Scoggins Report: April 2012 Pitch Sales Roundup

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

The Scoggins Report

by Jason Scoggins & Cindy Kaplan

April 30, 2012

April 2012

Pitch Sales Roundup

Before we start, a quick Scoggins & Kaplan update:  We’re pleased to report that we have a new home at FilmFunds.com.  Jason is the company’s new CEO, Cindy is its new film and TV writer, and we’re thrilled to be working alongside our former colleague Joshua Weinstein, who joined FilmFunds a couple of weeks ahead of us as the site’s Head of Content.

FilmFunds launched in beta last summer as a platform for filmmakers to promote their projects to film lovers and connect with financiers.  In the coming weeks we’ll be expanding the site’s coverage to include info and data about Hollywood and mainstream indie film and TV projects, targeting entertainment pros and enthusiasts like yourself.

Ultimately, we plan to make FilmFunds the go-to site for people like us:  Everyone who’s big into movies and TV, from the latest development and casting news to what’s worth watching this weekend.  We’ll keep you posted on our progress.  For now, let’s focus on April’s Pitch Sales.

It seems each month we write some version of “This month started out slow but ended strong,” and April is no exception, as you can see from the below grid.  Last month was up nearly 50% over 2011‘s numbers, which is basically the reverse of March’s results.  This year’s total pitch sales are now up 12.5% over last year.

There were lots of big winners last month, especially UTA, which had 6 pitch sales in April.  We’re looking forward to compiling the Scorecard in a couple of weeks.  In the meantime, here’s the year-over-year comparison for April, through the 30th:

April 2012

April 2011

 Pitch Sales

13

7

 Genres Sold

4 Action/Adventure

5 Comedy

1 Drama

1 Sci-Fi

2 Thriller

1 Action/Adventure

2 Comedy

2 Drama

2 Thriller

  

Weekly Activity Breakdown

Week of April 1:

  • 3 pitch sales announced (“Speeding Bullet,” “Warren Lich” and “Woogles”)

Week of April 8:

  • 3 pitch sales announced (“Business Trip,” “Status Update” and “Untitled Rodney Rothman Mob Comedy Project”)

Week of April 15:

  • 3 pitch sales announced (“Agent 13,” “Need for Speed” and “Untitled Overbrook/Stokes Action Thriller”)

Week of April 22:

  • 4 pitch sales announced (“The Great Unknown,” “Law Zero,” “No Hearts Club,” “Untitled Country Western Love Story”)

 

Pitch Sales (alphabetical by title)

Agent 13

Writer:  TS Nowlin

RepsWME (Mike Esola) and Caliber (Adam Marshall)

BuyerUniversal

Genre:  Sci-Fi

Attachments:  Rupert Wyatt to direct, Charlize Theron to star. Sean Daniel will produce through his Sean Daniel Company.

Notes:  Based on the graphic novel by Flint Dille and David Marconi.  Jason Brown will oversee for Sean Daniel Company

Logline:  Follows a man brainwashed by an evil organization. Once he realizes its true nature he commits to fight against it.

 

Business Trip

Writer:  Steve Conrad

RepsCAA (Spencer Baumgarten) and The Collective (Ilan Breil)

BuyerNew Regency

Genre:  Comedy

Logline:  Under wraps.

 

Untitled Country & Western Love Story

Writer:  Brandon Camp

RepsUTA (David Kramer, Matt Rice)

BuyerNew Line

Genre:  Musical drama

AttachmentsOffspring’s Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot will produce, Matt Smith will executive produce.

Logline:  Nicholas Sparks-style love story in the vein of “ROCK OF AGES,” but with country & western music.

 

The Great Unknown

Writer:  Michael Starrbury

RepsCAA (Bill Zotti & Dan Rabinow) and Caliber (Julian Rosenberg & Dallas Sonnier)

BuyerNew Line

Genre:  Action comedy

Attachments:  Jorma Taccone (“MACGRUBER”) to direct.  Mark Gordon Company’s Mark Gordon and Jennifer Todd will produce.

Notes: Based on the comic by Duncan Rouleau.  Drew Simon will oversee for Mark Gordon.

Logline:  Centers on a slacker with delusions of grandeur who believes his so-called great ideas are popping up elsewhere. After failing to convince his friends and family that his mind is being pilfered, he goes on a quest to solve the mystery behind the idea thefts.

 

Law Zero

Writers:  Bruno Zacharias & Miguel “MacGregor” de Olaso

RepsUTA and Mosaic

BuyerWarner Bros.

Genre:  Sci-fi action

AttachmentsVertigo’s Roy Lee will produce.

Logline:  Under wraps.

 

Need for Speed

Writer:  George Gatins

RepsUTA (Blair Johan, Larry Salz, Jeremy Zimmer)

BuyerDreamWorks

Genre:  Thriller

Attachments:  John Gatins (“REAL STEEL”) will produce along with Electronic Arts.

Notes:  Jonathan Eirich and Mark Sourian will oversee for DreamWorks.

Logline:  Adaptation of the EA video game series in the vein of THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS.

 

No Hearts Club

Writer:  Ben Schwartz

RepsWME (Brian DePersia) and Tom Sawyer Entertainment (Jesse Hara)

BuyerUniversal

Genre:  Romantic comedy

Attachments:  Brian Grazer will produce and Kim Roth will executive produce for Imagine.

Notes:  Maradith Frankel will oversee for Universal.

Logline:  Under wraps.

 

Untitled Overbrook/Stokes Action Thriller

Writer:  Jonathan Stokes

RepsUTA (Michael Sheresky, Ramses Ishak, Scott Carr, Geoff Morely) and Energy Entertainment (Brooklyn Weaver)

BuyerOverbrook

Genre:  Action thriller

Logline:  Under wraps.

 

Untitled Rodney Rothman Mob Comedy

Writer:  Rodney Rothman

RepsUTA (Julien Thuan)

BuyerWarner Bros.

Genre:  Comedy

Attachments:  Max Winkler to direct, Jake Johnson to star.

Logline:  Under wraps.


Speeding Bullet

Writers:  Jeremiah Friedman & Nick Palmer

RepsUTA (Jason Burns, Rebecca Ewing, David Kramer, Geoff Morley)

BuyerUniversal

Genre:  Action

Attachments:  Seth Graham-Smith & David Katzenberg will produce through their Katzsmith banner.

Logline:  In the vein of “DIE HARD.”

 

Status Update

Writers:  Randi Barnes & Sascha Rothchild

RepsWME (Sarah Self), Paradigm (Ida Ziniti) and Apostle (George Heller)

BuyerParamount

Genre:  Comedy

AttachmentsFake Empire‘s Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage will produce.

Logline:  High school comedy centering on social media, particularly Facebook.

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