FilmFund Tracking Report: June 2012 Pitch Sales Scorecard

FilmFunds Tracking Report
by Jason Scoggins & Cindy Kaplan
June 11, 2012


June 2012

Pitch Sales Scorecard

It’s a good thing the spec market has been so strong over the past six weeks — it’s making up for a faily low number of pitch sales over the same period.  As you can see from the first grid below, last year’s June and July numbers were top shelf, so 2012 is all but certain to trail 2011’s year-to-date total through at least mid-summer.

Have no fear, though, the spec market is here.  Five of the last six months have seen double digit spec sales, and by the time the Spring selling season closes at the end of June, that’s as likely as not to be 6 out of 7.  Thanks to those numbers, 2012’s combined spec and pitch sales through the end of May are still 16% up over 2011.

Enjoy the grids.

Overall Pitch Numbers

Here are overall pitch sales numbers through June 9 on their own…

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

2011

 2012 Pitch Sales

8

7

8

14

4

1

42

106

 2011 Pitch Sales

4

8

13

7

8

15

10

4

5

10

8

14

106

 

…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

2011

 Specs

12

9

17

11

11

4

64

119

 Pitches

8

7

8

14

4

1

42

106

 2012 Total

20

16

25

25

15

5

106

225

 2011 Totals

7

21

28

16

15

28

20

9

12

30

16

24

225

 

Pitch Sales By Genre


Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

%

 Action/Adventure

1

1

5

1

8

19.0%

 Comedy

2

4

1

4

2

13

31.0%

 Drama

1

2

3

7.1%

 Horror

1

1

2

4.8%

 Sci-fi

3

1

2

2

8

19.0%

 Thriller

2

1

2

2

7

16.7%

 

Pitch Sales By Buyer – Studios


Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

2011

 Columbia

2

3

1

6

9

 Disney

1

1

9

 DreamWorks

1

1

2

 Fox

1

1

2

8

 Fox Searchlight

1

1

0

 New Line

2

1

3

4

 New Regency

1

1

2

 Paramount

1

3

1

5

12

 Universal

1

1

1

3

1

7

12

 Warner Bros.

2

1

3

1

7

13

 

Here are the combined pitch and spec purchase numbers for studios that have bought at least one of each:

Pitches

Specs

Total

2011

Columbia

6

6

12

16

Disney

1

2

3

11

Fox

2

3

5

16

New Regency

1

1

2

2

Paramount

5

4

9

17

Universal

7

6

13

19

Warner Bros.

7

4

11

30

Pitch Sales By Buyer – Other Buyers


Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

2011

 Bazelevs

1

1

1

 Davis Entertainment

1

1

0

 Imagine

1

1

0

 Indian Paintbrush

1

1

2

1

 Overbrook

1

1

0

 Reel FX

1

1

0

 Square One

1

1

0


Here are the combined pitch and spec purchase numbers for other buyers that have bought at least one of each:

Pitches

Specs

Total

2011

Bazelevs

1

1

2

1

Indian Paintbrush

2

2

4

1

Each of the following production companies has been attached to at least one pitch sale so far this year.  Companies in bold are new or were attached to an additional pitch sale since the last scorecard.

 

1stAveMachine

Atlas Entertainment

Bluegrass Films

Break Media

Captivate Entertainment

Carousel

Di Novi Pictures

Disruption Entertainment

Electronic Arts

Fake Empire

Grady Twins Productions

Hartbeat Productions

JC23 Entertainment

Imagine

Invention Films

Katzsmith Productions

LBI Entertainment

Mark Gordon Company (2)

Offspring

Our Stories Films

Overbrook Entertainment

Original Film

Palermo Productions

Panay Films

Point Grey Pictures

Roth Films (2)

Ryan Murphy Productions

Strange Weather Films

Vertigo Entertainment (2)

Viking Funeral

The Walsh Co.

 

Pitch Sales by Seller – Agencies


Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

2011

 CAA

1

3

2

2

1

9

25

 Gersh

1

1

6

 ICM

1

2

1

1

5

14

 Paradigm

1

2

1

4

4

 UTA

1

1

6

8

13

 Verve

1

1

5

 WME

4

1

1

4

2

12

28


Here are the combined pitch and spec sales numbers for agencies that have sold at least one of each:

Pitches

Specs

Total

2011

CAA

9

5

14

50

Gersh

1

2

3

14

ICM

5

6

11

27

Paradigm

4

5

9

14

UTA

8

6

14

30

Verve

1

4

5

9

WME

12

18

30

50

The following 49 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.

 

Three:

Ida Ziniti                                (Paradigm)

Mike Esola                           (WME)

 

Two:

Billy Hawkins                      (CAA)

Danny Gabai                                   (WME)

David Karp                           (WME)

David Kramer                      (UTA)

Geoff Morely                        (UTA)

Jason Burns                         (UTA)

Julien Thuan                                   (UTA)

Matt Rosen                           (CAA)

Rowena Arguelles              (CAA)

Sarah Self                            (WME)

 

One:

Abram Nalibotsky             (Gersh)

Bill Zotti                                 (CAA)

Blake Fronstin                     (WME)

Blair Johan                           (UTA)

Brett Loncar                         (CAA)

Brian DePersia                    (WME)

Brian Kend                           (CAA)

Bryan Besser                       (Verve)

Charles King                       (WME)

Christopher Smith               (Paradigm)

Dan Erlij                                (UTA)

Dan Rabinow                      (CAA)

Elia Infascelli-Smith                       (WME)

Emile Gladstone                 (ICM)

Jay Baker                             (CAA)

Jay Mandel                          (WME)

Jeremy Zimmer                   (UTA)

John Burnham                   (ICM)

Jon Levin                              (CAA)

Kevin Huvane                      (CAA)

Larry Salz                             (UTA)

Mark Ross                            (Paradigm)

Matt Rice                              (UTA)

Michael Sheresky               (UTA)

Nicole Clemens                  (ICM)

Ramses Ishak                      (UTA)

Rebecca Ewing                   (UTA)

Rob Herting                         (Verve)

Robert Lazar                                   (ICM)

Scott Carr                             (UTA)

Scott Greenberg                  (CAA)

Sharon Jackson                  (WME)

Simon Faber                       (WME)

Spencer Baumgarten       (CAA)

Todd Hoffman                      (ICM)

Trevor Astbury                     (Paradigm)

Valarie Phillips                    (Paradigm)

 

Pitch Sales by Seller – Management Companies


Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

2011

 3 Arts

1

1

6

 Anonymous

1

1

7

 Apostle

1

1

3

 Caliber

2

2

0

 Circle of Confusion

2

1

3

6

 The Collective

1

1

0

 Energy

1

2

3

0

 Fourth Floor

1

1

0

 Generate

1

1

1

 The Gotham Group

1

1

5

 Inphenate

1

1

0

 Kaplan/Perrone

1

1

2

5

 Larry Kennar

1

1

0

 Magnet

1

1

3

 Management 360

2

1

3

5

 Mosaic

1

1

2

5

 Principato-Young

1

1

2

2

 Rich Demato

1

1

0

 Tom Sawyer

1

1

0

 

Here are the combined pitch and spec sales for management companies that have sold at least one of each in 2012.

Pitches

Specs

Total

2011

3 Arts

1

1

2

6

Anonymous

1

6

7

9

Apostle

1

1

2

3

Circle of Confusion

3

1

4

11

Energy

3

5

8

7

Fourth Floor

1

1

2

0

The Gotham Group

1

1

2

8

Kaplan/Perrone

2

1

3

10

Mosaic

2

1

3

5

Principato-Young

1

1

2

4

The following 30 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.

Three:

Britton Rizzio                                   (Circle)

Brooklyn Weaver                (Energy)

 

Two:

Guymon Casady                 (Mgmt 360)

Paul Young                          (PYE)

 

One:

Aaron Kaplan                      (K/P)

Adam Marshall                    (Caliber)

Alex Lerner                          (K/P)

Bob Sobhani                                   (Magnet)

Dallas Sonnier                    (Caliber)

Darin Friedman                   (Mgmt 360)

David Milner                        (3 Arts)

E. Brian Dobbins                 (PYE)

Elana Barry                          (Anonymous)

George Heller                      (Apostle)

Glenn Rigberg                    (Inphenate)

Gregory Shephard              (Circle)

Jeff Silver                              (Fourth Floor)

Jennie Frisbie                      (Magnet)

Jeremy Platt                         (Generate)

Jesse Hara                           (Tom Sawyer)

Joy Gorin                              (Anonymous)

Julian Rosenberg               (Caliber)

Jill McElroy                           (Mgmt 360)

Larry Kennar

Michael Lasker                    (Mosaic)

Peter McHugh                     (Gotham)

Peter Principato                 (PYE)

Rich Demato

Sean Perrone                      (K/P)

Zach Tann                            (Magnet)

About FilmFunds Tracking Report:

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 emptorMol??n labé.

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