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Now with more than 400 writers signed, 140 projects set up, 61 writers staffed, 6 bidding wars, and more than 130 appearances on the annual ‘best of’ lists such as the Black List, Hit List, Young & Hungry List and Blood List, this years Launch Pad Feature Competition is set to introduce the next 100 writers to become part of the Launch Pad community.
Featuring writers from Australia, Denmark, Ireland, England, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa, China, and of course the United States, this years new class of writers offer stories and characters as diverse as their locales. From smart & witty comedy to dark & brooding drama, from larger than life science fiction to introspective character studies, this years new crop of writer has something for everyone.
So, without further ado, let us introduce you to the 2018 Launch Pad Feature Competition Top 100!
(As a reminder: If you entered into the Mentorship Program, or signed up to be part of the Guaranteed Signing or Guaranteed Option prizes, irregardless of making the Top 100, you are still in contention for those prizes. Those winners are selected from the entire pool of submissions separately from the finalist rounds, and will be announced alongside the winners next month.)
|#CONSPIRACY||Michael Owens & Zach Bidman|
|A GOOD DEED||Christina Pamies|
|AMEN SISTERHOOD, THE||John Doble|
|ANNABELLA||James Marios Ellinas|
|ART OF LETTING GO, THE||Jason Chan|
|BARLEY GANG CREW, THE||Vijay Ilankamban|
|BEAST OF RED FOREST, THE||Graham Funke|
|BOYFRIEND WHISPERER, THE||Dani Messerschmidt|
|DINNER PARTY||John Gisser|
|DON'T GO THERE||Jeffrey Field|
|DREAMER OF DREAMS, THE||David Kushner & Joshua Bullock|
|ELECTRIC GARDENS||Amy Blackwelder & Bill Daley|
|FADUMA & MIKE||Matthew Stenerson|
|FIFTH COLUMN, THE||Paul Sheridan|
|FIGHTING GIRLFRIEND, THE||Alexander Vargas|
|FINDING CUMBERBATCH||Ivan Tsang|
|FLASHBACK||Gabriel Robertson & Ken Petrie|
|FOOL'S ERRAND||Christina Tucker|
|FOOL'S ERRAND, THE||Chris Bramante & John Murphy|
|FORGOTTEN WARRIOR||Xander Bernstein|
|FRANK & STEIN||Danny Baram|
|GOOD MEN ARE HARD TO FIND||Jason Hynes|
|GREEN V. CITY OF NEW ORLEANS||Daniel Parino|
|HANDSOME DEVIL||John Gisser|
|HANGING MAN, THE||Esther Geller|
|HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT HARVEY?||Sam Wright|
|HAVEN, THE||Cord McConnell|
|HIGH GROUND, THE||Dawn Macleod|
|IN GREED WE TRUST||Ron Peer|
|INCARNATIONS||Albert M. Chan|
|J.D., HARPER, TRUMAN.||Mat Raymond|
|JANET, WHO NEVER SMILES||Keren Bloom|
|JUDY'S SEARCH FOR GOD||Dave Wade|
|LAST CANADIAN VIRGINS, THE||Evan Rindler & Jon Rizik|
|LAST SAXON KING, THE||Chris Ryden|
|LATCHKEY KIDS, THE||Richard Martin|
|LIMO DRIVER, THE||Tejal Desai|
|LIMPING LADY, THE||Devi Gowni|
|LOVERS A'GO-GO||Christian Palacios Canterbury|
|MAN FROM THE DEEP, THE||Robert Riley|
|MARGO & PERRY||Becca Roth|
|MEMORY BANK, THE||Adam Cooper & Daniel Cooper|
|MENDICANT, THE||C.J. Wells & Jeff Singer|
|METHOD & HIS MADNESS, THE||Mimosa Jones Tunney|
|NO REST FOR THE WICKED||Jonathan Marx|
|OLIVE TREE, THE||Marie Maroun|
|OPERATION BROTHER SAM||Gustavo Freitas|
|OPERATOR, THE||Huey Q. Pham & Jessica Petrucci|
|OUTSIDE THE WIRE||Valerie Anne Brotski|
|PIXEL EDGE, THE||Michael Felker|
|PLEASE LET EVERYTHING BE ALL RIGHT||Paul Chang|
|PRISONER, THE||Nathan Wilcoxen|
|RAW DATA||Gareth Wronski|
|RED ROCK||P.J. Hamilton & Scott Hamilton|
|RELUCTANT DRAGONS||John Perez|
|SAM AND THE 7 DEADLY SINS||Alexandra Fletcher|
|SCATTERING JAKE||Erica Tachoir|
|SECOND LIFE OF BEN HASKINS, THE||Matthew Kic & Mike Sorce|
|SIX SHOOTER||Sean Nichols Lynch|
|SOFT BOYS||Sam Greisman|
|SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE||Matthew Koppin|
|SOPHIE & VALENTINA||Lucy Luna|
|SUMMER OF LOUISA||Lisa Franek|
|THESE SAVAGE MEN||Keith Clark & Nick Lentz|
|THIS KISS||Dennis Curlett|
|TRAGIC BEAUTY||Jace Serrano|
|TRES BANDITOS||Thomas Leupp|
|TRIAL, THE||Ashley Hudson|
|UNASSIGNED LANDS||Katie Golden|
|UNBOUGHT AND UNBOSSED||Travis Carr|
|VENICE PIER||Evan Laughlin|
|WAITING GAMES||Jeffrey Field|
|WEEKEND WARRIORS||Daniel Hogan|
|WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND||Osagie Jesuorobo|
|WHERE THE GROUND TOUCHES THE SKY||Brittney McCallum|
|WHY THE WILLOW WEEPS||Lafayette Parish|
|ZOMBIE PLANE||Bill Hargenrader|
We are incredibly pleased to announce that Good Fear Film + Management, Romark Entertainment and screenwriting mentors Matt Leslie, Joe Russo and Dan Benamor will be our exclusive Signing, Option and Mentorship Program Mentors for the 2018 Launch Pad Feature Competition.
In addition to announcing this years exclusive partners and mentors, we're also very excited to announce that we will be extending the competition to run through the month of November (ending at 11:59pm PST on November 30th, 2018), and for the next three weeks we will be offering up multiple new promotions in tandem with our new partner announcements!
Beginning on November 8th, we will roll out new promotion packages that will both reward previous entrants, as well as all entrants until the November 30th deadline.
-FREE AUTOMATIC ENTRY INTO THE 2018 MENTORSHIP PROGRAM. (no additional steps or selections needed at check out - we will automatically include you in the selection pool for the 2018 Launch Pad Feature Competition Mentorship Program).
-FREE AUTOMATIC ENTRY INTO 2018 MENTORSHIP PROGRAM AND THE GUARANTEED OPTION PRIZE AND A FREE 1-YEAR MEMBERSHIP TO THE TRACKING BOARD, OR 1-YEAR EXTENSION TO THE TRACKING BOARD. (no additional steps or selections needed at check out - we will automatically include you in the selection pool for the 2018 Launch Pad Mentorship Program and the Guaranteed Option Prize). As a reminder, all Tracking Board subscribers will also receive their membership discount upon entry as well.
-FREE AUTOMATIC ENTRY INTO 2018 MENTORSHIP PROGRAM, THE GUARANTEED OPTION PRIZE, THE GUARANTEED SIGNING PRIZE AND A FREE 1-YEAR MEMBERSHIP TO THE TRACKING BOARD, OR 1-YEAR EXTENSION TO THE TRACKING BOARD. (no additional steps or selections needed at check out - we will automatically include you in the selection pool for the 2018 Launch Pad Mentorship Program, the Guaranteed Option Prize and the Guaranteed Signing Prize). As a reminder, all Tracking Board subscribers will also receive their membership discount upon entry as well.
-$20 OFF DOUBLE ENTRY PROMOTIONAL CODE. If you've previously entered 1 script into the 2018 Launch Pad Feature Competition you will receive an email with a promotional code good for up to two new additional entries into the competition. That entry, as well as any additional entries made will take advantage of new entrant promotions as well. (As a reminder, Tracking Board subscribers will also receive their additional discount applied at check out).
-$25 OFF TRIPLE USE ENTRY PROMOTIONAL CODE. If you've previously entered 2 scripts into the 2018 Launch Pad Feature Competition you will receive an email with promotional code good for three additional new entries into the competition. Those entries, as well as any additional new entries made will take advantage of new entrant promotions as well. (As a reminder, Tracking Board subscribers will also receive their additional discount applied at check out).
-$30 OFF TRIPLE USE ENTRY PROMOTIONAL CODE. If you've previously entered 3 or more scripts into the 2018 Launch Pad Feature Competition you will receive an email with a promotional code good for up to three additional new entries into the competition. Those entries, as well as any additional entries made will take advantage of new entrant promotions as well. (As a reminder, Tracking Board subscribers will also receive their additional discount applied at check out).
Year six is here, and the competition that has led to more signings, success stories and careers than any other writing competition in the world is now underway. With more than 371 signings, 127 projects set up, 59 writers staffed, 134 appearances on annual best of lists such as the Black List, Blood List, Hit List, and the Young & Hungry List, as well as 6 bidding wars, the Launch Pad Competition has become the premiere hub for Hollywood discovering new talent.
By utilizing our deep relationships within the industry we’ve not only become the only competition that continually features Studio Presidents and Agency/Management Company Partners as judges, but the only one that has also formed exclusive partners with people such as Ridley Scott, Michael De Luca, Roy Lee, Joel Silver, Jeremy Garelick, Adrian Askarieh, as well as companies Artillery Creative, Bellevue, Echo Lake, Endgame Entertainment, Energy Entertainment, ESA, Fourth Wall Management, Good Fear Film Management, Heroes & Villains, Inkshares, Lee Stobby Entertainment, Oil & Cattle, Paradigm, UTA and WME - all of whom have previously committed to guarantee to option material or sign writers out of our competitions.
Additionally, we continually shake up our judges pool, carefully selecting the judges we feel will best represent each competition, all the while ensuring a consistent balance of hot-newcomers and seasoned veterans. And, as you’ll see from this years list of phenomenal judges, not only do we work diligently to ensure our judges make up a creative mix of representatives who can sign writers and executives who can acquire projects, but we always work to include those who’ve had great success with our Launch Pad writers before.
In the five years that have led up to this competition we’ve watched our Launch Pad writers go on to steer blockbuster franchises, Emmy-winning series, craft New York Times Bestsellers, and set up dozens upon dozens of projects well beyond their original Launch Pad entries. Now, we’re ready to find the next great wave of Launch Pad writers!
This year’s judges include a mix of fresh faces and returning judges and feature a curated mix of agents, managers, producers and executives. A majority of this list also includes those who have previously signed, set up, or acquired Launch Pad scripts in the past. You’ll find heads of development and production, agency and management company partners, those who have topped the Black List, Hit List and Blood List in years past, as well as those who created the Blood List. Our judge pool selections this year have also been some of the most prominent players in the feature spec market, with several of them having been involved in the biggest spec sales ever in Hollywood, as well as the most feature spec sales per year in multiple years. Our judges this year truly represent what the Launch Pad means to us - an opportunity to begin your career.
For most competitions on the market today, whether win or lose, the finish line usually comes with a brief blog post announcing winners on the competition site, immediately followed by a new competition turning on. For us, that was never even close to enough. Our focus has always been on discovery and elevation. The reality is, a vast majority of the writers working in Hollywood today got their start with a competition. But, they also lost or made finalist rounds in several that never blinked an eye. While it’s impossible to discover every great writer every year, we go to great lengths to ensure those who make any finalist rounds with us are given attention far beyond a blog post. We not only advocate for all of our finalists, and work closely with them to fine tune loglines, bios, and additional works, but we also feature all of our finalists in our high regarded Launch Pad Alum Booklets, our “Best Scripts of the Year” lists, our industry released Announcements, and via our partners we also include them in the end of year Spec Book, Hit List and Young & Hungry List.
Additionally, we work with every finalist to prepare you for what comes next - whether representation meetings, pitch meetings or generals. Preparing a series bible for your TV pilot, crafting your additional works for interested reads, and navigating the series of meetings that inevitably follow. We track every read received through the competition, and we share all of this info with you along with the way, so you know who’s reading, and can gauge how far your work truly is going. And, as our end of competition and end of year lists go out to the more than 25,000 industry members we work with, as well as to our exclusive panel of former partners and judges, we’ll work with you to be sure you put your best foot forward every step of the way.
We are incredibly thrilled to have the company that set up the first Launch Pad script ever return to be our Guaranteed Option Prize partner. Beyond setting up the Launch Pad script Tranquility Base with 20th Century Fox and director Ridley Scott, Romark Entertainment has become one of the most prominent companies involved in Launch Pad success stories, having set up projects from our feature, pilot and manuscript competitions each year since 2014. Some of those projects include the aforementioned Tranquility Base with Fox, Matriarch with Paramount, the Margot Robbie-starring feature “Marian” at Sony, the Scott Derrickson-helmed manuscript turned Showtime TV series Kill Creek, and the upcoming TV series Mr. and Mrs. American Pie with Laura Linney.
As in previous competitions, our guaranteed option partner(s) will select a minimum of 1 project from this years competition to option. To be eligible for the guaranteed option prize, all entrants MUST select the “Guaranteed Option” add-on at time of sign up.
With more than 10 writers signed from the Launch Pad competition to date, we're excited to have Good Fear Film + Management join us this year as our Guaranteed Signing Partner. A leading management company, Good Fear has clients staffed on shows such as 13 Reasons Why, Snowfall, Shadowhunters, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia and AP Bio. Their writers are behind such diverse films as Hidden Figures, Snow White and the Huntsman, and the upcoming The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. Good Fear are producers on David Robert Mitchell's Under the Silver Lake as well as the upcoming live action Mulan remake from Disney. With first look deals at New Line and Universal Cable Productions, Good Fear is a perfect resource to connect your work with the right people across the town.
As in previous competitions, our guaranteed signing partner(s) will select a minimum of 1 writer from this years competition to represent. To be eligible for the guaranteed signing prize, all entrants MUST select the “Guaranteed Signing” add-on at time of sign up.
Being a writer is all about learning through collaboration, and working closely with experienced writers who have already taken those first steps in the industry can be an invaluable experience. That’s why the Launch Pad offers exclusive mentorship opportunities for our writers to learn from those in the know.
Our first mentor this year is Matt Leslie. Matt previously worked as a Development Executive for Producers Matt Alvarez and Scott Bernstein, and was heavily involved in developing the script for the 2015 global box office smash STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON. He also co-wrote (with his writing partner, Stephen J. Smith) and produced the indie thriller SUMMER OF 84, which premiered in the Midnight Lineup at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Leslie & Smith have a number of film and television projects in development at various production companies in Los Angeles.
Joe Russo, an award-winning filmmaker whose short films have featured in festivals both domestically and internationally. With writing partner Chris LaMont, Joe has appeared on the Tracking Board’s Young & Hungry List and Hit List, as well as the Blood List. The duo has sold multiple scripts which are scheduled for production. As a producer, Joe recently wrapped the horror anthology feature film NIGHTMARE CINEMA, starring Academy Award Nominee Mickey Rourke (THE WRESTLER), with segments from acclaimed filmmakers, including Joe Dante (GREMLINS) and David Slade (AMERICAN GODS). The movie recently debuted as the opening night movie at the 2018 Fantasia Film Festival to rave reviews. Joe also produces the interview series “Post Mortem” with Mick Garris on the Blumhouse Podcast Network.
And finally, we are pleased to welcome mentor Dan Benamor, a screenwriter for film and television and a former development executive. As an executive, Dan shepherded films like FINAL GIRL (with Wes Bentley and Abigail Breslin) and TIFF premiere AMERICAN HEIST (with Adrien Brody and Hayden Christensen) to production. As a screenwriter, highlights of Dan has worked as a Staff Writer on the Netflix Original Series ROMAN EMPIRE: MASTER OF ROME and the Western STAGECOACH: THE TEXAS JACK STORY, starring country singer Trace Adkins, Kim Coates and Judd Nelson. Dan currently has two independent films post-production and is one of 19 writers to ever receive a "Recommend" from The Tracking Board’s coverage program.
As in previous competitions, each of our mentors or mentor teams will select a minimum of 1 writer each from this years competition to mentor. To be eligible for the Launch Pad Mentorship Program, all entrants MUST select the "Mentorship Program" add-on at time of entry.
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 Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Sony, Paramount, Universal, Anonymous Content, Circle of Confusion, CAA, UTA, Paradigm, Skydance and 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 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.)
Guaranteed Option Exclusive - Partner To Be Announced
Guaranteed Signing Exclusive - Partner To Be Announced
Our Exclusive 2018 Launch Pad Mentorship Program - Mentors To Be Announced
Kaplan Perrone Entertainment
Hyde Park Entertainment
3 Arts Entertainment
Good Fear Film + Management
Lee Stobby Entertainment
Fourth Wall Management
Intellectual Property Group
Brillstein Entertainment Partners
Global Road Entertainment
De Line Pictures
weed Road Pictures
Woolf + Lapin Agency