2017 Launch Pad Feature Competition
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Competition Dates
Early
$65
Ends July 9, 2017
Regular
$75
Ends August 6, 2017
Late
$85
Ends August 28, 2017
Final
$95
Ends September 18, 2017
Announcement Dates
Top 25 Announced
February 13, 2018
Top 10 Announced
February 27, 2018
Feedback Notes Returned
November 21, 2017
Winners Announced
March 13, 2018
Competition Add Ons
Feedback Notes
$50
Mentorship
$25
Guaranteed Signing
$25
Guaranteed Option
$25
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2017 Launch Pad Feature Competition

The moment we’ve been waiting for has finally come! The Launch Pad Competition, in association with our partners Prime Universe Films and Echo Lake Entertainment, is thrilled to announce our winners for the 2017 Launch Pad Feature Competition.


In this, our fifth year of the Feature Competition, we’ve seen amazing new writers and fresh stories emerge and join our esteemed Launch Pad alumni. As we see every competition, we’ve also already seen a number of these writers sign with agents and managers, and we’re so excited to see what comes next for all of them. Thank you again to all the writers who entered this year. This competition couldn’t exist without you, and we’re thrilled to have all of you be a part of this.

Our exclusive partners had a wealth of strong voices and dynamic stories to choose from this year, before ultimately deciding on their final picks. Our mentors Anthony Cipriano, David Hoffman, and Jason Hellerman read through dozens of features to find the projects that spoke to them, and identify the writers they want to guide into the next steps of their careers.

We’re so proud to announce our Overall Winner, Top Comedy Winner, Top Drama Winner, Prime Universe Films Winner, Echo Lake Entertainment Winner, and the three Launch Pad Mentorship Winners.


Overall Winner

FRIEND OF THE SHOW

Brian T Arnold

MONEY MONSTER meets NIGHTCRAWLER

A far-right news commentator is kidnapped by a right-wing extremist group who want him to help lead their movement, not knowing that his television persona is a sham. When he discovers their plan to assassinate the president, he realizes he is the only one who can stop them.

Drama Thriller
Overall Winner

Top Comedy

CONFECTION CONNECTION, THE

Yuval Stein

THE MALTESE FALCON meets DIARY OF A WIMPY KID

After the book fair money he is entrusted with goes missing, a kid detective must investigate the seedy underbelly of his school to clear his name and earn back his reputation as the school's best private investigator.

Comedy Family Mystery
Top 10 Top Comedy

Top Drama

NOBLE WOMAN, THE

David Case

ELIZABETH meets THE REVENANT

After she and her lover are marooned on an island during an expedition to the New World, an independent French noblewoman must fight for her life in the harsh Canadian wilderness. Based on a true story.

Adventure Drama Period Romance
Top 10 Top Drama

Prime Universe Films Guaranteed Option Prize

FRONTIERSMEN

Ben Feuer

THE GREY meets MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

After the death of their mother, an absent father takes his two sons to the family cabin on a remote Alaskan island, but when disaster strikes they are forced to survive months alone in the frigid wilderness.

Adventure Thriller
Top 25 Guaranteed Option Winner

Echo Lake Entertainment Guaranteed Signing Prize

I WANNA F*** ADOLF HITLER

Dylan Visvikis

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS meets TRAINWRECK

After being diagnosed with syphilis and given only a year to live, a young woman takes it upon herself to sleep her way to the top of the Nazi hierarchy and assassinate Hitler by giving him the deadly STD.

Comedy Period
Top 50 Guaranteed Signing Winner

Mentorship Program Winners

HENCHMAN

Andrew Wood

BATMAN meets DEADPOOL

After an evil villain's disillusioned henchman accidentally kills the city's superhero, he decides to take over for the costumed crusader.

Action Comedy
Top 50 Mentorship Selection (Jason Hellerman)

OIL AND WATER

Alfred Thomas Catalfo & Morgan Webster Dudley

ERIN BROCKOVICH meets THE POST

A principled freshman state legislator stands up to billionaire shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis's attempts to bankroll an oil refinery off the coast of New Hampshire during the height of the oil embargo.

Biopic Drama Period
Top 50 Mentorship Selection (David Hoffman)

PAIGE DARCY: FORMER TEEN DETECTIVE

Alice Moran

JESSICA JONES meets SCOOBY DOO

A former child detective who left the sleuthing business after a tragic loss is coaxed out of retirement to investigate the seedy criminal underbelly of her small town when a local drug dealer is killed.

Crime Comedy Drama
Honorable Mention Mentorship Selection (Anthony Cipriano)

Top 5% Of All Entries

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...'SCAPE THE LIGHTNING BOLT!

Gary Morra

FARGO meets NATURAL BORN KILLERS

When a man unknowingly sets his sister up on a date with a mafia hit man, she decides to take advantage of his mistake and enact revenge on him for ruining her wedding and stealing her inheritance by having him murdered by her new boyfriend.

Comedy Crime Drama
Honorable Mention

405, THE

Patrick Byrne

28 DAYS LATER meets TRAIN TO BUSAN

When a zombie outbreak unfolds in Los Angeles, a father and son must band together with other drivers stuck in traffic on the 405 freeway to fight for their lives and get to safety.

Action Horror Thriller
Top 75

A GHOST AMONGST MEN

Cliff Simmons

AMERICAN SNIPER meets BREAKING BAD

In order to pay for his daughter's exorbitant medical expenses, an ex-Navy SEAL sniper is contracted by the mob to take out informants, but is unable to stop working for them once he's started.

Action Drama Thriller
Honorable Mention

A GIANT NAMED ANDRE

John Halligan

THE WRESTLER meets BIG FISH

The larger than life journey of Andre the Giant who sacrificed personal health to entertain a world he never quite fit in to, as he rose from humble beginnings to become the most beloved wrestler of all time and a global icon.

Biopic Drama
Top 25

A ROYAL COMPANION

Karolyn Szot

THE PRINCE AND ME meets PRETTY WOMAN

A struggling actress is hired to keep a Saudi prince company during his trip to Los Angeles, but she is challenged with the role of a lifetime, when she is tasked to keep him sober as they explore the glitz, glamour, and parties of Hollywood.

Comedy Romance
Top 25

A WINDMILL IN CHINATOWN

Mike McGee

A TIME TO KILL meets THE IMMIGRANT

In turn-of-the-century San Francisco, a Scottish woman fights to stop the human trafficking of Chinese girls and women enslaved in various quarters of the city, defying deadly gangsters and her own corrupt and prejudiced city to try and save them. Based on a true story.

Drama Period
Honorable Mention

ADVENTURES OF FOX, THE

Nicholas Fox Robbins & Vincent Robbins

THE PATRIOT meets MASTER AND COMMANDER

Determined to protect his home and fight for his burgeoning country, a boy lies about his age to join the Continental Navy during the Revolutionary War, growing up along the way in the harshest conditions imaginable.

Action Adventure Period War
Top 25

ASHES

Sarah Hulsman

THELMA & LOUISE meets LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

After the death of their great aunt, two estranged sisters set out on the trip of lifetime, to deliver her ashes to eccentric relatives across the country, spreading and sharing the ashes while overcoming misadventures that test their relationship and bring them closer than ever.

Comedy Drama
Top 50

ATOM BRAVO

Rob Rex

PLEASANTVILLE meets DR. STRANGELOVE

In the midst of the Cuban Missile Crisis, a suburban fallout shelter salesman tries to do the one thing he seems incapable of doing - sell a fallout shelter - while his family navigates the oppressive anxiety of life under constant threat of nuclear annihilation.

Comedy Drama Period
Honorable Mention

AUSTENTATIOUS

Charmaine Colina

BECOMING JANE meets BACK TO THE FUTURE

An English professor obsessed with Jane Austen is transported back to Regency England, where she accidentally interferes in her heroine's love life and has to decide whether to help Jane find true love or help her find her way back to writing the masterpieces she will be known for.

Comedy Fantasy Romance Period
Top 10

BADLANDS, THE

Andrew Ladd & Leif Lillehaugen

TRUE GRIT meets GAME OF DEATH

Returning home after the Civil War, a Native American Union mercenary travels to Montana to search for his brother, but upon finding him dead, he sets out for revenge against the notoriously violent and deadly gang of outlaws who are responsible

Action Western
Top 75

BAMBOOZLED

Randall Knox

OCEAN'S ELEVEN meets THE STING

Two con artists travel to Monte Carlo with their boss's eager daughter secretly in tow in order to pull off their first solo job, but accidentally run afoul of an undercover MI6 agent who they are forced to work alongside to complete their job.

Action Comedy
Top 75

BAR CRAWL

Jordan Gershowitz

GIRLS TRIP meets OLD SCHOOL

After the death of their friend, a trio of former college friends now in their 30s reunite to complete the crazy bar crawl and scavenger hunt she had always wanted to do.

Comedy
Honorable Mention

BASTARD OF ROBERT E. LEE, THE

Aaron Benjamin

GLORY meets INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS

After learning from her wrongfully incarcerated mother that she is the illegitimate daughter of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, and that he is out to kill them both, an intrepid young African-American woman disguises herself as a Civil War soldier in order to kill him.

Action Drama Period War
Top 50

BEAST

Aaron W. Sala

CAST AWAY meets PREDATOR

After her plane crashes in the middle of the Pacific, a woman on the run from her abusive husband finds herself marooned on an island with a bloodthirsty beast.

Action Sci-Fi Thriller
Top 10

BIG FUTURE AHEAD

Rick Mashburn

NEBRASKA meets GRUMPY OLD MEN

A crotchety old woman unhappy with her subpar nursing home decides to take advantage of her status as the oldest woman in the state to become famous and improve her lifestyle.

Comedy Drama
Top 10

BLUE FALCON DAYS

Vincent Vargas

DEAD POETS SOCIETY meets TAPS

The students of a Jesuit military academy in 1970s New York City deal with the contempt that comes from Vietnam War backlash just as the military and religious leaders of their school come into conflict.

Drama Period Teen
Honorable Mention

BOAT, THE

Robert Wooldridge

TAKE SHELTER meets NOAH

After his mother has a vision from God warning her of an impending flood, a teenager in 1965 Texas helps her to repair an old boat despite the condescension of the gossipy townspeople who are still buzzing over his recent affair with a male teacher.

Drama Fantasy Period
Top 50

BOY BANDS TO MEN

David Ngo

PITCH PERFECT meets STEP UP

A former R&B star finally gets the chance to bond with his estranged son when the boy enters a contest to be a part of a non-Korean K-pop group.

Comedy Music Romance
Top 75

CALIFORNIANAS

Eve Symington & Robin Zamora

A BETTER LIFE meets JANE THE VIRGIN

A high school senior with college dreams is forced into becoming the family breadwinner when her Salvadoran mother is arrested by ICE

Drama
Top 50

CAREGIVER, THE

Joelle Luman

EX MACHINA meets OBSESSED

When his wife's MS gets worse, a man is forced to hire a robotic caregiver to help out around the house, but in her attempts to make everything more comfortable for the family, the lifelike assistant begins usurping the wife's role.

Sci-Fi Thriller
Top 25

CHURCH OF PARTY, THE

Jon Pack

ANIMAL HOUSE meets NEIGHBORS

After partying is banned at their school, a group of loser college students start a fake religion where partying is a key facet of worship in hopes of getting around the university's strict policies.

Comedy
Top 50

CONFECTION CONNECTION, THE

Yuval Stein

THE MALTESE FALCON meets DIARY OF A WIMPY KID

After the book fair money he is entrusted with goes missing, a kid detective must investigate the seedy underbelly of his school to clear his name and earn back his reputation as the school's best private investigator.

Comedy Family Mystery
Top 10

CONGRATULATIONS, IT'S AN ALIEN

Nathan Davis

KNOCKED UP meets THE TERMINATOR

After being impregnated with an alien baby, a genius computer hacker must team up with the father in order to stop the planned hostile takeover of Earth

Action Comedy Sci-Fi
Top 75

COWBOY BOB

Melissa Emery

HELL OR HIGH WATER meets DOG DAY AFTERNOON

With medical bills for her mother building up and a recent cancer diagnosis of her own, a woman decides to dress as a man and rob banks to make ends meet. The true story of Peggy Jo Tallas.

Action Crime Drama
Honorable Mention

DAGON

David Quiroz Jr.

BATTLESHIP meets GODZILLA

When a navy patrol boat responds to a distress signal in the South Pacific during World War II and rescues the sole survivor of the attack, they must then face the horrific monster responsible in order to make it back alive.

Action Horror Thriller
Top 50

DARK LOGISTICS

Benjamin Finkel

FIGHT CLUB meets THE BIG LEBOWSKI

In hyper-dystopian Chicago, a lowly IRS employee finds himself caught up in the web of several rival terrorist groups battling for control of the city.

Comedy Drama Thriller
Top 25

DEVIL'S PROPHET, THE

Jason E. Deparis

DOWNFALL meets THE PRESTIGE

A secretly Jewish psychic in interwar Germany finds himself at the center of the rise of the Nazi Party, and accidental advisor to Adolf Hiter. The true story of Erik Jan Hanussen.

Biopic Drama Period
Honorable Mention

DOBSON FIELD INITIATIVE, THE

Vince Bailey

STATE OF PLAY meets MARATHON MAN

After a former soldier's photographer husband is killed in a suspicious accident, she begins to investigate his death, discovering a massive conspiracy within the Australian government

Drama Thriller
Top 75

DRAGON AND THE LOTUS, THE

Elissa Huang

CHAPLIN meets THE JOY LUCK CLUB

A Chinese American actress struggles to find her place in racist Hays Code era Hollywood while fighting her own inner demons. The true story of movie star and activist Anna May Wong.

Biopic Drama Period
Top 50

ESPERANZA

Bret Polish

SIN NOMBRE meets A BETTER LIFE

A young Mexican girl flees to America to find her long-lost father after her whole family is killed.

Drama Thriller
Top 50

EVE

Josh Renfree

ALIEN meets THE HURT LOCKER

After Navy SEALs recover a fallen object in the mountains of Afghanistan, they realize that the object is not a downed satellite as they had been led to believe, but a crashed alien craft. When it begins to possess anyone who gets near it, one woman remains to save the others and the world.

Horror Sci-Fi Thriller
Top 75

EVIL JOSH

Jesse Johnston

CHILD'S PLAY meets DRAG ME TO HELL

After their son is given a creepy Viking doll for his birthday, an upper middle class couple finds their perfect suburban life terrorized.

Comedy Horror
Honorable Mention

EXILE ON WALL STREET

Karl Richter

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET meets THE FUGITIVE

A hedge fund manager uncovers an enormous financial conspiracy, but before he can expose it he is framed for a crime and has to go on the run. He teams up with a group of homeless activists to enact revenge.

Drama Thriller
Honorable Mention

FALSE COMFORTS

Steven Mills

99 HOMES meets THE BIG SLEEP

A man finds himself deep in debt in order to save his small business - and his family's livelihood - but when the collectors come to call and offer an illegal deal in exchange for the money he needs, he soon finds himself blackmailed into doing things he never thought himself capable of.

Crime Drama Thriller
Top 75

FEED THE MONSTER

Rob Rex

DOUBLE INDEMNITY meets INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS

After a reluctant mob moonshiner and a down-on-her-luck young woman discover that a special alcohol shipment from China turns those who drink it into monsters, they must stop the mob from disseminating it throughout the city.

Action Drama Horror
Top 50

FINDING FLETCHER'S FINGERS

Shannon Mier

GET HIM TO THE GREEK meets THE HANGOVER

After losing his fingers in an accident in the back seat of a cab, an insurance salesman embarks on a wild quest across the city with the help of a caring nurse, a neglectful cabbie, and a pyrotechnics technician in order to recover the fingers and get them surgically reattached before time runs out.

Comedy
Top 25

FLASH CRASH

Brian Wohl

THE BIG SHORT meets PINEAPPLE EXPRESS

After realizing that he has been brainwashed by the digital security company that he loves so dearly, a loyal employee sets out to stop the company's CEO from crashing the stock market in order to make trillions.

Action Comedy
Honorable Mention

FORSAKING ALL OTHERS

Alex Hardcastle & Vance Stringer

THE PROPOSAL meets I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY

When a weekend trip gone wrong results in an arrest for a gay British man working in the U.S. and jeopardizes his immigration status, he embarks upon a sham marriage to the straight best friend who caused the problem in the first place.

Comedy Romance
Top 50

FRIEND OF THE SHOW

Brian T. Arnold

MONEY MONSTER meets NIGHTCRAWLER

A far-right news commentator is kidnapped by a right-wing extremist group who want him to help lead their movement, not knowing that his television persona is a sham. When he discovers their plan to assassinate the president, he realizes he is the only one who can stop them.

Drama Thriller
Top 10

FRONTIERSMEN

Ben Feuer

THE GREY meets MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

After the death of their mother, an absent father takes his two sons to the family cabin on a remote Alaskan island, but when disaster strikes they are forced to survive months alone in the frigid wilderness.

Adventure Thriller
Top 25 Prime Universe Films Guaranteed Option Selection

FUNNY COLORED LOVE

Alex Thomas

AMERICAN HISTORY X meets THE BIG SICK

When a black woman and former neo-Nazi find are matched on a dating website, they find love can appear in the most unexpected places.

Comedy Drama Romance
Honorable Mention

GETAWAY

Jamie Napoli & Joshua Paul Johnson

FARGO meets THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI

With his marriage failing, a man hires an actor to break into his house so he can act as a hero, but when a mistake means he isn't there to intervene, everything goes wrong.

Action Comedy
Top 50

GOING FOR TWO

Kathleen Welch Markel

HOOSIERS meets THE WONDER YEARS

A boy in 1983 Nebraska attempts to solve the problem of his undescended testicle as the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers fight for the national championship.

Comedy Drama Sports Period
Top 75

HATCHLING, THE

John Wikstrom

SHORT TERM 12 meets PETE'S DRAGON

On the cusp of another adoption after several have fallen through, a Haitian orphan finds a mysterious egg in the jungle and tries to keep it safe with the help of an American volunteer until it can hatch.

Adventure Family Fantasy
Top 25

HENCHMAN

Andrew Wood

BATMAN meets DEADPOOL

After an evil villain's disillusioned henchman accidentally kills the city's superhero, he decides to take over for the costumed crusader.

Action Comedy
Top 50 Mentorship Selection (Jason Hellerman)

HESSE

Jill Bayor

THE HOURS meets FRIDA

After escaping Nazi Germany, minimalist artist Eva Hesse moves to New York where she becomes a pioneer of the postminimal art movement.

Biopic Drama Period
Honorable Mention

HI LINE

Migizi Pensoneau

WIND RIVER meets BLAZING SADDLES

Two aging and apathetic tribal police officers on a Montana reservation attempt to solve a series of disappearances of Native women on their reservation just as a white nationalist group attempts to force their way onto the land.

Action Comedy Thriller
Top 50

HOLIDAY MAGIC

Rex Carter

ELF meets THE PRESTIGE

When her magician father's wand is used to make the North Pole vanish just before the holidays, a girl travels to the world where everything that disappears ends up in order to save Christmas.

Animation Family Fantasy
Top 75

HUGE IN JAPAN

Alberto Valenzuela

THE HANGOVER meets LOST IN TRANSLATION

A down-on-his-luck American accidentally agrees to marry a Japanese woman and is subsequently kidnapped, smuggled into Japan, and forced into participating in a wild game show.

Romantic Comedy
Honorable Mention

I WANNA F*** ADOLF HITLER

Dylan Visvikis

INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS meets TRAINWRECK

After being diagnosed with syphilis and given only a year to live, a young woman takes it upon herself to sleep her way to the top of the Nazi hierarchy and assassinate Hitler by giving him the deadly STD.

Comedy Period
Top 50 Echo Lake Entertainment Guaranteed Signing Selection

IF I WERE YOU

Joseph Muszynski

NEBRASKA meets CAPTAIN PHILLIPS

After falling for an email scam, an elderly veteran travels to Nigeria to enact his revenge on the scammers.

Adventure Comedy Drama
Top 75

IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT

Shane Weisfeld

PRISONERS meets GONE GIRL

A detective struggling with prescription drug addiction searches for a missing child whose kidnappers offer the parents a bizarre choice: they will either kill the child now, or return him unharmed after ten years.

Crime Drama Thriller
Top 75

INSTANT LOVE

Juanjo Moscardo, Maria Laura Gargarella, & Maria Minguez

WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? meets INDECENT PROPOSAL

A couple on the verge of breaking up try to spice up their love life by inviting two friends to swing with them, but the encounters only expose deeper rifts and truths for everyone involved.

Drama Romance
Top 75

JELLYFISH SUMMER

Sarah Jane Inwards

DISTRICT 9 meets SELMA

A black family living in the Deep South in 1965 tries to help out two mysterious human-like creatures who fall from the sky, despite the society's insistence that they are dangerous.

Drama Sci-Fi Coming of Age
Top 50

JENNIFER LAWRENCE'S EVIL DOPPELGANGER

Kelly Byrnes

BEING JOHN MALKOVICH meets TRUE ROMANCE

After a small-town drug dealer gets a makeover that makes her look like the spitting image of Jennifer Lawrence, she and her boyfriend decide to go to Los Angeles to kidnap the actress and shake her down for money.

Comedy
Top 75

LIFE AT SANDY'S

Aleksandra Hansen

PLEASANTVILLE meets THE RING

After moving in with her overbearing aunt, a young woman finds herself drawn in by a set of VHS tapes of a 90s sitcom after the characters in the show begin reaching out to her, taking advantage of her dissatisfaction with her dull life to pull her into the increasingly sinister television world.

Drama Horror Thriller
Top 25

LONE WOLF

Joe Swafford

PATRIOT'S DAY meets ZODIAC

In the immediate wake of the Oklahoma City Bombing, a state trooper and two FBI agents rush to put the pieces together and bring those responsible to justice, while one of them is unknowingly trapped with the bomber.

Crime Drama Thriller
Honorable Mention

LOS NINOS SICARIOS

Joe Varkle & Robert Lambert

SICARIO meets SIN NOMBRE

Two teenage cousins work as paid killers for the cartels in Texas in order to support their family, but the real struggle is the one to have a normal teenage life.

Drama Thriller
Top 50

LOVE & HOSTILITY

Michael Mirabella

FAR FROM HEAVEN meets BLACK SWAN

A seemingly perfect 1950s housewife experiences wild and violent hallucinations as she copes with her oppressive husband and the secrets of their marriage.

Comedy Drama Period
Top 75

MAGGIE ROCKS

Guy Francisco Polin

RED meets THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL

An aging assassin for the mob is forced into witness protection and assigned to a poorly run retirement community. Using her very specific set of skills and the help of her newfound friends, she endeavors to take over the home from its ill-intentioned administrator.

Action Comedy Drama
Honorable Mention

MERCY

Geoff Bakken

A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT meets JOHN WICK

A young Iranian woman who was disfigured in an acid attack seeks vengeance through vigilantism to protect herself and other women.

Action Drama
Top 25

MILWAUKEE ROULETTE

Glenn Rabney

FARGO meets IN BRUGES

After years working for a low-level crime family in Milwaukee, two inept brothers want to move to Phoenix and open a sandwich shop, but they have to take on one last job to get the money - as killers for hire.

Comedy Crime Thriller
Top 75

MISSING ALICE

Chris Preyor

GET OUT meets PRISONERS

When their mother goes missing, two brothers travel to the racist Southern town in which she was last seen in order to find her.

Drama Thriller
Top 75

MOON RUSH

Matt O’Reilly

MAD MAX meets AVATAR

A security contractor working for a diamond operation on the moon, which has turned into a violent Wild West free-for-all, goes on the run from guerillas and his own company after finding an enormous diamond.

Action Adventure Sci-Fi Western
Top 25

NIX

Evan Muehlbauer & Jesse Keller

DON'T BREATHE meets FRANK

Four friends set out to find a legendary punk rocker 35 years after his disappearance, but following a series of unsettling events, they begin to suspect that his isolation has driven him crazy and they are in the clutches of a violent psychopath who schemes to take them out one by one.

Horror Thriller
Top 25

NO SWEETNESS IN THIS

Robert Zameroski

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN meets PRISONERS

After his estranged drug addict brother returns home, a born-again preacher is forced to fight for his family's lives when he discovers that his brother has a sociopathic killer hot on his heels.

Action Drama Thriller
Honorable Mention

NOBLE WOMAN, THE

David Case

ELIZABETH meets THE REVENANT

After she and her lover are marooned on an island during an expedition to the New World, an independent French noblewoman must fight for her life in the harsh Canadian wilderness. Based on a true story.

Adventure Drama Period Romance
Top 10

NOBODY LIVES FOREVER

Emily Blake

JOHN WICK meets THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

A hitman with a perfect record fails to kill his target - an immortal man with a death wish. Looking to keep his streak alive, the hitman agrees to help the man reverse the curse that keeps him alive.

Action Fantasy Thriller
Top 25

OIL AND WATER

Alfred Thomas Catalfo & Morgan Webster Dudley

ERIN BROCKOVICH meets THE POST

A principled freshman state legislator stands up to billionaire shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis's attempts to bankroll an oil refinery off the coast of New Hampshire during the height of the oil embargo.

Biopic Drama Period
Top 50 Mentorship Selection (David Hoffman)

ONES LEFT BEHIND, THE

Ashley White

THE DESCENDANTS meets LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

When his wife dies, a man reluctantly takes his daughter and father on a road trip to spread her ashes, but only after he is informed that the woman he thought he knew had cheated on him years before.

Comedy Drama
Top 75

PAIGE DARCY: FORMER TEEN DETECTIVE

Alice Moran

JESSICA JONES meets SCOOBY DOO

A former child detective who left the sleuthing business after a tragic loss is coaxed out of retirement to investigate the seedy criminal underbelly of her small town when a local drug dealer is killed.

Crime Comedy Drama
Honorable Mention Mentorship Selection (Anthony Cipriano)

PARALLEL

Jonathan Flicker

THE CONJURING meets FREQUENCY

A family living in an isolated Massachusetts home finds themselves haunted by the echoes of the family who inhabited the structure over two centuries earlier.

Horror Period Sci-Fi
Top 10

PARIAH

David Lynch & Keith Lynch

BLADE RUNNER meets THE 6TH DAY

In an attempt to clear his debt and provide a better life for his daughter, a man undergoes an illegal process to create a double of himself, ending up in the middle of a secret war against unlawful cloning.

Action Sci-Fi Thriller
Top 50

PETER AND THE WOLVES

Conor Kyle

STRANGER THINGS meets CITY OF THIEVES

Amidst widespread starvation and devastation in war-torn St. Petersburg, a group of children attempt to track down and kill the murderous cannibal who took their friend.

Horror Period Thriller War
Top 10

POINT NEMO

Bradley Starr

CAST AWAY meets MISERY

When a shipwrecked man is rescued by a woman living on a boat in the middle of the ocean, he is initially relieved, but soon discovers she is hiding sinister secrets.

Thriller
Top 10

PRESIDIO

Eric Martin

NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN meets SON OF RAMBO

A small town sheriff is forced to break his deal with a drug cartel in order to protect a rebellious kid who stole from them.

Action Drama Western
Honorable Mention

PRISONER, THE

Brad Lubin

MENACE II SOCIETY meets THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

After decades spent in solitary, a prisoner is released with severe mental illness and struggles to reintegrate into society and find the life he left behind.

Drama
Honorable Mention

PURPLE HEART BATTALION, THE

Ken Miyamoto

BAND OF BROTHERS meets HACKSAW RIDGE

An all-Japanese American battalion endures racism as they fight for their country in World War II.

Action Adventure Period War
Top 75

RE-ENTRY

Dave Mango

REIGN OVER ME meets AMERICAN SNIPER

After losing an arm and a friend in Afghanistan, the son of the Commandant of the Marine Corps returns home, determined to fulfill his dead comrade's wishes of going over Niagara Falls in a custom-built barrel.

Drama
Top 50

REBELLION

Sergio Kopelev

DEFIANCE meets EMPIRE OF THE SUN

After the death of his older brother, a young Polish Jew joins the underground resistance against the Nazis in the Warsaw Ghetto.

Drama Period Thriller War
Top 75

RED DIVE

Alexander Gustaveson

THE HUNT FOR RED OCTOBER meets ALIEN

When they come upon an abandoned Soviet ship filled with corpses, the crew of a Cold War-era American submarine finds themselves attacked by reanimated corpses.

Action Horror Period Thriller
Top 75

RELENTLESS

Jeffrey Durante

THE GREY meets ENEMY OF THE STATE

After a plane carrying a US Senator is shot down by Russians, an undercover FBI agent that was on the plane must shepherd the Senator to safety through the woods of Alaska while being pursued by Russian agents.

Action Thriller
Top 50

RUN TO YOUR SOUL

Gil Hizon

WEEKEND meets MOONLIGHT

Told in vignettes over the span of 12 years, a man looks back at his relationships to see the common threads that pulled them apart and figure out why he keeps falling for the wrong people.

Comedy Drama Romance
Honorable Mention

RUNNER, THE

Matthew Minson

CHARIOTS OF FIRE meets SING STREET

Afraid to dream of more after the death of his mother and his father's subsequent slide into alcoholism, a young runner becomes an Olympic hopeful and a symbol to his blue collar neighborhood.

Drama Sports
Top 50

SAVING WASHINGTON

Jane Hampton Cook

JACKIE meets LINCOLN

Amidst political infighting and her husband's illness, First Lady Dolley Madison has to keep the young Republic together as the British bear down on Washington in the War of 1812.

Biopic Drama Period War
Honorable Mention

SERAPHIM

Peter Mitchell

OCTOBER SKY meets NORMA RAE

After being expelled from school, a teenager in 1930s West Virginia starts working in the local mine his father manages just as the union threatens to strike.

Drama Period
Honorable Mention

SHADOW BEFORE, THE

Martin McSweeney

JFK meets BROOKLYN

A teenager in a small Irish town falls in love with a newly arrived American man, but when he is suspected of being involved in a plot to assassinate the soon-to-visit John F. Kennedy, she has to decide whether to trust him or her family.

Drama Period Romance Thriller
Honorable Mention

THIS IS ME LEAVING YOU

Ellie Bambach Morello

HE'S JUST NOT THAT INTO YOU meets FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL

When his ex moves back into town, a man enlists the help of his shameless friends to win her back from her flawless new boyfriend, just as he's falling for a woman at his work.

Romantic Comedy
Top 75

TIME FLIES

Max Rissman

SUPERBAD meets HOT TUB TIME MACHINE

A teenage is visited by his future-self to help him win over his high school crush.

Comedy Sci-Fi
Top 25

TO HARPO FROM WOOLLCOTT

Joshua Aichenbaum

THE IMITATION GAME meets CAPOTE

In pre-depression Manhattan, famous theater critic and radio personality Alexander Woollcott falls in love with close friend and comedy legend Harpo Marx

Biopic Drama Period Romance
Top 50

TOWER 9

Ryan Lee

ATTACK THE BLOCK meets THE THING

On his first day serving eviction notices at a decrepit apartment tower, a man encounters an infestation of deadly aliens abducting the residents.

Horror Sci-Fi Thriller
Honorable Mention

TRAPLINE

Brett Treacy & Dan Woodward

ROOM meets WINTER'S BONE

A boy who has been held captive for years has his life upended when his abductor kidnaps a second child.

Drama
Top 75

TRIP, THE

Caroline Hoover

THE BIG SICK meets DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

When a strict former radiologist finds out her husband is dying of cancer she must use an experimental magic mushroom therapy to lessen his pain.

Comedy Drama
Top 10

TRUTH AGAINST THE WORLD

Denise Meyers

REVOLUTIONARY ROAD meets FOXCATCHER

Famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright leaves his wife for a married woman, but as their controversial new relationship faces intense public scrutiny, the couple moves to Wright's isolated Wisconsin estate where a tragedy looms on the horizon.

Biopic Drama Period Thriller
Top 50

TUNDRA KILL

Kevin Bachar

JOHN WICK meets WIND RIVER

After his twin brother is killed on an archeological expedition in Alaska, an ex-Navy SEAL and current mob enforcer travels to the frozen tundra to find who's responsible and seek revenge.

Action Drama Thriller
Top 75

UNMAKING LOVE

Evan Laughlin

THE GRADUATE meets KNOCKED UP

A faulty batch of condoms leads a man to accidentally impregnate both the girl of his dreams and her mother.

Comedy Romance
Top 50

VINNY LUPTON

Adam Benic

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET meets THE BIG SHORT

After meeting his wrestling promoting father for the first time at age 12, Vinny Lupton, fueled by a drive to live up to his father's expectations, dedicates his life to the world of wrestling promotion, willing to do whatever it takes to build a national brand. The true story of WWE's Vince McMahon.

Action Comedy Biopic
Top 75

WAGNERS AND THE WILDFLOWER, THE

Elias Markos

TRUE GRIT meets THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

An 18-year-old girl and her younger sister must brave the wilderness when they are taken captive by the sadistic man who killed their father and is hell bent on finding the mysterious treasure he left behind.

Drama Period Western
Top 25

WAY OUT IS THROUGH, THE

Tyler Theofilos

INSIDIOUS meets WINCHESTER

A troubled family moves into a famous house secluded deep in the woods where the father oversees the architectural restorations, hoping for a fresh start. But when their young son vanishes into the night, they come to realize that their new home holds an ancient evil that's eager to escape.

Horror Thriller
Top 50

As part of our exclusive partnership with Prime Universe Films and Echo Lake Entertainment, The Tracking Board is incredibly pleased to announce the TOP 10 for the 2017 Launch Pad Feature Competition!

These scripts explore storytelling from all new avenues, with characters that run the gamut from an elderly couple using magic mushrooms to precocious child detectives, to kids who must hunt down a very human monster, and even Jane Austen herself. They provide a range of worlds to get lost in, and they showcase the kind of writing that make us excited to leap into this competition year after year. These writers represent the next big thing, and these are the types of fresh voices we love to find.

Our judges, partners, and mentors are diving in now to get in their votes for who will walk away with the top prize, as well as the guaranteed options, signings, and mentorships. In the meantime, we are so proud to introduce you to the 2017 Launch Pad Feature Competition Top 10!

(As a reminder: If you selected one 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.)

AUSTENTATIOUS

Charmaine Colina

BECOMING JANE meets BACK TO THE FUTURE

An English professor obsessed with Jane Austen is transported back to Regency England, where she accidentally interferes in her heroine's love life and has to decide whether to help Jane find true love or put her on the path to write her masterpieces.

Comedy Fantasy Romance Period

BEAST

Aaron W. Sala

CAST AWAY meets PREDATOR

After her plane crashes in the middle of the Pacific, a woman on the run from her abusive husband finds herself marooned on an island with a bloodthirsty beast.

Action Sci-Fi Thriller

BIG FUTURE AHEAD

Rick Mashburn

NEBRASKA meets GRUMPY OLD MEN

A crotchety old woman unhappy with her subpar nursing home decides to take advantage of her status as the oldest woman in the state to become famous and improve her lifestyle.

Comedy Drama

CONFECTION CONNECTION, THE

Yuval Stein

THE MALTESE FALCON meets HARRIET THE SPY

After the book fair money he is entrusted with goes missing, a kid detective must investigate the seedy underbelly of his school to clear his name and earn back his reputation as the school's best private investigator.

Comedy Family Mystery

FRIEND OF THE SHOW

Brian T Arnold

MONEY MONSTER meets NIGHTCRAWLER

A far-right news commentator is kidnapped by a right-wing extremist group who want him to help lead their movement, not knowing that his television persona is a sham. When he discovers their plan to assassinate the president, he realizes he is the only one who can stop them. 

Drama Thriller

NOBLE WOMAN, THE

David Case

ELIZABETH meets THE REVENANT

After she and her lover are marooned on an island during an expedition to the New World, an independent French noblewoman must fight for her life in the harsh Canadian wilderness. Based on a true story.

Adventure Drama Period Romance

PARALLEL

Jonathan Flicker

THE CONJURING meets FREQUENCY

A family living in an isolated Massachusetts home finds themselves haunted by the echoes of the family who inhabited the structure over two centuries earlier.

Horror Period Sci-Fi

PETER AND THE WOLVES

Conor Kyle

STRANGER THINGS meets CITY OF THIEVES

Amidst widespread starvation and devastation in war-torn St. Petersburg, a group of children attempt to track down and kill the murderous cannibal who took their friend.

Horror Period Thriller War

POINT NEMO

Bradley Starr

CAST AWAY meets MISERY

When a shipwrecked man is rescued by a woman living on a boat in the middle of the ocean, he is initially relieved, but soon discovers she is hiding sinister secrets.

Thriller

TRIP, THE

Caroline Hoover

THE BIG SICK meets DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

When a strict former radiologist finds out her husband is dying of cancer she must use an experimental magic mushroom therapy to lessen his pain.

Comedy Drama

Alongside our exclusive partners Prime Universe Films and Echo Lake Entertainment, The Tracking Board is incredibly pleased to announce the TOP 25 for the 2017 Launch Pad Feature Competition!

Whether it’s biopics that explore the heroes we thought we knew, madcap comedies and sea-soaked adventures that carry us along for the ride, or chilling horrors that will make us sleep with the light on, this Top 25 spans an abundance of genres. They also explore storytelling from all new avenues, including characters that run the gamut from time-traveling teenagers to precocious child detectives, to families who must fight for survival and even Jane Austen herself. These scripts provide a range of worlds to get lost in, and showcase the kind of writing that makes these competitions a success.

So without further ado, we are so proud to introduce you to the 2017 Launch Pad Feature 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.)

A GIANT NAMED ANDRE

John Halligan

THE WRESTLER meets BIG FISH

The larger than life journey of Andre the Giant who sacrificed personal health to entertain a world he never quite fit in to, as he rose from humble beginnings to become the most beloved wrestler of all time and a global icon.

Biopic Drama

A ROYAL COMPANION

Karolyn Szot

THE PRINCE AND ME meets PRETTY WOMAN

A struggling actress is hired to keep a Saudi prince company during his trip to Los Angeles, but she is challenged with the role of a lifetime, when she is tasked to keep him sober as they explore the glitz, glamour, and parties of Hollywood.

Comedy Romance

ADVENTURES OF FOX, THE

Nicholas Fox Robbins & Vincent Robbins

THE PATRIOT meets MASTER AND COMMANDER

Determined to protect his home and fight for his burgeoning country, a boy lies about his age to join the Continental Navy during the Revolutionary War, growing up along the way in the harshest conditions imaginable.

Action Adventure Period War

AUSTENTATIOUS

Charmaine Colina

BECOMING JANE meets BACK TO THE FUTURE

An English professor obsessed with Jane Austen is transported back to Regency England, where she accidentally interferes in her heroine's love life and has to decide whether to help Jane find true love or put her on the path to write her masterpieces.

Comedy Fantasy Romance Period

BEAST

Aaron W. Sala

CAST AWAY meets PREDATOR

After her plane crashes in the middle of the Pacific, a woman on the run from her abusive husband finds herself marooned on an island with a bloodthirsty beast.

Action Sci-Fi Thriller

BIG FUTURE AHEAD

Rick Mashburn

NEBRASKA meets GRUMPY OLD MEN

A crotchety old woman unhappy with her subpar nursing home decides to take advantage of her status as the oldest woman in the state to become famous and improve her lifestyle.

Comedy Drama

CAREGIVER, THE

Joelle Luman

EX MACHINA meets OBSESSED

When his wife's MS gets worse, a man is forced to hire a robotic caregiver to help out around the house, but in her attempts to make everything more comfortable for the family, the lifelike assistant begins usurping the wife's role.

Sci-Fi Thriller

CONFECTION CONNECTION, THE

Yuval Stein

THE MALTESE FALCON meets HARRIET THE SPY

After the book fair money he is entrusted with goes missing, a kid detective must investigate the seedy underbelly of his school to clear his name and earn back his reputation as the school's best private investigator.

Comedy Family Mystery

DARK LOGISTICS

Benjamin Finkel

FIGHT CLUB meets THE BIG LEBOWSKI

In hyper-dystopian Chicago, a lowly IRS employee finds himself caught up in the web of several rival terrorist groups battling for control of the city.

Comedy Drama Thriller

FINDING FLETCHER'S FINGERS

Shannon Mier

GET HIM TO THE GREEK meets THE HANGOVER

After losing his fingers in an accident in the back seat of a cab, an insurance salesman embarks on a wild quest across the city with the help of a caring nurse, a neglectful cabbie, and a pyrotechnics technician in order to recover the fingers and get them surgically reattached before time runs out.

Comedy

FRIEND OF THE SHOW

Brian T Arnold

MONEY MONSTER meets NIGHTCRAWLER

A far-right news commentator is kidnapped by a right-wing extremist group who want him to help lead their movement, not knowing that his television persona is a sham. When he discovers their plan to assassinate the president, he realizes he is the only one who can stop them.

Drama Thriller

FRONTIERSMEN

Ben Feuer

THE GREY meets MANCHESTER BY THE SEA

After the death of their mother, an absent father takes his two sons to the family cabin on a remote Alaskan island, but when disaster strikes they are forced to survive months alone in the frigid wilderness.

Adventure Thriller

HATCHLING, THE

John Wikstrom

SHORT TERM 12 meets PETE'S DRAGON

On the cusp of another adoption after several have fallen through, a Haitian orphan finds a mysterious egg in the jungle and tries to keep it safe with the help of an American volunteer until it can hatch.

Adventure Family Fantasy

LIFE AT SANDY'S

Aleksandra Hansen

PLEASANTVILLE meets THE RING

After moving in with her overbearing aunt, a young woman finds herself drawn in by a set of VHS tapes of a 90s sitcom after the characters in the show begin reaching out to her, taking advantage of her dissatisfaction with her dull life to pull her into the increasingly sinister television world.

Drama Horror Thriller

MERCY

Geoff Bakken

A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT meets JOHN WICK

A young Iranian woman who was disfigured in an acid attack seeks vengeance through vigilantism to protect herself and other women.

Action Drama

MOON RUSH

Matt O'Reilly

MAD MAX meets AVATAR

A security contractor working for a diamond operation on the moon, which has turned into a violent Wild West free-for-all, goes on the run from guerillas and his own company after finding an enormous diamond.

Action Adventure Sci-Fi Western

NIX

Evan Muehlbauer & Jesse Keller

DON'T BREATHE meets FRANK

Four friends set out to find a legendary punk rocker 35 years after his disappearance, but following a series of unsettling events, they begin to suspect that his isolation has driven him crazy and they are in the clutches of a violent psychopath who schemes to take them out one by one.

Horror Thriller

NOBLE WOMAN, THE

David Case

ELIZABETH meets THE REVENANT

After she and her lover are marooned on an island during an expedition to the New World, an independent French noblewoman must fight for her life in the harsh Canadian wilderness. Based on a true story.

Adventure Drama Period Romance

NOBODY LIVES FOREVER

Emily Blake

JOHN WICK meets THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON

A hitman with a perfect record fails to kill his target - an immortal man with a death wish. Looking to keep his streak alive, the hitman agrees to help the man reverse the curse that keeps him alive.

Action Fantasy Thriller

PARALLEL

Jonathan Flicker

THE CONJURING meets FREQUENCY

A family living in an isolated Massachusetts home finds themselves haunted by the echoes of the family who inhabited the structure over two centuries earlier.

Horror Period Sci-Fi

PETER AND THE WOLVES

Conor Kyle

STRANGER THINGS meets CITY OF THIEVES

Amidst widespread starvation and devastation in war-torn St. Petersburg, a group of children attempt to track down and kill the murderous cannibal who took their friend.

Horror Period Thriller War

POINT NEMO

Bradley Starr

CAST AWAY meets MISERY

When a shipwrecked man is rescued by a woman living on a boat in the middle of the ocean, he is initially relieved, but soon discovers she is hiding sinister secrets.

Thriller

TIME FLIES

Max Rissman

SUPERBAD meets HOT TUB TIME MACHINE

A teenage is visited by his future-self to help him win over his high school crush.

Comedy Sci-Fi

TRIP, THE

Caroline Hoover

THE BIG SICK meets DALLAS BUYERS CLUB

When a strict former nurse finds out her husband is dying of cancer she must use an experimental magic mushroom therapy to lessen his pain.

Comedy Drama

WAGNERS AND THE WILDFLOWER, THE

Elias Markos

TRUE GRIT meets THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY

An 18-year-old girl and her younger sister must brave the wilderness when they are taken captive by the sadistic man who killed their father and is hell bent on finding the mysterious treasure he left behind.

Drama Period Western

The Tracking Board, in exclusive partnership with Prime Universe Films and Echo Lake Entertainment, are incredibly pleased to announce the TOP 50 for the 2017 Launch Pad Feature Competition!

With over 250 success stories, including seeing writers signed, writers staffed, and their projects set up, we are thrilled to see this next round of finalists going forward into the Top 50. This competition grows every year, allowing us to bring not only new, exciting voices into the fold, but to pursue even more exclusive partnerships to help shape those writers’ futures.

This competition's Top 50 features have a bit of everything, and then some to spare. From insidious houses that are alive (and hungry) to stories that explore the heroes we thought we knew, bawdy collegiate comedies to adventures centering around mysterious eggs found in the jungle, and even characters ranging from cannibal killers, to rogues on the moon, to people who are forced to do the unthinkable to survive, there is something here for everyone. Spanning all genres, wildly different settings, vast swaths of time, and everything in-between, these scripts truly showcase the diversity of storytelling that makes this competition a success year after year.

As our 2017 LPFC producing partner Prime Universe Films begins the hunt for their next big hit, and our representation partner Echo Lake Entertainment searches for their newest star client, we’ll be hard at work getting the Top 50 into the hands of our judges at UTA, WME, Gersh, Energy Entertainment, Circle of Confusion, Di Novi Pictures, Bellevue Productions, and many more. We cannot express enough how incredibly excited we are for the weeks ahead, and to see this latest batch of Launch Pad writers thrive.

Without further ado, let us introduce you to the 2017 Launch Pad Feature 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.)

Project Written By
A GIANT NAMED ANDRE John Halligan
A ROYAL COMPANION Karolyn Szot
ADVENTURES OF FOX, THE Nicholas Fox Robbins & Vince Robbins
ASHES Sarah Hulsman
AUSTENTATIOUS Charmaine Colina
BASTARD OF ROBERT E. LEE, THE Aaron Benjamin
BEAST Aaron W. Sala
BIG FUTURE AHEAD Rick Mashburn
BOAT, THE Robert Wooldridge
CALIFORNIANAS Eve Symington & Robin Zamora
CAREGIVER, THE Joelle Luman
CHURCH OF PARTY, THE Jon Pack
CONFECTION CONNECTION, THE Yuval Stein
DAGON David Quiroz Jr
DARK LOGISTICS Benjamin Finkel
DRAGON AND THE LOTUS, THE Elissa Huang
ESPERANZA Bret Polish
FEED THE MONSTER Rob Rex
FINDING FLETCHER'S FINGERS Shannon Mier
FORSAKING ALL OTHERS Alex Hardcastle & Vance Stringer
FRIEND OF THE SHOW Brian T Arnold
FRONTIERSMEN Ben Feuer
GETAWAY Jamie Napoli & Joshua Paul Johnson
HATCHLING, THE John Wikstrom
HENCHMAN Andrew Wood
HI LINE Migizi Pensoneau
I WANNA F*** ADOLF HITLER Dylan Visvikis
JELLYFISH SUMMER Sarah Jane Inwards
LIFE AT SANDY'S Aleksandra Hansen
LOS NIÑOS SICARIOS Joe Varkle & Robert Lambert
MERCY Geoff Bakken
MOON RUSH Matt O'Reilly
NIX Evan Muehlbauer & Jesse Keller
NOBLE WOMAN, THE David Case
NOBODY LIVES FOREVER Emily Blake
OIL AND WATER Alfred Thomas Catalfo & Morgan Webster Dudley
PARALLEL Jonathan Flicker
PARIAH David Lynch & Keith Lynch
PETER AND THE WOLVES Conor Kyle
POINT NEMO Bradley Starr
RE-ENTRY Dave Mango
RELENTLESS Jeffrey Durante
RUNNER, THE Matthew Minson
TIME FLIES Max Rissman
TO HARPO FROM WOOLLCOTT Josh Aichenbaum
TRIP, THE Caroline Hoover
TRUTH AGAINST THE WORLD Denise Meyers
UNMAKING LOVE Evan Laughlin
WAGNERS AND THE WILDFLOWER, THE Elias Markos
WAY OUT IS THROUGH, THE Tyler Theofilos

The Tracking Board, in exclusive partnership with Prime Universe Films, and Echo Lake Entertainment, are incredibly pleased to announce the TOP 75 for the 2017 Launch Pad Feature Competition!

Now in its fifth year, the Feature Competition is the one that started it all way back in 2013. Since then, all of the Launch Pad Competitions have helped more than 250 writers get signed, 81 projects get set up, seen 48 writers hired as staff-writers, and sparked 4 studio bidding wars. We’ve had the privilege of seeing so many amazing writers get their career jumpstart right here, and we couldn’t be more proud of all our alums.

As in years passed, this competition’s Top 75 showcases a vast array of films from storytellers across the globe. These writers’ work represents everything from slow-burn horror to uplifting journeys of hope, gut-busting and unexpected comedies to breakneck thrillers, true historical adventures to magical animated fantasies. Their protagonists cope with loss, struggle with impossible odds, strive to find the humor in any situation, and even fight tooth and nail for their very survival. These 75 scripts are a true representation of the promise and excitement of why we began this competition five years ago, and why we’re thrilled to continue it year after year.

As our 2017 LPFC producing partner Prime Universe Films begins the hunt for their next big hit, and our representation partner Echo Lake Entertainment searches for their newest star client, we’ll be hard at work getting the Top 75 into the hands of our judges at UTA, WME, Gersh, Energy Entertainment, Circle of Confusion, Di Novi Pictures, Bellevue Productions, and many more. We cannot express enough how incredibly excited we are for the weeks ahead, and to see this latest batch of Launch Pad writers thrive.

Without further ado, let us introduce you to the 2017 Launch Pad Feature 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.)

Project Written By
405, THE Patrick Byrne
A GIANT NAMED ANDRE John Halligan
A ROYAL COMPANION Karolyn Szot
ADVENTURES OF FOX, THE Nicholas Fox Robbins & Vince Robbins
ASHES Sarah Hulsman
AUSTENTATIOUS Charmaine Colina
BADLANDS, THE Andrew Ladd & Leif Lillehaugen
BAMBOOZLED Randall Knox
BASTARD OF ROBERT E. LEE, THE Aaron Benjamin
BEAST Aaron W. Sala
BIG FUTURE AHEAD Rick Mashburn
BOAT, THE Robert Wooldridge
BOY BANDS TO MEN David Ngo
CALIFORNIANAS Eve Symington & Robin Zamora
CAREGIVER, THE Joelle Luman
CHURCH OF PARTY, THE Jon Pack
CONFECTION CONNECTION, THE Yuval Stein
CONGRATULATIONS, IT'S AN ALIEN Nathan Davis
DAGON David Quiroz Jr
DARK LOGISTICS Benjamin Finkel
DOBSON FIELD INITIATIVE, THE Vince Bailey
DRAGON AND THE LOTUS, THE Elissa Huang
ESPERANZA Bret Polish
EVE Josh Renfree
FALSE COMFORTS Steven Mills
FEED THE MONSTER Rob Rex
FINDING FLETCHER'S FINGERS Shannon Mier
FORSAKING ALL OTHERS Alex Hardcastle & Vance Stringer
FRIEND OF THE SHOW Brian Arnold
FRONTIERSMEN Ben Feuer
GETAWAY Jamie Napoli & Joshua Paul Johnson
GOING FOR TWO Kathleen Welch Markel
HATCHLING, THE John Wikstrom
HENCHMAN Andrew Wood
HI LINE Migizi Pensoneau
HOLIDAY MAGIC Rex Carter
I WANNA F*** ADOLF HITLER Dylan Visvikis
IF I WERE YOU Joseph Muszynski
IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT Shane Weisfeld
INSTANT LOVE Juanjo Moscardó & María Mínguez
JELLYFISH SUMMER Sarah Jane Inwards
JENNIFER LAWRENCE'S EVIL DOPPELGANGER Kelly Byrnes
LIFE AT SANDY'S Aleksandra Hansen
LOS NIÑOS SICARIOS Joe Varkle & Robert Lambert
LOVE & HOSTILITY Michael Mirabella
MERCY Geoff Bakken
MILWAUKEE ROULETTE Glenn Rabney
MISSING ALICE Chris Preyor
MOON RUSH Matt O'Reilly
NIX Evan Muehlbauer & Jesse Keller
NOBLE WOMAN, THE David Case
NOBODY LIVES FOREVER Emily Blake
OIL AND WATER Alfred Thomas Catalfo & Morgan Webster Dudley
ONES LEFT BEHIND, THE Ashley White
PARALLEL Jonathan Flicker
PARIAH David Lynch & Keith Lynch
PETER AND THE WOLVES Conor Kyle
POINT NEMO Bradley Starr
PURPLE HEART BATTALION, THE Ken Miyamoto
RE-ENTRY Dave Mango
REBELLION Sergio Kopelev
RED DIVE Alexander Gustaveson
RELENTLESS Jeffrey Durante
RUNNER, THE Matthew Minson
THIS IS ME LEAVING YOU Ellie Bambach Morello
TIME FLIES Max Rissman
TO HARPO FROM WOOLLCOTT Josh Aichenbaum
TRAPLINE Brett Treacy & Dan Woodward
TRIP, THE Caroline Hoover
TRUTH AGAINST THE WORLD Denise Meyers
TUNDRA KILL Kevin Bachar
UNMAKING LOVE Evan Laughlin
VINNY LUPTON Adam Benic
WAGNERS AND THE WILDFLOWER, THE Elias Markos
WAY OUT IS THROUGH, THE Tyler Theofilos

The competition that started it all… the Launch Pad Feature Competition is back for its 5th year. Since the launch of our very first writing competition, the Launch Pad has helped 254 writers get signed, 81 projects get set up, seen 48 writers hired as staff-writers, and sparked 4 studio bidding wars.

From the start, the competition has leveraged our deep relationships with Hollywood’s top agents, managers, producers, and executives and consistently assembled a “who’s who” panel of 25 judges for each and every competition. This year is no exception, with judges participating from Paradigm, APA, Energy Entertainment, Circle of Confusion, Di Novi Pictures, Bellevue, and many more.

At the Launch Pad, we go above and beyond to advocate for all of our finalists, from the Top 75 all the way to our winners. We work tirelessly to get your work into the hands of the biggest agencies, management companies, and production companies around to showcase you and your writing.

But that’s just where it begins. Our industry leading partnerships with companies like Michael De Luca Productions, Scott Free Productions, Vertigo Entertainment, Endgame Entertainment, Lee Stobby Entertainment, ESA, and Energy Entertainment, to name a few, give writers even more opportunities to take their writing careers to the next level.

Guaranteed Option Prize

The Launch Pad is excited to announce our Guaranteed Option Prize partnership with producer Adrian Askarieh and his Prime Universe Films. Prime Universe is the production company behind the popular video game-based Hitman film franchise. They are currently in development on the feature film adaptation of Just Cause based on the best-selling Sqaure-Enix video game series, which has Aquaman star Jason Momoa set as the lead and San Andreas director Brad Peyton directing.

Prime Universe also recently signed a first-look deal for film and TV with production/distribution company Constantin Films (Resident Evil film franchise, The Fantastic Four film franchise, The Mortal Instruments franchise).

Hot off their new deal, Prime Universe is eager to discover and develop strong cinematic stories with unique characters that cater to the ever-expanding global marketplace. By partnering with the Launch Pad, they are not only onboard to serve as one of our judges for this year’s competition, but have also committed to option at least one project which has selected the Guaranteed Option add-on, with an eye toward discovering their next global hit.

Guaranteed Signing Prize

At the Launch Pad we’re all about helping writers further their professional writing career and for a lot of you that means landing great representation. That’s why we’re thrilled to announce our exclusive partnership with Echo Lake Entertainment, the powerhouse boutique management and production company that represents emerging actors, writers and directors across Film, Television and Digital. As a production company they’ve produced and/or financed more than 30 films and have received a number of awards including 8 Academy Award Nominations and one Academy Award win.

Their clients have written projects for every major studio and production company including Universal, Warner Bros., MGM, The Weinstein Company, FilmNation, Sony Pictures Classics, amongst others. In television their clients have worked on hit shows including The Handmaid’s Tale, American Gods, Daredevil, Timeless, The Blacklist, UnReal, Queen of the South, Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, Star, American Horror Story and many more. This is an incredible opportunity to earn representation from a top company that can do it all!

For our guaranteed signing prize, Echo Lake Entertainment will select at least one writer for representation who has selected the Guaranteed Signing Prize.

One On One Learning

We are incredibly excited to announce our 2017 Feature Competition Mentors, who bring with them a wealth of knowledge covering a wide array of the industry. From hitting the town with a new spec, to landing representation, to creating and writing for a cable network, to the ins and outs of seeing your film produced, each of our mentors tackle the industry from all different angles to make you a more versatile writer.

Anthony Cipriano / David Hoffman / Jason Hellerman

Our first mentor, Anthony Cipriano, began his career in features and shifted his focus to television. He developed the acclaimed television series Bates Motel for A&E, based on Alfred Hitchcock's classic film Psycho, which went on to run for five seasons starring Freddie Highmore and Vera Farmiga. He currently has pilots in development at NBC with Jennifer Lopez producing and Starz with producer 50 Cent. Cipriano is now transitioning back into features, where he has multiple projects in development, including one he is eyeing as his directorial debut.

We’re proud to say that David Hoffman, our second mentor, got his start through our very own Launch Pad Competitions. Soon after his drama pilot Running Money won the 2015 Launch Pad Pilots Competition, he set it up with Romark Entertainment and Chernin Entertainment. After his first place finish in the competition, Hoffman was quickly signed by Paradigm and Artillery Creative. Last year, he hit the town with his hot feature spec The Great Debate about the Nixon/Kennedy presidential debates, which won the Enderby Entertainment Award at the Austin Film Festival and earned him a place on the 2015 Hit List and 2015 Young & Hungry List. All this buzz helped earn him a spot writing for the NBC series Timeless.

Last, but certainly not least, we are pleased to welcome Jason Hellerman to our mentor team this year. Hellman’s script Shovel Buddies appeared on the 2013 Hit List and 2013 Black List, and shortly after sold to Awesomeness TV. The film was released in 2016, starring Bella Thorne, and premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival. Hellerman also brings to the table years of industry experience having worked as a development executive for Cota Films and producer Michael Costigan.

Bringing years of combined experience our mentors are the perfect guides to help you take those crucial next steps. Our mentor program will focus on getting your script ready, tips and strategies on pitching and choosing your next project, and insight on how to navigate your newly minted Hollywood career.

Launch Your Career Today

We’re pleased to be re-teaming with Roadmap Writers to offer all of our competition entrants a free seminar with the Roadmap Writers Program. Run by former development exec for Bold Films (Nightcrawler, Drive) Joey Tuccio, the exclusively curated seminar - geared toward writers of all experience levels - will give writers insight from working producers, executives, agents, and managers to help you build a better pitch, learn how to be good in a room, and how to be sure you’re putting your best work into the world.

Real Notes, Real Feedback

Continuing with the same educational ideas behind the origination of the mentorship program, and continually looking to identify new ways to give our writers even more of a leg up when entering the Launch Pad Competition, we’re thrilled to announce the return of our Feedback Notes Program. Rather than receiving a few vague disconnected sentences or paragraphs from other coverage services or competitions out there, we’ve struck a deal with our professional readers (reading for places such as 20th Century Fox, Sony, Paramount, Universal, UTA & more) to provide 1-2 pages of in-depth notes on your competition entry. With an emphasis on initial thoughts, opinions and analysis, get an inside look at what is usually a behind the curtain process, and get our readers' perspectives on the story, characters, 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? Get the actionable notes and insight you deserve.

The Launch Pad is more than just a writing competition. We’re here to be the first step in starting your writing career.

The 2017 Feature Competition Prizes

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

(As a reminder, if you select any add-ons at time of entry, regardless of where you place in the competition, you will still be in the running for those add-on features.)

  • You will be flown to Los Angeles for an exclusive Launch Pad industry event in your honor, featuring dozens of our judges, agents, managers, executives, producers, mentors, and fellow writers and Launch Pad Alums.
  • You and your project will be showcased individually to agents, managers, executives, and producers who are looking for new clients, new projects, and new writers. We specifically curate a meeting list for each winner based on their individual material, and what you, the writer, want to achieve now and in your career overall.
  • 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.
  • Your project will be announced on our sites and via press release and industry newsletter via The Tracking Board, Launch Pad, and our partners to more than 50,000 readers and industry members worldwide.
  • You and your project will be presented to the entertainment industry in both our “Best Writers of the Year” booklet and our annual “Launch Pad Alum” booklet.
  • Your project will be featured in a special Launch Pad section of our annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, and Spec Book.
  • You will receive an exclusive alumni profile on The Launch Pad website that highlights your project as well as your bio and upcoming works.
  • Your work will be read, reviewed, and voted on by each of our 25 esteemed judges.
  • You will receive a free 1-Year Membership (or extension) to The Tracking Board.
  • You will receive 1 free entry into any future Launch Pad Competition of your choosing.
  • You will receive 1 free Studio Coverage from our Launch Pad Coverage Program.
  • Lastly, you will be invited to join our Launch Pad Community of over 600 writers who came before you, 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 and your project will be showcased individually to agents, managers, executives, and producers who are looking for new clients, new projects, and new writers.
  • Your project will be announced on our sites and via press release and industry newsletter via The Tracking Board, Launch Pad, and our partners to more than 50,000 readers and industry members worldwide.
  • You and your project will be presented to the entertainment industry in both our “Best Writers of the Year” booklet and our annual “Launch Pad Alum” booklet.
  • Your project will be featured in a special Launch Pad section of our annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, and Spec Book.
  • You will receive an exclusive alumni profile on The Launch Pad website that highlights your project as well as your bio and upcoming works.
  • Your work will be read, reviewed, and voted on by each of our 25 esteemed judges
  • You will receive a free 1-Year Membership (or extension) to The Tracking Board.
  • You will receive 1 free entry into any future Launch Pad Competition of your choosing.
  • Lastly, you will be invited to join our Launch Pad Community of over 600 writers who came before you, 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.
  • Your project will be announced on our sites and via press release and industry newsletter via The Tracking Board, Launch Pad, and our partners to more than 50,000 readers and industry members worldwide.
  • You and your project will be presented to the entertainment industry in both our “Best Writers of the Year” booklet and our annual “Launch Pad Alum” booklet.
  • Your project will be featured in a special Launch Pad section of our annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, and Spec Book.
  • You will receive an exclusive alumni profile on The Launch Pad website that highlights your project as well as your bio and upcoming works.
  • You will receive a free 1-Year Membership (or extension) to The Tracking Board.
  • Lastly, you will be invited to join our Launch Pad Community of over 600 writers who came before you, 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.
  • Your project will be announced on our sites and to industry members via our Tracking Board and Launch Pad newsletters.
  • You and your project will be presented to the entertainment industry in both our “Best Writers of the Year” booklet and our annual “Launch Pad Alum” booklet.
  • Your project will be featured in a special Launch Pad section of our annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, and Spec Book.
  • You will receive an exclusive alumni profile on The Launch Pad website that highlights your project as well as your bio and upcoming works.
  • You will receive a free 1-Year Membership (or extension) to The Tracking Board.
  • Lastly, you will be invited to join our Launch Pad Community of over 600 writers who came before you, 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.
  • Your project will be announced on our sites and to industry members via our Tracking Board and Launch Pad newsletters.
  • You and your project will be presented to the entertainment industry in both our “Best Writers of the Year” booklet and our annual “Launch Pad Alum” booklet.
  • Your project will be featured in a special Launch Pad section of our annual Hit List, Young & Hungry List, and Spec Book.
  • You will receive an exclusive alumni profile on The Launch Pad website that highlights your project as well as your bio and upcoming works.
  • You will receive a free 1-Year Membership (or extension) to The Tracking Board.
  • Lastly, you will be invited to join our Launch Pad Community of over 600 writers who came before you, 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.

Our exclusive option partner for this year’s competition is Prime Universe Films.

  • A Minimum of 1 project will be selected from our exclusive development partner to receive an option agreement for their Launch Pad project.
  • To qualify for this prize, entrants must have selected the “Guaranteed Option” add-on when submitting their project.
  • This prize, as with all add-on prizes is not decided upon by placement in the competition. Regardless of whether the project entered makes any finalist round, your project will still be in contention for this prize until the competition ends.

Our guaranteed signing partner for this year’s competition is Echo Lake Entertainment.

  • A Minimum of 1 writer will be selected for representation by our exclusive signing partner(s).
  • To qualify for this prize, entrants must have selected the “Guaranteed Signing” add-on when submitting their project.
  • This prize, as with all add-on prizes is not decided upon by placement in the competition. Regardless of whether the project entered makes any finalist round, your project will still be in contention for this prize until the competition ends.

We are excited to announce our mentors for this year’s competition are Anthony Cipriano, David Hoffman, and Jason Hellerman.

  • A Minimum of 3 writers (1 per mentor) will be selected by our mentors to enter our 2017 Launch Pad Mentorship Program.
  • To qualify for this prize, entrants must have selected the “Mentorship Program” add-on when submitting their project.
  • This prize, as with all add-on prizes is not decided upon by placement in the competition. Regardless of whether the project entered makes any finalist round, your project will still be in contention for this prize until the competition ends.
  • Represents Wes Ball, writer/director of The Maze Runner series.
  • His other clients include: Alexis C. Jolly (A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood), Amy Fox (Equity), Ben Katai (The Forrest), Chris Borrelli (100 Bullets), Christopher Browne (The Walk) David Chirchirillo (Eli), Julia Cox (Do No Harm, The Takeaway) and more.
  • The top agent on the 2015 Hit List, with 6 writers represented.
  • 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
  • Askarieh produced the Hitman films (2007, 2015) based on the popular video game franchise.
  • Prime Universe is in development on the feature film adaptation of Just Cause which has Aquaman star Jason Momoa set to star and San Andreas director Brad Peyton attached to direct.
  • Prime Universe has a two year first-look deal with Constantin Films for film and TV.
  • Prime Universe is developing the big screen adaptation of Jonny Quest for Warner Bros. and Lin Pictures with Robert Rodriguez is set to write and direct.
  • Vertigo Entertainment has produced such films as The Boy, Run All Night, The Departed, The Woman In Black, The Grudge, How To Train Your Dragon, and many more.
  • Vertigo also produced The Lego Movie, and are now working on the sequel as well as The Lego Batman Movie and The Lego Ninjago Movie.
  • Vertigo is behind the highly anticipated upcoming adaptation of Stephen King's novel "It."
  • Vertigo Entertainment has previously served as a Launch Pad exclusive partner and optioned a project as part of our Guaranteed Signing Prize.
  • Village Roadshow is behind such blockbusters as Passengers, The Legend of Tarzan, and San Andreas.
  • Critical hits Mad Max: Fury Road and American Sniper have received multiple Academy Awards.
  • Upcoming Village Roadshow projects include Ocean’s 8, Ready Player One, and Amy Poehler/Will Ferrell comedy The House.
  • His clients include Rob Liefeld, (Deadpool), Brad Ingelsby (Run All Night, Out of the Furnace), Gary Graham (I Am Legend reboot) and Mark Mallouk (Black Mass).
  • He is the only manager to have had writers appear on every Hit List, Black List, and Young & Hungry List since 2010.
  • Energy Entertainment has produced Run All Night, Out of the Furnace, Extant and the upcoming NBC show Reverie.
  • He was the top manager in specs set up in both 2013 and 2014.
  • Di Novi Pictures recently produced Principal Denise Di Novi’s directorial debut Unforgettable, starring Katherine Heigl and Rosario Dawson.
  • Di Novi produced such films as The Lucky One, Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Monte Carlo, and If I Stay.
  • Di Novi is producing the upcoming adaptation of Little Women with Amy Pascal and Columbia Pictures, as well as an adaptation of Kiera Cass’s YA series The Selection.
  • Recently named as partner at UTA.
  • His clients include such successful writers as Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War), Diana Ossana and Larry McMurty (Brokeback Mountain), Gary Whitta (Rogue One), and Steven Moffat (Doctor Who, Sherlock).
  • Consistently one of the top agents with clients on year-end lists, having 5 writers on the Hit List, 3 on the Young & Hungry List, and 4 on the Black List for 2015. While in 2016 he had 3 on the Young & Hungry List and topped the 2016 Hit List with 7 writers making the list.
  • UTA led all agencies with 18 writers on the 2016 Young & Hungry List.
  • Chernin Entertainment produces Planet of the Apes series as well as such blockbusters as Oblivion and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
  • On the comedy side, Chernin has produced Amy Schumer’s Snatched as well as Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Spy, St. Vincent and The Heat.
  • Chernin’s Hidden Figures was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
  • Chernin produces the hit FOX series New Girl.
  • Circle of Confusion clients have been staffed on such series as The Good Fight, How to Get Away With Murder, Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Fuller House and others.
  • Circle of Confusion clients include Adam F. Goldberg, creator of The Goldbergs, Anthony Jaswinski (The Shallows), Gary Whitta (Rogue One), Jon Spaiths (Passengers, Doctor Strange, Prometheus), and the Wachowskis (Cloud Atlas, Sense8).
  • Circle of Confusion produces both The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead, as well as BBC America’s Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency.
  • Circle of Confusion has had clients on every major best of list including, The Hit List, Black List, Young & Hungry List, and the Blood List.
  • His clients have been staffed on such shows as iZombie, Teen Wolf, Shameless, Ash vs. Evil Dead, The Family, and Genius.
  • Has signed multiple Launch Pad Alumni.
  • Thruline clients have written such films as Death at a Funeral, For a Good Time Call, and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.
  • Toth had clients appear on the Hit List, Black List and Young and Hungry List for 2016
  • Gersh represents writers such as 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.
  • Romark Entertainment recently sold Launch Pad script Marian to Sony with Margot Robbie attached to star and produce with Amy Pascal and Donald DeLine.
  • Romark is currently developing the adaptations of the best-selling novel Brothers & Bones and the comic book series Herald.
  • Romark is producing previous Launch Pad scripts Matriarch for Paramount, and Tranquility Base for Fox.
  • Represents such writers as Anthony Jaswinski (The Shallows), Carrie Evans and Emi Mochizuki (Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse), Chris Roach (Non-Stop) and David Guggenheim (Safe House).
  • Represents Launch Pad Alumni Eric Koening who’s 2015 Launch Pad feature script sold to Paramount in a bidding war.
  • The top agent with clients on the 2015 Hit List.
  • Paradigm had 11 writers on the 2016 Young & Hungry List and repped 9 projects on the 2015 Hit List.
  • Lee Stobby Entertainment represents Isaac Adamson, whose spec Bubbles topped the 2015 Black List and placed second on the 2015 Hit List. Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi is set to direct.
  • Their clients have written for such shows as Stranger Things, Superstore, CSI: Cyber, and The Middle.
  • Lee Stobby Entertainment represents 6 Launch Pad Alumni.
  • WME was the top agency with projects on the 2016 Hit List and 2016 Black List with 18 on each.
  • WME reps such top writers as Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, The Wachowskis, Ben Affleck, Kevin Smith, Tina Fey, Diablo Cody and others.
  • WME writers are staffed on such shows as The Mick, Difficult People, Girlboss, Better Call Saul, Shameless, Insecure, Empire and many more.
  • Represents Evan Daugherty, writer of Snow White and the Huntsman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Divergent.
  • 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.
  • Zero Gravity produced the Ben Affleck film The Accountant.
  • Has had clients appear on the Hit List, Young & Hungry List and Black List.
  • Zero Gravity represents such writers as Bill Dubuque (The Judge), Michael Robert Johnson (Pompeii, Sherlock Holmes) and Adam Robitel (Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension).
  • Portnoy was featured as the top manager in the 2016 Spec Book, setting up 6 of 13 specs.
  • Bellevue is producing the upcoming Madonna biopic Blonde Ambition for Universal as well as the horror film Eli with Broad Green Pictures.
  • Bellevue was one of the top management companies on the 2016 Hit List, representing 7 projects.
  • Just this year Portnoy’s clients sold the spec Body Cam to Brian Robbins new venture.
  • Electric Entertainment is producing the upcoming Warner Bros. blockbuster Geostorm starring Gerard Butler.
  • Electric Entertainment has produced the TV series Leverage, and The Librarians.
  • Recently, Electric Entertainment produced the Independence Day sequel, Independence Day Resurgence.
  • Electric Entertainment will domestically distribute the upcoming LBJ biopic directed by Rob Reiner and starring Woody Harrelson.
  • Electric Entertainment is producing the upcoming thriller Bad Samaritan from director Dean Devlin and starring David Tennant and Robert Sheehan.
  • Curates the yearly list of top horror specs known as The Blood List.
  • Represents Nick Simon, the writer/director of horror films The Girl in the Photographs and The Pyramid.
  • Represented multiple projects on the 2016 Hit List.
  • WME was the top agency with projects on the 2016 Hit List and 2016 Black List with 18 on each.
  • WME reps such top writers as Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, The Wachowskis, Ben Affleck, Kevin Smith, Tina Fey, Diablo Cody and others.
  • WME writers are staffed on such shows as The Mick, Difficult People, Girlboss, Better Call Saul, Shameless, Insecure, Empire and many more.
  • Weed Road, Akiva Goldsman's production company, produced Lone Survivor, Hancock, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, I Am Legend, and many more.
  • Weed Road's upcoming releases include Transformers: The Last Knight and The Dark Tower.
  • Weed Road produced WGN America’s acclaimed drama series Underground.
  • Akiva Goldsman won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for A Beautiful Mind.
  • Elevate’s clients include Taylor Sheridan, Academy Award nominated writer of Sicario and Hell or High Water.
  • Represents Jovanka Vuckovic, one of the writer/directors behind the anthology horror film XX.
  • Elevate client Corin Hardy, who wrote and directed 2015’s The Hallow, has been hired to direct the Conjuring spinoff The Nun.
  • Owner of Pollinate Entertainment - her clients work across all mediums including film, television, digital, and VR.
  • Has signed Launch Pad Alum from the 2016 Feature Competition.
  • Represents the entire Emet Comics library of IP including graphic novels, and comics.
  • 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.
  • 3 Arts produced such movies as 13 Hours, Unbroken, Edge of Tomorrow and the upcoming Rough Night.
  • All scripts must be submitted with a cover page containing ONLY the script title, without any of the writer(s) names or discernible marks, including but not limited to WGA Registration numbers.
  • All scripts MUST BE submitted as a PDF.
  • All feature scripts must be under 130 pages (any script with more than 130 pages will be disqualified).
  • Do not submit any form of pitch document with your feature script.
  • NO specs of pre-existing shows or films are allowed. All submissions must be your own original work, story and characters. Any submissions of existing shows or films that the writer does not own will be disqualified.
  • Scripts with multiple writers are allowed (however, all entry fees must be paid under one account).
  • All scripts must be the sole property of the writer(s).
  • All scripts will be read at least twice to ensure the best judgment of your work. All scripts will also be read blind, with no names, or title pages allowed. We choose this option so that each script is judged by the work, and the words alone.
  • Scripts with a prior option are allowed, but at the time of submission and for the duration of the contest, must remain the writer’s property.
  • The only scripts not allowed to be entered are those which have already sold, have previously earned our “TB Recommends” honors, or received a top 25 placement in a previous Launch Pad competition.
  • Each script may only be entered one time. Once a script has been submitted, there are absolutely no substitutions of pages, drafts, or scripts overall.
  • TB and all judges/readers will utilize whatever criteria they deem appropriate in deciding a winner.
  • All scripts will remain the property of the writer(s) throughout the contest (at no point will anyone from the judge’s panel, or TB ever attach themselves to your work without your consent).
  • Entrants may be contacted as a result of the contest by TB, the judging panel or other industry professionals in regards to representation, production, sale and/or option of the entered work.
  • Entrants are under no obligation to sell their work or otherwise attach themselves to representation in any form.
  • General script entries will not receive feedback, however, you can opt to upgrade and receive feedback on your script submission.
  • Each Grand Prize Winner will be reimbursed up to $500 USD for airfare to Los Angeles for our Exclusive Tracking Board Event. Date of event is TBD.
  • The contest is open to entrants 18 or older. It is an international contest and open to entrants worldwide.
  • Tracking Board reserves the right, at our sole discretion, to change or modify these terms at any time without notice.
  • By entering this competition, you agree to receive periodic emails from The Tracking Board and The Launch Pad. You may unsubscribe to these at any time.
  • If selected as a Overall Winner, or as a winner of one of our add on prizes (Guaranteed Signing, Guaranteed Option, or Mentorship Program) you agree to allow the respective partner an initial opportunity to agree to mutual terms with you concerning your winning script.
  • All purchases and submissions are final. No refunds will be issued.