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06252012 FilmFunds Tracking Report - June 2012 Pitch Roundup

06252012 FilmFunds Tracking Report - June 2012 Pitch Roundup

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Published by Jason Scoggins
FilmFunds Tracking Report (formerly known as 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. The numbers in the reports are by no means official statistics. Caveat emptor. Molṑn labé.
FilmFunds Tracking Report (formerly known as 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. The numbers in the reports are by no means official statistics. Caveat emptor. Molṑn labé.

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FilmFunds Tracking Reportby Jason Scoggins & Cindy KaplanJune 25, 2012
June 2012Pitch Sales Roundup
Our publishing schedule has us rounding up pitch sales a few days earlier than usual,but no worries: We’re well under June 2011‘s big number, true, but this month’s total(as of the 23rd) is already way ahead of May’s, and we’re still only a few pitch salesunder 2011’s mid-year total.Here are our favorite highlights from the past four weeks:
Disney’s
three pitch purchases sent a clear message to the marketplace(“Seriously, we’re open for business!”), putting its tally at roughly half the numberof pitches it bought in 2011. As we wrap up the Spring selling season,
Fox
is theonly studio significantly off its 2011 pace (2 pitch purchases so far, compared to 4in the first half of last year).
WME
is all-but uncatchable at this point: Its three pitch sales in the past fourweeks puts its year-to-date tally at 15, compared to second place
CAA’s
9 andthird place
UTA’s
8.
Brooklyn Weaver
broke into the lead over his manager competitors last monthas well: His
Energy Entertainment
has five spec and pitch sales each, makingit the first management company to break into the double digits for combinedsales this year.Here are June’s raw numbers, followed by the usual breakdowns and project details.
June 2012
June 2011Pitch Sales
7
16Genres Sold
4 Action/Adventure2 Comedy1 Thriller 
8 Comedy4 Sci-fi4 Thriller 
FilmFunds Tracking Report, by Jason Scoggins & Cindy Kaplan June 2012 Pitch Sales Roundup - June 25, 2012 Creative Commons Attribution 2012 Page 1
 
Weekly Activity Breakdown
Week of May 28 (Memorial Day):
No pitch sales were announced
Week of June 4:
1 pitch sale was announced (“
Temple of Heaven
”)
Week of June 11:
1 pitch sale was announced (“
Stuff of Legend
”)
Week of June 18:
5 pitch sales were announced (“
Untitled Allison Burnett Thriller
,”
Bloodstrike
,” “
Untitled Chris McCoy Romantic Comedy
,” “
High ValueTarget
,” and “
Untitled Scott Rosenberg Action Comedy
”)1 other pitch was announced but hasn’t been set up yet (“
Untitled JoshHamilton Biopic
”)
Pitch Sales (alphabetical by title)
Untitled Allison Burnett Thriller
Writer: Allison BurnettReps:
Gersh
(Bob Hohman, Devra Lieb, Bayard Maybank) and
IndustryEntertainment
(Jess Rosenthal)Buyer:
New Line
Genre: ThrillerLogline:A noir thriller with sensuality and intrigue, in the tradition of
Body Heat 
.
Bloodstrike
Writer: Rob LiefeldReps:
Energy Entertainment
(Brooklyn Weaver)Buyer:
1984 Films
Genre: ActionAttachments: Adi Shankar will produce with Weaver.Notes: Based on the ‘90s comic book series by Rob Liefeld.Logline: Follows a team of top-secret super agents/assassins who had died but wererevived by the government via a secret initiative called “Project: Born Again.”
FilmFunds Tracking Report, by Jason Scoggins & Cindy Kaplan June 2012 Pitch Sales Roundup - June 25, 2012 Creative Commons Attribution 2012 Page
 
Untitled Chris McCoy Romantic Comedy
Writer: Chris McCoyReps:
WME
(Jeff Gorin, Sharon Jackson, Simon Faber) and
The Gotham Group
(Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Shawn Simon)Buyer:
Disney
Genre: Romantic comedyAttachments:
Mandeville Films
’ Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman will produce.Logline: Under wraps, but said to involve iconic fairy tales.
High Value Target (aka HVT)
Writers: Spenser Cohen & Zach LunaReps:
WME
(Mike Esola) and
Energy Entertainment
(Brooklyn Weaver)Buyer:
Energy Independent
Genre: ActionAttachments: Spenser Cohen to direct. Weaver and Anna Halberg to produce.Notes: Went out in March accompanied by a rip-o-matic.Logline: Centers on a multi-national black-ops mission inspired by real events. In thevein of
Black Hawk Down 
, set on a Somali pirate ship.
Untitled Scott Rosenberg Action Comedy
Writers: Scott RosenbergReps:
WME
(Adriana Alberghetti, Ari Greenburg)Buyer:
Disney
Genre: Action comedyAttachments: John Jacobs’
Smart Entertainment
will produce.Notes: Sold for seven figures.Logline: Under wraps.
Stuff of Legend
Writers: Shawn ChristensenReps:
Verve
(Bryan Besser) and
Caliber Media
(Dallas Sonnier)Buyer:
Disney
Genre: Fantasy adventureAttachments: Commercial and music video director Pete Candeland to helm.
Mandeville Films
’ Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman will produce with DavidManpearl.
FilmEngine
’s Jake Wagner will executive produce.Notes: Based on the graphic novel by Mike Raicht & Brian Smith and illustrated by PaulWilson III. Will be a live action/CGI hybrid.Logline:
Toy Story 
meets
The Chronicles of Narnia 
. Set in 1944, centers on a boy whois abducted by the Bogeyman and dragged into a realm called “The Dark.” The boy’spuppy rallies his toys to follow his master in a rescue mission. Once in the closet, eachtoy becomes menacingly large and agile, and engages in a war with the Bogeyman’sforces, comprised of the other toys stored in the closet, a mix of medieval knights,cowboys and toy soldiers.
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