This is where you can find the answers to the most common questions about the Accelerator program. We encourage writers to look over the entire FAQ section before beginning the application process.
What is Giant Leap Media?
Giant Leap Media is the parent company of Giant Leap Accelerator
We invest, refine and fully package seven to ten projects over an intensive three-month bi-annual program with the involvement and support of industry veterans. Our goal is to create an efficient development and packaging process that expedites the supply of fully developed IPs with the kind of quality that will stand out to buyers who are faced with subpar options.
Through our innovative development model, Giant Leap Media supplies the entertainment industry with vital intellectual property (IP) by empowering undiscovered APA visionaries. We will operate as an accelerator/incubator for new, creative APA voices in Hollywood; an under-represented demographic with diverse backgrounds and unique points of view who have the potential to influence the national discourse.
What happens during the Giant Leap Accelerator (GLA) program?
During the Accelerator, between 7 to 10 selected Writers are paired with a Mentor each – an experienced screenwriter and/or show-runner – to further refine their screenplay/teleplay. Writers and Mentors meet once weekly.
In addition, we’ll host keynote speakers & master classes where Writers can hear stories and receive advice from renowned leaders in an informal setting. Table reads and regular check-ins are also part of the program.
GLA will also prepare pitch material (graphically designed pitch deck, sizzle reel, etc) for each Writers final draft.
The program culminates in Pitch Day, where Writers pitch their project to a select group of buyers from all over Hollywood. (networks, studios, production companies, streamers, independents, etc.)
Are Writers Paid?
Yes. Each Writer or Writing Team will be paid up to $1,000/week for living expenses (up to 12 weeks) to make it possible for them to be focus singularly (full time) on delivering their project in its most polished form. Update: For our first class during COVID-19 pandemic, it will be completely virtual. We have removed the full time requirement and decided a flat stipend of $500/week up to 12 weeks. For writing teams, it would be split equally among the members.
What do you mean by "not yet established writers" in your requirements?
It means no agency representations and not a member of the Writers Guild of America.
Will someone buy my project at the end?
We cannot guarantee that your project will be bought at the end of the program, but completing the program sets you up for further success as you continue your career in the industry.
How many projects are you selecting?
For our first class, we’ll be selecting 7 projects. 5 series and 2 feature films.
If I get accepted into the program, who owns my project?
You own your project. GLA is entered into a twelve (12) month shopping agreement with the Writer as the project is shopped around to buyers post graduation. If the project is successfully bought, GLA will produce the project along with other producing partners. We will ensure the writer is attached and properly compensated to industry standards. Update: If we are unable to find a home for the project after the shopping period, not only will the writer keep their original rights (everything they came into the accelerator with) but also material rights to everything that was developed during the accelerator (Notes, drafts, pitch deck, pitch reel, etc) without any fees or future compensation to GLA.
How old do I have to be to apply?
GLM Accelerator applicants must be a minimum of 18 years old.
Can I apply from outside of the United States?
No. Update: For our first class during the pandemic. We have removed geographical requirements. However, you must be a US citizen, legal resident or allowed to legally work in the United States.
Can I apply from outside of Los Angeles?
Yes, but you must reside in Los Angeles during the duration of the program. Update: Residency in Los Angeles is no longer required due to COVID-19 pandemic.
Do applicants for GLA have to have work authorization in the U.S. to be eligible?
Writers are given a stipend, not wages, and therefore we do not require I-9 clearance or proof of the right to work in the U.S. However, those selected will need a U.S. federal tax ID number in order to be issued a 1099 for tax purposes.
How do I get in?
The Application is currently open to either the public or select groups. After the online applications are reviewed, finalists will be selected for interviews.
Can I apply as a team?
Yes, we encourage Writing Teams to apply together. The application has room for teams of up to three writers, and you may list any other individuals who are attached to the project as well. Please note, however, you cannot apply as both a team and an individual on the same project or story. You must choose one. In addition, at least half of team members must be APA writer(s).
Can I submit more than one project?
Yes, we are allowing applicants (person/team) to submit more than one project. Please submit separate applications for each projects.
What kinds of projects can I submit?
As of now, GLA is accepting applications for completed scripted television series and feature films. You may only submit adaptation ideas if the work is in the public domain or you have all the rights to the intellectual property you would like to adapt. We are not accepting ideas for non-scripted television, variety shows, documentaries, animations or remakes/sequels at this time. For feature film submissions, we are only looking for feature films that can be produced for under $5M in budget.
How often do I meet with my mentor?
One-on-one mentors are committed to meet for at least 1 hour per week as needed.
How do I know you won't steal my idea?
It is unavoidable that there may be some overlap between ideas that are submitted and ideas of our own that may make it to the screen one day. GLA does not intend to repurpose any ideas we may read while reviewing GLA applications. You can read our full legal liability release here.
What's on the Application?
The Application consists of questions regarding you and your project, along with areas for you to upload:
- Your completed full-length screenplay or teleplay
- A link to previous produced work of yours (if applicable)
- Any pitch related material you might have already produced.
How long should my application answers be?
You should use as much space as you need to answer each question, but we encourage you to be concise.
When will I know if I am accepted into the Accelerator?
Everyone who applies will be notified of their application status within six weeks of the application deadline.
How do you choose Writers to interview? Why didn't I get in?
We cannot offer feedback on individual applications, or reasons as to why certain applicants may or may not have been selected for the program. As with any application process, there are many talented applicants but we may only interview a fixed number of Writers for each program.
Who will be participating on pitch day?
A variety of entertainment industry companies will participate on Pitch Day. The list of participants will increase as we get closer to pitch day. At launch we have participation from the following companies: 3AD, 20K, A-Major Media, Freeform, Hulu, MGM, NBCUniversal, Perfect Storm Entertainment, Red Hour Films, Macro, Miramax and Verve.
When will the program start?
We are not disclosing an exact date to the public, but currently the program is slated for Spring of 2020. Update: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to push back our first class starting date to Winter/Spring 2021.