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In just 4 years The Launch Pad Competition went from being the newcomer on the block to the most successful writing competition in the world. With an emphasis on helping start careers, and not simply giving a writer a few dollars and putting their names on a list, we’ve seen our writers land with some of the largest representation in town, sell their projects to several elite outlets, and land on every major annual “best of” list sine our launch. Now with over 182 writers signed, 56 projects set up, and more than two dozen staffed on shows, we’re incredibly proud of the work our team has done, but we’re even more so with the writers we’ve had a chance to work with to make their dreams become realities.

Below are just a few of their stories…

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Eric Koenig

Signed with Paradigm and Benderspink

Set up with Paramount, Red Wagon Entertainment, Romark Entertainment


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 has found something new to brag about, selling a spec script for mid six figures to Paramount Pictures with Red Wagon Entertainment and Romark Entertainment producing. His reps, David Boxerbaum from Paradigm 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 Blacklist.


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Michael Perri

Signed with Kaplan Stahler Agency and Echo Lake Entertainment


Once his pilot, NEXXUS, became a TB Recommended script Perri quickly found himself with representation. To follow that up he made his way onto a Young & Hungry List, the 2013 National Hispanic Media Coalition’s Television Writers Program, became the 2013 Storyboard National TV Pilot competition Winner, and entered the 2013 Writers on the Verge Program at NBC Universal. Since that time he has been staffed on NBC series' STATE OF AFFAIRS and BLINDSPOT.


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Ahmadu Garba

Signed with Epicenter


In 2015, Garba placed in the Top 5% of both the Pilots and Features Competitions with THE ELEVENTH HOUR and AUGUSTUS, respectively. His work garnered a lot of interest, leading to him signing with Allard Cantor and Jarrod Murray of Epicenter. Garba was then chosen for the 2016 FOX Writers Intensive Program.


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Santa Sierra

Signed with ICM and Luber/Roklin Entertainment


Receiving a TB Recommends for her script GROWING UP MORALES, Sierra has since been signed by Brandy Rivers at ICM and Bryan Brucks from Luber/Roklin and went on to make the 2013 Young and Hungry List. She is now working on the project CHICO GRANDE for Amazon Studios.


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Talia Gonzalez

Signed with UTA and Thruline Entertainment


20 MINUTES SOUTH placed in the Top 25 in the 2013 LPFC and after being signed by Greg Iserson at UTA as well as Danny Sherman and Jeff Chiabattary at Thruline Entertainment, Gonzalez earned a job as a staff writer on MTV’S TEEN WOLF. She followed it up by being staffed with writing partner Bisanne Masoud on The CW's iZombie.


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Bisanne Masoud

Signed with UTA and Thruline Entertainment


After her feature script, 20 MINUTES SOUTH, placed in the Top 25 in the 2013 LPFC, Masoud found representation with Greg Iserson at UTA as well as Danny Sherman and Jeff Chiabattary from Thruline. Since then Masoud landed a staff writing position on MTV’s TEEN WOLF. She followed it up by being staffed with writing partner Talia Gonzalez on The CW's iZombie.


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John Kelley

Signed with Stephanie Rogers & Associates


STERLING was a 2013 LPFC Top 25 script, which brought Kelley to the attention of Stephanie Rogers. He also won the PAGE International Gold Prize in Science Fiction, while placing as a semifinalist in the American Screenwriting Competition and currently lives in New York where he works for NBC Universal.


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Dan Dollar

Signed with CAA and Industry Entertainment

Set up with Warner Bros., Appian Way, Romark Entertainment, Vertigo Entertainment


A 2013 TB Recommended writer from his script, A BOY AND HIS TIGER, Dollar found himself quickly snatched up by Alexandra Trustman and Jon Cassir from CAA and Michael Botti at Industry Entertainment. From there Dollar found himself on the 2013 Young and Hungry List, Hit List, and Blacklist after his script sold to Warner Bros. Pictures with Leonardo DiCapprio’s Appian Way producing.


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Daniel Turkewitz

Signed with APA and Energy Entertainment

Set up with 20th Century Fox, Energy Entertainment, Romark Entertainment, Scott Free Productions


Turkewitz’s script, TRANQUILITY BASE, made the Top 10 in the 2013 LPFC and got him onto that year’s Hit List and Young and Hungry List. After picking up David Saunders at APA and Brooklyn Weaver at Energy Entertainment as his reps, they were able to set up the project with 20th Century Fox and Scott Free Productions with Ridley Scott producing.


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Lily Blau

Signed by CAA and Washington Square Arts


Her 2014 Top 10 LPPC pilot, SIDE BY SIDE, drew Blau to Olivia Blaustein at CAA and Bruce Miller at Washington Square Arts as her reps. Prior to that she had been a runner up in the ScriptChix Pilot Contest and a finalist in Final Draft's Big Break Contest.


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Greg Scharpf

Signed with Verve and Industry Entertainment

Set up with MXN Entertainment, Wonderland Sound & Vision


Bill Weinstein and Tanya Cohen of Verve and Micah Klatzker and Steve Crawford of Industry Entertainment now rep this 2014 LPFC Top 25 writer. ONE FELL SWOOP also helped Scharpf get onto the 2014 Hit List and Blacklist before having the script set up at McG’s production company, Wonderland Sound and Vision.


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Dan Benamor

Signed with Paradigm and Energy Entertainment

Set up with Anonymous Content, Energy Entertainment, Romark Entertainment


The first of 2016's TB Recommends scripts, Benamor's feature ONWARD, THROUGH THE NIGHT garnered the interest of several representation companies following his selection, and he signed with Adrian Garcia and David Boxerbaum of Paradigm, and Energy Entertainment's Brooklyn Weaver. The spec is now being packaged by Oscar-winner Michael Sugar and Ashley Zulta for Anonymous Entertainment, with Energy and Romark Entertainment producing.


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Alanna Brown

Signed with Paradigm and Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment


Her top 25 2014 LPFC script, TREES OF PEACE, helped her find representation with Adrian Garcia and David Boxerbaum at Paradigm as well as Aaron Kaplan and Sean Perrone from Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment. They are currently shopping the script to multiple interested parties.


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Kate Trefry

Signed with UTA and Lee Stobby Entertainment


After being announced as the overall winner of the 2013 LPFC, Trefry was signed by Lee Stobby of Lee Stobby Entertainment and soon after Amanda Hymson, Keya Khayatian, and Tim Phillips at UTA. She also managed to make all three major lists in 2013, showing up on the Young and Hungry List, Hit List, and Black List.


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Max Perry

Signed with Madhouse Entertainment


Perry had been working in the industry in various rolls for years without representation. But when his pilot, PROSPECT, made the Top 10 in the 2014 LPPC, he found himself with two new managers, Adam Kolbrenner and Chris Cook of Madhouse Entertainment.


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Daniel Algarin

Signed with UTA and Benderspink

Set up with Blumhouse Productions, Chapter One


His script, CAESURA, made the Top 25 during the 2014 LPFC which found him representation with Jon Huddle at UTA along with Daniel Vang and Jake Wagner at Benderspink. Shortly after the contest ended the project was set up at Blumhouse for development.


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Shira Hoffman

Signed with CAA and Untitled Entertainment


When Hoffman's pilot LATE BLOOMER placed in the Top 5% of the 2015 LPPC, she was quickly signed by CAA's Jacquie Katz and Praveen Pandian, and Jennifer Au of Untitled Entertainment. Hoffman also landed on the 2015 Young & Hungry List, and she's studdied, written, and performed sketch comedy at Chicago's Second City and L.A.'s The Groundlings.


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Ryan Trevino

Signed with APA and Circle of Confusion


Making the 2014 LPFC Top 10 and 2014 Nicholl Finals, ARCADIA brought Trevino a lot of attention. The project is now out to the town and in the hands of producers and talent. Trevino also placed on the 2015 Young & Hungry List, and he's represented by APA's Adam Perry, Alex Johnson, David Saunders, and Zach Cox at Circle Of Confusion.


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Rohit Kumar

Signed with ICM and Benderspink


Kumar's GREYSHORE not only finished as Top Drama in the 2015 LPPC, but another pilot by him, UNBECOMERS, also earned a spot as an honorable mention. He's worked at CAA, Davis Entertainment, and True Pictures, and earned a spot on the 2015 Young & Hungry List. He's represented by Andrew Murphy, Brandy Rivers, and Matt Baldovsky at ICM, and David Baggelaar and Scott Stoops of Benderspink.


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Mike Van Waes

Signed with ICM and Grandview


Van Waes saw his script, THE SHIVERS, make the Top 10 of the 2014 LPFC. He is also a 2014 Nicholl finalist and made the 2014 Hit List, as well as the 2015 Hit List and Black List. He is represnted at ICM by Allie Berkowitz and Doug Johnson, and at Grandview by Zac Frognowski.


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Homa Mojtabai

Signed with Heroes and Villains Entertainment


Mojtabai's pilot BAIT was chosen by Henry Huang of Heroes and Villains Entertainment for the 2015 LPPC Guaranteed Signing contest. She wrote her first screenplay while earning her MBA from Wharton, which went on to advance as a quarter-finalist in the American Zoetrope competition. Her work has also appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, VanityFair.com, and the Los Angeles Times.


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Jacob Isser

Signed with Artillery Creative


After his comedy feature, H.O.V., made the Top 10 in the 2014 LPFC, Isser was quickly signed by Thomas Carter of Artillery Creative. They are currently shopping the town with the spec. Isser was featured on the 2015 Young & Hungry List, and he is rewriting THE EXPENDABLE ONE for Intrepid Pictures.


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Eleonore Gachet

Signed with Paradigm


Following her script FIRST LADY being chosen as the Overall Winner of the 2015 LPFC, Gachet quickly signed with Adrian Garcia and David Boxerbaum of Paradigm, who are helping develop the feature with an eye of taking it out on the market soon. Gachet has worked in the European film industry for a decade, giving her the opportunity to work with talented independent filmmakers, and she's directed a short film and two documentaries herself.


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David Hoffman

Signed with Paradigm and Artillery Creative


Hoffman enjoyed an amazing 2015, from being named the LPPC Overall Winner for his pilot RUNNING MONEY, to his feature spec THE GREAT DEBATE being named a Semifinalist at the Austin Film Festival, and then landing him on both the Young & Hungry List and Hit List. THE GREAT DEBATE was also awarded AFF's Enderby Entertainment Award, and Hoffman was quickly swooped up by Adrian Garcia, David Boxerbaum, Ellie Schiff, and Zac Simmons at Paradigm and Artillery Creative's Tom Carter.


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Kaitlin Kelly

Set up with Demarest Films


Together with her writing partner Andy Heriaud, Kaitlin Kelly's pilot WINTER placed in Top 10 of the 2014 LPPC. In addition to placing in the contest she saw herself on the 2014 Young and Hungry List while WINTER is currently set up with Demarest Films.


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Andy Heriaud

Set up with Demarest Films


Heriaud's pilot WINTER, written with his writing partner Kaitlin Kelly, placed in the Top 10 of the 2014 LPPC. After the contest he made the 2014 Young and Hungry List. Their pilot is currently set up with Demarest Films.


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Eric M. Brown

Signed with CAA and Madhouse Entertainment

Set up with 3311 Productions


HEMINGWAY BOY was a TB Recommended script and helped Brown secure Chelsea Reed and Matt Martin from CAA and Madhouse Entertainment's Ryan Cunningham as his reps. They would all go on to see Brown make the Hit List and Young and Hungry List in 2012.


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Dan Shea

Set up with Under the Stairs Entertainment


The script made the Top 25 in the 2013 LPFC and has gone on to be optioned by Under The Stairs Entertainment.


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Benjamin Kawaller

Signed with Bellevue Productions


A Harvard graduate and recent veteran of the industry, Kawaller has worked for both CBS TV Studios and UTA. After his pilot THE NEXT BEST THING placed in the Top 5% in the 2015 LPPC, Kawaller signed with Jeff Portnoy of Bellevue Productions. The pilot was a finalist at the 2015 Austin Film Festival, and Kawaller also landed a place on The Black List's 2016 TV Writers Staffing Book, which predicts the writers who have the best potential for being staffed of the year.


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Michael Stagliano

Signed with Benderspink


Perhaps best known for his stint as a fan favorite ABC’s THE BACHELORETTE and BACHELOR PAD 2, Stagliano's pilot NEVERLAND finished in the Top 5% of the 2015 LPPC, quickly leading to him signing with Benderspink's Jake Wagner.


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Sarah McChesney

Signed with Kaplan Stahler Agency and Benderspink


Besides finishing in the Top 5% of the 2015 LPPC with her pilot SHUDDER HOLLOW, McChesney is also a 2015 HBOAccess Writers Fellowship winner. After placing in the LPPC, she was signed by Cindy Mintz and Katherine Riley at Kaplan Stahler, and Benderspink's David Baggelaar and Scott Stoops. An improv actor in Los Angeles, McChesney is an alumni of both The Groundlings, the Upright Citizens Brigade, and a member of the Jim Henson Company's PUPPET UP!, and has served as a story producer on a number of reality shows for networks including MTV, E! and Bravo.


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Brian Shin

Signed with Dialed-In Entertainment


Before Shin's pilot LEGACY placed in the 2015 LPPC, he'd worked as everything from a sushi chef to a professional poker player. After the contest, Shin was quickly scooped up by Alex Creasia of Dialed-In Entertainment. He has also written for a live theater sketch show, the 2014 CBS Diversity Showcase, and currently works as a writers' assistant for FOX's GRANDFATHERED.


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Jared Ferrie

Signed with Paradigm and Black Box Media


Written with partner Peter Klausner, Ferrie's feature spec BUCK OFF was a finalist in the 2015 LPFC. The pair have been signed by Gersh's Greg Pedicin and Noah Jones, who are currently shopping the pilot to multiple interested parties.


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Kaitlin Fontana

Signed with Brillstein Entertainment Partners


Her pilot CASEY CAN'T placed in the Top 5% of the 2015 LPPC, and Fontana quickly signed with Brad Petrigala of Brillstein Entertainment Partners. An award-winning music journalist and essayist living in Brooklyn, NY, Fontana's work has appeared in SPIN, Rolling Stone, New York Magazine, and Entertainment Weekly, and more. She is the co-creator, executive producer, and director of WE LOVE TV, an acclaimed episodic television live tribute show and original series pilot reading program, she is currently the head writer of the VH1 show THE 20.


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Mark Ganek

Signed with Rothman Brecher Agency and Principato/Young Entertainment


Ganek's script 106 made the Top 25 of the 2014 LPFC, while his BEYONCE'S HUNGRY placed in the Top 5% of the 2015 LPPC. He was featured on the 2015 Young & Hungry List, and is represented by Andrea Kavoosi and Rina Brannen of Rothman Brecher Agency, as well as Maggie Haskins at Principato/Young Entertainment.


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Elena Song

Signed with APA and Echo Lake Management


Represented at APA by David Meese and Ryan Saul, and Echo Lake Management's Dave Brown and Matt Horwitz, Song's pilot ECHO LAKE finished in the Top 25 of the 2015 LPPC. Currently Song is writing TV movie A CINDERELLA STORY: IF THE SHOE FITS for Freeform. She penned both BRING IT ON 4 & 5, and her script AFTER MINDY FLIPPED OUT also placed on the 2005 Black List.


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Dylan Brod

Signed with Energy Entertainment

Set up with Imperative Entertainment


PARADOX, Brod’s Top 10 pilot from the 2014 LPPC, garnered him the attention of Brooklyn Weaver at Energy Entertainment. Since that time he has seen his name appear on the 2014 Young and Hungry List. His pilot was set up for production at Tim Kring’s Imperative Entertainment.


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Leon Langford

Signed with UTA and Energy Entertainment


Langford and writing partner Collin Watts' RED PASS placed in the 2015 LPFC, leading to the pair being signed by Energy Entertainment's Brooklyn Weaver. Weaver is currently developing the feature with them and plans to shop it soon. Langford is also signed by UTA's Charles Ferraro and Geoff Morley, and began his career as a novelist, before switching focus to pursue screenwriting, where he's placed in a number of contests. His spec BLACKLASH was bought by Parkside Pictures' Danny Roth and Michael Tadross Jr. of Tadross Media Group.


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Dani Bailes

Signed with Echo Lake Management


Following placing in the Top 5% of the LPPC with her pilot THE LETTERS, Bailes signed with Chelsea Benson and Zadoc Angell of Echo Lake Management. Her first screenplay, TWENTY-FOUR SEVEN JAPAN, placed in the 2014 Austin Film Festival.


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Tristan Thai

Signed with Jon Kanak Management


He had written for G4TV and AOL Studios, but it was not until his pilot, BLOOD TIES, took Top Drama in the 2014 LPPC that Thai found himself with a manager: Jon Kanak of Jon Kanak Management. Later that same year he found his name on the 2014 Young and Hungry List.


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Sebastian Davis

Signed with WME


His script 106 made the Top 25 of the 2014 LPFC, while project PLAY THE DEVIL placed in the Top 5% of the 2015 LPFC.


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Christopher Basler

Signed with ESA and Industry Entertainment


Basler's THE GOVERNESS placed in the Top 25 of the 2015 LPPC, and just a week later was also a featured pilot on The Black List site. He's represented at ESA by Antoni Kaczmarek and Varun Monga, and by Ava Jamshidi and Micah Klatzer at Industry Entertainment.


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Kassia Miller

Signed with New Wave Entertainment


Miller found representation with Matt Ochacher of New Wave Entertainment after her pilot, DOUBLES, made the Top 10 in the 2014 LPPC. She quickly followed that up by making the 2014 Young and Hungry List. She also created the NBC Pilot IMAGINARY FRIEND, which is filming a pilot starring Sean Hayes.


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Brian Michael Scully

Signed with Verve and The Muraviov Company

Set up with Producers Jason Irizarry and Tani Marole


After his screenplay, COUNTERPOINT, became a TB Recommended script back in 2012, Scully found himself with representation at Verve with Melissa Solomon and at The Muraviov Company with Kathy Muraviov. Later that year he made both the Hit List and The Young and Hungry List and since that time his script has been optioned by Tani Marole and Jason Irizarry.


Eleven days. That’s all it took The TrackingBoard to literally launch my screenwriting career. Eleven days from myscript 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 LPFC

This isn’t some bullshit random contest offering you money or something – this thing starts careers. It’s only been around for one year, and already everyone is this town knows about it. It’s huge. Everyone wants what this contest has.

Lee Stobby Manager, Lee Stobby Entertainment
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Sarah Acosta

Signed with Madhouse Entertainment


Following on the heels of Acosta's script ECLIPSED placing in the Top 5% of the 2015 LPFC, she was signed by Madhouse Entertainment's Robyn Meisinger and Ryan Cunningham. Acosta was also accepted into the NHMC Television Writers Program, co-sponsored by ABC and NBC. She also co-created a dramedy pilot acquired by Relativity, which has garnered interest from major networks. She is currently writing and directing two shorts for the horror anthology FUN SIZE HORROR.


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Alex Carl

Signed with ESA and Kailey Marsh Media

Set up with Altered.LA, Punch Media


Carl's script FASCINATION 127 made the Top 25 in the 2013 LPFC and has gone on to be optioned by Altered.LA and Punch Media. He is represented by ESA's Varun Monga and Kailey Marsh's own Kailey Marsh Media, and was featured on the 2015 Hit List and Young & Hungry List.


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Andrea Janakas

Signed with Paradigm and Infinity Management


Writer-director Janakas placed in the 2015 LPPC with her pilot BLUE BOOK, a judges', and landed a spot on the 2015 Young & Hungry List. Represented by Paradigm's Jennifer Good and Seth Nagel at Infinity Management, she also has pilot SEARCH FOR LIFE in development at eOne Television, Cinema Gypsy Productions and Energy Entertainment with Laurence Fishburne attached to produce.


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Garrett Lander

Signed with Benderspink


Along with writing partner Joel Dorland, Lander's pilot THE BELT finished in the Top 5% of the 2015 LPPC. The duo were subsequently signed by Daniel Vang and Scott Stoops of Benderspink.


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Peter Klausner

Signed with Paradigm and Black Box Media


Along with writing partner Jared Ferrie, Klausner's feature BUCK OFF was a finalist in the 2015 LPFC. The duo soon signed with Gersh's Greg Pedicin and Noah Jones, who are currently shopping the pilot to multiple interested parties.


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David Case

Signed with Heroes and Villains Entertainment


Signed with Heroes and Villains Entertainment's Markus Goerg and Mikhail Nayfeld, Case's feature ROOK placed in the Top 5% of the 2015 LPFC. His spec THE PASSENGER is set up with Joel Silver's Silver Pictures.


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Esther Celia Finkelstein

Signed with Rothman Brecher Agency


An actress and writer, Celia was scooped up by Rina Brannen, Robb Rothman, and Stephanie Rothman at the Rothman Brecher Agency shortly after her pilot BETTER placed in the Top 5% of the 2015 LPPC. Her television acting credits include guest-starring roles on RIZZOLI AND ISLES, THE MENTALIST, HOUSE M.D., AMERICAN HORROR STORY, DON'T TRUST THE B* IN APARTMENT 23, THE MIDDLE, NCIS: LOS ANGELES, and MY BOYS. Her film credits include the award-winning short STIGMA, CONTRACTED, YOU OR A LOVED ONE, and HORRIBLE BOSSES.


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Paul McLalin

Signed with CAA and Lee Stobby Entertainment


His 2015 Tracking Board Recommends script YOU'RE DEAD TO ME caught the attention of a number of representative bigwigs, and McLalin signed with Chelsea Radler, Jacquie Katz, Olivia Blaustein, and Rob Coleman of CAA, and Lee Stobby Entertainment's own Lee Stobby. He currently works as a writers' assistant on CBS's ANGEL FROM HELL, and was previously written for Comedy Central's TRIPTANK.


The Tracking Board’s Launch Pad contest is a serious game changer. I’d never really been persuaded by the idea of entering a contest before, because many seemed pointless: it’s a lot of politics, you have to write ‘for’ the judging panel, and what you win is either just a title or money. I didn’t know exactly what I could get out of that. It’s amazing to see The Tracking Board run a contest of a different sort: you can be you, talent is talent, and what you receive is something more measurable than just acclaim. In an industry where so much of your future relies less on what you can do but who you know, the simplicity of the contest is wonderful. It’s a true chance to cut through the B.S. and let your writing speak for itself.

Kaitlin Kelly & Andy Heriaud Finalist, 2014 LPPC

I entered The Tracking Board’s Launch Pad Pilot contest and within a week of being named a Semifinalist I signed with a top tier manager. I think that speaks for itself, but I’d also like to note that The Tracking Board’s staff has gone above and beyond to promote my script and expose it to legitimate industry contacts and keep me abreast of every step. Most contests simply announce the winners on their website and have done with it, but The Tracking Board is actually motivated to help the careers of its entrants. Also, they have the means to actually do so, which is rare.

Ted Sperling Finalist, 2014 LPPC
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Ryan Stack

Signed with Energy Entertainment


Once his pilot BENEATH garnered attention after placing in the Top 5% of the 2015 LPPC, Energy Entertainment's Brooklyn Weaver quickly signed Stack. Energy is currently developing the pilot with Stack, looking to shop it on the market soon. Stack has also developed projects with 20th Century Fox, Nu Image, and Beneficial Entertainment, and as a freelance producer has worked on shows like THE DAILY 10, E! NEWS, and LIVE FROM E!.


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Mukilan Thangamani

Set up with Enderby Entertainment


The 2012 TB Recommends script DIVORCE PARTY! was set up for production with Enderby Entertainment, and Thangamani was featured on the 2012 Young & Hungry List.


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Graham Funke

Signed with Paradigm and Heroes and Villains Entertainment


With co-writer Zack Kaplan, Funke's DARK AND BROKEN CODE placed in the Top 5% of the 2015 LPPC. Funke is represented by Jennifer Good of Paradigm, and the pair is signed with Mikhail Nayfeld of Heroes and Villains Entertainment. The duo's first feature script THE GREAT TRAIN ADVENTURE was a hot spec and a Finalist in Final Draft's Big Break, while DARK AND BROKEN CODE also finished as a Semi-Finalist in Final Draft's Big Break and was a Second Rounder in Austin Film Festival's TV Competition.


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Nic Lishko

Signed with Energy Entertainment


A 2014 TB Recommends script, HENCHMAN (AKA: EVILISH), led to Lishko being signed by Energy Entertainment's Brooklyn Weaver. He would later go on to make the 2014 Hit List.


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Annah Feinberg

Signed with Grandview


Her Top 5% 2015 LPPC script, BY DEGREE, helped her find representation with Merideth Bajana and Zac Frognowski of Grandview.


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Adam Goldstein

Signed with Management SGC


After years of being a creative director/copywriter, Goldstein’s 2014 Top 3 script, INTRO TO CREATION, finally found him representation with Scott Carr. In addition, it helped him find his way onto the 2014 Young and Hungry List.


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Don Grail

Signed with Zero Gravity Managment


With a BA from Berkeley and a Screenwriting MFA from USC, Grail's LAST REFUGE placed in the Top 5% of of the 2015 LPFC. LAST REFUGE was also a Quarter Finalist in this year's Script Pipeline screenplay contest. Another Grail script, GRIZ, won Best Action Adventure at Screenplay Magazine's Screenwriter's Expo 3, and his project TJ was optioned by Chris Coen (SINGLE SHOT, FUNNY GAMES) at Halcyon Entertainment. His script WAREHOUSE NO. 7 won Best Horror script in Fade-In Magazine's 2014 screenplay competition. Grail is represented by Eric Williams at Zero Gravity Managment.


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Ben Watts

Signed with Markerstone


Not only did Watts' script WHEN THE DEVIL'S LOOSE place in the 2015 LPFC Top 10 and get him representation with Mark Lawyer's Markerstone, it was also a finalist in the Nashville Film Festival's 2016 Screenwriting Compeition and guaranteed Watts a place at the Atlanta Film Festival's 2015 Screenwriters' Retreat as one of the winners. Watts' short film BLOOD OF MAN was also an official selection of the 2013 Atlanta Film Festival, Chattanooga Film Festival, Dam Short, Film Festival, and was featured in Film School Rejects.


The Launch Pad competition is one of, if not the, premiere industry screenplay competitions. It is a gold mine of well-executed, commercial specs and it is run by execs who are savvy, have great taste and are well connected. With the amount of talent that is signed and the amount of scripts that are sold out of Launch Pad, this is the competition that every writer, rep and exec should know and be excited about.

Jake Wagner Manager, Benderspink

When I submitted to the LPFC, I thought I was entering a competition - only to discover I had landed in an expertly curated screenwriting showcase. Thanks to the LPFC I have gone from being yet another schmuck with a script to being promoted, celebrated, supported, and embraced as a screenwriter. You’ve given me attention, guidance, support, and access. More than that, you’ve given me a career. Whatever else happens from here on out, it is a direct result of the LPFC and all your work.

Adam Goldstein Top 3, 2014 LPFC
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Trevor Mayes

Signed with Zero Gravity Management


One of the first Launch Pad finalists, Mayes' script FIRE FIGHT placed in the Top 25 of the 2013 LPFC. The feature also landed him a quarterfinalist spot on the 2013 PAGE International Screenwriting Awards, and Mayes was signed by Eric Williams of Zero Gravity Management.


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Robert Dunn

Signed with APA and Circle of Confusion


ARCADIA was both a 2014 LPFC Top 10 and a 2014 Nicholl Finalist. The project and the writers have gained more exposure since these accomplishments and the script is now out to the town and top-level producers.


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Julia Batavia

Signed with 42 Management and Zero Gravity Management


A NYU Tisch School of the Arts graduate, Batavia placed in the Top 5% of the 2015 LPPC with her pilot USE YOUR WORDS, and the script was also a Top 3 finalist in Final Draft's Big Break Competition. She is represented by Kate Prentice at UK company 42 Management, and Jeff Belkin at Zero Gravity Management. She has worked for writer/director David Wain as a PA on his award-winning web series WAINY DAYS, as an associate producer for MTV Networks, and in the editorial department at Penguin Random House. She has read for international scouting firm Maria B. Campbell Associates, the exclusive literary representative of Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, and Warner Bros. Television.


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Kevin Sluder

Signed with Anarchy Management


Having made the Top 20 in the 2013 Script Pipeline Screenwriting Contest Sluder found success after his script THE MEMORY SPHERE, became a TB Recommended Screenplay. Since that time they have set the project up with a production company and Sluder appeared on the 2014 Young and Hungry List.


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Shane Joseph Willis

Signed with Rosa Entertainment

Set up with Rosa Entertainment


An Australian writer, Willis came to the attention of manager Sidney Sherman of Rosa Entertainment after his script, ANONYMITY, received a TB Recommends in 2013. Since then, the project has been set up with Rosa Entertainment, and Willis has been on both the 2013 Young and Hungry List and Hit List, as well as the 2015 Hit List.


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Zack Kaplan

Signed with Heroes and Villains Entertainment


Along with co-writer Graham Funke, Kaplan's placed in the Top 5% of the 2015 LPPC with their pilot DARK AND BROKEN CODE. They are signed with Mikhail Nayfeld of Heroes and Villains Entertainment. The pair's first feature script THE GREAT TRAIN ADVENTURE was a hot spec and a Finalist in Final Draft's Big Break, while DARK AND BROKEN CODE also finished as a Semi-Finalist in Final Draft's Big Break and was a Second Rounder in Austin Film Festival's TV Competition.


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Alain Soussokho

Signed with Energy Entertainment


Soussokho's placement in the 2015 LPFC contest with his script THE SHADOW OF GOD led to him being signed by Energy Entertainment's Brooklyn Weaver. Soussokho is currently developing the project with Weaver in anticipation of shopping it around town soon.


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Andrew Bluestone

Signed with ICM and Silent R Management


PILLS earned Bluestone a spot onto the 2014 Hit List, the 2014 Young & Hungry List as well as making the Top 10 in the 2014 LP Feature Competition. He is represented by ICM's Cullen Conly, Bryan Diperstein, and Laura Gordon, and Jewerl Ross at Silent R Management.


This contest legitimately changed my life. It was amazing to have my work set out and actually taken seriously. Right away, I got a ton of emails from people requesting to see the script!

Kate Trefry Winner, 2013 LPFC

Within 3 weeks of discovering that I placed in the Top 25, I’d met with managers and had a number of agencies request to read my pilot. The reaction was definitely better than I could have imagined.

Nti Aning Semifinalist, 2014 LPPC
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Guy Francisco Polin

Signed with Markerstone


Polin's feature HEMOPHILIA placing in the Top 5% of the 2015 LPFC garnered the attention of Mark Lawyer, who subsquently signed Polin to his management company Markerstone. The script was also recognized as a Second Rounder in the 2015 Austin Film Festival.


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Joel Dorland

Signed with Benderspink


Written with writing partner Garrett Lander, their pilot THE BELT finished in the Top 5% of the 2015 LPPC, and the team was quickly signed by Benderspink's Daniel Vang and Scott Stoops.


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Ted Sperling

Signed with Energy Entertainment


Having won Top Comedy in the 2014 LPPC, Sperling found himself signed by Angelina Chen at Energy Entertainment and his name on the 2014 Young and Hungry List.


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Tony Pitman

Signed with Niad Management


A teacher at the University of Melbourne in Australia, Pitman now has a manager in Hollywood after his script THE SINGULARITY placed in the Top 25 of the 2014 LPFC.


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Asmin Pathare

Signed with Vision Arts Management


Working as a planetary scientist for the majority of his life, Pathare has had many accomplishments, including having one of his calibrated robots roam the surface of Mars. He added to his list of accomplishments with his pilot, COSMO’S, which was named one of the Top Comedies in the 2014 LPPC and earned him representation with manager, Scott Schwartz, and a place on the 2014 Young and Hungry List.


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Lauren W. Stenmoe

Signed with Jon Kanak Management


After her script FIREFLIES placed in the Top 5% of the 2015 LPFC, Stenmoe was signed at Jon Kanak Management by Jon Kanak himself. She has a BFA from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and has completed the UCLA Professional Program in Screenwriting in both Film and Television.


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Sean Costello

Set up with Energy Entertainment, Vertigo Entertainment


After PARADISE CITY won the first annual Launch Pad Pilot Competition, Costello was quickly signed by Brooklyn Weaver who set up the project at Vertigo Entertainment. Costello later saw himself on the 2014 Young and Hungry List.


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Scott Hamilton

Signed with Luber/Roklin Entertainment


FORTY THIEVES, made the 2014 LPFC Top 25 and helped lead to Hamilton being signed by manager, Bryan Brucks of Luber/Roklin


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The Launch Pad competition has been an awesome, thrilling ride. Ever since my script "Darklands" placed in the Top Ten, Chris has been hustling to get it into as many hands as possible (forty-one on the first day alone!). In my experience, getting my scripts read by the right people has been nearly as difficult as writing the scripts themselves, so it's been a great feeling just knowing that some of the best and brightest in the industry have given "Darklands" a shot. I cannot praise Chris's professionalism enough, and if you're an aspiring screenwriter, entering the Launch Pad competition should be a no-brainer. It really can lead to your big break!

Paul Sheridan Semifinalist, 2014 LPFC

The day after hearing I made the top 25 I had the top manager in town calling me on a Sunday. On Monday I met and signed with him. By Wednesday, my pilot was being read by the head of several TV departments at the top agencies. By Friday, I was developing the show with some of the biggest producers in this town.

Douglas Stark Finalist, 2013 LPFC & Finalist, 2014 LPPC
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Robert Weinberger

Signed with Preferred Artists


Weinberger incorporated his own personal stories and angst into his 2014 LPPC Top 25 pilot, LONG ISLAND. He has also found recognition in the feature world by placing in the Nicholl competition and receiving the grand prize in the Scriptapalooza screenwriting contest. He is represented by Roger Strull at Preferred Artists.


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Tony Lippera

Signed with Chemical Imbalance Productions


Lippera has always dreamed of working in television since he was a child, and Manager Matt Bass took him one step closer when he signed Lippera after his pilot ANOTHER/WORLD placed in the Top 25 of the 2014 LPPC.


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David K. Wazsko

Signed with Jon Kanak Management


Shortly after Wazsko's script SPORT placed in the Top 10 of the 2015 LPFC, he was scooped up by Jon Kanak's own Jon Kanak Management. A USC graduate with his MFA, he has created several indie projects such as the award-winning short film THE LAST TIME I SAW RACHEL and the underground comedy feature DEMOCRACY AT WORK.


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Paul Zeidman

Signed with The Mikael Group


DREAMSHIP made the Top 25 of the 2013 LPFC and found Zeidman representation with The Mikael Group in the process. He has also been in the top 15% of the Nicholl competition on two separate occasions.


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