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03122012 Scoggins Report - Mar 2012 Pitch Scorecard

03122012 Scoggins Report - Mar 2012 Pitch Scorecard

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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. Details on every person, project and company covered by the Report can also be found at www.ItsontheGrid.com, a proud division of The Wrap News, Inc. IOTG is the only place mere mortals can find listings of Hollywood’s active open writing and directing assignments, not to mention comprehensive pitch and spec market data; active film development information; and relevant credits for released movies going back to 1988.
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. Details on every person, project and company covered by the Report can also be found at www.ItsontheGrid.com, a proud division of The Wrap News, Inc. IOTG is the only place mere mortals can find listings of Hollywood’s active open writing and directing assignments, not to mention comprehensive pitch and spec market data; active film development information; and relevant credits for released movies going back to 1988.

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March 2012 Pitch Sales Scorecard

Let’s get this out of the way right up front: The pace of pitch sales definitely slowed over the past month, and by the end of March we’ll see 2012 start to lag behind 2011 for both pitch and spec sales. The drop was to be expected, though, since February and March 2011 were such huge months (with 21 and 28 combined sales, respectively). Here’s the silver lining: The 2012 Spring selling season has barely begun, and fewer than half of the studio buyers who bought pitches in the first half of 2011 have picked one up so far in 2012. We hate to go all Effie Trinket on you, but think about that from the “glass is half full” point of view -- there’s still lots of buying yet to be done in the coming couple of months. Here’s are the highlights since the last Pitch Scorecard: • Columbia Pictures went on a buying spree, picking up 2 pitches and 3 specs in the past four weeks. The studio has purchased 8 pieces of original material so far in 2012 (5 pitches + 3 specs), twice as many as the number two buyers (Universal and Warner Bros., with 2 pitches + 2 specs each). WME maintained its commanding overall lead among the agencies (5 pitches + 9 specs), but CAA had the best month: Its 3 pitch and 1 spec sales jumped the agency into a convincing 2nd place (4 pitches + 3 specs in total). Paradigm had a very good month as well -- its 2 pitch and 1 spec sales (3 pitches + 1 spec in total) put it into a tie for third with UTA (1 pitch + 3 specs).

Overall Pitch Numbers:
Here are overall pitch sales numbers through March 10 on their own...
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total 2012 Pitch Sales 2011 Pitch Sales 8 4 7 8 0 13 7 8 15 10 4 5 10 8 14 15 106 2011 106

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...and here are combined spec and pitch sales numbers for the same period.
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total Specs Pitches 2012 Total 2011 Totals 12 8 20 7 9 7 16 21 4 0 4 28 16 15 28 20 9 12 30 16 24 25 15 40 225 2011 119 106 225

Pitch Sales By Genre:
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total Action/Adventure 1 Comedy Horror Sci-fi Thriller 3 2 2 4 1 1 1 1 6 1 4 3 % 7% 40% 7% 27% 20%

Pitch Sales By Buyer - Studios:
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total Columbia Disney Fox Paramount Universal Warner Bros. 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 3 5 1 1 1 2 2 2011 9 9 8 12 12 13

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Here are the combined pitch and spec purchase numbers for studios that have bought at least one of each:
Pitches 5 1 2 2 Specs 3 1 2 2 Total 8 2 4 4 2011 16 11 19 30

Columbia Disney Universal Warner Bros.

Pitch Sales By Buyer - Other Buyers:
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Davis Entertainment Indian Paintbrush Reel FX 1 1 1 Total 1 1 1 2011 0 1 0

Each of the following production companies has been attached to at least one pitch sale so far this year. Companies in bold are new since the last scorecard. 1stAveMachine JC23 Entertainment Captivate Entertainment LBI Entertainment Overbrook Entertainment Original Film Palermo Productions Panay Films Roth Films Strange Weather Films Vertigo Entertainment The Walsh Co.

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Pitch Sales by Seller - Agencies:
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total 2011 CAA ICM Paradigm UTA Verve WME 1 4 1 1 1 1 2 1 3 4 1 3 1 1 5 25 14 4 13 5 28

Here are the combined pitch and spec sales numbers for agencies that have sold at least one of each:
Pitches 4 1 3 1 1 5 Specs 3 2 1 3 1 9 Total 7 3 4 4 2 14 2011 50 27 14 30 9 50

CAA ICM Paradigm UTA Verve WME

The following 23 agents have been involved with at least one pitch sale in 2012. People in bold are new or sold an additional pitch since the last scorecard. Two: Ida Ziniti! ! ! Rowena Arguelles!! One: Billy Hawkins! ! Brett Loncar! Brian Kend! ! ! ! !

(Paradigm) (CAA) (CAA) (CAA) (CAA)

Bryan Besser! ! Christopher Smith! ! Danny Gabai!! ! David Karp ! ! ! Elia Infascelli-Smith!! Emile Gladstone! ! Jason Burns! !

(Verve) (Paradigm) (WME) (WME) (WME) (ICM) (UTA)

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One (con’t): Jay Baker! ! Kevin Huvane! Mark Ross! ! Matt Rosen! ! Mike Esola! !

! ! ! ! !

(CAA) (CAA) (Paradigm) (CAA) (WME)

Rob Herting! ! Sarah Self! ! Scott Greenberg! Sharon Jackson! Trevor Astbury! Valarie Phillips!

! ! ! ! ! !

(Verve) (WME) (CAA) (WME) (Paradigm) (Paradigm)

Pitch Sales by Seller - Management Companies:
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total 2011 3 Arts Circle of Confusion Generate The Gotham Group Kaplan/Perrone Management 360 Principato-Young Rich Demato Mosaic 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 2 1 1 2 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 6 6 1 5 5 5 2 0 5

Here are the combined pitch and spec sales for management companies that have sold at least one of each in 2012.
Pitches Principato-Young 1 Specs 1 Total 2 2011 4

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The following 12 managers have been involved with at least one pitch sale in 2012. People in bold are new or sold an additional pitch since the last scorecard. Two: Britton Rizzio! ! ! Guymon Casady! ! One: Aaron Kaplan! Alex Lerner! ! Darin Friedman! ! ! !

(Circle) (Mgmt 360) (K/P) (K/P) (Mgmt 360)

E. Brian Dobbins! Jeremy Platt! ! Michael Lasker! Paul Young! ! Peter McHugh! Rich Demato Sean Perrone!

! ! ! ! ! !

(PYE) (Generate) (Mosaic) (PYE) (Gotham) (K/P)

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. Caveat emptor. Molṑn labé. Details on every person, project and company covered by the Report can also be found at www.ItsontheGrid.com, a proud division of The Wrap News, Inc. IOTG is the only place mere mortals can find listings of Hollywood’s active open writing and directing assignments, not to mention comprehensive spec market data; active film development information; and relevant credits for released movies going back to 1988. The IOTG newsfeed (www.ItsontheGrid.com/news) includes daily highlights of recent updates to TheGrid. You’ll find buttons to subscribe to the feed right where you’d expect them. Follow our Twitter feed here: http://twitter.com/itsonthegrid.

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