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Year six is here, and the competition that has led to more signings, success stories and careers than any other writing competition in the world is now underway. With more than 371 signings, 127 projects set up, 59 writers staffed, 134 appearances on annual best of lists such as the Black List, Blood List, Hit List, and the Young & Hungry List, as well as 6 bidding wars, the Launch Pad Competition has become the premiere hub for Hollywood discovering new talent.
By utilizing our deep relationships within the industry we’ve not only become the only competition that continually features Studio Presidents and Agency/Management Company Partners as judges, but the only one that has also formed exclusive partners with people such as Ridley Scott, Michael De Luca, Roy Lee, Joel Silver, Jeremy Garelick, Adrian Askarieh, as well as companies Artillery Creative, Bellevue, Echo Lake, Endgame Entertainment, Energy Entertainment, ESA, Fourth Wall Management, Good Fear Film Management, Heroes & Villains, Inkshares, Lee Stobby Entertainment, Oil & Cattle, Paradigm, UTA and WME - all of whom have previously committed to guarantee to option material or sign writers out of our competitions.
Additionally, we continually shake up our judges pool, carefully selecting the judges we feel will best represent each competition, all the while ensuring a consistent balance of hot-newcomers and seasoned veterans. And, as you’ll see from this years list of phenomenal judges, not only do we work diligently to ensure our judges make up a creative mix of representatives who can sign writers and executives who can acquire projects, but we always work to include those who’ve had great success with our Launch Pad writers before.
In the five years that have led up to this competition we’ve watched our Launch Pad writers go on to steer blockbuster franchises, Emmy-winning series, craft New York Times Bestsellers, and set up dozens upon dozens of projects well beyond their original Launch Pad entries. Now, we’re ready to find the next great wave of Launch Pad writers!
This year’s judges include a mix of fresh faces and returning judges and feature a curated mix of agents, managers, producers and executives. A majority of this list also includes those who have previously signed, set up, or acquired Launch Pad scripts in the past. You’ll find heads of development and production, agency and management company partners, those who have topped the Black List, Hit List and Blood List in years past, as well as those who created the Blood List. Our judge pool selections this year have also been some of the most prominent players in the feature spec market, with several of them having been involved in the biggest spec sales ever in Hollywood, as well as the most feature spec sales per year in multiple years. Our judges this year truly represent what the Launch Pad means to us - an opportunity to begin your career.
For most competitions on the market today, whether win or lose, the finish line usually comes with a brief blog post announcing winners on the competition site, immediately followed by a new competition turning on. For us, that was never even close to enough. Our focus has always been on discovery and elevation. The reality is, a vast majority of the writers working in Hollywood today got their start with a competition. But, they also lost or made finalist rounds in several that never blinked an eye. While it’s impossible to discover every great writer every year, we go to great lengths to ensure those who make any finalist rounds with us are given attention far beyond a blog post. We not only advocate for all of our finalists, and work closely with them to fine tune loglines, bios, and additional works, but we also feature all of our finalists in our high regarded Launch Pad Alum Booklets, our “Best Scripts of the Year” lists, our industry released Announcements, and via our partners we also include them in the end of year Spec Book, Hit List and Young & Hungry List.
Additionally, we work with every finalist to prepare you for what comes next - whether representation meetings, pitch meetings or generals. Preparing a series bible for your TV pilot, crafting your additional works for interested reads, and navigating the series of meetings that inevitably follow. We track every read received through the competition, and we share all of this info with you along with the way, so you know who’s reading, and can gauge how far your work truly is going. And, as our end of competition and end of year lists go out to the more than 25,000 industry members we work with, as well as to our exclusive panel of former partners and judges, we’ll work with you to be sure you put your best foot forward every step of the way.
If you’ve scrolled ahead already you may have noticed that we have not yet announced our exclusive option partners, signing partners or our Launch Pad Mentors. We will be releasing these names over the next few weeks. Above you’ve seen a list of some of those who have come before, and this years list is no different, so keep an eye out over the next few weeks as we reveal each of our exclusive partners and mentors joining us for this years competition.
Stay Tuned over the next few weeks as we reveal the 2018 Launch Pad Feature Competition Guaranteed Option Partner who will join the ranks of Ridley Scott, Michael De Luca, Roy Lee, Jeremy Garelick and many others who have come before them.
As in previous competitions, our guaranteed option partner(s) will select a minimum of 1 project from this years competition to option. To be eligible for the guaranteed option prize, all entrants MUST select the “Guaranteed Option” add-on at time of sign up.
Stay Tuned over the next few weeks as we reveal the 2018 Launch Pad Feature Competition Guaranteed Signing Partner who will join the ranks of UTA, Paradigm, Circle of Confusion, ESA, Echo Lake, Good Fear Film + Management, Heroes & Villains, Lee Stobby Entertainment and Artillery Creative, amongst others who came before them.
As in previous competitions, our guaranteed signing partner(s) will select a minimum of 1 writer from this years competition to represent. To be eligible for the guaranteed signing prize, all entrants MUST select the “Guaranteed Signing” add-on at time of sign up.
Stay Tuned over the next few weeks as we reveal our 2018 Launch Pad Feature Competition Mentors who will join the ranks of Cormac & Marianne Wibberly (National Treasure), Gary Graham (I Am Legend), Ian Shorr (Training Day), Talia Gonzalez & Bisanne Masoud (Hawaii 5-O, iZombie), Santa Sierra (Narcos), Jason Hellerman (Shovel Buddies), Anthony Cipriano (Bates Motel), Mark Mallouk (Black Mass), Eric Koenig (Matriarch), Daniel Wallace (Big Fish), David Hoffman (Timeless), Zach Robbins (Ballers), Mike Perri (State of Affairs), Andrew Baldwin (The Take), Tal Klein (The Punch Escrow), and many others who came before them.
As in previous competitions, each of our mentors or mentor teams will select a minimum of 1 writer each from this years competition to mentor. To be eligible for the Launch Pad Mentorship Program, all entrants MUST select the “Mentorship” add-on at time of entry.
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 Warner Bros., 20th Century Fox, Sony, Paramount, Universal, Anonymous Content, Circle of Confusion, CAA, UTA, Paradigm, Skydance and 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 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.)
Guaranteed Option Exclusive - Partner To Be Announced
Guaranteed Signing Exclusive - Partner To Be Announced
Our Exclusive 2018 Launch Pad Mentorship Program - Mentors To Be Announced
Kaplan Perrone Entertainment
Hyde Park Entertainment
3 Arts Entertainment
Good Fear Film + Management
Lee Stobby Entertainment
Fourth Wall Management
Intellectual Property Group
Brillstein Entertainment Partners
Global Road Entertainment
De Line Pictures
weed Road Pictures
Woolf + Lapin Agency