The Scoggins Report: December 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
December 10, 2012

 
December 2012
Pitch Sales Scorecard

Like last year at this time, we’re itching to start doing year-end analyses and wrap-ups of the spec and pitch markets.  But like last year, we’re holding off until after the holiday.  True, Hollywood’s going to start shutting down in about a week and not much new business will get done in the pitch market between now and then.  But there are always a few pitch announcements that pop up in the last couple of weeks of the year, and most of the buyer and seller races are still too close to call.

After all, look at the difference between this Pitch Scorecard and the last one:  Seven pitch sales have been announced in the past four weeks, despite Thanksgiving and the slow holiday period.  It’s a been a damned good month, and the rest of December is as likely to follow suit as not.

If you really need a Top 10 list fix, here’s one to tide you over:  Jason did a “2012 Black List Prediction” post yesterday that you can check out here.  It’s a list of the Top 10 Specs of 2012 according to SpecScout.com , the new spec script coverage library he and his partners launched last week.  It’s pretty cool.

Enjoy the grids.

 

Overall Pitch Numbers

Here are overall pitch sales numbers through December 10 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

3

4

6

3

5

78

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

13

6

8

9

5

122

119

 Pitches

8

7

8

14

4

8

8

3

4

6

3

5

78

106

 2012 Total

20

16

25

25

15

24

13

16

10

14

12

10

200

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

1

1

1

1

17

22%

 Comedy

2

4

1

4

2

2

4

2

1

4

2

2

30

38%

 Drama

1

1

2

1

1

6

8%

 Horror

1

1

2

3%

 Sci-fi

3

1

2

2

1

1

1

1

12

15%

 Thriller

2

1

2

2

1

2

1

11

14%

 

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

1

2

1

8

9

 DreamWorks

1

1

2

 Fox

1

1

1

1

1

5

8

 Fox Searchlight

1

1

0

 MGM

1

1

0

 New Line

2

1

1

1

5

4

 New Regency

1

1

2

2

 Paramount

1

3

1

1

1

1

1

9

12

 Universal

1

1

1

3

1

1

3

11

12

 Warner Bros.

2

1

3

1

1

1

2

11

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

9

16

16

Disney

8

3

11

11

DreamWorks

1

1

2

6

Fox

5

4

9

16

New Regency

2

2

4

2

Paramount

9

11

20

17

Universal

11

9

20

19

Warner Bros.

11

7

18

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

2

0

 Bazelevs

1

1

1

 BroBible/Five All inthe 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

 Meteor Ent.

1

1

0

 Nickelodeon Movies

1

1

0

 Overbrook

1

1

0

 Prospect Park

1

1

0

 Reel FX

1

1

0

 Sidney Kimmel

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

2

4

1

Sidney Kimmel

1

1

2

3


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

Akil Productions

Atlas Entertainment

Bluegrass Films (2)

Branded Films (2)

Break Media

Captivate Entertainment

Carousel

Chris Morgan Productions

Di Novi Pictures

Disruption Entertainment

Electronic Arts

Escape Artists

Fake Empire

Four By Two Films (2)

Gary Sanchez Productions (2)

Grady Twins Productions

Gran Via

Hartbeat Productions

JC23 Entertainment

Imagine

Infinitum Nihil

Invention Films

Katzsmith Productions

LBI Entertainment

Langley Park

Mandeville (2)

Mark Gordon Company (2)

Offspring

Our Stories Films

Overbrook Entertainment

Original Film

Palermo Productions

Panay Films

Platinum Dunes

Point Grey Pictures

Rickard Pictures

Roth Films (2)

Ryan Murphy Productions

Smart Entertainment

Strange Weather Films

Vertigo Entertainment (2)

Viking Funeral

The Walsh Co.

Whitaker Entertainment

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

1

1

2

15

25

 Gersh

1

1

1

3

6

 ICM

1

2

1

1

1

1

7

14

 Paradigm

1

2

1

1

5

4

 UTA

1

1

6

1

1

10

13

 Verve

1

1

1

1

4

5

 WME

4

1

1

4

2

3

4

1

1

4

1

26

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

8

9

11

CAA

15

14

29

50

Gersh

3

6

9

14

ICM

7

8

15

27

Paradigm

5

7

12

14

UTA

10

17

27

30

Verve

4

5

9

9

WME

26

32

58

50

 

The following 92 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.

Five:

Mike Esola                                    (WME)

 

Four:

Sharon Jackson                        (WME)

 

Three:

Bill Zotti                                    (CAA)

Ida Ziniti                                    (Paradigm)

Jeff Gorin                                    (WME)

Kimberly Bialek                        (WME)

Sarah Self                                    (WME)


Two:

Adam Venit                                    (WME)

Ari Greenburg                        (WME)

Billy Hawkins                                    (CAA)

Blake Fronstin                        (WME)

Bryan Besser                        (Verve)

Danny Gabai                                    (WME)

David Karp                                    (WME)

David Kramer                        (UTA)

Geoff Morely                                    (UTA)

Jason Burns                                    (UTA)

Julien Thuan                                    (UTA)


Two (con’t):

Matt Rosen                                    (CAA)

Rowena Arguelles                        (CAA)

Simon Faber                                    (WME)

Trevor Astbury                        (Paradigm)

Todd Hoffman                        (ICM)

Valarie Phillips                        (Paradigm)

 

One:

Abram Nalibotsky                        (Gersh)

Adam Weinstein                        (Verve)

Adriana Alberghetti                        (WME)

Allan Haldeman                        (UTA)

Andrea Nelson-Meigs            (ICM)

Bayard Maybank                        (Gersh)

Bill Weinstein                        (Verve)

Blair Johan                                    (UTA)

Bob Hohman                                    (Gersh)

Brett Loncar                                    (CAA)

Brian DePersia                        (WME)

Brian Kend                                    (CAA)

Bryan Diperstein                        (ICM)

Charles King                                    (WME)

Charlie Ferraro                        (UTA)

Chris Von Goetz                        (ICM)

Christopher Smith                        (Paradigm)

Cliff Roberts                                    (WME)

Cori Wellins                                    (WME)

Dan Erlij                                    (UTA)

Dan Rabinow                        (CAA)

Danny Greenberg                        (WME)

Daniel Cohan                        (WME)

Dave Wirtschafter                        (WME)

Devra Lieb                                    (Gersh)

Dianne McGunigle                         (CAA)

Elia Infascelli-Smith                        (WME)

Emile Gladstone                        (ICM)

Eric Garfinkel                         (Gersh)

Erin Junkin                                    (WME)

Esther Newberg                        (ICM)

Greg Cavic                                    (CAA)

Greg Hodes                                    (WME)

Hanley Baxter                        (WME)

Jason Hayman                        (CAA)

Jay Baker                                    (CAA)

Jay Mandel                                    (WME)

Jeremy Zimmer                        (UTA)

Jessica Kovacevic                        (WME)

Joe Cohen                                    (CAA)

John Burnham                        (ICM)

Jon Levin                                    (CAA)

Josie Freedman                        (ICM)

Kevin Huvane                        (CAA)

Larry Salz                                    (UTA)

Lisa Harrison                                    (WME)

Mark Ross                                    (Paradigm)

Martin Lesak                                    (CAA)

Matt Rice                                    (UTA)

Michael Sheresky                        (UTA)

Melissa Myers                        (WME)

Nick Stevens                                    (WME)

Nicole Clemens                        (ICM)

Philip D’Amecourt                        (WME)

Ramses Ishak                        (UTA)

Rebecca Ewing                        (UTA)

Rich Cook                                    (WME)

Rob Herting                                    (Verve)

Robert Bookman                        (CAA)

Robert Lazar                                    (ICM)

Ryan Saul                                    (APA)

Scott Carr                                    (UTA)

Scott Greenberg                        (CAA)

Spencer Baumgarten            (CAA)

Stephanie Ritz                        (WME)

Steve Smooke                        (CAA)

Susie Fox                                    (CAA)

Tim Phillips                                    (UTA)

 

Pitch Sales by Seller – Management Companies

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

2011

 3 Arts

1

1

1

3

6

 Abrams

1

1

0

 Anonymous

1

1

1

3

7

 Aperture

1

1

2

 Apostle

1

1

3

 Brillstein

1

1

1

 Caliber

2

1

1

4

0

 Circle of Confusion

2

1

2

5

6

 The Collective

1

1

0

 Energy

1

2

2

1

1

7

0

 Fourth Floor

1

1

0

 Generate

1

1

1

 The Gotham Group

1

1

1

3

5

 Industry

1

1

0

 H2F (DMG)

1

1

0

 Inphenate

1

1

0

 Kailey Marsh

1

1

0

 Kaplan/Perrone

1

1

1

3

5

 Larry Kennar

1

1

0

 Magnet

1

1

3

 Management 360

2

1

1

4

5

 Mosaic

1

1

1

1

4

5

 New Wave Ent.

2

2

0

 Oasis

1

1

0

 Principato-Young

1

1

1

1

1

5

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

3

1

4

6

Anonymous

3

7

10

9

Aperture

1

1

2

2

Apostle

1

1

2

3

Brillstein

1

1

2

2

Caliber

4

1

5

2

Circle of Confusion

5

4

9

11

Energy

7

9

16

7

Fourth Floor

1

1

2

0

The Gotham Group

3

3

6

8

H2F (DMG)

1

1

2

7

Industry

1

2

3

3

Kailey Marsh

1

2

3

0

Kaplan/Perrone

3

6

9

10

Magnet Management

1

2

3

6

Management 360

4

2

6

6

Mosaic

4

2

6

5

New Wave Ent.

2

7

9

11

Oasis

1

1

2

0

Principato-Young

4

1

5

4

The Safran Co.

1

1

2

0

 

The following 52 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.

 

Seven:

Brooklyn Weaver                        (Energy)


Four:

Britton Rizzio                                    (Circle)

 

Three:

Allen Fischer                        (PYE)

 

Two:

Aaron Kaplan                        (K/P)

Dallas Sonnier                        (Caliber)

Guymon Casady                        (Mgmt 360)

Josh Adler                                    (New Wave)

Joy Gorman                                    (Anonymous)

Mike Goldberg                        (New Wave)

Paul Young                                    (PYE)

Peter McHugh                        (Gotham)

Sean Perrone                        (K/P)


One:

Adam Goldworm                        (Aperture)

Adam Kossack                        (Anonymous)

Adam Marshall                        (Caliber)

Adam Schulman                        (Anonymous)

Alex Lerner                                    (K/P)

Angelina Chen                        (Energy)

Bob Sobhani                                    (Magnet)

Brad Mendelsohn                        (Circle)

Chris Fenton                                    (H2F)

Darin Friedman                        (Mgmt 360)

David Becky                                    (3 Arts)

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)

Greg Walter                                    (3 Arts)

Jeff Silver                                    (Fourth Floor)

Jennie Frisbie                        (Magnet)

Jeremy Platt                                    (Generate)

Jess Rosenthal                        (Industry)

Jesse Hara                                    (Haven)

Josh Lieberman                        (3 Arts)

Julian Rosenberg                        (Caliber)

Jill McElroy                                    (Mgmt 360)

Kailey Marsh                                    (Station3)

Larry Kennar

Margaret Riley                        (Brillstein)

Michael Lasker                        (Mosaic)

Molly Mandel                                    (Mosaic)

Peter Principato                        (PYE)

Rich Demato

Shawn Simon                        (Gotham)

Stacy Abrams

Susan Solomon                        (PYE)

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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