2014 Launch Pad Pilot Competition
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Competition Dates
    Early

    Ends November 1, 2013

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    Regular

    Ends December 1, 2013

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    Late

    Ends January 1, 2014

    $0

    Finish

    Ends January 31, 2014

    $0

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OVERALL WINNER

PARADISE CITY

Sean Costello

THE SOPRANOS meets ENTOURAGE

Disparate perspectives on early 1980s sensationalism and the new War on Drugs are seen through a Sunset Strip coke dealer versus the Detective who controls him.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Winner

TOP DRAMA

BLOOD TIES

Tristan Thai

THE SHIELD meets THE DEPARTED

The story of two men, one the favored son of a Chicago Crime Family and the other a second generation Chicago police officer, whose lives get thrown into chaos when they discover they were intentionally switched at birth. As both men discover where their true blood ties lie, they must decide which side of the law their loyalties will lie.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Jon Kanak Management | Jon Kanak

Winner

TOP COMEDY

GARRET GOES TO WASHINGTON

Ted Sperling

THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR BUT IN REVERSE

When a rich, privileged teenager is kicked out of his eighth boarding school, he's sent to live with his blue collar relatives in Tacoma, Washington.

Comedy Coming-of-Age

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Energy Entertainment | Angelina Chen

Winner

COMPLETE LIST OF WINNERS

ANCIENT PROMISE

Corey Swim

LOST SET IN OUTER SPACE

A group of small-town acquaintances search for answers after finding themselves -- along with the entire human population -- removed from earth and isolated on mechanized planetoids orbiting the planet.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

ANOTHER/WORLD

Tony Lippera

MAD MEN meets NASHVILLE

Set in the cutthroat world of 1970s daytime TV, an aging superstar must battle against a network's attempt to oust her from a popular television show she starred in for twenty years.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Chemical Imbalance | Matt Bass

Top 25

ATLANTIS

Ashley Avis

THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW / DEEP IMPACT meets WATERWORLD

After the discovery of an apocalyptic solar flare, a small population of Earth's civilization go 40,000 feet under the sea to a subaquatic city, aptly nicknamed "Atlantis."

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

BLOOD TIES

Tristan Thai

THE SHIELD meets THE DEPARTED

The story of two men, one the favored son of a Chicago Crime Family and the other a second generation Chicago police officer, whose lives get thrown into chaos when they discover they were intentionally switched at birth. As both men discover where their true blood ties lie, they must decide which side of the law their loyalties will lie.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Jon Kanak Management | Jon Kanak

Winner

BUSCONE

Jeff Storms

RAY DONOVAN meets BANSHEE

A twist on cartel wars. Brings us into an original, unexplored world of "Buscones" or "street agents" that run like the mafia; but their "product/traffic" are young boys grooming them to be baseball major leaguers.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 25

COLLAPSE

Nti Aning

ALMOST HUMAN meets CHILDREN OF MEN

High-concept drama about the origin of a robot apocalypse. In a dystopian future, human-like androids are under attack from the humans they've been created to serve until they decide enough is enough and begin to fight back.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 25

COPPER CREEK

Andrew Hamer

MAD MEN meets JUSTIFIED, IN THE LATE 1940S

A prominent businessman struggles to protect his family and reputation from the surrounding political corruption in a small town in West Virginia, circa 1948.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

COSMO'S

Asmin Pathare

IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA meets THE BIG BANG THEORY

A robot, an alien, and a time traveler walk into a bar - and then start working there? A raunchy live-action geekfest about three extraordinary beings in one ordinary place.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Vision Arts Management | Scott Schwartz

Top 25

DELIBERATIONS

Amanda Parham

COMMUNITY AND THE OFFICE GET CALLED FOR JURY DUTY

Ryan Duffy, a down-on-his-luck former New York stock broker, rides out the recession by "volunteering" for sequestered jury service. With the help of Brody, a 35 year-old juror desperate to escape his parent's basement, Ryan plots to drag the trial out as long as possible.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

DOUBLES

Kassia Miller

BROAD CITY meets 2 BROKE GIRLS

Story of two twin sisters who are complete opposites, trying to make it in the city without killing each other.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: New Wave Entertainment | Matt Ochacher

Top 10

EREBUS

Eliot John Hagen

LOST meets DAY AFTER TOMORROW

Centers on an exploration team sent to the South Pole for a routine research run, caught amidst a sudden volcanic explosion and an unidentified object below the ice. Now they must fight for their survival in the most desolate place on earth.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 10

EVER AFTER

Jonathan James

MODERN FAMILY meets ONCE UPON A TIME

Forced to move from their spacious castle to a small cottage, a fairy tale family whose fallen on hard times must learn to redefine the "happily" in their "ever-after."

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

FREAK, THE

Bruce Kalish

JOAN OF ARCADIA meets MY SO CALLED LIFE

A teenage girl dies for a few seconds and returns with psychic and telekinetic powers.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

FULLTIME DAD

Scott C. Reynolds

TWO AND A HALF MEN meets ABOUT A BOY

Story of a recently-unemployed single dad in NYC who suddenly has to take care of his teenage son, who has now been kicked out of every school in the state of Florida. Two generations struggling to figure out what they want to do with their lives at the same time.

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 25

GARRET GOES TO WASHINGTON

Ted Sperling

THE FRESH PRINCE OF BEL-AIR BUT IN REVERSE

When a rich, privileged teenager is kicked out of his eighth boarding school, he's sent to live with his blue collar relatives in Tacoma, Washington.

Comedy Coming-of-Age

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Energy Entertainment | Angelina Chen

Winner

INHERITANCE

Katiedid Langrock

SOPRANOS meets HOUSE OF CARDS

The repercussions of a political visionary's personal sins rip through the Cavanaugh family as they continually struggle to prevent the sins of the past generations from being inherited by the next.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Bellevue Productions | Jeff Portnoy

Top 25

JUMP

Andrew Bumstead

ALIAS meets LOOPER

Story of a time travel agency that recruits young people with nothing to lose to "jump" into the past and alter tragic events in their clients' lives. However, these "jumpers" are just as lost and broken as the people they're trying to help, and their dark pasts often lead to problems _ both on missions and within the team.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 25

KNIVES

Nick Moceri

HOUSE meets THE DEPARTED

After leaving his post as an Army medic to take over his parents' struggling butcher shop in Boston's North End, Alex ends up trapped in a lifestyle he tried to escape and is forced to become a doctor for the mob in order to keep the family business afloat.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 25

LADYBOY

Jason Romaine & Pantida 'Caddy' Vanasirikul

GIRLS meets THE L WORD

A recent post-op transgender from Thailand moves to Manhattan in hopes of starting fresh as a girl and finding the man of her dreams. She meets her fairy gay godfather and together they go on a quest to discover their own identity and their other halves.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 25

LEMONS

Gini Adhikari & Kay Marvin

MY NAME IS EARL meets ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

A sweet, innocent and neurotic nurse sets out to make even the worst situations in her small town better, starting with the scathing Yelp review one of the inmates wrote about her care in the local municipal prison.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: MXN | Michelle Knudsen

Top 25

LONG ISLAND

Robert Weinberger

ALMOST FAMOUS meets THE WONDER YEARS

A 1970s suburban coming-of-age tale akin to THE WONDER YEARS that follows the Sugarman family's move from Brooklyn to Long Island from the perspective of a 14-year-old boy.

Drama

Agent: Preferred Artists | Roger Strull
Manager: Roger Strull

Top 25

MERCY RULE

Mina Baban

MODERN FAMILY meets THE BAD NEWS BEARS

An eclectic group of mothers and their tweenage daughters try to navigate the girls' failing soccer season while wrestling with adolescence and suburban angst.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

NICK OF TIME

Sidney Showers

MACGYVER meets QUANTUM LEAP

A burned out physician finds himself time-traveling out of his control to random arenas where he rediscovers the joy of healing by applying his 21st Century knowledge to whatever he can use at hand while puzzling out a way to return to his fiancee and the son he regrets not knowing.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

PARADISE CITY

Sean Costello

THE SOPRANOS meets ENTOURAGE

Disparate perspectives on early 1980s sensationalism and the new War on Drugs are seen through a Sunset Strip coke dealer versus the Detective who controls him.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Winner

PARADOX

Dylan Brod

ALIAS meets QUANTUM LEAP

Unbeknownst to society at large, the FBI has been preventing large scale attacks on American interests through the use of a covert, time traveling "jumper" unit led by Agent Caden Hardwick. But, when sabotage puts Caden and his team at risk, his wife Sarah must use the technology to avert a disaster and find out how deep the "jumpers" have been infiltrated.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Energy Entertainment | Brooklyn Weaver

Top 10

PASS/FAIL

Caitlin McCarthy & Jim Forbes

BLACKBOARD JUNGLE meets NORMA RAE

A street-wise assistant principal must combat the neglect of an ailing school district while struggling to recover from her own tragic past.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 25

POLK PRIDE

Paul Mclalin

BRIDESMAIDS meets BAD TEACHER

A burnt-out school teacher tries to balance work, a new boss, and her love life, all while dealing with a classroom full of wild animals.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

PROSPECT

Max Perry

DEADWOOD meets REVOLUTION

After a massive mineral-rich asteroid crashes down in Africa and sparks a second gold rush, a fraying family movies to the African crash site in the hopes of starting a new life. But how long will they survive amidst the corporations, militaries and the daily battles for power in what has become the most valuable real estate on earth.

Drama

Agent: CAA
Manager: Madhouse Entertainment | Adam Kolbrenner, Chris Cook

Top 10

RED SQUARE

Colin Waite

THE AMERICANS, BUT 20 YEARS EARLIER, SET IN MOSCOW

Set against the backdrop of the Cold War, an Ex-Marine and widowed father of a young boy works as a businessman in Moscow during the 1960s. In reality, he's a CIA spy sent to Russia on a top secret mission, but he also has his own secret agenda _ to exact revenge on all those responsible for his brutal imprisonment in a Soviet Gulag ten years earlier.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

REDLINE

Keith Hendrick

HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA meets THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS

Childhood best friends enter the Las Vegas street racing scene in order to solve their financial problems and create a better future for themselves.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

RIPPLE EFFECT

Jim Simone & Sharon Cingle

SLEEPY HOLLOW meets FRINGE

A financially strapped detective stumbles into the world of the supernatural when he teams up with a genius waitress and an eccentric new-age scientist as they investigate the death of a young man who mysteriously appears on a Seattle bridge, frozen to death.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 25

SAND HILL

Ben Roy & David Mulholland

SKINS meets THE WIRE

A high school drug and alcohol counselor returns to his hometown to help students overcome the drugs and violence in the same neighborhood he grew up in. A recovered addict himself, he will do anything to help these kids, even if it means crossing boundaries he shouldn't cross. But he harbors a dark secret that threatens to unravel all the good he is doing_he's not a recovered addict. He's an addict.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

SHANGHAI'D

Curtis Burdick

MACGYVER meets HELL ON WHEELS

Educated in the sciences at Harvard, Joshua Cabot travels to "gold rush" California from Boston in 1848 to establish an assaying office. After his wife and baby die tragically, he escapes into alcohol, and wakes up on a Pacific merchant ship as a shanghaied sailor.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 25

SHINING CITY

Douglas Stark

MINORITY REPORT meets PRISON BREAK

A devoted husband and father discovers that his job, his family, and his entire life are false memory implants and that he is, in fact, a former operative holding a dangerous secret living in a giant prison masquerading as a city.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Energy Entertainment | Brooklyn Weaver

Top 10

SIDE BY SIDE

Lily Blau

BOARDWALK EMPIRE meets MASTERS OF SEX

New York City, 1938. Conjoined twins Bette and Evie Grand abandon the sideshow they grew up in search of a bigger, better life for themselves. But their patchwork family proves difficult to leave behind, and their divergent dreams threaten to tear the sisters apart.

Drama

Agent: CAA | Olivia Blaustein
Manager: Washington Square Arts | Bruce Miller

Top 10

TIME MACHINE

EB Rhee

24 meets RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

After the U.S. government builds the world's first time machine, a history professor is sent back in time to WWII to stop a corrupt time traveler from helping Hitler build and use the world's first atomic bombs. Along the way, the professor recruits a beautiful British female spy to help him, and must use his singular knowledge of history to prevent an altered outcome to WWII.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

TRIBE, THE

G.D. Navarro

THE SOPRANOS meets SONS OF ANARCHY

Crime drama set on an Indian reservation where an exiled FBI agent struggles to solve a series of crimes amongst warring crime factions within the Lakota nation.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 25

UNFUCKABLES

April Shih

SEX AND THE CITY meets 2 BROKE GIRLS

Romantically challenged roommates June and Cacy unknowingly sabotage themselves as they attempt to find love in Los Angeles. June is determined to finally cross the friendship line with her best guy friend as Cacy tries to get over her self-absorbed ex-boyfriend by having meaningless sex with a stranger.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

UTOPIA, TX

Kevin Morales

THE HANDMAIDS TALE meets ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

In the future, Texas has become its own nation and one American citizen infiltrates the neighboring country by pretending to convert and immigrate.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

WINTER

Andy Heriaud & Kaitlin Kelly

THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW meets THE WALKING DEAD

The de-evolution of society as we enter into a modern ice age. In the year 2015, an unknown event has started severe global cooling, leading the United States to range from fertile croplands to frozen wastelands. During these times, four people struggle to hold themselves, their families and the country together, before forces of nature rip the world apart.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Lee Stobby Entertainment | Lee Stobby

Top 10

The 2014 Launch Pad Pilot Competition Is Now Closed

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Launch Pad Success Stories

Learn about some of the people who have had their careers start with this competition.

Eleven days. That’s all it took The Tracking Board to literally launch my screenwriting career. Eleven days from my script Matriarch placing in the top 25 of their aptly named Launch Pad Features Competition to it being bought by Paramount. These guys know exactly what they’re doing – period

Eric Koenig Finalist, 2014 Launch Pad Feature Competition

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Eric Koenig

Until recently Koenig could only boast about serving in the military, being a federal law enforcement agent, a massage therapist, or a dentist. But after his script MATRIARCH placed in the Top 10 of the 2014 LPFC, he found something new to brag about: selling a spec script for mid-six figures to Paramount Pictures with Red Wagon and Romark Entertainment producing. His reps, Paradigm’s David Boxerbaum and Daniel Vang and Jake Wagner from Benderspink, first noticed Koenig from the contest and helped him set up the project and make the 2014 Hit List and Black List.


Ahmadu Garba

2015 was a great year for Washington, D.C. native Garba. Years prior he would make a pivotal decision to drop out of law school and move to LA, pursuing his writing career. Having worked on various projects since, Garba placed in both the 2015 Launch Pad Pilots and Features Competitions with The Eleventh Hour and Augustus, respectively. His writing prowess and creative range landed him representation with managers Allard Cantor and Jarrod Murray of Epicenter, but that’s not all. Just this year Garba was selected as one of the participants for the 2016 Fox Writers Intensive program, with a chance to be named the FWI Fellow and receive a development deal with a Fox-affiliated company.

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Bisanne Masoud & Talia Gonzalez

Masoud and Gonzalez have been writing together for the past five years since meeting at NYU’s Tisch. The team made their first splash with their original stage play FaceSpace, which debuted to several sold out New York performances and garnered multiple awards and nominations. After FaceSpace, the team decided to focus on screenwriting and landed a spot on the 2013 Launch Pad Features Competition with their script 20 Minutes South. This helped them acquire representation with Thruline Entertainment and UTA, and ultimately earned them a staff writing job on MTV’s Teen Wolf. Today, the writing team works on the hit CW show iZombie.

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