2016 Launch Pad Feature Competition
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Competition Dates
Early
$65
Ends July 13, 2016
Regular
$75
Ends August 14, 2016
Late
$85
Ends September 6, 2016
Final
$95
Ends September 21, 2016
Top 25 Announced
March 2, 2017
Top 10 Announced
March 16, 2017
Feedback Notes Returned
March 16, 2017
Winners Announced
March 30, 2017
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The Launch Pad, in partnership with Vertigo Entertainment, Twin Padres Productions, ESA and Bellevue are thrilled to announce the Top 50 Features of 2016

Following several months of reading, re-reading, debating, and tallying scores from our fourth year of the Launch Pad Feature Competition, we, alongside our exclusive competition partners Vertigo Entertainment, Twin Padres Productions, ESA and Bellevue, are incredibly thrilled to announce the 2016 Launch Pad Feature Competition’s TOP 50.

In the four years since we started the Launch Pad Competitions, we’ve seen more than 180 writers signed, 65 projects set up, and 30 writers staffed, and the numbers just keep growing. For this competition, we’ve enlisted powerhouse producing partners Vertigo Entertainment and Twin Padres Productions, as well as all-star representation partners ESA and Bellevue. We’ve never been so excited about the potential opportunities for all our Launch Pad writers — past, present, and future.

For this year, we’ve seen not only the largest volume of submissions, but also some of the best scripts we’ve ever read, making this an incredibly tough decision all around. This year’s second round of finalists represent a vast range of storytelling, from journeys of self-discovery and misfits just trying to find their place, to heartbreaking accounts of real world injustice being righted, from epic period pieces to timely teen comedies, and spanning everywhere from fantasy lands to outer space. There are endless new worlds contained in these 50 scripts, and these finalists have invited us along for the ride.

Without further ado, we are incredibly excited to announce the second round of finalists for our fourth Launch Pad Feature Competition!

(As a reminder: If you selected the ESA/Bellevue Signing Prize, Vertigo/Twin Padres Option Prize, or Mentor add-ons at time of entry, but did not advance to the Top 50, you are still in contention to win those prizes. In fact, every competition since we began featuring add-on partner packages has featured winners who did not make the initial finalist round.)
Project Written By
105 Royal Avenue Victoria Armstrong
A Mississippi Murder Mark G. Anderson
A Necessary Act of Violence John Torma
Amara, 15 Hannah Leshaw
Angels of the Deep James L. Head
Apple Tree, The Matthew Arnold-Ladensack
Bait Night Timothy Grant
Catharsis and the Catfish Dillon Michael White
Chaperone, The Robert Remy
Charlie Redstar George Gier
Clash Andrea Jaag
Colour Me Jane Elisa McRae
Constantinople Rachel J. Beard
Dan & Frankie Save the World Alan Wood
Dance of the Vandals C. Marie Robinson
Demon's Trail C. Marie Robinson
Derby City Alexis Perkins
Disgrasian Ted Youngmin Sim
Do Know Harm Jim Goode & Scott Hawthorne
Edge of Eternity Scott Sirling
Endra Oskar Tellhed
Estevan the Black Karl Bauer & Michael Choi
Fellowship, The Brendon Udy & Victoria Rau
Game-Changer, The Patrick Sherman
Gargoyle Brendon Udy & Victoria Rau
Hitchcock Murders, The Andy Maycock
Honey Trap Juhana Lumme
Jacaranda Ryan W. Smith
Jesse's Girl John Wikstrom
Major Taylor PW Valentine
Manzanar Ian Hayden
Marian Pete Barry
Missing Time Philip James Booth
One White Crow Pippa Hinchley
Penny Arthur Panoyan
Poacher, The Travis Opgenorth
Red Winter Evan McNamara
Sand Creek Jane Paulson & Marcy Kelly
Savage, The Christopher Yeazel
Senior Camp Kenny Wright
Shadows of Oz Nathan Wilcoxen
Shell, The Charlie Neubauer
Slammin' Brandon Martin
Step Momster Chase Caldwell
Submerged Dan Hall
Thembi Tom Glasson
Violet Scott Thomas
Where Devils Roam Nathan Wilcoxen
Whispers From the Watchtower Jai Brandon
Without Prejudice Kenlon Clark & William Rubio

The Launch Pad, in partnership with Vertigo Entertainment, Twin Padres Productions, ESA and Bellevue are thrilled to announce the Top 75 Features of 2016

After several months of reading, debating and tallying, we, alongside our exclusive competition partners Vertigo Entertainment, Twin Padres Productions, ESA and Bellevue, are incredibly thrilled to announce the 2016 Launch Pad Feature Competition’s TOP 75.

With this year’s competition we not only saw the largest number of entries ever, or read some of the best scripts we’ve ever read, but we also celebrated the Launch Pad Competitions ushering into it’s fourth year in existence. To think, all those years ago this was simply something we’d put together because we felt there was a void in the competition space that was really helping writers break out, and now, with more than 180 writers signed, 65 projects set up and 30 writers staffed, we’re going into year four with a list of powerful producing partners in Scott Free, Vertigo Entertainment, Twin Padres and Endgame Entertainment, representation partners in Energy Entertainment, ESA, Bellevue, Lee Stobby Entertainment and Fourth Wall Management, and publishing partners in Inkshares, we’ve never been more excited about the opportunities, the expansion, and the potential on display for all of our Launch Pad writers.

And this year’s Top 75 once again showcased the diverse spectrum of storytelling that led us here; from sci-fi coming of age tales to revisionist history think pieces, dramatically focused biopics to holiday family laughers, epic period pieces to intense character studies, mile-a-minute action comedies to personal tales of discovery, R-rated high school adventures to supernatural thrillers, timely political conspiracies to stoner alien abductions, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. This year’s finalists not only presented us with an endless sea of worlds to play in, but they each invited us in to get lost in the beauty of their journey with them.

Now, the real fun begins. As our 2016 LPFC producing partners Vertigo Entertainment and Twin Padres Productions begin to search for their next breakout hit, and our 2016 LPFC representation partners ESA and Bellevue begin the hunt for their next star client, we dive headfirst into getting your work into the hands of our judges at WME, UTA, Anonymous Content, Good Fear, CAA, Circle of Confusion, Madhouse Entertainment, ICM, Romark Entertainment, Magnet Management, Epicenter, Zero Gravity, Paradigm, Gersh, DMG, Writ Large, Markerstone, Prime Universe, APA and Grandview amongst others. To say the next few weeks are going to be exciting would be the understatement of a lifetime.

So, before we begin our journey towards introducing these writers to the world, let us first introduce you to the 2016 Launch Pad Feature Competition TOP 75!

(As a reminder: If you selected the ESA/Bellevue Signing Prize, Vertigo / Twin Padres Option Prize, or Mentor add-ons at time of entry, but did not advance to the Top 75, you are still in contention to win those prizes. In fact, every competition since we began featuring add-on partner packages has featured winners who did not make the initial finalist round.)

Project Written By
105 Royal Avenue Victoria Armstrong
A Chrismiscue Gregory Harty
A Mississippi Murder Mark G. Anderson
A Necessary Act of Violence John Torma
Actual Vampire Keanu Reeves Ashley Moon
Adam & Eve David Kushner
Amara, 15 Hannah Leshaw
Angels of the Deep James L. Head
Apple Tree, The Matthew Arnold-Ladensack
Baby Roulette Lindzi Scharf
Bait Night Timothy Grant
Borderline Clyde Tom Bennett
Catharsis and the Catfish Dillon Michael White
Chaperone, The Robert Remy
Charlie Redstar George Gier
Clash Andrea Jaag
Colour Me Jane Elisa McRae
Constantinople Rachel J. Beard
Dan & Frankie Save the World Alan Wood
Dance of the Vandals C. Marie Robinson
Demon's Trail C. Marie Robinson
Derby City Alexis Perkins
Disgrasian Ted Youngmin Sim
Do Know Harm Jim Goode & Scott Hawthorne
Double Indiana David Miller
Edge of Eternity Scott Sirling
Endra Oskar Tellhed
Estevan the Black Karl Bauer & Michael Choi
Fellowship, The Brendon Udy & Victoria Rau
Game-Changer, The Patrick Sherman
Gargoyle Brendon Udy & Victoria Rau
Grow House, The Miley Tunnecliffe
Hitchcock Murders, The Andy Maycock
Honey Trap Juhana Lumme
Hybrid, The Richard Turgeon
It All Comes Down to This Patrick Wiegers & Scott Marshall Taylor
Jacaranda Ryan W. Smith
Jesse's Girl John Wikstrom
Last Badass, The Adam Draves & Paul Colahan
Last Year's Man Tim Glister
Major Taylor PW Valentine
Manzanar Ian Hayden
Marian Pete Barry
Miss Liberty Craig Paulsen
Missing Time Philip James Booth
Mr. Moon Mike Langer
Nostalgia Michael Aloyan
Off the Hook John Arvai
On the Sidelines Sam Greisman
One White Crow Pippa Hinchley
Penny Arthur Panoyan
Poacher, The Travis Opgenorth
Red Thread Leif Johnson
Red Winter Evan McNamara
Sand Creek Jane Paulson & Marcy Kelly
Savage, The Christopher Yeazel
Secret Weapon Peter Limm
Senior Camp Kenny Wright
Shadows of Oz Nathan Wilcoxen
Shell, The Charlie Neubauer
Shore Break Anthony Guidubaldi & Keith Strausbaugh
Sideways Down the Sky Barry Brennessel
Slammin' Brandon Martin
Step Momster Chase Caldwell
Submerged Dan Hall
Tech & Stryker Odin Ozdil
Thembi Tom Glasson
Un-Crowd, The Scott Thomas
Vilna Matt Huston
Violet Scott Thomas
Where Devils Roam Nathan Wilcoxen
Whispers From the Watchtower Jai Brandon
Without Prejudice Kenlon Clark & William Rubio
Woe to the Wicked Chris Dennis
Would You Like an Extra Shot? Johnny Griffith

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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Our Exclusive Partnership With
Vertigo & Twin Padres

A Minimum of Two Guaranteed Options

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.


Our Exclusive Partnership With
ESA & Bellevue Productions

A Minimum of Two Guaranteed Signings

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.


*New members only


Our Exclusive Partnership With
Roadmap Writers

A Free Exclusive Two-Week Writing Program

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.


A great idea is only the beginning.
We're here to help you write the next chapter.


Announcing Our 2016
Mentorship Program

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.


Feedback Notes

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 2016 Feature Competition Prizes

The Launch Pad Competition is focused on identifying, discovering and helping launch the careers of our writers. Whether you make the quarter-finalists or win it all in any of our competitions, we work with you to help polish your work, prepare for meetings, craft you pitch, identify your follow up projects, and prepare yourself for anything that comes your way on the journey to becoming a professional writer.

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Vertigo and Twin Padres Prize

A Minimum Of 1 Script By Those Who Selected The Guaranteed Purchase Add-On Upon Entry Will Be Selected By Each Company

  • Between Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment and Jeremy Garelick’s Twin Padres Entertainment dozens of franchises, blockbusters and awards have come from their work over the past two decades. With projects like The Lego Movie, How to Train Your Dragon, The Hangover, The Wedding Ringer, The Grudge, The Ring, The Departed, The Grinder, Woman in Black, Poltergeist, Oldboy, the upcoming adaptations of Nimona, Death Note, Minecraft, and the much anticipated Zac Efron/Dwayne Johnson-starrer Baywatch, there is very little chance you have not seen their work on screens across the world. And this year, in our exclusive Launch Pad partnership, each of them have committed to optioning at least one project apiece from this year’s competition to develop with you to build into their next breakout hit!
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ESA Prize

A Minimum Of 1 Writer/Project By Those Who Selected The Guaranteed Signing Add-On Upon Entry Will Be Selected By Each Company

  • ESA represents some of the hottest new writers in Hollywood. With a roster of clients who have, or are currently working on Game of Thrones, Rush Hour, Mr. Robot, House of Cards, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Black Sails, The 100, and dozens more, both of these companies are not only consistently launching the careers of new writers, but they’re securing them long term work as professional writers in film, television and digital. After multiple appearances every year on the annual best of lists such as The Black List, The Hit List, The Blood List and The Young & Hungry List, and the signing of multiple LP Alums in contests before, this year ESA has partnered with the Launch Pad Competition to sign and represent at least one new writer from the competition.
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Mentorship Prize

A Minimum Of 3 Writers/Projects Will Be Chosen From Those Who Selected The Mentorship Program Add-On Upon Entry

  • Each of our 3 mentors will select a minimum of one writer/project apiece to mentor from the entries that select the Mentorship Program add-on while entering. The selected writers will work with their mentors to help develop their projects and their careers, as the mentors help answer questions, give advice and offer thoughts on their work. Every mentor is different, and every mentor’s approach is unique, but each will be asked to read your work (which they will select themselves from the entries), and help guide you and your project towards accomplishing the next steps in your career. Each writer will meet with (or chat on the phone if not local) with their mentor and be introduced upon selection. While each mentor may work somewhat differently, the one thing we’ve asked each to do, beyond reading your work, is to be a sounding board for all of those questions we know everyone has when starting something new, but are often afraid to ask. Whether it be questions on writing, reps, pitches or career moves, we want you to be ready and confident to tackle Hollywood.
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Roadmap Writers Bonus

Every Writer Entering Will Be Invited To A Free Two-Week Writing Progam

  • In a quest to bring premier education to the writing community, and to thank everyone for entering, The Launch Pad Competition has teamed up with Roadmap Writers to provide a FREE two-week immersive writing program to every writer who enters this year’s feature competition. Curated by former Bold Films (Nightcrawler, Drive) exec and Happy Writers founder Joey Tuccio and our team here at The Launch Pad, this fully immersive online program (so everyone can join from across the world) will feature producers, executives, managers and more, and feature lectures, Q&As, writing workshops, and invaluable tips and insight into writing, pitching, meeting, and being prepared to begin your career with all of the confidence needed to succeed.
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Grand Prize

3 Projects Will Be Selected

  • From the Top 10, there will be 3 overall winners selected to win the Launch Pad Feature Competition. A minimum of 2 projects will be selected by Vertigo Entertainment and Twin Padres Entertainment as part of the guaranteed purchase prize, a minimum of 2 projects will be selected by ESA and Epicenter as part of the guaranteed signing prize, and a minimum of 3 projects will be selected by our mentors as part of the mentorship program prizes. Some of the winners may overlap.
  • The winners selected to win the Vertigo Entertainment, Twin Padres Entertainment, ESA, Epicenter or Mentorship prizes do not need to have made any finalist round to win. Each of these projects will be selected from the pool of entrants who selected these add-ons.
  • The 3 Launch Pad Feature Competition overall winners will be flown to Los Angeles for an exclusive industry event in your honor, featuring dozens of our judges, agents, managers, executives, producers, mentors, and fellow writers.
  • The Top 3 winners will be individually introduced to agents, managers, producers, and executives, with introductions and meetings in person, on the phone, via Skype, or via email, depending on your location. Meet with our judges, and beyond!
  • If selected as a winner, you and your project will be announced via the Tracking Board and Launch Pad newsletters of more than 50,000 readers and professionals, and will be introduced to the entertainment world via press releases from The Tracking Board and Launch Pad.
  • You and your project 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, want to achieve, both now and in your long term career.
  • You and your project’s 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 250 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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Finalists

10 Projects Will Be Selected

  • If selected as a Top 10 finalist, you and your project will be announced via The Tracking Board and Launch Pad newsletters of more than 50,000 readers and professionals, and you will be introduced to the entertainment and publishing world via press releases from The Tracking Board and Launch Pad.
  • Your work will be read, reviewed, and voted on by each of our 25 esteemed judges.
  • You and your work 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, want to achieve, both now and in your long term career.
  • You and your work will be prominently featured on The Tracking Board and Launch Pad sites, promoting your work to all of our readers.
  • You and your project 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 250 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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Semi-Finalists

25 Projects Will Be Selected

  • If selected as a Top 25 semi-finalist, you and your project will be announced via The Tracking Board and Launch Pad newsletters of more than 50,000 readers and professionals, and you will be introduced to the entertainment world via press releases from The Tracking Board and Launch Pad.
  • You will receive a feature profile on The Launch Pad site, as well as our Launch Pad Alum booklet, and you will be highlighted in our winner listings on The Tracking Board and Launch Pad sites.
  • You and your project 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 250 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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Quarter-Finalists

50 Projects Will Be Selected

  • If selected as a Top 50 quarter-finalist, you and your project will announced on Launch Pad newsletters, featuring several of those who have judged our competitions, and who vote on the annual “best of” lists.
  • You and your project 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 250 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 Projects 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.

The 2016 Feature Competition Judges

Adam Perry

APA


  • Represents Wes Ball, writer/director of The Maze Runner series.
  • The top agent on the 2015 Hit List, with 6 writers represented.
  • His other clients include: Alexis C. Jolly (A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood), Amy Fox (Equity), Ben Katai (The Forrest), Chris Borrelli (100 Bullets), Christopher Browne (The Walk) David Chirchirillo (Eli), Julia Cox (Do No Harm, The Takeaway) and more.
  • Had multiple clients on the Hit List, Young & Hungry List and Black List for 2014 and 2015.

Adrian Askarieh

Prime Universe


  • Served as a producer on the Hitman films (2007, 2015)
  • Prime Universe also produced 2016's Pandemic and has Jonny Quest in development at Warner Bros. with Lin Pictures producing and Robert Rodriguez attached to direct.
  • Askarieh is also producing the upcoming project based on the popular video game franchise, Just Cause

Allison Gillogly

Scott Free


  • Ridley Scott's production company, Scott Free has produced a number of award-winning films including The Martian, Blade Runner, Black Hawk Down, The Grey, Prometheus, and Concussion.
  • Scott Free is producing the upcoming Alien and Blade Runner sequels.
  • Gillogly will serve as producer on the upcoming film Vicious.

Brooklyn Weaver

Energy Entertainment


  • His clients include Rob Liefeld, (Deadpool), Brad Ingelsby (Run All Night, Out of the Furnace), Gary Graham (I Am Legend reboot) and Mark Mallouk (Black Mass).
  • He is the only manager to have had writers appear on every Hit List, Black List, and Young & Hungry List since 2010.
  • Energy Entertainment has produced Run All Night and Out of the Furnace.
  • Top manager in specs set up in both 2013 and 2014.

Charlie Ferraro

UTA


  • His clients include such successful writers as Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War), Diana Ossana and Larry McMurty (Brokeback Mountain), Gary Whitta (Rogue One), and Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Sherlock).
  • Consistently one of the top agents with clients on year-end lists, having 5 writers on the Hit List, 3 on the Young & Hungry List, and 4 on the Black List for 2015.
  • UTA had the highest number of specs out and set up in 2015.

Charlie Scully

Anonymous Content


  • Had clients appear on the Hit List, Young & Hungry List and Black List for 2015.
  • Represents Emma Needell, whose spec “The Water Man” is set up at Disney with Oprah Winfrey and David Oyelowo producing.
  • Anonymous Content has produced such Oscar-nominated films such as The Revenant, Winter’s Bone, Babel and 2015 Best Picture winner Spotlight.

Chris Fenton

DMG Entertainment


  • His clients include Gary Dauberman (Annabelle) and Josh A. Cagan (The DUFF).
  • DMG Entertainment has produced such films as Looper, Point Break, and Iron Man 3.
  • His writers have appeared on the Hit List, Young & Hungry List and Black List.

CJ Fight

WME


  • Has had clients appear on the 2015 Young & Hungry List.
  • Represents Carver Gray, whose spec Unlawful is set up with Romark Entertainment and Energy Entertainment, and who is adapting the novel Brothers and Bones for Romark.
  • WME was the top agency with clients on the 2015 Black List.

Daniel Seco

Writ Large


  • Writ Large represents such writers as Max Landis (Chronicle, American Ultra), Ben Ketai (The Forest), Chris Parker (Heaven is For Real), David A. Newman and Keith Merryman (Think Like a Man).
  • Writ Large clients have staffed on such shows as Once Upon a Time, Person of Interest, Scream, Nurse Jackie, NCIS: Los Angeles, Legends of Tomorrow and Bob’s Burgers.
  • Writ Large represented writers on the 2015 Hit List, Young & Hungry List, and Black List.

David Boxerbaum

Paradigm


  • The top agent with clients on the 2015 Hit List.
  • Had multiple writers appear on the Young & Hungry List and Black List for 2015 and 2014.
  • Represents such writers as Anthony Jaswinski (The Shallows), Carrie Evans and Emi Mochizuki (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse), Chris Roach (Non-Stop) and David Guggenheim (Safe House).
  • Represents Launch Pad Alumni Eric Koening who’s 2015 Launch Pad feature script sold to Paramount in a bidding war.

Gabriel Chu

Vertigo Entertainment


  • Vertigo Entertainment has produced such films as The Boy, Run All Night, The Departed, The Woman In Black, The Grudge, How To Train Your Dragon, and many more.
  • Vertigo also produced The Lego Movie, and are now working on the sequel as well as The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie.
  • Vertigo Entertainment and Warner Bros. Television have signed a two-year exclusive overall deal for comedy and drama series.

Greg Pedicin

Gersh


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

Jake Wagner

Benderspink/Good Fear


  • Represents Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman, Divergent, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the upcoming Myst pilot for Hulu).
  • Represents Launch Pad writer Eric Koenig, whose spec Matriarch is in development with Red Wagon and Romark Entertainment at Paramount Pictures.
  • Had writers appear on the Hit List, Young & Hungry List and Black List for 2014 and 2015.

Jarrod Murray

Epicenter


  • His clients have been staffed on shows such as Gravity Falls, One Tree Hill, Criminal Minds, Raising Hope and Scrubs.
  • Epicenter is producing the upcoming film Letters from Rosemary with Emma Stone attached to star.
  • His clients appeared on the Hit List, Young & Hungry List and Black List for 2015.
  • Has signed multiple Launch Pad Alumni.

Jeff Belkin

Zero Gravity


  • Zero Gravity is producing the upcoming film The Accountant, starring Ben Affleck.
  • Has had clients appear on the Hit List, Young & Hungry List and Black List.
  • Zero Gravity represents such writers as Bill Dubuque (The Judge), Michael Robert Johnson (Pompeii, Sherlock Holmes) and Adam Robitel (Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension).

Jon Cassir

CAA


  • His clients include Andrew J. Cohen and Brendan O'Brien (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Neighbors), Charlie Brooker (creator of Black Mirror) and Chris Chibnall (creator of Broadchurch).
  • One of the most successful agents with clients represented on the Black List (6 in 2015, 10 in 2015).
  • His clients have made multiple appearances on the Hit List and Young & Hungry List each of the last two years.

Jon Kanak

Magnet Management


  • Had multiple writers on the Blood List and the Young & Hungry List.
  • Magnet clients have written for shows such as: Wayward Pines, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D ,Criminal Minds:Beyond Borders, Community, The Mindy Projet, American Dad, The Killing, Teen Wolf, Eye Candy, State of Affairs, Intelligence, Chuck.
  • Has signed multiple Launch Pad Alumni.
  • Magnet clients include Chirs McKenna (Jumanji remake), Craig Titley (Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Cheaper by the Dozen).

Kendrick Tan

Madhouse Entertainment


  • Had writers appear on the Hit List, Young & Hungry List and Black List for 2014 and 2015.
  • His clients have been staffed on such shows as About a Boy and Gravity Falls.
  • Madhouse represents writers Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners), Carter Blanchard (Independence Day 2), David Guggenheim (Uncharted), Daniel Kunka (Yellowstone Falls) and many more.

Ken Freimann

Circle of Confusion


  • His clients have appeared on both the Hit List and the Young & Hungry List.
  • Represents such writers as Adam F. Goldberg (creator of The Goldbergs) and Carey and Chad Hayes (The Conjuring).
  • Circle of Confusion clients have written or are currently writing such films as: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Star Trek Beyond, Doctor Strange, The Mummy (remake), Prometheus, Pacific Rim sequel, The Matrix Trilogy, V for Vendetta, Cloud Atlas, The Book of Eli and more.

Lauren Patterson

Romark Entertainment


  • Romark Entertainment is currently producing films with Fox, Paramount, Warner Bros. and Universal.
  • Romark is currently developing the adaptations of the best-selling novel Brothers & Bones and the comic book series Herald.
  • Romark is producing previous Launch Pad scripts Matriarch for Paramount, and Tranquility Base for Fox.

Mark Lawyer

Markerstone


  • Had clients appear on the Hit List and Young & Hungry List for 2015.
  • Has signed multiple Launch Pad Alumni.
  • Represents Carver Gray, whose spec Unlawful is set up with Romark Entertainment and Energy Entertainment, and who is adapting the novel Brothers and Bones for Romark.

Niki Montazaran

ICM


  • Represents legendary writer David Mamet (Glengarry Glen Ross, Homicide, Wag the Dog).
  • Her clients have been staffed on such shows as Undateable, Awkward, and Code Black.
  • ICM had the highest spec sale percentage of all major agencies in 2015.

Tom Carter

Artillery Creative


  • Represents 2015 Launch Pad Pilot Competition winner David Hoffman who has since joined the writers room for the NBC show Timeless.
  • Had multiple clients appear on the Young & Hungry List each of the last two years.
  • His clients Justin Herber and Adam Hoff wrote "Omerta" based on the book by Mario Puzo, with Antoine Fuqua attached to direct and Sylvester Stallone attached to star for The Weinstein Company.

Varun Monga

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.

Zac Frognowski

Grandview


  • Grandview’s clients include Matt Charman (Bridge of Spies, Patriots Day), Andrew Dodge (Bad Words, Space Jam 2), Michael Mitnick (The Giver, The Current War), Steven Rogers (Love the Coopers, P.S. I Love You) and more.
  • 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.
  • Represents 2016 Sundance Special Jury Prize winner, Miles Joris-Peyrafitte who wrote and directed As You Are.

  • All scripts must be submitted with a cover page containing ONLY the script title, without any of the writer(s) names or discernible marks, including but not limited to WGA Registration numbers.
  • All scripts MUST BE submitted as a PDF.
  • All feature scripts must be under 130 pages (any script with more than 130 pages will be disqualified).
  • Do not submit any form of pitch document with your feature script.
  • 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.
  • Scripts 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 February 24th 2017
  • Feature Early Bird Submissions MUST be received by 11:59pm (PST) on July 13th 2016, regardless of when the payment is made.
  • Feature Regular Submissions MUST be received by 11:59pm (PST) on August 13th 2016, regardless of when the payment is made.
  • Feature Late Submissions MUST be received by 11:59pm (PST) on September 6th 2016, regardless of when the payment is made.
  • Feature Last Minute Submissions MUST be received by 11:59pm (PST) on September 21st 2016, regardless of when the payment is made.
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