The Scoggins Report: October 2011 Pitch Sale Scorecard

2011 Pitch Sale Scorecard through October 15, 2011

We updated the Spec Sale Scorecard and this Pitch Sale Scorecard simultaneously this week, and looking at the stats side-by-side provided an interesting view of the business that we hadn’t seen before.  Here are our favorite highlights:

  • The buying pattern for specs and pitches has been nearly identical this year:
    • Thirty of each type have been set up since the beginning of June;
    • Sales were strong for both types of project throughout the summer; and
    • Sales were highest in March and June for each type.
  • Warner Bros.’s healthy appetite for specs this year hasn’t prevented it from aggressively buying pitches as well.  Taken together, the studio h­­­­as bought an impressive 22 new projects so far this yearUniversal and Paramount are in second and third place with 15 and 14 total purchases, respectively, despite buying just 4 spec scripts each so far in 2011.
  • Comedy pitches have outpaced thrillers so far this year (38% of sales for comedies vs 24% for thrillers), but the trend for specs has been nearly the exact opposite (38% thrillers vs 25% comedies).
  • The top four agencies are still running neck-and-neck for spec sales this year (WME, CAA, UTA and ICM, in that order), but when you look at combined pitch and spec sales the agencies break down into three clear clusters:
    • WME and CAA, with 30 and 29 total sales, respectively;
    • UTA and ICM, with 19 and 16 17, respectively; and
    • Gersh and Paradigm, with 8 total sales each.

As you go through the pitch sale stats below, remember that no one has perfect data on how many pitches make the rounds every year.  The below are tallies of the pitches that have made it into the public eye so far this year.

Overall Pitch Numbers[1]:

All Pitches Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
Pitches 7 5 11 6 5 10 7 3 5 7 66
Sales 4 4 10 6 4 10 6 3 4 7 58

Pitch Sales By Genre:

Genre (Sales) Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total % of Sales
Action/Adventure 1 1 1 2 1 1 7/7 12
Comedy 1 2 3 1 3 4 3 2 2 1 22/25 38
Drama 1 2 2 1 6/7 10
Fantasy 1 1/3 2
Horror 0/1 0
Sci-Fi 1 2 3 1 7/7 12
Thriller 1 2 1 5 1 4 14/15 24
Unknown 1 1 2/2 3

Pitch Sales By Buyer (Studios):

Buyers (Studios) Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
CBS Films 1 1
Columbia 2 1 3
Disney 1 1
DreamWorks 1 1
Fox 1 1 1 3
Fox 2000 1 1 2
New Line 1 1 1 1 4
New Regency 1 1
Paramount 1 2 2 1 1 2 1 10
Sony Pictures Animation 1 1
Summit 1 1
Universal 1 1 1 4 2 1 1 11
Warner Bros. 1 3 3 3 10

Pitch Sales By Buyer (Other Buyers):

Buyers (Other) Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
Alloy Entertainment 1 1
Annapurna 1 1
Chernin 1 1 2
GK Films 1 1 2
Media Rights Capital 1 1
Indian Paintbrush 1 1
Route One 1 1
Strange Weather Films 1 1 2

Each of the following production companies has been attached to at least one pitch sale so far this year:

21 Laps

3 Arts

33andout

Apatow Productions

Atlas

Bad Robot

Blind Wink Productions

Broadway Video

Bruckheimer

Chernin (3)

Chris Morgan Productions

Color Force

Contrafilm

Di Bonaventura

Dickhouse

The Donners’ Company

Electus

Evergreen Media

Escape Artists

Gary Sanchez

The Gotham Group

Hope Town Entertainment

Hollywood Gang

Imagine (3)

The Jinks/Cohen Company

Leverage

Lightstorm

Lin Pictures

Little Stranger, Inc.

Laurence Mark Productions

Mosaic

Original Film (2)

Overbrook

Panay Films (2)

Rat Entertainment

Red Hour (2)

ROAR

Roth Films

The Safran Company

Smokehouse

Stuber

Team Disney

Thunder Road (2)

Ulterior Productions

Weston

Wonderland

Pitch Sales by Seller (Agencies):

Sellers (Agents) Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
APA 1 1/2
CAA 1 1 4 1 5 4 1 17/19
Gersh 1 1 1 1 4/4
ICM 1 1 1 1 1 2 7/7
Paradigm 1 1 2/2
UTA 3 1 2 1 1 8/9
Verve 1 2 3/3
WME 2 1 1 2 2 3 1 1 1 3 17/17


Pitch Sales by Seller (Management Companies):

Sellers (Managers) Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Total
3 Arts 1 1 2/2
Anonymous Content 1 1 1 3/3
Aperture 1 1/1
Apostle 1 1/1
Arlook Group 1 1/1
Benderspink 1 1/2
Brian Lutz Mgmt 1 1/1
Brillstein 1 1/1
Circle of Confusion 1 1 1 3/4
Echo Lake 1 1/1
The Gotham Group 1 1 2/2
Jaret Entertainment 1 1/1
Kaplan/Perrone 1 1 2/3
Madhouse 1 2 1 2 6/6
Manage-ment 1 1/1
Management 360 2 1 1 4/4
Merhab 1 1/1
Mosaic 1 1 2 4/4
Principato Young 1 1/1
Principal 1 1/1
Prolific 1 1/1
Schiff Company 1 1/1
Thruline 1 1/1
Underground 1 1 2/2
Untitled 1 1/1


Pitch Sales: July 14 through October 15 (Alphabetical by Title)

364

Writer: David Guggenheim

Genre: Drama

Reps: APA and Madhouse

Buyer:  Universal

Attachments:  Ron Howard will direct; Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins will produce through Imagine Entertainment.

The Accidental Genius

Writer: Adam Gibgot

Genre: Thriller

Reps: WME (Adriana Alberghetti), Stewart Brookman

Buyer:  Warner Bros.

Attachments: Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey and Ben Silverman will produce through Team Downey and Electus.  Team Downey’s David Gambino will executive produce with Gibgot.

Blackpine

Writer: Cory Goodman

Genre: Thriller

Reps:  WME (Scott Agostoni, Daniel Cohan, Mike Esola) and Aperture (Adam Goldworm)

Buyer:  Strange Weather Films

Attachments:  Strange Weather’s Andrew Adamson, Aron Warner and Jeff Fierson will produce.

Crime of the Century

Writer:  Daniel Kunka

Genre:  Sci-Fi, Heist

RepsICM and Madhouse

BuyerUniversal

AttachmentsChris Morgan will produce through his eponymous, Universal-based shingle.  Daniel Trachtenberg is attached to direct.

Dominion

Writers: Chester Hastings & Dean McCreary

Genre: Thriller

Reps:  Gersh (Sandra Lucchesi)

Buyer:  Paramount

Attachments:  Zoe Saldana is attached to star and produce.  Robbie Brenner is attached to produce.

Le Mac

Writer: Johnny Rosenthal

Genre: Comedy

Reps:  Paradigm and Apostle

Buyer:  Media Rights Capital

Attachments: Ben Stiller will produce through Red Hour.  Ed Helms is attached to star and produce.

Notes: Remake of the 2010 French film.

Nutcracker

Writers: Jon Gunn & John Mann

Genre: Drama

Reps: WME and Mosaic

Buyer:  Universal

Attachments: Chernin Entertainment’s Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark will produce.

Notes: Audrey Chon will oversee for Chernin.

Pregnancy Pact

Writers: Sam Pitman & Adam Cole-Kelly

Genre: Comedy

Reps: WME (Mike Esola) and Management 360

Buyer: New Line

Attachments:  Red Hour Films’ Ben Stiller and Stuart Cornfeld will produce.  Erica Steinberg will exec produce.

Rome, Sweet Rome

Writers:  James Erwin (screenplay, source material)

Genre:  Action, Adventure, Period

RepsMadhouse (Adam Kolbrenner, Robyn Meisinger)

BuyerWarner Bros.

Attachments:  Kolbrenner and Meisinger will produce with Hollywood Gang’s Gianni Nunnari.

Notes:  Based on Erwin’s Reddit posts.  Chris Gary and John Ridley will oversee for Warner Bros. and Hollywood Gang, respectively.

Untitled Billy Ray/JJ Abrams Project

Writer: Billy Ray

Genre: Adventure

Reps:  CAA (Todd Feldman, Brian Kend) and Management 360 (Guymon Casady)

Buyer:  Paramount

Attachments: JJ Abrams will produce through Bad Robot.

Untitled Joe Ahearne Thriller

Writer:  Joe Ahearne, based on an idea by Jon Silk

Genre:  Supernatural thriller

RepsICM, United Agents and Principal Entertainment

BuyerWarner Bros.

Attachments:  Dan Lin will produce through his Lin Pictures; Silk will co-produce.

Notes:  Matt Cherniss will oversee for Warner Bros.

Untitled Miley Cyrus Comedy

Writers: Jack Angelo & Sam Brown

Genre: Comedy

Reps:  UTA and Anonymous Content

Buyer:  Paramount

Attachments: Miley Cyrus is attached to star and produce with Tish Cyrus through their Hope Town Entertainment banner along with Panay Films’ Andrew Panay and Adam Glass.  Hope Town’s Jodi Zuckerman will executive produce.

Untitled Rogen/Efron Comedy

Writer: Andrew Jay Cohen & Brendan O’Brien

Genre: Comedy

Reps: CAA

Buyer: Universal

Attachments: Seth Rogen and Zac Efron are attached to star.  Rogen and Evan Goldberg will produce.  Cohen and O’Brien will executive produce.

Untitled Sazama/Sharpless Project

Writer: Matt Sazama & Burk Sharpless

Genre: Adventure

Reps:  ICM and Echo Lake (Sophy Holodnik)

Buyer:  Chernin

Attachments: Chernin’s Peter Chernin and Dylan Clark will produce with Blind Wink’s Gore Verbinski and John Krauss.

Untitled Shauna Cross Project

Writer: Shauna Cross

Genre: Romantic comedy

Reps: WME and Jaret Entertainment

Buyer:  Fox 2000

Attachments: Escape Artists’ Todd Black and Steve Tisch will produce.  Lance Johnson and Chris Coggins will co-produce.

Untitled Strauss-Schulson/Galletta Action Comedy

Writer: Todd Strauss-Schulson & Chris Galletta

Genre: Comedy

Reps: UTA, Anonymous Content and Mosaic

Buyer:  New Line

Attachments: Todd Strauss-Schulson will direct and produce through his Ulterior Productions banner.  Mosaic is attached to produce.

Wedding Day

Writers: Andrew Goldberg

Genre: Romantic comedy

Reps:  WME and Underground

Buyer:  CBS Films

Notes: Maria Faillace and Wolfgang Hammer will oversee for CBS Films.

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.

Details on every person, project and company covered by the Report can also be found at www.ItsontheGrid.com, the only place mere mortals can find listings of Hollywood’s active open writing and directing assignments, not to mention comprehensive spec market data and active film development information.

If the above is your cup of tea, you’ll love IOTG’s blog, which lives on the site here:  www.ItsontheGrid.com/news It includes daily highlights of recent updates plus individual posts on every spec and pitch that hits the market.  You’ll find buttons to subscribe to the blog’s feed right where you’d expect them, and you can follow the site’s Twitter feed here:  http://twitter.com/itsonthegrid.


[1] This grid tallies monthly sales in the month the project originally went out. Total Sales includes one that went out in December 2010.  All other grids tally sales in the month they sold.

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