The Scoggins Report: August 2012 Pitch Sales Scorecard

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

The Scoggins Report

by Jason Scoggins & Cindy Kaplan
August 13, 2012

August 2012

Pitch Sales Scorecard

It’s hard to tell from just glancing at the below overall numbers, but pitches have been hot this summer:  There were eight pitch sales over the past four weeks, one shy of the nine that sold over the previous four weeks.  Granted, the same period in 2011 was even hotter (there were 25 pitch sales in June/July 2011), but we’ll take it:  The only two month period to beat this summer’s numbers so far this year was March/April, in the thick of the Spring selling season.

The past month’s sales were pretty down-the-middle — sales were spread pretty evenly across the studios, WME continued to dominate its rivals, etc. — so we’ll dispense with the usual bullet points and get you straight to this month’s grids.  Enjoy.

Overall Pitch Numbers

Here are overall pitch sales numbers through August 13 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

8

1

58

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

5

3

84

119

 Pitches

8

7

8

14

4

8

8

1

58

106

 2012 Total

20

16

25

25

15

24

13

4

142

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

1

13

22%

 Comedy

2

4

1

4

2

2

4

1

20

35%

 Drama

1

1

2

4

7%

 Horror

1

1

2

3%

 Sci-fi

3

1

2

2

1

9

16%

 Thriller

2

1

2

2

1

2

10

17%


Pitch Sales By Buyer – Studios


Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

2011

 Columbia

2

3

1

1

7

9

 Disney

1

3

4

9

 DreamWorks

1

1

2

 Fox

1

1

1

1

4

8

 Fox Searchlight

1

1

0

 New Line

2

1

1

4

4

 New Regency

1

1

2

2

 Paramount

1

3

1

1

1

7

12

 Universal

1

1

1

3

1

1

8

12

 Warner Bros.

2

1

3

1

1

8

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

7

7

14

16

Disney

4

2

6

11

DreamWorks

1

1

2

6

Fox

4

3

7

16

New Regency

2

2

4

2

Paramount

7

9

16

17

Universal

8

5

13

19

Warner Bros.

8

4

12

30

Pitch Sales By Buyer – Other Buyers

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Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

2011

 1984 Films

1

1

0

 Bazelevs

1

1

1

 BroBible/Five All in the Fifth

1

1

0

 Davis Entertainment

1

1

2

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

 State Street

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

2

3

1

Indian Paintbrush

2

1

3

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 (2)

Branded Films

Break Media

Captivate Entertainment

Carousel

Di Novi Pictures

Disruption Entertainment

Electronic Arts

Escape Artists

Fake Empire

Four By Two Films

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

Platinum Dunes

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

Wonderland Sound & Vision

 

Pitch Sales by Seller – Agencies

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

2011

 APA

1

1

3

 CAA

1

3

2

2

1

1

1

11

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

4

19

28

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

Pitches

Specs

Total

2011

APA

1

4

5

11

CAA

11

7

18

50

Gersh

2

6

8

14

ICM

5

6

11

27

Paradigm

5

5

10

14

UTA

8

10

18

30

Verve

2

4

6

9

WME

19

20

39

50

The following 65 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:

Ari Greenburg                        (WME)

Bill Zotti                                    (CAA)

Billy Hawkins                                    (CAA)

Blake Fronstin                        (WME)

Bryan Besser                        (Verve)

Danny Gabai                                    (WME)

David Karp                                    (WME)

David Kramer                        (UTA)

Geoff Morely                                    (UTA)

Jason Burns                                    (UTA)

Jeff Gorin                                    (WME)

Julien Thuan                                    (UTA)

Kimberly Bialek                        (WME)

Matt Rosen                                    (CAA)

Rowena Arguelles                        (CAA)

Sarah Self                                    (WME)

Sharon Jackson                        (WME)

Simon Faber                                    (WME)

Trevor Astbury                        (Paradigm)

Valarie Phillips                        (Paradigm)

 

One:

Adam Venit                                    (WME)

Abram Nalibotsky                        (Gersh)

Adriana Alberghetti                        (WME)

Bayard Maybank                        (Gersh)

Blair Johan                                    (UTA)

Bob Hohman                                    (Gersh)

Brett Loncar                                    (CAA)

Brian DePersia                        (WME)

Brian Kend                                    (CAA)

Charles King                                    (WME)

Christopher Smith                        (Paradigm)

Cliff Roberts                        (WME)

Cori Wellins                                    (WME)

Dan Erlij                                    (UTA)

Dan Rabinow                        (CAA)

Dave Wirtschafter                        (WME)

Devra Lieb                                    (Gersh)

Elia Infascelli-Smith                        (WME)

Emile Gladstone                        (ICM)

Greg Cavic                                    (CAA)

Jason Hayman                        (CAA)

Jay Baker                                    (CAA)

Jay Mandel                                    (WME)

Jeremy Zimmer                        (UTA)

John Burnham                        (ICM)

Jon Levin                                    (CAA)

Kevin Huvane                        (CAA)

Larry Salz                                    (UTA)

Mark Ross                                    (Paradigm)

Martin Lesak                        (CAA)

Matt Rice                                    (UTA)

Michael Sheresky                        (UTA)

Nicole Clemens                        (ICM)

Ramses Ishak                        (UTA)

Rebecca Ewing                        (UTA)

Rob Herting                                    (Verve)

Robert Lazar                                    (ICM)

Ryan Saul                                    (APA)

Scott Carr                                    (UTA)

Scott Greenberg                        (CAA)

Spencer Baumgarten            (CAA)

Steve Smooke                        (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

2

7

 Aperture

1

1

2

 Apostle

1

1

3

 Caliber

2

1

3

0

 Circle of Confusion

2

1

2

5

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

1

3

5

 Industry

1

1

0

 Inphenate

1

1

0

 Kaplan/Perrone

1

1

2

5

 Kailey Marsh

1

1

0

 Larry Kennar

1

1

0

 Magnet

1

1

3

 Management 360

2

1

1

4

5

 Mosaic

1

1

2

5

 Principato-Young

1

1

1

3

2

 Rich Demato

1

1

0

 The Safran Co.

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

2

5

7

9

Aperture

1

1

2

2

Apostle

1

1

2

3

Circle of Confusion

5

3

8

11

Energy

5

6

11

7

Fourth Floor

1

1

2

0

The Gotham Group

3

2

5

8

Industry

1

2

3

3

Kailey Marsh

1

1

2

0

Kaplan/Perrone

2

3

5

10

Magnet Management

1

1

2

6

Mosaic

2

1

3

5

Principato-Young

3

1

4

4

The Safran Co.

1

1

2

0

The following 39 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)

Joy Gorman                                    (Anonymous)

Paul Young                                    (PYE)

Peter McHugh                        (Gotham)

 

One:

Aaron Kaplan                        (K/P)

Adam Goldworm                        (Aperture)

Adam Marshall                        (Caliber)

Alex Lerner                                    (K/P)

Allen Fischer                        (PYE)

Bob Sobhani                                    (Magnet)

Brad Mendelsohn                        (Circle)

Darin Friedman                        (Mgmt 360)

David Milner                                    (3 Arts)

E.  Brian Dobbins              (PYE)

Elana Barry                                    (Anonymous)

Ellen Goldsmith-Vein            (Gotham)

Eryn Brown                                    (Mgmt 360)

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)

Julian Rosenberg                        (Caliber)

Jill McElroy                                    (Mgmt 360)

Kailey Marsh

Larry Kennar

Michael Lasker                        (Mosaic)

Peter Principato                        (PYE)

Rich Demato

Sean Perrone                        (K/P)

Shawn Simon                        (Gotham)

Tom Drumm                                    (Safran)

Zach Tann                                    (Magnet)

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 emptorMol??n labé.

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