Launch Pad Pilots Competition writer Jay Riedl has signed with APA and Amanda Hacohen, Nathan DeRemer, and Sean Berard. This signing follows her July signing with Chelsea Benson, Dave Brown, and Zadoc Angell of Echo Lake Entertainment.
By the end of last year’s competition, Riedl’s pilot SNARK placed in the Top 25, earning rave reviews from our esteemed readers.
Described as UnReal meets The Newsroom, the script tells the story of an office of a gossip news site, where the staff must grapple with running ruthless, despicable stories and their own consciences.
The half-hour comedy-drama impressed with its commitment to pushing the envelope and no-holds-barred social commentary. Audiences will laugh at the cutting dialogue and dark humor, which perfectly explores the culture of celebrity culture and environments like TMZ or BuzzFeed.
Riedl studied at University of New South Wales, Australia and earned her Bachelor of Arts before studying Acting at the Atlantic Theatre Company, New York. Her credits include numerous stage and screen performances. She then went on to become the Artistic Director and Producer of Hair of the Dog, a downtown New York theater company, where they produced five full-scale off-off-Broadway productions, multiple play readings, and one short film. Her films have been screened at festivals around the world and she is currently completing her Masters of Fine Arts in Screenwriting/Directing at Columbia University on a merit scholarship.
Submissions for the 2017 Launch Pad Pilots Competition is currently open, with final submissions required by February 28. Plus, on Thursday we will be announcing the Top 50 of the 2016 Launch Pad Features Competition.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor