Film Industry News

Knowing your screenwriting craft is not enough. Keeping up with what is hot in the film industry is part of the job of a screenwriter. Learn what spec scripts and pitches are selling, what the hot buzz is in the movie industry, and more. You can never be too prepared for your pitch meetings, and knowing what’s has recently sold is critical to the success of your screenwriting career.

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Writing Wrap Up: China Here Now!

We writers often live in our heads, and today I’m urging us collectively to be here, now, right in the present. Philosophy and religion have tons of literature about this subject, but I have learned from years of writing and working with scribes and entrepreneurs that to accomplish something, it is extremely helpful to...

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The Scoggins Report: 2014 Primetime Network Pilot Season Scorecard

The Scoggins Report by Cindy Kaplan, Landon Rohwedder & Jason Scoggins 2014 Primetime Network Pilot Season Scorecard Here’s our now-standard preface: For those new to the Scoggins Report, this is our 3rd annual TV one-off. Cindy, Landon and I absolutely love the TV business and keep track of development and pilot season each year...

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WIGS Partners with The Black List to Find New Series Writers

Breaking in outside of Hollywood has never been easier with resources like The Black List. Today, they announced another unique opportunity for writers to get discovered — a partnership with WIGS to find a writer to develop a new series! WIGS, a leading digital studio and a FOX series incubator for female-targeted scripted drama,...

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The Scoggins Report: February 2014 Spec Market Scorecard

The Scoggins Report by Jason Scoggins & Landon Rohwedder March 3, 2014 February 2014 Spec Market Scorecard February’s spec script sales numbers may be on the low end of the past six February’s we’ve tracked, but let’s focus on the bright side, shall we? Thanks to January’s strong numbers, the spec market is off...

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The Scoggins Report: January 2014 Spec Market Roundup

The Scoggins Report  by Jason Scoggins & Landon Rohwedder  February 18, 2014  January 2014  Spec Market Roundup  Well, that’s a good sign: As you can see below, the 2014 spec market got off to a great start last month, posting its second best January spec sales numbers in six years. February’s numbers have been...

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Script Special Oscar Issue: The Screenplay Oscars, Part 1 – The Nominees

Download some of this year’s award-season screenplays. At a Beverly Hills Q&A for Captain Phillips, four days before the Oscar® nominations were announced, screenwriter Billy Ray was moved to explain why the competition means so much to him. “It’s not that I’m looking for awards or honors,” he said earnestly. “It’s that I look at...

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The Scoggins Report: 2013 Year-End Spec Market Scorecard

The Scoggins Report by Jason Scoggins, Cindy Kaplan & Landon Rohwedder January 24, 2014 2013 Year-End Spec Market Scorecard Welcome to the 5th annual Year-End Spec Market Scorecard edition of the Scoggins Report. Like last year, we’ve (mostly) inserted our year-over-year analysis into the individual sections below, the better to get straight to the...

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Syd Field: A Historical Perspective

by Dr. Linda Seger The Great American Dream used to be the aspiration to write the Great American Novel, not the Great American Screenplay. A few novelists and playwrights wended their way to Hollywood to write screenplays, often with disastrous results and unhappy lives, feeling constrained by the form and the crass commercialism of...