The Scoggins Reportby Jason Scoggins & Cindy KaplanMay 13, 2013
May 2013Pitch Market Scorecard
know, there’s nothing we like better than digging around in the data to ﬁndhidden patterns. We found a good one for you this week -- glance at the Overall PitchNumbers grid, below. 2013’s lagging a bit behind last year’s pace, and 2012 obviouslyended up quite a bit lower than 2011’s total. But when you isolate January through Apriland compare year-over-year, you ﬁnd that
2013 is almost exactly on pace with 2011,which ended 30% higher than 2012‘s numbers.
That’s not to say there’s nothing to worry about -- to match 2011’s ﬁnal total we’ll haveto see strong sales throughout the summer and a couple of big monthly sales numbersin the Fall. But that seems as likely as not, since generally speaking
the studios stillseem to be ﬁxated on pitches rather than spec scripts
, as you can see from thecombined grid at the top of page 4.One other pattern worth noting can be seen in the Studio Buyers Grid on page 3:
has been remarkably aggressive with pitch purchases this year, echoing lastyear’s pattern but more so (9 in 2013 vs 7 by this point in 2012). The studio has boughtnearly twice as many pitches as the second place buyer so far this year (
, with 5).Cannes and Memorial Weekend are likely to keep the second half of May’s numbersfairly low for the second year running. But take heart: If the rest of the major buyersstart to get in the game next month (we’re looking at you,
.), we’ll be in very good shape going into the summer.
Overall Pitch Numbers
Here are basic pitch sales numbers through May 13 on their own, with year-over-yearmonthly comparisons...
2012 8 7 8 14 4 7 8 3 4 6 3 9
2011 4 8 13 7 8 15 10 4 5 10 8 14
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