The Scoggins Report: July 2013 Spec Market Scorecard

The Scoggins Report
by Jason Scoggins & Cindy Kaplan
July 22, 2013

July 2013
Spec Market Scorecard

In last week’s Pitch Market Scorecard we compared year-over-year numbers through the end of June. We thought we’d do the same thing for the spec market this week.

Despite various recent reports of the spec market’s demise, things aren’t half bad:  2013’s 60 spec script sales through the end of June is down just 4.8% from 2012’s 63 through the same period, and exactly even with the first half of 2011. We may not match the last two years’ tally by December, but neither will we end up near the disasters that were the 2009 and 2010 spec markets.

Of course, the bitter pill we’re all still trying to choke down remains the same one affecting the pitch market: The major studios so far have collectively bought 43.3% fewer spec screenplays this year than in the same period last year (21 in 2013 vs 37 in 2012). And just like the pitch market, if they’d simply bought at the same pace as last year, the market would be up a whopping 36.7% over 2012.

So…enjoy the rest of your summers, Major Studios. And maybe when you get back you can get with the program. (We’re looking at you in particular, Paramount and Sony.)

2013 Overall Numbers

Of 2013‘s 66 spec sales, 12 (18.2%) have been of scripts that originally went out prior to 2012.  Here are the overall spec market numbers through July 20…

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

 New Specs

19

16

22

26

23

29

10

145

 Spec Sales

8

8

10

15

9

10

6

66

 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.

The following are combined total spec and pitch sales numbers through July 20, with year over year monthly comparisons…

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

2012

2011

 Specs

8

8

10

15

9

10

6

66

132

132

 Pitches

3

10

8

10

5

5

5

46

81

106

 Totals

11

18

18

25

14

15

11

112

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

 

…and here are those combined spec and pitch sales numbers in graph form as well.

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

1

15

29

20

16

15

 Comedy

1

1

2

2

1

7

28

28

17

23

 Drama

1

1

2

1

5

10

14

7

7

 Horror

1

1

2

2

6

13

8

0

0

 Sci-fi

2

2

2

1

3

2

12

15

15

5

7

 Thriller

2

2

4

5

3

1

2

19

36

37

17

21

 Western

1

1

0

3

0

0

 

 

Spec Sales By Month – Studios

 

J

F

M

A

M

J

J

A

S

O

N

D

Total

2012

2011

2010

2009

 CBS Films

1

1

0

3

0

2

 Columbia

0

8

7

1

5

 Dimension

1

1

1

1

0

1

 Disney

1

1

2

2

2

2

 DreamWorks

0

1

2

1

4

 Fox

1

1

2

6

8

2

3

 Fox 2000

1

1

1

1

2

0

 Lionsgate*

2

1

3

4

2

1

3

 MGM

1

1

0

0

0

1

 New Line

1

1

1

4

0

0

 New Regency

0

3

0

2

2

 Paramount

1

1

11

5

4

5

 Par. Insurge

1

1

2

0

0

0

 Relativity

1

2

3

1

2

6

3

 Screen Gems

1

1

0

0

0

3

 Universal

1

1

1

3

9

5

2

6

 Warner Bros.

1

1

2

7

14

9

6

 Totals

2

3

3

6

4

3

1

22

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

1

1

0

3

 Columbia

0

8

7

 Dimension

1

1

1

1

 Disney

1

1

2

2

 DreamWorks

0

1

2

 Fox

2

2

6

8

 Fox 2000

1

1

1

1

 Lionsgate*

1

1

1

3

4

2

 MGM

1

1

0

0

 New Line

1

1

1

4

 New Regency

0

3

0

 Paramount

1

1

11

5

 Par. Insurge

1

1

2

0

 Relativity

2

1

3

1

2

 Screen Gems

1

1

0

0

 Universal

1

2

3

9

5

 Warner Bros.

2

2

7

14

Totals:  Studios

5

6

1

3

4

3

22

57

56

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

Here are the combined pitch and spec purchase numbers for Studio Buyers that have bought at least one of each so far in 2013 (plus Columbia Pictures):

 

Pitches

Specs

2013

2012

2011

Columbia

2

2

16

16

Disney

1

1

2

12

11

Fox

6

2

8

12

16

Fox 2000

1

1

2

1

3

Lionsgate*

1

3

4

5

6

New Line

4

1

5

6

8

Paramount

1

1

2

20

17

Relativity

1

3

4

1

2

Universal

9

3

12

20

19

Warner Bros.

3

2

5

18

30

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

Spec Sales By Month – Other Buyers

 

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

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

 Gold Circle

1

1

0

4

2

1

 Good Universe

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Incognito

1

1

0

0

0

0

 JuntoBox

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Lotus Ent.

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Mammo Media

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Millennium

1

1

7

3

0

0

 Nostromo Pics.

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Ocean Blue

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Preferred Cntnt.

1

1

0

0

0

0

 QED

1

1

4

0

1

0

 RadioactiveGiant

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

0

0

0

0

 The Solution

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Thunder Road

1

1

2

1

0

0

0

 Treehouse

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Vendome

1

1

1

0

1

0

 Voltage

1

1

1

3

4

3

0

0

 Working Title

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Totals

5

4

7

8

6

10

5

45

25

16

5

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

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

 Gold Circle

1

1

0

4

 Good Universe

1

1

0

0

 Incognito

1

1

0

0

 JuntoBox

1

1

0

0

 Lotus Ent.

1

1

0

0

 Mammo Media

1

1

0

0

 Millennium

1

1

7

3

 Nostromo Pics.

1

1

0

0

 Ocean Blue

1

1

0

0

 Preferred Contnt

1

1

0

0

 QED

1

1

4

0

 RadioactiveGiant

1

1

0

0

 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

0

0

 The Solution

1

1

0

0

 Thunder Road

2

2

1

0

 Treehouse

1

1

0

0

 Vendome

1

1

1

0

 Voltage

3

3

4

3

 Working Title

1

1

0

0

Totals

11

1

4

3

8

18

45

25

16

 

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

1

2

2

1

Good Universe

1

1

2

0

0

QED

1

1

2

4

0

Skydance

1

1

2

1

2

Thunder Road

1

2

3

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

Allison Shearmur Productions

Anonymous Content

Apocalyptic Entertainment

Atlas Entertainment

Benderspink (2)

Bluegrass Films

Broken Road (2)

ContentFilm

Crave Films

De Line Pictures

Disruption Entertainment (2)

Double Nickel

Electric Entertainment

Energy Entertainment (4)

Friendly Films

Hutch Parker Entertainment

Industry Entertainment

Intrigue Entertainment

Jerry Bruckheimer Films

Jon Shestack Productions

Le Grisbi Productions

Madhouse Entertainment (3)

Mandeville Films (2)

Michael De Luca Productions

Midnight Kitchen

Olive Bridge

Pacific Standard

Platinum Dunes

Rosa Entertainment

Scott Free

Sean Daniel Company

Silver Pictures/Zinc Entertainment

Sunny Field Entertainment

Vendetta Entertainment

 

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

4

10

8

4

2

 CAA

1

1

1

1

4

16

26

11

14

 Gersh

1

1

8

8

1

3

 ICM

1

1

2

8

13

4

10

 Kaplan Stahler

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

 Original Artists

1

2

3

6

4

3

4

 Paradigm

1

2

1

4

9

10

2

1

 Resolution

1

1

1

3

0

0

0

0

 UTA

2

2

3

3

3

13

24

17

7

10

 Verve

1

1

2

5

4

1

0

 WME

1

2

3

1

1

1

3

12

35

22

10

0

 Totals

5

7

7

10

9

8

4

50

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

CAA

12

4

16

32

50

Gersh

3

1

4

11

14

ICM

4

2

6

15

27

Paradigm

3

4

7

15

14

Resolution

1

3

4

0

0

UTA

7

13

20

34

30

Verve

1

2

3

9

9

WME

11

12

23

61

50

 

The following 54 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)

 

Three:

Emerson Davis                     (UTA)

 

Two:

Daniel Cohan                        (WME)

David Boxerbaum               (Paradigm)

David Park                             (UTA)

Geoff Morley                                    (UTA)

Ida Ziniti                                 (Paradigm)

Jason Burns                          (UTA)

Jon Huddle                           (UTA)

Marissa Devins                     (UTA)

Matt Leipzig                                   (Original)

Philip Raskind                    (WME)

Rob Herting                          (Verve)

Shan Ray                              (KSA)

Simon Faber                       (WME)

 

One:

Aaron Hart                             (Verve)

Abram Nalibotsky                (Resolution)

Adam Kanter                         (Resolution)

Adam Levine                                   (Verve)

Adam Perry                          (APA)

Adriana Alberghetti              (WME)

Andrew Miller                        (CAA)

Billy Hawkins                         (CAA)

Carolyn Sivitz                       (UTA)

Chris Licata                            (Paradigm)

Chris Ridenhour                    (APA)

Chris Sablan                         (Original)

Dan Erlij                                 (UTA)

David Saunders                   (APA)

Debbee Klein                       (Paradigm)

Debbie Deuble-Hill             (APA)

Erik Horine                             (ICM)

Greg McKnight                     (CAA)

Harley Copen                      (ICM)

Holly Jeter                             (WME)

James Kearney                    (UTA)

John Garvey                         (CAA)

Jordan Bayer                      (Original)

Josh Hornstock                     (UTA)

Julien Thuan                          (UTA)

Keya Khayatian                    (UTA)

Larry Salz                              (UTA)

Max Michael                          (UTA)

Mickey Berman                    (UTA)

Rich Green                          (Resolution)

Roger Green                        (WME)

Ryan Saul                             (APA)

Sandra Lucchesi                   (Gersh)

Solco Schuit                      (WME)

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

 Anthem

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Art/Work

1

1

1

0

0

1

 Apostle

1

1

2

1

0

0

0

 Benderspink

1

1

2

1

1

6

5

5

2

5

 Caliber

1

1

2

3

2

2

0

 Circle of Confusion

1

1

5

5

4

3

 Energy

1

1

3

2

3

1

11

9

7

2

2

 Fourth Floor

1

1

2

1

0

0

0

 Hollander Ent.

2

2

0

0

0

0

 Hung Ent.

1

1

4

1

0

1

 Industry

1

1

2

4

3

1

1

 Jeff Ross Ent.

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Kapital

1

1

0

0

1

0

 Linda Seifert

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Luber-Roklin

1

1

1

0

0

2

 Madhouse

1

3

4

6

2

2

1

 Magnet

1

1

3

3

0

0

 Management 360

2

2

2

1

2

2

 Manus Ent.

1

1

2

1

0

0

0

 Mosaic

1

1

5

0

1

1

 New Wave

1

1

1

3

8

7

0

0

 Oasis Media Grp.

1

1

2

1

0

0

0

 Plumeria

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Principato Young

1

1

1

2

1

3

 Prolific

1

1

3

0

0

0

 Rosa Ent.

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Think Tank

1

1

2

0

0

0

0

 Wet Dog Ent.

1

1

0

0

0

0

 Zero Gravity

1

1

2

1

1

1

0

 Totals

5

6

9

14

7

14

4

59

65

39

19

22

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

Apostle

2

2

4

2

3

Benderspink

1

6

7

9

6

Caliber

2

2

4

7

2

Energy

4

11

15

15

7

Industry

1

2

3

5

3

Madhouse

1

4

5

6

2

Magnet

2

1

3

4

6

Management 360

4

2

6

7

6

Mosaic

2

1

3

10

5

New Wave

1

3

4

10

11

Principato Young

1

1

2

6

4

The following 38 managers have been involved with at least one spec sale so far in 2013.

 

Eleven:

Brooklyn Weaver               (Energy)

 

Six:

Jake Wagner                        (Benderspink)

 

Three:

Adam Kolbrenner                 (Madhouse)

Josh Adler                             (New Wave)

Mike Goldberg                     (New Wave)

 

Two:

Ben Rowe                            (Oasis)

George Heller                       (Apostle)

Jeff Belkin                              (Zero Gravity)

Jeff Silver                            (Fourth Floor)

Marc Manus                          (Manus Ent.)

Tom Drumm                                   (Think Tank)

 

One:

Aaron Kaplan                        (Kapital)

Ava Jamshidi                        (Industry)

Bryan Brucks             (Luber-Roklin)

Cindy Adams                       (Art/Work)

C. Campos-Greenberg      (Anthem)

Dallas Sonnier                       (Caliber)

Dan Vang                              (Benderspink)

David Alpert                         (Circle)

David Lonner                        (Oasis)

DJ Talbot

Eryn Brown                         (Mgmt 360)

Evan Cavic                           (PYE)

Greg Shephard                    (Circle)

Guymon Cassidy              (Mgmt 360)

JC Spink                               (Benderspink)

Jeff Ross                               (Jeff Ross Ent.)

Jennie Frankel Frisbie      (Magnet)

Jonathan Hung                      (Hung)

Langley Perer                       (Mosaic)

Linda Seifert

Michael Botti                         (Industry)

Rhonda Bloom                     (Plumeria)

Russell Hollander                 (Hollander)

Ryan Cunningham               (Madhouse)

Sidney Sherman                  (Rosa Ent.)

Stephanie Davis                  (Wet Dog)

Will Rowbotham                  (Prolific)

 

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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