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In what became one of our largest and most feverishly fought competitions to date – after several months of reading, judges and partners weighing in, and several writers already finding representation along the way, we, along with our exclusive partners Oil & Cattle Entertainment, Artillery Creative and our mentorship panel of Helen Leigh, Lauren Otero and Zachary Robbins are incredibly proud to present to you the winners of the 2018 Launch Pad Pilot Competition!
Evenly split between half-hour comedies and hour-long dramas, this years Top 10 comes to us from all four corners of the United States, and is made up of twelve writers (two writing teams), with four scripts appearing from female writers, and six from male writers, and two Launch Pad alums returning to the spotlight from previous years.
With more than 2,500 entries, 2,800 writers, and stories originating from 19 different countries, this years top 25 pilots truly represents the top 1% of our 2018 Launch Pad Pilot Competition.
The project, which will also see McDaniel adapt, will be fast-tracked as a new series for the company as part of the first look deal.
(The Last OG, Young & Hungry, Two and a Half Men) While it is a “2nd Assistant” position, it’s a small company (four people) and everyone is encouraged to give their thoughts and opinions. Potential room for growth within the company and just generally a great place to work.
Following a finalist nod in recently announced 2017 Launch Pad Feature Competition Bar Crawl finds a home and an early 2019 start date!
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.
Vertigo Entertainment, LuckyChap, Captivate, Mad Chance, Intrepid and Unique are Amongst the Producers Heading into Buyers with the Project Tonight!
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.
Producers from Darkest Hour, Big Little Lies and The Danish Girl team up as A-list packages circle going into the weekend.
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.
The $125 million dollar commitment from Netflix sets the record for a spec package, a record that was also previously set by Netflix just two years ago when they committed $90 million to the Will Smith, David Ayer, Max Landis spec package for Bright.
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.
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!
Moscow Will Re-team with the Cannes Breakout “Under The Silver Lake” Producers to Bring Albuliwi’s War-torn Brotherly Survival Story to Life.
Following a season on MTV’s Teen Wolf, and three years on the Rob Thomas series iZombie at CW, LP Alums and Mentors Masoud & Gonzalez have made the jump into the broadcast world joining the ninth season of the fan-favorite CBS series.
Stay tuned… The Top 100 Are On The Way!
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.
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.
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.
Joe Swafford marks the third writer in as many days signed out of our recently announced winners pool of the Launch Pad Feature Competition.
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.
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!
In HOTEL ARTEMIS, set in riot-torn, near-future Los Angeles, Jodie Foster plays The Nurse, who runs a secret, members-only emergency room for criminals.
It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles.
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!
Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese and others have had erratic filmographies in their later years, but it’s not because they’re any less talented as filmmakers.
East Coast Editor Edward Douglas looks at the pros and cons of the festival circuit and if it really helps independent films find an audience.
Rampage will win Friday with $11.5 million including $2.4 million from Thursday previews, but A Quiet Place should still be able to steal a second weekend victory.