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Scoggins Report - Apr 7 2011 - March Spec Market Roundup

Scoggins Report - Apr 7 2011 - March Spec Market 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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March 2011 Spec Market Roundup

Those aren’t typos below - March was a monster month in the spec market: 16 spec sales and a 39% sales rate are by far the highest monthly figures since the 2007-2008 WGA strike. The next two highest months were April 2010 (13) and February 2009 (12). Every studio except Disney and Warner Bros. came on strong (Columbia bought three specs and Universal and Fox bought two each) and eight non-studio buyers got into the game as well, notably Mandate and Montecito. The major agencies dominated the marketplace: UTA absolutely crushed it, with 5 sales, followed by CAA and ICM with three each. UTA’s Julien Thuan and ICM’s Adam Weinstein each had great months individually, with two sales each. Elsewhere, H2F’s Chris Fenton continued his hot streak with two sales in March, for a total of three so far in 2011. Congratulations, everyone. Here are March’s raw numbers: March 2011 33 16 39.3% 1 Action 5 Comedies 2 Sci-Fi 8 Thrillers March 2010 49 6 12.2% March 2009 78 9 11.5% 1 Action/ Adventure 4 Comedies 1 Drama 2 Sci-Fi/ Fantasy 1 Thriller

New Specs Total Sold1 Percent Sold2

Genres Sold

2 Comedies 1 Drama 3 Thrillers

1 All scripts sold in March, including 3 from previous months in 2011 and 1 from 2010. 2 Only includes scripts that came out and sold in March 2011.

Be sure to keep an eye out for the Spec Market Scorecard in two weeks. As of this writing, there’s a three way tie for most spec sales between CAA, UTA and WME, and there’s a four-way tie for second place among the major studios (DreamWorks, Fox, Universal and Warner Bros., with 2 each). Columbia leads the pack with 4.
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Weekly Activity Breakdown Week of February 28: • 4 scripts hit the tracking boards, 1 of which sold (“Monsters of the Midway”) • 3 additional sales were reported (“In the Belly of the Whale,” “Dirty Grandpa” and “The Slackfi Project”) Week of March 7: • 6 scripts hit the boards, 1 of which sold (“Agent Ox”) • 3 additional sales were reported (“The Last Drop,” “The Nameless” and “The Last Witness”) Week of March 14: • 5 scripts hit the boards, none of which sold Week of March 21: • 3 scripts hit the tracking boards, 1 of which sold (“The Big Stone Grid”) • 1 additional sale was reported (“Genneris”) Week of March 28: • 6 scripts hit the boards, 1 of which sold April 1 (“Wild Guns”) and will show up in next month’s Roundup • 7 additional sales were reported (“Savages,” “Crosshair,” “Besties” and “Rounds,” plus “Meet the New Boss” and ”Timelock,” which went out in February, and “Maggie,” which sold April 1 and will be included in next month’s Roundup). Genre Breakdown* Genre Action Comedy Drama Fantasy Sci-Fi Thriller Total Sold % Sold 6 1 16.7% 7 4 57% 2 1 50% 1 0 0% 4 2 50% 13 5 38%

*Does not include scripts that went out prior to March 2011

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Spec Sales (alphabetical by title) Agent Ox Writers: Daniel Kunka Reps: ICM (Harley Copen, Adam Weinstein) Buyer: Columbia Genre: Sci-Fi Attachments: Original Film’s Neal Moritz will produce. Besties Writers: Kelly Fremon Reps: ICM (Ava Jamshidi) and Kaplan/Perrone Buyer: Gracie Films Genre: Comedy The Big Stone Grid Writers: Craig Zahler Reps: UTA (Julien Thuan) and Caliber Media (Dallas Sonnier) Buyer: Columbia Genre: Thriller Attachments: Michael De Luca Productions’ Michael De Luca will produce. Notes: Josh Bratman will oversee for De Luca. Sam Dickerman and Lauren Abrahams will supervise for Columbia. Crosshair Writers: Morgan Foehl Reps: WME (Mike Esola), CAA (Matt Rosen) and Wirehouse (Jessica Jordan) Buyer: Summit Genre: Thriller Attachments: Mandeville Films and Top Cow will produce. Notes: Top Cow’s Marc Silvestri and Jeff Katz wrote the source material graphic novel. Dirty Grandpa Writer: John Phillips Reps: ICM (Adam Weinstein, Aaron Hart) Buyer: Universal Genre: Comedy Attachments: Josephson Entertainment’s Barry Josephson will produce.
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Genneris Writers: Nic Kelman Reps: CAA Buyer: DreamWorks Genre: Sci-Fi In the Belly of the Whale Writers: Steven Doxey, Scott Hinckley & Brandon Sean Pearson Buyer: Ten Thirty-One Pictures Genre: Thriller Notes: Writers sold the script after meeting Ten Thirty-One’s Levi Oberly at InkTip’s Pitch and Networking Summit last Fall. Project will begin filming in Alaska this summer. The Last Drop Writers: Phillip Murphy & Brandon Murphy Reps: WME (Mike Esola) and Benderspink (Jill McElroy, Langley Perer) Buyer: Mandate Genre: Comedy The Last Witness Writers: Stefan Jaworski Reps: Paradigm (Trevor Astbury, Valarie Phillips, Ida Ziniti) Buyer: Fox Genre: Thriller Attachments: John Davis’ Davis Entertainment will produce. Notes: Peter Kang will oversee for Fox Meet the New Boss Writers: Brian Gatewood & Alex Tanaka Reps: UTA (Charlie Ferraro, Keya Khayatian) and Industry (Eryn Brown) Buyer: Fox Genre: Comedy Attachments: Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin will produce.

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Monsters of the Midway Writers: Jeff Lowell Reps: UTA (Jon Huddle, Doug Johnson, David Kramer) and Management 360 (Daniel Rappaport) Buyer: The Montecito Picture Company/Cold Spring Pictures Genre: Action Comedy The Nameless Writers: Chris Bullett Reps: Gersh and ROAR Buyer: Valhalla Pictures Genre: Thriller Rounds Writers: Chris Borelli Reps: UTA and H2F (Chris Fenton) Buyer: Nasser Entertainment and Caliber Media Genre: Thriller Attachments: Steve Austin is attached to star. Savages Writers: Don Winslow, Shane Salerno and Oliver Stone Reps: CAA Buyer: Universal Genre: Thriller Attachments: Oliver Stone will direct and produce through his Ixtlan prodco along with his frequent producing collaborators Moritz Borman and Eric Kopeloff. Salerno will executive produce. Notes: Based on Don Winslow’s novel, which Stone optioned himself in March 2010. Winslow wrote the first draft while Stone completed Wall Street 2. Project is scheduled to shoot this summer; offers are currently out to Aaron Johnson, Taylor Kitsch and Benicio del Toro to star. The Slackfi Project Writers: Howard Overman Reps: UTA (Julien Thuan, David Flynn) and The Agency (Jago Irwin) Buyer: Columbia Genre: Sci-Fi Comedy Attachments: Matt Tolmach Productions’ Matt Tolmach will produce.
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Timelock Writers: Terry Miles Reps: H2F (Chris Fenton) Buyer: IM Global Genre: Thriller Attachments: Terry Miles will direct. H2F will produce along with Automatik Entertainment. Alliance Films will distribute. About The Scoggins Report: 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. Past editions of The Scoggins Report can be found in the archives of The Business of Show Institute (http://bit.ly/2HRZ67) and now have a beautiful new home on www.thewrap.com. 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. Check out the IOTG Blog, too -- it includes frequent highlights of recent database updates and individual posts on every spec that hits the market: http://blog.itsonthegrid.com. You’ll find buttons to subscribe to the blog’s feed right where you’d expect them, and you can follow the site’s Twitter feed here: http://twitter.com/itsonthegrid. About Scoggins: Jason Scoggins is the brand spanking new Chief Product Officer of www.theWrap.com and General Manager of www.ItsontheGrid.com, the aforementioned database of feature film development information he founded. He remains the principal at Eureka Canyon, a literary management company through which he represents writers and producers for feature films and television.

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