Writer Mary Cardenas has signed with Elevate Entertainment manager and partner Jenny Wood. Cardenas’s pilot BUS LEAGUE KNOCKS earned a Top 25 spot in the 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition. The comedy pilot, which is a cross between Friday Night Lights meets Everybody Wants Some!!, follows a diverse group of baseball players fighting for a shot at the majors. They find themselves in the wild and cutthroat world of the minor leagues, navigating crazed fans, corrupt coaches, and backstabbing teammates as they travel from city to city fueled by little pay, little sleep, and big dreams.
At its core, the show delivers a grounded and emotional look at what it means to fight for your dreams, deal with your losses, and remember to have a little fun in between. The pilot was praised by our readers for seamlessly balancing the rich and relevant dramatic topics of race and class with the humor and realism of its characters, all while elevating the project well beyond a simple sports show.
Cardenas, an avid baseball fan, was born and raised in Northern California, where she spent her early days at local baseball fields watching her big brother play. She later left California for Montana, where she graduated from Montana State University. Cardenas now resides in Southern California where she has been working in television production since 2012. She is currently developing a new original female driven pilot for a major production company. When she’s not writing, Cardenas spends her time live tweeting Bay Area baseball, basketball, and football games and writing op-ed pieces for her site blondeonbaseball.com.
Elevate is a talent and literary management company that prides itself on representing a select and strategic client list. Their client list includes Oscar-nominated writer Taylor Sheridan (Hell or High Water, Sicario, Wind River), Corin Hardy (The Conjuring spinoff The Nun), Oscar-nominated actress Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook, Animal Kingdom), and many more.
The Launch Pad Manuscript Competition is currently accepting entries for its 2017 competition.