2018 Launch Pad Feature Competition
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Competition Dates
Early
$65
Ends September 11, 2018
Regular
$75
Ends October 3, 2018
Late
$85
Ends October 25, 2018
Final
$95
Ends November 30, 2018
Announcement Dates
Top 25 Announced
February 26, 2019
Top 10 Announced
March 13, 2019
Feedback Notes Returned
March 13, 2019
Winners Announced
March 28, 2019
Competition Add Ons
Feedback Notes
$50
Mentorship
$25
Guaranteed Signing
$25
Guaranteed Option
$25
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GOOD FEAR, ROMARK ENTERTAINMENT AND THREE NEW MENTORS ANNOUNCED!

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!

NEW ENTRY PROMOTIONS AND PACKAGES

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.


ALL ENTRANTS WHO ENTER 1 NEW SCRIPT

-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).


ALL ENTRANTS WHO ENTER 2 NEW SCRIPTS

-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.


ALL ENTRANTS WHO ENTER 3 OR MORE NEW SCRIPTS

-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.


PREVIOUS ENTRANT PROMOTIONS AND PACKAGES


ALL ENTRANTS WHO ENTERED 1 SCRIPT PRIOR TO NOVEMBER 8th

-$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).


ALL ENTRANTS WHO ENTERED 2 SCRIPTS PRIOR TO NOVEMBER 8th

-$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).


ALL ENTRANTS WHO ENTERED 3 OR MORE SCRIPTS PRIOR TO NOVEMBER 8th

-$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.


WHAT MAKES LAUNCH PAD SO SUCCESSFUL?

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!

A CLOSER LOOK AT OUR JUDGES


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.

WHAT MAKE US DIFFERENT FROM THE REST?

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.

GUARANTEED OPTION PRIZE

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.

GUARANTEED SIGNING PRIZE

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.

THE LAUNCH PAD MENTORSHIP PROGRAM

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.

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 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 is more than just a writing competition. We’re here to be the first step in starting your writing career.

The 2018 Launch Pad Feature 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 invited to our annual Launch Pad Party celebrating you and the other Launch Pad Winners of the year. This will be an exclusive industry event centered on showcasing and honoring you and your work, while also introducing you to agents, managers, executives, producers, and other creatives. This is a private guest list event tailored toward our winners from the year, and including some of our previous judges, mentors, partners and past 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 and your project will be featured in both our individual launch Pad Competition Booklet, as well as our Annual Launch Pad Alum Booklet, both of which are shared with our industry network and beyond, including agents, managers, producers, executives and other creatives seeking new material and clients.
  • 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 100,000 readers and industry members worldwide.
  • 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 you, your project and any additional works you’d like to include.
  • 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 100,000 readers and industry members worldwide.
  • You and your project will be featured in both our individual launch Pad Competition Booklet, as well as our Annual Launch Pad Alum Booklet, both of which are shared with our industry network and beyond, including agents, managers, producers, executives and other creatives seeking new material and clients.
  • 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 you, your project and any additional works you’d like to include.
  • 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 100,000 readers and industry members worldwide.
  • You and your project will be featured in both our individual launch Pad Competition Booklet, as well as our Annual Launch Pad Alum Booklet, both of which are shared with our industry network and beyond, including agents, managers, producers, executives and other creatives seeking new material and clients.
  • 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 you, your project and any additional works you’d like to include.
  • 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 featured in both our individual launch Pad Competition Booklet, as well as our Annual Launch Pad Alum Booklet, both of which are shared with our industry network and beyond, including agents, managers, producers, executives and other creatives seeking new material and clients.
  • 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.
  • 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 featured in both our individual launch Pad Competition Booklet, as well as our Annual Launch Pad Alum Booklet, both of which are shared with our industry network and beyond, including agents, managers, producers, executives and other creatives seeking new material and clients.
  • 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.
  • 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 Exclusive - Partner To Be Announced

  • 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 Exclusive - Partner To Be Announced

  • 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 Exclusive 2018 Launch Pad Mentorship Program - Mentors To Be Announced

  • 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.
  • Represents such prominent writers as Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter (The Disaster Artist, The Fault in Our Stars, The Spectacular Now), Kelly Fremon Craig (The Edge of Seventeen) and Adam Sztykiel (Rampage).
  • His clients have been staffed on such shows as Ghosted, LA to Vegas, the Romanoffs, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Narcos, Shameless, Bob’s Burgers, Supergirl and American Vandal.
  • Represented 3 writers on the 2017 Black List and 2 writers on the 2017 Hit List.
  • Kaplan Perrone has signed multiple Launch Pad Writers since the competitions began in 2013.
  • His clients have been staffed on such shows as Star Trek: Discovery, Empire, The Last Tycoon, Arrow and more.
  • Represents clients such as Wes Ball (The Maze Runner), David Chirchirillo (Eli) and Amy Fox (Equity).
  • Represented 2 projects on the 2017 Black List, 4 on the 2017 Hit List and 4 writers on the 2017 Young & Hungry List.
  • Has consistently been one of the top spec sales agents in Hollywood, often outselling other agencies on his own.
  • Hyde Park has produced such critically acclaimed films as 99 Homes and Bernie.
  • Hyde Park is behind the Ghost Rider series, Machete, and Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li.
  • • They are producing the upcoming film The Seagull with Saoirse Ronan, Annette Bening, Corey Stoll and Elisabeth Moss.
  • Has had writers on the Hit List, Black List and/or Young & Hungry List every year since 2014.
  • Signed Launch Pad winner Eric Koenig and sold his Launch Pad winning script Matriarch to Paramount in a bidding war.
  • With an eye for discover new voices, Garcia has signed multiple Launch Pad Alums in the past years in film, tv and books.
  • Represents Launch Pad writer Pete Barry, who sold his Launch Pad script Marian to Sony with Margot Robbie attached to star.
  • Represents Mitchell LaFortune, whose script Burn Run was sold to Thunder Road Pictures.
  • Represents multiple Launch Pad writers and writers who have appeared on the Hit List and Young & Hungry List.
  • 3 Arts has produced such movies as 13 Hours, Rough Night, Edge of Tomorrow and Unbroken.
  • His clients have been staffed on such series as Sharp Objects, Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger, Family Guy and American Vandal.
  • Produces the Netflix series American Vandal.
  • Has had multiple clients appear on the Hit List, Young & Hungry List and Black List.
  • One of the top spec selling managers in Hollywood, who has sold multiple Launch Pad scripts in film, TV and publishing.
  • His clients include Rob Liefeld (Deadpool), Brad Ingelsby (Run All Night, Out of the Furnace), Mark Mallouk (Black Mass).
  • His clients have created the hit TV series Reverie and Extant (Mickey Fisher) as well as Bates Motel (Anthony Cipriano).
  • Has had clients on the Black List, Hit List or Young & Hungry List every year since 2014.
  • His clients include such successful writers as Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War), Diana Ossana and Larry McMurty (Brokeback Mountain), Gary Whitta (Rogue One), and Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Sherlock).
  • One of the top spec selling agents in Hollywood, he has sold the most, or second most of all agents every year of the past decade.
  • A partner at UTA, he has signed more than half a dozen Launch Pad writers in the past few years, setting up LP projects with Fox, UCP and Netflix.
  • Represented 5 projects on the 2017 Black List and 7 on the 2017 Hit List, and was the top agent on the 2017 Young & Hungry List.
  • Chernin Entertainment produces Planet of the Apes series as well as such blockbusters as Oblivion, Red Sparrow and The Greatest Showman.
  • 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 film Hidden Figures was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
  • Daniel’s clients have been staffed on such shows as Snowfall, The Good Wife, Shadowhunters, Orphan Black, AP Bio, Famous in Love, Falling Water, The Vampire Diaries and more.
  • Daniel reps Ashleigh Powell, writer of Disney’s upcoming The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.
  • Good Fear is producing the upcoming Mulan remake, as well as David Robert Mitchell’s Under the Silver Lake.
  • Good Fear has a first look deal with New Line as well as UCP.
  • One of the top spec selling agents of all time, he has had the most sells, or second most every year of the past decade.
  • Recently moved from Paradigm to become a partner at Verve, where he has signed and sold multiple Launch Pad writers and scripts.
  • Has been behind 3 of the 6 bidding wars in the Launch Pad's history, most recently selling LP writer Pete Barry's Marian to Sony with Margot Robbie set to star.
  • Has had writers on the Hit List, Black List, or Young & Hungry List every year since 2013.
  • Lee Stobby Entertainment has signed multiple Launch Pad writers over the years, including the first ever winner Kate Trefry.
  • Company represents writers such as Isaac Adamson, whose spec Bubbles topped the Hit List and Black List before seeing Taika Waititi join to direct.
  • Clients have written for such shows as Stranger Things, Superstore, CSI: Cyber, and The Middle.
  • Since judging the first Launch Pad Competition in 2013, he has signed multiple Launch Pad writers in both film and television, and had multiple writers appear on the Hit List, Black List and Young & Hungry List.
  • Represents writers such as Aaron Katz (Gemini), Andrew Jay Cohen and Brendan O’Brien (Neighbors, The House), Brian Burns (Daddy’s Home), Joby Harold (Robin Hood) and Joe Shrapnel (Captain Marvel).
  • His clients have been staffed on such shows as Manhunt: Unabomber, The Last O.G., Everything Sucks, Krypton, Lucifer, The OA, Mindhunter and more.
  • Represents Charlie Brooker, creator of Black Mirror, Chris Chibnall, creator of Broadchurch, David Nicholls, writer of Patrick Melrose.
  • His clients include such prominent directors as Francis Lawrence (The Hunger Games: Catching Fire) and Guy Ritchie (Snatch, King Arthur).
  • His 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.
  • As a former UTA agent turned manager, he has signed multiple clients from the Launch Pad Competition, and had several appear on the Black List, Hit List or Young & Hungry List over the past few years.
  • IPG represents such prominent screenwriters as Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby) and Sean Macauley (Eddie the Eagle).
  • IPG writers have been staffed on such shows as Bosch, Anne With an E, Mary Kills People, Teen Wolf and Empire.
  • IPG also represents authors like Yann Martel (Life of Pi), Lianne Moriarty (Big Little Lies), Joyce Carol Oates, Dennis Lehane (Shutter Island), and Don DeLillo (White Noise).
  • Recently joined Brillstein Entertainment Partners, following the succesful launch of her own Kailey Marsh Media.
  • Her clients are staffed on multiple upcoming Netflix series including The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The Haunting, and Daybreak.
  • Represents Jeff Howard, writer of such horror films as Ouija, Before I Wake and Oculus as well as Nick Simon, the writer/director of horror films The Girl in the Photographs and The Pyramid.
  • Has had clients appear on several end of year best of lists including the Hit List, Black List and Young & Hungry List.
  • Is the founder and curator of the annual Blood List - featuring the best horror scripts of each year.
  • Global Road represent the merger between companies Open Road and IM Global, which were behind such films as Marshall, Home Again, Spotlight, Nightcrawler and The Nut Job.
  • New company's first release was Hotel Artemis, and their upcoming releases include projects such as the Matthew McConaughey starrer Serenity, the Netflix project Beats with Anthony Anderson and recently won spec project Rawhide Down.
  • Blumhouse has produced some of the most successful films of the past decade, including franchises such as Unfriended, The Purge, Ouija, and Insidious.
  • Blumhouse received a Best Picture nomination for Jordan Peele’s Get Out last year, ans has produced additional critical hits such as BlacKkKlansman, Whiplash, and Split.
  • On the TV side, Blumhouse is currently producing the HBO series Sharp Objects, and will next release a horror anthology series on Hulu, and the new adaptation of The Purge on USA.
  • Gersh represents writers such as Taylor Sheridan (Sicario, Wind River), Brian Duffield (Insurgent, Jane Got A Gun), Gary Spinelli (American Made), and many more.
  • His clients are staffed on such shows as How to Get Away With Murder, Marvel's Daredevil, Supergirl, Star Trek: Discovery and The Goldbergs.
  • He has signed multiple Launch Pad writers over the years, and had multple writers appear on the Black List, Blood List, Hit List and Young & Hungry List
  • De Line is currently producing the Launch Pad script Marian alongside Romark Entertainment, Pascal Pictures and Luckychap for Sony.
  • De Line has produced such high profile films as Ready Player One, Going in Style, Pain & Gain and I Love You Man.
  • Currently in development on projects such as Merlin, Himelfarb and Shining City under their first look deal with Warner Bros.
  • WME has consistently been one of the top agencies in the spec market, as well as on the Black List, Hit List and Young & Hungry List in the past decade.
  • He represents some of the hottest up and coming writers, including clients such as Amanda Idoko (Breaking News in Yuba County), Charlie Wachtel (BlacKkKlansman), Hossein Amini (Drive), Jeff Gelber & Ryan Belenzon (The Rocket) and Matt Cook (Patriots Day).
  • WME writers are staffed on such shows as The Mick, Difficult People, Girlboss, Better Call Saul, Shameless, Insecure, Empire and many more.
  • Represents such writers as Chris Parker (Heaven is For Real), David A. Newman (Think Like a Man), Paul Guyot (Geostorm) and Jeremy Michael Cohen (George).
  • His clients are staffed on such shows as The Night Shift, Falling Water, StartUp, Westworld, Scream, The Sinner, Timeless and more.
  • Had clients appear on the Black List, Hit List and Young & Hungry List in 2017.
  • Weed Road has previously produced The Dark Tower, King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, Lone Survivor, Hancock and I Am Legend.
  • Company recently oversaw the Transformers writers rooms, with the first film to come out of the process set to be released later this year with Bumblebee.
  • Run by Akiva Goldsman, the company has steered critical hits such as the WGN series Underground, and the Oscar-winning A Beautiful Mind.
  • Company is currently in development on the Launch Pad partner's Inkshares new book adaptation A God in the Shed.
  • Ridley Scott and his Scott Free production company have acquired more Launch Pad projects than any other company, picking up feature, pilot and manuscripts from previous competitions.
  • Scott Free was the first company to set up a Launch Pad script in a multiple studio bidding war for Daniel Turkewitz's Tranquility Base.
  • Company has been behind multiple critical and commercial hits, including The Martian, Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049, All The Money In The World, Murder On The Orient Express, Black Hawk Down, Gladiator, and all of films from the Alien Franchise.
  • Scott Free produces such television series as The Good Fight, The Terror, The Man in the High Castle and Strange Angel.
  • Have signed multiple Launch Pad feature and pilot writers over the past few years.
  • Had clients appear on the 2017 Hit List and Young & Hunry List.
  • Most recently signed 2018 Launch Pad Pilot Alum Geoff Bakken and 2017 Launch Pad Feature Alum Denise Meyers.
  • All scripts must be submitted with a cover page containing ONLY THE SCRIPT TITLE, without any of the writer(s) names or discernable marks, including but not limited to WGA Registration numbers.
  • All scripts MUST BE submitted as a PDF.
  • All feature scripts must be under 130 pages (any script with more than 130 pages will be disqualified).
  • Do not submit any form of pitch document with your feature script.
  • 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.
  • Pilots or features with a prior option are allowed, but at the time of submission and for the duration of the contest, must remain exclusively the writer’s property.
  • 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.
  • The Launch Pad 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 Launch Pad ever attach themselves to your work without your consent).
  • Entrants may be contacted as a result of the contest by Launch Pad, 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.
  • The contest is open to entrants 18 or older. It is an international contest and open to entrants worldwide.
  • The Launch Pad reserves the right, at our sole discretion, to change or modify these terms at any time without notice.
  • By entering this competition, you agree to receive periodic emails from The Launch Pad and The Tracking Board and. You may unsubscribe to these at any time.
  • During the Finalist rounds of the competitions The Launch Pad Partners and Judges will have exclusive access to entries.
  • All entrants understand and agree to allow Launch Pad to post details on their script (title, writers name, logline, genre, and competition details) as well as regarding the writer (biography, picture) to their site, or sister site to help promote the entrants work.
  • All purchases and submissions are final. No refunds will be issued.

Feedback Notes

  • Feedback MUST be purchased with submission order and cannot be added on later.
  • Feedback notes, if purchased, will be returned to writers following the announcement of the Top 10 Finalists.

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