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Industry Closures – The 4th of July / Independence Day Edition

4th of July Industry Closures With Independence Day Falling on a Wednesday This Year, Here’s a Snapshot of Who’s Taking Off Early, Late, or Just for the Day!

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ANNOUCING THE TOP 50 PILOTS OF 2018 – THE LAUNCH PAD PILOT COMPETITION

2018 LPPC Top 50 From roughly 3,000 Entries to a Freshly Announced Top 50, Take a Look at the Next Round of Finalists in the 2018 Launch Pad Pilot Competition!

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Young & Hungry Scribe Barry Stiglets Inks with Eris Talent Agency & Hits the Town with New Spec

Eris Following his most recent spec sale which saw Joe Dante board to direct Stiglets lands with new reps, hits the market with his next, and signs on to two new projects under Eris’ newly launched Eric Content.

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New Horror Spec “Pray for the Light” Heats Up the Town as it Heads Into Every Major Territory

Panic 30 Days Vertigo Entertainment, LuckyChap, Captivate, Mad Chance, Intrepid and Unique are Amongst the Producers Heading into Buyers with the Project Tonight!

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Announcing the Top 75 Pilots of the 2018 Launch Pad Pilot Competition

2018 LPPC Top 75 As our judges, partners and mentors begin their deep dive into this years finalists, we, alongside our exclusive partners Artillery Creative and Oil & Cattle Entertainment are thrilled to announce the next round of finalists in this years competition, as we present our Top 75.

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Launch Pad Alum Sean Collins-Smith Signs with Silent R Management

SeanCollinsSmith-Excerpt With his Lifers Anonymous pilot leading the way, Collins-Smith becomes one of the more than 360 writers who have landed representation coming out of the Launch Pad Program!

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Bruna Papandrea & Liza Chasin Team Up for Red Hot New Spec “Ride”

Sally Excerpt Producers from Darkest Hour, Big Little Lies and The Danish Girl team up as A-list packages circle going into the weekend.

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Global Road & Gran Via Team Up In Preemptive Win of New Spec “Rawhide Down”

reagan-assassination-P Project centers on the assassination attempt of President Ronald Reagan from three unique view points – those protecting, those investigating & those making power plays behind the scenes.

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Paramount Wins Bidding War for New Cory Goodman Spec “The Oberlin Incident”

paramount After hitting the market late Monday, multiple studios started moving aggressively for the project, culminating in a deal that included Safehouse and Aperture Entertainment producing.

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ANNOUNCING THE TOP 100 PILOTS OF 2018 – THE LAUNCH PAD COMPETITION

2018 LPPC Top 100 - 1 With this Top 100 announcement marking the first of our 2018 competitions, we’re not only thrilled to introduce to you those who’ve made the top 4% of this year’s competition, but also in looking back at the milestones our community of writers have achieved since the competitions began. We’ve seen more than 360 writers signed, 100 projects set up, 50 writers staffed, 100 appearances on the annual best of lists, and six bidding wars since the Launch Pad began, and with this new list of writers joining our Launch Pad community, we’re being excited to see where they go from here!

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Launch Pad Alum Bandar Albuliwi Sets New Writing / Directing Vehicle “A Brotherhood” With Producer David Moscow

bandar-david Moscow Will Re-team with the Cannes Breakout “Under The Silver Lake” Producers to Bring Albuliwi’s War-torn Brotherly Survival Story to Life.

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Launch Pad Alum Jenny Deiker Joins the Writer’s Room for Fox’s “The Resident”

Jenny Deiker - crop A Launch Pad Winner, Young & Hungry List Alum, Bitch List Alum, and 2018 Fox Writers Lab Selection, Deiker is Set to Bring Her Talents to the Sophomore Season of Fox’s Medical Drama.

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Launch Pad Alum Geoff Bakken Notches Third Launch Pad Nod and Signs with Woolf + Lapin Agency

Geoff-Bakken-crop With three Launch Pad appearances leading the way, and a powerhouse voice on the page, Bakken becomes one of the 360+ writers to land representation coming out of the Launch Pad Competition, and the first from the 2018 pilot competition.

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COMING SOON – THE 2018 LAUNCH PAD PILOTS COMPETITION TOP 100!

2018 LPPC Top 100 - SOON Stay tuned… The Top 100 Are On The Way!

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UCP Amongst those Making a Pre-Weekend Play for New Thriller “CLEANSING OF A NATION”

Cleansing of a Nation Written by Ryan Riley, who previously saw his short story “Encyclopedia Dad” sell to WBTV and his feature spec “Take Back The Night” land with New Regency following a bidding war, the project is being pitched as a socio-political thriller that focuses on the world of tomorrow.

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Launch Pad Alum Denise Meyers Lands With Woolf + Lapin Agency

DeniseMeyers Meyers, who crafted a delicately woven dramatic thriller into the lives of the famed architect Wright, and his wife Mamah, is no stranger to the intricacies of humanity within a dramatic story, as she’d previously written the short film THE DARK OF NIGHT, which was directed by Robin Wright and premiered in the 70th annual Cannes Film Festival with stars Sam Rockwell and Leslie Bibb.

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The 2018 Cannes Film Festival Party List and Event Grid – Members List

cannes Beyond the premieres and the film extravaganza, here’s a look at the 13 Days and 100 events taking over the cocktail hours and nightlife of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

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Launch Pad Alum Eric Martin Signs with Verve {Exclusive}

EricMartin Eric Martin becomes the latest Launch Pad alum to sign with representation following the recent Launch Pad Feature Competition announcements. Martin, who penned one of the most exciting, action-packed, neo-western thrillers we’ve ever read with his Launch Pad finalist PRESIDIO, has made it official and inked with Adam Levine, Evan Pioch and Nicky Mohebbi of Verve.

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Launch Pad Alum / WGA Winner Kristen Bartlett Signs with Principato-Young Entertainment

kristenbartlett snl excerpt Following an exceptional break-out run that began in late 2016 and included landing a finalist spot in the Launch Pad Pilot Competition for her pilot GILFS, signing with UTA, joining the writers room on “Saturday Night Live”, earning Emmy and WGA nominations, winning a WGA award, being named one of the Top new screenwriters to watch on the 2017 Young & Hungry List, seeing her show “The Dead Dads Club” sell out at the Upright Citizens Brigade, when it comes to Kristen Bartlett, we’re genuinely not sure there’s anything she can’t do!

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SACI Pitch Revs Into the Weekend with Multiple Offers In & More on the Way

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PM The red hot pitch SACI from Pumpkinhead reboot writer Nate Atkins has the town abuzz going into the weekend, as multiple offers are reportedly already in, with more anticipated as the day continues.

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Launch Pad Alum Joe Swafford Signs with Aligned Entertainment

JoeSwaffordrecrop Joe Swafford marks the third writer in as many days signed out of our recently announced winners pool of the Launch Pad Feature Competition.

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Launch Pad Winner Surjyakiran Das Signs with UTA!

SurjyakiranDas-Crop With his script THE CONFECTION CONNECTION winning one of the top spots in our recently announced Launch Pad Feature Competition, NYU / USC grad Das signs with UTA following a very competitive courting.

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Launch Pad Alum John James Halligan Signs with Recon Literary

JohnHaligan-Crop Following his Top 10 Finish in the 2017 Launch Pad Feature Competition, Halligan is the latest to land reps coming out of the competition, and is now seeing his script going into agents and producers as it gears up to his the market this week!

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Launch Pad Alum Conor Kyle Signs with Elevate Entertainment (Exclusive)

ConorKyle With his Top 10 script “Peter and the Wolves” landing a lot of interest around town, Kyle lands a manager and is gearing up to share his hauntingly psychological survival tale with the town!

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David Leitch Directing Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham “Fast and Furious” Spin-Off

HobbsLeitchShawJohnson’s Hobbs and Statham’s Deckard Shaw are branching off from the blockbuster Universal franchise for a buddy action-comedy set in the same universe. Leitch’s Deadpool 2 opens next month.

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Joel Coen to Support Inclusion Riders After Taking Wife Frances McDormand’s Fiery Words to Heart (Exclusive)

Coens and FranIt’s a relief to see the Coen brothers leading by example when it comes to this important issue. The effort will begin with the Coens’ next project, since their upcoming series The Ballad of Buster Scruggs was already in production at Netflix when the inclusion rider movement began gaining traction in Hollywood.

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Tracy Morgan Joins Taraji P. Henson in “What Men Want” as Lavar Ball-Esque NBA Dad (Exclusive)

Tracy Morgan WMWInspired by the Nancy Meyers movie What Women Want starring Mel Gibson, the new film finds Henson playing a sports agent who gains the ability to hear men’s thoughts and uses it to her advantage as she races to sign the NBA’s next superstar.

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“Atlanta” Star Lakeith Stanfield in Talks to Join Gina Rodriguez in Netflix Rom-Com “Someone Great” (Exclusive)

Lakeith StanfieldIf a deal makes, this would be Stanfield’s fifth Netflix film following War Machine, Death Note, The Incredible Jessica James and the upcoming drama Come Sunday.

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Inside the Drama Surrounding Fox’s “New Mutants,” Including a Top Secret New Cast Member (Exclusive)

New MutantsDirector Josh Boone filmed material that led up to the reveal of Jon Hamm as Mr. Sinister, only for Fox to change their minds after shooting had been completed. Now it’ll be Antonio Banderas playing an unspecified villain at the end of New Mutants, sources tell the Tracking Board.

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Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston to Star in Action Comedy “Murder Mystery” at Netflix (Exclusive)

Adam SandlerSandler will play a NYC cop who finally takes his wife (Aniston) on a long promised European trip. A chance meeting on the flight gets them invited to an intimate family gathering on the Super Yacht of elderly billionaire Malcolm Quince. When Quince is murdered, they become the prime suspects in a modern day whodunit.

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