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Launch Pad Alum Alan Baxter Signs with Abrams Artists Agency & Recon Literary!

Untitled design (8) By signing with Brad Rosenfeld of Abrams Artists Agency and Adrian Garcia of Recon Literary, Launch Pad alum Alan Baxter joins the 400 writers who have found representation since the Launch Pad Competitions began.

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Announcing the Top 75 Finalists in the 2018/19 Launch Pad Feature Competition!

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. 2018 LPFC Top 75 TBD Excerpt Image With more than 403 signings, 134 projects set up, 61 writers staffed, 150 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. We’re thrilled to see this new list of writers joining our Launch Pad community!

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Red Hot Short Story “The Detective” From Hit List, Blood List & Young & Hungry List Writer Targets Major Buyers Going into the Weekend (Exclusive)

Spec Market Industry Tracker Excerpt The past two weeks have seen more than a dozen high profile spec, pitch & IP buys, and now going into the weekend the market has turned its attention, and its development funds to a new project that already has A-list directors and talent circling.

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Our 50% Off Spring Sale is On! Take 50% Off Memberships & $10 Off Launch Pad Entries Today!

50% off Excerpt It’s Time To Spring Into Savings Now With 50% Off All Tracking Board Memberships & $10 Off all Launch Pad Entries! Sign Up and Save Now through March 31st!

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THE 2019 Launch Pad Pilot Competition is NOW OPEN!

2019 LPPC Open Banner copy 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 400 signings, 140 projects set up, 61 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. Now it’s your turn to make your dreams become a reality!

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ANNOUNCING THE TOP 100 FINALISTS OF THE 2018/19 LAUNCH PAD FEATURE COMPETITION!

2018 LPFC FINALISTS ANNOUNCED copy 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 403 signings, 134 projects set up, 61 writers staffed, 150 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. We’re thrilled to see this new list of writers joining our Launch Pad community!

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HOT NEW COMEDY “DUDE RANCH” LANDS FIRST TB RECOMMENDS OF 2019!

Mike-Ben-Dude-Ranch The script, which earned excellent marks in every category of our professional readers’ reports, follows Tim, a recent divorcé who learns that his ex-wife Ashley is dating a new man. Still madly in love, and deeply in denial, Tim tracks her new boyfriend, Andy, to a masculinity-themed sleepaway camp, only to discover that Andy is the camp’s five-time champion and current holder of the coveted Manly Cup (a trophy awarded to the camper who best demonstrates his modern manliness by competing in a series of “woke” athletic events such as Vulneraball and the Emotional Obstacle Course). Desperate to prove that Ashley’s new flame can’t hold a candle to her old, a woefully unenlightened Tim enters the competition and begins scheming to take Andy down.

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Hot New Spec “ODIN” From ‘Happy Death Day’ & ‘Black Swan’ Writers Rockets Into Studios for the Weekend! (Exclusive)

odin-1 On the market from Abrams Artists Agency, Paradigm and Zero Gravity Management, the project, which is simultaneously being shopped as a graphic novel, is pitched as being in the vein of ‘John Wick’, but with the dog left to take revenge on those who killed its owner.

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NOBODY LIVES FOREVER (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM When a hitman with a perfect record finally meets a man that he can’t kill — a man cursed with immortality — the two team up to reverse the curse, forming an unlikely friendship along the way. It’s a high-concept action/thriller with a dark, irreverent sense of humor a la John Wick.

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THE DETECTIVE (FILM RIGHTS)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM Pitched as Memento mets Deja Vu. When an emotionally-broken detective with preternatural abilities loses his wife to a ‘hit’ that he knows was meant for him, he joins a hi-tech law enforcement division that maps his brain and allows him to revisit every memory and case file of his life to track down the killer. In the process he also discovers he has the ability to relive all of the moments of his life with his wife before she died.

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A GIANT NAMED ANDRE (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM The larger than life journey of André René Roussimoff, the man who would become Andre the Giant, and the giant who would go on to become an icon. From his humble farm life in rural France, to the largest sell out events the world has ever seen, this is the story of the man who sacrificed everything to entertain the masses, and the personal battles he faced on his way to becoming a legend. Think Big Fish meets The Wrestler.

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THE HAVANA JOB (FILM RIGHTS)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM Pitched in the vein of OCEAN’S 11 meets ARGO. In September 1960, three CIA agents, led by a headstrong engineer with something to prove, bungled their way into Fidel Castro’s clutches attempting to bug a diplomatic residence in Havana, Cuba. On the eve of the most dangerous international standoff of the 20th century, disavowed by the CIA, the three were sentenced to ten years in Cuba’s most notorious prison. To get out, they would need a Hail Mary plan, a Dirty Dozen of prison conspirators, and a woman who refused to bow to authority. Based on an article for the new digital media magazine Truly*Adventurous.

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FAUN (FILM RIGHTS)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM Narnia. Hogwarts. Neverland. All magical places that mortals can travel to and marvel at the strange creatures and wonders not seen in our world. But what if a door to a magical land was discovered and instead of pure hearted adventures, a man saw an opportunity to charge a fortune for an exclusive private game reserve where you can “bag” a magical creature.

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SACKED (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM After being passed over for a promotion a finance executive schemes to get herself fired, but when her efforts backfire and she falls for the guy who took her job she has to decide between money, love and doing the right thing.

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BULLSEYE (PITCH)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM Project details are being kept under wraps, but it is being pitched as a 70s style thriller in the vein of All the President’s Men that deals with the dark underbelly of the worlds of social media and online communities.

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Sundance Film Festival 2019 Party and Event Grid

1 Updated 1/22/19 with 24 parties added to the list – Headed to Park City? You’ll need our Exclusive Party and Event Grid, VIP parties & RSVP details. We’ll continue to update the list as we get closer to the big event, so you’ll have everything you need to keep the party going the whole time!

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Accessing the Sundance Film Festival 2019 Party and Event Grid

1 Want access to our exclusive Sundance Film Festival 2019 Party and Event Grid? Click here for all the information you need!

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Sundance Film Festival 2019 Party and Event Grid (EXCLUSIVE)

1 Updated 1/24/19 with 26 parties added to the list – Headed to Park City? You’ll need our Exclusive Party and Event Grid, VIP parties & RSVP details. We’ll continue to update the list as we get closer to the big event, so you’ll have everything you need to keep the party going the whole time!

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The Black List 2018

Black List 2018 (1) The Black List 2018 has arrived! We have the complete list of screenplays and their writers, compiled from the suggestions of over 300 film executives.

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SECRET SANTA (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM Noel Green, head of Santa’s Secret Service, is a man on a mission: to protect Santa and the North Pole. But when a vengeful elf from the South Pole threatens to take Santa down just before Christmas, everything starts to snowball out of control.

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ESSY ANDREWS & THE AMULET OF SOMETHING SOMETHING (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM Ten years after graduating from a school of magic, a down-on-her-luck witch is working at Dunkin’ Donuts and lamenting old romances when a high school reunion-gone-wrong makes her the last hope to stop a couple of witch supremacists from world domination.

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THE 2018 YOUNG & HUNGRY LIST IS HERE!

2018 YH List We are pleased to announce the Top 100 New Writers of 2018 as Voted on by Hollywood!

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2018 HIT LIST BALLOTS SENT OUT / YOUNG & HUNGRY LIST RELEASING WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 5TH

1 This is just a quick little post to let all of our industry members know the 2018 Hit List Ballots went out today, so if you are an industry professional and have not received your ballot as of yet, write in to us ASAP, as the voting period ends Monday, December 10th. Additionally, keep en eye out for the released of our annual top 100 writers of the year list, which you’ll be able to find right here on Wednesday, December 5th.

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THE PRESIDENT, THE LADY AND THE GODFATHER (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM Based on a true story, it’s a crime drama/thriller in the vein of MOLLY’S GAME about the first of JFK’s mistresses to be publicly identified, her connection to mafia boss Sam Giancana and involvement in the confidential CIA plot to assassinate Fidel Castro.

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TREMBLE (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM A young woman grieving the death of her father, along with several other strangers, must survive the Cascade Mountains in the aftermath of a catastrophic natural disaster…only to realize that their greatest threat isn’t nature itself, but someone within their group. Inspired by the true violent history of the famed Cascade Mountain Range.

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FINAL DEADLINE ALERT – 2018 LAUNCH PAD FEATURE COMPETITION CLOSES NOVEMBER 30TH

Copy of 2018 LAUNCH PAD-3 Featuring judges from some of the largest agencies, management companies and production companies in the world, as well as Guaranteed Signings, Guaranteed Options, Feedback Notes and our exclusive Launch Pad Mentorship Program, this years competition is set to be our biggest one yet!

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SPILLED MILK (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM A battered child makes a phone call about the escalating brutality in her home and social services jeopardizes her safety, condemning her to keep her father’s secret.

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THANKSGIVING / BLACK FRIDAY SUPER SALE UNLOCKED! 6 DAYS AND MORE THAN $100 OFF MEMBERSHIPS & COMPETITIONS

Tracking Board _ Launch Pad From Wednesday, November 21st Through Monday, November 26th, we’re saying thanks with $25 off discounts on Tracking Board Memberships, $25 off Launch Pad entry fees, and Free Launch Pad Mentorship Program AND Guaranteed Signing Add-Ons for every Launch Pad Feature Competition Entry!

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Good Fear, Romark Entertainment and Mentors Dan Benamor, Joe Russo and Matt Leslie Join 2018 Launch Pad Feature Competition

Copy of 2018 LAUNCH PAD-3 Good Fear and Romark join previously announced judges APA, UTA, Verve, CAA, Gersh, WME, Woolf + Lapin, Kaplan Perrone, Recon Lit, Pannon Entertainment, 3 Arts, Energy Entertainment, Lee Stobby Entertainment, Fourth Wall Management, Intellectual Property Group, Brillstein Entertainment, Writ Large, Hyde Park Entertainment, Chernin Entertainment, AGBO, Blumhouse, Illumination, Weed Road Pictures and Scott Free on the hunt for the next great writer.

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CODE ZERO (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM On the eve of a city-wide blackout, two Miami paramedics transport a patient whom they soon discover might not be human. Being pitched as COLLATERAL meets THE SHAPE OF WATER; a kinetic sci-fi thriller with heart.

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