2016 Launch Pad Pilot Competition
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Competition Dates
Early
$65
Ends February 1, 2016
Regular
$75
Ends March 1, 2016
Late
$85
Ends March 31, 2016
Final
$95
Ends April 14, 2016
Announcement Dates
Top 25 Announced
July 20, 2016
Top 10 Announced
August 3, 2016
Feedback Notes Returned
August 2, 2016
Winners Announced
August 17, 2016
Competition Add Ons
Feedback Notes
$50
Mentorship
$12.50
Guaranteed Signing
$12.50
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2016 Launch Pad Pilot Competition

This is the moment we’ve all been waiting for. The Tracking Board is proud to announce our 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition Grand Prize Winners, as well as the winner of our Lee Stobby Entertainment Guaranteed Signing prize and our three Pilots Competition Mentorship winners.

With 24 of this year's writers now signed, and more than 160 since the Launch Pad Competition began just three years ago, we’re incredibly thrilled to present the pilots our judges deemed the best of the best. This year, we received over 1,500 scripts that spanned every genre from an incredibly diverse pool of writers from all over the globe, giving us our most competitive group of pilots in the three years of this competition. We are so proud of those who have come through our competition and gone on to establish promising careers in the industry and excited to usher in the next wave.

All three of our Overall Winners this year are female writers, each of whom created incredible stories featuring unforgettable characters. From laugh out loud comedy to darkly realistic dramas, this year's Launch Pad Pilots Winners all tackle our modern world from different angles while showcasing the powerful and unique voices of these remarkably talented writers.

Our 2016 Pilots Mentors, Anslem Richardson, Andy Heriaud and Kaitlin Kelly, have selected three fantastic writers and will guide them as they get their scripts ready, share tips and strategies on pitching and choosing their next project, and insight on how to navigate a newly minted career in Hollywood.

Last but not least, Lee Stobby of Lee Stobby Entertainment has selected the winner of our Guaranteed Signing prize!

Thank you again to all who participated in this year's competition. Now we present to you our winners, their scripts and their loglines from our 2016 competition.

Overall Winner

Alma Mater

Jenny Deiker

BROADCHURCH meets PRETTY LITTLE LIARS

A psychiatrist and former student of a prestigious boarding school in Wales comes back to help the students deal with their grief over an apparent suicide - and begins to suspect that the school she loves may be hiding an even more disturbing mystery.

Drama Mystery Thriller

Agent: Gersh | Noah Jones
Manager: Artillery Creative | Tom Carter

Winner

Top Drama

Mother, The

Laura Bensick

RECTIFY meets THE KILLING

Thirteen years after being accused of, and accepting the guilt for, murdering her daughter during an episode of postpartum psychosis, a woman who is released back into the world sets out to regain the trust of her family and live a normal life. But when she discovers evidence that may prove she never committed the crime, she begins to question her own sanity, and whether she can trust those around her.

Drama Mystery Thriller

Agent: UTA | Amanda Burnett, Charles Ferraro, Greg Iserson
Manager: Think Tank Management and Production | Tom Drumm

Winner

Top Comedy

#1 Fan

Annabel Seymour

30 ROCK meets POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING

Twenty years after embarrassing herself by proposing to her pop star crush on live TV, a businesswoman's life is thrown for a loop when the bankrupt singer shows up on her doorstep.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Artillery Creative | Tom Carter

Winner

Guaranteed Signing Winner

Adrift

Titus Heckel

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA meets THE EXPANSE

On a planet where the only source of sunlight and heat is produced by artificial "orbs" controlled by corporations, debates of religion, politics, and fear erupt into violence after an orb is destroyed, leaving all life fighting to see another day.

Drama Action Sci-Fi

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Lee Stobby Entertainment | Lee Stobby

Guaranteed Signing Top 25

Mentorship Winners

California's Gone

Jack Bentele

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND meets HOUSE OF CARDS

When the entire state of California mysteriously vanishes into the Pacific Ocean, the government attempts to keep the details secret, an effort complicated by the sudden disappearance of the President and the revelation that we may not be alone in this universe.

Drama Sci-Fi

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Mentor Program Top 25

Mahogany Hall

Ashley Charbonnet

THE KNICK meets BOARDWALK EMPIRE

A house of mixed race prostitutes in turn of the century New Orleans must fight for survival as politics and murder knock at their door.

Drama Crime Period

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Mentor Program

Nightmare

Lance Wayne

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET meets THE MATRIX

A team of researchers attempt to use virtual reality technology to help patients confront their debilitating nightmares, but find that there are even more powerful forces at work in the world of dreams.

Drama Horror Sci-Fi

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Mentor Program

Top 5% Of All Entries

(Listed Alphabetically)


#1 Fan

Annabel Seymour

30 ROCK meets POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING

Twenty years after embarrassing herself by proposing to her pop star crush on live TV, a businesswoman's life is thrown for a loop when the bankrupt singer shows up on her doorstep.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Artillery Creative | Tom Carter

Winner | Best Comedy Top 10

40 Elephants

E.S. Dahl & Kay Tuxford

PEAKY BLINDERS meets THE CATCH

After leaving her fiance, a naive woman joins an all-female gang of thieves led by the daughter of a ruthless ringleader in 1920s London, aspiring to reinvent herself and help earn the seductive independence women briefly glimpsed during World War I.

Drama Crime Period

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 10

Addicted

Melissa Cassera

GREY'S ANATOMY meets LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS

A recovering sex addict who lands a job as a pharmaceutical rep not only discovers how scandalous the industry is, but discovers her new partner is the man who made her an addict in the first place.

Comedy Drama Medical

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Bellevue Productions | Jeff Portnoy

Top 50

Adrift

Titus Heckel

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA meets THE EXPANSE

On a planet where the only source of sunlight and heat is produced by artificial "orbs" controlled by corporations, debates of religion, politics, and fear erupt into violence after an orb is destroyed, leaving all life fighting to see another day.

Drama Action Sci-Fi

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Lee Stobby Entertainment | Lee Stobby

Top 25

Alchemists, The

Amanda Keener

THE MAGICIANS meets HARRY POTTER

The disappearance of a young girl's parents causes her to attend a boarding school, where she meets two mysterious Alchemists and discovers she has powers of her own.

Drama Fantasy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

Alibi Man

Richard Hays & Robert Ingraham

WHITE COLLAR meets THE AMERICANS

A man who makes a living disguising himself and providing false alibis for criminals finds himself at the center of a murder investigation of one of his clients, with both an FBI agent and the victim's family looking to track him down.

Drama Crime Thriller

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 75

Alma Mater

Jenny Deiker

BROADCHURCH meets PRETTY LITTLE LIARS

A psychiatrist and former student of a prestigious boarding school in Wales comes back to help the students deal with their grief over an apparent suicide - and begins to suspect that the school she loves may be hiding an even more disturbing mystery.

Drama Mystery Thriller

Agent: Gersh | Noah Jones
Manager: Artillery Creative | Tom Carter

Winner | Best Overall Top 10

And We're Back

Nick Fanego

CASUAL meets THE COMEBACK

When she is fired from her own show after turning 50, America's former #1 daytime talk show host enlists her children to help her reclaim her stardom and husband - both of which were stolen by younger women.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 75

Are You Fucking Kidding Me?

Joe Toto

THE REAL O'NEALS meets MODERN FAMILY

A family on the verge of divorce attempts to maintain normalcy when encountering their wild relatives for Christmas dinner.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

Arkham, Mass

Andrew Aguirre

PENNY DREADFUL meets TRUE DETECTIVE

A string of mysterious disappearances plagues a small New England town in the 1930s, prompting an investigation by a journalist with something to prove, a professor with something to hide, and a young man who just might be the key to the strange goings-on of Arkham, Mass.

Drama Period Supernatural

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 75

Arma

Giovanni Porta

BLOODLINE meets THE SOPRANOS

A Miami hotel owner whose business is struggling finds out that his wife is secretly a major arms dealer.

Drama Crime

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Mosaic | Prince Varughese

Honorable Mention

Assistants Anonymous

Morgan Thompson

GIRLS meets THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

Three young adults try to pursue their dreams in Hollywood while working as assistants for their horrible bosses.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

Baptiste

Jenny Deiker

TRUE BLOOD meets BLOODLINE

After the death of her estranged family, a lawyer inherits a bed & breakfast in the Louisiana bayou, as well as the responsibility of performing the dark magic that protects the community.

Drama Horror Supernatural

Agent: Gersh | Noah Jones
Manager: Artillery Creative | Tom Carter

Top 50

Barbarians

L.A. Townsley

VIKINGS meets CLASH OF THE TITANS

In the course of completing his labors, a disgraced Hercules comes to the hidden city of the Amazons, where the influence of the gods and a struggle for political power has made war imminent.

Drama Fantasy Period

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 50

Bloodstone

Erik Bernard & Lyndon Tait

HELL ON WHEELS meets DEADWOOD

In the 1850s, three sets of travelers converge on the San Francisco gold rush in search of their fortune.

Drama Period

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

Bluegrass

Richard Barbour II

JUSTIFIED meets UNDERGROUND

After the murder of a conductor on the Underground Railroad, an abolitionist runs for City Marshal of Louisville in order to assist in getting escaped slaves to the North.

Drama Period

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

Blunkhills, The

Hollis Ludlow-Carroll

WE'RE THE MILLERS meets BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

A group of mismatched FBI agents go undercover as a perfect family in order to gain access to criminal masterminds living in a luxury gated community.

Comedy Crime Spy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 25

Born Classified

J.R. Smith & Nicholas Fox Robbins

THE X-FILES meets MANHATTAN

In the 1950s, a woman who worked on the Manhattan Project is recruited to join a team investigating extraterrestrial phenomena.

Drama Period Sci-Fi

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Circle of Confusion | Daniela Garcia-Brcek

Honorable Mention

Broomstick Cowboys

Mike Revenaugh

THE LEAGUE meets EDDIE THE EAGLE

After a devastating marriage proposal rejection, a down-on-his luck man decides that the best way to get his life back on track and prove his worth is to return to the sport he exceled at in his youth - curling.

Comedy Sports

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 10

Bus League Knocks

Mary Cardenas

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS meets EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!

A diverse group of baseball players fighting for a shot at the majors find themselves in the wild and cutthroat world of the minor leagues, navigating crazed fans, corrupt coaches, and backstabbing teammates as they travel from city to city fueled by little pay, little sleep, and big dreams.

Drama Comedy Sports

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 25

California's Gone

Jack Bentele

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND meets HOUSE OF CARDS

When the entire state of California mysteriously vanishes into the Pacific Ocean, the government attempts to keep the details secret, an effort complicated by the sudden disappearance of the President and the revelation that we may not be alone in this universe.

Drama Sci-Fi

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 25 Mentorship Winner

Children, The

Michael Aloyan

RESURRECTION meets THE LEFTOVERS

Thirteen children from the Greater Seattle area go missing on the same day, only to return two weeks later having aged over 10 years.

Drama Sci-Fi

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Renee Missel Management | Renee Dmity

Honorable Mention

Cosmo

Roger Porter

MAD MEN meets SEX IN THE CITY

Four years after leaving her husband, one woman's attempt to secure L'Oreal products for her burgeoning beauty salon ends up launching a cosmetic industry revolution in 1960s New York.

Drama Period

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 75

Creator Code

Michael Raymond

CHILDREN OF MEN meets MR. ROBOT

A scientist researching the cure for a devastating plague discovers that his unborn child might hold the secret to a cure, but he must hide from the evil corporation profiting from the disease.

Drama Sci-Fi

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

Dark Forest

Xander Bernstein

THE STRAIN meets WORLD WAR Z

Two American doctors, who've traveled to the Congo to investigate an unidentified and rapidly spreading outbreak, find themselves trapped in a war-torn region where two teenaged brother may have unleashed an ancient evil.

Drama Horror Supernatural

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 50

Daybreaker

Phil Singleton

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA meets SUNSHINE

After the disappearance of the Sun, what's left of humanity survives due to a spaceship that provides light and heat to the Earth, which a small group of astronauts must protect at all costs.

Drama Sci-Fi Thriller

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 10

Dead Beat, The

Tye Lombardi

SLEEPY HOLLOW meets X-FILES

After inheriting an estate from a relative she never met, a Boston detective travels to New Orleans to discover why this house was left for her, who this relative was, and why the locals believe there is something supernatural at play.

Drama Crime Supernatural

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 75

Denmark

Robbie Robertson

HOUSE OF CARDS meets HAMLET

A young soldier returning home from World War II to attend his murdered father's funeral discovers that not only has his uncle usurped his father's seat in the Senate, but that he may have played a part in the murder itself.

Drama Mystery Period

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 75

Devil's Broker, The

Matthew Kennedy

LUCIFER meets RAY DONOVAN

A man who sold his soul to the Devil 150 years ago, becoming his broker in the process, is starting to have a crisis of faith, and now must dissuade those looking to make the same deal in an attempt to win his own soul back.

Drama Supernatural

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Green Room | Nick Leicht

Top 75

Diary Of A Sociopath

Valerie Brotski

DEXTER meets THE LAST MAN ON EARTH

A woman whose sociopathic ways are starting to get out of control moves to a one-person tourist trap town in an attempt to escape her deadly impulses. But when the only other inhabitant suddenly dies, and tour buses start rolling in, she realizes she may have set herself up for the perfectly murderous circumstances she was trying to avoid.

Comedy Dark Comedy Drama

Agent: Gersh | Noah Jones
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 25

Do Again

Nathan G. Sellers

17 AGAIN meets HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

When a man is given the chance to restart from the beginning with all of the knowledge of the life he left behind, he decides to chronicle his high school adventures as he attempts to right the wrongs of his past, often with hilarious results.

Comedy Drama Fantasy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 75

Domestic

Alan Wartes

HOMELAND meets SPOTLIGHT

After being coerced into working for the CIA, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist finds himself at the center of a dangerous conspiracy to destroy America from within.

Drama Mystery Thriller

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 50

Dusklands

Devin Conroy

THE KILLING meets LONGMIRE

After a high-ranking member of the tribal council is found dead of an apparent suicide, a reservation detective investigates what she believes could be murder at the hands of the new oil company consuming the lands around them.

Drama Crime Mystery

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 50

Everleigh

Michael Kujak

BOARDWALK EMPIRE meets CHICAGO

In the debaucherous vice district of turn-of-the-century Chicago, two sisters who operate one of the most famous and exclusive brothels in the world fight to empower their girls while keeping their business alive in a city where corruption runs rampant.

Drama Period

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 50

FACTs

Alexis Perkins

SPY meets THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

When the CIA calls, you listen - even if it's to leave your acclaimed job as a Broadway costume designer to help dress secret agents in the less-than-glamorous CIA costume department.

Comedy Spy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 50

Fairy Tale Crimes

Megan Bacharach

ONCE UPON A TIME meets THE HEAT

A sullen, no-nonsense cop is forced to team up with bubbly rookie Elle (Cinderella), to solve crimes in a town made up of all the heroes, villains, and supporting characters of traditional fantasy tales. Their first case: the death and potential murder of hard drinking Sleeping Beauty.

Comedy Drama Parody

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 25

Firehouse Dogs

Phil Singleton

AIR BUD meets CHICAGO FIRE

Rescued from a horrible fire as a puppy, a Golden Retriever who aspires to join the world-famous canine unit of his city's fire department finally gets a chance to show his courage to the team when a building in his neighborhood catches fire.

Comedy Animated Children

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 75

First Man, The

Matt Jordan

THE WEST WING meets CHUCK

Since 1902, a hyper clandestine intelligence agency known as the First Lady Initiative has worked in total secrecy protecting the nation. For over a century, the responsibility has been passed down from First Lady to First Lady - and now to Henry Jeffries, former President and America's "First Man."

Comedy Action Spy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 50

Flight Risk

Valerie Brotski

MANHATTAN meets APOLLO 13

In the 1960s, two elite female pilots become embroiled in a secret NASA program which seeks to determine whether women are capable of becoming astronauts.

Drama Period

Agent: Gersh | Noah Jones
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

Focus

Heidi Nyburg

MAD MEN meets MASTERS OF SEX

A single mother fights to balance a complicated family life and a male-driven industry when she decides to team up with an engineer to secretly create a revolutionary new microchip processor in the 1970s.

Drama Period

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 75

Forbidden City

Victoria Rau

MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA meets HOUSE OF CARDS

On her quest to become the Empress of China in the 19th century, we follow a young woman as she rises from the life of a poor village girl struggling to survive, to a concubine fighting to protect her family, to a wife struggling for respect, to a leader her country was not ready for.

Drama Period

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 10

Frankie Saves The World

Christine McVie

THE MIDDLE meets BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

After going out of her way to save an innocent bystander, a recently widowed and rebelliously immature mother of two finds herself struggling to balance her quest for a lazy lifestyle with that of this whole supernatural good versus evil secret society thing she got dragged into. Oh, did we also mention she may also be the only person who can save us from the apocalypse?

Comedy Drama Supernatural

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 25

Free Skate

Caitlin McCarthy

MAKE IT OR BREAK IT meets BLACK SWAN

After an injury ends a young figure skater's dreams of Olympic glory, forcing her to join the world of professional ice shows to pay the bills, she not only discovers how cutthroat the circuit can be, but that it may be the only place that can offer her another shot at going for gold.

Drama Sports Thriller

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 25

Game, The

Justin Jacobs

MR. ROBOT meets THE 100

With the promise of a technical revolution like none we've ever seen, more than 200 video game fans are invited to take part in the largest virtual reality experience ever created. But when the truth of the world is exposed, and deadly consequences start to take hold, the line between what's real and what's not begins to blur.

Drama Sci-Fi Thriller

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Artillery Creative | Tom Carter

Top 75

GILFs

Kristen Bartlett

BROAD CITY meets THE GOLDEN GIRLS

After her husband's death, a grandmother escapes her retirement community and moves with her best friend to New York to experience the wild youth she missed out on during her 50-year marriage.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 50

Global

Jim Goode & Scott Hawthorne

EAGLE EYE meets THE DAY AFTER TOMORROW

After ten of the wealthiest people on the planet reveal they've created a drug that will grant immortality, the Government's investigation into it not only reveals that the creation of this drug will destroy the earth, but that the newly anointed Ten may no longer care.

Drama Sci-Fi Thriller

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 75

GM

Thomas Leupp

MONEYBALL meets ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

A young, idealistic general manager takes over a failing major league baseball club being run by an incompetent and ridiculous family.

Comedy Sports

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

God Killer

Jordan Dale

ROME meets THE LAST KINGDOM

As the druids of ancient Britain prepare to crown a new ruler, they have a vision of the man who will one day be their king: a soldier in the approaching army, who happens to be the Centurion who pierced the side of Jesus Christ. Two wars are coming: the battle for the throne and the battle for Britain itself.

Drama Fantasy Period

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 50

Going Reno

Elizabeth Quinn

BOARDWALK EMPIRE meets BETTER CALL SAUL

In 1930s Reno, a woman looking for a divorce discovers her husband has found a way to cheat her out of everything she owns, but instead of running back to an old life she never truly loved, she decides to reinvent herself in a city that still honors its frontier roots and vices.

Drama Period

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 50

Highgate

J. Elizabeth Martin

PENNY DREADFUL meets THE PRESTIGE

In Victorian London, a young woman is targeted by a satanic cult for powers she doesn't understand, while her magician brother tries to save her with the help of a vampire and his crew.

Drama Period Supernatural

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

How Jane Austen Ruined My Life

Teresa Warner

AWKWARD meets UNDECLARED

A Jane Austen-obsessed freshman navigates her new college world while trying to figure out how not to be in love with her best friend.

Comedy Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

Inquisition

Stephen Haynes

THE TUDORS meets GAME OF THRONES

During the Spanish Inquisition, a group of devil worshippers threatens to overthrow the fragile regime of Queen Isabella, who, having denounced witchcraft as imaginary, must now deal with the Catholic Church's call for a witch-hunt, her people's call for safety, and the enemies who have infiltrated all aspects of her new government.

Drama Period Supernatural

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 50

Ithaca

Mike De Caro

ROME meets HOUSE OF CARDS

After twenty years of war and exile, Odysseus returns to find his kingdom stolen from him, his people turned against him, and his name now a crime to utter. In order to survive and reclaim his throne, he must navigate the corruption, politics, and violence of a world that replaced him.

Drama Adventure Period

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 75

Lady Mercy

Eli Samuel

GREY'S ANATOMY meets SIX FEET UNDER

Haunted by the death of her daughter, a recently divorced doctor explores the depths between life and death as she opens a revolutionary euthanasia clinic - allowing terminally ill patients to die with dignity, and her to rediscover her own passion for life.

Drama Medical

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 10

Long Shot, The

Tom Carter

VEEP meets PARKS AND RECREATION

When the corrupt Lieutenant Governor and inept Governor of South Carolina get into a heated political race, the woman who manages the Governor's mansion decides she's going to run against both of them.

Comedy Political

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 50

Low Lives

Alyssa DiMari

DON'T TRUST THE B**** IN APARTMENT 23 meets ENTOURAGE

When two siblings are threatened with losing their luxury apartment and the lazy lifestyle to which they've become accustomed, they set out to join a celebrity entourage, but find the only person willing to help them is their nerdy former classmate who became an overnight tech millionaire.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Tantillo Entertainment | John Tantillo

Top 25

Loyalty

James L. Head

THE SOPRANOS meets THE DEPARTED

The son of one of New York's biggest crime bosses does double time as a CIA agent, but his delicate balance comes under threat when the NYPD decides to send a young officer undercover to take the family down.

Drama Crime

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

Madisons, The

Nora Nolan

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT meets CASUAL

After the death of their father, four dysfunctional siblings, whose individual lives are in shambles, discover that in order to inherit the family's wealth they have to live in the family beach house together for an entire year.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 75

Mahogany Hall

Ashley Charbonnet

THE KNICK meets BOARDWALK EMPIRE

A house of mixed race prostitutes in turn of the century New Orleans must fight for survival as politics and murder knock at their door.

Drama Crime Period

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Mentorship Winner

Mother, The

Laura Bensick

RECTIFY meets THE KILLING

Thirteen years after being accused of, and accepting the guilt for, murdering her daughter during an episode of postpartum psychosis, a woman who is released back into the world sets out to regain the trust of her family and live a normal life. But when she discovers evidence that may prove she never committed the crime, she begins to question her own sanity, and whether she can trust those around her.

Drama Mystery Thriller

Agent: UTA | Amanda Burnett, Charles Ferraro, Greg Iserson
Manager: Think Tank Management | Tom Drumm

Winner | Best Drama Top 10

Move On

Jordan Toronto & Matt Toronto

NEW GIRL meets GHOST

A year after her ex-husband's death, a socially awkward woman who is finally ready to date again comes to discover that not only can she now see her dead husband, but that he will do anything in his power to keep her from finding true love.

Comedy Supernatural

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 10

New York Nation

Judith Lutz

SCANDAL meets SUITS

A New York neighborhood attempts to fight gentrification by invoking centuries-old maps that suggest they may never have been incorporated into the United States at all.

Drama Political

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

Newsperson

Michael Drake

THE NEWSROOM meets THE OFFICE

An aging reporter must search for new employment after the prestigious paper he's worked at for years closes down. When he ends up at a clickbait website, he's hell bent on reporting stories that matter, whatever the cost.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

Nightmare

Lance Wayne

A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET meets THE MATRIX

A team of researchers attempt to use virtual reality technology to help patients confront their debilitating nightmares, but find that there are even more powerful forces at work in the world of dreams.

Drama Horror Sci-Fi

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Mentorship Winner

Noize, The

Marcus Reeves & Ronke Idowu Reeves

NEWSROOM meets STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON

In the mid-90s, a successful young writer trying to launch a new music magazine focused on the rise of hip-hop finds her personal life, and the life of the magazine, threatened by the turbulent world and times she sets out to cover.

Drama Music

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 50

One American's Odyssey

Erik V Wolter

THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE meets GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK

Drama Period

Agent: Barry Perelman Agency | Barry Perelman
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

One Way or Another

Ben Feuer

ALMOST FAMOUS meets VINYL

A young journalist in the 1970s follows an up-and-coming punk band with enough drama to make both themselves and her famous.

Drama Music Period

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

Otter Space

Nicholas K. Lopez & Russ Nickel

ADVENTURE TIME meets FIREFLY

A ragtag group of animal space travelers set off in their ship to restore order to the universe.

Comedy Animated

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

Parole

Thomas Leupp

COMMUNITY meets THE ODD COUPLE

After getting out on parole, a former hotshot hedge fund manager finds himself forced to work a minimum-wage job alongside a group of wacky screw-ups at his brother's failing deli.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 75

Phantasmagoria

Julia Cooperman

PENNY DREADFUL meets GHOSTBUSTERS

In Victorian London, a team of charlatans pass themselves off as paranormal investigators, only to find real supernatural forces suddenly working against them. Now, using everything they've have been pretending to know, and a little magic of their own, they must fight back against the encroaching spiritual revolt.

Drama Period Supernatural

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 75

Physical Education

Nandita Seshadri

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS meets AWKWARD

After being passed over for the position of head football coach, a female PE teacher teams up with a disaffected yet highly skilled Muslim girl to help her infiltrate the football team, and prove once and for all that girls can not only coach, but play, a male-driven sport.

Comedy Sports

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 50

Pico-Union

Michael Flores

SIN NOMBRE meets THE WIRE

Three siblings escape from civil war in El Salvador and try to make it in Los Angeles. Two decide to start an organized crime syndicate, while the other searches for news of the husband she left behind.

Drama Crime

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

Public Relations

Melinda Maerker

RAY DONOVAN meets THE GOOD WIFE

After handling their Oscar-winning mother's out of control scandal, two sisters, one a lawyer and one a stay at home mom, launch a PR firm to tackle the manipulative world of publicity and politics that today's social media and TMZ-fueled world has become.

Comedy Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 50

Rabbit Warren, The

Vivian Tse

CHILDREN OF MEN meets ORPHAN BLACK

In a world obsessed with synthetic body enhancements, there exists a singular pure human, rumored to be the key to humanity's salvation. The quest to capture or save this young girl ignites a struggle between governments, warlords, and the few who wish to protect her.

Drama Sci-Fi

Agent: Paradigm | Matt Snow
Manager: Mosaic | Dawn Saltzman, Langley Perer

Top 75

Rachel III

Danielle Evenson & Heather Huntington

EASY A meets ELECTION

When eccentric, back-brace wearing loner Rachel realizes she'll never win over the cool kids on her own, she schemes to take over the student council and force them to love her, even if a few accidents need to happen to those running against her.

Comedy Teen

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Sheree Guitar Entertainment | Sheree Guitar

Top 10

Reader's Group Guide

Amelia Sims

MY SO-CALLED LIFE meets THE O.C.

A group of hyper-intelligent and overly ambitious freshmen struggle to adapt to the shark-infested waters of a high school magnet program, where their daily lives are filled with bloated expectations, a vicious rumor mill, and the never-ending competition to be the best.

Drama Teen

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 25

Reconstruction

Sarah Kraus

MERCY STREET meets NORTH AND SOUTH

A revisionist history that sees a post-Civil War Confederacy on the brink of dissolving and forced to elect a female president, who not only sets out to broaden their horizons, but to lead a coalition of women and former slaves to rebuild the nation.

Drama Period War

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 75

Red Rivers

Helen Truong & Naomi Baum

THE X-FILES meets TRUE DETECTIVE

When a skeptical NYPD detective is transferred to New Orleans, he finds himself forced to team up with a local woman with a history in voodoo to investigate a series of ritualistic murders. But as the case starts to unravel, they find their clues leading them deeper into something even the strongest occult believer can't imagine.

Drama Crime Supernatural

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 50

Rental

Adam Beal

THAT 70S SHOW meets BREAKING BAD

With his video rental shop failing and eviction imminent, a father must fall back on the life of crime he thought he'd left behind.

Comedy Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

Riker

Christopher Lee

HOUSE meets HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER

A renowned criminology professor enlists a team of graduate students to help crack the cases police have failed to solve. But one criminal he can't - or won't - catch just may be the person closest to him.

Drama Crime Thriller

Agent: Gersh | Frank Wuliger, Mark Hartogsohn
Manager: Heller Highwater Productions | Peter Heller

Top 50

Rooted

Adam Schneider

BLOODLINE meets SIDEWAYS

When her estranged family's winery is threatened by financial ruin, one woman comes home to help her family stay afloat, but upon her return she unearths a decades old mystery that will not only threaten the family business, but the foundations of the family itself.

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 50

Rules Of Business, The

Gary Comerford

SILICON VALLEY meets GREY'S ANATOMY

When the three partners of a fast-expanding tech company disagree on the direction they should take, can their company, let alone their friendships and relationships, survive the internal bickering, corporate espionage, and blackmailing that threaten to break it apart?

Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 75

Sam O

Samuel Oh

FRESH OFF THE BOAT meets DEAD LIKE ME

After a successful brain tumor removal takes him out of classes for an entire year, a teen now tackles the hardest task of his life: high school. Coping with social anxieties, making new friends, and trying not to become the class loser are rough enough, but factor in that he may or may not be seeing the Grim Reaper every day, and well, it's going to be a tough year.

Comedy Drama Teen

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 50

Secret & Confidential

Ben Maraniss

THE AMERICANS meets TRUE DETECTIVE

In 1976, federal agents investigate the murder of a key witness to the Watergate scandal, but as they interview three other key witnesses, the interweaving tales unearth a series of classified government missions, partnerships between the CIA and the mob, and a secret assassination plot coordinated by the President of the United States.

Drama Period Thriller

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 75

Serpent Under't, The

Stephen Simpson

GAME OF THRONES meets HOUSE OF CARDS

Playing out as a prequel to Shakespeare's classic, a young Scottish nobleman named Macbeth is told that, through the dark arts of murder, treachery, and deceit, he will rise up to become king.

Drama Period Supernatural

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Energy Entertainment | Brooklyn Weaver

Top 75

Shrink Proof

Stephen Potts

GREY'S ANATOMY meets IN TREATMENT

The newly appointed Chief Psychiatric Resident of St. Christina's Hospital struggles to make her mark as she battles to earn the respect of her privileged and self-obsessed colleagues, keep her marriage together, and try to keep her life from falling back into the impoverished world she left behind.

Drama Medical

Agent: Smart Talent (UK) | Kelly Marshall
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 50

Siena

Ariadna Martinez

ASSASSIN'S CREED meets THE BORGIAS

In 13th century Siena, a secret society of well-trained vigilantes keeps the city safe, but the arrival of the Holy Roman Emperor signals the beginning of an internal plot to bring down the city they love.

Drama Action Period

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 50

Snark

Jay Riedl

UNREAL meets NEWSROOM

To keep their careers, the staff of a gossip news site must suppress what little conscience they have to run the most ruthless stories they can find, because the more despicable the content, the higher the view count.

Comedy Dark Comedy Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Echo Lake Entertainment | Chelsea Benson, Dave Brown, Zadoc Angell

Top 25

Socio-Pam

Rowan Wheeler

DON'T TRUST THE B**** IN APARTMENT 23 meets NIGHTCRAWLER

With the help of her sociopath support group, a proud sociopath attempts to use her position as a local news reporter to advance the cause of sociopaths everywhere, but runs into problems when she starts to experience these stupid little things called... emotions.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: One Entertainment | Greg Weiss

Top 25

Son Of The Dragon

Steven Jon Whritner

DRACULA meets GAME OF THRONES

With a journey that begins in the 1400s, as he is sent away to live with the enemy as part of a tribute to the Ottoman Empire, this is a look at the politics, wars, love, betrayals, and bloodlust that would one day forge the man we'd come to know throughout history as Vlad The Impaler, or more commonly - Dracula.

Drama Period

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 25

Sugartown

Amanda Toye

FARGO meets BREAKING BAD

A small town is thrown into chaos when a corrupt pain management clinic causes an epidemic drug problem.

Drama Thriller

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Protocol | Mike Vanderhei

Honorable Mention

TARR

Gregory Bernard Hirshland

TRUE DETECTIVE meets THE X-FILES

A cop looks back on an unsolved case of missing twin girls in Juneau, Alaska when one of the girls mysteriously shows up over a decade later... still alive.

Drama Crime Supernatural

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

Third World Royalty

Melanie Maras

FRESH OFF THE BOAT meets ENTOURAGE

A Hollywood publicist who is ready to take her relationship with her boyfriend to the next level has her life overturned when her ridiculous family arrives from Indonesia, broke and needing a place to stay.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Honorable Mention

Threads

Dorothy Pecoraro Bertram

HOMELAND meets QUANTICO

After a deadly terrorist attack takes place on American soil and brings his department under fire, the Director of Homeland Security looks into his daughter's new Muslim boyfriend, unaware that the real threat is his own son, who ISIS may be recruiting.

Drama Thriller

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 75

Undertow

Linda Ge & Travis Reilly

THE SOPRANOS meets REVENGE

Four Chinese-American siblings are thrust into the world of organized crime after the death of their kingpin father. As they struggle to maintain control of the family business, they find themselves facing threats from the FBI, their extended family, and possibly one another.

Drama Thriller

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 25

Unity

Lindsay McRae

BRAVEHEART meets THE SCARLET LETTER

In the bloody wake of the Battle of Dunbar in 1650, a group of Scottish prisoners and two English women who narrowly avoid execution are sent to Boston to work as indentured servants. Upon arrival, they are met with harsh conditions, tragic decisions, and an introduction to a new world that is no longer their own.

Drama Period

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 75

Unplanned

Joanne Lee

VEEP meets KNOCKED UP

A conservative pundit has to remain a staunch voice representing her party as she struggles with her mother's Presidential campaign, an affair with a liberal Senator, and an unexpected pregnancy - all of which test her political, moral, and ethical ideals in an ever-changing world.

Comedy Political

Agent: APA | Amanda Hacohen, Nathan DeRemer
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 50

Valedictorian

Jimmy Mosqueda

ELECTION meets PRETTY LITTLE LIARS

At an elite high school where academics are everything, a 17-year-old girl schemes to become Valedictorian after the suspicious death of her boyfriend, the former number one student.

Comedy Drama

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Energy Entertainment | Angelina Chen, Brooklyn Weaver

Top 75

Welcome To Last Chance

Keith Storrier

FARGO meets IN PLAIN SIGHT

In a small town populated with criminals in Witness Protection, a soon to be in-over-his-head Sheriff decides to take justice into his own hands, setting off a series of murders, an FBI investigation, and a residential backlash threatening to remind him of who his neighbors really are.

Comedy Crime Drama

Agent: Verve Talent & Literary Agency | Abram Nalibotsky
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 50

Whale Of A Time

Brandon Beck

RICK AND MORTY meets PINKY AND THE BRAIN

After accidently swallowing a Nazi scientist and his time machine, a good-natured whale obliviously agrees to travel through time to further the plans of the Third Reich, with humorous and unexpected results.

Comedy Animated

Agent: Ideal Talent Agency | Lauren Hoffmeier
Manager: Available for Managers

Top 75

Widows

Laura Bensick

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES meets REVENGE

When four women all lose their husbands in one night to mysterious accidents, the seemingly unconnected widows come together to investigate the deaths and prove their innocence. But, in the process of becoming new BFFs over martini hour, come to discover that one of them may be responsible for their husband's deaths after all.

Drama

Agent: UTA | Amanda Burnett, Charles Ferraro, Greg Iserson
Manager: Think Tank Management | Tom Drumm

Honorable Mention

Work Release

Patrick Connelly

THE MILLERS meets ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

A man's carefully organized life is disrupted when his irresponsible father is released from prison and assigned to a work release program at his son's job. Now, after spending his entire life rebelling against him, he must accept his father for who he is, or send him back to prison for the rest of his life.

Comedy

Agent: Available for Agents
Manager: Gravity Squared Entertainment | John Beach

Top 25

The Top 10 Finalists Announced.

Now six months since this competition opened, and almost two months since we announced our Top 75, it’s time to take a look at out Top 10 Finalists for this year’s competition.

With 24 of this year's writers now signed, and more than 160 since the Launch Pad Competition began just three years ago, we’re incredibly thrilled to present the pilots our judges deemed the Top 0.5% overall, and will now began voting on to decide who will become our Overall, Drama, and Comedy Winners.

Top 10 Finalists this year include six dramas, and four comedies brought to us by nine female writers, four male writers, and three writing teams overall.

With a mix of mystery, sci-fi, fantasy and war, slackers, empresses, gangs and more, with stories of love, death, hope and fear, first dates, rejections, engagements and husbands returning as ghosts even though they definitely died in quicksand last year. From England to China, small towns to space, high schools to battlefields, kingdoms and lakes, with teachers and doctors, students and thieves, mothers and daughters, curlers and creeps, we are proud to present to you the 2016 Launch Pad Pilot Competition Finalists!

(Scroll below for the Top 25, or to see the Top 50, or Top 75 continue to the bottom of the page)

#1 FAN

Annabel Seymour

30 ROCK meets POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING

Twenty years after embarrassing herself by proposing to her pop star crush on live TV, a businesswoman's life is thrown for a loop when the bankrupt singer shows up on her doorstep.

Comedy

40 ELEPHANTS

E.S. Dahl & Kay Tuxford

PEAKY BLINDERS meets THE CATCH

After leaving her fiance, a naive woman joins an all-female gang of thieves led by the daughter of a ruthless ringleader in 1920s London, aspiring to reinvent herself and help earn the seductive independence women briefly glimpsed during World War I.

Drama Crime

ALMA MATER

Jenny Deiker

BROADCHURCH meets PRETTY LITTLE LIARS

A psychiatrist and former alum of a prestigious boarding school in Wales comes back to help the students deal with their grief over an apparent suicide and begins to suspect that the school she loves may be hiding an even more disturbing mystery.

Drama Mystery Thriller

BROOMSTICK COWBOYS

Mike Revenaugh

THE LEAGUE meets EDDIE THE EAGLE

After a devastating marriage proposal rejection, a down on his luck man decides that the best way to get his life back on track and prove his worth is to return to the sport he exceled at in his youth: curling.

Comedy Sports

DAYBREAKER

Phil Singleton

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA meets SUNSHINE

After the disappearance of the Sun, what's left of humanity survives due to a spaceship that provides light and heat to the Earth, which a small group of astronauts must protect at all costs.

Drama Sci-Fi Thriller

FORBIDDEN CITY

Victoria Rau

MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA meets HOUSE OF CARDS

On her quest to become the Empress of China in the 19th century, we follow a young woman as she rises from the life of a poor village girl struggling to survive, to a concubine fighting to protect her family, to a wife struggling for respect, to a leader her country was not ready for.

Drama Period

LADY MERCY

Eli Samuel

GREY'S ANATOMY meets SIX FEET UNDER

Haunted by the death of her daughter, a recently divorced doctor explores the depths between life and death as she sets out to open the first ever euthanasia clinic: opening the doors for terminally ill patients to die with dignity, and hoping to rediscover her own passion for life.

Drama Medical

MOTHER, THE

Laura Bensick

RECTIFY meets THE KILLING

Thirteen years after being accused of, and accepting the guilt for, murdering her daughter during an episode of postpartum psychosis, a woman who is released back into the world sets out to regain the trust of her family and live a normal life. But when she discovers evidence that may prove she never committed the crime, she begins to question her own sanity, and whether she can trust those around her.

Drama Mystery Thriller

MOVE ON

Jordan Toronto & Matt Toronto

NEW GIRL meets GHOST

A year after her husband's death, a socially awkward woman who is finally ready to put herself out there again comes to discover that not only can she now see her dead husband, but that he will do anything in his power to keep her from finding true love.

Comedy Supernatural

RACHEL III

Danielle Evenson & Heather Huntington

EASY A meets ELECTION

When eccentric, back-brace wearing loner Rachel realizes she'll never win over the cool kids on her own, she schemes to take over the student council and force them to love her, even if a few accidents need to happen to those running against her.

Comedy Teen

The Top 25 Semi-Finalists Announced.

With over 156 writers signed, 51 projects set up, and 21 writers staffed since we began our competition, we’re thrilled to introduce you to the next batch of contenders for this year’s Pilot Competition.

This year’s Top 25 is made up of 13 dramas and 12 comedies, written by 10 men and 19 women (including 4 writing teams) who hail from the U.S., Canada and Scotland, and collectively deliver us stories filled with hope, despair, engagements, deaths, aliens, sociopaths, fairytales, sci-fis, vampires, empresses, high school, adulthood, ice-skating, baseball and believe it or not… curling.

(Scroll below for the Top 25, or to see the Top 50, or Top 75 continue to the bottom of the page)

#1 FAN

Annabel Seymour

30 ROCK meets POPSTAR: NEVER STOP NEVER STOPPING

Twenty years after embarrassing herself by proposing to her pop star crush on live TV, a businesswoman's life is thrown for a loop when the bankrupt singer shows up on her doorstep.

Comedy

40 ELEPHANTS

E.S. Dahl & Kay Tuxford

PEAKY BLINDERS meets THE CATCH

After leaving her fiance, a naive woman joins an all-female gang of thieves led by the daughter of a ruthless ringleader in 1920s London, aspiring to reinvent herself and help earn the seductive independence women briefly glimpsed during World War I.

Drama Crime

ADRIFT

Titus Heckel

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA meets THE EXPANSE

On a planet where the only source of sunlight and heat is produced by artificial "orbs" controlled by corporations, debates of religion, politics, and fear erupt into violence after an orb is destroyed, leaving all life fighting to see another day.

Drama Action Sci-Fi

ALMA MATER

Jenny Deiker

BROADCHURCH meets PRETTY LITTLE LIARS

A psychiatrist and former alum of a prestigious boarding school in Wales comes back to help the students deal with their grief over an apparent suicide and begins to suspect that the school she loves may be hiding an even more disturbing mystery.

Drama Mystery Thriller

BLUNKHILLS, THE

Hollis Ludlow-Carroll

WE'RE THE MILLERS meets BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

A group of mismatched FBI agents go undercover as a perfect family in order to gain access to criminal masterminds living in a luxury gated community.

Comedy Crime

BROOMSTICK COWBOYS

Mike Revenaugh

THE LEAGUE meets EDDIE THE EAGLE

After a devastating marriage proposal rejection, a down on his luck man decides that the best way to get his life back on track and prove his worth is to return to the sport he exceled at in his youth: curling.

Comedy Sports

BUS LEAGUE KNOCKS

Mary Cardenas

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS meets EVERYBODY WANTS SOME!!

A diverse group of baseball players fighting for a shot at the majors find themselves in the wild and cutthroat world of the minor leagues, navigating crazed fans, corrupt coaches, and backstabbing teammates as they travel from city to city fueled by little pay, little sleep, and big dreams.

Drama Sports

CALIFORNIA'S GONE

Jack Bentele

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND meets HOUSE OF CARDS

When the entire state of California mysteriously vanishes into the Pacific Ocean, the government attempts to keep the details secret, an effort complicated by the sudden disappearance of the President and the revelation that we may no longer be alone on this planet.

Drama Sci-Fi

DAYBREAKER

Phil Singleton

BATTLESTAR GALACTICA meets SUNSHINE

After the disappearance of the Sun, what's left of humanity survives due to a spaceship that provides light and heat to the Earth, which a small group of astronauts must protect at all costs.

Drama Sci-Fi Thriller

DIARY OF A SOCIOPATH

Valerie Brotski

DEXTER meets THE LAST MAN ON EARTH

A woman who realizes her sociopathic ways are starting to get out of control moves to a one-person tourist trap town in an attempt to escape her deadly impulses. But when the only other inhabitant of the town suddenly dies, and tour buses start rolling in, she realizes she may have accidently set herself up in the perfectly murderous setting she was trying to escape in the first place.

Comedy Dark Comedy Drama

FAIRY TALE CRIMES

Megan Bacharach

ONCE UPON A TIME meets THE HEAT

A sullen, no-nonsense cop is forced to team up with bubbly rookie Elle (Cinderella), to solve crimes in a town made up of all the heroes, villains, and supporting characters of traditional fantasy tales. Their first case: the death and potential murder of hard drinking Sleeping Beauty.

Comedy Drama Parody

FORBIDDEN CITY

Victoria Rau

MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA meets HOUSE OF CARDS

On her quest to become the Empress of China in the 19th century, we follow a young woman as she rises from the life of a poor village girl struggling to survive, to a concubine fighting to protect her family, to a wife struggling for respect, to a leader her country was not ready for.

Drama Period

FRANKIE SAVES THE WORLD

Christine McVie

THE MIDDLE meets BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

After going out of her way to save an innocent bystander, a recently widowed and rebelliously immature mother of two finds herself struggling to balance her quest for a lazy lifestyle with that of this whole supernatural good versus evil secret society thing she got dragged into. Oh, did we also mention she may also be the only person who can save us from the apocalypse?

Comedy Drama Supernatural

FREE SKATE

Caitlin McCarthy

MAKE IT OR BREAK IT meets BLACK SWAN

After an injury ends a young figure skater's dreams of Olympic glory, forcing her to join the world of professional ice shows to pay the bills, she not only discovers how cutthroat the circuit can be, but that it may be the only place that can offer her another shot at going for gold.

Drama Comedy Sports

LADY MERCY

Eli Samuel

GREY'S ANATOMY meets SIX FEET UNDER

Haunted by the death of her daughter, a recently divorced doctor explores the depths between life and death as she sets out to open the first ever euthanasia clinic: opening the doors for terminally ill patients to die with dignity, and hoping to rediscover her own passion for life.

Drama Medical

LOW LIVES

Alyssa DiMari

DON'T TRUST THE B**** IN APARTMENT 23 meets ENTOURAGE

When two desperate yet entitled siblings are threatened with losing their luxury apartment and the lazy lifestyle they've come to love, they set out to join a celebrity entourage, but find the only person willing to help them is their nerdy former classmate who became an overnight tech millionaire.

Comedy

MOTHER, THE

Laura Bensick

RECTIFY meets THE KILLING

Thirteen years after being accused of, and accepting the guilt for, murdering her daughter during an episode of postpartum psychosis, a woman who is released back into the world sets out to regain the trust of her family and live a normal life. But when she discovers evidence that may prove she never committed the crime, she begins to question her own sanity, and whether she can trust those around her.

Drama Mystery Thriller

MOVE ON

Jordan Toronto & Matt Toronto

NEW GIRL meets GHOST

A year after her husband's death, a socially awkward woman who is finally ready to put herself out there again comes to discover that not only can she now see her dead husband, but that he will do anything in his power to keep her from finding true love.

Comedy Supernatural

RACHEL III

Danielle Evenson & Heather Huntington

EASY A meets ELECTION

When eccentric, back-brace wearing loner Rachel realizes she'll never win over the cool kids on her own, she schemes to take over the student council and force them to love her, even if a few accidents need to happen to those running against her.

Comedy Teen

READER'S GROUP GUIDE

Amelia Sims

MY SO-CALLED LIFE meets THE O.C.

A group of hyper-intelligent and overly ambitious freshman struggle to adapt to the shark-infested waters of a high school magnet program, where their daily lives are filled with bloated expectations, a vicious rumor mill, and the never-ending competition to be the best.

Drama Teen

SNARK

Jay Riedl

UNREAL meets NEWSROOM

To keep their careers, the staff of a gossip news site must suppress what little conscience they have to run the most ruthless stories they can find, because the more despicable the content, the higher the view count.

Comedy Drama

SOCIO-PAM

Rowan Wheeler

DON'T TRUST THE B**** IN APARTMENT 23 meets NIGHTCRAWLER

With the help of her sociopath support group, a proud sociopath attempts to use her position as a local news reporter to advance the cause of sociopaths everywhere, but runs into problems when she starts to experience these stupid little things called... emotions.

Comedy

SON OF THE DRAGON

Steven Jon Whritner

DRACULA meets GAME OF THRONES

With a journey that begins in the 1400s, as he is sent away to live with the enemy as part of a tribute to the Ottoman Empire, this is a look at the politics, wars, love, betrayals, and bloodlust that would one day forge the man we'd come to know throughout history as Vlad The Impaler, or more commonly: Dracula.

Drama Period

UNDERTOW

Linda Ge & Travis Reilly

THE SOPRANOS meets REVENGE

Four Chinese-American siblings are thrust into the world of organized crime after the death of their kingpin father. As they struggle to maintain control of the family business, they find themselves facing threats from the FBI, other members of the family that want them out, and possibly from one another.

Drama Thriller

WORK RELEASE

Patrick Connelly

THE MILLERS meets ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

A man's carefully organized life is disrupted when his irresponsible father is released from prison and assigned to a work release program at his son's job. Now, after spending his entire life rebelling against him, he must accept his father for who he is, or send him back to prison for the rest of his life.

Comedy
Project Written By
#1 Fan Annabel Seymour
40 Elephants E.S. Dahl & Kay Tuxford
Addicted Melissa Cassera
Adrift Titus Heckel
Alma Mater Jenny Deiker
Baptiste Jenny Deiker
Barbarians L. A. Townsley
Blunkhills, The Hollis Ludlow-Carroll
Broomstick Cowboys Mike Revenaugh
Bus League Knocks Mary Cardenas
California's Gone Jack Bentele
Dark Forest Xander Bernstein
Daybreaker Phil Singleton
Diary of a Sociopath Valerie Brotski
Domestic Alan Wartes
Dusklands Devin Conroy
Everleigh Michael Kujak
FACTs Alexis Perkins
Fairy Tale Crimes Megan Bacharach
First Man, The Matt Jordan
Forbidden City Victoria Rau
Frankie Saves the World Christine McVie
Free Skate Caitlin McCarthy
GILFs Kristen Bartlett
God Killer Jordan Dale
Going Reno Elizabeth Quinn
Inquisition Stephen Haynes
Lady Mercy Eli Samuel
Long Shot, The Tom Carter
Low Lives Alyssa DiMari
Mother, The Laura Bensick
Move On Jordan Toronto & Matt Toronto
Noize, The Marcus Reeves & Ronke Idowu Reeves
Physical Education Nandita Seshadri
Public Relations Melinda Maerker
Rachel III Danielle Evenson & Heather Huntington
Reader's Group Guide Amelia Sims
Red Rivers Helen Truong & Naomi Baum
Riker Christopher Lee
Rooted Adam Schneider
Sam O Samuel Oh
Shrink Proof Stephen Potts
Siena Ariadna Martinez
Snark Jay Riedl
Socio-Pam Rowan Wheeler
Son of the Dragon Steven Jon Whritner
Undertow Linda Ge & Travis Reilly
Unplanned Joanne Lee
Welcome To Last Chance Keith Storrier
Work Release Patrick Connelly

2016 Launch Pad’s Top 75 Pilot Scripts! (All scripts are listed alphabetically by title.)

Project Written By
#1 Fan Annabel Seymour
40 Elephants E.S. Dahl & Kay Tuxford
Addicted Melissa Cassera
Adrift Titus Heckel
Alibi Man Richard Hays & Robert Ingraham
Alma Mater Jenny Deiker
And We're Back Nick Fanego
Arkham, Mass Andrew Aguirre
Baptiste Jenny Deiker
Barbarians L.A. Townsley
Blunkhills, The Hollis Ludlow-Carroll
Broomstick Cowboys Mike Revenaugh
Bus League Knocks Mary Cardenas
California's Gone Jack Bentele
Cosmo Roger Porter
Dark Forest Xander Bernstein
Daybreaker Phil Singleton
Dead Beat, The Tye Lombardi
Denmark Robbie Robertson
Devil's Broker, The Matthew Kennedy
Diary Of A Sociopath Valerie Brotski
Do Again Nathan G. Sellers
Domestic Alan Wartes
Dusklands Devin Conroy
Everleigh Michael Kujak
FACTs Alexis Perkins
Fairy Tale Crimes Megan Bacharach
Firehouse Dogs Phil Singleton
First Man, The Matt Jordan
Focus Heidi Nyburg
Forbidden City Victoria Rau
Frankie Saves The World Christine McVie
Free Skate Caitlin McCarthy
Game, The Justin Jacobs
GILFs Kristen Bartlett
Global Jim Goode & Scott Hawthorne
God Killer Jordan Dale
Going Reno Elizabeth Quinn
Inquisition Stephen Haynes
Ithaca Mike De Caro
Lady Mercy Archie Panjabi & Eli Samuel
Long Shot, The Tom Carter
Low Lives Alyssa DiMari
Madisons, The Nora Nolan
Mother, The Laura Bensick
Move On Jordan Toronto & Matt Toronto
Noize, The Marcus Reeves & Ronke Idowu Reeves
Parole Thomas Leupp
Phantasmagoria Julia Cooperman
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The New Standard For Screenwriting Competitions

Since the very beginning, the goal of the Launch Pad Competition has always been to discover, recognize, and launch careers for writers who showcase the voice, talent, and passion for a career in Hollywood. After three successful years, we’re thrilled to have more writers signed, more projects set up, and more writers making names for themselves from our Launch Pad Competition than any other competition in the world!

Three Years – 114 writers signed, 37 projects set up, 13 writers staffed, 3 bidding wars, and appearances on every single annual “best of list” since.

When you become part of the Launch Pad Community you become part of the family, and we work tirelessly with every writer to map out the first steps in each of their individual careers. We’re here to help and to be there for every scenario, question, or opportunity that arises from the competition. From individual introductions, meetings, calls, or prep, our community of mentors, alums and professionals are here to help you launch your career!


See What Executives, Writers and Managers Say about the Launch Pad Pilot Competition

The Launch Pad Competition has demonstrated a track record that’s unrivaled among screenwriting competitions. They’ve personally led more writers to being repped in 2 years than most competitions can manage in 10 years. If you’re serious about becoming a writer, breaking in, and launching a career in this industry this is the place to start!

-- Daniel Vang
Manager, Benderspink

As Editor of Script Magazine I've explored every contest out there, not only for myself but also for my writing community. When I heard what the Tracking Board was doing for writers, I had to toss my own script in the ring. I was immediately blown away with how much effort the TB team puts into matching writers with executives. For the first time in my 10-year writing career, I feel like someone has my back.

-- Jeanne Bowerman
Semifinalist, 2014 LPFC

In a world flooded with competitions that lead to nothing, these guys at TB have exploded onto the scene with one of the most valuable, high level and effective contests that’s ever existed. Every major agency has signed someone, and almost every major studio has already bought scripts from the competition, and that’s speaking from experience. This contest is a game-changer!

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Senior Vice President, Scott Free


Our Best Contest Add-ons ever!

With help from our partners and mentors, we have put together the best competition add-ons that we've ever had. Taking advantage of our add-ons helps to put any writer ahead in their careers.

Guaranteed Signing
with Lee Stobby Entertainment

For the 2016 Pilots Competition we are very proud to announce our partnership with manager Lee Stobby, owner of Lee Stobby Entertainment. This year he will sign and represent at least one writer from our competition! Securing representation is a vital first step in launching a career in Hollywood, and that’s why we want to be sure we’re providing you every opportunity to get ahead of the curve. Lee is one of the best on-the-rise managers in Hollywood. Just this past year his client earned top honors on the 2015 Black List for his script Bubbles, which also placed second on the 2015 Hit List. In addition, his clients have placed on every major year-end list including the Hit List, Young & Hungry List, Blood List, and Black List. A long time judge of the Launch Pad Competitions, Lee brings his industry experience and relationships from across the industry that has helped break countless young writers and put them on the fast track for success. We know this year will be without exception.

Mentorship

Last year we launched our first ever Mentorship Program, which proved to be a big success. So this year we’re bringing it back with some fresh faces. In just 3 years we’ve had an extraordinary run of talented writers who have come through the Launch Pad and immediately begun careers, sold shows, and landed on hit series. This year we are happy to bring in two alums from our 2014 competition, Andy Heriaud and Kaitlin Kelly, who shortly after appearing in the Launch Pad Competition saw their pilot get set up and quickly move towards production. Also joining our program this year is Anslem Richardson who has sold shows to CBS, Timberman-Beverly, staffed on the TNT Network series Agent X, and is currently developing an original one hour-drama with HBO. The mentor program will focus on three elements – getting you and your script ready, tips and strategies on pitching and choosing your next project, and insight on how to navigate a newly minted career in Hollywood.

Feedback Notes

At half the price of Development Notes, Feedback Notes provide you with the chance to know what our professional readers thought about your pilot. We are giving you an inside look at what is standardly a 'behind the curtain' process. Were the characters relatable? How was the dialogue? Did the story make sense?

The Launch Pad Competition is focused on identifying, discovering and helping launch the careers of our writers. Whether you make the quarterfinalists 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, create a series bible, and prepare yourself for anything that comes your way on the journey to becoming a professional writer.

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Grand Prize

3 Scripts Will Be Selected

  • You will be flown out to Los Angeles for an exclusive industry event in your honor, featuring dozens of our judges, agents, managers, executives, producers, mentors, and fellow writers.
  • You will be individually introduced to agents, managers, producers and executives, with introductions and meetings in person, on the phone, via Skype, or email, depending on your location. Meet with our judges, and beyond!
  • You will be introduced to the town via our press releases, and newsletters to over 25,000 industry professionals, featuring those who have judged our competitions, and most of those who vote on all of the annual ‘best of’ lists.
  • You and your script will be showcased individually to agents, managers, executives and producers who are looking for new clients, new projects, or writers to hire for their work. We specifically curate a meeting list for each winner based on the material, and what you the writer wants to achieve now and in the long term with your career.
  • Your script will be read, reviewed and voted on by each of our 25 esteemed judges.
  • Your script information will be prominently featured in our annual Spec Book, Hit List, Young & Hungry List, and Launch Pad Alum booklets.
  • 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.
  • You will be invited to join our Launch Pad Community of over 200 writers, 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 script information will be prominently featured in our annual Spec Book, Hit List, Young & Hungry List, and Launch Pad Alum booklets.
  • You will receive 1 free copy of Final Draft 9 screenwriting software.
  • You will receive a free 1-Year Membership (or extension) to The Tracking Board.
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Finalists

10 Scripts Will Be Selected

  • You will be introduced to the town via our press releases, and newsletters to over 25,000 industry professionals, featuring those who have judged our competitions, and most of those who vote on all of the annual ‘best of’ lists.
  • You and your script will be showcased individually to agents, managers, executives and producers who are looking for new clients, new projects, or writers to hire for their work. We specifically curate a meeting list for each winner based on the material, and what you the writer wants to achieve now and in the long term with your career.
  • Your script will be read, reviewed and voted on by each of our 25 esteemed judges.
  • Your script information will be prominently featured in our annual Spec Book, Hit List, Young & Hungry List, and Launch Pad Alum booklets.
  • You will be invited to join our Launch Pad Community of over 200 writers, 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 script information will be prominently featured in our annual Spec Book, Hit List, Young & Hungry List, and Launch Pad Alum booklets.
  • You will receive a free 1-Year Membership (or extension) to The Tracking Board.
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Semi Finalists

25 Scripts Will Be Selected

  • You will be introduced to the town via our press releases, and newsletters to over 25,000 industry professionals, featuring those who have judged our competitions, and most of those who vote on all of the annual ‘best of’ lists.
  • You will receive a feature profile on The Launch Pad site, as well as our Launch Pad Alum booklet, and will be highlighted in our winner listings on The Tracking Board and The Launch Pad sites.
  • Your script information will be featured in our annual Spec Book, Hit List, Young & Hungry List, and Launch Pad Alum booklets.
  • You will be invited to join our Launch Pad Community of over 200 writers, 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 script information will be prominently featured in our annual Spec Book, Hit List, Young & Hungry List, and Launch Pad Alum booklets.
  • You will receive a free 1-Year Membership (or extension) to The Tracking Board.
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Quarter Finalists

50 Scripts Will Be Selected

  • You will be introduced to the town via our newsletters to over 10,000 industry professionals, featuring those who have judged our competitions, and most of those who vote on all of the annual ‘best of’ lists.
  • Your script will be read, reviewed and voted on by each of our 25 esteemed judges.
  • Your script information will be featured in our annual Spec Book, Hit List, Young & Hungry List, and Launch Pad Alum booklets.
  • You will be invited to join our Launch Pad Community of over 200 writers, 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 will receive a free 1-Year Membership (or extension) to The Tracking Board.
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Top 75

75 Scripts Will Be Selected

  • You will be introduced to the town via our competition and Launch Pad announcement newsletters to over 5,000 industry professionals, featuring agents, managers, executives and producers.
  • Your script information will be prominently featured in our annual Spec Book, Hit List, Young & Hungry List, and Launch Pad Alum booklets.
  • You will receive a feature profile on The Launch Pad site, as well as our Launch Pad Alum booklet, and will be highlighted in our winner listings on The Tracking Board and The Launch Pad sites.
  • You will be invited to join our Launch Pad Community of over 200 writers, 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 will receive a free 1-Year Membership (or extension) to The Tracking Board.

Aaron Kaplan

Manager - Kaplan/Perrone


  • Had multiple writers on the Hit List, Black List and Young & Hungry List in 2014 and 2015.
  • Has signed multiple Launch Pad Alumni.
  • Represents writers such as Michael H. Weber and Scott Neustadter (Paper Towns, The Fault in Out Stars) and Stephany Folsom (Thor: Ragnarok).

Abby Glusker

Coordinator - UTA


  • UTA has signed 5 Launch Pad Alumni.
  • UTA was the top agency on the 2015 Hit List, repping 15 projects.
  • UTA had the highest number of specs out and set up in 2015.

Adam Kolbrenner

Manager - Madhouse Entertainment


  • One of the leading managers with writers on such year-end lists as the Hit List and Black List, with 5 writers on the 2015 Black List.
  • Has signed multiple Launch Pad Alumni.
  • Represents writers such as Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) and Ed Ricourt (Now You See Me).

Aengus McLoone

Manager - Management 360


  • Management 360 represents such writers as Nicole Perlman (Guardians of the Galaxy), Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown), Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton) and Josh Trank (Chronicle).
  • Management 360 has had multiple writers on the Hit List every year since 2012.

Alex Creasia

Manager - Dialed-In Entertainment


  • Has previously signed Launch Pad Alumni.
  • Had a writer on both the 2015 Hit List and 2015 Young & Hungry List.
  • Represents Takashi Doscher, whose script The Life Inside earned him spots on the 2015 Hit List and the 2015 Young & Hungry List.

Brooklyn Weaver

Manager - Energy Entertainment


  • Top manager in specs set up in both 2013 and 2014.
  • Has signed 11 LP Alumni, and judged all LP Competitions.
  • He is the only manager to have had writers appear on the Hit List, Black List, and Young & Hungry Lists since 2010.
  • Represents writers Brad Ingelsby (Run All Night), Gary Graham (I Am Legend) and Mickey Fisher (Extant).

Chase Northington

Agent - Verve


  • Verve has signed 2 Launch Pad Alumni.
  • A representative from Verve has judged each of the last 3 LP Competitions. Verve had the #1 script on the 2014 Hit List and Black List.
  • Verve agents represented the most scripts on the Hit List in 2013 and 2014.
  • In 2014, Verve had 13 scripts on both the Hit List and the Young & Hungry List.

David Park

Agent - UTA


  • Had a writer on both the 2015 Hit List and 2015 Black List.
  • Represents such writers as Armando Bo and Nicolás Giacobone (Birdman) and Nicholas Stoller (The Muppets, Sex Tape).
  • UTA has signed 5 Launch Pad Alumni.

James Engle

Manager - Echo Lake Entertainment


  • Represented 6 writers on the 2015 Young & Hungry List, making him the top manager.
  • Represents such writers as Christopher Browne (The Walk).
  • Echo Lake was the top management company on the 2015 Young & Hungry List, with 9 clients.

Jarrod Murray

Manager - Epicenter


  • His clients appeared on many 2015 year-end lists, including the Hit List, Black List, and 4 on the Young & Hungry List.
  • Has signed multiple Launch Pad Alumni.
  • His clients have been staffed on shows such as Gravity Falls, One Tree Hill, Criminal Minds, Raising Hope and Scrubs.

Katie Cates

Agent - ICM


  • ICM Partners have signed 3 Launch Pad Alumni.
  • ICM had the highest spec sale percentage of all major agencies in 2015.
  • ICM repped 7 writers on the 2015 Hit List and 4 on the 2015 Black List.
  • Her clients have been staffed on such shows as The Blacklist, The Muppets, Defiance, Dominion, Undateable and Melissa & Joey.

Le'Ander Nicholson

Agent - Kaplan Stahler Agency


  • Kaplan Stahler was featured on the Hit List, Black List and Young & Hungry List for 2015.
  • Kaplan Stahler clients have been staffed on such shows as iZombie, Hawaii Five-O, Beauty and the Beast, Defiance, NCIS, Nurse Jackie, Unforgettable, and CSI: New York.

Lee Stobby

Manager - Lee Stobby Entertainment


  • In 2014 alone, he represented 3 writers on the Hit List, 1 on the Black List, 5 on the Young & Hungry List, and 1 on the Blood List.
  • He will be making his 4th appearance as a Launch Pad judge this year.
  • He has previously signed 4 Launch Pad alumni.
  • Represents Isaac Adamson, whose spec Bubbles topped the 2015 Black List and placed second on the 2015 Hit List.

Lily Safran

Agent - UTA


  • UTA has signed 5 Launch Pad Alumni.
  • UTA was the top agency on the 2015 Hit List, repping 15 projects.
  • UTA had the highest number of specs out and set up in 2015.

Marissa Fine

Coordinator - Paradigm


  • Paradigm represents writers who write for shows such as The Blacklist, The Good Wife, Scorpion, Elementary, Forever, NCIS, Alpha House, The Fosters, NCIS: New Orleans.
  • Paradigm has signed 7 Launch Pad Alumni, including Eric Koenig, who sold his script Matriarch in a bidding war in 2014.

Michael Kolodny

Agent - Kaplan Stahler Agency


  • Kaplan Stahler was featured on the Hit List, Black List and Young & Hungry List for 2015.
  • Kaplan Stahler clients have been staffed on such shows as iZombie, Hawaii Five-O, Beauty and the Beast, Defiance, NCIS, Nurse Jackie, Unforgettable, and CSI: New York.
  • His clients have been staffed on such shows as Mom, Beauty and the Beast and Samantha Who?.

Noah Jones

Agent - Gersh


  • Gersh represents writers such as Tyler Sheridan (Comancheria), Brian Duffield (Insurgent), Creighton Rothenberger & Katrin Benedikt (Olympus Has Fallen), Gary Spinelli (Mena) and many more.
  • Gersh had one of the highest spec sale percentages of agencies in 2015, with 15 projects set up.
  • Gersh has had multiple writers on the Black List, Hit List and Young and Hungry List in 2014 and 2015.

Sammy Montana

Manager - Anarchy Management


  • Anarchy has previously signed Launch Pad Alumni.
  • His clients have written and directed films for Sony Screen Gems, Millennium Films and Columbia Pictures.

Sukee Chew

Manager - Hopscotch Pictures


  • Had multiple writers on both the 2014 and 2015 Young & Hungry List and Hit List.
  • Her clients have been staffed on such shows as Jane The Virgin, Selfie, The Carrie Diaries, Rogue, Greek and Law & Order SVU.

Tom Carter

Manager - Artillery Creative


  • His writers appeared on both the Hit List and Young & Hungry List in 2015.
  • Has signed 4 Launch Pad Alumni.
  • Represents David Hoffman, 2015 Launch Pad Pilot Competition winner for Running Money.

Varun Monga

Agent - ESA


  • One of the top agents on the 2015 Hit List, his writers also appeared on the Black List and Young & Hungry List in 2015.
  • Has signed multiple Launch Pad Alumni.
  • ESA had five writers on the 2015 Hit List.

Wilhelmina Ross

Agent - CAA


  • CAA has signed 7 Launch Pad Alumni.
  • CAA was the top agency on the 2014 Hit List, 2014 Black List, and 2015 Young & Hungry List.
  • CAA had the most specs out and most spec sales of any agency in 2014.

Zac Frognowski

Manager - Grandview


  • He represented multiple writers on both the Hit List and Black List in 2015.
  • Has previously signed Launch Pad Alumni.
  • Grandview had the highest spec sale percentage of any management company in 2015, with 7 out of their 9 specs set up.

Zac Simmons

Agent - Paradigm


  • Represented two writers on the Hit List and one on the Young & Hungry List for 2015.
  • Has previously signed Launch Pad Alumni.
  • Represents such clients as Greg Coolidge (Ride Along) and writer/director Luke Greenfield (Let's Be Cops).

Zach Cox

Manager - Circle of Confusion


  • Had multiple writers on the Young & Hungry List in both 2014 and 2015, as well as clients on the Blood List and Hit List for 2014.
  • Has previously signed Launch Pad Alumni.
  • Represents such writers as Brian Duffield (The Divergent Series; Insurgent) and Michael Dougherty (Krampus).

  • 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 pilot with more than 70 pages will be disqualified).
  • Do not submit any form of a story bible or pitch document with your pilot or feature 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.
  • Pilots or features 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.
  • 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.
  • All purchases and submissions are final. No refunds will be issued.

Deadlines

  • Feedback MUST be purchased with submission order and cannot be added on later.
  • Feedback notes, if purchased, will be returned to writers in after the announcement of the Top 10 Finalists, which is tentatively set for July 19th, 2016.
  • Pilot Early Bird Submissions MUST be received by 11:59pm (PST) on January 31st 2016, regardless of when the payment is made.
  • Pilot Regular Submissions MUST be received by 11:59pm (PST) on February 29th 2016, regardless of when the payment is made.
  • Pilot Late Submissions MUST be received by 11:59pm (PST) on March 31st 2016, regardless of when the payment is made.
  • Pilot Last Minute Submissions MUST be received by 11:59pm (PST) on April 14th 2016, regardless of when the payment is made.
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