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The Black List, an annual survey of Hollywood executives’ favorite unproduced screenplays, was founded in 2005. Since then, more than 270 Black List scripts have been produced, grossing over $24 billion in box office worldwide. Black List movies have won 37 Academy Awards, including three of the last six Best Picture Oscars and eight of the last fourteen Best Screenplay Oscars.
In October of 2012, the Black List launched a unique online community where screenwriters make their work available to readers, buyers and employers. Since its inception, it has hosted more than 20,000 screenplays and teleplays and provided more than 32,000 script evaluations. As a direct result of introductions made on the Black List, dozens of writers have found representation at major talent agencies and management companies, as well as sold or optioned their screenplays.
Currently, the Black List hosts over 2,600 scripts for consideration by over 2,400 film industry professionals ranging from agency assistants, to studio and network presidents, to A-list actors and directors. https://blcklst.com
At the International Screenwriters’ Association, we believe in supporting screenwriters of any level and background. We provide writers with informational resources for career development and access to a growing, international community. Our website acts as a unique, complete source – a portal for discovery.
The ISA additionally provides an outlet for film and TV producers to seek and discover new talent. Our newly launched Development Program has found representation and options for several emerging writers.
Dave Trottier has sold or optioned ten screenplays (three produced) and is the author of The Screenwriter’s Bible. As an award-winning teacher and in-demand script consultant, Dave Trottier has helped hundreds of writers sell their work, win contests, and break into the biz. keepwriting.com
InkTip: Where producers go for scripts and writers.
Winners will receive an InkTip Script Listing and have their logline featured in InkTip Magazine so they can promote themselves and their scripts to InkTip’s entire network of producers, managers, and agents. InkTip Magazine is sent to over 15,000 producers and representatives.
Companies who are InkTip members include: ABC, Anonymous Content, APA, CBS Films, HBO Films, ICM, Paradigm, Paramount Pictures, Hallmark Channel, FX, Universal, WME, Echo Lake, Zero Gravity, Bad Robot, 20th Century Fox, and many more.
Producers have made more than 315 films from scripts and writers found through InkTip.
Jen Grisanti Consultancy offers consulting services for the TV, feature and novel writer. as well as writing seminars, teleseminars and one-on-one story and career consultations. Experience is the bridge that will take you from run of the mill material to extraordinary product to land that job. Get the personal guidance you need from a professional script consultant who has seen it all. As a Current Programs Executive for both Spelling Television, Inc. and CBS/Paramount, Grisanti staffed, advised and guided the writers and directors of top primetime shows for 12 years. By drawing on business savvy and her technique for developing material from within, she will empower you to give the studio executives what they want without compromising your talent and integrity. http://jengrisanticonsultancy.com/
Author of Michael Wiese Productions’ Getting It Write: An Insider’s Guide To A Screenwriting Career, released in March 2014, Lee Jessup is a career coach for professional and emerging screenwriters, with an exclusive focus on the screenwriter’s professional development. Her clients include WGA members, Golden Globe and Emmy nominated screenwriters, writers who sold screenplays and pitches to major studios, and contest winners. Lee spent 6+ years as director of ScriptShark. During her time with ScriptShark, Lee introduced hundreds of screenplays to entertainment industry professionals, and spearheaded a national Business of Screenwriting seminar series launched in partnership with Final Draft and sponsored by The New York Times Company. An invited speaker at screenwriting conferences and festivals both in the US and Europe, Lee is a regular contributor to Script Magazine and was the interview subject for a number of film-centric television and web programs. To learn more about Lee and her services, visit www.leejessup.com.
The New York Film Academy 4-Week Filmmaking Programs are hands-on, intensive workshops that allow students to achieve more in less time than at any other film school. Each program is designed by award-winning entertainment industry professionals for students looking for intensive training using professional facilities and equipment. Programs begin year-round in New York and Los Angeles. Visit http://www.nyfa.com for more information.
Park on the Lot — Director of WGA’s Showrunner Training Program, creator of the CBS Writers Mentoring Program, and the leading expert on career strategies for writers and producers, Carole Kirschner teaches creative professionals how to navigate the challenging and often mystifying field of show business. Her book, Hollywood Game Plan: How to Land a Job in Film, TV and Digital Entertainment is a primer on how to break in, stay in, and move up in the entertainment industry. Through her popular workshops, sometimes referred to as “Hollywood Business School,” Carole teaches writers and producers the real world strategies that will help them get meetings, sell projects and get hired. http://parkonthelot.com/
Riding The Alligator is the one screenwriting book for artistic writers by a real Hollywood writer that aims to get their creative passions flowing! Pen Densham, as a writer, producer and director, has headed TV series and features that have grossed in excess of a billion dollars. Self-taught, he has one primal message – write from the heart. “The movies I sold most often were the ones I created for myself.” Pen’s new book approaches writing as a humanistic art, a personal journey of discovery and gives optimistic approaches for handling the business on your own terms. http://www.ridingthealligator.com/
Based on the best-selling books of screenwriter Blake Snyder, Save the Cat! provides writers the books, software, apps, workshops and analysis they need to develop their screenplays using Blake’s acclaimed ideas and methods.
Launched in 2000 as an industry-leading research tool for screenwriters, Script Pipeline’s Writers Database gathers the specific needs and submission guidelines for over 1,000 companies, including managers, agents, and producers looking for new material. Members receive unlimited logline and query letter reviews, free entries to Script Pipeline competitions, discounts on script coverage, and one-on-one, personalized assistance with development professionals to ensure you’re well prepared for a competitive marketplace. http://www.scriptpipeline.com/writers-database
Designed for both beginning and established screenwriters, The Secret Door Pitchfest,presented by Script Pipeline, gathers a selected group of high-level producers, managers, agents, and key executives searching for new material and fresh voices, allowing the writer to pitch and network in a more intimate, organized, hassle-free environment. Previous attendees have included Lakeshore Entertainment, Gersh, Benderspink, Paradigm, Madhouse Entertainment, and other top companies. http://scriptpipeline.com/shop/secret-door-pitchfest
Seed & Spark is the world’s only streaming and crowdfunding platform, where filmmakers build careers and audiences watch and support inclusive, diverse new movies and shows. https://www.seedandspark.com
Melody Jackson, Ph.D., is the founder and owner of Smart Girls Productions, a marketing and consulting firm for screenwriters. Using a two-part process Smart Girls works with screenwriters to make their goals more tangible by first advising them how to make their script concepts as commercial as possible, and secondly, by helping them market their script strategically through hard copy query letters to highly targeted lists of producers and managers, email query blasts, and pitching strategies, Melody also coaches writers – both online or offline – in being effective at building relationships in Hollywood — a component critical to your success. A frequent speaker for writers groups, Melody is also the author of guidebooks and courses on “How To Pitch Your Screenplay Like a Pro,” “Follow-Up Impact: How to Build Lasting Connections to the People You Meet by Staying In Touch Without Driving Them Crazy,” “Hollywood Wants To Read My Script: What Do I Do?” as well as too many other courses to list here. To get your current Guidebook free, go to http://www.smartg.com/writers
With Show Starter Scheduling & Budgeting Plus, you create your production calendar, and the software instantly crunches your numbers! What used to take days now takes only hours – and your schedule, budget and cash flow are always in sync for instant updates. This online app is easy to use, low-priced and ideal for indie filmmakers, reality productions, student films, and new media projects that don’t have the money or the study time to buy and master four different “blockbuster movie” software programs.
StoryO 2™ takes story organization to a whole other level! With StoryO, writers can enter ideas onto electronic index cards, rearrange and attach them to multiple sequences and timelines, then develop plot points, multiple story lines and characters along the way.
Designed for writers by writers, StoryO gives the writer a way to outline their story in broad strokes first, then flesh out details later. StoryO does not force specific writing methods, but instead allows each writer to design their own paradigms and environments that support how they prefer to organize ideas and approach each story.
StoryO boasts powerful import & export ability with Final Draft® screenplays and export of pre-production information to Gorilla™ and Chimpanzee film production software™.
Use StoryO for screenplays, stage plays, novels, webisodes, short stories and more!
Robert McKee occupies a unique position in modern storytelling. His teachings have spread beyond the screen to influence all media. Marketing professionals and business leaders from all over the world read McKee’s works and attend his packed international seminars for an exclusive deep dive into the narrative potential of their company’s content.
Director Peter Jackson calls McKee the "guru of gurus." A Fulbright Scholar, McKee has won the BAFTA Award for his television series, the Cine Eagle for his filmmaking, as well as the International Moving Image Book Award for his international bestseller, STORY. He has coached over 60 Academy Award winners and 170 Emmy Award winners. At Pixar, McKee’s teachings are “The Law of the Land.” Over 100,000 writers have attended his seminars. http://www.mckeestory.com