2022 JumpStart Competition

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2022 Jumpstart Competition

2022 JumpStart Writing Competition

This competition is open to both features and TV pilots of all genres.

Roadmap Writers is a leader in screenwriting education and training taught by working industry executives & literary representatives. In just six years, Roadmap has helped over 250 writers get signed to representation with agents and managers. We helped some of last year’s finalists land representation at 3 Arts, Bohemia Group, Lit Entertainment Group, and REJ Entertainment through our introductions! 2021 JumpStart winner Deborah Puette was signed by Wonder Street.

Roadmap’s JumpStart Competition isn’t an ordinary screenwriting contest! 

  • JumpStart is a talent discovery competition with judges who are working industry professionals, including execs and reps. 
  • Roadmap provides ongoing career support for our winners (writers who get into the Top 25 or HIGHER)
  • Since our prizes don’t expire, we will continue to help promote our winners, i.e. get their material in front of execs and reps for as long as they need... even over several years!

AND, here's a big one all writers who enter will be automatically in the running for an amazing opportunity:

A GUARANTEED SIGNING WITH KERSEY MANAGEMENT! 

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2020 Jumpstart Guaranteed Signing


ABOUT OUR GUARANTEED SIGNING JUDGE:

ANDREW KERSEY
is a literary manager focusing on nurturing unique storytelling voices in film and TV. He worked his way up from production company intern to management/production company heavyweight, 3Arts Entertainment. He left 3Arts for a Universal-based production company to gain experience in development. In 2004, he started Kersey Management. 

Client Successes:

  • His incredibly talented clients work on projects at ABC. Amazon, CW, Disney Channel, Fox, NBC, Netflix, and Nickelodeon. 
  • In 2021, his client's comedy VACATION FRIENDS, starring John Cena and Lil Rel had a huge 3-day weekend opener on Hulu, a record for an original in the streamer's history. A sequel is being fast-tracked.
  • In 2020, Andrew sold his client's sci-fi spec script, VARIETAL, to Universal with Oscar-nominated super-producer Mike De Luca (THE SOCIAL NETWORK, FIFTY SHADES OF GREY).

This amazing opportunity is included free with your entry. All entrants are in contention for this prize.

ENTRY PRICING & DEADLINES:


Early | June 15th, 2022 | $50
Regular | July 13th, 2022 | $70
Late | August 19th, 2022 | $80

Add Feedback Notes | +$45
Receive a one-page analysis of your script.

ANNOUNCEMENT DATES:


Quarterfinalists | November 4th, 2022
Semifinalists | November 18th, 2022
Finalists | December 2nd, 2022
Winners | December 16th, 2022

*Dates subject to change

Click here to view our complete rules and guidelines

GRAND PRIZE WINNERS:


There will be 2 grand prize winners, for each category (features and TV pilots).

  • 6x private virtual meetings with industry executives and/or competition judges
  • A private Month Mentorship with an executive of your choice from Roadmap's list of available execs
  • Steps 1 & 2 of Roadmap's Career Writer Program (Pitch Prep Program and Marketing Intensive)
  • 5 free Open Pitch Sessions
  • 12 months of Roadmap's "Industry On-Ramp" Program
  • A 30-Minute Marketing & Strategy Call with Roadmap's CEO
  • Featured in our JumpStart Competition Booklet, circulated to over 400 execs

See below for our full list of placements and prizes!

JUDGES:


Roadmap is thrilled to have assembled this esteemed judging panel of executives and representatives.
  • Wonder Street | Austin Aronson, Manager
  • Gramercy Park Entertainment | Mitchell Bendersky, Manager
  • Stage 13 | Tom Ishizuka, Creative Executive
  • MXN Entertainment | Michelle Knudsen, Manager
  • Kaplan Perrone | Michael Fera, Manager
  • Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment | Josh Roemer-Ingles, Coordinator
  • Anonymous Content | Jelena Jankovic, Assistant
  • Anonymous Content | Ian McKnight, Coordinator/Assistant
  • Anvil Pictures I Maddie Breeland, Director of Development
RUNNERS UP (2):

1 feature and 1 TV pilot

  • 3 virtual meetings with industry execs
  • 1 year of Roadmap's "Industry On-Ramp" Program
  • 3 Free Open Pitch Session credits. Choose to pitch to execs or reps
  • One 60-Minute Group Strategy Webinar with an industry executive 
  • 30-Minute Marketing & Strategy Call with Roadmap's CEO
  • Logline and bio featured in our JumpStart Competition Booklet, circulated to over 400 execs
FINALISTS (10):

5 features and 5 TV pilots

  • 1 virtual meeting with an industry exec
  • 3 months of Roadmap's "Industry On-Ramp" Program
  • 1 Free Open Pitch Session credit. Choose to pitch to execs or reps
  • One 60-Minute Group Strategy Webinar with an industry executive 
  • 15-Minute Marketing & Strategy Call with Roadmap's CEO
  • Logline and bio featured in our JumpStart Competition Booklet, circulated to over 400 execs
SEMIFINALISTS (50):

25 features and 25 TV pilots

  • 1 month of Roadmap's "Industry On-Ramp" Program
  • One 60-Minute Group Strategy Webinar with an industry executive 
  • Featured on Roadmap Writers website
  • Logline and bio circulated to over 400 execs we work with
QUARTERFINALISTS (100):

50 features and 50 TV pilots

  • One 60-Minute Group Strategy Webinar with an industry executive 
  • Featured on Roadmap Writers website
  • Logline circulated to over 400 execs we work with
The Roadmap Promise

Roadmap Writers prides itself on the quality of executives we bring to our programs and we work hard to get you the best feedback possible.

Our vetted executives are chosen by the legitimacy of the companies they work for and their ability to evaluate pitches and pages.

Only the executives you sign up for will be provided with your materials.