The Scoggins Report: November 2013 Spec Market Scorecard

The Scoggins Report
by Jason Scoggins & Landon Rohwedder
November 19, 2013

November 2013
Spec Market Scorecard

The phrase of the day is:  Big finish. Not only has this month’s spec market been on a tear, posting the highest number of November spec script sales since we started tracking five years ago (not including the 10th sale of the month this week), but check out the year-over-year numbers for the past five months, below. 2013 has had:

  • The biggest July since 2007;
  • The second biggest August since 2007;
  • The biggest September since 2007 (tied with 2012); and
  • The second biggest October since 2007.

So despite our hand-wringing over most of the studios not buying enough screenplays all year (oh, by the way, laggards Paramount and Sony both bought two scripts each in the past four weeks), we’re only off about 15% from 2011’s and 2012’s record highs. That’s not too shabby, and we should still see another handful of sales in December once the 2013 Black List comes out.

Keep up the good work, Hollywood.

2013 Overall Numbers

Of 2013s 110 spec sales, 12 (11%) have been of scripts that originally went out prior to 2012.  Here are the overall spec market numbers through November 18…

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

 New Specs

19

16

22

26

23

29

18

13

23

37

23

249

 Spec Sales

8

8

10

15

9

10

11

6

9

15

9

110

 2012

12

13

14

12

12

15

5

13

9

13

7

7

132

 2011 *

3

13

15

9

7

12

10

5

7

20

8

10

132

 2010 *

1

10

7

13

4

7

0

1

6

7

5

1

65

 2009

3

12

10

9

10

6

5

3

4

5

4

1

72

* For 2010 and 2011, sales of scripts that originally went to market in years prior are not distributed monthly in the above table but have been added to the year-end totals.

…and the following are combined spec and pitch sales numbers through November 18.

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

2012

2011

 Specs

8

8

10

15

9

10

11

6

9

15

9

110

132

132

 Pitches

3

10

8

10

6

5

8

4

5

11

4

74

81

106

 Totals

11

18

18

25

15

15

19

10

14

12

13

170

213

238

 2012 Total

20

20

22

26

16

22

13

16

13

19

10

15

 2011 Total

7

21

28

16

15

28

20

9

12

30

16

24

 

Spec Sales By Genre

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

Total

2012

2011

2010

2009

 Action/Adventure

2

2

2

4

2

2

6

1

3

3

3

30

29

20

16

15

 Comedy

1

1

2

2

1

2

2

3

1

15

28

28

17

23

 Drama

1

1

2

1

2

7

10

14

7

7

 Horror

1

1

2

2

1

2

9

13

8

0

0

 Sci-fi

2

2

2

1

3

2

1

2

3

18

15

15

5

7

 Thriller

2

2

4

5

3

1

2

2

2

3

3

29

36

37

17

21

 Western

1

1

0

3

0

0

 

Spec Sales By Month – Studio

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

Total

2012

2011

2010

2009

 CBS Films

1

2

3

0

3

0

2

 Columbia

1

1

2

8

7

1

5

 Dimension

1

1

1

1

0

1

 Disney

1

1

2

2

2

2

 DreamWorks

0

1

2

1

4

 Focus Features

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

 Fox

1

1

2

1

5

6

8

2

3

 Fox 2000

1

1

1

1

2

0

 Lionsgate*

2

1

3

4

2

1

3

 MGM

1

1

2

0

0

0

1

 New Line

1

1

1

4

0

0

 New Regency

0

3

0

2

2

 Paramount

1

2

3

11

5

4

5

 Par. Insurge

1

1

2

2

0

0

0

 Relativity

1

2

3

1

2

6

3

 Screen Gems

1

2

3

0

0

0

3

 Universal

1

1

1

2

1

6

9

5

2

6

 Warner Bros.

1

1

1

3

7

14

9

6

 Totals

2

3

3

6

4

3

2

5

2

8

3

41

57

56

32

46

         * 2011 and 2012 numbers for Lionsgate and Summit are combined.

 

Spec Purchases by Genre – Studios

Action

Comedy

Drama

Horror

Sci-fi

Thriller

2013

2012

2011

 CBS Films

2

1

3

0

3

 Columbia

1

1

2

8

7

 Dimension

1

1

1

1

 Disney

1

1

2

2

 DreamWorks

0

1

2

 Focus

1

1

2

0

0

 Fox

1

1

3

5

6

8

 Fox 2000

1

1

1

1

 Lionsgate*

1

1

1

3

4

2

 MGM

1

1

2

0

0

 New Line

1

1

1

4

 New Regency

0

3

0

 Paramount

1

1

1

3

11

5

 Par. Insurge

1

1

2

2

0

 Relativity

2

1

3

1

2

 Screen Gems

1

1

1

3

0

0

 Universal

1

2

1

2

6

9

5

 Warner Bros.

3

3

7

14

 Totals

7

12

3

5

8

6

41

57

56

         * 2011 and 2012 numbers for Lionsgate and Summit are combined.

The following are the combined pitch and spec purchase numbers for Studio Buyers that have bought at least one of each so far in 2013:

Pitches

Specs

2013

2012

2011

Columbia

3

2

5

16

16

Disney

2

1

3

12

11

Fox

8

5

13

12

16

Fox 2000

1

1

2

1

3

Lionsgate*

6

3

9

5

6

MGM

1

2

2

1

0

New Line

5

1

6

6

8

Paramount

3

3

6

20

17

Par. Insurge

1

2

3

2

0

Relativity

1

3

4

1

2

Universal

11

6

17

20

19

Warner Bros.

6

3

9

18

30

* 2011 and 2012 numbers for Lionsgate and Summit are combined.

Spec Sales By Month – Other Buyer

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

Total

2012

2011

2010

2009

 1821 Pictures

1

1

0

0

0

0

 1984

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

 Aldamisa

1

1

2

1

0

0

0

 Amazon

1

1

2

0

0

0

 Atlas Independ.

1

1

1

0

0

0

 Atmosphere

1

1

0

1

0

0

 Automatik

1

1

0

0

0

0

 BCDF Pictures

4

1

5

0

0

0

0

 Big Beach

1

1

1

0

0

0

 Blumhouse

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Boies/Shiller

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Bold Films

1

1

0

1

1

0

 Electric

2

2

0

0

1

0

 Emmett/Furla/ Oasis

1

1

 Gold Circle

1

1

0

4

2

1

 Good Universe

1

1

1

3

0

0

0

0

 Gulfstream

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Incognito

1

1

0

0

0

0

 JuntoBox

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Legendary

1

1

2

0

0

0

 Lotus Ent.

1

1

1

3

0

0

0

0

 Mammo Media

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Millennium

1

1

1

1

4

7

3

0

0

 MRC

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Nasser

1

1

 Nostromo Pics.

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Ocean Blue

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Participant

1

1

 Preferred Cntnt.

1

1

0

0

0

0

 QED

1

1

4

0

1

0

 Radar

1

1

0

1

2

0

 RadioactiveGiant

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

 Romaine  Phillipe

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Sentinel

1

1

1

0

0

0

 Sidney Kimmel

1

1

1

3

0

1

 Sierra/Affinity

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Skydance

1

1

1

1

0

0

 Sollipsist

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Start Mtn. Pics.

1

1

0

0

0

0

 The Exchange

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

 The Solution

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

 Thunder Road

1

1

2

1

5

1

0

0

0

 Treehouse

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Vendome

1

1

1

0

1

0

 Voltage

1

1

1

1

4

4

3

0

0

 Working Title

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Totals

5

4

7

8

6

10

9

1

7

6

6

70

27

17

8

2

 

Spec Purchases by Genre – Other Buyers

Action

Comedy

Drama

Horror

Sci-fi

Thriller

2013

2012

2011

 1821 Pictures

1

1

0

0

 1984

1

1

2

0

0

 Aldamisa

1

1

2

1

0

 Amazon

1

1

2

0

 Atlas Independ.

1

1

1

0

 Atmosphere

1

1

0

1

 Automatik

1

1

0

0

 BCDF Pictures

2

1

2

5

0

0

 Big Beach

1

1

1

0

 Blumhouse

1

1

0

0

 Boies/Shiller

1

1

0

0

 Bold Films

1

1

0

1

 Electric

1

1

2

0

0

 Emmett/Furla/ Oasis

1

1

 Gold Circle

1

1

0

4

 Good Universe

1

1

1

3

0

0

 Gulfstream

1

1

 Incognito

1

1

0

0

 JuntoBox

1

1

0

0

 Legendary

1

1

0

0

 Lotus Ent.

1

2

3

0

0

 Mammo Media

1

1

0

0

 Millennium

3

1

4

7

3

 MRC

1

1

0

0

 Nasser

1

1

 Nostromo Pics.

1

1

0

0

 Ocean Blue

1

1

0

0

 Participant

1

1

 Preferred Contnt

1

1

0

0

 QED

1

1

4

0

 Radar

1

1

0

1

 RadioactiveGiant

1

1

2

0

0

 Romaine  Phillipe

1

1

 Sentinel

1

1

1

0

 Sidney Kimmel

1

1

1

3

 Sierra/Affinity

1

1

0

0

 Skydance

1

1

1

1

 Sollipsist

1

1

0

0

 Start Motion Pics

1

1

0

0

 The Exchange

1

1

2

0

0

 The Solution

2

2

0

0

 Thunder Road

2

1

2

5

1

0

 Treehouse

1

1

0

0

 Vendome

1

1

1

0

 Voltage

4

4

4

3

 Working Title

1

1

0

0

 Totals

24

3

4

4

10

25

70

25

17

 

Here are the combined pitch and spec purchase numbers for Non-Studio Buyers that have bought at least one of each so far in 2013.

Pitches

Specs

2013

2012

2011

1984

1

2

3

2

1

Good Universe

1

3

4

0

0

MRC

1

1

2

0

0

QED

1

1

2

4

0

Skydance

1

1

2

1

2

Thunder Road

1

5

6

2

0

Treehouse

1

1

2

0

0

 

Each of the following production companies has been attached to at least one spec sale so far this year.  Names in bold are new or have set up an additional spec since the last Scorecard.

1492 Pictures

21 Laps (2)

Allison Shearmur Productions

Altitude Entertainment

Animal Logic

Anonymous Content

Apatow Productions

Apocalyptic Entertainment

Atlas Entertainment

Benderspink (2)

Bluegrass Films

Broken Road (2)

Circle of Confusion

ContentFilm

Crave Films

De Line Pictures

di Bonaventura Films

Disruption Entertainment (2)

Double Nickel

DYD 26 Entertainment

Electric Entertainment

Energy Entertainment (4)

Friendly Films

Grey Matter Productions

Grey Point Pictures

Gunn Films

Hello Giggles

Hutch Parker Entertainment (2)

ImageMovers

Industry Entertainment

Intrigue Entertainment (2)

Invention Films

Iron Horse Entertainment

Jerry Bruckheimer Films

Jon Shestack Productions

Kerner Entertainment

Laurence Mark Productions

Le Grisbi Productions

Luber Roklin

Mad Chance Productions

Madhouse Entertainment (3)

Mandeville Films (2)

Marc Platt Productions

Mark Gordon Company

Michael De Luca Productions

Midnight Kitchen

Olive Bridge

One Race Films

Pacific Standard

Platinum Dunes

Process Media

QED International

Riche Productions

Rosa Entertainment

Roth Films

Safehouse Pictures

Scott Free

Sean Daniel Company

Silver Pictures/Zinc Entertainment

Sourian Productions

Space Floor

Sunny Field Entertainment

Vendetta Entertainment

Weed Road Pictures

 

 

Spec Sales by Seller – Agencies

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

Total

2012

2011

2010

2009

 APA

2

2

1

1

1

3

10

10

8

4

2

 CAA

1

1

1

1

1

2

2

2

11

16

26

11

14

 Gersh

1

1

1

2

1

6

8

8

1

3

 ICM

1

1

1

3

8

13

4

10

 Kaplan Stahler

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

 Original Artists

1

2

1

4

6

4

3

4

 Paradigm

1

2

1

1

5

9

10

2

1

 Resolution

1

1

1

1

4

0

0

0

0

 UTA

2

2

3

3

3

1

2

1

4

3

24

24

17

7

10

 Verve

1

1

2

4

5

4

1

0

 WME

1

2

3

1

1

1

4

1

1

15

35

22

10

0

 Totals

5

7

7

10

9

8

8

6

8

13

13

88

121

112

43

44

 

Here are the combined pitch and spec sales numbers for the agencies that have sold at least one of each in 2013:

Pitches

Specs

Total

2012

2011

APA

4

10

14

9

11

CAA

16

11

27

32

50

Gersh

5

6

11

11

14

ICM

4

3

7

15

27

Paradigm

4

5

9

15

14

Resolution

1

4

5

0

0

UTA

12

24

36

34

30

Verve

1

4

5

9

9

WME

23

15

38

61

50

 

The following 81 agents have been involved with at least one spec sale so far this year. Names in bold are new or sold an additional spec since the last Scorecard.

Six:

Mike Esola                            (WME)

 

Four:

Charlie Ferraro                      (UTA)

Emerson Davis                     (UTA)

Three:

Aaron Hart                             (Verve)

Chris Ridenhour                (APA)

David Boxerbaum               (Paradigm)

David Saunders                 (APA)

Devra Lieb                           (Gersh)

Three (cont):

Jason Burns                       (UTA)

Jon Huddle                           (UTA)

Larry Salz                            (UTA)

 

Two:

Adam Perry                         (APA)

Bayard Maybank               (Gersh)

Chris Sablan                         (Original)

Daniel Cohan                        (WME)

David Park                             (UTA)

Debbie Deuble-Hill             (APA)

Geoff Morley                                    (UTA)

Ida Ziniti                                 (Paradigm)

Jordan Bayer                        (Original)

JP Evans                               (CAA)

Julien Thuan                          (UTA)

Lee Keele                             (Gersh)

Marissa Devins                     (UTA)

Matt Leipzig                          (Original)

Matthew Rosen                    (CAA)

Philip Raskind                       (WME)

Rob Herting                          (Verve)

Shan Ray                              (KSA)

Simon Faber                         (WME)

Solco Schuit                      (WME)

 

One:

Abram Nalibotsky                (Resolution)

Adam Kanter                         (Resolution)

Adam Levine                                   (Verve)

Adriana Alberghetti              (WME)

Andrew Cannava               (UTA)

Andrew Miller                        (CAA)

Bill Weinstein                        (Verve)

Billy Hawkins                         (CAA)

Blair Kohan                         (UTA)

Bob Hohman                                   (Gersh)

Brian Kend                            (CAA)

Carolyn Sivitz                       (UTA)

Chris Licata                            (Paradigm)

Cliff Roberts                         (WME)

Craig Gering                       (CAA)

Dan Erlij                                 (UTA)

David Kopple                       (CAA)

David Kramer                        (UTA)

Debbee Klein                       (Paradigm)

Dennis Kim                            (Resolution)

Doug MacLaren                    (ICM)

Erik Horine                             (ICM)

Frank Jung                             (CAA)

Greg McKnight                     (CAA)

Harley Copen                      (ICM)

Holly Jeter                             (WME)

James Kearney                    (UTA)

Jacqueline Sacerio               (CAA)

Jenny Maryasis                    (UTA)

John Garvey                         (CAA)

Josh Hornstock                     (UTA)

Josh Katz                              (UTA)

Keya Khayatian                    (UTA)

Matt Martin                            (CAA)

Max Michael                          (UTA)

Melissa Myers                   (WME)

Mickey Berman                    (UTA)

Peter Benedek                   (UTA)

Ramses IsHak                   (UTA)

Rich Green                            (Resolution)

Roger Green                        (WME)

Ryan Saul                             (APA)

Sandra Lucchesi                   (Gersh)

Sheryl Petersen                   (APA)

Spencer Baumgarten          (CAA)

Steve Fisher                       (APA)

Tim Phillips                            (UTA)

Todd Feldman                      (CAA)

Valarie Phillips                       (Paradigm)

Will Lowery                           (APA)

 

 

Spec Sales by Seller – Management Companies

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

Total

2012

2011

2010

2009

 Anonymous

1

1

8

2

3

1

 Anthem

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Anvil

1

1

 Art/Work

1

1

1

0

0

1

 Aperture

1

1

1

0

0

0

 Apostle

1

1

2

1

0

0

0

 Benderspink

1

1

2

1

1

1

7

5

5

2

5

 Caliber

1

1

1

3

3

2

2

0

 Circle of Confusion

1

1

1

1

1

5

5

5

4

3

 Elevate

1

1

1

0

0

0

 Energy

1

1

3

2

3

1

1

2

14

9

7

2

2

 Fourth Floor

1

1

2

1

0

0

0

 Haven

1

1

 Hollander Ent.

2

2

0

0

0

0

 Hung Ent.

1

1

2

4

1

0

1

 Industry

1

1

1

3

4

3

1

1

 Jeff Ross Ent.

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

 Kapital

1

1

0

0

1

0

 Kaplan/Perrone

1

1

5

4

2

4

 Kersey Mgmt

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Linda Seifert

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Luber-Roklin

1

1

2

1

0

0

2

 Madhouse

1

3

4

6

2

2

1

 Magnet

1

1

2

3

3

0

0

 Management 360

2

1

3

2

1

2

2

 Managemnt SGC

1

1

 Manus Ent.

1

1

2

1

0

0

0

 Mosaic

1

1

1

3

5

0

1

1

 New Wave

1

1

1

3

8

7

0

0

 Oasis Media Grp.

1

1

1

3

1

0

0

0

 Plumeria

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Principato Young

1

2

3

1

2

1

3

 Prolific

1

1

3

0

0

0

 Rosa Ent.

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Sentient

1

1

 Think Tank

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

 Wet Dog Ent.

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Wirehouse Ent.

1

1

0

1

0

0

 Zero Gravity

1

1

2

1

1

1

0

 Totals

5

6

9

14

7

14

7

4

7

9

7

89

80

46

24

27

 

Here are the combined pitch and spec sales for management companies that have sold at least one of each in 2013.

 

Pitches

Specs

Total

2012

2011

Anonymous

7

1

8

11

9

Apostle

3

2

5

2

3

Benderspink

2

7

9

9

6

Caliber

4

3

7

7

2

Energy

5

14

19

15

7

Fourth Floor

2

2

3

2

0

Industry

1

2

3

5

3

Kaplan/Perrone

1

1

2

9

10

Madhouse

3

4

7

6

2

Magnet

3

2

5

4

6

Management 360

6

3

9

7

6

Mosaic

3

2

5

10

5

New Wave

1

3

4

10

11

Principato Young

2

3

5

6

4

The following 62 managers have been involved with at least one spec sale so far in 2013.

Fourteen:

Brooklyn Weaver               (Energy)

 

Seven:

Jake Wagner                        (Benderspink)

 

Three:

Adam Kolbrenner                 (Madhouse)

Ben Rowe                            (Oasis)

Josh Adler                             (New Wave)

Mike Goldberg                     (New Wave)

 

Two:

Ava Jamshidi                     (Industry)

Bryan Brucks                      (Luber-Roklin)

David Alpert                         (Circle)

George Heller                       (Apostle)

Jeff Belkin                              (Zero Gravity)

Jeff Ross                               (Jeff Ross)

Jeff Silver                              (Fourth Floor)

Marc Manus                          (Manus Ent.)

Peter Principato                (PYE)

Russell Hollander                 (Hollander)

Tom Drumm                          (Think Tank)

Will Rowbotham                  (Prolific)

 

One:

Aaron Kaplan                        (Kapital)

Adam Goldworm                 (Aperture)

Adam S.-Marshall                (Caliber)

Ashley Berns                                   (Circle)

Alex Cole                              (Elevate)

Alex Lerner                           (K/P)

Andrew Kersey

Cindy Adams                                   (Art/Work)

C. Campos-Greenberg      (Anthem)

Chris Huvane                        (Mgmt 360)

Chris Tuffin                         (Sentient)

Dallas Sonnier                       (Caliber)

Dan Vang                              (Benderspink)

Dan Vantresca                      (Haven)

Darin Friedman                      (Mgmt 360)

David Lonner                        (Oasis)

DJ Talbot

Eryn Brown                           (Mgmt 360)

Evan Cavic                           (PYE)

Greg Shephard                    (Circle)

Guymon Cassidy                (Mgmt 360)

JC Spink                               (Benderspink)

Jeff Okin                                (Anonymous)

Jennie Frankel Frisbie          (Magnet)

Jenny Wood                        (Elevate)

Jesse Hara                            (Haven)

Jessica Jordan                      (Wirehouse)

Jimmy Miller                          (Mosaic)

Jonathan Hung                      (Hung)

Julian Rosenberg              (Circle)

Ken Freimann                        (Circle)

Langley Perer                       (Mosaic)

Linda Seifert

Matt Luber                          (Luber Roklin)

Mike De Trana                      (Anvil)

Michael Botti                         (Industry)

Noah Rosen                                   (Circle)

Rachel Miller                          (Haven)

Rhonda Bloom                     (Plumeria)

Ryan Cunningham               (Madhouse)

Scott Carr                           (Mgmt SGC)

Sidney Sherman                  (Rosa Ent.)

Stephanie Davis                  (Wet Dog)

Zach Tann                              (Magnet)

 

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. 

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