2018 Launch Pad Pilot Competition
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Competition Dates
Early
$65
Ends January 7, 2018
Regular
$75
Ends January 28, 2018
Late
$85
Ends February 19, 2018
Final
$95
Ends March 6, 2018
Announcement Dates
Top 25 Announced
July 18, 2018
Top 10 Announced
July 25, 2018
Feedback Notes Returned
June 5, 2018
Winners Announced
August 8, 2018
Competition Add Ons
Feedback Notes
$50
Mentorship
$25
Guaranteed Signing
FREE
Guaranteed Option
$25
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2018 Launch Pad Pilot Competition

The moment you’ve all been waiting for is here!


In what became one of our largest and most feverishly fought competitions to date - after several months of reading, judges and partners weighing in, and several writers already finding representation along the way, we, along with our exclusive partners Oil & Cattle Entertainment, Artillery Creative and our mentorship panel of Helen Leigh, Lauren Otero and Zachary Robbins are incredibly proud to present to you the winners of the 2018 Launch Pad Pilot Competition!


This years competition delivered some of the most talented, diverse, and imaginative spectrums of storytelling we’ve ever seen, including submissions from more than 26 countries, more than 2,500 entries and just shy of 2,900 writers. The quality on display this year was so compelling that it changed how we present our finalists, adding a Top 100 round (top 4% of all entries) into the mix for the first time since we began the Launch Pad just five years ago. Now, as we bring our first competition of the 2018 year to a close, we’re thrilled to look back at the five years of competitions that came before, and the 371 writers who have landed representation, the 127 projects that have found homes, the 59 writers who have been staffed, the 134 appearances on the annual end of year ‘Best of’ lists, and the 6 incredible bidding wars our Launch Pad writers have been a part of since we began.


Now it’s time for our next class of Launch Pad writers to join what has become one of the most exciting, entertaining and professional communities we’ve seen. So, with all of that said, let us now turn our attention toward the future of Hollywood… our 2018 Launch Pad Pilot Competition 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.

Drama Sci-Fi Thriller
Overall Winner Guaranteed Option Winner

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.

Comedy Fantasy Teen
Top Comedy

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.

ACTION Drama Period
Top Drama

Oil & Cattle Guaranteed Option 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.

Drama Sci-Fi Thriller
Overall Winner Guaranteed Option Winner

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.

Drama Epic Period War
Top 10 Guaranteed Signing Winner

Mentorship Program Winners

101 WAYS TO BE 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.

Comedy Dark Comedy
Top 50 Mentorship Selection (Mentor - 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.

Drama Sci-Fi Supernatural
Top 50 Mentorship Selection (Mentor - Helen Leigh)

THE COMMONS

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.

Drama Sci-Fi Thriller
Top 75 Mentorship Selection (Mentor - Zachary Robbins)

THE TOP 100 PILOTS OF 2018

(Listed Alphabetically)

101 WAYS TO BE 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.

Comedy Dark Comedy
Honorable Mention Mentorship Selection (Mentor - Lauren Otero)

A HOUSE DIVIDED

Geoff Bakken

DESIGNATED SURVIVOR meets BLACK MIRROR

In the year 2050, a tech mogul who sells implants to make people's brains more efficient uses his control over the minds of millions to stage a coup to take over the U.S. government, and only one Senator is left to resist him.

Drama Sci-Fi Thriller
Top 100

A TRAIN, THE

Julie Sayres

THE KNICK meets OUTLANDER

A doctor from present day New York uses his modern medical knowledge to save patients in the past when he discovers a subway car that will take him back and forth between the present and 1925.

Drama Period Sci-Fi
Top 75

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.

Drama Sci-Fi Supernatural
Top 50 Mentorship Selection (Mentor - Helen Leigh)

AGENDER

Dale Winton

RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE meets UNREAL

Desperate for money after losing a shipment of drugs, a Nigerian-American cab driver who moonlights as a drug runner accepts an offer to enter a drag queen contest with a cash prize.

Comedy Drama
Top 75

AMERICAN MOTOR

Sam Tofsted

MAD MEN meets HALT AND CATCH FIRE

An upstairs-downstairs look at the Detroit auto industry in the 1980s, focusing on a female car designer fighting the status quo, her company's young CEO bucking his family and American automotive tradition, and a union worker trying to make ends meet on a disappearing assembly line.

Drama Period
Top 75

AMY ARNOLD: LADY DICK

Tillery Johnson

VERONICA MARS meets BOJACK HORSEMAN

When her career flounders, the former star of a child detective TV show decides to become a real private eye.

Comedy
Top 100

AN OUTSIDER’S GUIDE TO RICH PEOPLE

Gabriel Lichstein & Jennie Chamberlain

GOSSIP GIRL meets THE OC

A failed musician begins giving piano lessons to the daughter of a wealthy New York family, but is soon caught up in the family’s illicit affairs.

Comedy Drama
Top 75

ARCANUM

James Mulholland & Jennifer Krueger

THE MAGICIANS meets NOW YOU SEE ME

An aspiring Vegas stage magician discovers she can do real magic, and finds herself caught between a cabal of magicians who have been secretly running the world for centuries, and a group of anti-magic terrorists seeking to eradicate magic from the world.

Drama Fantasy Supernatural Thriller
Top 75

BAD THINGS

Jon Bachmann & Katherine Griffin

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS meets THE KILLING

When their football star son dies, two parents deal with feelings of guilt and anger as the dark secrets of their past are unearthed.

Drama Thriller
Top 75

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.

Action Drama Period
Top Drama

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.

Drama Period
Top 25

BOARD, THE

Sarah K. Moss

PARKS AND RECREATION meets THE MICK

The Board of a condominium complex filled with colorful personalities is forced to elect a new leader when their longtime President drops dead in the middle of a meeting, but more than one person wants the job and the candidates will go to great lengths to get it.

Comedy
Top 50

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.

Comedy Dark Comedy Drama
Top 25

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.

Comedy Sci-Fi
Top 10

COMEDIAN ENCOUNTERS

Linnea Sage

BROAD CITY meets CRASHING

A hardworking comedian has her decade-long career abruptly bulldozed by a painfully unfunny newcomer’s overnight success.

Comedy Drama
Top 100

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.

Drama Sci-Fi
Top 75 Mentorship Selection (Mentor - Zachary Robbins)

COMMONS, THE

Bobby Hankinson

SUPERSTORE meets AP BIO

Two lifelong best friends join the teenage workforce, as they navigate first jobs, new friends, first loves and surviving high school all while working at the world’s largest outlet mall.

Comedy Teen
Top 50

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.

Crime Drama Period
Top 10

CONNECTOME

Josh Chesler

TRANSCENDENCE meets HOUSE OF CARDS

In a last ditch effort to save herself from cancer, a young college student attempts to upload her own consciousness to the internet. Twenty-five years later, her boyfriend has moved on and is embarking upon a new career as a politician, but it’s all about to come crashing down when her consciousness appears in his computer.

Drama Sci-Fi Thriller
Top 100

CONTENDER

Travis Seppala

ROCKY meets BREAKING BAD

A boxer has his future ripped away by injury, but when his family starts struggling financially, he steps back into the ring to compete on a television series intended to find America’s best amateur boxer.

Drama Sports
Top 100

CRIMINALS

Joey Siara

ROUGH NIGHT meets BREAKING BAD

In a failed attempt at recapturing their youthful spirit, a high school guidance counselor and her group of friends spiral into a dangerous and unexpected series of events when a gang member assaults them and their retaliation goes a little farther than planned.

Comedy Dark Comedy Drama
Top 50

DARK EMBASSY, THE

Sloane Korach

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER meets HOMELAND

An American diplomat is assigned to the top-secret embassy to Transylvania, where the United States keeps the peace between humans and supernatural creatures.

Action Comedy Drama Supernatural
Top 75

DARK FORCES

Jonathan A. Mooney

THE LIBRARIANS meets MONUMENTS MEN

A group of academics seek out powerful artifacts across Europe in hopes of preventing them from falling into the hands of Hitler.

Action Adventure Drama Supernatural
Top 75

DARK HORIZONS

Carlo Carere & Erin Carere

FLASH FORWARD meets I AM LEGEND

An FBI agent is sent a year into the future to a post-apocalyptic world where every human is dead, and tasked with discovering what happened before it is too late.

Drama Sci-Fi Thriller
Top 100

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.

Drama Music Supernatural Teen
Top 25

DESERT 10

Zachary Tomlinson

GREY’S ANATOMY meets THE HURT LOCKER

Three female soldiers, all with different journeys through the sexism and bureaucracy of the US Army, are picked for a secret, dangerous mission in Iraq.

Action Drama
Top 50

DO IT YOURSELF

Margaret Lebron

HOME IMPROVEMENT meets CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND

A small town handyman who hallucinates her favorite TV home improvement star is thrown for a loop when the real life TV personality comes to town to film an episode.

Comedy
Top 100

DO RIGHT WOMAN

Catherine Coyne

ZACK AND MIRI MAKE A PORNO meets GOOD GIRLS REVOLT

A struggling single mom in the 1970s starts making porn as a last ditch attempt to break into the film industry, but tries her best not to compromise her ideals as a liberated feminist in the process.

Comedy Drama Period
Top 75

EXPATS

Paul L. Dietz

BETTER CALL SAUL meets IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA

After committing a murder, a woman flees to Nicaragua where she lives with a group of fellow Americans fleeing extradition to the U.S.

Comedy Dark Comedy
Top 100

EXPLORERS 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.

Adventure Comedy Drama
Top 25

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.

Comedy Teen
Top 10

FLUNKIES

Micah Leslie

GOOD GIRLS meets DEADWOOD

Tired of cooking meals for men all day the female cooks in a logging camp during Prohibition decide to start killing the abusive loggers to cash in on the insurance money.

Dark Comedy Drama Period
Top 75

FOUNDERS

Molly Miller

MODERN FAMILY meets HAMILTON

During the American Revolution, John and Abigail Adams just want to live a quiet life, but the war raging around them and the incompetence of the other Founding Fathers keep getting in their way.

Comedy Period
Top 75

FUN CENTER

Anna Menta & Sarah Soderquist

SUPERSTORE meets ADVENTURELAND

A recent college grad joins a team of employees at a local Family Fun Center, and learns just how hard it is to keep "the funnest place on Earth" up and running.

Comedy
Top 50

G.I. VOGUE

Alyson Weaver Nicholas

COMMUNITY meets PROJECT RUNWAY

After completing his service, a manly soldier uses his G.I. Bill benefits to pay for fashion school in Los Angeles in order to meet women.

Comedy
Top 75

GARDEN, THE

Douglas Stark

MIDNIGHT SPECIAL meets STRANGER THINGS

A doctor, pregnant with her first child, discovers her scientist husband and his co-workers are part of a covert military experiment to create biologically-engineered human beings capable of surviving a coming war and her unborn child is the culmination of the experiment.

Drama Sci-Fi Thriller
Top 100

GIRL IN TROUBLE

Alan W. Porter

G.I. JANE meets TAKEN

When her younger sister is kidnapped by ruthless sex-traffickers a female special forces candidate goes AWOL to find her.

Action Drama Thriller
Top 100

GREY AREA, THE

Danny Shelby

LETHAL WEAPON meets LAW & ORDER

In an attempt to address growing concerns surrounding police misconduct, a LAPD officer with a penchant for breaking the rules is paired with a new partner – a rookie cop fresh out of law school who is determined to keep him in line.

Action Crime Drama
Top 100

GROUND AND POUND

Joshua V. Gilbert

KINGDOM meets SOUTHPAW

After his wife’s death, an MMA fighter quits the sport, but when his father-in-law is in sudden need of medical care, he returns to the world of fighting to pay for his treatment, teaming up with his old rival in the process.

Drama Sports
Top 100

HANNIBAL AT THE GATES

Adam Korenman & Sam Khushal

ROME meets GAME OF THRONES

The story of one of the greatest commanders in history, Hannibal Barca, the Carthaginian general who lead a war against the mighty Roman empire.

Drama Epic Period
Top 50

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.

Drama Period
Top 25

HEL(L.A.)

Timothy Grant

SUPERNATURAL meets CHARMED

A family of adult siblings work as supernatural private investigators in Los Angeles.

Drama Supernatural
Top 100

HER MAJESTY’S SPYMISTRESS

Marcus Goodwin

VICTORIA meets GUNPOWDER

An English Protestant woman hungry for revenge works undercover as the French Ambassador's mistress as a part of a spy network whose mission is to prevent Queen Elizabeth from being toppled by a Catholic monarch.

Drama Period Thriller
Top 50

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.

Drama Period Thriller War
Top 25

HIGHWIRE

Gareth Smith

DOWNTON ABBEY meets GOSSIP GIRL

The playboy heir to an English building magnate is thrown out of the family after his debauchery costs the company a major deal, so he decides to use his trust fund to purchase a failing airline in hopes of achieving business success and proving himself to his father.

Drama Period
Top 50

HOLLYWOODLAND

Lisa Bao

THE AVIATOR meets HAIL CAESAR!

A Hollywood agent in the 1940s deals with the recent takeover of RKO by the eccentric Howard Hughes and the looming specter of McCarthyism.

Drama Period True
Top 75

I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR

Craig Ugoretz

GILMORE GIRLS meets HANNAH MONTANA

An up-and-coming teen pop idol discovers she's adopted and her birth mother is a 90s indie rock legend whose career has long since faded.

Comedy Teen
Top 100

INFLUENCE

Melissa Cassera

THE PATH meets UNREAL

After his wife goes missing, a tortured therapist teams up with an undercover PR specialist to try to take down a self-help guru, believing him to be behind the disappearance.

Drama Thriller
Top 50

INSIDE OCEANSIDE

Tate Elizabeth Hanyok

THE OC meets RIVERDALE

Following the disappearance of her brother and the daughter of a wealthy man, a young Latina musical prodigy from a poor neighborhood is given the chance at her dreams when she is invited to attend a prestigious Malibu private school, but must do so undercover as part of the investigation into what happen to the missing kids.

Drama Teen Thriller
Top 50

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.

Drama Sci-Fi
Top 25

JOSH AND EMMA ARE NOT DATING

Zach Heltzel

LOVE meets BROAD CITY

Two best friends in a sham marriage for tax purposes alienate everyone around them with their toxic codependence.

Comedy
Top 75

JUMP AROUND GANG, THE

Kevin Kelly

IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA meets FLIGHT OF THE CONCORDS

Two drunk, dysfunctional siblings who work as a children's music duo decide to make it on their own after their label drops them.

Comedy Dark Comedy Music
Top 100

LAURA IS A LAKER GIRL

Thesy Surface

BALLERS meets PITCH

Fresh out of rehab, a woman falls up into a VP position at her family company - the Los Angeles Lakers.

Comedy Drama Sports
Top 100

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.

Drama Sci-Fi Thriller
Overall Winner Guaranteed Option Winner

LIFERS ANONYMOUS

Sean Collins-Smith

FOREVER meets JESSICA JONES

Decades after having her misguided wish for immortality granted, a disillusioned woman who works as a private detective stumbles onto a shocking discovery: a secret recovery group for those like her.

Comedy Drama Fantasy
Top 50

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.

Drama Period True
Top 25

LITTLE LEAGUE

Jake Bernstein & Tyler Eaton

AP BIO meets THE BAD NEWS BEARS

A cutthroat Little League coach will do anything to make sure his team wins, except listen to his son, who just wants to have fun.

Comedy Sports
Top 75

LOST EDEN CANYON

Alan R. Baxter

BREAKING BAD meets OZARK

Desperate to pay for his daughter's surgery, a man turns to robbing luxury boats on an Arizona lake.

Crime Drama
Top 50

LOVE SCENES, LLC

Lira Kellerman

THE DEUCE meets BROAD CITY

A group of struggling filmmaker friends resort to producing their own pornography to make ends meet.

Comedy Drama
Top 50

LOW-ACHIEVING CHILDREN

Ben Kawaller

LOOKING meets MASTER OF NONE

Following a break-up, an aimless, gay thirty-year-old becomes an unlikely source of support for underachieving children.

Comedy
Top 50

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.

Drama Epic Period War
Top 10 Guaranteed Signing Winner

MYTHTAKEN

Molly Shalgos

TEEN WOLF meets PERCY JACKSON

An unpopular trans teenager discovers he is secretly the son of Zeus and has magical powers.

Drama Fantasy Teen
Top 100

NISEI

Eliot John Hagen / Eliot John Hagen & Richard Allen (Story)

MINDHUNTER meets MUDBOUND

A Japanese-American soldier returns home from WWII to help the police catch a serial killer just as his family is released from an internment camp.

Crime Drama Period
Top 100

NOTTINGHAM

Callie C. Miller

ROBIN HOOD meets GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

After years fighting in the galactic war, Robin Loxley returns to his home planet of Nottingham to find that his father is missing and his Dukedom has been usurped by the power hungry Princess Joanna. Not to mention, Robin’s true love Lady Marian is now Sheriff of Nottingham.

Action Adventure Drama Sci-Fi
Top 50

OS

Dustin Clendenen

RUNAWAYS meets WESTWORLD

A group of teenagers are given "updates" that merge them with computer-like operating systems, but are soon shunned by their creator, who may be intent on destroying them.

Drama Sci-Fi Teen
Top 100

OUT OF THE STONE AGE

Joe Tyler Gold

THE FLINSTONES meets MARRIED WITH CHILDREN

Thirty-five thousand years ago, a dim-witted dad must find a way to contribute to the birth of civilization or his wife will leave him for the shaman. So he accidentally invents porn.

Comedy Period
Top 75

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
Top 25

PANTHERS

Eric Glover

THE WIRE meets NARCOS

In 1960s California, the Black Panthers are approached by the mother of a slain, unarmed black man and are inspired to take their fledgling group to new heights of public resistance, eliciting a dangerous campaign of repression from local police.

Drama Period
Top 25

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
Top 25

PEARL

Kimberly-Rose Ka'iulani Wolter

THE PACIFIC meets HARLOTS

A woman travels to Hawaii on the eve of WWII in search of her sister, who has been employed as a prostitute by a corrupt police force, but she soon finds that her sister may actually be embroiled in espionage.

Drama Period War
Top 50

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.

Comedy Drama
Top 10

PHENOMS

Erica Eastrich

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS meets MAKE IT OR BREAK IT

Top high school student-athletes across the nation endure the trials and tribulations of balancing elite athletics and teenage angst at a powerhouse boarding school for budding sports superstars.

Drama Sports Teen
Top 100

PLASTICS

Deborah Tarica

GOOD GIRLS REVOLT meets THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL

Fed up with her boring life, a housewife in the 1950s starts a group where women can vent their feelings under the guise of Tupperware Parties.

Comedy Drama Period
Top 75

POINT ROBERTS

Jeff Patneaude

RIVERDALE meets TWIN PEAKS

After his Middle-Eastern father goes missing in the days immediately following 9/11, a mixed-race teenager living in an isolated town on the border between the United States and Canada sets out to uncover what happened to him.

Drama Teen Thriller
Top 75

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
Top 25

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.

Drama Thriller
Top 25

PROGRESSIVE, OHIO

Aaron R. Smith

PARKS AND RECREATION meets VEEP

The Chief of Staff for the Mayor of Akron is torn between supporting the Mayor’s re-election bid or working for the Mayor’s ambitious wife who has decided to run as well. He decides to solve the problem by running himself.

Comedy
Top 50

PULP

Raphael Loucadellis

THE MUPPETS meets 30 ROCK

A bunch of morally reprehensible and untalented anthropomorphic puppets try to put on an educational children’s show.

Comedy
Top 75

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.

Drama Thriller
Top 10

RACKET

Adam Sleper

ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN meets LINCOLN

General Smedley Butler, the most decorated man in U.S. military history, finds himself at the center of a vast conspiracy by prominent businessmen to overthrow President Franklin Roosevelt.

Drama Period Thriller
Top 100

RED DIRT

David Sullivan

SONS OF ANARCHY meets LAWLESS

The true story of the whiskey bootleggers who created the modified stock cars to outrun law enforcement that would eventually lead to the formation of NASCAR.

Crime Drama Period True
Top 50

RELATED

Ben Agron & Brandon Feldman

MODERN FAMILY meets MOM

After a man moves to the suburbs to start a new life with his wife, he discovers that his bizarre new neighbors are actually the biological parents who gave him up for adoption years earlier.

Comedy
Top 75

RELATIVE

Michael Apgar

THIS IS US meets SIX FEET UNDER

After their patriarch attempts suicide, the adult children of the Murphy clan discover that he suffers from a neurological disorder that any one of them may have inherited.

Drama
Top 50

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.

Drama Horror Supernatural
Top 25

RESURRECTIONISTS, THE

Travis Opgenorth

THE ALIENIST meets THE KNICK

In 1820s Scotland, where medical schools are desperate for cadavers to work on, people will go to any means to obtain valuable bodies.

Drama Period Thriller
Top 75

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.

Drama Sci-Fi Thriller
Top 25

SHAY’S WAY

Yasmine Cadet

EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS meets MEAN GIRLS

A precocious and independent pre-teen starts at a new school, determined to be popular, but finds this more difficult than she imagined.

Comedy Coming-of-Age
Top 100

SHITSTORM

David H. Luz

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER meets MEAN GIRLS

The most popular girl in school discovers that she might be the only one who can save the world from multiple impending apocalypses, but that's just not fitting into her plans right now.

Drama Supernatural Teen
Top 75

SONS OF WITCHES

Eugene Ramos

CHARMED meets SHADOWHUNTERS

After an attack on their matriarchal family of witches, three brothers without powers are the only ones who can avenge their loved ones.

Drama Supernatural
Top 100

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
Top 25

TIME FAIL

Marian Meidel & Stefan Tihanyi

THE TICK meets LEGENDS OF TOMORROW

A 1960s superhero is accidentally transported to the present day, where he is totally out of his element.

Action Comedy Sci-Fi
Top 100

TOWPATH, THE

C.J. Wells

JFK meets MARSHALL

After the murder of a Georgetown socialite connected to President Kennedy, a prominent black lawyer steps in to defend the mentally challenged black man accused of the crime.

Drama Period True
Top 50

TWO LOSERS

Leigh Joel Scott & Maddison Silva

FREAKS AND GEEKS meets GLEE

High school can be difficult, but the weird drama student and the nerdy girl-next-door are trying to make the most of it.

Comedy Teen
Top 100

UNPROHIBITED

Jordyn Giddens

PEAKY BLINDERS meets LAWLESS

When their patriarch dies, an Irish crime family in 1918 New York decides on a new leader, and an ambitious young woman will not allow herself to be passed over in favor of her unqualified brother.

Crime Drama Period
Top 50

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
Top 10

VINEYARD, THE

Teresa Huang

REVENGE meets DALLAS

A young Brazilian immigrant working as a maid for a rich family in Martha's Vineyard devises a plan to make sure her family gets the justice they deserve.

Drama Thriller
Top 50

WEFEED

Frank Spiro

BLACK MIRROR meets THE OFFICE

The employees of a company that allows people to upload their memories in order to get advice on their lives struggle to succeed at their jobs.

Comedy Sci-Fi
Top 75

WHISTLE-BLOWER, THE

Bill Taub & Scott Ritter

THE LOOMING TOWER meets HOMELAND

A former CIA whistleblower is tasked with heading up the UN's new Weapons Inspection Team in order to investigate a chemical weapons attack on the border between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Drama Thriller
Top 75

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.

Comedy Fantasy Teen
Top Comedy

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.

Action Drama Period

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.

Comedy Sci-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.

Crime Drama Period

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.

Comedy Teen

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.

Drama Sci-Fi Thriller

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.

Drama Epic Period War

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.

Comedy Drama

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.

Drama Thriller

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.

Comedy Fantasy Teen

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.

Action Drama Period

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.

Drama Period

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.

Comedy Dark Comedy Drama

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.

Comedy Sci-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.

Crime Drama Period

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.

Drama Music Supernatural Teen

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.

Adventure Comedy Drama

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.

Comedy Teen

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.

Drama Period

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.

Drama Period Thriller War

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.

Drama Sci-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.

Drama Sci-Fi Thriller

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.

Drama Period True

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.

Drama Epic Period War

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.

Comedy Drama

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.

Drama Thriller

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.

Drama Thriller

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.

Drama Horror Supernatural

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.

Drama Sci-Fi Thriller

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.

Comedy Fantasy Teen

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.)

Project Written By
101 WAYS TO BECOME A BETTER PERSON Megan Bacharach
AETERNUM Heidi Nyburg
BETWEEN THE EYES Gregory Levy / Gabriel Berlind & Gregory Levy (Story)
BITCH Gary Sewell
BOARD, THE Sarah K. Moss
CANCER OF THE EVERYTHING Adam Nadler
CLEANUP CREW, THE Curtis Retherford
COMMONS, THE Bobby Hankinson
CONCRETE JUNGLE David Kushner
CRIMINALS Joey Siara
DEAL WITH JENNY SHIELDS, THE Colton Lawrence & Shannon Van Dorn
DESERT 10 Zachary Tomlinson
EXPLORER'S GUILD, THE Cody Pearce
FIRST GENERATION Sophia Zolan
FUN CENTER Anna Menta & Sarah Soderquist
HANNIBAL AT THE GATES Adam Korenman & Sam Khushal
HATCHET PLAINS Angela Jorgensen
HER MAJESTY'S SPYMISTRESS Marcus Goodwin
HIGH POCKETS Chad Callaghan
HIGHWIRE Gareth Smith
INFLUENCE Melissa Cassera
INSIDE OCEANSIDE Tate Elizabeth Hanyok
JACKRABBIT David Schlow
LEGACY Ben Samuels & Oliver Samuels
LIFERS ANONYMOUS Sean Collins-Smith
LIONHEARTS Tobin Addington
LOST EDEN CANYON Alan R. Baxter
LOVE SCENES, LLC Lira Kellerman
LOW ACHIEVING CHILDREN Ben Kawaller
MARBLE TOMB, THE Devi Gowni
NOTTINGHAM Callie C. Miller
PALM SPRINGS Paul Ditty
PANTHERS Eric Glover
PARTNERS Alan W. Porter
PEARL Kimberly Rose Ka'iulani Wolter
PG 30 Vidhya Iyer
PREMATURE EVANGELIZATION Mark Kosin
PRODIGAL SON Ezra W. Nachman
PROGRESSIVE, OHIO Aaron Smith
PYRAMID Sebastian Davis
RED DIRT David Sullivan
RELATIVE Michael Apgar
RESURRECTIONIST, THE Josh Katz & Josh Thorud
SATELLITE David Williams
SPIN CYCLE: THE DOCUMENTARY Meredith Hambrock
TOWPATH, THE C.J. Wells
UNPROHIBITED Jordyn Giddens
VALUE SHOPPING NETWORK, THE Meg Favreau
VINEYARD, THE Teresa Huang
YEARBOOK OF REVELATION, THE Peter Sherer

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.)

Project Written By
101 WAYS TO BECOME A BETTER PERSON Megan Bacharach
A TRAIN, THE Julie Sayres
AETERNUM Heidi Nyburg
AGENDER Dale Winton
AMERICAN MOTOR Sam Tofsted
AN OUTSIDER'S GUIDE TO RICH PEOPLE James Mulholland & Jennifer Krueger
ARCANUM Gabriel Lichstein & Jennie Chamberlain
BAD THINGS Jon Bachmann & Katherine Griffin
BETWEEN THE EYES Gregory Levy / Gabriel Berlind & Gregory Levy (Story)
BITCH Gary Sewell
BOARD, THE Sarah K. Moss
CANCER OF THE EVERYTHING Adam Nadler
CLEANUP CREW, THE Curtis Retherford
COMMONS, THE Laura E. Davis
COMMONS, THE Bobby Hankinson
CONCRETE JUNGLE David Kushner
CRIMINALS Joey Siara
DARK EMBASSY Sloane Korach
DARK FORCES Jonathan A. Mooney
DEAL WITH JENNY SHIELDS, THE Colton Lawrence & Shannon Van Dorn
DESERT 10 Zachary Tomlinson
DO RIGHT WOMAN Catherine Coyne
EXPLORER'S GUILD, THE Cody Pearce
FIRST GENERATION Sophia Zolan
FLUNKIES Micah Leslie
FOUNDERS Molly Miller
FUN CENTER Anna Menta & Sarah Soderquist
G.I. VOGUE Alyson Weaver Nicholas
HANNIBAL AT THE GATES Adam Korenman & Sam Khushal
HATCHET PLAINS Angela Jorgensen
HER MAJESTY'S SPYMISTRESS Marcus Goodwin
HIGH POCKETS Chad Callaghan
HIGHWIRE Gareth Smith
HOLLYWOODLAND Lisa Bao
INFLUENCE Melissa Cassera
INSIDE OCEANSIDE Tate Elizabeth Hanyok
JACKRABBIT David Schlow
JOSH AND EMMA ARE NOT DATING Zach Heltzel
LEGACY Ben Samuels & Oliver Samuels
LIFERS ANONYMOUS Sean Collins-Smith
LIONHEARTS Tobin Addington
LITTLE LEAGUE Jake Bernstein & Tyler Eaton
LOST EDEN CANYON Alan R. Baxter
LOVE SCENES, LLC Lira Kellerman
LOW ACHIEVING CHILDREN Ben Kawaller
MARBLE TOMB, THE Devi Gowni
NOTTINGHAM Callie C. Miller
OUT OF THE STONE AGE Joe Gold
PALM SPRINGS Paul Ditty
PANTHERS Eric Glover
PARTNERS Alan W. Porter
PEARL Kimberly Rose Ka'iulani Wolter
PG 30 Vidhya Iyer
PLASTICS Deborah Tarica
POINT ROBERTS Jeff Patneaude
PREMATURE EVANGELIZATION Mark Kosin
PRODIGAL SON Ezra W. Nachman
PROGRESSIVE, OHIO Aaron Smith
PULP Raphael Loucadellis
PYRAMID Sebastian Davis
RED DIRT David Sullivan
RELATED Ben Agron & Brandon Feldman
RELATIVE Michael Apgar
RESURRECTIONIST, THE Josh Katz & Josh Thorud
RESURRECTIONISTS, THE Travis Opgenorth
SATELLITE David Williams
SHITSTORM David H. Luz
SPIN CYCLE: THE DOCUMENTARY Meredith Hambrock
TOWPATH, THE C.J. Wells
UNPROHIBITED Jordyn Giddens
VALUE SHOPPING NETWORK, THE Meg Favreau
VINEYARD, THE Teresa Huang
WEFEED Frank Spiro
WHISTLE-BLOWER, THE Bill Taub & Scott Ritter
YEARBOOK OF REVELATION, THE Peter 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.

The 2018 Pilot Competition Prizes

The Launch Pad Competition is focused on identifying, discovering and helping launch the careers of our writers. Whether you make the quarter-finalists or win it all in any of our competitions, we work with you to help polish your work, prepare for meetings, craft you pitch, identify your follow up projects, and prepare yourself for anything that comes your way on the journey to becoming a professional writer.

(As a reminder, if you select any add-ons at time of entry, regardless of where you place in the competition, you will still be in the running for those add-on features.)

  • You will be flown to Los Angeles for an exclusive Launch Pad industry event in your honor, featuring dozens of our judges, agents, managers, executives, producers, mentors, and fellow writers and Launch Pad Alums.
  • You and your project will be showcased individually to agents, managers, executives, and producers who are looking for new clients, new projects, and new writers. We specifically curate a meeting list for each winner based on their individual material, and what you, the writer, want to achieve now and in your career overall.
  • You will be featured in an exclusive interview, which will be hosted on The Tracking Board, and shared with the town as part of our Launch Pad Alum awareness campaigns.
  • Your project will be announced on our sites and via press release and industry newsletter via The Tracking Board, Launch Pad, and our partners to more than 50,000 readers and industry members worldwide.
  • You and your project will be presented to the entertainment industry in both our “Best Writers of the Year” booklet and our annual “Launch Pad Alum” booklet.
  • Your project will be featured in a special Launch Pad section of our annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, and Spec Book.
  • You will receive an exclusive alumni profile on The Launch Pad website that highlights your project as well as your bio and upcoming works.
  • Your work will be read, reviewed, and voted on by each of our 25 esteemed judges.
  • You will receive a free 1-Year Membership (or extension) to The Tracking Board.
  • You will receive 1 free entry into any future Launch Pad Competition of your choosing.
  • Lastly, you will be invited to join our Launch Pad Community of over 600 writers who came before you, where you can meet those who came before you, ask questions, work together, and network with a group of smart and passionate people who started in the same shoes you’re about to step into.
  • You and your project will be showcased individually to agents, managers, executives, and producers who are looking for new clients, new projects, and new writers.
  • Your project will be announced on our sites and via press release and industry newsletter via The Tracking Board, Launch Pad, and our partners to more than 50,000 readers and industry members worldwide.
  • You and your project will be presented to the entertainment industry in both our “Best Writers of the Year” booklet and our annual “Launch Pad Alum” booklet.
  • Your project will be featured in a special Launch Pad section of our annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, and Spec Book.
  • You will receive an exclusive alumni profile on The Launch Pad website that highlights your project as well as your bio and upcoming works.
  • Your work will be read, reviewed, and voted on by each of our 25 esteemed judges
  • You will receive a free 1-Year Membership (or extension) to The Tracking Board.
  • You will receive 1 free entry into any future Launch Pad Competition of your choosing.
  • Lastly, you will be invited to join our Launch Pad Community of over 600 writers who came before you, where you can meet those who came before you, ask questions, work together, and network with a group of smart and passionate people who started in the same shoes you’re about to step into.
  • Your project will be announced on our sites and via press release and industry newsletter via The Tracking Board, Launch Pad, and our partners to more than 50,000 readers and industry members worldwide.
  • You and your project will be presented to the entertainment industry in both our “Best Writers of the Year” booklet and our annual “Launch Pad Alum” booklet.
  • Your project will be featured in a special Launch Pad section of our annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, and Spec Book.
  • You will receive an exclusive alumni profile on The Launch Pad website that highlights your project as well as your bio and upcoming works.
  • You will receive a free 1-Year Membership (or extension) to The Tracking Board.
  • Lastly, you will be invited to join our Launch Pad Community of over 600 writers who came before you, where you can meet those who came before you, ask questions, work together, and network with a group of smart and passionate people who started in the same shoes you’re about to step into.
  • Your project will be announced on our sites and to industry members via our Tracking Board and Launch Pad newsletters.
  • You and your project will be presented to the entertainment industry in both our “Best Writers of the Year” booklet and our annual “Launch Pad Alum” booklet.
  • Your project will be featured in a special Launch Pad section of our annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, and Spec Book.
  • You will receive an exclusive alumni profile on The Launch Pad website that highlights your project as well as your bio and upcoming works.
  • You will receive a free 1-Year Membership (or extension) to The Tracking Board.
  • Lastly, you will be invited to join our Launch Pad Community of over 600 writers who came before you, where you can meet those who came before you, ask questions, work together, and network with a group of smart and passionate people who started in the same shoes you’re about to step into.
  • Your project will be announced on our sites and to industry members via our Tracking Board and Launch Pad newsletters.
  • You and your project will be presented to the entertainment industry in both our “Best Writers of the Year” booklet and our annual “Launch Pad Alum” booklet.
  • Your project will be featured in a special Launch Pad section of our annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, and Spec Book.
  • You will receive an exclusive alumni profile on The Launch Pad website that highlights your project as well as your bio and upcoming works.
  • You will receive a free 1-Year Membership (or extension) to The Tracking Board.
  • Lastly, you will be invited to join our Launch Pad Community of over 600 writers who came before you, where you can meet those who came before you, ask questions, work together, and network with a group of smart and passionate people who started in the same shoes you’re about to step into.

Guaranteed Option by Production Company Oil and Cattle

  • A Minimum of 1 project will be selected from our exclusive development partner to receive an option agreement 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 with Artillery Creative

  • 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.

Our 2018 Launch Pad Mentorship Program with Helen Leigh, Lauren Otero and Zach Robbins

  • A Minimum of 3 writers (1 per mentor) will be selected by our mentors to enter our 2018 Launch Pad 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.
  • Producing the upcoming Letters from Rosemary Kennedy starring Emma Stone. .
  • His clients have been staffed on such shows as Teen Wolf, Once Upon a Time, 11/22/63, Nashville, Criminal Minds, and The Strain.
  • Had multiple clients on the 2016 Hit List and Young & Hungry List.
  • Epicenter has signed multiple Launch Pad Alumni
  • He produces the Netflix series American Vandal.
  • 3 Arts clients are staffed on such shows as Empire, Stan Against Evil, The Flash, Saturday Night Live, and Survivor’s Remorse.
  • 3 Arts produces such TV series as Better Things, Insecure, The Good Place, Baskets, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Silicon Valley, The Mindy Project and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.>
  • 3 Arts represents such writer/performers as Aziz Ansari, Amy Poehler, Bo Burnham, Hannibal Buress, Issa Rae, Jenny Slate, and others.
  • 3 Arts produced such movies as 13 Hours, Unbroken, Edge of Tomorrow and the upcoming Rough Night.
  • Skydance is producing Alex Garland's upcoming sci-fi film Annihilation starring Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, Oscar Isaac and Tessa Thompson.
  • Skydance produces such high profile film franchises as Star Trek, Jack Reacher and Mission: Impossible.
  • On the TV side, Skydance produces Netflix's Grace and Frankie and as well as the upcoming series Dietland starring Julianna Marguiles for AMC.
  • His clients include Rob Liefeld, (Deadpool), Brad Ingelsby (Run All Night, Out of the Furnace), Gary Graham (I Am Legend reboot) and Mark Mallouk (Black Mass).
  • His clients have been staffed on such shows as Extant, Sleepy Hollow, Ash vs. Evil Dead, Bates Motel, and Major Crimes.
  • Energy Entertainment has produced Run All Night, Out of the Furnace, Extant and the upcoming NBC show Reverie.
  • He was the top manager in specs set up in both 2013 and 2014.
  • Chernin Entertainment produces Planet of the Apes series as well as such blockbusters as Oblivion and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
  • On the comedy side, Chernin has produced Amy Schumer’s Snatched as well as Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Spy, St. Vincent and The Heat.
  • Chernin’s Hidden Figures was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
  • Chernin produces the hit FOX series New Girl.
  • Had clients appear on the Hit List, Young & Hungry List and Black List for 2015.
  • Represents Emma Needell, whose spec “The Water Man” is set up at Disney with Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo producing and who just sold a pitch to Netflix.
  • Anonymous Content has produced such Oscar-nominated films such as The Revenant, Winter’s Bone, Babel and 2015 Best Picture winner Spotlight.
  • Represents Andrew Jay Cohen, writer of The House, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates and Neighbors as well as Bert V. Royal, writer of Easy A.
  • Her clients have been staffed on such shows as The Shannara Chronicles, Parks and Recreation, Master of None, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
  • Had clients appear on the 2017 Hit List and 2017 Young & Hungry List.
  • APA clients have written on Bates Motel, The Big Bang Theory, Narcos, Angie Tribeca, Hannibal, East Los High, Graceland, Numb3rs, Heartbeat, The Glades, In Plain Sight, Young & Hungry, Desperate Housewives, and more.
  • APA has signed multiple Launch Pad Alumni
  • APA had multiple clients appear on the Young & Hungry List for 2017 as well as the 2017 Hit List.
  • Romark Entertainment recently sold Launch Pad script Marian to Sony with Margot Robbie attached to star and produce with Amy Pascal and Donald DeLine.
  • Romark is currently developing the adaptations of the best-selling novel Brothers & Bones and the comic book series Herald.
  • Romark is producing previous Launch Pad scripts Matriarch for Paramount, and Tranquility Base for Fox.
  • Romark is producing the 2017 Hit List script George based on the powerful true story of The Curious George creators.
  • Recently named as partner at Verve.
  • Boxerbaum was the top agent on the 2016 Young & Hungry, with 6 clients making the cut.
  • Boxerbaum's clients have written such films as The Smurfs, McFarland USA, Prince of Persia, Prom, the Saw franchise and more.
  • His clients have been staffed on such series as Lethal Weapon, Star, Rizzoli & Isles.
  • Represents Pete Barry, whose spec Marian was set up at Sony with Margot Robbie and Amy Pascal producing, found through the Launch Pad competition.
  • Lee Stobby Entertainment represents Isaac Adamson, whose spec Bubbles topped the 2015 Black List and placed second on the 2015 Hit List. Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is set to direct.
  • Their clients have written for such shows as Stranger Things, Superstore, CSI: Cyber, and The Middle.
  • Lee Stobby Entertainment represents 6 Launch Pad Alumni.
  • Ciabattari's clients have written for such shows as iZombie, Teen Wolf, Ballers, Necessary Roughness, The Family, and Billions.
  • Thruline clients have written such films as Death at a Funeral, For a Good Time Call, and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
  • Thruline has had writers on the Hit List, Black List and Young & Hungry List.
  • Thruline has signed multiple Launch Pad Alumni.
  • As a manager Portnoy had 5 projects on the 2017 Hit List.
  • Portnoy was featured as the top manager in the 2016 Spec Book, setting up 6 of 13 specs.
  • Bellevue is producing the upcoming Madonna biopic Blonde Ambition for Universal as well as the horror film Eli with Broad Green Pictures.
  • Bellevue was one of the top management companies on the 2016 Hit List, representing 7 projects.
  • Just this year Portnoy’s clients sold the spec Body Cam to Brian Robbins new venture and spec Green Rush to Oscar-nominated producer Brian Oliver and producer Will Packer.
  • Untitled represented multiple writers on both the 2017 Hit List and 2017 Young & Hungry List.
  • Untitled has produced such films as Margin Call, Lovelace and Meadowland.
  • Untitled produced the Lifetime series The Client List starring Jennifer Love Hewitt.
  • Ross represents Oscar-winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins, director of Moonlight and the upcoming If Beale Street Could Talk.
  • Represents Matthew Aldrich, co-writer of Disney/Pixar's latest hit, Coco.
  • His clients have been staffed on such shows as Reign, Star, American Crime and Transparent.
  • Huddle's clients Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley are the writers of Horrible Bosses, Vacation, and Spiderman: Homecoming.
  • His other clients have written such films as Keanu, Beauty and the Beast, Huntsman: Winter's War, Fist Fight and Grown Ups.
  • His clients have been staffed on such shows as Rick & Morty, Kevin (Probably) Saves the World, Agents of SHIELD, Greenleaf, The Goldbergs, Saturday Night Live and more.
  • Leif is a producer on the upcoming adaptation of the bestseller All the Bright Places with Elle Fanning attached to star.
  • Endgame is producing the upcoming Netflix film Come Sunday starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Danny Glover as well as Fox Searchlight's The Old Man and the Gun with Robert Redford and Casey Affleck.
  • Endgame produced such films as The Discovery, Snowden, Freeheld, Looper and An Education.
  • Her clients have been staffed on such shows as Grimm, The Last Ship, Young & Hungry, The Newsroom, The Family, and Shadowhunters.
  • Kaplan Stahler has previously signed Launch Pad Alumni.
  • Kaplan Stahler was featured on the Hit List, Black List and Young & Hungry List for 2015.
  • CAA represented twelve entries on both the 2017 Hit List and 13 writers on the 2017 Young & Hungry List.
  • CAA represents such top writers as Billy Ray (Captain Phillips), Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers), D.B. Weiss and David Benioff (Game of Thrones), Matthew Weiner (Mad Men), Dustin Lance Black (Milk) and J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year, Margin Call).
  • CAA clients have written on shows such as Grace and Frankie, Masters of Sex, Rosewood, Roadies, The Fosters, Queen of the South, Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Shadowhunters, 11/23/16, Grey’s Anatomy, and The Flash.
  • Makeready has a multi-year distribution deal with Universal Pictures.
  • Makeready is producing Sam Taylor-Johnson's next film A Million Little Pieces and is developing Five Faces of Maria for director Francis Lawrence.
  • Makeready has multiple TV series in development, including East of Jingletown at TNT and They Can't Kill Us All at AMC.
  • Madeready recently acquired the rights for the sci-fi short story The Appearance in a six figure deal.
  • His clients are staffed on such shows as How to Get Away With Murder, Marvel's Daredevil, Supergirl, Star Trek: Discovery and The Goldbergs.
  • Gersh had multiple writers on the 2017 Hit List and and the 2017 Young & Hungry List.
  • Gersh represents writers such as Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Wind River), Brian Duffield (Insurgent, Jane Got A Gun), Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt (Olympus Has Fallen), Gary Spinelli (American Made), and many more.
  • Cunningham's clients have been staffed on such shows as Mr. Robot, American Horror Story: Cult, Silicon Valley, Underground, NCIS: New Orleans, Elementary and Jane the Virgin.
  • Cunningham is producing the upcoming horror film Slender Man starring Joey King.
  • Madhouse is producing the upcoming NBC show The Ark, as well as upcoming feature films American Rebel, and The Bounty that has Will Smith attached to star.
  • Stoops had three clients on the 2017 Black List, and four on the 2017 Hit List.
  • Good Fear is producing the upcoming live action Mulan remake for Disney as well as David Robert Mitchell's upcoming Under the Silver Lake.
  • Good Fear clients have been staffed on such shows as Orphan Black, Shadowhunters, Famous in Love, Young & Hungry, The Vampire Diaries and Agents of SHIELD.
  • His clients have written for networks like NBC, HBO, TNT, USA, CBS, FreeForm, and on shows that include TIMELESS and CHICAGO PD.
  • He is producing the upcoming adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s Hugo and Nebula Award winning book DAWN with Ava DuVernay attached to produce.
  • He is 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.
  • Mandalay has produced such acclaimed films as Bernie, The Birth of a Nation and Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House.
  • Produced the Netflix film Little Evil starring Adam Scott and Evangeline Lilly and has three more films in production for the streaming service.
  • Producing the highly anticipated directorial debut of acclaimed costume designer Courtney Hoffman, The Good Time Girls, starring Bruce and Laura Dern.
  • All scripts must be submitted with a cover page containing ONLY the script title, without any of the writer(s) names or discernible marks, including but not limited to WGA Registration numbers.
  • All scripts must be submitted as a PDF.
  • All pilot scripts must be under 70 pages (any script with more than 70 pages will be disqualified).
  • Do not submit any form of pitch document or bible with your pilot script.
  • NO specs of pre-existing shows or films are allowed. All submissions must be your own original work, story and characters. Any submissions of existing shows or films that the writer does not own will be disqualified.
  • Scripts with multiple writers are allowed (however, all entry fees must be paid under one account).
  • All scripts must be the sole property of the writer(s).
  • All scripts will be read at least twice to ensure the best judgment of your work. All scripts will also be read blind, with no names, or title pages allowed. We choose this option so that each script is judged by the work, and the words alone.
  • Scripts with a prior option are allowed, but at the time of submission and for the duration of the contest, must remain the writer’s property.
  • The only scripts not allowed to be entered are those which have already sold, have previously earned our “TB Recommends” honors, or received a top 25 placement in a previous Launch Pad competition.
  • Each script may only be entered one time. Once a script has been submitted, there are absolutely no substitutions of pages, drafts, or scripts overall.
  • TB and all judges/readers will utilize whatever criteria they deem appropriate in deciding a winner.
  • All scripts will remain the property of the writer(s) throughout the contest (at no point will anyone from the judge’s panel, or TB ever attach themselves to your work without your consent).
  • Entrants may be contacted as a result of the contest by TB, the judging panel or other industry professionals in regards to representation, production, sale and/or option of the entered work.
  • Entrants are under no obligation to sell their work or otherwise attach themselves to representation in any form.
  • General script entries will not receive feedback, however, you can opt to upgrade and receive feedback on your script submission.
  • Each Grand Prize Winner will be reimbursed up to $500 USD for airfare to Los Angeles for our Exclusive Tracking Board Event. Date of event is TBD.
  • The contest is open to entrants 18 or older. It is an international contest and open to entrants worldwide.
  • Tracking Board reserves the right, at our sole discretion, to change or modify these terms at any time without notice.
  • If a judge, mentor, or partner is no longer able to serve in their chosen capacity, the Launch Pad will make best efforts to secure a replacement.
  • By entering this competition, you agree to receive periodic emails from The Tracking Board and The Launch Pad. You may unsubscribe to these at any time.
  • If selected as a Overall Winner, or as a winner of one of our add on prizes (Guaranteed Signing, Guaranteed Option, or Mentorship Program) you agree to allow the respective partner an initial opportunity to agree to mutual terms with you concerning your winning script.
  • All purchases and submissions are final. No refunds will be issued.