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FINAL DRAFT, A CAST & CREW ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES COMPANY, RELEASES FINAL DRAFT 10 TODAY

FINAL DRAFT, A CAST & CREW ENTERTAINMENT SERVICES COMPANY, RELEASES FINAL DRAFT 10 TODAY

Celebrating its 25th year as the industry standard for screenwriting software, Final Draft today announced that the newest version of the world’s number-one selling and Emmy® Award-winning screenwriting software, Final Draft 10, is now available. The update includes many new and improved features, such as real-time collaboration tools for writing teams, the ability to store alternate lines of dialogue within a script, and a “Beat Board” that offers total freedom to organize ideas as they come.

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25 YEARS AGO, A GUY WHO REALLY LOVED BACK TO THE FUTURE CO-LAUNCHED FINAL DRAFT

25 YEARS AGO, A GUY WHO REALLY LOVED BACK TO THE FUTURE CO-LAUNCHED FINAL DRAFT

Like so many people who move to L.A. to break into the film industry, Marc Madnick can point to the exact movie that planted stars in his eyes: Back to the Future. "In 1985, I was a junior in college. I'll never forget it. I thought it was the most perfect film. It was adventurous, had a little bit of a love story. It made sense, the time travel." The day he saw Back to the Future, he knew he was destined to come to Hollywood and, if all went well, to make a movie just like it.

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Final Draft Awards Winners, Paul Schrader Joins Hall of Fame

Final Draft Awards Winners, Paul Schrader Joins Hall of Fame

At the Final Draft Awards at Paramount Studios Thursday night, 40-year film veteran Paul Schrader was inducted into the Final Draft Hall of Fame. His presenter Larry Karaszewski ("The People vs. O.J. Simpson") couldn't believe he had been inducted before Schrader, who was a 26-year-old film critic when he wrote "Taxi Driver." "Paul is a giant shining beacon," said  Karaszewski, "on how a screenwriter can be an artist and be independent year after year."

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Screenwriting Software Leader Final Draft Bought by Cast and Crew

Screenwriting Software Leader Final Draft Bought by Cast and Crew

Production management specialist Cast & Crew Entertainment Services has bought screenwriting software leader Final Draft Inc. for an undisclosed price.

Cast & Crew said the deal, announced Tuesday, continues to accelerate its investment in technology, supported by its majority shareholder Silver Lake Partners. Cast & Crew, which provides payroll and residuals processing, accounting systems and software, and production incentive consulting, was acquired by Silver Lake Partners in mid 2015.

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Cast & Crew Entertainment Acquires Final Draft, Inc.

Cast & Crew Entertainment Acquires Final Draft, Inc.

BURBANK, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Cast & Crew Entertainment Services, the premier provider of technology-enabled payroll and production-management services to the entertainment industry, today announced the acquisition of Final Draft, Inc., whose screenwriting software is the undisputed industry standard and clear market leader worldwide. With this transaction, Cast & Crew not only underlines its commitment to deliver industry-leading technology solutions, but also broadens its participation across the full entertainment production lifecycle.

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Final Draft Awards Screenwriting Nominees Announced

Final Draft Awards Screenwriting Nominees Announced

BirdmanBoyhood, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Interstellar and Nightcrawler have been nominated for best original screenplay in the 10th annual Final Draft Awards. The screenwriting competition, sponsored by the Final Draft software maker and voted on by Final Draft users, will announce the winners at a ceremony Feb. 12 at the Paramount Studios Theatre in Hollywood that will be hosted by hosted by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant.

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Seth Sweats The Details

Seth Meyers takes over the Late Night chair from Jimmy Fallon on Monday, February 24th. In this funny promo, he makes sure to dot the I's and cross the T's getting ready, including carrying a Final Draft installer on a flash drive in his pocket.

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Final Draft Writer App Featured in iPad Air Commercial

Final Draft Writer App Featured in iPad Air Commercial

The team at Final Draft is proud to have our Final Draft Writer app for iPad featured in the new iPad Air commercial that debuted during the Golden Globes. Featuring a narration by Robin Williams, the add asks viewers "What's your verse?" and reflects on the poetry in life that is created on iPad.

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Final Draft Hall of Famer Lawrence Kasdan Talks About (Mostly Around) The New STAR WARS Movies

Final Draft Hall of Famer Lawrence Kasdan Talks About (Mostly Around) The New STAR WARS Movies

Lawrence Kasdan received a Hall of Fame honor at the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Awards, and made himself available to the media - which, sadly, did not result in a spate of DREAMCATCHER questions. No, it was all about the new STAR WARS movies Kasdan is working on with fellow screenwriter Simon Kinberg. What's the nature of his involvement? Which characters are receiving standalone movies? Is there a place for Duddits in the STAR WARS universe?

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The Big Break℠ Screenwriting Contest Winner Experience

Big Break is an annual, global screenwriting contest designed to launch the careers of aspiring writers with over $80,000 in cash, prizes, as well as A-list executive meetings. Winners and finalists alike have had their screenplays optioned and produced and have secured high-profile representation as well as lucrative writing deals.

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