2017 Launch Pad Pilot Competition
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Competition Dates
    Early

    Ends December 4, 2016

    $65

    Regular

    Ends January 8, 2017

    $75

    Late

    Ends February 5, 2017

    $85

    Finish

    Ends February 20, 2017

    $95

    Top 25 Announced

    May 2, 2017

    Top 10 Announced

    May 16, 2017

    Feedback Notes Returned

    May 17, 2017

    Winners Announced

    May 23, 2017

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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.

The Launch Pad: A Writing Competition Like No Other

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.

Judges Who Matter

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.

Powerful Partnerships

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.

One on One Learning

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.

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.

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.

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The 2017 Pilot Competition Prizes

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

Guaranteed Option Prize

Endgame Entertainment Prize

A Minimum Of 1 Script By Those Who Selected The Guaranteed Option Add-On Upon Entry Will Be Selected By Endgame Entertainment

  • 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. Endgame will guarantee to option at least one project from those who select the Guaranteed Option Prize add-on from this year's competition.
Guaranteed Signing Add On Prize

Fourth Wall Management Prize

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

  • 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 includes 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 both the agency and management worlds. Fourth Wall will sign at least one writer from those who select the Guaranteed Signing add-on with their competition entry.
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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.
Grand Prize Winners

Grand Prize Winners

3 Projects Will Be Selected

  • The Launch Pad Pilots Competition overall winners (Top 3) , 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.
Top Ten Finalists

Top 10 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.
Top 25 Finalists

Top 25 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.
Top 50 Finalists

Top 50 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.
Top 75 finalists

Top 75 Finalists

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 2017 Pilot Competition Judges

Amanda Burnett

UTA


  • Reps 2015 Launch Pad Pilots alum Laura Bensick (The Mother).
  • Her clients have been staffed on such shows as Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, and Lucifer
  • UTA had the highest number of specs out and set up in 2015.
  • UTA led all agencies with 18 writers on the 2016 Young & Hungry List
  • UTA represents top writers such as Scott Gimple (The Walking Dead), Julian Fellowes (Downton Abbey), Phyllis Nagy (Carol), Alan Ball (Six Feet Under, True Blood), Drew Goddard (The Martian), Jeff Nichols (Loving, Midnight Special) and Ted Melfi (St. Vincent, Hidden Figures).

Austin Denesuk

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.
  • CAA represents such top writers as Billy Ray (Captain Phillips), Damon Lindelof (Lost, The Leftovers), D.B. Weiss and David Benioff (Game of Thrones), Matthew Weiner (Mad Men), Dustin Lance Black (Milk) and J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year, Margin Call).
  • CAA clients have written on shows such as Grace and Frankie, Masters of Sex, Rosewood, Roadies, The Fosters, Queen of the South, Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, Shadowhunters, 11/23/16, Grey’s Anatomy, and The Flash.

Brad Petrigala

Brillstein


  • Reps writer/director James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now, Smashed, The End of the Tour) whose upcoming film The Circle stars Tom Hanks, Emma Watson and John Boyega.
  • His writers have been staffed on such shows as Younger, The Goldbergs, Community, Saturday Night Live, Conan, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Modern Family, Scorpion, and Rectify.
  • Reps writer/performers like Melissa Rauch (The Big Bang Theory, The Bronze) and Nikki Glaser.

Brooklyn Weaver

Energy Entertainment


  • He is the only manager to have had writers appear on every Hit List, Black List, and Young & Hungry List since 2010.
  • Top manager in specs set up in both 2013 and 2014.
  • His clients have been staffed on such shows as Extant, Sleepy Hollow, Ash vs. Evil Dead, Bates Motel, and Major Crimes.
  • His writers have written such films as Everest, Black Mass, Deadpool, Out of the Furnace and Run All Night.
  • Has signed 14 Launch Pad Alumni and judged for every Launch Pad competition.

Carina Sposato

Scott Free


  • Ridley Scott's production company, Scott Free has produced a number of award-winning films including The Martian, Black Hawk Down, The Grey, Prometheus, and Concussion.
  • Producers of such television series as The Good Wife, The Man in the High Castle, Mercy Street, and the upcoming Taboo starring Tom Hardy.
  • Scott Free is producing the upcoming Alien and Blade Runner sequels.
  • Producing Daniel Turkewitz’ Launch Pad script Earthless (FKA Tranquility Base) alongside Romark Entertainment and 20th Century Fox.

Chase Northington

Verve


  • His clients have been staffed on such shows as Teen Wolf and Scream.
  • Represented 4 writers on the 2016 Young & Hungry List.
  • Verve has signed 4 Launch Pad Alumni.
  • Verve clients include Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly (Jurassic World, Safety Not Guaranteed), Brian K. Vaughn (Under the Dome, Lost), Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry), Michael Arndt (Little Miss Sunshine) and others.

Claire Abramowitz

Cartel


  • The Cartel’s clients have written such films as Piranha 3D, Saw: Legacy, and Sorority Row.
  • The Cartel’s clients are staffed on such shows as The Flash, The Fosters, Mistresses, Rizzoli & Isles, The Carmichael Show, Zoo, Chicago Fire, The Blacklist, Shadowhunters, Scream, Turn, Switched at Birth, and more.
  • She previously worked for Random House Studios and the Penguin Development where she developed original IP and books for film and television adaptation.

Danny Alexander

APA


  • APA clients have written on Bates Motel, The Big Bang Theory, Narcos, Angie Tribeca, Hannibal, East Los High, Graceland, Numb3rs, Heartbeat, The Glades, In Plain Sight, Young & Hungry, Desperate Housewives, and more.
  • APA has signed multiple Launch Pad Alumni
  • APA had multiple clients appear on the Young & Hungry List for 2016 as well as the 2015 Hit List.

Derrick Eppich

Lee Stobby Entertainment


  • Lee Stobby Entertainment represents Isaac Adamson, whose spec Bubbles topped the 2015 Black List and placed second on the 2015 Hit List.
  • Their clients have written for such shows as CSI: Cyber and The Middle.
  • Lee Stobby Entertainment represents 6 Launch Pad Alumni.

Jake Wagner

Good Fear Films + Mgmt


  • 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, as well as multiple on the 2016 Young & Hungry List.
  • Represents Neil Goldman, who has written for shows such as The Odd Couple and Community and created the upcoming CBS sitcom Superior Donuts.

James Engle

Echo Lake


  • Represented 6 writers on the 2015 Young & Hungry List, making him the top manager.
  • His clients have been staffed on such shows as Legends, Dallas, Lethal Weapon, Person of Interest, UnREAL, Queen of the South, MacGyver, Jane the Virgin, Grimm, Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, Reign, Teen Wolf, The Last Ship, The 100, Pretty Little Liars, and more.
  • Echo Lake has signed 4 Launch Pad Alumni

John Zaozirny

Bellevue


  • Represents David Chirchirillo, whose spec Eli appeared on the Hit List and Black List for 2015.
  • Bellevue was one of the top management companies on the 2015 Hit List, representing 6 projects.
  • Had multiple writers on the Hit List and Black List for 2015.
  • Represents Ian Shorr and Peter Gamble, writers of the upcoming Office Uprising.
  • Has clients staffed on Bosch and Training Day.

Jon Huddle

Fourth Wall


  • Fourth Wall has clients who have written for Community, Greenleaf, Family Guy, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert amongst other shows.
  • Fourth Wall clients Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley are the writers of Horrible Bosses and the upcoming Spider Man: Homecoming starring Tom Holland and Robert Downey Jr.
  • Other clients have written such films as Grown Ups, Grown Ups 2, Alexander and the No Good Horrible Very Bad Day, Beauty and the Beast, Huntsman: Winter’s War and others.

Jon Kanak

Magnet Management


  • 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 Project, American Dad, The Killing, Teen Wolf, and Chuck.
  • Magnet had four clients on the 2016 Young & Hungry List.
  • Jon has signed multiple Launch Pad Alumni.

Katherine Riley

Kaplan Stahler


  • Kaplan Stahler was featured on the Hit List, Black List and Young & Hungry List for 2015.
  • Their clients have been staffed on such shows as iZombie, American Crime, Speechless, Bloodline, Incorporated, Jane the Virgin, and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.
  • Kaplan Stahler has previously signed Launch Pad Alumni.

Kendrick Tan

Madhouse


  • Madhouse represents writers Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners), Carter Blanchard (Independence Day: Resurgence), David Guggenheim (Uncharted), Karem Singa (The First Girl I Loved, The Young Kieslowski) and many more.
  • His clients have been staffed on such shows as About a Boy and Gravity Falls.
  • Had writers appear on the Hit List, Young & Hungry List and Black List for 2014 and 2015.
  • Madhouse is producing the upcoming NBC show The Ark, as well as upcoming feature films American Rebel, and The Bounty that has Will Smith attached to star.

Luke Maxwell

3 Arts Entertainment


  • 3 Arts produces such TV series as Better Things, Insecure, The Good Place, Baskets, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Silicon Valley, The Mindy Project and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
  • 3 Arts clients are staffed on such shows as Empire, Stan Against Evil, The Flash, Saturday Night Live, and Survivor’s Remorse.
  • 3 Arts represents such writer/performers as Aziz Ansari, Amy Poehler, Bo Burnham, Hannibal Buress, Issa Rae, Jenny Slate, Louis CK and others.

Matt Snow

Paradigm


  • His clients are staffed on such shows as Stranger Things, The Great Indoors, NCIS: Los Angeles, and the upcoming Syfy show Incorporated.
  • Paradigm has signed 10 Launch Pad Alumni, including Eric Koenig, who sold his script Matriarch in a bidding war in 2014.
  • Paradigm had 11 writers on the 2016 Young & Hungry List and repped 9 projects on the 2015 Hit List.

Melissa Lora

Vertigo


  • 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, Blair Witch, and many more.
  • Vertigo also produced The Lego Movie, and the upcoming 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.

Michael LoSasso

Gersh


  • His clients are staffed on such shows as Marvel’s Daredevil, Supergirl, and The Last Ship.
  • Gersh represents writers such as Tayler Sheridan (Sicario, Comancheria), Brian Duffield (Insurgent, Jane Got A Gun), 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.

Michelle Knudsen

MXN


  • Her clients have worked on shows like The Fosters, Supernatural, and Smash.
  • Represents Jesse Andrews, who adapted his novel Me and Earl and the Dying Girl into a Sundance breakout.
  • Represented 3 projects on the 2015 Hit List.
  • Has signed multiple Launch Pad Alumni.

Natalie Williams

Bad Robot


  • Bad Robot is J.J. Abrams’ production company, behind such high profile film franchises as Star Trek, Star Wars, Mission Impossible, and Cloverfield.
  • Producers of Super 8, Infinitely Polar Bear, Morning Glory, and other films.
  • Bad Robot is also behind such TV series as Westworld, 11/22/63, Person of Interest and Roadies.

Robert Lazar

Shuman Company


  • Represents writers behind films like Red Dawn, The Last House on the Left, and Snowpiercer.
  • His clients work on such shows as Sneaky Pete, Orphan Black, Castle, Underground, Notorious, and Criminal Minds.
  • Production Company behind the film Concussion, starring Will Smith.

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.
  • ESA clients have worked on hit shows such as Mr. Robot, House of Cards, Game of Thrones, Vinyl, Boardwalk Empire, Extant, Ray Donovan, Under the Dome, Black Sails, The 100, and more.

Will Rack

UnbeliEVAble Entertainment


  • UnbeliEVAble Entertainment is the production company of Eva Longoria.
  • UnbeliEVAble has several shows in development for 2017 at multiple networks including; ABC, Comedy Central, NBC, and Lifetime.
  • He previously worked for Shawn Levy’s Fox based production company, 21 Laps and served as associate producer on The Internship and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.
  • UnbeliEVAble has a first-look deal with Universal Pictures for film and a multi-year deal pod deal with NBC Universal for television.

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

Eric Koenig Finalist, 2014 Launch Pad Feature Competition

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Eric Koenig

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.


Ahmadu Garba

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.

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Bisanne Masoud & Talia Gonzalez

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.

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