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Sony’s Film Division Isn’t What It Was — Well, Most of It Isn’t (Studio Series)

Sony ExcerptSimilar to Paramount, Sony hasn’t had the easiest go of things lately and they need to find something major to turn the ship around. Spider-Man: Homecoming will be a good-sized win for the studio but while their film division — made up of Columbia Pictures, TriStar Pictures, and Screen Gems — isn’t going anywhere, it needs to become a more productive part of the company.

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Launch Pad Alum Jai Brandon Signs with 3 Arts Entertainment (Exclusive)

Launch Pad Alumni ExcerptLaunch Pad alum Jai Brandon has signed with manager Will Rowbotham of 3 Arts Entertainment. Brandon’s Launch Pad Feature Competition script Whispers from the Watchtower won him a spot in the 2016 LPFC Top 10.

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Launch Pad Alum Mary Cardenas Signs with Elevate Entertainment (Exclusive)

Launch Pad Alumni ExcerptWriter Mary Cardenas has signed with Elevate Entertainment manager and partner Jenny Wood. Cardenas’s pilot Bus League Knocks earned a Top 25 spot in the 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition.

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Internet Denizens Putting Together Films for Our Entertainment? Welcome to the New Normal

Lupita Nyong'o Rihanna ExcerptThere are skeptics and cynics who will scoff at the whole turn of events around the Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna movie and wonder where we went wrong. Pay them no mind. They will just end up on the outside looking in, like those poor suckers Rihanna and Lupita are about to scam out of their shorts.

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The Launch Pad Pilots Competition Is Thrilled to Announce the Top 50 Scripts of 2017

2017 LPPC Announcement 200x133 (1)Together with our exclusive competition partners Endgame Entertainment and Fourth Wall Management, we are thrilled to announce the Top 50 for the 2017 Launch Pad Pilots Competition.

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Paramount Is Certainly Down, But Is It Ever Really Out? (Studio Series)

Paramount ExcerptParamount, CEO Jim Gianopulos, and the team are currently facing a challenge to take a once great institution that has fallen on hard times and return it to its past glory. Perhaps the best way to do this will be to find the Next Big Thing, according to Neil Turitz.

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The State of the Spec Market

Amazon Studios ExcerptIn examining the newest Spec Book, Neil Turitz finds that for the second year in a row, there were more specs put on the market and, more importantly, more sold, than the year before. This means there are more opportunities for the writers themselves, and for the companies making the movies to bring fresh voices to their product.

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Amazon Is Starting Its Own Best Seller List, and That Is More Interesting than You Think

Amazon Books ExcerptYesterday, Amazon debuted its Amazon Charts as a sort of competitor to the New York Times Best Seller List, which is a welcome addition to the medium, an egalitarian move, and not unlike the landscape of blockbusters and indie titles in the movie world.

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The Reboot of “American Idol” Proves That No One Is Safe

American Idol ExcerptIf we’re going to bring something back from the dead, shouldn’t we be given a chance to actually miss it first? One has to genuinely wonder what it is about this new American Idol series that will draw viewers in a way that the original one simply was no longer capable of doing.

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Strange Things Are Afoot at the WB (Studio Series)

Warner bros ExcerptThere was a time, not so long ago, when Warner Bros. was the model studio in town. They had great filmmakers making excellent movies that earned a lot of money and set box office records and produced some of the most beloved films and television shows ever created. Oh, how the people toiling under the iconic water tower long for those halcyon days of yore.

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Netflix Got Hacked, “Orange Is the New Black” Episodes Were Released, and No One Cared

orange is the new black excerptNetflix was recently hacked and neither them nor the industry at large had much of a response, which was initially puzzling, but upon closer inspection, seems like the best possible response Netflix could have had.

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Jimmy Kimmel Got Political in a Very Personal Way the Other Night, and That’s Okay

Jimmy Kimmel ExcerptJimmy Kimmel’s recent monologue gave us all something to think about and gave us a personal prism through which to view it, thus allowing us to truly feel something genuine and true, while also forcing us to ponder how it is we react to such a thing. There’s something refreshing about that,
when entertainment can do more than just entertain.

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The Launch Pad Pilots Competition Is Thrilled to Announce the Top 75 Scripts of 2017

2017 LPPC Announcement - Top 75 - ExcerptAlongside our exclusive competition partners Endgame Entertainment and Fourth Wall Management, we are incredibly thrilled to announce the 2017 Launch Pad Pilots Competition’s Top 75.

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Weed Road Seeking Executive Assistant

TB
Jobs Newsletter Footer Image 271x168 A-list writer/producer/director with first look studio deals for both film and television seeks new executive assistant. Applicants should be comfortable navigating a high volume desk with heavy calls, scheduling, travel, and submissions.

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Netflix Likes to Say It’s Different from Everyone Else, But Is It?

13 Reasons Why ExcerptThe possibility of a second season for the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why shows a possibly larger and more alarming trend at the streaming giant: that it’s not as creator-friendly as it seems and has the same greed as other networks.

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HIGH TIDE (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM A fifteenth High School reunion booze cruise gets hit by a tidal wave, and the surviving partygoers get stranded on an island and revert to their High School selves. Pitched as Lord of the Flies meets Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion.

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“The Dark Tower” and More Among This Summer’s Riskiest Movies

The Dark Tower ExcerptThe summer is when fortunes are made and lost, careers are built and destroyed, and audiences escape from the heat in a movie theater for a couple hours. With that in mind, here are five movies this summer that have especially large question marks beside them.

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Lionsgate Wins Seven-Figure Bidding War for Inkshares Book “The Punch Escrow”

Irina Ivanova ExcerptWith multiple studios bidding on the sci-fi manuscript that’s being compared to Looper and Ready Player One, it’s Lionsgate who comes out on top to win newcomer Tal M. Klein’s first book.

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Launch Pad Finalist Steve Isles Signs With UTA (Exclusive)

SteveIsles - thumb Just one day after announcing our 2016 Launch Pad Feature Competition winners, Steve Isles joins the more than 200 writers who have landed reps from the competition as he signs with Mike Esola at UTA.

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FRAGMENT (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM Kept under wraps, but project is being pitched as Predator meets Lost.

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BODY CAM (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM Several LAPD cops are haunted by a malevolent spirit that is tied to the murder of a black youth at the hands of two white cops… all of which was caught on a body cam video that was destroyed in a cover up.

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FORGET ME NOT… AGAIN! (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM A hopeless romantic wants to be a romance novelist, and when he finds true love, he finds success. However, after he finds success, his wife forgets who he is. Repeatedly.

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PRINCESSES (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM Kept under wraps, but being pitched as a female-driven Avengers starring all of the classic princesses.

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RED BAY (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM After learning that early slasher films were inspired by a real person, a group of college students visit this guy’s hometown to film a documentary.

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SPACE RACE (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PM Kept under wraps, but project is being pitched as a high concept four-quadrant sci-fi tentpole.

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THE BOOFIGHTERS (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM A middle school vice principal discovers his new next-door neighbors are human-heart-munching monsters hell-bent on taking over his town.

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In Partnership with Vertigo, Twin Padres, ESA and Bellevue, the Launch Pad Is Thrilled to Announce the Top 10 Features of 2016

200x134 - TOP 10 ANNOUNCEDThe Launch Pad Feature Competition, alongside our exclusive competition partners Vertigo Entertainment, Twin Padres Productions, ESA, and Bellevue, are incredibly thrilled to announce the 2016 Launch Pad Feature Competition’s Top 10.

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SPACE RACE (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM Kept under wraps, but project is being pitched as a high concept four-quadrant sci-fi tentpole.

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The State of the Comic Book Industry (Part Four)

Maus ExcerptIt used to be that the automatic response a non-comic book reader had to the genre was the connection to Superman and Batman and Spider-Man and all the rest. Now things have changed quite a bit and there is no denying that the medium has evolved, allowing for more daring and interesting forms of storytelling.

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Introducing Inaugural Launch Pad Manuscript Competition Winner Danny Newell

200x134 - Winners ANNOUNCED Out of more than 2,000 entries coming to us from 24 different countries, we’re incredibly excited to introduce you to the 2016 LPMC Overall Winner, selected by none other than Ridley Scott and his Scott Free Productions.

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