The Scoggins Report: September 2013 Pitch Market Scorecard

The Scoggins Report
by Jason Scoggins & Landon Rohwedder
September 16, 2013

September 2013

Pitch Market Scorecard

With the major Fall film festivals now behind us and several studios’ development coffers about to replenish, we decided to take a look at which buyers bought the most pitches in the fourth quarter of each of the past couple of years. As you’ll see, there’s still room to hope that 2013’s total pitch sales will end up close to last year’s total:

  • In 2011, Columbia and Warner Bros. each bought 5 pitches in Q4. Last year, Disney did as well.
  • Fox bought 4 pitches in the last three months of 2011.
  • Universal bought 3 in Q4 2012.

Now take a look at the studios with the biggest year-over-year drops in pitch purchases (2012 compared to year-to-date 2013):

  • Disney and Paramount each bought 9 last year but only 1 each in 2013 so far
  • Warner Bros. bought 11 last year but just 5 so far this year
  • Columbia bought 7 last year but just 2 in 2013 so far

Paramount only bought 1 pitch in the fourth quarter of each of the last two years, so we’re not holding out hope that they’ll change their pattern. But it’s certainly possible that the other three laggards will step up as in years past, and we’re hoping they do.

Keep your fingers crossed, Hollywood.

Overall Pitch Numbers

Here are basic pitch sales numbers through September 14 on their own, with year-over-year monthly comparisons…

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

 2013

3

10

8

10

6

5

8

4

2

56

 2012

8

7

8

14

4

7

8

3

4

6

3

9

81

 2011

4

8

13

7

8

15

10

4

5

10

8

14

106

and the following are combined spec and pitch sales numbers through September 14, 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

11

6

5

82

132

132

 Pitches

3

10

8

10

6

5

8

4

3

57

81

106

 Totals

11

18

18

25

15

15

19

10

8

139

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

Pitch Sales By Genre

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

%

 Action/Adventure

1

4

1

4

2

2

2

2

18

32%

 Comedy

1

2

4

1

1

1

10

18%

 Drama

1

4

2

1

1

9

16%

 Fantasy

1

1

2%

 Horror

1

1

2%

 Sci-fi

1

1

1

2

4

1

2

12

21%

 Thriller

1

2

2

1

6

11%

 

Pitch Sales By Month – Studios

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

2013

2012

2011

 Columbia

1

1

2

7

9

 Disney

1

1

9

9

 DreamWorks

3

1

1

5

1

2

 Fox

1

2

2

1

1

7

6

8

 Fox 2000

1

1

0

2

 Fox Searchlight

1

1

2

1

0

 Lionsgate*

1

1

2

1

2

 MGM

1

1

1

0

 New Line

2

1

2

5

5

4

 Nickelodeon

1

1

0

0

 Paramount

1

1

2

9

12

 Relativity

1

1

0

0

 Universal

1

1

3

2

2

9

11

12

 Warner Bros.

1

1

2

1

5

11

13

Totals:  Studios

1

9

6

10

3

3

5

4

3

44

62

73

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

 

Pitch Purchases by Genre – Studios

Action

Comedy

Drama

Horror

Sci-fi

Thriller

2013

2012

2011

 Columbia

1

1

2

7

9

 Disney

1

1

9

9

 DreamWorks

3

1

1

5

1

2

 Fox

2

1

1

3

7

6

8

 Fox 2000

1

1

0

2

 Fox Searchlight

1

1

2

1

0

 Lionsgate*

1

1

2

1

2

 MGM

1

1

1

0

 New Line

1

3

1

5

5

4

 Nickelodeon

1

1

0

0

 Paramount

1

1

2

9

12

 Relativity

1

1

0

0

 Universal

4

2

2

1

9

11

12

 Warner Bros.

2

1

1

4

11

13

Totals:  Studios

13

10

6

1

8

5

43

62

73

         * 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 in 2013 (plus Columbia, which hasn’t bought a spec in 12 months).

Pitches

Specs

2013

2012

2011

Columbia

2

2

16

16

Disney

1

1

2

12

11

Fox

7

2

9

12

16

Fox 2000

1

1

2

1

3

Lionsgate*

2

3

5

5

6

MGM

1

1

2

1

0

New Line

5

1

6

6

8

Paramount

2

1

3

20

17

Relativity

1

3

4

1

2

Universal

9

5

14

20

19

Warner Bros.

5

2

7

18

30

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

 

Pitch Purchases By Month – Other Buyers

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

2013

2012

2011

 1984

1

1

2

0

 Armory/Benderspink

1

1

0

 Broken Road

1

1

0

0

 Centropolis

1

1

0

0

 Crackle

1

1

0

0

 Filmhaus Germany

1

1

0

0

 Good Universe

1

1

0

 Ineffable Pictures

1

1

0

0

 Lakeshore

1

1

0

0

 MRC

1

1

0

1

 QED

1

1

0

0

 Skydance

1

1

0

2

 Thunder Road

1

1

1

0

 Treehouse Pictures

1

1

0

0

Totals:  Non-studios

2

1

2

0

4

2

3

0

0

14

3

3

 

Pitch Purchases By Genre – Other Buyers

Action

Comedy

Drama

Fantasy

Sci-fi

Thriller

2013

2012

2011

 1984

1

1

2

0

 Armory/Benderspink

1

1

0

 Broken Road

1

1

0

0

 Centropolis

1

1

0

0

 Crackle

1

1

0

0

 Filmhaus Germany

1

1

0

0

 Good Universe

1

1

0

 Ineffable Pictures

1

1

0

0

 Lakeshore

1

1

0

0

 MRC

1

1

0

1

 QED

1

1

0

0

 Skydance

1

1

0

2

 Thunder Road

1

1

1

0

 Treehouse Pictures

1

1

0

0

Totals:  Non-studios

5

0

3

2

4

0

14

3

3

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

Pitches

Specs

2013

2012

2011

1984

1

1

2

2

1

Good Universe

1

1

2

1

QED

1

1

2

4

0

Skydance

1

1

2

1

3

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 pitch sale so far this year.  Names in bold are new or have set up an additional pitch since the last Scorecard.

21 Laps (2)

Action Entertainment

Aggregate Films (2)

Anonymous Content

Appian Way (2)

Arcana Comics

Atlas Entertainment

Bandito Brothers

Benderspink (2)

Blue Grass Films (3)

Broken Road (2)

Chernin Entertainment (3)

Davis Entertainment

De Line Pictures

Di Bonaventura Pictures

Disruption Entertainment

Energy Entertainment

Gambit Pictures

Gran Via

Groundswell Productions

Hurwitz & Schlossberg Productions

Hutch Parker Productions (2)

IAM Entertainment

Jim Whitaker Entertainment

K/O Paper Products

Langley Park

Lin Pictures

New Regency

Oasis Media Group

Offspring Entertainment (2)

Original Film (3)

Platinum Dunes

Ranger 7

State Street

Sunny Field Entertainment

Temple Hill

Thunder Road (2)

Underground (2)

Vinson Films

Wild West Picture Show

 

Pitch Sales by Seller – Agencies

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

2013

2012

2011

 APA

1

1

1

3

 CAA

2

3

4

1

2

1

1

1

15

16

25

 Gersh

2

1

3

3

6

 ICM

1

1

1

1

4

7

14

 Paradigm

1

1

1

3

6

4

 Resolution

1

1

0

0

 UTA

1

1

1

1

1

3

1

9

10

13

 Verve

1

1

4

5

 WME

2

3

1

2

2

2

1

2

1

16

27

28

Totals

2

10

6

10

6

5

7

5

3

53

74

98

 

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

1

6

7

9

11

CAA

15

7

22

32

50

Gersh

3

5

8

11

14

ICM

4

2

6

15

27

Paradigm

3

4

7

15

14

Resolution

1

3

4

0

0

UTA

9

16

25

34

30

Verve

1

2

3

9

9

WME

16

13

29

61

50

The following 66 agents have been involved with at least one pitch sale so far this year.

Four:

Mike Esola                          (WME)

 

Three:

Charlie Ferraro                      (UTA)

Cliff Roberts                       (WME)

Greg McKnight                     (CAA)

Rich Cook                           (WME)

 

Two:

David Boxerbaum               (Paradigm)

David Karp                            (WME)

David Kramer                        (UTA)

Jason Burns                          (UTA)

Jay Baker                              (CAA)

Jeff Gorin                               (WME)

John Garvey                         (CAA)

Keya Khayatian                    (UTA)

Marc Korman                     (WME)

Phil d’Amecourt                     (WME)

Sandra Lucchesi                   (Gersh)

Todd Hoffman                      (ICM)

One:

Adam Levine                                   (Verve)

Andrew Miller                        (CAA)

Bill Weinstein                        (Verve)

Bill Zotti                                  (CAA)

Blair Kohan                            (UTA)

Brett Loncar                           (CAA)

Brian Kend                            (CAA)

Bryan Diperstein                  (ICM)

Chris Ridenhour                (APA)

Cori Wellins                          (WME)

Dan Aloni                               (WME)

Dan Rabinow                        (CAA)

Daniel Cohan                        (WME)

Danny Greenberg                (WME)

David Kopple                      (CAA)

David Lubliner                      (WME)

David Wirtschafter                (WME)

Erik Garfinkle              (Gersh)

Geoff Morley                                    (UTA)

Greg Hodes                         (WME)

Jeff Barry                               (ICM)

Jenny Maryasis                    (UTA)

Joel Roman                          (Paradigm)

Jon Cassir                             (CAA)

Jon Huddle                           (UTA)

Jon Levin                              (CAA)

Jordan Cerf                           (WME)

Josh Hornstock                     (UTA)

Josh Katz                              (UTA)

Kathleen Remington            (ICM)

Kevin Cooper                     (CAA)

Kimberly Bialek                    (WME)

Lee Keele                             (Gersh)

Lisa Harrison                         (WME)

Martin Spencer                     (Resolution)

Matt Rice                               (UTA)

Matt Rosen                           (CAA)

Michael Sheresky                 (UTA)

Nick LoPiccolo                       (Paradigm)

Peter Micelli                           (CAA)

Ramses Ishak                       (UTA)

Risa Gertner                          (CAA)

Roger Green                        (WME)

Scott Greenberg                  (CAA)

Simon Faber                         (WME)

Solco Schuitt                         (WME)

Stuart Manashil                     (CAA)

Trevor Astbury                     (Paradigm)

Zach Druker                           (WME)

 

Pitch Sales by Seller – Management Companies

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

2013

2012

2011

 3 Arts

1

1

1

3

3

6

 Anonymous

1

2

1

2

6

3

7

 Apostle

1

1

2

1

3

 Benderspink

1

1

2

4

1

 Blain & Assoc.

1

1

0

0

 Brillstein

1

1

2

1

1

 Caliber

1

1

1

3

4

0

 Digital Conspiracy

1

1

0

0

 Energy

1

1

1

2

5

6

0

 Fourth Floor

1

1

1

0

 IAM Ent.

1

1

0

0

 Industry

1

1

1

0

 Kaplan/Perrone

1

1

3

5

 Lutz Management

1

1

2

0

4

 Madhouse

1

1

2

0

8

 Magnet

1

2

3

1

3

 Manage-ment

1

1

0

1

 Management 360

2

1

1

1

5

5

5

 Mosaic

1

1

2

5

5

 New Wave

1

1

2

0

 Principato-Young

1

1

5

2

 Underground

1

1

1

1

4

0

3

 Untitled

1

1

0

1

 

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

5

1

6

11

9

Apostle

2

2

4

2

3

Benderspink

2

6

8

9

6

Caliber

3

2

5

7

2

Energy

5

12

17

15

7

Fourth Floor

1

2

3

2

0

Industry

1

2

3

5

3

Madhouse

2

4

6

6

2

Magnet

3

2

4

4

6

Management 360

5

2

7

7

6

Mosaic

2

2

4

10

5

New Wave

1

3

4

10

11

Principato Young

1

1

2

6

4

The following 43 managers have been involved with at least one pitch sale so far this year:

Five:

Brooklyn Weaver               (Energy)

 

Four:

Keith Redmon                    (Anonymous)

 

Three:

Adam Simpson-Marshall            (Caliber)

Bard Dorros                                    (Anonymous)

 

Two:

Adam Kolbrenner                 (Madhouse)

Bob Sobhani                                   (Magnet)

Brian Lutz                              (Lutz)

Dawn Saltzman                    (Mosaic)

George Heller                       (Apostle)

Greg Walter                          (3 Arts)

Jake Wagner                        (Benderspink)

Jennie Frankel Frisbie          (Magnet)

Jill McElroy                            (Mgmt 360)

Paul Nelson                           (Mosaic)

Trevor Engelson                (Undergrnd)

 

One:

Aaron Kaplan                        (K/P)

Brian Dobbins                      (PYE)

Dan Halsted                          (Manage-ment)

Daniel Rappaport                (Mgmt 360)

Darin Friedman                      (Mgmt 360)

Eryn Brown                           (Mgmt 360)

Jeff Okin                                (Anonymous)

Jeff Silver                            (Fourth Floor)

Jennifer Levine                     (Untitled)

Jimmy Miller                          (Mosaic)

Josh Adler                             (New Wave)

Josh Turner McGuire            (Underground)

Langley Perer                       (Mosaic)

Margaret Riley                      (Brillstein)

Michael Shlain                       (Digital Consp.)

Michael Sugar                       (Anonymous)

Mike Goldberg                     (New Wave)

Missy Malkin                         (Brillstein)

Mitch Solomon                     (Magnet)

Noah Rothman                     (Underground)

Paul Young                           (PYE)

Rosalie Swedlin                   (Anonymous)

Ryan Cunningham               (Madhouse)

Scott Glassgold                    (IAM Ent.)

Sean Perrone                       (K/P)

Stephen Crawford               (Industry)

Tom Lasally                          (3 Arts)

Tony Blain                             (Blain)

 

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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