The Scoggins Report: June 2011

The Scoggins Report is a compilation of spec sales and trends in the industry. Archive editions of The Scoggins Report can be found at The Business of Show Institute and on www.thewrap.com. Details on every person, project, and company covered by the Report can also be found at www.ItsontheGrid.com. The Report is reprinted at Scriptmag.com by permission of the authors.

June 2011 Spec Market Roundup

It’s like we’re psychic or something: In the last Scoggins Report we suggested June’s numbers would end strong. As if on cue, a flurry of spec sales were announced as everyone in town prepared to decamp for the long weekend. As you’ll see in a couple of weeks on the next Scorecard, June ended up with the third-highest number of monthly sales so far this year, crushing April’s and May’s numbers.

Here are the highlights:
  • Three studios bought two specs each in June (Columbia, Paramount and Warner Bros.). Columbia’s still in the lead for the year with seven spec sales, but Warner Bros. is now close behind with six.
  • Three new non-studio buyers got into the game for the first time this year (Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, MPCA and Radar), with one purchase each.
  • CAA ended the spring selling season in fine form: Their three spec sales in June jumped the agency into a tie for second place with WME, with eight spec sales each so far in 2011. UTA remains in the lead with nine.
Here are June’s numbers:
June 2011 June 2010 June 2009
New Specs 39 42 48
Number Sold1 9 9 7
Percent Sold2 20.5% 16.7% 12.5%
Genres Sold 2 Action/ Adventure
3 Comedy 3 Sci-Fi
1 Thriller
1 Action/ Adventure 2 Comedy
1 Thriller
1 Action/ Adventure
4 Drama
2 Sci-Fi/Fantasy
3 Thriller

1 This number is a tally of every script that sold in June.
2 This percentage only takes into account scripts that came out and sold in June.

Weekly Activity Breakdown:

Week of May 30:

  • 5 scripts hit the tracking boards (including 3 prior to June 1), none of which sold
  • 1 additional sale was reported (“Sex Tape”)

Week of June 6:

  • 15 scripts hit the boards, none of which sold
Week of June 13:

Week of June 20:

  • 8 scripts hit the tracking boards
  • 1 additional sale was reported (“Abducted“)

Week of June 27 (run-up to Independence Day):

Genre Breakdown*

Genre Total Sold % Sold
Action/ Adventure 7 2 28.6%
Comedy 14 2 (+1) 14.3%
Drama 1 0 0%
Horror 2 0 0%
Sci-Fi 3 3 100%
Thriller 10 1 10%

*June’s numbers only; sales from previous months are in parentheses

Spec Sales (alphabetical by title):

Abducted:

Writer: John Heffernan
Reps:
ICM and Realm Management (Brian Spink)
Buyer: Paramount
Genre
: Action/Sci-Fi
Attachments: Disruption Entertainment’s Mary Parent and Cale Boyter will produce along with Realm’s Brian Spink and Benderspink’s Chris Bender and JC Spink.

Arthur & Lancelot

Writer: David Dobkin
Reps
: CAA (Dan Aloni, Gregory McKnight)
Buyer
: Warner Bros.
Genre
: Action/Adventure
Attachments: Dobkin will direct and produce through his Big Kid Pictures along with Wigram Productions’ Lionel Wigram.
Notes:
Project will be overseen by Lynn Harris for Warner Bros. and Greg Garthe and Jeff Kleeman for Big Kid. Dobkin previously had a King Arthur project set up at Warner Bros. which we originally logged in January 2010.

Bastards

Writer: Justin Malen
Reps
: Verve (Rob Herting, Bill Weinstein) and H2F (Chris Fenton)
Buyer
: Paramount
Genre
: Comedy
Attachments
: The Montecito Picture Company and H2F will produce.

Borrowing Girls

Writer: David Schickler
Reps: CAA (Shari Smiley) and The Gotham Group (Jim Garavente)
Buyer: Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
Genre
: Thriller
Attachments
: Gotham’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein, Jim Garavente and Lee Stollman will produce with Kimmel’s Sidney Kimmel and Matt Berenson. Kimmel’s Jim Tauber will executive produce.

Cristo

Writer: Ian Shorr
Reps: UTA and Benderspink (Langley Perer)
Buyer: Warner Bros.
Genre: Adventure
Attachments: Kevin McCormick’s Langley Park will produce. Momentum Productions’ John Zaozirny and Bobby Sabelhaus will executive produce.
Notes: Matt Cherniss will oversee for the studio. Project is a futuristic take on the Alexandre Dumas classic The Count of Monte Cristo.

Into Darkness

Writers: Tony Giglio & Branden Morgan
Reps: Paradigm, Principato-Young, and New Wave (Josh Adler, Mike Goldberg)
Buyer
: Radar
Genre: Sci-Fi
Attachments
: Radar’s Mike Weber and Ted Field will produce. Peter Cornwell (“The Haunting in Connecticut”) is set to direct.
Notes
: The script is loosely based on Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.

Sex Tape

Writer: Kate Angelo
Reps: UTA (Jason Burns, Dan Erlij, Jay Sures)
Buyer
: Columbia
Genre
: Comedy Attachments: Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch will produce.
Notes
: Andrea Giannetti and Adam Milano will oversee for the studio.

Singularity

Writers: Roland Emmerich & Harald Kloser
Reps
: CAA
Buyer
: Columbia
Genre
: Sci-Fi/Action
Attachments
: Emmerich will direct and produce with Kloser.
Notes
: Logline is being closely held, but it’s based on the concept popularized by Ray Kurzweil and other futurists (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technological_singularity ). Release date is already set for 5/17/13.

Virgin Territory

Writer: Adam Davis
Reps: Benderspink (Jill McElroy, JC Spink)
Buyer
: MPCA
Genre
: Comedy
Attachments
: Benderspink’s McElroy and Spink will produce with Beau Bauman and Matt Steucken. Notes: Script went out in May 2011.

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. Archive editions of The Scoggins Report can be found at The Business of Show Institute (http://bit.ly/2HRZ67) and in their beautiful new home on www.thewrap.com.

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The Scoggins Report, by Jason Scoggins & Cindy Kaplan Spec Market Roundup – June 2011 – July 1, 2011
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One thought on “The Scoggins Report: June 2011

  1. Marta

    Just, thanks! Thanks for providing these encouraging stats. Thanks for keeping an eye on this type of data, in a city where so many are whining about how bad it is out there. Time to remember that not everyone is going to write a readable script, and maybe that’s the source of some of the whining.
    Anyway, thanks again.

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