The Scoggins Report: October 2013 Pitch Market Scorecard

The Scoggins Report
by Jason Scoggins & Landon Rohwedder
October 14, 2013 

October 2013

Pitch Market Scorecard

A couple of weeks ago in the September Pitch Roundup, we noted there had been three  months in a row of as-good-or-better year-over-year pitch sales numbers. Make that “four months in a row” — October’s only half over, but it’s already tied with last year (in addition to the 4 noted in the grid below, we captured two additional pitch sales after today’s cutoff).

If the rest of October is as strong and November follows suit we’ll still have a chance of matching last year’s numbers (which were admittedly pretty weak compared to 2011’s). The biggest targets of opportunity are unchanged from those we’ve noted over the past couple of months:

  • Disney, which picked up its second pitch of the year recently but is nowhere near the 9 it purchased in each of the last two years;
  • Sony, which bought its third pitch last month but must have a few development dollars stashed away since it hasn’t purchased a single spec script all year; and
  • Paramount, for almost the exact same reason (it’s bought 3 pitches and 1 spec so far this year, compared to a combined 20 and 17 projects in 2012 and 2011, respectively).

As always, year-over-year numbers to your heart’s content are below. Enjoy.

Overall Pitch Numbers

 

Here are basic pitch sales numbers through October 14 on their own, with year-over-year monthly comparisons…

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

 2013

3

10

8

10

6

5

8

4

5

4

63

 2012

8

7

8

14

4

7

8

3

4

6

3

9

81

 2011

4

8

13

7

8

15

10

4

5

10

8

14

106

…and here are combined spec and pitch sales numbers through October 14, with year over year monthly comparisons.

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

2012

2011

 Specs

8

8

10

15

9

10

11

6

9

5

91

132

132

 Pitches

3

10

8

10

6

5

8

4

5

4

63

81

106

 Totals

11

18

18

25

15

15

19

10

14

9

154

213

238

 2012 Total

20

20

22

26

16

22

13

16

13

19

10

15

 2011 Total

7

21

28

16

15

28

20

9

12

30

16

24

Pitch Sales By Genre

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

%

 Action/Adventure

1

4

1

4

2

2

2

2

18

32%

 Comedy

1

2

4

1

1

1

2

3

15

26%

 Drama

1

4

2

1

1

9

16%

 Fantasy

1

1

2%

 Horror

1

1

2%

 Sci-fi

1

1

1

2

4

1

2

12

21%

 Thriller

1

2

2

1

1

7

12%

 

Pitch Sales By Month – Studios

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

2013

2012

2011

 Columbia

1

1

1

3

7

9

 Disney

1

1

9

9

 DreamWorks

3

1

1

5

1

2

 DreamWorks Animation

1

1

0

0

 Fox

1

2

2

1

1

7

6

8

 Fox 2000

1

1

0

2

 Fox Searchlight

1

1

2

1

0

 Lionsgate*

1

1

1

3

1

2

 MGM

1

1

1

0

 New Line

2

1

2

5

5

4

 Nickelodeon

1

1

0

0

 Paramount

1

1

1

3

9

12

 Relativity

1

1

0

0

 Universal

1

1

3

2

2

1

10

11

12

 Warner Bros.

1

1

2

1

5

11

13

Totals:  Studios

1

9

6

10

3

3

5

4

4

4

49

62

73

         * 2011 and 2012 numbers for Lionsgate and Summit are combined.

 

Pitch Purchases by Genre – Studios

Action

Comedy

Drama

Horror

Sci-fi

Thriller

2013

2012

2011

 Columbia

1

1

1

3

7

9

 Disney

1

1

9

9

 DreamWorks

3

1

1

5

1

2

 DreamWorks Animation

1

1

0

0

 Fox

2

1

1

3

7

6

8

 Fox 2000

1

1

0

2

 Fox Searchlight

1

1

2

1

0

 Lionsgate*

1

1

1

3

1

2

 MGM

1

1

1

0

 New Line

1

3

1

5

5

4

 Nickelodeon

1

1

0

0

 Paramount

1

1

1

3

9

12

 Relativity

1

1

0

0

 Universal

5

2

2

1

10

11

12

 Warner Bros.

2

1

2

5

11

13

Totals:  Studios

13

14

6

1

9

6

49

62

73

         * 2011 and 2012 numbers for Lionsgate and Summit are combined.

 

Here are the combined pitch and spec purchase numbers for Studio Buyers that have bought at least one of each in 2013 (plus Columbia, which hasn’t bought a spec in over a year).

 

Pitches

Specs

2013

2012

2011

Columbia

3

3

16

16

Disney

1

1

2

12

11

Fox

7

4

11

12

16

Fox 2000

1

1

2

1

3

Lionsgate*

3

3

6

5

6

MGM

1

1

2

1

0

New Line

5

1

6

6

8

Paramount

3

1

4

20

17

Relativity

1

3

4

1

2

Universal

10

6

16

20

19

Warner Bros.

5

2

7

18

30

* 2011 and 2012 numbers for Lionsgate and Summit are combined.

Pitch Purchases By Month – Other Buyers

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

2013

2012

2011

 1984

1

1

2

0

 Armory/Benderspink

1

1

0

 Broken Road

1

1

0

0

 Centropolis

1

1

0

0

 Crackle

1

1

0

0

 Filmhaus Germany

1

1

0

0

 Good Universe

1

1

0

 Ineffable Pictures

1

1

0

0

 Lakeshore

1

1

0

0

 LD Entertainment

1

1

0

0

 MRC

1

1

0

1

 QED

1

1

0

0

 Skydance

1

1

0

2

 Thunder Road

1

1

1

0

 Treehouse Pictures

1

1

0

0

Totals:  Non-studios

2

1

2

0

4

2

3

0

1

0

15

3

3

 

Pitch Purchases By Genre – Other Buyers

Action

Comedy

Drama

Fantasy

Sci-fi

Thriller

2013

2012

2011

 1984

1

1

2

0

 Armory/Benderspink

1

1

0

 Broken Road

1

1

0

0

 Centropolis

1

1

0

0

 Crackle

1

1

0

0

 Filmhaus Germany

1

1

0

0

 Good Universe

1

1

0

 Ineffable Pictures

1

1

0

0

 Lakeshore

1

1

0

0

 LD Entertainment

1

1

0

0

 MRC

1

1

0

1

 QED

1

1

0

0

 Skydance

1

1

0

2

 Thunder Road

1

1

1

0

 Treehouse Pictures

1

1

0

0

Totals:  Non-studios

5

1

3

2

4

0

15

3

3

Here are the combined pitch and spec purchase numbers for Non-Studio Buyers that have bought at least one of each in 2013.

 

Pitches

Specs

2013

2012

2011

1984

1

1

2

2

1

Good Universe

1

2

3

1

MRC

1

1

2

0

0

QED

1

1

2

4

0

Skydance

1

1

2

1

3

Thunder Road

1

5

6

2

0

Treehouse

1

1

2

0

0

 

Each of the following production companies has been attached to at least one pitch sale so far this year.  Names in bold are new or have set up an additional pitch since the last Scorecard.

 

21 Laps (2)

Action Entertainment

Aggregate Films (2)

Anonymous Content

Appian Way (2)

Arcana Comics

Atlas Entertainment

Bandito Brothers

Benderspink (2)

Blue Grass Films (3)

Blumhouse Productions

Broken Road (2)

Chernin Entertainment (3)

Davis Entertainment

De Line Pictures

Di Bonaventura Pictures

Disruption Entertainment (2)

Energy Entertainment

Gambit Pictures

Gran Via

Groundswell Productions

Hurwitz & Schlossberg Productions

Hutch Parker Productions (2)

IAM Entertainment

Jim Whitaker Entertainment

Josephson Entertainment

K/O Paper Products

Langley Park (2)

Lin Pictures

New Regency

Oasis Media Group

Offspring Entertainment (2)

Original Film (3)

Platinum Dunes

Ranger 7

State Street

Sunny Field Entertainment

Temple Hill

Thunder Road (2)

Underground (2)

Vinson Films

Wild West Picture Show

 

Pitch Sales by Seller – Agencies

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

2013

2012

2011

 APA

1

1

2

1

3

 CAA

2

3

4

1

2

1

1

1

1

16

16

25

 Gersh

2

1

1

4

3

6

 ICM

1

1

1

1

4

7

14

 Paradigm

1

1

1

3

6

4

 Resolution

1

1

0

0

 UTA

1

1

1

1

1

3

1

1

10

10

13

 Verve

1

1

4

5

 WME

2

3

1

2

2

2

1

2

2

1

18

27

28

Totals

2

10

6

10

6

5

7

5

5

4

59

74

98

 

Here are the combined pitch and spec sales numbers for the agencies that have sold at least one of each in 2013:

 

Pitches

Specs

Total

2012

2011

APA

2

6

8

9

11

CAA

16

10

26

32

50

Gersh

4

5

9

11

14

ICM

4

2

6

15

27

Paradigm

3

5

8

15

14

Resolution

1

3

4

0

0

UTA

10

18

28

34

30

Verve

1

4

5

9

9

WME

18

13

31

61

50

The following 70 agents have been involved with at least one pitch sale so far this year.

 

Four:

Mike Esola                            (WME)

 

Three:

Charlie Ferraro                      (UTA)

Cliff Roberts                         (WME)

David Karp                          (WME)

Greg McKnight                     (CAA)

Rich Cook                             (WME)

Sandra Lucchesi               (Gersh)


Two:

Danny Greenberg              (WME)

David Boxerbaum               (Paradigm)

David Kramer                        (UTA)

Jason Burns                          (UTA)

Jay Baker                              (CAA)

Jeff Gorin                               (WME)

John Garvey                         (CAA)

Keya Khayatian                    (UTA)

Marc Korman             (WME)

Phil d’Amecourt                     (WME)

Todd Hoffman                      (ICM)

 

One:

Adam Levine                                   (Verve)

Adam Perry                         (APA)

Andrew Miller                        (CAA)

Bill Weinstein                        (Verve)

Bill Zotti                                  (CAA)

Blair Kohan                            (UTA)

Brett Loncar                           (CAA)

Brian Kend                            (CAA)

Bryan Diperstein                  (ICM)

Carolyn Sivitz                    (UTA)

Chris Ridenhour                    (APA)

Cori Wellins                          (WME)

Dan Aloni                               (WME)

Dan Rabinow                        (CAA)

Daniel Cohan                        (WME)

David Kopple                       (CAA)

David Lubliner                      (WME)

David Wirtschafter                (WME)

Erik Garfinkle              (Gersh)

Geoff Morley                                    (UTA)

Greg Hodes                          (WME)

Jeff Barry                               (ICM)

Jenny Maryasis                    (UTA)

Joel Roman                          (Paradigm)

Jon Cassir                             (CAA)

Jon Huddle                           (UTA)

Jon Levin                              (CAA)

Jordan Cerf                           (WME)

Josh Hornstock                     (UTA)

Josh Katz                              (UTA)

JP Evans                             (CAA)

Kathleen Remington            (ICM)

Kevin Cooper                      (CAA)

Kimberly Bialek                    (WME)

Lee Keele                             (Gersh)

Lisa Harrison                         (WME)

Martin Spencer                     (Resolution)

Matt Rice                               (UTA)

Matt Rosen                           (CAA)

Michael Sheresky                 (UTA)

Nick LoPiccolo                       (Paradigm)

Peter Micelli                           (CAA)

Ramses Ishak                       (UTA)

Risa Gertner                          (CAA)

Roger Green                        (WME)

Ryan Ly                                (CAA)

Scott Greenberg                  (CAA)

Simon Faber                         (WME)

Solco Schuitt                         (WME)

Stuart Manashil                     (CAA)

Trevor Astbury                     (Paradigm)

Zach Druker                           (WME)

 

Pitch Sales by Seller – Management Companies

 

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

2013

2012

2011

 3 Arts

1

1

1

3

3

6

 Anonymous

1

2

1

2

1

7

3

7

 Apostle

1

1

1

3

1

3

 Benderspink

1

1

2

4

1

 Blain & Assoc.

1

1

0

0

 Brillstein

1

1

2

1

1

 Caliber

1

1

1

3

4

0

 Digital Conspiracy

1

1

0

0

 Energy

1

1

1

2

5

6

0

 Fourth Floor

1

1

2

1

0

 IAM Ent.

1

1

0

0

 Industry

1

1

1

0

 Kaplan/Perrone

1

1

3

5

 Lutz Management

1

1

2

0

4

 Madhouse

1

1

2

0

8

 Magnet

1

2

3

1

3

 Manage-ment

1

1

0

1

 Management 360

2

1

1

1

5

5

5

 Mosaic

1

1

2

5

5

 New Wave

1

1

2

0

 Principato-Young

1

1

5

2

 Rain

1

1

0

0

 Underground

1

1

1

1

4

0

3

 Untitled

1

1

0

1

 

Here are the combined pitch and spec sales for management companies that have sold at least one of each in 2013.

 

Pitches

Specs

Total

2012

2011

Anonymous

7

1

6

11

9

Apostle

3

2

5

2

3

Benderspink

2

7

9

9

6

Caliber

3

3

6

7

2

Energy

5

13

18

15

7

Fourth Floor

2

2

3

2

0

Industry

1

2

3

5

3

Madhouse

2

4

6

6

2

Magnet

3

2

4

4

6

Management 360

5

3

8

7

6

Mosaic

2

2

4

10

5

New Wave

1

3

4

10

11

Principato Young

1

1

2

6

4

 

The following 44 managers have been involved with at least one pitch sale so far this year:

 

Five:

Brooklyn Weaver                 (Energy)

 

Four:

Keith Redmon                      (Anonymous)

 

Three:

Adam Simpson-Marshall    (Caliber)

Bard Dorros                          (Anonymous)

George Heller                     (Apostle)

 

Two:

Adam Kolbrenner                 (Madhouse)

Bob Sobhani                                   (Magnet)

Brian Lutz                              (Lutz)

Dawn Saltzman                    (Mosaic)

Greg Walter                          (3 Arts)

Jake Wagner                        (Benderspink)

Jeff Silver                            (Fourth Floor)

Jennie Frankel Frisbie          (Magnet)

Jill McElroy                            (Mgmt 360)

Paul Nelson                           (Mosaic)

Rosalie Swedlin                 (Anonymous)

Trevor Engelson                   (Undergrnd)

 

One:

Aaron Kaplan                        (K/P)

Brian Dobbins                      (PYE)

Dan Halsted                          (Manage-ment)

Daniel Rappaport                (Mgmt 360)

Darin Friedman                      (Mgmt 360)

Eryn Brown                           (Mgmt 360)

Jeff Okin                                (Anonymous)

Jennifer Levine                     (Untitled)

Jimmy Miller                          (Mosaic)

Jonathan Baruch              (Rain)

Josh Adler                             (New Wave)

Josh Turner McGuire            (Underground)

Langley Perer                       (Mosaic)

Margaret Riley                      (Brillstein)

Michael Shlain                       (Digital Consp.)

Michael Sugar                       (Anonymous)

Mike Goldberg                     (New Wave)

Missy Malkin                         (Brillstein)

Mitch Solomon                     (Magnet)

Noah Rothman                     (Underground)

Paul Young                           (PYE)

Ryan Cunningham               (Madhouse)

Scott Glassgold                    (IAM Ent.)

Sean Perrone                       (K/P)

Stephen Crawford               (Industry)

Tom Lasally                          (3 Arts)

Tony Blain                             (Blain)

 

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 emptor.

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