SELL YOUR SCREENPLAY (Know Who Buys Scripts. How To Contact. Get an Offer. Get an Agent.)
by Dov S-S Simens on July 22, 2018
SELL YOUR SCRIPT… BUT TO WHO?
Want to Produce a Movie, Sell your Script or Finance your Idea/Treatment?
Then, stop calling Movie Studios. Stop pitching bullsh*tters at cocktail parties. Stop thinking you’re about to get an agent-who-believes-in-you.
Stop hustling Bankers and Venture Capitalists. Stop buying $25 tickets for 10-minute pitches at pitchathons to secretaries.
Stop spending hard earned money fantasizing Crowd Funding with Kickstarter or IndieGoGo..
Stop. Stop. Stop.
Do it the Right Way: Pitch your script to only people that buy…
… And they are called Development Executives
(“Only send you script, once registered and copyrighted, to production companies that have Development Deals with either the 6 Major Studios, the 8 Mini-Major Distributors or the 5 Tech Companies”)
… But not just any Development Executive… a Development Executive working for a Production Company that has a Development Deal with a Major or Mini-Major Movie Studio.
Once again: Go directly to the source.
Go only to companies that have been approved by movie studios, with a Development Deal, to make 2-3 feature films for them for next year.
The question now becomes “How does one, an outsider like you, get a list of Production Companies with Development Deals?”
MOVIE STUDIO DEALS.
OK but how does one get this list?
Simple. The answer is “FACTS ON PACTS”
Write it down… “Facts On Pacts”
(“Homework. Yes homework. Go to most recent “Facts On Pacts” and find the Studio that each Johnny D & Arnold S have Development Deals with… Now find the name of their respective Development Executive.”)
“FACTS ON PACTS” is a chart posted annually by Variety that lists the 6 Major Studios (Paramount, 20th, Sony, Disney, Universal, etc.), the 8 Mini-Major Studios (Dreamworks, Lionsgate, Miramax, Anapurna, Marvel Studios, Summit, etc.) and the 5 Tech Companies (Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, Google, etc.) listing the companies that they’ve pre-approved…
…or in Hollywood terms have been “Greenlit” with a “Development Deal” to make movies, documentaries and tv series for them.
2015 FACTS ON PACTS LIST…
2018 FACTS ON PACTS LIST…
This list is solid gold for any first-timer trying to discern who has money to buy or option screenplays.
Now knowing who has the money… let me tell you what the deal will be if (“Big If”) a Development Executive loves your script and wants to buy it (aka: Option it) for his/her company.
Then I will tell you, once you have the list, how to find their contact information.
FIRST: WHAT IS THE DEAL?
Let’s assume you reach a Development Exec (usual title is VP of Development) or at least their assistant (you’ll get him/her when you phone) and you convert the quick chat into “go ahead send the script”; and they read it; the coverage is great and they love it… And they state “we want to purchase this” … then what kind of offer will you get?
(“Script sales are not cash but Option Deals. WGA minimum for Low-Budget is about $50K and High-Budget is $100K…. Usually you get 10%-20% of the Purchase Price in cash.”)
The answer is although they say “they are buying it“, what they are actually doing, once establishing the purchase price (many times quite huge), they are paying for an exclusive rights period, at that purchase price, for 2-4 years, and will only give you a deposit or down payment and in essence “they are optioning it.”
An example being….
(A) We love the script. We will give you $250,000.
(B) $25,000 in cash.
(C) $225,000 to-be-paid later (upon commencement Principal Photography)
(D) For a 24 month exclusive.
(E) Plus, 2 Extension periods of 12 months each (if desired) at $10,000 each.
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of variations of this with numerous deal memo points clearly defined but the bottom-line is, on above purchase, they are only out of pocket $25,000, and if they extend it for 4 years, they’re only out of pocket $45.000.
SECOND: HOW TO FIND DEVELOPMENT EXEC & CONTACT INFO?
Now, armed with the 20-25 Major Studios, Mini-Major Distributors and Tech Giants, with 150-200 production company’s that they have greenlit (pre-approved) to produce projects for them for the following year literally pick (darts will work) 10-15 companies.
With the 10-15 company list you should find their respective (A) contact information along with (B) that company’s Development Executive to address/submit your project to.
You will find that list at the website… www.IMDBpro.com
IMDB (Internet Movie Data Base) is a website ( www.IMDB.com ) owned by Variety magazine with a wonderful amount of free information… especially good if you are researching for a college term paper on who-is-who and who-did-what in Hollywood.
However, once knowing “who-is-who” and you want to get in touch with him/her you then go to www.IMDBpro.com , a subscription site ($10-12/month or $99/year) and get the proper address and contact information.
Enjoy the list. Now take action.
Google the name of the production company, or go to IMDBpro (see above) to discern the phone number and address.
Phone the Production Company and ask the receptionist for name of the company’s Development Executive.
Now armed with that name and your registered/copyrighted great script… smile & dial… mail & pitch.
Turn it over to God and move on with your life.
(“Clint Eastwood’s company, Malpaso Company, is not listed, but has a studio deal with Warner Bros.”)
Happy Hunting & Welcome to Hollywood.
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25 comments on “SELL YOUR SCREENPLAY (Know Who Buys Scripts. How To Contact. Get an Offer. Get an Agent.)”
As a retired neurologist from former Russia I’ve written many stories of my ability to diagnose without any MRI or Cat scan and treat many of my patients with treatment not described. My stories would be good for TV. documentary movies. I’ve sent them to moiepitchers, but there were no responds There is a big difference with USA movies on medical topics
Is there a good plot? Good dialogue? Characters? Are you working from inside out or the outside in?
There are precious few Development Execs on IMDb
I grow up in San Diego my dad was a private investigator and he used to pass illegal immigrates over the border in the early 90s.my mom came from El Salvador.the system incarcerated me at the age of 9 I been to juvenile hall group homes camps out off San Diego county.the system send me to the California youth authority.i been to c.d.c state prison.i done drugs I was part of a well nown Hispanic gang in south east San Diego.been arestead around 32 times in my life.i no my story is unique cause the system is destroying Hispanic kids and we end up.hell on earth prison cemetery homeless shelter.i could verbally tell you my story better than I could write it.
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I’m new at this and want to get better and would love to become a great writer.
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Hello everyone…. I have written a trilogy inspired by real events. 2 of the 3 are completed manuscripts. The 3rd is only a movie treatment. I went straight to writing the treatment only because at an indie pitch fest, the producers all showed intrests in the 3rd. (timeline-wise the last book is actually the first and I have not written it yet). They said I should pitch the storyline of the 3rd book in progress. My question is….is submitting a query letter with, loglines and treatment worth my time or do I need to put it into a manuscript or an actual screenplay?
Hi I’m not a lot of English from Iran
I wrote the script very beautiful how do I send? Help
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Hey people. I am an African.And I am new to this industry. I have written many scripts and getting it to the market is so difficult. I have written action and Adventure. My story is about a group of blackdealers Lee, Emily,Dicks, Nick who set out do their finest deal at the museum. In the process got arrested.
But opportunity came for their freedom when South Africa wants engineers for the newest invention.
In Africa their life took another turn when Lee saved a girl, Jenny,from the hands of a gang at the airport. He found himself working with unknown criminals who claims to be secret. Later on he found himself on a run for his life with Jenny after robbing all South Africa’s economy. He had to seek help from his friends.
He worked hand in hand with his friends and Jenny until Justice previals itself.
Where do you? stay we can actually produce some good stuff together because I got a bunch of similar stories too
Have u seen a buyer
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I have a very wonderful idea of science-fiction movie.
I wrote the pitch in one page.
What is left to do now…
Your style is so unique in comparison to other people I’ve read stuff from.
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Hi am a very good writer but after writing I just keep it down no one to give or sell to I just got this web and am trying to see if I can get a help am a African I can tell you am good in writing storys
It’s quite difficult to get a buyer these days…
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I’m lumkile. I write novels most of them are written in IsiZulu. After I wrote them I keep them as I don’t know which next step to take. I need authors who will buy my work
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