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When we started our first competition just three years ago, we did so with a clear set of goals: find great new voices, discover stories, and help the writers behind these two things launch their careers. For us, being the best screenwriting competition out there means absolutely nothing if the writers involved are not getting their shot at their dreams. And in just our first few years we’ve seen wild success even beyond our own ambitious aspirations. With over 150 writers signed, 51 projects set up, more than 21 writers staffed on hit shows, and 3 studio bidding wars, we’re thrilled with the connections we’ve made, and the careers our writers have spun, but we’re far from willing to let this kick into auto pilot. Instead, we’ve expanded once again and added new partners, new programs, and even more opportunities for your career to originate directly from within this competition. And it’s with that in mind, that we’re proud to introduce to you the…
This year’s Launch Pad Feature Competition is not only the latest competition to launch, but it is the largest competition we’ve ever done. With our inaugural manuscript competition already featuring exclusive partnerships with Ridley Scott, Energy Entertainment and Inkshares, we knew we wanted to be sure we were providing that same level of exclusive opportunity those entrusting their work with the Launch Pad brand have come to expect with this competition. And, we’re happy to say we believe we’ve done just that by finalizing an exclusive partnership with Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment, Jeremy Garelick’s Twin Padres Entertainment, Bellevue Productions and ESA Agency. With this new round of partners we’ve not only provided guaranteed buying outlets from some of the biggest producers in town, but we’ve also secured guaranteed signings from one of the fastest growing representation homes in Hollywood.
With the producing/creative teams behind projects such as The Lego Movie, The Hangover, The Departed, The Wedding Ringer, The Grudge, and the upcoming Baywatch film onboard to pick up a minimum of one project, we’ve immediately added two career jumpstarting opportunities. But, by adding the agents who represent the writers behind projects such as Game of Thrones, House of Cards, and Black Sails, we’ve added two more exclusive opportunities to not only kickoff your career, but to find a team that is there to help you guide it into the future.
But, we didn’t stop there. This year we’re also offering every single entrant a free two-week long seminar with the Roadmap Writers Program. Teaming up with the Launch Pad team, former development exec for Bold Films (Nightcrawler, Drive) Joey Tuccio has curated an exclusive experience for writers of all experience levels to interact with producers, executives, agents, and managers to help you build a better pitch, learn how to be good in a room, and how to be sure you’re putting your best work into the world.
As we’ve said since the beginning, we’re not interested in simply being a screenwriting competition; we’re interested in being the first step in starting your writing career.
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Between producer Roy Lee and his Vertigo Entertainment and writer/director/producer Jeremy Garelick and his Twin Padres Entertainment, chances are there is not a single one of you entering this year’s competition that has not seen at least one of their films. Between Lee’s The Lego Movie, How to Train Your Dragon, The Grudge, The Ring, The Departed, The Woman in Black, Poltergeist, Oldboy, and the upcoming Stephen King adaptations of It, and The Stand, and Garelick’s The Hangover, The Wedding Ringer, The Break-Up, The Grinder, Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life, The Rebels, and the upcoming Baywatch film, these two have not only created some of Hollywood’s biggest films and television series of the past two decades, but they’ve both joined our competition in search of their next breakout hit!
Both companies have not only signed on to judge this year, but are hungry to option projects from this year’s competition! That’s right, by entering this competition you have not one, but two shots at working with these two companies right out of the gate. Not too bad of a start for day one.
As two of the fastest growing representation companies in the business, ESA and Bellevue Productions have not only become a hub for breakout new talent, but they’ve become the home to some of Hollywood’s biggest new voices. With a collective roster of talent behind projects such as The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Game of Thrones, Empire, Mr. Robot, House of Cards, Black Sails, The 100, these companies have forged one of the most prolific rosters in town. In the feature space they’ve sold projects to major studios including Warner Bros., Twentieth Century Fox, New Line Cinema, Broad Green Pictures, Amazon Studios and more. With multiple Launch Pad Alum signings in previous competitions, and a consistent appearance on the annual best of lists such as The Black List, The Hit List, The Blood List, and The Young & Hungry List, these companies are not only on the rise, but they have come to be some of the smartest and most effective representatives in the entertainment industry..
Once again, both companies have not only signed on to judge this year, but they’ve each signed on to guarantee to sign a minimum of one writer each from this year’s competition! With a strong script in hand, and a passion to make your dreams a reality, these companies are here to help you get there.
Since our very first competition, we’ve been incredibly thankful to every single writer who not only gave us a shot, but who let us help them reach for their dreams. And while we’re incredibly proud of all of the writers who’ve joined our Alum ranks over the years and gone off into the world to conquer Hollywood, we’ve always felt disappointed we couldn’t give something back to every writer submitting. Sure, we’d offer discounts on other options and entries, but that never felt like it was enough of a way to say thank you for choosing us. So this year, we’re changing that.
In an exclusive partnership with Roadmap Writers, we’ve teamed up with former Bold Films (Nightcrawler, Drive) development executive Joey Tuccio to curate a two-week intensive writing program for every single writer who enters. No added fees, no catches, just two weeks of online (so everyone in the world can take advantage of it) workshops with producers, executives, and reps to help you hone your skills as you learn about pitching, being good in a room, navigating the water bottle tours of Hollywood, understanding what execs want, and tackling a number of writing challenges focused on helping you present the best version of you on the page. By entering any competition, you’ve already made the first step toward chasing your dreams. Now let us make the next step even easier.
This year we are thrilled to announce our 2016 Feature Competition Mentors who collectively have written for nearly every major studio including Warner Bros., Disney, Sony, Fox, Lionsgate, and more.
If you’ve ever seen a movie in theaters or turned on a TV, we’re fairly confident you’ve seen our first mentors of this year’s work. Marianne & Cormac Wibberley are longtime fixtures in the film world, and their impressive list of credits include the blockbuster National Treasure franchise as well as I Spy, Bad Boys II, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, The Shaggy Dog, and G-Force. In addition they penned adaptations of the hit Playstation game franchise Uncharted and the Fantastic Voyage remake. Also joining our program this year is Hit List, Black List, and Young & Hungry List alum Andrew Baldwin who was named by IndieWire as one of the Top 5 Screenwriters to watch. In addition to selling numerous original specs, Baldwin has been handpicked to right the Bourne Legacy sequel for Jeremy Renner as well as the Logan’s Run remake for Nicolas Winding Refn and Ryan Gosling. Finally, mentor Gary Graham, whose spec Garden At The End Of The World set Hollywood ablaze before being set up with Warner Bros. to become the next installment in the I Am Legend franchise. Following that, Graham was immediately tapped by Warner Bros. again to adapt Railhead for director Doug Liman. We’re fortunate to have such an accomplished group of mentors this year who will undoubtedly deliver a once in a life time opportunity for writers looking to take their career to the next level.
Our mentor program will focus on getting your script ready, tips and strategies on pitching and choosing your next project, and insight on how to navigate your newly minted Hollywood career.
When it comes to writing, ignorance is in fact not bliss. By pouring your heart, passion and time into something, and never knowing how it was received, competitions often, and quite strangely never, offer writers a chance to know why their script did, or did not, advance. And that’s not something we could get behind. So this year we’re once again offering every writer an opportunity to add Feedback Notes to their entries. With an emphasis on initial thoughts, opinions, and analysis, you’ll get an inside look at what is usually a behind the curtain process, and get our professional readers’ perspectives on the story, characters, structure, 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? With Feedback Notes we not only want to let you know what worked or didn’t work, we want to provide professional thoughts as to why things may have stalled out, or why we were excited for it, and offer you ideas on where to take things, or how to handle a rewrite, or even what to do next with the script.
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.
Launch Pad Success Stories
Learn about some of the people who have had their careers start with this competition.
Eleven days. That’s all it took The Tracking Board to literally launch my screenwriting career. Eleven days from my script Matriarch placing in the top 25 of their aptly named Launch Pad Features Competition to it being bought by Paramount. These guys know exactly what they’re doing – period
Until recently Koenig could only boast about serving in the military, being a federal law enforcement agent, a massage therapist, or a dentist. But after his script MATRIARCH placed in the Top 10 of the 2014 LPFC, he found something new to brag about: selling a spec script for mid-six figures to Paramount Pictures with Red Wagon and Romark Entertainment producing. His reps, Paradigm’s David Boxerbaum and Daniel Vang and Jake Wagner from Benderspink, first noticed Koenig from the contest and helped him set up the project and make the 2014 Hit List and Black List.
2015 was a great year for Washington, D.C. native Garba. Years prior he would make a pivotal decision to drop out of law school and move to LA, pursuing his writing career. Having worked on various projects since, Garba placed in both the 2015 Launch Pad Pilots and Features Competitions with The Eleventh Hour and Augustus, respectively. His writing prowess and creative range landed him representation with managers Allard Cantor and Jarrod Murray of Epicenter, but that’s not all. Just this year Garba was selected as one of the participants for the 2016 Fox Writers Intensive program, with a chance to be named the FWI Fellow and receive a development deal with a Fox-affiliated company.
Masoud and Gonzalez have been writing together for the past five years since meeting at NYU’s Tisch. The team made their first splash with their original stage play FaceSpace, which debuted to several sold out New York performances and garnered multiple awards and nominations. After FaceSpace, the team decided to focus on screenwriting and landed a spot on the 2013 Launch Pad Features Competition with their script 20 Minutes South. This helped them acquire representation with Thruline Entertainment and UTA, and ultimately earned them a staff writing job on MTV’s Teen Wolf. Today, the writing team works on the hit CW show iZombie.