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The 2017 Launch Pad Competition Season is officially here. We are now accepting original pilot submissions for the 2017 Launch Pad Pilot Competition.
This year we have partnered with Endgame Entertainment to offer our first ever guaranteed option prize for our Pilots competition. Endgame, who prides itself on developing and creating thought-provoking original content, has produced acclaimed films like Looper, Snowden, Freeheld, Side Effects, An Education, Astro Boy, The Brothers Bloom, I’m Not There, Lord of War, Hotel Rwanda, Harold and Kumar, and many more.
Now entering our fourth year, the Launch Pad Competitions have led to more than 250 success stories. Entrants have landed representation with every powerhouse agency in the business including CAA, UTA, WME, Paradigm, Gersh, ICM and more. On the management front, our competition has led to writers landing top managers at Anonymous Content, Energy Entertainment, 3Arts, Circle of Confusion and more. To date, more than 180 Launch Pad alums have signed with reps, a crucial first step in any writer’s career.
With each of our competitions we assemble a panel of 25 judges from the biggest companies in the industry. Our strong relationships with agents, managers, producers, and executives have helped more writers get signed in a four-year span than any other competition. In addition to top agencies and management companies, past judges have included production companies Scott Free, Vertigo Entertainment, Bad Robot, Cross Creek Pictures, DeLuca Productions, Red Wagon Entertainment, Mark Gordon Company, Lin Pictures, and many more.
Our guaranteed prize add-ons offer writers a rare opportunity to achieve a career-changing milestone. For the past two years we’ve offered exclusive prizes ranging from signings to options. Looking to offer writers a unique opportunity, we began partnering with production companies to give writers the chance to get paid and get their project on the development slate of top companies ranging from Scott Free to Vertigo to Twin Padres. This year we are thrilled to announce our partnership with Endgame Entertainment, who will option at least one project from this year’s competition.
A great script is only half the battle. Landing great representation who will share you and your work with Hollywood decision makers is the other. For this year’s competition we’ve partnered with Jon Huddle and his newly formed Fourth Wall Management. A respected veteran in the business Jon spent the last ten years working as an agent at UTA. His impressive list of clients include Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley (Spider-Man: Homecoming), Evan Spiliotopoulos (Beauty And The Beast and The Huntsman films). Other clients have written for networks including NBC, Fox, ABC, HBO, CBS, Hulu, Comedy Central and many more. This is a rare opportunity to earn representation from a veteran who brings invaluable knowledge of the agency and management worlds.
For our guaranteed signing prize, Fourth Wall Management will select at least one writer for representation. Past guaranteed signing partners have included, Energy Entertainment, Good Fear (formerly Benderspink), ESA, Bellevue Productions, Heroes and Villains Entertainment, and Lee Stobby Entertainment.
Taking your career to the next level can be hard to do alone. That’s why we offer exclusive mentorship opportunities for writers to learn from those who are currently thriving in the industry. This year we'd like to introduce our mentors Adam Hoff & Justin Herber, Dan Doyle, and Polina Diaz.
We are thrilled to announce our 2017 Pilots Competition Mentors who have collectively written for major networks including ABC, NBC, and USA, as well as for companies including The Weinstein Company, UCP, and Netflix.
This year’s mentors include writing team and Young & Hungry alums Justin Herber & Adam Hoff who have sold original pilots to places like UCP and USA. They’ve adapted Mario Puzo’s Omertà for The Weinstein Company, director Antoine Fuqua, and Sylvester Stallone. Currently, they are working on an adaptation for Jason Bateman’s Aggregate Films and Universal Pictures. Also joining our program this year is writer Dan Doyle who has worked on NBC’s Heroes, Touch for Fox, and is currently a staff writer on season 4 of ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Rounding out our 2017 Pilots Competition mentors is writer Polina Diaz, who, after earning her BFA in screenwriting, was selected for the Warner Bros. TV Writers Workshop and ultimately landed a staff writer position on Fuller House for Netflix and Warner Horizon. This year our mentors bring an accomplished and diverse path on how to break into the industry as a television writer, insight into navigating the writers’ room, and valuable tips on how to sell original material. Our mentor program will also focus on getting your script ready, and strategies for pitching and choosing your next project. This is an incredible opportunity that you don’t want to miss.
We’re thrilled to add yet another amazing opportunity for all of this year’s Launch Pad Pilot Competition entrants. Each writer who enters the 2017 Launch Pad Pilots Competition will receive access to an exclusive Live online seminar with Award Winning Screenwriter Jacob Krueger who’s NYC based Jacob Krueger Studio offers first class writing seminars and classes designed to elevate your writing craft.
But even better, we’ve added a new prize for our 3 Grand Prize Winners for the 2017 Launch Pad Pilots Competition. In addition to introductions to some of the biggest agents, managers, and executives in Hollywood, flights to Los Angeles for an exclusive industry event, now our 3 Grand Prize Winners will also receive a free invitation to attend the Vermont TV Writing Retreat by Jacob Krueger Studio which is held at ITV Fest. Each of the three winners will also receive a VIP Content Creator Pass to the entire ITV Festival which includes panels and workshops from top showrunners, creators, reps, and executives working in TV today! This is yet another great opportunity we’re excited to add to our Grand Prize Package and one we know will be a life changing experience.
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.
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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.