The Scoggins Report: 2013 Year-End Spec Market Scorecard

The Scoggins Report
by Jason Scoggins, Cindy Kaplan & Landon Rohwedder
January 24, 2014

2013 Year-End

Spec Market Scorecard

Welcome to the 5th annual Year-End Spec Market Scorecard edition of the Scoggins Report. Like last year, we’ve (mostly) inserted our year-over-year analysis into the individual sections below, the better to get straight to the good stuff. To wit: Here are our three favorite take-aways from the 2013 Spec Market.

  • After a relatively slow first half of the year, during which the studios barely seemed to be paying attention to spec scripts, the second half ended very strong: Four out of the last six months of the year saw the highest monthly spec sale numbers since we started keeping track in 2007.
  • The total number of new screenplays hitting the market in 2013 (280) was off 17% from 2012’s 338, yet the total number of sales (124) was just 6% below 2011s and 2012s record high 132.
  • UTA led the agencies for the first time, thanks to its strong and steady pace of spec sales throughout the year, followed by CAA and WME. Last year, the ranking for the big three was WME, UTA, CAA.

There are plenty more high value tidbits in the pages below, but let’s get to everyone’s favorite year-end feature:  The Top 5 lists. (As with years past, don’t take “Top 5” too literally.) The following are the lists of the top Buyers and Sellers of 2013.  The number of sales for each company or person is to the right of their names.

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About Jason Scoggins

Jason Scoggins is a serial entrepreneur and senior executive who has founded and led companies in the entertainment industry as well as the technology space. A Hollywood veteran whose career includes stints as a TV literary agent and feature literary manager, Jason is probably best known for The Scoggins Report, the weekly film development newsletter he started in 2009 that currently has a weekly circulation of nearly 5,000 entertainment industry executives and creatives. The Report covers Hollywood's spec screenplay and pitch sales markets. Over the past five years Jason has founded several web-based entertainment industry start-ups, including the film development database company, which launched in 2009 and was sold to The Wrap News, Inc. in 2011. His current endeavor is @specscout, the site that combines a screenplay coverage library with a scoring system in order to highlight the best scripts circulating Hollywood. He continues to provide consulting services through Eureka Canyon, the management and consulting company he established in 2010. Follow Jason on Twitter @jscoggins.