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“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.”

David Boxerbaum

Agent, Verve Talent Agency

“Launch Pad is the only competition out there that not only knows exactly how to discover new talent, but knows how to launch real writing careers.”

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!”

Key Dates

Deadline

Feb 12, 2021
Early
Mar 12, 2021
Regular
Apr 9, 2021
Late
May 7, 2021
Final

Announcements

Jul 2, 2021
Second Round
Aug 13, 2021
Top 100
Sep 3, 2021
Top 50
Sep 24, 2021
Top 10
Oct 15, 2021
Winner

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 showcased in the first 50 pages and synopsis of your project.

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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 books and more. 
  • Inclusion in the Launch Pad Alum community of writers who network and help each other drive forward in their careers.

Let's Talk Guarantees

Guaranteed Option Prize

  • A Minimum of 1 project will be selected from our option partner TBD 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(s).
  • 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 2021 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 Signing

Requires Add-On at Checkout

This year’s Guaranteed Signing Partner as Adrian Garcia of Recon Literary. A former talent agent at Paradigm, Adrian Garcia went on to found his management company Recon Literary. Garcia has frequently had writers appear on the Hit List, Black List and/or Young & Hungry List, and has a proven track record of signing Launch Pad writers, including Eric Koenig who sold his Launch Pad winning script MATRIARCH to Paramount in a bidding war.

Guaranteed Option

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This year’s guaranteed option partner is Bad Idea Productions, the production company behind the Netflix series EL CHAPO and TIJUANA as well as the films THE BAD GUYS starring Glen Powell and Mekenna Melvin, and DEADTECTIVES starring Chris Genre and Martha Higareda. Bad Idea will offer a paid option to one project from this year’s competition.

Meet the Jury

Chelsea Benson

Echo Lake Entertainment | Literary Manager

Chelsea Benson came to Echo Lake after earning her Master’s Degree in Producing from AFI in Los Angeles. She holds a BA degree in Film Production (with a minor in Literature) and a BFA degree in Dance from the University of Arizona. As a performer, she brings a unique perspective on entertainment as it relates to film and television and provides a fresh approach to the management team at Echo Lake.

Daniel Brandt

Plain Text | Manager

Formerly a VP at Lotus Entertainment, Daniel Brandt co-founded Plain Text in 2018 with Mark Finley, as a production and management company.

Eric Borja

Alldayeveryday | Literary Manager

Eric Borja is a literary manager at Alldayeveryday managing screenwriters, directors and authors. His clients include David M. Booher (Canto), Karan Sunil (Code-Switched), C. Adele Williams (My Dad the Bounty Hunter) and Daniel Furlong & Zach Posner (The Simpsons).

Jake Wagner

Alibi Entertainment | Manager

After years at Good Fear Film + Management, top manager Wagner is branching out with his own venture Alibi Entertainment. Wagner was an Executive Producer on his client Tripper Clancy’s film STUBER.

Jason Tamasco

Bad Idea Films | Co-Founder and CEO

Jason Tamasco is the co-founder and CEO of Bad Idea. Notable projects in his portfolio include the 2015 official Sundance Film Selection, BOUND TO VENGEANCE (IFC), 2016’s OPENING NIGHT (Netflix) starring Topher Grace, Anne Heche, and Taye Diggs, and 34 episodes of 2017’s EL CHAPO (Netflix & Univision Networks). Most recently he Produced the 2019 cult horror-comedy DEADTECTIVES for AMC’s Shudder.

Jasper Grey

The Vendetta Group | Manager & Producer

Jasper Grey is a Los Angeles based Manager and Producer who runs The Vendetta Group, an independent management company dedicated to championing emergent female and diverse voices in addition to an established roster of award-winning tv and film Writers and Directors. Jasper also represents production companies and financing entities that enable a holistic approach to development and production of content. With a penchant for darker themed material, Jasper is constantly on the look for tomorrow’s Cronenberg, Wachowski or Tarkovski. The team Jasper has built at The Vendetta Group has more than five decades of experience developing and producing some of the world’s biggest blockbusters including 300, V for Vendetta, and Safe House.

Jon Hersh

Housefire Management | Literary Manager

Jon Hersh is an independent literary manager working with clients in both film and TV. Jon created Housefire Management in 2017 with the intent of finding fresh voices with incendiary material. Since then, his clients have gone on to develop film and TV projects with Universal, Lionsgate, Amazon, Paramount Players, Nickelodeon, Spyglass Media Group, Atlas Entertainment, The Jim Henson Company, The CW, and many others.

Kristin Hwang

Imminent Collision | Creative Executive

Imminent Collision is a production company dedicated to developing comedy-forward stories from Asian American perspectives, founded by Fresh Off the Boat Star Randall Park alongside Michael Golamco and Hieu Ho. The company has a first look deal at 20th Century Fox Television. Kristin Hwang was previously a Director’s Assistant on Hulu’s Pen15.

Leif Lillehaugen

Head of Steam Entertainment | Producer

Rachel Reznick

Weed Road Pictures | Producer / Executive

Weed Road has previously produced THE DARK TOWER, King Arthur: LEGEND OF THE SWORD, LONE SURVIVOR, HANCOCK and I AM LEGEND. Run by Akiva Goldsman, the company has steered critical hits such as the WGN series UNDERGROUND, and the Oscar-winning A BEAUTIFUL MIND. Company is currently in development on the Launch Pad partner’s Inkshares new book adaptation A God in the Shed.

Raquelle David

Elevate Entertainment | Manager

Raquelle David is an Australian producer and literary manager who has worked across film and television for the past nine years. Her multiple film credits have garnered a number of accolades including nominations for Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Australian Academy Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Award and Screen Producers Australia Award. Raquelle has worked for Goalpost Pictures, Seven Network, Screen New South Wales in Australia and Rhombus Media in Toronto, Canada, under the tutelage of producer Niv Fichman (THE RED VIOLIN, ENEMY, BLINDNESS).

Scott Stoops

Good Fear Content | Manager

Scott’s clients have written for such series as SHADOWHUNTERS, ORPHAN BLACK, BRIARPATCH and DEADLY CLASS. Good Fear has signed multiple Launch Pad alumni over the years. Good Fear is producing the upcoming live action MULAN reboot with Disney and produced UNDER THE SILVER LAKE starring Andrew Garfield.

Shiva Nassab

Lionsgate | Production and Development Assistant

Through her love of film and TV content and its potential to entertain, educate and inspire change, Shiva Nassab has spent the last five years working across the entertainment industry. An Australian native, she graduated her Bachelor’s degree in Film, TV and New Media at Queensland University of Technology before moving to Los Angeles in 2016. She has spent time at Such Much Films, Innovative Artists and Lineage Digital, before joining Lionsgate where she is now a proud member of the Motion Picture Development group.

Thomas Carter

Artillery Creative | Manager

A longtime Launch Pad judge and partner, Carter has previously signed several writers from the competitions, and set up LP projects at Paramount, NBC, UCP, HBO and CBS. He is producing the upcoming adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s Hugo and Nebula Award-winning book DAWN with director Ava DuVernay, as well as the upcoming Mahershala Ali project BURN. His clients have staffed for shows on Netflix, NBC, HBO, TNT, USA, CBS, Fox, and Freeform.

Successes from a few Top 100's

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 2019 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.

Elizabeth Guest

Elizabeth Guest’s 2019 Launch Pad Pilot finalist FRIENDS 4 EVER led to her being signed by Romark Entertainment.

Ahmadu Garba

After placing as a finalist in both the feature and pilot competitions for 2015, 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.

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.

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

Elaine Loh

A Launch Pad alum for her pilot SCHOOLING THE RICH, Elaine recently wrote on the new GOSSIP GIRL reboot for HBO Max and is now writing on DYNASTY for The CW. She was a fellow in the HBO Writers Program, and was named on the Young & Hungry List.

Liz Storm

Following her placement in the Top 25 of the Launch Pad Pilot Competition with her script IMPACT, Liz signed with Verve Talent Agency and Romark Entertainment. Since then, she has set up her pilot MER with Awesomeness TV and Avalon TV. She also set up her feature script SHELLY with Ian Bryce Productions, and Karen Gillan and Awkwafina set to star.

Preston Walker

After landing in the Launch Pad TV Pilot competition Top 50 for his project MITZVAH, Preston was signed by Verve and staffed on CBS’s sitcom B POSITIVE, a Chuck Lorre Production starring Thomas Middleditch and Annaleigh Ashford.

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.
  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 scripts must be the sole property of the writer(s).
  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, 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. All purchases and submissions are final. No refunds will be issued.
  20. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
  21. 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.
  22. 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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