PilotsContestBanner

This contest is the new standard of what writers should expect via a screenwriting competition.

THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED

SEE ALL THE 2014 WINNERS HERE!

Contest

The Tracking Board wants to continue to discover new talent, provide opportunities not found anywhere else, and open doors that will launch careers beyond films. After a successful features competition, our staff wanted to help television writers get their stories told. That was the idea that launched The Launch Pad Pilots Competition .

The Launch Pad isn’t a competition where you enter, make it to the finals, win and nothing happens. Our staff attempts to push every project that makes it to the top 25 semi-finalist out to agents, managers, and studios. We aren’t just looking for the winner, we want to open doors for our finalists and semi-finalists, too! The Tracking Board believes that there are a lot of great television scripts and writers out there that just needs a real opportunity.

In order to provide that opportunity, we have judges from some of the top companies in Hollywood and A-List industry professionals.

Our panel of judges include:

lppilotsjudges

Categories

THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED

There will be 2 genres & 3 winners overall for pilots.

COMEDY

*Comedy Examples (30-40 pages):  “The Big Bang Theory” – “30 Rock” – “It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia” – “Arrested Development” – “New Girl”*

DRAMA

* Drama Examples (60-70 pages):  “Mad Men” – “Breaking Bad” – “Sleepy Hollow” – “The Blacklist” – “Homeland” – “NCIS” – “Scandal” – “Game Of Thrones”

OVERALL

* One overall winner will be crowned as the Top pilot of 2014 regardless of genre!

The winners will consist of TOP COMEDY, TOP DRAMA, and OVERALL WINNER.

Prizes

THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED

The Grand Prize:

  • The winning script will be sent out individually to agents, managers, executives, and producers.
  • The script will be sent out to our industry insider list of over 5, 500 people.
  • The Tracking Board will do an exclusive interview with our winning writer(s) to be featured on our site.
  • The Grand Prize Winner will be announced on The Launch Pad website and The Tracking Board website.
  • The script will be sent to our esteemed judging panel to be read as well as circulated to industry professionals.
  • Winner’s names will be included in the “Honoree” section of the Year End Spec Market book, published by The Tracking Board.
  • Winners will have mini profiles listed on The Launch Pad website.

Finalists:

  • The Top 10 Finalists will be announced on The Launch Pad website and The Tracking Board website.
  • Their scripts will be sent to our esteemed judging panel to be read as well as circulated to industry professionals.
  • Winner’s names will be included in the “Honoree” section of the Year End Spec Market book, published by The Tracking Board.
  • Winners will have mini profiles listed on The Launch Pad website.

Semi-Finalists:

  • The Top 25 Semi-Finalists will be announced on The Launch Pad website and The Tracking Board website.
  • Their scripts will be sent to our esteemed judging panel to be read as well as circulated to industry professionals.
  • They’re names will be included in the “Honoree” section of the Year End Spec Market book, published by The Tracking Board.
  • Winners will have mini profiles listed on The Launch Pad website.

Testimonials

THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED

Hear from our previous winners and judges:

The day after hearing I made the top 25 I had the top manager in town calling me on a Sunday. On Monday I met and signed with him. By Wednesday, my pilot was being read by the head of several TV departments at the top agencies. By Friday, I was developing the show with some of the biggest producers in this town.

Douglas Stark2013 LPFC Finalist, 2014 LPPC Finalist

In their first contest they sold 5 of the top 25 [semifinalists] and more than half of the writers got signed. Show me any other contest that can do that!

Brooklyn WeaverManagerEnergy Entertainment

I can hardly express how much Tracking Board has changed the trajectory of my career. Which is to say, it now has a trajectory. Within 2 days after my pilot script became part of their Top 25 in the Launch Pad Competition I had requests for meetings from producers and managers none of whom knew I existed 48 hours earlier. And that momentum has only grown with the continued support from Tracking Board’s staff. This contest unquestionably gets your work into the hands of those who should be reading it. The people at Tracking Board genuinely care about representing both you and your work in the best light and helping to create not only connections but careers. I had no way of knowing that they would work so hard to make sure that my work was as widely read and widely acknowledged as they did, so it seems only fair that I proclaim that, as far as I have seen, this is the best possible place to submit your scripts. It’s the real deal.

Max Perry2014 LPPC Finalist

I entered The Tracking Board’s Launch Pad Pilot contest and within a week of being named a Semifinalist I signed with a top tier manager. I think that speaks for itself, but I’d also like to note that The Tracking Board’s staff has gone above and beyond to promote my script and expose it to legitimate industry contacts and keep me abreast of every step. Most contests simply announce the winners on their website and have done with it, but The Tracking Board is actually motivated to help the careers of its entrants. Also, they have the means to actually do so, which is rare.

Ted Sperling2014 LPPC Finalist

I submitted my first pilot, Another/World, to Tracking Board for coverage in November, 2013 (consider for writer/pass for script). I carefully incorporated those notes into my script. Best money I ever spent as the revised script landed in the Top 25 of their 2014 ‘Launch Pad’ competition.  The very nature of writing can be so lonely, fraught with second guesses and insecurity. Am I on the right path? This validation from such a respected industry source has given me the confidence that, yes, I am.

Tony Lippera2014 LPPC Semifinalist

The Tracking Board’s Launch Pad contest is a serious game changer. I’d never really been persuaded by the idea of entering a contest before, because many seemed pointless: it’s a lot of politics, you have to write ‘for’ the judging panel, and what you win is either just a title or money. I didn’t know exactly what I could get out of that. It’s amazing to see The Tracking Board run a contest of a different sort: you can be you, talent is talent, and what you receive is something more measurable than just acclaim. In an industry where so much of your future relies less on what you can do but who you know, the simplicity of the contest is wonderful. It’s a true chance to cut through the B.S. and let your writing speak for itself.

Kaitlin Kelly & Andy Heriaud2014 LPPC Finalist

This isn’t some bullshit random contest offering you money or something – this thing starts careers. It’s only been around for one year, and already everyone is this town knows about it. It’s huge. Everyone wants what this contest has.

Lee StobbyManagerSilent R Management

I’ve entered a lot of contests the last few years, have won a couple, been finalists in a few but, frankly, nothing has come even close to the impact being a Top 25 semifinalist in The Tracking Board Launch Pad Pilot Contest has had on getting a script in front of, and read by, the industry’s top agencies, management companies and producers. Let me say that again, nothing has come close to getting your foot inside the industry. And the ongoing commitment of Chris and his staff to all TB Launch Pad Contest advancing writers (feature and TV) is truly remarkable. It doesn’t stop once the contest is over. You truly become part of the TB-LP family.

Curt Burdick2014 LPPC Semifinalist

This contest is the new standard of what writers should expect via a screenwriting competition.

Jorge Gonzalez IIIManagerStation3

Within 3 weeks of discovering that I placed in the Top 25, I’d met with managers and had a number of agencies request to read my pilot. The reaction was definitely better than I could have imagined.

Nti Aning2014 LPPC Semifinalist

Timeline

THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED

Contest Deadlines

Feedback Notes

THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED

Feedback Notes

Due to the amount of feedback we’ve received from writers we are now offering the ability to get feedback notes on your submissions. Just add Feedback notes when you enter your script and we will provide you notes on your script entry.

Download Feedback Notes Sample

Rules & Restrictions

THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED

Contest Rules & Restrictions

Please review the rules and restrictions to avoid disqualification.

  • The contest is open to entrants 18 or older. It is an international contest and open to entrants worldwide.
  • Scripts submitted must be original works, or the writer must retain the rights to the work submitted with proof of ownership.
  • You must own the rights to the script and all characters within.
  • Script cannot be currently under any option or purchase agreement.
  • Scripts can have been previously optioned, however, all rights must be available at the time of submission and for the duration of the contest.
  • “TB Recommends” scripts cannot be entered.
  • No script which has previously made the Top 25 in a Launch Pad Competition may be entered.
  • Scripts with multiple writers are allowed, but must be submitted by one writer.
  • Once a script has been accepted, there are no substitution of pages, drafts, or scripts.
  • Writers may submit as many scripts as they would like.
  • General script entries will not receive feedback, however, you can opt to upgrade and receive feedback on your script submission. Feedback MUST be purchased with submission order and cannot be added on later. 
  • All scripts are read a minimum of two times to ensure fair judging.
  • To ensure fair judging, all scripts must be submitted with a cover page containing only the script title, without any of the writer’s names or discernible marks. Scripts submitted with a name or identifying mark on ANY page will be disqualified. 
  • TB and all judges/readers will utilize whatever criteria they deem appropriate in deciding a winner.
  • Entrants may be contacted as a result of the contest by TB, the judging panel, or other industry professionals in regards to representation, production, sale and/or option of the entered work.
  • All scripts will remain the property of the respective writer(s). At no point will judging panel, readers, or TB attach themselves to a script without the writer’s consent.
  • Entrants are under no obligation to sell their work or otherwise attach themselves to representation in any form.
  • Early Bird Submissions MUST be received by  (PST), regardless of when the payment is made.
  • Regular Submissions MUST be received by  (PST), regardless of when the payment is made.
  • Late Submissions MUST be received by  (PST), regardless of when the payment is made.
  • Last Minute Submissions MUST be received by — (PST), regardless of when the payment is made.
  • All purchases are final and no refunds will be issued.

*By entering this contest, the entrants acknowledges and agrees to all the conditions and terms stated above.

Within 3 weeks of discovering that I placed in the Top 25, I’d met with managers and had a number of agencies request to read my pilot. The reaction was definitely better than I could have imagined.
Nti Aning2014 LPPC Semifinalist
This contest is the new standard of what writers should expect via a screenwriting competition.
Jorge Gonzalez IIIManagerStation3
I’ve entered a lot of contests the last few years, have won a couple, been finalists in a few but, frankly, nothing has come even close to the impact being a Top 25 semifinalist in The Tracking Board Launch Pad Pilot Contest has had on getting a script in front of, and read by, the industry’s top agencies, management companies and producers. Let me say that again, nothing has come close to getting your foot inside the industry. And the ongoing commitment of Chris and his staff to all TB Launch Pad Contest advancing writers (feature and TV) is truly remarkable. It doesn’t stop once the contest is over. You truly become part of the TB-LP family.
Curt Burdick2014 LPPC Semifinalist
This isn’t some bullshit random contest offering you money or something – this thing starts careers. It’s only been around for one year, and already everyone is this town knows about it. It’s huge. Everyone wants what this contest has.
Lee StobbyManagerSilent R Management
The Tracking Board’s Launch Pad contest is a serious game changer. I’d never really been persuaded by the idea of entering a contest before, because many seemed pointless: it’s a lot of politics, you have to write ‘for’ the judging panel, and what you win is either just a title or money. I didn’t know exactly what I could get out of that. It’s amazing to see The Tracking Board run a contest of a different sort: you can be you, talent is talent, and what you receive is something more measurable than just acclaim. In an industry where so much of your future relies less on what you can do but who you know, the simplicity of the contest is wonderful. It’s a true chance to cut through the B.S. and let your writing speak for itself.
Kaitlin Kelly & Andy Heriaud2014 LPPC Finalist
I entered The Tracking Board’s Launch Pad Pilot contest and within a week of being named a Semifinalist I signed with a top tier manager. I think that speaks for itself, but I’d also like to note that The Tracking Board’s staff has gone above and beyond to promote my script and expose it to legitimate industry contacts and keep me abreast of every step. Most contests simply announce the winners on their website and have done with it, but The Tracking Board is actually motivated to help the careers of its entrants. Also, they have the means to actually do so, which is rare.
Ted Sperling2014 LPPC Finalist
I can hardly express how much Tracking Board has changed the trajectory of my career. Which is to say, it now has a trajectory. Within 2 days after my pilot script became part of their Top 25 in the Launch Pad Competition I had requests for meetings from producers and managers none of whom knew I existed 48 hours earlier. And that momentum has only grown with the continued support from Tracking Board’s staff. This contest unquestionably gets your work into the hands of those who should be reading it. The people at Tracking Board genuinely care about representing both you and your work in the best light and helping to create not only connections but careers. I had no way of knowing that they would work so hard to make sure that my work was as widely read and widely acknowledged as they did, so it seems only fair that I proclaim that, as far as I have seen, this is the best possible place to submit your scripts. It’s the real deal.
Max Perry2014 LPPC Finalist
In their first contest they sold 5 of the top 25 [semifinalists] and more than half of the writers got signed. Show me any other contest that can do that!
Brooklyn WeaverManagerEnergy Entertainment
The day after hearing I made the top 25 I had the top manager in town calling me on a Sunday. On Monday I met and signed with him. By Wednesday, my pilot was being read by the head of several TV departments at the top agencies. By Friday, I was developing the show with some of the biggest producers in this town.
Douglas Stark2013 LPFC Finalist, 2014 LPPC Finalist
I submitted my first pilot, Another/World, to Tracking Board for coverage in November, 2013 (consider for writer/pass for script). I carefully incorporated those notes into my script. Best money I ever spent as the revised script landed in the Top 25 of their 2014 ‘Launch Pad’ competition.  The very nature of writing can be so lonely, fraught with second guesses and insecurity. Am I on the right path? This validation from such a respected industry source has given me the confidence that, yes, I am.
Tony Lippera2014 LPPC Semifinalist