We are thrilled to announce the winners in our first LAUNCH PAD FEATURE COMPETITION.
When we decided to launch this competition, we set out to do something different from previous contests already in existence. For us, the big picture was always about discovering new writers and helping them launch their careers. We felt the “contest” market had exploded over the years with far too many competitions merely putting their winners names on a list and calling it a day. But, that simply wasn’t good enough for us. We wanted to find our writers, and help them navigate the screenwriting world, find representation, and begin careers. Personally, everyone here at TB have made it their mission to not only help our winners pass the starting line in their screenwriting careers, but all of our top 25 semifinalists.
Our first step was finding a judging panel that was not only the best Hollywood had to offer, but in turn, were the best we’ve seen in discovering and nurturing new talent. But don’t just take our word for it, instead look at these numbers: Between 2010, 2011, and 2012, our 25 judges have represented 236 writers out of the 491 total who have graced The Hit List, The Blood List and The Black List combined. That’s just shy of 50% of every writer in the past three years who has been deemed the “best in their field” from three completely different sources. And even with those numbers, and their very busy careers, our 25 judges still went above and beyond to help us achieve our goal this year. When required to only read the top 10 picks, they reached out, asking to read all top 25 – giving every member of our semifinalists a chance to not only be read by the best, but to find a home with a rep that best fit them. Our judges were amazing in helping us not only launch this competition, but in helping us launch the careers of these young writers. And we applaud them for not only taking part, but in truly getting behind our vision for what a competition should be for writers today! Thank you.
And, we must admit, the outpouring of support from across the industry for our first year into the world has been as astounding as the successes the competition has already generated. Just last week, we not only saw the first signing from our top 25 pool, but we saw the first sale, as manager Brooklyn Weaver, who discovered writer Daniel Turkewitz as a judge in our competition sold TRANQUILITY BASE to Twentieth Century Fox and Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Productions. Quickly following that, we saw three more writers (Kate Trefry, Matt Kinmonth, Paul Zeidman) signed away in the next 24 hours, followed by another three just this morning (Dominic Morgan, Matthew Harvey, Blake Armstrong) with more currently being read and meeting as this announcement goes out. And following his win in the Dark Factory Prize, Sam Celia will not only sell his first script, but will see it fast-tracked toward an early 2014 production date.
For us, this competition was all about helping writers make their dreams come true. And we must admit, while this start has been beyond amazing for any competition, we still have a lot more we want to do!
So, while we know you’re eagerly reading to find the winners, we will announce one last thing – beginning this week, all top 25 semifinalists will have their own pages on TB to track all of the updates as to where they are at both as writers, and regarding the scripts. A “Launch Pad” section will be created on the site to also keep tabs on all the news related to the competition for both the feature, and the upcoming pilot contests that follow. This section will link to any and all future Launch Pad news, segments and announcements. We will also be interviewing a majority of our judges, as well as the writers who made our top 25 semifinalists.
You will be able to follow all LAUNCH PAD NEWS HERE
And with that, lets finally announce our winners:
OUR FIRST EVER LAUNCH PAD FEATURE WINNER IS:
When a college student facing graduation starts suffering from uncontrollable violent thoughts, she becomes obsessed with finding out what they mean.
Coming-of-age / Black Comedy
FOLLOWED CLOSELY BY OUR TWO RUNNERS UP:
Matt Kinmonth (AKA: Matthew James McDonough) — THE THIRD WHEEL
While it seems like every single bitch they went to high school with is now living ‘happily-ever-after’, two thirty-something best friends put marriage, kids and mortgages on hold in order to chase a different dream – writing the next big novel craze Ã la Twilight or Fifty Shades of Grey… However, with their chance of success fading as fast as their looks, their close bond is fractured when one of them panics and falls for ‘Mr. Right Now’.
Terrell T. Garrett & Michael Stark — WOLVERTON
In turn of the century London, Jack Wolverton, gentleman thief, specializes in stealing the arcane, the accursed and the occultic. With war about to break out, only he can stop the world’s most powerful artifacts (The Monkey’s Paw, The Hope Diamond and the Portrait of Dorian Gray) from falling into the wrong hands!
Action / Adventure
THE FIRST ANNUAL DARK FACTORY PRIZE GOES TO:
Bored with life after traveling the world, a dying medical examiner attempts to quench his thirst for exploration by vicariously traveling through Hell via tales told by the executed Death Rowers he secretly revives.
THE FIRST ANNUAL STATION3 PRIZE GOES TO:
Mark Fallman is sent to prison as an accessory to armed robbery with his murderous partner Bill Walsh. After Fallman is released from prison, he only wants to return to his deceased father’s ranch and set his life straight; but, he finds the ranch lost to foreclosure and his family confined to a trailer home. Succumbing to his emotions, Fallman digs up the cash from the former heist and finds himself confronted by the escaped Bill Walsh.
Action/Thriller — Modern Western