While network series have wrapped their seasons for the summer, Pilot Launch is…well…relaunching at ScreenCraft for the 2015 cycle. All summer long, between now and August 31st, we’re open for hour, half hour and web series pilot submissions. And we couldn’t be more excited, because while it’s becoming a cliché to say so, it remains true that we’re knee-deep in a golden age of television right now. As consumers, we’ve never had more shows and content destinations to choose from, and writers with screen stories to tell have never had greater opportunity or been in higher demand.
Everything is thriving on the supposed small screen right now (I say supposed because very few serious TV watchers are viewing on anything less than a 30” HDTV). Period pieces may be on life support at the studios but on TV we’ve got Game Of Thrones, dearly departed Mad Men, Masters Of Sex, Salem, Black Sails, newly-launched Aquarius, Turn, Hell On Wheels, and Outlander. Procedurals? Check. Superheroes and comic books? Check. Soap operas? Just ask Shonda Rhimes. Movie adaptations are the latest craze, and miniseries and event series are back too, as are resurrections of iconic series of yesteryear. Make way for the return of The X-Files, and apparently there were people clamoring for the return of Coach and Full House, so out of mothballs they come.
In short, every agent, manager, producer and creative exec wants to read television pilots right now. The field is wide open. And this year, on our jury, we’ve got a concentrated, dedicated panel of executives at Universal Cable and HBO and lit managers at 3Arts and Kaplan/Perrone:
|Ryan Mickels, Universal Cable Productions||Development Executive at Universal Cable Productions, one of the leading cable TV producers with such hit shows as SUITS, MONK, LAW & ORDER, COVERT AFFAIRS, PSYCH, ALPHAS, BATTLE STAR GALACTICA and many more!|
|Georgia Ranes, HBO||Executive Assistant to VP of Production, HBO, premium cable network with such hit shows as GIRLS, GAME OF THRONES, THE SOPRANOS, THE WIRE, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, VEEP, EASTBOUND AND DOWN, GIRLS, SEX AND THE CITY, SILICON VALLEY, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW, FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS and so many more.|
|Ari Lubet, 3Arts||Manager at 3Arts Entertainment, the management company and production company behind such shows as ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, SILICON VALLEY, PARKS AND RECREATION, 30 ROCK, THE MINDY PROJECT, LOUIE, IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA, SAINT GEORGE and more. Clients of 3Arts Entertainment include such legends as Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, Louis CK, Maya Rudolph, Kevin Hart, Mindy Kaling, George Lopez, Matt LeBlanc, BJ Novak, James Franco, Charlie Day, Ray William Johnson and many more!|
|Taylor Benzie, Kaplan/Perrone||Manager at Kaplan/Perrone, one of the industry’s top boutique management companies with the leading number of clients’ projects on The Black List and several of Hollywood’s top TV writers.|
So whether you’re a veteran TV scribe looking for a captive audience or you’re trying your hand at pilot-dom for the first time, we’re eager to read your stories and fight to get them onscreen!