films such as DUNE, ENOLA HOLMES, and the upcoming sequel to the beloved classic A CHRISTMAS STORY. Before joining Legendary, MJ was a producer on the PGA winning and Emmy Nominated docu-series Vice: World of Sports on the Viceland network.

Lit Entertainment Group

Shelby Eggers

Lit Entertainment Group

Shelby Eggers (she/her) works at Lit Entertainment Group, a management and production company known for features FREE GUY and THE TOMORROW WAR and TV series RAISED BY WOLVES and PROMISED LAND. Previously, Shelby worked with the showrunner of two prime-time broadcast shows and in development at Ellen Pompeo’s Calamity Jane Entertainment. Originally from Atlanta, Shelby is now based in Los Angeles.

Circle of Confusion
Zach Cox

Zach Cox

Circle of Confusion

Zach Cox is a Sierra Nevada-loving Chico State graduate and Northern California native who’s been at Circle of Confusion (management & production company) for over 16.5 years now. He started as an intern in the Fall of 2006 and became a manager by the Fall of 2010. Zach has an unquenchable thirst for character-driven stories regardless of genre and believes great storytelling is a gift that can be honed but not outright taught. If it were entirely teachable, he would be a writer and not a manager.

Bellevue Productions

Zack Zucker

Bellevue Productions

Zack Zucker is a Literary Manager at Bellevue Productions. Prior to joining Bellevue, Zack worked at Google, United Talent Agency, and Twentieth Century Fox. On the feature side, his clients have placed #1 on the 2020 and 2021 Black Lists, won the Nicholl Fellowship, and had films premiere at Sundance, TIFF, and Tribeca. On the TV side, his clients have written on such series as FBI: International, How We Roll, Black Lightning, AJ & the Queen, & Flatbush Misdemeanors. As a producer, his feature, THE NOVICE, premiered at the 2021 Tribeca Film Festival, where it won multiple awards including Best US Narrative. The film went on to sell to IFC Films and was nominated for five Indie Spirit Awards, including Best Feature.

Industry Trusted

“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.”

Ridley Scott

Director & Producer, NAPOLEON | THE MARTIAN | GLADIATOR

Ridley Scott

“I’ve so enjoyed taking part in the Launch Pad Competition jury over the last two years. The caliber of talent and wealth of imagination on display is inspiring, and the competition provides the authors with a platform to showcase their incredible work. I look forward to charting each of the nominees’ trajectories!”

Emily MacDonald

Agent, 42 Management & Production

Emily MacDonald

“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!”

Brooklyn Weaver

Manager/Producer, Energy Entertainment

Rules & Guidelines

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Selection Criteria

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 the scripts 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.

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 50 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. Employees of the Launch Pad and their immediate families are ineligible to participate in this contest. Any such submission will be immediately disqualified.
  24. 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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