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Launch Pad
Launch Pad Pilot Competition
11th Annual
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Active Since 2014
Featuring a jury of industry professionals from top companies. The Launch Pad Pilot competition has led to dozens of writers staffed on hit shows for Netflix, CBS, NBC and more.
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About

For over a decade, the Launch Pad Competitions have led to more signings, success stories and careers than any other screenwriting competition.


We advocate for top finalists and winners, and share their work with the right industry members to advance their career.


This year's jury features industry professionals from -  Circle of Confusion, Lit Entertainment, Heroes and Villains, ACE Content, Bellevue, and more.


We are excited to welcome Guaranteed Signing Prize partner O. Valerie Nicolas of THORO Artists who will sign at least one writer from this year's competition.


Our Mentorship Program Prize mentors include showrunner/writer Elle Triedman (CRUEL SUMMER, POWER BOOK IV: FORCE, REVENGE),  Amadou Diallo, writer (BILLIONS), Gabriel L. Feinberg, Executive Story Editor on CHICAGO MED, and creator/showrunner Simon Barry (WARRIOR NUN) .

Benefits

JURY

ANDREW KERSEY
Manager & Founder, Kersey Management

LEE STOBBY
Manager, Lee Stobby Entertainment

CHRIS COGGINS
Manager, Heroes and Villains Entertainment

JAMIE WAGER
Principal, Capital Creations

JAY GLAZER
Manager, Producer, Neon Kite

KATIE ZIPKIN-LEED
Literary Coordinator, Artists First

LINDSEY WALKO
Creative Executive, Citizen Skull

MAHAK JIWANI
Scripted Executive, Jigsaw Productions

MJ GROGAN
Director of Development, ACE Content

SHELBY EGGERS
Coordinator, Lit Entertainment Group

ZACH COX
Literary Manager, Circle of Confusion

ZACK ZUCKER
Literary Manager, Bellevue Productions

PRIZES

Grand Prize | Top 3 Winners
Everything the Top 10 receive, plus…
- Each of the competition winners will be invited to an exclusive yearly virtual event where they will get the chance to meet with and pitch industry professionals from management companies, agencies and production companies. Past participants included MGM, Scott Free, Verve, Bellevue, Lit Entertainment, WME, and more.

Top 10
Everything the Top 50 receive, plus…
- Your work will be read, reviewed and voted on by our esteemed Jury.
- One free entry to any future Launch Pad Competition of your choosing.

Top 50
Everything the Top 100 receive, plus…
- One year free membership to the Tracking Board.

Top 100
- Your project and writer profile will be shared and marketed to our extensive industry networks.

Guaranteed Signing Prize |  Winners
- A Minimum of 1 writer will be selected for representation by our exclusive signing partner THORO Artists. 
- To qualify for this prize, entrants must have selected the “Guaranteed Signing” add-on or make it to the Top 10 of the competition to be considered for this prize opportunity.

Guaranteed Development Prize | 1 Winner
- A Minimum of 1 project will be selected by our Development Prize partner from the Launch Pad Pilot competition to develop with the writer(s).
- To qualify for this prize, entrants must have selected the “Guaranteed Development” add-on or make it to the Top 10 of the competition to be considered for this prize opportunity.

Mentorship Program Selection | 4 Winners
- A Minimum of 4 writers (1 per mentor) will be selected by our mentors to enter our Launch Pad Pilot Mentorship Program.
- To qualify for this prize, entrants must have selected the “Mentorship Program” add-on or make it to the Top 10 of the competition to be considered for this prize opportunity.

Writer Success

11th Annual Top 10s on Coverfly

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Announcements

Mar 22nd
Top 100s
May 10th
Top 50s
May 24th
Top 10s
Jun 21st
Top Dramas
Jun 21st
Top Comedies
Jun 21st
Mentorship Selections
Jun 21st
Winners

Rules

At the program's request, Coverfly will automatically remove your title page for you if you include one when submitting to this program.

  1. All scripts MUST BE submitted as a PDF.
  2. All pilot scripts must be under 70 pages (any script with more than 70 pages will be charged an additional $1 per page) 
  3. Do not submit any form of pitch document with your pilot script.
  4. Do not include any identifying information (name, address, etc) on any page of your submission EXCEPT for the Title Page, which will be removed before sharing with readers to preserve anonymity. As such, the Title Page can include any information you would like. 
  5. Scripts with multiple writers are allowed (however, all entry fees must be paid under one account and all prizes to be shared among writing partners).
  6. All submissions must be the sole property of the writer(s). Any submissions of existing characters and or stories not in the public domain, as well as any intellectual property that the writer does not own will be disqualified.
  7. Pilots with a prior option are allowed, but at the time of submission and for the duration of the contest, must remain exclusively the writer’s property.
  8. The only scripts not allowed to be entered are those which have already sold, been produced, have previously earned our “TB Recommends” or “Launch Pad Recommends” honors, or received a Top 50 placement in a previous Launch Pad competition, regardless of format.
  9. Launch Pad uses Coverfly to manage our submissions and reads. Updated drafts accepted through the Coverfly website only.
  10. The Launch Pad and all judges/readers will utilize whatever criteria they deem appropriate in deciding a winner.
  11. All scripts will remain the property of the writer(s) throughout the contest (at no point will anyone from the judge’s panel, or Launch Pad ever attach themselves to your work without your consent).
  12. Entrants may be contacted as a result of the contest by Launch Pad, its partners, the judging panel or other industry professionals in regards to representation, production, sale and/or option of the entered work.
  13. Entrants are under no obligation to sell their work or otherwise attach themselves to representation in any form – this includes the guaranteed option and guaranteed signing add ons
  14. General script entries will not receive feedback, however, you can opt to upgrade and receive feedback on your script submission.
  15. The contest is open to entrants who will be 18 or older at the time of the winners announcement. It is an international contest and open to entrants worldwide.
  16. The Launch Pad reserves the right, at our sole discretion, to change or modify these terms at any time without notice.
  17. By entering this competition, you agree to receive periodic emails from The Launch Pad and The Tracking Board. You may unsubscribe to these at any time.
  18. All entrants understand and agree to allow Launch Pad to post details on their script (title, writers name, logline, genre, and competition details) as well as regarding the writer (biography, picture) to their site, or sister site to help promote the entrants’ work.
  19. By entering the competition, entrants are acknowledging their eligibility for the competition. The vast majority of entrants enter in good faith, and validating everyone at the entry stage would be inefficient and take away from efforts reading and finding the best scripts. Therefore, we check eligibility at the Top 100 Finalist stage, which allows us to confirm eligibility prior to winner selection. If an issue comes to our attention earlier, we will address eligibility issues in earlier rounds on a case-by-case basis.
  20. All purchases and submissions are final. No refunds will be issued.
  21. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED.
  22. Except where prohibited by law, participation in the contest constitutes each entrant’s consent to LaunchPad and its agents’ and contest sponsor’s use of entrants’ names, likenesses, photographs, and/or personal information for promotional purposes in any media, worldwide, without further payment or consideration. All uses of a entrants’ information are in accordance with our Privacy Policy.
  23. You agree to release and hold harmless LaunchPad, its subsidiary, parent and affiliated companies, prize contributors, judges, readers, sponsors, and any other organizations responsible for administering, advertising, or promoting the competition, and every one of their respective members, directors, employees, agents and representatives (collectively, the “Released Parties”) past and present from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liability, including but not limited to damages and negligence to property and persons, including but not limited to invasion of privacy, defamation, slander, libel, violation of right of publicity, copyright, infringement of trademark or other intellectual property rights relating to a participant’s entry, participation in the competition and/or acceptance or use or misuse of prize; provided however, that such release will not apply to any commercial exploitation of the script by a Released Party in violation of your rights under applicable copyright law; and (c) indemnify, defend and hold harmless the LaunchPad and its sponsors, agents, and employees from and against any and all claims, expenses, and liabilities (including reasonable attorneys fees) relating to an entrant’s participation in the competition and/or entrant’s use or misuse of Prize.
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