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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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...

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Get Your Downloads of Award-Season Screenplays!

The best way to learn how to write an award-winning screenplay is to read those the industry recognizes as worthy of one. Below you’ll find links to this year’s potential winners. Hopefully, the prose on the page will help you learn a different writing lesson than simply watching the film itself. See which ones...

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2014 Writers Guild Awards Screen Nominations Announced

Awards season continues with the latest announcement of nominated screenplays for the 2014 Writers Guild Awards. Congratulations to all nominees! The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) have announced nominations for outstanding achievement in writing for the screen during 2013.  Winners will be honored at the...