Launch Pad Alum Alexis Perkins has signed with Stagecoach Entertainment managers Evan Lewis and Steve Smith. Perkins’s script, DERBY CITY, was a standout from the 2016 Launch Pad Feature Competition and finished in the Top 3 while also being named the Top Comedy from the competition. Described as Saved meets Little Miss Sunshine, Perkins’ script tells the story of a bartender and small-time con artist who, while fleeing a criminal gambling charge, convinces a naive Mormon missionary to drive across the country with her, and, after their truck and money are stolen, must resort to hustling pool in order to make it to Utah.
The script delivers on all of its wild and zany promises and was hailed by our judges for its ability to consistently deliver laughs at every turn while never losing sight of the dynamic between its hilarious and polar opposite lead characters. Perkins’ writing delivers her clear comedic voice while simultaneously showcasing her witty dialogue and exceptional creative choices.
Originally from Newton, Massachusetts, Perkins received her B.A. in History from The George Washington University in 2005. After graduation, she worked as a news assistant and online producer for CNN and The Associated Press in Washington, D.C. In 2011 she completed the MFA film program at Columbia University. She received a distinction from the Columbia faculty for an original TV pilot and was the recipient of The Jesse Thompkins III Screenwriting Award. Her grandfather is Andy Rooney of 60 Minutes. Her Launch Pad feature Derby City also just won the grand prize in Final Draft’s Big Break Contest, and Perkins previously placed in the 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition as well.
Stagecoach has been quickly been making a name for themselves, with clients like writer Katelyn Howes who landed on the 2015 Blood List with her supernatural thriller pilot Prions. Their literary clients have written for shows such as Power, Brickleberry, Survivor’s Remorse, Low Winter Sun, Futurama, and more. On the talent side, their clients have landed a number of major recurring roles for networks like ABC, Starz, and Epix.
The Launch Pad Manuscript Competition is currently accepting entries for its 2017 Competition.
Anya Crittenton | Associate Editor