2019 Launch Pad Pilot Competition
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Competition Dates
Early
$65
Ends March 31, 2019
Regular
$75
Ends April 21, 2019
Late
$85
Ends May 18, 2019
Final
$95
Ends May 31, 2019
Announcement Dates
Top 25 Announced
August 20, 2019
Top 10 Announced
September 10, 2019
Feedback Notes Returned
September 10, 2019
Winners Announced
September 24, 2019
Competition Add Ons
Feedback Notes
$50
Mentorship
$25
Guaranteed Signing
$25
Guaranteed Option
$25
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2019 Launch Pad Pilot Competition
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WELCOME TO THE LAUNCH PAD PILOT COMPETITION!

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 400 signings, 140 projects set up, 61 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.


A FEW CHANGES FOR 2019

If you’ve scrolled ahead already you may have noticed that we have not yet announced our exclusive option partners, signing partners or our Launch Pad Mentors. We will be releasing these names over the next few weeks. Above you’ve seen a list of some of those who have come before, and this years list is no different, so keep an eye out over the next few weeks as we reveal each of our exclusive partners and mentors joining us for this years competition.


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


We will be announcing this year's judges over the next few weeks, but as you'll see from all of our previous competitions, our judging class each year has featured elite levels of agents, managers, producers and executives from all of the largets companies Hollywood has to offer. And, as we continue to have partners such as Ridley Scott, Micheal De Luca and Roy Lee join us as judges, expect to see a fun selection joining in this competition once again!

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

Our guaranteed option partners have included more than a dozen projects that have been optioned and sold in just the past few years from people such as Ridley Scott, Michael De Luca, Roy Lee, Jeremy Garelick, as well as companies such as Prime Universe, Romark Entertainment, Oil & Cattle and Endgame Entertainment amongst others. We will reveal our 2019 Launch Pad Pilot Option Partners soon!


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

Our guaranteed signing partners have included everyone from WME, UTA, Paradigm, ESA, Energy Entertainment, Good Fear Film + Management, Artillery Creative, Anonymous Content, Fourth Wall Management, Verve and Lee Stobby Entertainment amongst others, and this year's partner will continue the trend of pairing highly succesful representation with exceptional new writers.


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

Stay Tuned over the next few weeks as we reveal our 2019 Launch Pad Pilot Competition Mentors who will join the ranks of Cormac & Marianne Wibberly (National Treasure), Gary Graham (I Am Legend), Ian Shorr (Training Day), Talia Gonzalez & Bisanne Masoud (Hawaii 5-O, iZombie), Santa Sierra (Narcos), Jason Hellerman (Shovel Buddies), Anthony Cipriano (Bates Motel), Mark Mallouk (Black Mass), Eric Koenig (Matriarch), Daniel Wallace (Big Fish), David Hoffman (Timeless), Zach Robbins (Ballers), Mike Perri (State of Affairs), Andrew Baldwin (The Take), Tal Klein (The Punch Escrow), and many others who came before them. 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” add-on at time of entry, or enter utilizing their All Access Pass.


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 2019 Launch Pad 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 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 2019 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 2019 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.

The 2019 Launch Pad Pilot Competition Prizes

COMING SOON!

  • 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 pilot scripts must be under 70 pages (any script with more than 70 pages will be disqualified without notice).
  • 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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