FilmFunds Tracking Report: July 2012 Pitch Sales Scorecard

The FilmFunds Tracking Report is a compilation of sales and trends in the industry. The Report is reprinted at ScriptMag.com by permission of the authors.

FilmFunds Tracking Report
by Jason Scoggins & Cindy Kaplan
July 16, 2012

July 2012

Pitch Sales Scorecard

Aaaand we’re back, after taking the post-Independence Day week off.  For those of you who were on vacation that week, here’s a link to the Spec Market Roundup for June we published on July 2.  As you’ll see, we highlighted the fact that 2012’s mid-year total spec sales were up 28.3% over the same period in 2011.

In comparison, pitch sales are down year-over-year, but that’s no surprise considering how strong May, June and July were in 2011.  All in, 2012 is tracking out to be a solid year for original material, with combined spec and pitch sales numbers at the half up 8.7% over 2011.

Here are our favorite highlights since the last Pitch Sales Scorecard:

  • Despite the holiday and last week’s Comic-Con, there were 9 pitch sales in the past four weeks.
  • Disney’s 3 pitch purchases in June jumps the studio into a tie for third place with New Line among the studios, with 4 each.  Warner Bros. and Universal are tied for first with 7 each, and Paramount and Columbia are tied for second with 6 each.
  • WME continued its steady march with four pitch sales over the past four weeks putting its year-to-date total at 16.  Gersh, Paradigm and Verve were in the mix, too, with one each.

Enjoy the grids.

Overall Pitch Numbers

Here are overall pitch sales numbers through July 14 on their own…

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

2011

 2012 Pitch Sales

8

7

8

14

4

8

1

50

106

 2011 Pitch Sales

4

8

13

7

8

15

10

4

5

10

8

14

106

  

…and here are combined spec and pitch sales numbers for the same period.

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

2011

 Specs

12

9

17

11

11

16

1

77

119

 Pitches

8

7

8

14

4

8

1

50

106

 2012 Total

20

16

25

25

15

24

2

127

225

 2011 Totals

7

21

28

16

15

28

20

9

12

30

16

24

225

 

Pitch Sales By Genre

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

%

 Action/Adventure

1

1

5

5

12

24%

 Comedy

2

4

1

4

2

2

15

30%

 Drama

1

1

2

4

8%

 Horror

1

1

2

4%

 Sci-fi

3

1

2

2

8

16%

 Thriller

2

1

2

2

1

1

9

18%


Pitch Sales By Buyer – Studios

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

2011

 Columbia

2

3

1

6

9

 Disney

1

3

4

9

 DreamWorks

1

1

2

 Fox

1

1

1

3

8

 Fox Searchlight

1

1

0

 New Line

2

1

1

4

4

 New Regency

1

1

2

 Paramount

1

3

1

1

6

12

 Universal

1

1

1

3

1

7

12

 Warner Bros.

2

1

3

1

7

13 

Here are the combined pitch and spec purchase numbers for studios that have bought at least one of each:

Pitches

Specs

Total

2011

Columbia

6

6

12

16

Disney

4

2

6

11

DreamWorks

1

1

2

6

Fox

3

3

6

16

New Regency

1

2

3

2

Paramount

6

9

15

17

Universal

7

5

12

19

Warner Bros.

7

4

11

30

Pitch Sales By Buyer – Other Buyers

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

2011

 1984 Films

1

1

0

 Bazelevs

1

1

1

 Davis Entertainment

1

1

0

 Energy Independent

1

1

0

 Imagine

1

1

0

 Indian Paintbrush

1

1

2

1

 Overbrook

1

1

0

 Reel FX

1

1

0

 Square One

1

1

0

 

Here are the combined pitch and spec purchase numbers for other buyers that have bought at least one of each:

Pitches

Specs

Total

2011

Bazelevs

1

1

2

1

Indian Paintbrush

2

2

4

1

Each of the following production companies has been attached to at least one pitch sale so far this year.  Companies in bold are new or were attached to an additional pitch sale since the last scorecard.

1stAveMachine

Atlas Entertainment

Bluegrass Films

Break Media

Captivate Entertainment

Carousel

Di Novi Pictures

Disruption Entertainment

Electronic Arts

Fake Empire

Grady Twins Productions

Hartbeat Productions

JC23 Entertainment

Imagine

Invention Films

Katzsmith Productions

LBI Entertainment\

Mandeville (2)

Mark Gordon Company (2)

Offspring

Our Stories Films

Overbrook Entertainment

Original Film

Palermo Productions

Panay Films

Point Grey Pictures

Roth Films (2)

Ryan Murphy Productions

Smart Entertainment

Strange Weather Films

Vertigo Entertainment (2)

Viking Funeral

The Walsh Co.

Wild West Picture Show

 

Pitch Sales by Seller – Agencies

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

2011

 CAA

1

3

2

2

1

9

25

 Gersh

1

1

2

6

 ICM

1

2

1

1

5

14

 Paradigm

1

2

1

1

5

4

 UTA

1

1

6

8

13

 Verve

1

1

2

5

 WME

4

1

1

4

2

3

1

16

28

 

Here are the combined pitch and spec sales numbers for agencies that have sold at least one of each:

Pitches

Specs

Total

2011

CAA

9

6

15

50

Gersh

2

5

7

14

ICM

5

6

11

27

Paradigm

5

5

10

14

UTA

8

10

18

30

Verve

2

4

6

9

WME

16

20

36

50

The following 55 agents have been involved with at least one pitch sale in 2012.  People in bold are new or sold an additional pitch since the last scorecard.

Four:

Mike Esola                           (WME)

 

Three:

Ida Ziniti                                (Paradigm)

 

Two:

Billy Hawkins                                   (CAA)

Bryan Besser                     (Verve)

Danny Gabai                                   (WME)

David Karp                           (WME)

David Kramer                      (UTA)

Geoff Morely                        (UTA)

Jason Burns                         (UTA)

Julien Thuan                                   (UTA)

Matt Rosen                           (CAA)

Rowena Arguelles              (CAA)

Sarah Self                            (WME)

Sharon Jackson                (WME)

Simon Faber                       (WME)

Trevor Astbury                  (Paradigm)

Valarie Phillips                   (Paradigm)


One:

Abram Nalibotsky               (Gersh)

Adriana Alberghetti          (WME)

Ari Greenburg                    (WME)

Bayard Maybank               (Gersh)

Bill Zotti                                 (CAA)

Blake Fronstin                     (WME)

Blair Johan                           (UTA)

Bob Hohman                       (Gersh)

Brett Loncar                         (CAA)

Brian DePersia                    (WME)

Brian Kend                           (CAA)

Charles King                                   (WME)

Christopher Smith               (Paradigm)

Dan Erlij                                (UTA)

Dan Rabinow                      (CAA)

Devra Lieb                           (Gersh)

Elia Infascelli-Smith                       (WME)

Emile Gladstone                 (ICM)

Jay Baker                             (CAA)

Jay Mandel                          (WME)

Jeff Gorin                             (WME)

Jeremy Zimmer                   (UTA)

John Burnham                     (ICM)

Jon Levin                              (CAA)

Kevin Huvane                      (CAA)

Larry Salz                             (UTA)

Mark Ross                            (Paradigm)

Matt Rice                              (UTA)

Michael Sheresky               (UTA)

Nicole Clemens                  (ICM)

Ramses Ishak                      (UTA)

Rebecca Ewing                   (UTA)

Rob Herting                         (Verve)

Robert Lazar                                   (ICM)

Scott Carr                             (UTA)

Scott Greenberg                  (CAA)

Spencer Baumgarten         (CAA)

Todd Hoffman                      (ICM)

 

Pitch Sales by Seller – Management Companies

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

2011

 3 Arts

1

1

6

 Anonymous

1

1

7

 Aperture

1

1

2

 Apostle

1

1

3

 Caliber

2

1

3

0

 Circle of Confusion

2

1

1

4

6

 The Collective

1

1

0

 Energy

1

2

2

5

0

 Fourth Floor

1

1

0

 Generate

1

1

1

 The Gotham Group

1

1

2

5

 Industry

1

1

0

 Inphenate

1

1

0

 Kaplan/Perrone

1

1

2

5

 Larry Kennar

1

1

0

 Magnet

1

1

3

 Management 360

2

1

3

5

 Mosaic

1

1

2

5

 Principato-Young

1

1

2

2

 Rich Demato

1

1

0

 Tom Sawyer

1

1

0


Here are the combined pitch and spec sales for management companies that have sold at least one of each in 2012.

Pitches

Specs

Total

2011

3 Arts

1

1

2

6

Anonymous

1

5

6

9

Aperture

1

1

2

2

Apostle

1

1

2

3

Circle of Confusion

4

3

7

11

Energy

5

5

10

7

Fourth Floor

1

1

2

0

The Gotham Group

2

2

4

8

Industry

1

1

2

3

Kaplan/Perrone

2

2

4

10

Magnet Management

1

1

2

6

Mosaic

2

1

3

5

Principato-Young

1

1

2

4

 

The following 34 managers have been involved with at least one pitch sale in 2012.  People in bold are new or sold an additional pitch since the last scorecard.

Five:

Brooklyn Weaver              (Energy)


Four:

Britton Rizzio                      (Circle)

 

Two:

Dallas Sonnier                    (Caliber)

Guymon Casady                 (Mgmt 360)

Paul Young                          (PYE)

 

One:

Aaron Kaplan                      (K/P)

Adam Goldworm                (Aperture)

Adam Marshall                    (Caliber)

Alex Lerner                          (K/P)

Bob Sobhani                                   (Magnet)

Darin Friedman                   (Mgmt 360)

David Milner                        (3 Arts)

E. Brian Dobbins                 (PYE)

Elana Barry                          (Anonymous)

Ellen Goldsmith-Vein        (Gotham)

George Heller                      (Apostle)

Glenn Rigberg                     (Inphenate)

Gregory Shephard              (Circle)

Jeff Silver                              (Fourth Floor)

Jennie Frisbie                      (Magnet)

Jeremy Platt                         (Generate)

Jess Rosenthal                  (Industry)

Jesse Hara                           (Tom Sawyer)

Joy Gorin                              (Anonymous)

Julian Rosenberg               (Caliber)

Jill McElroy                           (Mgmt 360)

Larry Kennar

Michael Lasker                    (Mosaic)

Peter McHugh                     (Gotham)

Peter Principato                  (PYE)

Rich Demato

Sean Perrone                      (K/P)

Shawn Simon                      (Gotham)

Zach Tann                            (Magnet)

About FilmFunds Tracking Report:

FilmFunds Tracking Report, formerly known as 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 emptorMol?n labé.

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