2018 Launch Pad Pilot Competition
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Competition Dates
Early
$65
$45
Ends January 7, 2018
Regular
$75
$55
Ends January 28, 2018
Late
$85
$65
Ends February 19, 2018
Final
$95
$75
Ends March 4, 2018
Announcement Dates
Competition Add Ons
Feedback Notes
$50
Mentorship
$25
Guaranteed Signing
$25
Guaranteed Option
$25
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2018 Launch Pad Pilot Competition
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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.

So stay tuned as we’ll be announcing our partners (and hopefully yours too) for this year’s competition soon!

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.
  • You will receive 1 free Studio Coverage from our Launch Pad Coverage Program.
  • 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.

Our exclusive option partner for this year’s competition will be announced soon.

  • 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.

Our guaranteed signing partner will be announced soon.

  • 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 mentors for this year’s competition will be announced soon.

  • 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.
  • Imagine Television is behind such prestige TV series as Empire, Genius, Shots Fired, Arrested Development and many more.
  • Imagine is developing the upcoming television adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower, as well as a new reboot of their classic hit series 24.
  • Imagine's film side has produced such films as Inferno, American Made, In the Heart of the Sea, Get on Up, and Rush.
  • 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.

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