Category Archives: THE LAUNCH PAD
Our top manuscripts were penned by debut authors and best-sellers alike, and passion for their craft and their stories is evident on every page.
This year’s finalists come from a wide range of genres, from heart-wrenching period dramas to pulse-pounding thrillers, and feature teen sleuths, charming sociopaths, very real magicians, 19th Century gold miners, and everything in between.
In partnership with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free, the first book to hit the market from the 2016 Launch Pad Manuscript Competition and publisher Inkshares is ready to remind you of what fear truly is.
Over half of this year’s Top 25 come from female authors, and a handful are written by authors hailing from countries abroad. From fantastical young adult fare to sci-fi adventure epics, the Top 25 manuscripts feature an array of genres, ranging from rom-coms to dark comedies to the darkest of thrillers.
Half of this year’s Top 50 manuscripts come from female authors, and over 25 percent from writers abroad. This year’s Top 50 also features a wide range of genres, with everything from fantasy and thrillers, to period dramas and comedic sci-fi.
This year’s manuscript competition is brought to you in partnership with Michael De Luca Productions, Inkshares, and Energy Entertainment.
The story follows a local sheriff who bands together with an elite group of soldiers to track down a notorious group of murderers whose plans for revenge could threaten the stability of the government.
Prime Universe Films joins a growing list of high-profile industry partners that have included Scott Free Productions, Michael De Luca Productions and Vertigo Entertainment, all of which have optioned projects from previous competitions.
Derek Asaff, whose pilot scripts The Cure and The End both placed in the 2017 Launch Pad Pilots Competition, has signed with Derrick Eppich of Lee Stobby Entertainment.
An alum of the Launch Pad Feature Competition, Ahmadu Garba has joined the writing team for David O. Russell’s upcoming and untitled mafia series starring Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore. He has also signed with Michael Kolodny of Kaplan Stahler Agency.
The Launch Pad Competition in association with our partners Endgame Entertainment and Fourth Wall Management is pleased to announce our winners for the 2017 Launch Pad Pilots Competition.
Launch Pad alum Brandon Martin has signed with Stephan Dubreuil of Woolf+Lapin. His feature script Slammin’ landed in the Top 50 of last year’s Launch Pad Feature Competition.
Logline: After a disastrous experiment at the world’s leading technology company kills dozens and causes a genius quantum physicist to disappear, a young journalist and her friends attempt to expose the dark secrets of the industry in order to find him.
Logline: As a teenager, Alfred Hitchcock finds his true calling when he interns for a camera-wielding, mysterious priest and is thrown into a world of mystery and murder within the dreary Edwardian district of East London.
Logline: When a prison-transport UFO crashes in a small Ohio town, an adventurous alien soldier and an uptight FBI agent must team up to save the planet from invaders.
Logline: Seven years after a commercial airliner goes missing mid-flight, the forlorn and mentally ill fiancé of the missing co-pilot stabs a Senator, exposing a massive cover-up.
Logline: A 20-something quits his unfulfilling job and records a weekly podcast documenting his journey to find his dream job.
Logline: Two adult siblings see their marriages fall apart and their worlds turned upside at the same time, just as their father remarries.
Logline: After he sees something he shouldn’t have, a government salvager is dumped in the middle of the Sahara amongst all the world’s garbage, and where a resilient society has arisen from the descendants of the homeless people evicted from cities decades earlier. Faced with the savage tribes living within the Wasteland, he’s forced to face his every fear to find a way home alive.
Logline: A cabaret performer in San Francisco’s burgeoning gay underground scene disguises himself as a female entertainer to find his boyfriend who has gone missing in action in the thick of the Vietnam War.
Logline: In the last days of the Cold War, an idealistic CIA agent living undercover in Berlin is caught between his disillusioned wife, his teenage daughter toying with leftist extremism, and a ruthless Russian spymaster determined to expose the emerging New World Order before it’s too late.
Logline: In the near future where time travel has allowed the rescue of refugees from the past, a rookie NYPD officer investigates a series of murders with the help of a fugitive time traveler in a city overrun with people from all across history.
Logline: A mockumentary inside-look at the fierce, cutthroat, high-stakes world of the country’s premiere talent agency… for animal actors.
Logline: A straight cabby living in the Bronx and struggling to support his family is convinced to compete on a reality competition show for drag queens despite opposition from his Nigerian community.
Logline: A Pinkerton Detective sent to investigate a bank robbery in Arizona uncovers a supernatural threat to the town of Tombstone.
Logline: Looking for a quick score, Annie Oakley steals a map that leads her to America’s greatest folk icons in the search for one of the New World’s oldest treasures.
Logline: A wacky Catholic high school elects their new student council, who are immediately put to the test when their plan to introduce a new mascot prompts the old mascot, a beloved teacher, to flee to the woods and blame the new class president for destroying her life.
Logline: As war in Europe looms on the horizon, a lounge singer in 1940s New York schemes to get his own radio show at an upstart station, helped along by his strange, supernatural visions.
Logline: A teenager’s big vacation plans are washed away when she is forced to stay with her aunt and uncle and work at their water park in the summer of 1989.
Logline: Two eccentric sisters leading very different lives in New York struggle to keep their professional and personal lives in order after their fortunes change overnight.