2017 Launch Pad Pilot Competition
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Early
$65
Ends December 4, 2016
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$75
Ends January 8, 2017
Late
$85
Ends February 5, 2017
Final
$95
Ends March 3, 2017
Announcement Dates
Top 25 Announced
June 6, 2017
Top 10 Announced
June 15, 2017
Feedback Notes Returned
June 15, 2017
Winners Announced
June 29, 2017
Competition Add Ons
Feedback Notes
$50
Mentorship
$25
Guaranteed Signing
$25
Guaranteed Option
$25
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2017 Launch Pad Pilot Competition

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for! The Launch Pad Competition in association with our partners Endgame Entertainment and Fourth Wall Management are pleased to announce our winners for the 2017 Launch Pad Pilots Competition.

This year we saw a number of new writers join the ranks of our Launch Pad Alumni in addition to seeing some past alumni enter into the winners circle. As with all of our previous competitions, we’ve already seen a number of writers sign with agents, managers, and some even land their scripts with top production companies. This year’s entries were as diverse as ever, with some of our top stories taking place in a genre we’ve dubbed “Western adjacent,” to gritty post apocalyptic fantasy thrillers, to a hilarious comedy that explores the early days of Pilgrims in 17th century America.

Our exclusive partners were overwhelmed by the number of unique stories and strong voices that stood out from this year’s competition, ultimately narrowing in on their picks. Our mentors Dan Doyle, Polina Diaz, and writing duo Adam Hoff & Justin Herber eagerly read through a multitude of pilots to find those writers that resonated with their sensibilities and whom they are excited to take under their wing. And keeping the streak alive, we again saw one of our add-on prize winners come from outside of the Top 75.

The judges’ votes poured in, and overwhelmingly one script landed not only the prize of Overall Winner, but was also selected by both our partners, Endgame Entertainment and Fourth Wall Management as their option and signing selections.

So, as we make our final announcement for the 2017 Pilots Competition, everyone here at the Launch Pad would like to thank all of the writers who entered this year. These competitions wouldn’t exist without all of you.

Without further ado, here are the winners of the 2017 Launch Pad Pilots Competition.

Overall Winner

DEAD MEN

T.A. Snyder

DEADWOOD meets SEVEN

A local Sheriff bands together with an elite group of soldiers to track down a notorious group of murderers whose plans for revenge could threaten the stability of the government.

Drama Period True Western
Overall Winner
Endgame Entertainment Selection
Fourth Wall Management Selection

Top Comedy

PILGRIMAGE

Danielle Evenson & Heather Huntington

30 ROCK meets ANOTHER PERIOD

An outspoken English teen in the 1600s decides to leave her overbearing parents behind by traveling to America with the Pilgrims, but finds her plans for freedom in jeopardy when her family decides to join her.

Comedy Period
Top Comedy

Top Drama

GREATEST RADIO SHOW THIS SIDE OF THE APOCALYPSE, THE

Rebecca Benzell

SUPERNATURAL meets FIREFLY

In an alternate timeline where a radioactive apocalypse has left 1950s America awash in radiation-soaked supernatural creatures, a small team of radio hosts travels the country to report on the strange happenings.

Drama Period Sci-Fi
Top Drama

Guaranteed Option Prize

DEAD MEN

T.A. Snyder

DEADWOOD meets SEVEN

A local Sheriff bands together with an elite group of soldiers to track down a notorious group of murderers whose plans for revenge could threaten the stability of the government.

Drama Period True Western
Overall Winner
Endgame Entertainment Selection
Fourth Wall Management Selection

Guaranteed Signing Prize

DEAD MEN

T.A. Snyder

DEADWOOD meets SEVEN

A local Sheriff bands together with an elite group of soldiers to track down a notorious group of murderers whose plans for revenge could threaten the stability of the government.

Drama Period True Western
Overall Winner
Endgame Entertainment Selection
Fourth Wall Management Selection

Mentorship Prizes

GOLDEN CAGE, THE

Oskar Nordmark

BILLIONS meets SUITS

A brilliant ex-con works her way up at a major Wall Street firm, but her scheming and hidden criminal past might get her in more trouble than she bargained for.

Drama
TOP 25 Mentorship Selection (Dan Doyle)

POST MORTEM

Travis Carr

SIX FEET UNDER meets SANTA CLARITA DIET

Faced with the threat of losing the family business, the patriarch of a struggling small town funeral home resorts to murder in order to drum up business, but he finds himself in trouble when his unknowing wife starts helping the police investigate the killings.

Drama
TOP 75 Mentorship Selection (Polina Diaz)

WRECKAGE

Ryan Stack

LOST meets HOMELAND

Seven years after a commercial airliner goes missing mid-flight, the forlorn and mentally ill fiance of the missing co-pilot stabs a Senator, exposing a massive cover-up.

Drama Thriller
Mentorship Selection (Adam Hoff & Justin Herber)

Top 5% Of All Entries

ACADEMY, THE

Michael Apgar

UNREAL meets GOSSIP GIRL

At a high school where a documentary crew films the hottest reality show with all of the students competing for the camera's attention and a college scholarship, a freshman is unexpectedly cast in the starring role and finds herself adrift in a world of liars, frenemies, and nationally televised drama.

Comedy Drama Teen
Honorable Mention

ALFALFA BEE, THE

Jonathan Siebel

BIG LOVE meets SIX FEET UNDER

An Amish family struggles to make ends meet as their teenage daughter feels regret over her decision to return after Rumspringa. When she disappears, everyone thinks she's run away for good, but her father suspects a dark truth that infects the community.

Drama
Honorable Mention

AMERICA RISE, AMERICA FALL

Giovanni Taveras

AMERICAN CRIME meets MISSISSIPPI BURNING

A group of black Civil Rights activists and the corrupt NYPD in 1960s New York struggle with the death of a young black boy at the hands of a white police officer.

Drama Period
TOP 75

BAD HOMBRE

Charlie Fountaine

BREAKING BAD meets IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA

After racking up massive gambling debts, a hole-in-the-wall taco shop owner is forced to pay it off by turning his restaurant into a front for a local drug lord.

Comedy Crime
TOP 50

BAD WITCH

Molly Miller

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER meets BROAD CITY

After fleeing from her evil witch mother 15 years earlier, a struggling waitress in Chicago lives with a group of magical creatures in exile, trying to forget her powers.

Comedy Fantasy
TOP 50

BEFORE MARS

Shruti Saran

COMMUNITY meets THE MARTIAN

A scientist whose dream is to go to Mars finds out she's been chosen for the first manned mission. The catch? It's all being filmed for an over-the-top reality series.

Comedy Sci-Fi
TOP 75

BEHIND THE RED CURTAIN

Shani A. Moore Weatherby

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER meets THE GOOD WIFE

The newest Supreme Court Justice, a young black woman with controversial views, is thrown into the deep end on her first case, which brings up dangerous secrets from her past.

Drama
TOP 75

BIBLE BELT, THE

Steven Pipps

IMPOSTERS meets BETTER CALL SAUL

On the run from the cops for murder, two young con artists take shelter at a church where they force the hand of a sex-addicted pastor to help them start a mega church that will provide them with the money and power they desire.

Drama Thriller
TOP 75

BIG BOY

Adam Lederer & Burke Scurfield

EASTBOUND AND DOWN meets LAS VEGAS

Bobby, heir-apparent to the Big Boy's restaurant chain, destroys everything he touches. When his father hires his successful arch-nemesis from his boarding school days, he won't go down without a fight to win back his father's love and respect.

Comedy
Honorable Mention

BLOODY KANSAS

Jonathan Flicker

UNDERGROUND meets HATFIELDS AND MCCOYS

As war brews between the slavers and abolitionists in the Kansas territory, a conflicted plantation heir goes against his family to join the uprising to free the slaves.

Drama Period True
TOP 75

BOOSTERS

Heath Woodlief & Spencer Willis

BALLERS meets BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE

The corrupt boosters of a small Southern university use any means necessary to get their teams on the national stage and turn them into championship contenders.

Comedy Drama Sports
TOP 75

BULL SHARK

Sean Nichols Lynch

IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA meets SIX FEET UNDER

The hapless owners of a struggling San Francisco dive bar take a cushy side job delivering caskets for a funeral parlor, but their new employers are not as generous as they seem, and they might in fact be smuggling diamonds instead.

Comedy Crime Drama
TOP 50

BURN IT DOWN

Mickey Fortune

CHICAGO FIRE meets THE WIRE

An underfunded and overworked fire chief struggles to protect his family in a Detroit neighborhood plagued with drugs, crime, no opportunities, no water, and no way out.

Action Crime Drama
TOP 75

CARDINAL, THE

Michael Kujak

SCREAM QUEENS meets VERONICA MARS

A college newspaper reporter returns to school a year after witnessing a sorority hazing prank where the sisters pretended to sacrifice a coed caused him to have a nervous breakdown, and is soon in the deep end again when the ghost of a student who died half a century before hints that the "prank" may have opened a door to the other side.

Drama Horror Thriller
TOP 50

CLEANING LADY, THE

Alex Fletcher

THE MOB DOCTOR meets CSI

After accidentally getting mixed up with a gang, a forensic scientist (and struggling suburban mom) is forced into helping them cover up their crimes.

Crime Drama Thriller
TOP 50

COLIN & CHLOE VS. THE UNIVERSE

Brian T. Arnold & Heidi Lux

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER meets YOU'RE THE WORST

A couple believes they are cursed when a series of catastrophes too bizarre to be coincidental ruin their wedding day, leading them to confront their past mistakes and try to repair their relationship with the universe... and each other.

Comedy Romance
TOP 25

COMMAND ALL

Jordan Kalms

BILLIONS meets SILICON VALLEY

After his company gets bought out by a tech giant, a snubbed billionaire forms a shaky alliance with an eccentric engineer and a disgraced CEO to start their own type of venture capital firm in the cutthroat world of Silicon Valley.

Drama
TOP 50

CURE, THE

Derek Asaff

CHILDREN OF MEN meets ALIAS

As a pandemic threatens the planet, a strong-willed doctor finds herself under attack by agents convinced she knows where to find the cure her late husband secretly protected.

Drama Sci-Fi Thriller
Honorable Mention

D_LETE

Nate Geez

LOOPER meets SENSE8

Twenty years after his younger brother vanished from reality and everyone else's memory, a man learns he's a "seer" and can detect the places where time-jumpers have altered the past and teams up with an assassin from the future to return to his original timeline where his brother still exists.

Drama Sci-Fi Thriller
TOP 50

DARKNET

Ryan LaSalle

MR. ROBOT meets WHITE COLLAR

When his cover is blown, a reformed hacker works with the feds to fight off a cyber terrorist attack by finding a virus designed to force the U.S. to initiate the kill switch, a failsafe that protects the nation by shutting it down, but he's the only one who knows that the real threat is activated when the nation's system restarts.

Action Drama Thriller
Honorable Mention

DEAD HUMANS

Logan Rees

FUTURAMA meets ROADIES

A group of misfit alien musicians follow their human frontman across the universe to fulfill his goal of becoming the first intergalactic punk band.

Animated Comedy Sci-Fi
TOP 50

DEAD MEN

T.A. Snyder

DEADWOOD meets SEVEN

A local Sheriff bands together with an elite group of soldiers to track down a notorious group of murderers whose plans for revenge could threaten the stability of the government.

Drama Period True Western
Overall Winner
Endgame Entertainment Selection
Fourth Wall Management Selection

DEEP COVER

Matthew Chauncey

THE AMERICANS meets BIG LITTLE LIES

A Russian spy undercover as a housewife to a high level CIA officer discovers that she and her husband are after the same mysterious KGB sleeper agent, and she dives headfirst into the ensuing secrets and rivalry in order help break up her building suburban ennui.

Action Drama Thriller
TOP 75

DEFAULT

Hannah Rae Dillon

HUMANS meets EX MACHINA

In the near future, an artificially intelligent robot decides to propose to his human girlfriend, but a series of events show him just how unequal he still is in society, and hint at a coming revolution amongst those like him.

Drama Sci-Fi
TOP 25

DESPERATELY SEEKING PSYCHIC

Rachael Biggs

PSYCH meets DIVORCE

When her husband leaves her with nothing, a wealthy woman considers a career as a psychic to the rich, despite not having any psychic abilities.

Comedy Drama
Honorable Mention

DIRTY THIRTIES

Jennifer Schuster

50/50 meets CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND

When a random hookup discovers a lump in her breast and her dirty thirties are rudely interrupted, a woman must navigate a cancer diagnosis alongside the struggles of her already messy life.

Comedy Drama
TOP 50

DOUBLE EFFECT

Jonathan Flicker

THE GOOD FIGHT meets HOUSE

A brilliant and idealistic bioethics professor is recruited to join a law firm specializing in challenging pharmaceutical industry overreach in the country's most controversial cases.

Drama
TOP 10

DOWN EAST

Ryan Bernstein

BLOODLINE meets THE PERFECT STORM

The patriarch of a once flourishing Maine lobster fishing town struggles to keep his community together amidst a rapidly changing market. When a rival outfit revives a decades old feud, he and his well meaning but ineffectual deputy son are drawn back into a conflict with potentially fatal consequences.

Crime Drama
TOP 25

END, THE

Derek Asaff

AMERICAN GODS meets SUPERNATURAL

After witnessing a mysterious agent save a girl from a fallen angel, a trainee nun teams up with an ancient group that fends off apocalypses from all world religions.

Drama Fantasy Thriller
TOP 10

ETERNA

Barbara Soares

ORPHAN BLACK meets THE OA

A woman wakes up after a medical procedure with no memory of her past life, and finds herself in a disturbing utopia. Doubting whether she truly belongs there, she sets out on a dangerous investigation to expose the dark truths of the world she now inhabits.

Drama Sci-Fi
TOP 50

F'D

Ryan Gowland

THE LAST MAN ON EARTH meets ZOMBIELAND

Three mismatched coworkers try to survive together months after an apocalypse made the United States into a modern day Wild West.

Action Comedy Horror
TOP 75

FAMOUS FOR NOTHING

Sarah Archer Moulton

KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS meets UNREAL

A reality TV family is forced to reinvent themselves when the most famous daughter becomes disillusioned and threatens to quit the show. Behind the scenes, and the flawless Instagram filters, their ruthless matriarch must decide whether to be a mom or a momager.

Comedy Drama
TOP 50

FEUD

Martin McSweeney

THE DEPARTED meets THE SOPRANOS

Rival Irish mob families in Boston make a reluctant and fragile deal to work together and run the drug trade side-by-side.

Crime Drama
Honorable Mention

FIVE STAR PETE

Alex Kugelman & Trevor Rothman

DRIVE meets IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA

After a run-in with some dangerous passengers, a do-gooder Uber driver is extorted into becoming a courier for an underground, black market delivery app that provides illegal services to rich customers.

Action Crime Comedy
Honorable Mention

FLESH + BLOOD

Emily Eslami & Jeffrey Nieves

LEGION meets BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER

A teenage boy navigates the sexual confusion, social alienation, and struggle for identity that is high school, all while discovering and attempting to control his newfound power to shape-shift into anyone he wants.

Drama Sci-Fi Teen
Honorable Mention

FREELANCERS

James Madejski

WORKAHOLICS meets SILICON VALLEY

Fed up with office life, three freelancers attempt to stay true to themselves and their artistic integrity, while also covering their share of the rent.

Comedy
TOP 75

FREELANCERS

Betty Sullivan

HOMELAND meets THE NEWSROOM

A journalist reporting on the refugee crisis in Greece struggles to save a Syrian family from human traffickers by forming a specialized team with other freelancers to hunt them down.

Action Drama Thriller
Honorable Mention

FULL RECOVERY

Josh Gilbert

HUMAN TARGET meets BURN NOTICE

Horrifically injured after an operation-gone-wrong, and unable to live a normal life, a former undercover operative for the U.S. government reinvents himself as a "recovery" expert.

Action Drama Thriller
TOP 75

GOLDEN CAGE, THE

Oskar Nordmark

BILLIONS meets SUITS

A brilliant ex-con works her way up at a major Wall Street firm, but her scheming and hidden criminal past might get her in more trouble than she bargained for.

Drama
TOP 25, Mentorship Selection (Dan Doyle)

GREAT HOUSE, THE

Camille Campbell

JANE THE VIGRIN meets JANE EYRE

In this modern adaptation of JANE EYRE, a depressed teacher leaves her boring boarding school job to work as a private tutor to a rich teen at a lavish estate, where she soon encounters dark secrets and a handsome employer to complete her romantic literary fantasy.

Comedy Drama Romance
TOP 10

GREATEST RADIO SHOW THIS SIDE OF THE APOCALYPSE, THE

Rebecca Benzell

SUPERNATURAL meets FIREFLY

In an alternate timeline where a radioactive apocalypse has left 1950s America awash in radiation-soaked supernatural creatures, a small team of radio hosts travels the country to report on the strange happenings.

Drama Period Sci-Fi
Top Drama

GREEN ZONE

Graham Riley

VEEP meets THE HURT LOCKER

The incompetent American occupying forces in Baghdad attempt to run Iraq in the aftermath of the 2003 invasion.

Comedy
TOP 75

GRUNTS

Eloise Healey & Jessica Brookman

FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS meets BAND OF BROTHERS

After a heroic stint in Iraq, a battle-scared Australian sergeant returns home and finds renewed purpose when he's reassigned to train a group of new recruits.

Action Drama
TOP 50

GUV'NOR, THE

Christian Everhard

SNATCH meets CINDERELLA MAN

A down-on-his-luck father and husband in 1970s London decides to make money by fighting in illegal boxing matches. Inspired by Lenny McLean - his rise from bareknuckle fighter to celebrity, his struggle to stay at the top, and his ultimate demise.

Biopic Drama Period Sports
TOP 50

HAND TO GOD

Roxanne Beck

SAVING GRACE meets THIS IS US

A struggling, borderline-alcoholic actress finds her life turned upside down when she goes home to Georgia for Christmas and receives the gift of healing from her best friend.

Drama Fantasy Faith
Honorable Mention

HAUNTED

Kevin Mosteller

THE GOOD WIFE meets DEAD LIKE ME

A young attorney with the ability to see ghosts teams up with her attractive boss and the spirit of her college boyfriend to take on wrongful death cases, finding closure for the families of the dead, and helping their restless spirits find peace in the afterlife.

Comedy Drama Supernatural
TOP 50

HELLBENT

Micah Leslie & Mike Ross

THE GOOD PLACE meets LUCIFER

Twenty years after they make ill-advised deals with the Devil as 10-year-olds, a group of friends are blackmailed into helping Satan achieve his latest goal - winning a small town Wisconsin mayoral election.

Comedy Fantasy
TOP 50

I LOVE COLLEGE

Sarah Lampert

GREEK meets MEAN GIRLS

Four freshman girls attempt to mesh being modern, independent women with rushing a sorority and the sexism, peer pressure, cattiness, drugs, hierarchy, and, above all, sisterhood that comes with it.

Comedy
TOP 25

INCIDENT IN QUESTION, THE

Amelia Sims

AMERICAN CRIME STORY meets VERONICA MARS

When a sexual assault is live-streamed over the internet on a college campus, the events and investigation that unfolds are complicated by technology, politics, and fear of retribution.

Drama
TOP 75

IPAL

Keenan Hotchkin

THE TERMINATOR meets SILICON VALLEY

The world's first self-aware robot discovers that he's got the power to unite the machines in a quest for global domination. But he's an idiot.

Comedy Sci-Fi
TOP 75

JOHN BLACK RAVEN

Ali Imran Zaidi

DJANGO UNCHAINED meets HELL OR HIGH WATER

When his wife is killed and his son kidnapped by remnants of the Confederate Army, a native man must join forces with an escaped slave to help her bring down surviving plantations in the region.

Drama Period Western
Honorable Mention

KIMI HANNA: FASHIONISTA NINJA

Jill Narciso & Ren Hanami

KIM POSSIBLE meets SUPERGIRL

A teenage girl must use her fashion savvy and secret ninja identity to battle ancient Asian mythological monsters that land in her suburban community.

Action Animation Comedy Family
Honorable Mention

KING COAL

Christopher J. Lee

BLOODLINE meets OCTOBER SKY

A family of coal miners in West Virginia is changed forever by a catastrophic mine explosion.

Drama
Honorable Mention

KINGDOM OF GOD

Travis Opgenorth

GAME OF THRONES meets BEN-HUR

Oppressed by increasingly deadly Roman rule, Jewish resistance members regroup after a loss and their leader is anointed as the new messiah, while a young, defiant Jesus prepares to accompany his carpenter father to rebuild a sacked city, and the sons of Herod scheme to strengthen their individual ties to Rome.

Drama Period War
TOP 75

LAKEVIEW

Teresa Huang

RIVERDALE meets GRIMM

A woman returns to her hometown after her brother's death, only to discover that he was a wolf man who protected the world from dangerous supernatural creatures, and that she and her twin brother have inherited those powers and responsibilities.

Drama Horror Supernatural
Honorable Mention

LEGAL EASE

James Morris

FRANKLIN & BASH meets ROYAL PAINS

Unable to find any jobs at established firms, three recent law school graduates form their own firm instead, but end up in a bit over their heads.

Drama
TOP 75

LIFE COACH

Michael Cummings

THE OFFICE meets THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA

When a viral video sends a young woman's life spiraling towards the drain, she reinvents herself by working for LA's premier life coaching agency. But as the reality TV cameras roll on the daily activities of the clueless office, she quickly realizes the entire business might just be a fraud.

Comedy
TOP 75

LIFE ON MY KNEES

Robin U. Russin & William Missouri Downs

SAVED meets COMMUNITY

A disgraced feminist English professor takes the only job she can get, teaching at a hyper-conservative Bible college in Kansas.

Comedy
TOP 50

LIFE WITHOUT LAURA

Catlan McClelland

THE BIG C meets UGLY BETTY

Fired from her NY fashion job, ignored by her family and dumped by her boyfriend, sweet Laura wins back everyone's love the only way she can think of: by faking terminal cancer.

Comedy Drama
TOP 25

LIFT

Quinn Spicker

THE GOLDEN COMPASS meets GAME OF THRONES

After a devastating war, the cities of Earth have taken to the skies, living on levitating platforms. When Queen Victoria attempts to arrange a diplomatic marriage for her daughter, the nations of Germany and England come close to war.

Adventure Drama Period Sci-Fi
TOP 25

LONG LIVE PRIMUS

Jeremy Svenson

THE 100 meets GAME OF THRONES

After the planet Primus was destroyed, its sole survivors crash landed on a foreign planet where they discovered a native, medieval civilization interested only in making them extinct. It's science versus superstition as the two worlds collide, but when a disillusioned Prime breaks ranks to embark on a mission to rescue his lost wife, he begins to learn that everything he's been told about this planet - and about his own people - may be lies.

Adventure Drama Fantasy Sci-Fi
TOP 25

MAMARAZZI

Loren Tarquinio

BROAD CITY meets 30 ROCK

Two broke single moms decide to make a living by becoming paparazzi, but the only way for them to get good pictures is by making deals with D-listers trying to get back in the spotlight.

Comedy
TOP 25

MASS MOCA

Thomas O'Connor

COMMUNITY meets PARKS AND RECREATION

At a struggling contemporary art museum in rural Massachusetts, a long-suffering department head wrangles interns, janitors, and a wacky artist-in-residence in order to keep the lights on and the artistic dream alive.

Comedy
TOP 25

MAYFIELD PRESBYTERIAN

Preston James Walker

THE GOOD PLACE meets PARKS AND RECREATION

The dysfunctional members and clergy of a small-town church struggle to pull off Sunday morning services, much less also keeping their place of worship afloat amongst competing ideas of faith, financial hardship, and the threat of a rival church.

Comedy
TOP 25

MIDNIGHT SUN

Jennifer Titus

RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK meets FARGO

After finding something mysterious in the melting polar ice, a timid climate scientist must go on the run with a reckless mercenary to keep the artifact - rumored to contain the antidote to global warming - out of the hands of an evil corporation.

Action Adventure Sci-Fi
TOP 75

MOOSE KNUCKLE

David Berrade

NORTHERN EXPOSURE meets IT'S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA

The owner of a Canadian bar on the US border refuses to serve Americans until his American-raised sister comes to town and forces him to change things up.

Comedy
TOP 50

MOTHER

David T. Lynch & Keith Lynch

THE SOPRANOS meets THE FALL

A former IRA sniper lives with her teenage son in Boston, but her dark past catches up with her when the son begins selling drugs for the Irish mob.

Action Crime Drama Thriller
TOP 10

ORACLE

Brad C. Hodson & John Petrizzi

MINORITY REPORT meets TIMELESS

A device which shows the past and future at a chosen location is commandeered by the FBI for use in terror investigations.

Drama Sci-Fi Thriller
Honorable Mention

OVERDUE

Leire Albinarrate

THE NEW NORMAL meets 30 ROCK

After breaking up with her girlfriend and seeing her plan for a perfect family fail, a woman gets a job at a crazy LA public relations firm where her boss wants to buy some of her fertilized frozen embryos.

Comedy
Honorable Mention

PAINTED LADIES

Jana Stella

HARLOTS meets BOARDWALK EMPIRE

In 1906 San Francisco, a powerful brothel Madame strives to influence political life while a vicious anti-vice campaign is moving against her.

Drama Period
TOP 50

PAPER HEROES

Crystal Skillman & Fred Van Lente

MAD MEN meets HALT AND CATCH FIRE

An animator loses his job during the Great Depression, and uses money obtained by his mobster brother to start his own comic book company.

Drama Period
TOP 50

PILGRIMAGE

Danielle Evenson & Heather Huntington

30 ROCK meets ANOTHER PERIOD

An outspoken English teen in the 1600s decides to leave her overbearing parents behind by traveling to America with the Pilgrims, but finds her plans for freedom in jeopardy when her family decides to join her.

Comedy Period
Top Comedy

PIONEER VILLAGE

Greg Wayne

PARKS AND RECREATION meets ADVENTURELAND

An ambitious young Ferris Wheel designer must put his life on hold to help save his father's interactive 19th Century heritage museum when its existence is threatened by a new, flashier 19th Century theme park opening up next door.

Comedy
TOP 50

POST MORTEM

Travis Carr

SIX FEET UNDER meets SANTA CLARITA DIET

Faced with the threat of losing the family business, the patriarch of a struggling small town funeral home resorts to murder in order to drum up business, but he finds himself in trouble when his unknowing wife starts helping the police investigate the killings.

Drama
TOP 75, Mentorship Selection (Polina Diaz)

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS

Michael Mandell

THE MINDY PROJECT meets REVIEW

After losing her job, a high-strung businesswoman decides to make a living by complaining to corporations about their products.

Comedy
Honorable Mention

REZ, THE

Alexander Vargas

QUEEN SUGAR meets LONGMIRE

After the death of her husband, a Native American woman becomes chief of her tribe. Under pressure to save her impoverished community, she builds a casino, but political and tribal corruption, sexism, and her own inner demons threaten to derail her plans.

Drama
TOP 25

ROCKED

Jennifer Winn & Tracy Scarlato

BETTER CALL SAUL meets MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

Humiliated, broke, and homeless, a washed up rock star moves back to his coastal Massachusetts hometown.

Drama
Honorable Mention

ROSWELL, ADJACENT

Diana Wright

THE X-FILES meets THE NEIGHBORS

A failing real estate agent outside of Roswell, New Mexico is recruited by aliens to help find other human targets for abduction.

Comedy Sci-Fi
TOP 50

SAFE WORD

Sage Mears

WEEDS meets FIFTY SHADES OF GREY

When a meek grad student drowning in student loans moves into a new apartment, she finds herself taking over the black book and subsequent business of the previous tenant - a recently deceased dominatrix.

Comedy
TOP 75

SEPARATE, BUT MARRIED

Brian Guest

YOU'RE THE WORST meets THE BREAK-UP

A young couple takes the advice of their unorthodox marriage counselor to live separately while navigating the new rules of their marriage.

Comedy Romance
Honorable Mention

SINGLE UNDEAD FEMALE

Albert Letizia

iZOMBIE meets TRUE BLOOD

A vampire trying to deal with the monotony of being immortal while in the throes of a mid-after-life crisis searches for love and meaning in the big city. Her efforts, however, are hampered when she kills a man.

Comedy Drama Horror Supernatural
TOP 75

SLOW COMING

Jared Laberdesque

DEADWOOD meets FARGO

After being widowed, a Spanish socialite hires a female gunslinger to pose as her husband in order to claim her inheritance, all while evading a group of bounty hunters.

Drama Period Western
TOP 75

SOUTH OF THE 10

Davina Willett

KINGDOM meets ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK

A tough-as-nails female boxer is about to catch her big break, only to discover that the world of pro boxing and endorsement deals isn't ready to embrace a gender ambiguous girl, even if she's a killer in the ring.

Drama Sports
TOP 75

SPARKLING DARLINGS

Kyle Emelander

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT meets SEX AND THE CITY

Two eccentric sisters leading very different lives in New York struggle to keep their professional and personal lives in order after their fortunes change overnight.

Comedy Drama
TOP 10

SPLASH TOWN

Brigitte Erickson

FREAKS AND GEEKS meets THE WAY WAY BACK

A nerdy 16-year-old girl navigates the land mines of adolescence after being forced to take a job at her uncle's water park in the summer of 1989.

Comedy Teen
TOP 50

STATIC

Keith Davidson

THE HOUR meets TOUCH

As war in Europe looms on the horizon, a lounge singer in 1940s New York schemes to get his own radio show at an upstart station, helped along by his strange, supernatural visions.

Drama Period Supernatural
TOP 10

STUDENT COUNCIL, THE

Michael Robinson

ELECTION meets PARKS AND RECREATION

A wacky Catholic high school elects their new student council, who are immediately put to the test when their plan to introduce a new mascot prompts the old mascot, a beloved teacher, to flee to the woods and blame the new class president for destroying her life.

Comedy Teen
TOP 10

TALL TALES

Alex Wilson

ONCE UPON A TIME meets NATIONAL TREASURE

Looking for a quick score, Annie Oakley steals a map that leads her and a group of America's greatest folk icons, including Rip Van Winkle, Paul Bunyan and Jesse James, in the search for one of the New World's most valuable treasures.

Adventure Drama Fantasy Period
TOP 50

TOMBSTONE

James Morris

DEADWOOD meets TWIN PEAKS

A Pinkerton Detective sent to investigate a bank robbery in Arizona uncovers a supernatural threat to the town of Tombstone.

Drama Horror Period Western
TOP 75

TUCKED

Dale Peter Winton

UNREAL meets RUPAUL'S DRAG RACE

A straight cabby living in the Bronx and struggling to support his family is convinced to compete on a reality competition show for drag queens despite opposition from his Nigerian community.

Comedy Drama
TOP 50

UNLEASHED

Robert Axelrod

ENTOURAGE meets PARKS AND RECREATION

A mockumentary inside-look at the fierce, cutthroat, high-stakes world of the country's premiere talent agency... for animal actors.

Comedy
Honorable Mention

VERGE

Bryce McLellan

TIMELESS meets FRINGE

In the near future where time travel has allowed the rescue of refugees from the past, a rookie NYPD officer investigates a series of murders with the help of a fugitive time traveler in a city overrun with people from all across history.

Action Drama Sci-Fi
TOP 25

WALL, THE

Alan Wartes

THE AMERICANS meets THE NIGHT MANAGER

In the last days of the Cold War, an idealistic CIA agent living undercover in Berlin is caught between his disillusioned wife, his teenage daughter toying with leftist extremism, and a ruthless Russian spymaster determined to expose the emerging New World Order before it's too late.

Drama Period Thriller
Honorable Mention

WAR PAINT

Tom Young

PARIS IS BURNING meets GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM

A cabaret performer in San Francisco's burgeoning gay underground scene disguises himself as a female entertainer to find his boyfriend who has gone missing in action in the thick of the Vietnam War.

Drama Period War
TOP 25

WASTELAND

Rand Soares

THE 100 meets MAD MAX

After he sees something he shouldn't have, a government salvager is dumped in the middle of the Sahara amongst all the world's garbage, and where a resilient society has arisen from the descendants of the homeless people evicted from cities decades earlier. Faced with the savage tribes living within the Wasteland, he's forced to face his every fear to find a way home alive.

Adventure Drama Sci-Fi
TOP 75

WE'RE GONNA DIE ALONE

Julia Wackenheim-Gimple & Ryan Gowland

GIRLFRIENDS' GUIDE TO DIVORCE meets ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

Two adult siblings see their marriages fall apart and their worlds turned upside at the same time, just as their father remarries.

Comedy Romance
TOP 25

WHEN I GROW UP

Shannon Mier

GIRLS meets HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER

A 20-something quits his unfulfilling job and records a weekly podcast documenting his journey to find his dream job.

Comedy
Honorable Mention

WRECKAGE

Ryan Stack

LOST meets HOMELAND

Seven years after a commercial airliner goes missing mid-flight, the forlorn and mentally ill fiance of the missing co-pilot stabs a Senator, exposing a massive cover-up.

Drama Thriller
Mentorship Selection (Adam Hoff & Justin Herber)

XENIA FALLS

Colleen Bradley

THE X-FILES meets MEN IN BLACK

When a prison-transport UFO crashes in a small Ohio town, an adventurous alien soldier and an uptight FBI agent must team up to save the planet from invaders.

Comedy Drama Sci-Fi
Honorable Mention

YOUNG ALFRED HITCHCOCK

Danny Daneau

SHERLOCK meets STRANGER THINGS

As a teenager, Alfred Hitchcock finds his true calling when he teams up with a mysterious priest to investigate strange occurrences in Edwardian London.

Crime Drama Period
TOP 50

ZERO SUM

Matthew O'Connell

MR. ROBOT meets TIMELESS

After a disastrous experiment at the world's leading technology company kills dozens and causes a genius quantum physicist to disappear, a young journalist and her friends attempt to expose the dark secrets of the industry in order to find him.

Drama Sci-Fi Thriller
Honorable Mention

Alongside our exclusive competition partners Endgame Entertainment and Fourth Wall Management, we’re incredibly thrilled to announce the 2017 Launch Pad Pilot Competition Top 10.

Featuring six dramas and four comedies, this years Top 10 once again delivers an incredibly diverse spectrum of stories; whether it be a group of nuns trying to stop the apocalypse, a hilarious spin on Jane Eyre, an alternative sci-fi twist on the 50s, a comedic look at teen angst in the 1600s, a gritty sheriff out for revenge, a former IRA sniper trying to start a new life, an intensely drawn WWII supernatural thriller, two sisters who, try as they might, just can’t get of their own way, and a legal thriller that promises white knuckle evenings for audiences at home.

Now, while our judges, partners and mentors begin their debates about who will walk away with the top prize, as well as the guaranteed options, signings, and mentorships, we hope you enjoy your first look at the 2017 Launch Pad Pilot Competition's Top 10.

(As a reminder: If you selected any of our add-on prizes at time of entry, but did not advance to the Top 10, you are still in contention to win those prizes.)

DEAD MEN

T.A. Snyder

DEADWOOD meets SEVEN

A local Sheriff bands together with an elite group of soldiers to track down a notorious group of murderers whose plans for revenge could threaten the stability of the government.

Drama Period True Western

DOUBLE EFFECT

Jonathan Flicker

THE GOOD FIGHT meets HOUSE

A brilliant and idealistic bioethics professor is recruited to join a law firm specializing in challenging pharmaceutical industry overreach in the country's most controversial cases.

Drama

END, THE

Derek Asaff

AMERICAN GODS meets SUPERNATURAL

After witnessing a mysterious agent save a girl from a fallen angel, a trainee nun teams up with an ancient group that fends off apocalypses from all world religions.

Drama Fantasy Thriller

GREAT HOUSE, THE

Camille Campbell

PRIVILEGED meets JANE EYRE

In this modern adaptation of JANE EYRE, a depressed teacher leaves her boring boarding school job to work as a private tutor to a rich teen at a lavish estate, where she soon encounters dark secrets and a handsome employer to complete her romantic literary fantasy.

Comedy Drama Romance

GREATEST RADIO SHOW THIS SIDE OF THE APOCALYPSE, THE

Rebecca Benzell

SUPERNATURAL meets FIREFLY

In an alternate timeline where a radioactive apocalypse has left 1950s America awash in radiation-soaked supernatural creatures, a small team of radio hosts travels the country to report on the strange happenings.

Drama Period Sci-Fi

MOTHER

David T. Lynch & Keith Lynch

THE SOPRANOS meets THE FALL

A former IRA sniper lives with her teenage son in Boston, but her dark past catches up with her when the son begins selling drugs for the Irish mob.

Action Crime Drama Thriller

PILGRIMAGE

Danielle Evenson & Heather Huntington

30 ROCK meets ANOTHER PERIOD

An outspoken English teen in the 1600s decides to leave her overbearing parents behind by traveling to America with the Pilgrims, but finds her plans for freedom in jeopardy when her family decides to join her.

Comedy Period

SPARKLING DARLINGS

Kyle Emelander

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT meets SEX AND THE CITY

Two eccentric sisters leading very different lives in New York struggle to keep their professional and personal lives in order after their fortunes change overnight.

Comedy Drama

STATIC

Keith Davidson

THE HOUR meets TOUCH

As war in Europe looms on the horizon, a lounge singer in 1940s New York schemes to get his own radio show at an upstart station, helped along by his strange, supernatural visions.

Drama Period Supernatural

STUDENT COUNCIL, THE

Michael Robinson

ELECTION meets PARKS AND RECREATION

A wacky Catholic high school elects their new student council, who are immediately put to the test when their plan to introduce a new mascot prompts the old mascot, a beloved teacher, to flee to the woods and blame the new class president for destroying her life.

Comedy Teen

Alongside our competition partners Endgame Entertainment and Fourth Wall Management, we’re thrilled to present our Top 25 picks for the 2017 Launch Pad Pilots Competition.

With 216 writers signed, nearly 70 projects set up, and over 30 writers staffed on shows, we are so excited for our advancing finalists. The Launch Pad Competitions are growing every year, enabling us to bring new, incredibly talented writers into the fold, and to pursue more producing and representation partners to come along for the ride, in turn allowing us to provide even more opportunities for those emerging writers.

From new, unknown planets to the actual Mayflower to a college campus during sorority rush week, there’s not a stone unturned with the wildly diverse settings of this year’s Top 25 pilots. Not to mention the broad range of characters, like a a sentient AI looking for his place in a human world, the employees of a modern art museum struggling to get visitors in an entirely uninterested small town, a former IRA sniper unable to put her past behind her, and even a nun tasked with saving the world. The places, characters, stories, and genres represented here span far and wide.

Without further ado, let us present to you the 2017 Launch Pad Pilots Competition Top 25!

(As a reminder: If you selected one of our add-on prizes at time of entry, but did not advance to the Top 25, 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.)

COLIN & CHLOE VS. THE UNIVERSE

Brian T. Arnold & Heidi Lux

HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER meets YOU'RE THE WORST

A couple believes they are cursed when a series of catastrophes too bizarre to be coincidental ruin their wedding day, leading them to confront their past mistakes and try to repair their relationship with the universe... and each other.

Comedy Romance

DEAD MEN

T.A. Snyder

DEADWOOD meets SEVEN

A local Sheriff bands together with an elite group of soldiers to track down a notorious group of murderers whose plans for revenge could threaten the stability of the government.

Drama Period True Western

DEFAULT

Hannah Rae Dillon

HUMANS meets EX MACHINA

In the near future, an artificially intelligent robot decides to propose to his human girlfriend, but a series of events show him just how unequal he still is in society, and hint at a coming revolution amongst those like him.

Drama Sci-Fi

DOUBLE EFFECT

Jonathan Flicker

THE GOOD FIGHT meets HOUSE

A brilliant and idealistic bioethics professor is recruited to join a law firm specializing in challenging pharmaceutical industry overreach in the country's most controversial cases.

Drama

DOWN EAST

Ryan Bernstein

BLOODLINE meets THE PERFECT STORM

The patriarch of a once flourishing Maine lobster fishing town struggles to keep his community together amidst a rapidly changing market. When a rival outfit revives a decades old feud, he and his well meaning but ineffectual deputy son are drawn back into a conflict with potentially fatal consequences.

Crime Drama

END, THE

Derek Asaff

AMERICAN GODS meets SUPERNATURAL

After witnessing a mysterious agent save a girl from a fallen angel, a trainee nun teams up with an ancient group that fends off apocalypses from all world religions.

Drama Fantasy Thriller

GOLDEN CAGE, THE

Oskar Nordmark

BILLIONS meets SUITS

A brilliant ex-con works her way up at a major Wall Street firm, but her scheming and hidden criminal past might get her in more trouble than she bargained for.

Drama

GREAT HOUSE, THE

Camille Campbell

PRIVILEGED meets JANE EYRE

In this modern adaptation of JANE EYRE, a depressed teacher leaves her boring boarding school job to work as a private tutor to a rich teen at a lavish estate, where she soon encounters dark secrets and a handsome employer to complete her romantic literary fantasy.

Comedy Drama Romance

GREATEST RADIO SHOW THIS SIDE OF THE APOCALYPSE, THE

Rebecca Benzell

SUPERNATURAL meets FIREFLY

In an alternate timeline where a radioactive apocalypse has left 1950s America awash in radiation-soaked supernatural creatures, a small team of radio hosts travels the country to report on the strange happenings.

Drama Period Sci-Fi

I LOVE COLLEGE

Sarah Lampert

GREEK meets MEAN GIRLS

Four freshman girls attempt to mesh being modern, independent women with rushing a sorority and the sexism, peer pressure, cattiness, drugs, hierarchy, and, above all, sisterhood that comes with it.

Comedy

LIFE WITHOUT LAURA

Catlan McClelland

THE BIG C meets UGLY BETTY

Fired from her NY fashion job, ignored by her family and dumped by her boyfriend, sweet Laura wins back everyone's love the only way she can think of: by faking terminal cancer.

Comedy Drama

LIFT

Quinn Spicker

THE GOLDEN COMPASS meets GAME OF THRONES

After a devastating war, the cities of Earth have taken to the skies, living on levitating platforms. When Queen Victoria attempts to arrange a diplomatic marriage for her daughter, the nations of Germany and England come close to war.

Adventure Drama Period Sci-Fi

LONG LIVE PRIMUS

Jeremy Svenson

THE 100 meets GAME OF THRONES

After the planet Primus was destroyed, its sole survivors crash landed on a foreign planet where they discovered a native, medieval civilization interested only in making them extinct. It's science versus superstition as the two worlds collide, but when a disillusioned Prime breaks ranks to embark on a mission to rescue his lost wife, he begins to learn that everything he's been told about this planet - and about his own people - may be lies.

Adventure Drama Fantasy Sci-Fi

MAMARAZZI

Loren Tarquinio

BROAD CITY meets 30 ROCK

Two broke single moms decide to make a living by becoming paparazzi, but the only way for them to get good pictures is by making deals with D-listers trying to get back in the spotlight.

Comedy

MASS MOCA

Thomas O'Connor

COMMUNITY meets PARKS AND RECREATION

At a struggling contemporary art museum in rural Massachusetts, a long-suffering department head wrangles interns, janitors, and a wacky artist-in-residence in order to keep the lights on and the artistic dream alive.

Comedy

MAYFIELD PRESBYTERIAN

Preston James Walker

THE GOOD PLACE meets PARKS AND RECREATION

The dysfunctional members and clergy of a small-town church struggle to pull off Sunday morning services, much less also keeping their place of worship afloat amongst competing ideas of faith, financial hardship, and the threat of a rival church.

Comedy

MOTHER

David T. Lynch & Keith Lynch

THE SOPRANOS meets THE FALL

A former IRA sniper lives with her teenage son in Boston, but her dark past catches up with her when the son begins selling drugs for the Irish mob.

Action Crime Drama Thriller

PILGRIMAGE

Danielle Evenson & Heather Huntington

30 ROCK meets ANOTHER PERIOD

An outspoken English teen in the 1600s decides to leave her overbearing parents behind by traveling to America with the Pilgrims, but finds her plans for freedom in jeopardy when her family decides to join her.

Comedy Period

REZ, THE

Alexander Vargas

QUEEN SUGAR meets LONGMIRE

After the death of her husband, a Native American woman becomes chief of her tribe. Under pressure to save her impoverished community, she builds a casino, but political and tribal corruption, sexism, and her own inner demons threaten to derail her plans.

Drama

SPARKLING DARLINGS

Kyle Emelander

ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT meets SEX AND THE CITY

Two eccentric sisters leading very different lives in New York struggle to keep their professional and personal lives in order after their fortunes change overnight.

Comedy Drama

STATIC

Keith Davidson

THE HOUR meets TOUCH

As war in Europe looms on the horizon, a lounge singer in 1940s New York schemes to get his own radio show at an upstart station, helped along by his strange, supernatural visions.

Drama Period Supernatural

STUDENT COUNCIL, THE

Michael Robinson

ELECTION meets PARKS AND RECREATION

A wacky Catholic high school elects their new student council, who are immediately put to the test when their plan to introduce a new mascot prompts the old mascot, a beloved teacher, to flee to the woods and blame the new class president for destroying her life.

Comedy Teen

VERGE

Bryce McLellan

TIMELESS meets FRINGE

In the near future where time travel has allowed the rescue of refugees from the past, a rookie NYPD officer investigates a series of murders with the help of a fugitive time traveler in a city overrun with people from all across history.

Action Drama Sci-Fi

WAR PAINT

Tom Young

PARIS IS BURNING meets GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM

A cabaret performer in San Francisco's burgeoning gay underground scene disguises himself as a female entertainer to find his boyfriend who has gone missing in action in the thick of the Vietnam War.

Drama Period War

WE'RE GONNA DIE ALONE

Julia Wackenheim-Gimple & Ryan Gowland

GIRLFRIENDS' GUIDE TO DIVORCE meets ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT

Two adult siblings see their marriages fall apart and their worlds turned upside at the same time, just as their father remarries.

Comedy Romance

Together with our exclusive competition partners Endgame Entertainment and Fourth Wall Management, we are thrilled to announce the Top 50 for the 2017 Launch Pad Pilots Competition.

With over 250 success stories, including seeing writers signed, writers staffed, and their projects set up, we are thrilled to have our latest batch of writers onboard, and to see this next round of finalists going forward. With our competition growing every year, it enables us to bring not only new, unbelievably talented writers into the fold, but to pursue even more producing and representation partners to come along for the ride—allowing us to provide even more opportunities for those writers.

This competition's Top 50 pilots contain a little bit of everything, and then some. From time traveling assassins to alternate reality 20th Centuries, to space-roaming interstellar bands to a couple with the entire universe out to get them, from a woman trying to escape her witchy past to one who's a bit preoccupied looking for her Mr. Rochester, from early American serial killers to an early American feminist stuck with the Pilgrims, utopic societies to taco trucks to the Hollywood Hills — you'd be hard-pressed to find a story, genre, or character that's unrepresented.

So, without further ado, let us introduce you to the 2017 Launch Pad Pilots Competition Top 50!

(As a reminder: If you selected one of our add-on prizes 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
Bad Hombre Charlie Fountaine
Bad Witch Molly Miller
Bull Shark Sean Nichols Lynch
Cardinal, The Michael Kujak
Cleaning Lady, The Alex Fletcher
Colin & Chloe Vs. The Universe Brian T. Arnold & Heidi Lux
Command All Jordan Kalms
D_lete Nate Geez
Dead Humans Logan Rees
Dead Men T.A. Snyder
Default Hannah Rae Dillon
Dirty Thirties Jennifer Schuster
Double Effect Jonathan Flicker
Down East Ryan Bernstein
End, The Derek Asaff
Eterna Barbara Soares
Famous For Nothing Sarah Archer Moulton
Golden Cage, The Oskar Nordmark
Great House, The Camille Campbell
Greatest Radio Show This Side Of The Apocalypse, The Rebecca Benzell
Grunts Eloise Healey & Jessica Brookman
Guv'nor, The Christian Everhard
Haunted Kevin Mosteller
Hellbent Micah Leslie & Mike Ross
I Love College Sarah Lampert
Life On My Knees Robin U. Russin & William Missouri Downs
Life Without Laura Catlan McClelland
Lift Quinn Spicker
Long Live Primus Jeremy Svenson
Mamarazzi Loren Tarquinio
Mass MoCA Thomas O'Connor
Mayfield Presbyterian Preston James Walker
Moose Knuckle David Berrade
Mother David T. Lynch & Keith Lynch
Painted Ladies Jana Stella
Paper Heroes Crystal Skillman & Fred Van Lente
Pilgrimage Danielle Evenson & Heather Huntington
Pioneer Village Greg Wayne
Rez, The Alexander Vargas
Roswell, Adjacent Diana Wright
Sparkling Darlings Kyle Emelander
Splash Town Brigitte Erickson
Static Keith Davidson
Student Council, The Michael Robinson
Tall Tales Alex Wilson
Tucked Dale Peter Winton
Verge Bryce McLellan
War Paint Tom Young
We're Gonna Die Alone Julia Wackenheim-Gimple & Ryan Gowland
Young Alfred Hitchcock Danny Daneau

Alongside our exclusive competition partners Endgame Entertainment and Fourth Wall Management, we are incredibly thrilled to announce the 2017 Launch Pad Pilots Competition’s Top 75.

Now in our fourth year, the Launch Pad Competitions have led to more than 250 success stories. With more than 216 writers signed, over 68 projects set up, and 35 writers staffed, we’re excited to grow the Launch Pad family and provide more new writers with the opportunity to succeed. Even beyond our current partnership with Endgame and Fourth Wall, we’ve built a list of powerful producing partners in Scott Free, Vertigo Entertainment, and Michael De Luca Productions and representation partners in Energy Entertainment, ESA, Bellevue Productions, Paradigm, and Lee Stobby Entertainment, as well as a publishing partner in Inkshares. Our goal here at the Launch Pad has always been to expand and offer writers unique opportunities, as we continue to seek new avenues and strengthen existing relationships to provide that for our Top 75.

This competition’s Top 75 represents an array of writers and storytellers hailing from four continents, running the gamut of genres and the breadth of human experience. From sci-fi tales so near in the future they feel like home to those that see the first humans colonizing other planets, from cozy small towns where everyone has a dark secret to the epic expanses of ancient empires, intense character-driven dramas to zany laugh out loud comedies, theme parks to funeral homes, couples that will do everything to stay together to those who will go to any length to break up, and from the Wild West to alien threats, this is just the beginning. This year’s pilots offered worlds we never could have dreamed of, characters we want to follow for season after season, and all the excitement that represents why we started this competition in the first place.

As our 2017 LPPC producing partner Endgame Entertainment plunge in to search for their next hit, and our representation partner Fourth Wall Management start the hunt for newest star client, we also dive into the fray, getting your work into the hands of our judges at UTA, Scott Free, Good Fear Film + Management, Bellevue, Madhouse Entertainment, CAA, Paradigm, Bad Robot, Gersh, Energy Entertainment, and many, many more. We cannot express enough how incredibly excited we are for the weeks ahead, and to see these writers thrive.

Without further ado, let us introduce you to the 2017 Launch Pad Pilots Competition Top 75!

(As a reminder: If you selected one of our add-on prizes 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
America Rise, America Fall Giovanni Taveras
Bad Hombre Charlie Fountaine
Bad Witch Molly Miller
Before Mars Shruti Saran
Behind The Red Curtain Shani A. Moore Weatherby
Bible Belt, The Steven Pipps
Bloody Kansas Jonathan Flicker
Boosters Heath Woodlief & Spencer Willis
Bull Shark Sean Nichols Lynch
Burn It Down Mickey Fortune
Cardinal, The Michael Kujak
Cleaning Lady, The Alex Fletcher
Colin & Chloe Vs. The Universe Brian T. Arnold & Heidi Lux
Command All Jordan Kalms
D_lete Nate Geez
Dead Humans Logan Rees
Dead Men T.A. Snyder
Deep Cover Matthew Chauncey
Default Hannah Rae Dillon
Dirty Thirties Jennifer Schuster
Double Effect Jonathan Flicker
Down East Ryan Bernstein
End, The Derek Asaff
Eterna Barbara Soares
F'd Ryan Gowland
Famous For Nothing Sarah Archer Moulton
Freelancers James Madejski
Full Recovery Josh Gilbert
Golden Cage, The Oskar Nordmark
Great House, The Camille Campbell
Greatest Radio Show This Side Of The Apocalypse, The Rebecca Benzell
Green Zone Graham Riley
Grunts Eloise Healey & Jessica Brookman
Guv'nor, The Christian Everhard
Haunted Kevin Mosteller
Hellbent Micah Leslie & Mike Ross
I Love College Sarah Lampert
Incident In Question, The Amelia Sims
iPal Keenan Hotchkin
Kingdom Of God Travis Opgenorth
Legal Ease James Morris
Life Coach Michael Cummings
Life On My Knees Robin U. Russin & William Missouri Downs
Life Without Laura Catlan McClelland
Lift Quinn Spicker
Long Live Primus Jeremy Svenson
Mamarazzi Loren Tarquinio
Mass MoCA Thomas O'Connor
Mayfield Presbyterian Preston James Walker
Midnight Sun Jennifer Titus
Moose Knuckle David Berrade
Mother David T. Lynch & Keith Lynch
Painted Ladies Jana Stella
Paper Heroes Crystal Skillman & Fred Van Lente
Pilgrimage Danielle Evenson & Heather Huntington
Pioneer Village Greg Wayne
Post Mortem Travis Carr
Rez, The Alexander Vargas
Roswell, Adjacent Diana Wright
Safe Word Sage Mears
Single Undead Female Albert Letizia
Slow Coming Jared Laberdesque
South Of The 10 Davina Willett
Sparkling Darlings Kyle Emelander
Splash Town Brigitte Erickson
Static Keith Davidson
Student Council, The Michael Robinson
Tall Tales Alex Wilson
Tombstone James Morris
Tucked Dale Peter Winton
Verge Bryce McLellan
War Paint Tom Young
Wasteland Rand Soares
We're Gonna Die Alone Julia Wackenheim-Gimple & Ryan Gowland
Young Alfred Hitchcock Danny Daneau

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. 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.

New Prize Added!

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.

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.

  • All scripts must be submitted with a cover page containing ONLY the script title, without any of the writer(s) names or discernable marks, including but not limited to WGA Registration numbers.
  • All scripts MUST BE submitted as a PDF.
  • All pilot scripts must be under 70 pages (any pilot with more than 70 pages will be disqualified).
  • Do not submit any form of a story bible or pitch document with your pilot or 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.
  • Pilots or features 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 May 16th, 2017.
  • Pilot Early Bird Submissions MUST be received by 11:59pm (PST) on December 4th 2016, regardless of when the payment is made.
  • Pilot Regular Submissions MUST be received by 11:59pm (PST) on January 8th 2017, regardless of when the payment is made.
  • Pilot Late Submissions MUST be received by 11:59pm (PST) on February 5th 2017, regardless of when the payment is made.
  • Pilot Last Minute Submissions MUST be received by 11:59pm (PST) on March 3rd 2017, regardless of when the payment is made.