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02052012 Scoggins Report - Jan 2012 Spec Roundup

02052012 Scoggins Report - Jan 2012 Spec Roundup

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Published by Jason Scoggins
"The Scoggins Report" is a terribly unscientific analysis of the feature film development business based on information assembled from a variety of public and non-public sources. Details on every person, project and company covered by the Report can also be found at www.ItsontheGrid.com, the only place mere mortals can find listings of Hollywood’s active open writing and directing assignments, not to mention comprehensive spec market data and active film development information.
"The Scoggins Report" is a terribly unscientific analysis of the feature film development business based on information assembled from a variety of public and non-public sources. Details on every person, project and company covered by the Report can also be found at www.ItsontheGrid.com, the only place mere mortals can find listings of Hollywood’s active open writing and directing assignments, not to mention comprehensive spec market data and active film development information.

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January 2012Spec Market Roundup
Now this is a hangover we can get behind:
2011’s pace of spec sales continuedunabated through January 2012
. In fact, last month’s numbers were higher than allbut the two busiest months of 2011. In other words,
January 2012 had the thirdhighest number of monthly spec sales in more than five years.
Here are ourfavorite highlights:
Five of January’s 15 buyers were studios, including perennial market leader
WarnerBros.
and
, which bought just two specs in each of the past threeyears. Previously, no studio had picked up a spec script in January since theWGA strike.
WME
sold four specs last month, jumping out to an early lead over 2011’s specsales leader
CAA
, which sold two.
WME’s
Mike Esola
(2011‘s #1 pitch salesman) and Energy’s
Brooklyn Weaver
 (one of2011‘s most effective lit managers) combined forces to set up two specslast month.In response to popular demand, we’re now including loglines in the spec sale detailsbelow. (You’re welcome.) Here are January’s overall numbers:
 
2012
201120102009New Specs
19
171828Number Sold
1
13
202Percent Sold
2
53%
12%07%Genres Sold
1 Action3 Comedy2 Drama1 Horror 2 Sci-Fi4 Thriller 
1 Drama1 Thriller 1 Comedy1 Thriller 
!!
1 Total sales in January
!!
2 Sales percentage of scripts that came out and sold in January
The Scoggins Report, by Jason Scoggins & Cindy Kaplan January 2012 Spec Market Roundup - Feb 5, 2012 Creative Commons Attribution 2012 Page 1
 
Weekly Activity BreakdownWeek of January 1 (New Year’s Day):
1 script hit the tracking boards and hasn’t sold1 additional sale was reported (
The Incredible True Story of Jessica & DrewWho Boned on the Way to the Wedding
”)
Week of January 8:
4 scripts hit the tracking boards, two of which sold (
Bermuda
” and “
Run AllNight
”)3 additional sales were reported (
Coffee Town
,” “
Everybody Wants Head
” and
Flashback
”)
3 scripts hit the tracking boards, one of whichsold (“
”)
2 additional sales were reported (“
The Counselor
” and “
One Night Stand
”)
Week of January 22 (Sundance):
1 script hit the tracking boards and hasn’t yet sold1 additional sale was reported (
Untitled Max Landis Space Adventure
”)
Week of January 29:
4 scripts hit the tracking boards (2in February), none ofwhich have yet sold 4 additional sales were reported (
Gaslight
,” “
Gideon’s Law
,” “
Untitled LDGoffigan Thriller
” and “
The Timber
”)
GenreBreakdown:
Three of January’s sales were of scripts that came out in previous months.
 
 
GenreTotalSold% Sold
Action/Adventure5120%Comedy6350%Drama22100%Horror11100%Sci-Fi31
+1
33%Thriller22
+2
100%
The Scoggins Report, by Jason Scoggins & Cindy Kaplan January 2012 Spec Market Roundup - Feb 5, 2012 Creative Commons Attribution 2012 Page
 
January 2012 Spec Sales (alphabetical by title)
Bermuda
Writers: Nathan Brooks & Bobby Lee DarbyReps:
Original Artists
(Chris Sablan, Jordan Bayer, Matt Leipzig) and
Hung Entertainment
(Jonathan Hung)Buyer:
WWE Films
Genre: Horror, Thriller Logline: In the vein of “Paranormal Activity” and “The Blair Witch Project.” After a documentaryfilm crew go missing in the Bermuda Triangle, only their recovered film footage holds the cluesto their fate.
Coffee Town
Writer: Brad CopelandReps:
UTA
(Julien Thuan, Matt Rice)Buyer:
College Humor 
Attachments: Copeland is attached to direct. Glenn Howerton, Steve Little, Ben Schwartz, andJosh Groban are attached to star.Notes: Ricky Van Veen will oversee for College Humor.Logline: Centers on Will, a website manager, and his friends who regularly drop in to a localcoffee house. Echoing news stories about Starbucks baristas banding together to lockbathrooms and otherwise thwart habitués, the group must come together when their freeloadingexistence is threatened.
The Counselor 
Writer: Cormac McCarthyReps:
ICM
(Amanda “Binky” Urban, Ron Bernstein)Buyer:
Nick Wechsler Productions
and
Chockstone
Genre: DramaAttachments: Nick Wechsler will produce through his eponymous shingle along withChockstone’s Steve and Paula Mae Schwartz.Notes: Ridley Scott is reportedly in talks to direct.Logline:Follows a respected lawyer who thinks he can dip a toe into the drug business withoutgetting sucked in.
Everybody Wants Head
Writers: Peter Hoare & Christopher LilliReps:
Kailey Marsh Management
(Kailey Marsh)Buyer:
Cinetic Media
and
Sentinel Pictures
Genre: ComedyAttachments: Sentinel’s Adam Brawer and David Beitchman will produce with Marsh andBenjamin Scott.Logline: Centers on a man with extreme OCD who inadvertently meets a shameless sex addictin group therapy. After a series of unfortunate events, the two wind up on the run (from the copsand the mob) carrying a severed head in a bowling ball bag.
The Scoggins Report, by Jason Scoggins & Cindy Kaplan January 2012 Spec Market Roundup - Feb 5, 2012 Creative Commons Attribution 2012 Page 3

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