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20 Must Know Hollywood Literary Management Companies

20 Must Know Hollywood Literary Management Companies   Figuring out how to get a bona fide literary management company to represent you is complicated, especially if you’re new(ish) to the entertainment industry. Unlike most things, Googling “literary managers” won’t instantly answer your questions. It’s a confusing marketplace, due, in part,

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British IP
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10 Hollywood Films Made from British IP

Hollywood Films and British IP The wider British public are usually treated, once-a-year or so, to a slick piece of PR spin usually including the phrase “British film is booming” and citing major Hollywood releases as contributing to said boom. But the next time you sit down to watch a

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a window into an executive's script pile
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The Hierarchy of an Executive’s Script Pile

A couple of months ago I had a friend round for dinner who just so happens to be the Head of Development at one of the best TV companies in London. In a series of what appeared to be ginormous coincidences, I also just so happened to have recently completed a

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Crowdfunding Pitch Movies on Indiegogo
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The Top 8 Crowdfunding Pitch Movies on Indiegogo

The crowdfunding pitch film is the campaign’s secret weapon. The pitch film sits at the forefront of your ask for the crowd to fund you. The pitch film literally should be perfect and personal. It should move, involve and inspire. If those three emotions are provoked, someone just might dip

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The Film Producer Salary & A Pocket Full of Dollars

Let’s be blunt about it: the financial outlook isn’t great for Film Producers at the moment. A Film Producer Salary is firmly not what it once was… I remember the days as a Producer in the Noughties, where out of every budget (development and production) the producer received 10% as

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cutting out the middle man
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Cutting Out the Middle Man in Film Distribution

The Berlin International Film Festival was distinctly different this year. Sure, there was the typical melee of execs taking pictures around remnants of the Berlin Wall. And yes, as per usual, the films ranged from disappointing to exhilarating. Yet there was something that I can only describe as a digital

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The Smell of Fear in LA

I’ve spent the week in LA, (City of Angels & Devils) As I have previously mentioned, many times, I love LA and this time was no exception. I ate dinner on a table exactly next to Gwyneth Paltrow (she drank martini and wine, and did not order the ‘steamed vagina’),

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My Pain At Being “Replaced” as a Screenwriter

Being “Replaced” A couple of years ago, I became that person: a replaced screenwriter. It was a screenplay I dearly loved and had put my heart and soul into and, on top of the rejection of being booted off whilst I was circus performing on that roll, the whole thing

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Swerving Development Hell in the New Dawn of Crowdfunding

Welcome and hello to the thousands of you who visit the IS website every week. By way of an introduction, I’m Miranda Fleming, and I’m thrilled to be starting this new monthly column. I’ve worked extensively in development (Channel Four Films aka Film4) and I’ve Produced, Exec Produced and supported

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the script reader
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Script Reader Jobs: Your Complete Guide

Like it or lump it, the role of the industry script is becoming increasingly important in film and TV. With the volume of scripts being written, increasing year-on-year, the challenge for those in power becomes one of filtration – everybody wants great writers and everyone wants hits, right? But hardly anyone

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30 Quotes about Screenwriting from A-List Directors & Actors

30 Quotes about Screenwriting from A-List Directors & Actors Whether they produce films, direct them, write them, or star in them, these iconic figures all agree on one thing: the importance of the screenplay. Here are thirty quotes about screenwriting, from people who would really, really know best…   The Quotes

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Why Women Screenwriters should Stop Moaning and Just WIN

All Screenwriters LOVE Moaning Because there’s been quite a lot in the press lately about the plight (or otherwise) of women screenwriters, I’ve been thinking a bit lately about whether I think I’m hard done by because of my sex (sex as in female, not sex as in, I’ve been trying

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Screenplay Format: Your 30-Step Guide

Screenplay Format – Your 30-step Guide Before you start writing the next great film, it is essential that you have a comprehensive understanding of screenplay format. It won’t matter how amazing your story is if the formatting is sloppy. You’re a professional, so your screenplay must dress to impress and there

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Seething With Screenwriting Envy!

Screenwriting Envy “In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure”. Guess who said that? You never will. It was Bill Cosby! I have spent the past hour trying to find another quote to go alongside that one, possibly by someone like Ray

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Rocky - Hollywood Screenwriters' Big Break
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10 Hollywood Screenwriters Reveal Their Big Break

Most screenwriters would cite a moment in their careers that proved critical. It might be the day they signed with an influential literary manager, or the moment a key producer spotted something in their spec screenplay that piqued his or her interest. Of course, it might be more spectacular than that, and

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The Insider Interviews: Nick Marston

The Insider Interviews series started in 2010 as a set of recorded interviews, featuring the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Gareth Unwin, who produced THE KING’S SPEECH, Ben Wheatley and Hossein Amini, the Oscar-nominated writer of DRIVE and THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY. You can watch these here. The Insider Interviews now exist as live monthly events in central London, which is a

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Ben Wheatley
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The Insider Interviews: Ben Wheatley

Insider Interviews The Insider Interviews series started in 2010 as a set of recorded interviews, featuring the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Gareth Unwin, who produced THE KING’S SPEECH, Ben Wheatley and Hossein Amini, the Oscar-nominated writer of DRIVE and THE TWO FACES OF JANUARY. You can watch these here. The Insider

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In Screenwriting, Hope Springs Eternal

The Rafn Column Part III Screenwriting – Hope Springs Eternal When I worked as a Development Executive, the most terrifying thing I ever had to do was fly to LA on my own to do a round of meetings to build relationships with the US agents, scout for sitcom showrunners

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Ari Gold
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10 Ways To Irritate a Development Executive

The Rafn Column Part II 10 Ways to Irritate a Development Executive When I finally made the transition from being a Development Executive to becoming a writer, I believed that I had a genuine advantage because I had been granted the gift of insight having been on both sides of

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Paul Newman
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10 Honest Quotes about the Life of the Screenwriter

Nobody worships more reverently at the altar of screenwriting than us. We believe in The Screenplay. We recognise it as the critical component in whether a film or TV shows lives, or dies. In its own right, we recognise that crafting a superior screenplay is a magnificent feat in itself –

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The 10 Greatest British Screenwriters of All Time

  Well, there’s one word for this article: contentious. Nowadays British screenwriters are at the top of their game, ranging from Dominic Minghella to Jed Mercurio, however this hasn’t been always the case We could all name our top 10 favourite screenwriters, or even our top 10 favourite British screenwriters,

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Writers Sceptical - Script Hosting Sites
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Why Writers should be Sceptical of Script Hosting sites

Sceptical of Script Hosting Sites “I’ve barely got enough time for my existing clients, let alone trawling around websites looking for more” – Prominent UK lit agent. We’re not going to lie, here at Industrial Scripts one of the toughest parts of our work is gaining industry traction for our

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Screenwriting Determination
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10 Great Tales of Screenwriting Determination

Where There’s a Will There’s a Way They say where there’s a will, there’s a way and if ever a profession needed to believe this mantra, it’s that of screenwriting. So pump yourself up, splash some cold water on your face and, as infamous ENTOURAGE uber-agent Ari Gold would say: “strap

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Aaron Sorkin
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The World’s Highest Paid Screenwriters

The World’s Highest Paid Screenwriters   Screenwriting can mean seriously big money for those at the top. After all, screenplays usually account for around 1-3% of a film’s budget, and when a budget soars (as Hollywood tentpoles and Netflix originals often do)…well…get your calculator out. Some screenwriters can start breaking

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Top Female Screenwriters
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The Top Female Screenwriters

Beneath the murky waters of the western film industry, the odyssey towards equality is ongoing, and according to ‘Celluloid Ceiling’ – an industry consensus conducted by the Centre for Women in Film and Television – the beast of gender-bias has, once again, reared its ugly head. The report revealed a two

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Where is the Female Talent?

Where is the celebrated female talent?   Where is the celebrated female talent in screenwriting & directing?   Recent figures cast a gloomy picture; employment of women in film and TV has fallen to 15 year lows; only two female directed films cracked 2013’s Top 100 Box Office, with Kimberley

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High Turnover of Script Consultants
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11 Ways to Spot a Charlatan Script Consultant

Why all the Script Consultants?   After spending many decades lurking on the fringes of the entertainment industry, script consultants and their services are finally getting some PR (good, bad and ugly) and slowly overturning the ideology of the isolated and revered genius screenwriter which has dominated the amateur imagination. But

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Colin Firth, British Film Industry Stereotypes
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13 Stereotypes of the British Film Industry

13 Stereotypes of the British Film Industry: True or False? Does the British film industry produce the best talent? Does the land of Shakespeare respect the writer? Is anything happening outside of London? Industrial Scripts assesses perceptions of the UK film industry – where do you stand on the following

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M. Night Shyamalan - Screenwriter Burned Bright Then Faded
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10 Hollywood Screenwriters Who Burned Bright and Then Faded

Burning Bright Becoming a professional screenwriter is one thing, but staying at the top of the Hollywood screenwriters game is quite another. After last week’s look at Screenwriters Who Broke In Late, Industrial Scripts looks at those Hollywood screenwriters who hit the big time, but whose star gradually faded.

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10 Mid-Budget Movies that Wouldn’t Get Made Today

Mid-Budget Movies Fading After Spielberg and Lucas’ dire warnings on the future of the film industry and the growing box office prominence of high budget tentpole releases, many audience members are asking; where are the mid-budget movies classics of yesteryear? Industrial Scripts breaks down the reasons behind the loss of

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UK Screenwriters Earn - Money
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How Much do UK Screenwriters Earn?

In America, screenwriters can earn an average annual wage of $77,260. At least, that’s what the Bureau of Labour Statistics tells us. The evidence is there: Bill Marsilii and Terry Rossio earned $5m for their spec of DEJA VU, while M. Night Shyamalan took home a healthy pay packet of £2.5m for THE

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Mid-Budget Movies Wouldn't Get Made Today
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Script Consultant tales…

This is a script consultant tale. The year was 2009. The place was Los Angeles. The complimentary pastries were quite nice actually. Industrial Scripts was attending a masterclass at the now sadly defunct Screenwriter’s Expo. Acclaimed writer James Dalessandro  – whose 1906 San Francisco Earthquake epic may or may not

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How not to approach a screenplay agent
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How Not to Approach a Screenplay Agent

This is a brilliant page from the Knight Hall Literary Agency – one of the UK’s leading screenplay agent company who are representing screenwriters, directors and authors. It’s essential reading for screenwriters in particular, and while there are some extreme (true life!) examples below, general etiquette and knowing how to deal

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evolution of a script development career
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The Evolution of a Script Development Career

One of the questions we’re asked most at Industrial Scripts is, “how do I build a career in script development?” It’s not an exact science by any means, but the key to getting ahead in development is to pay your dues. The blunt truth is that Ridley Scott is not

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Industrial Scripts Press Release – 20.07.2011

Industrial Scripts Press Release 20.07.11 For immediate release: Industrial Scripts launches first UK writer promotion programme, backed by Curtis Brown Group The ongoing programme assesses projects and champions the best unrepped writing talent using Industrial Scripts’ experience and network. It is the first of its kind in the UK and

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The Brit List 2010

The Brit List 2010 was officially unveiled today. Compiled by those working in the UK and Irish film community, the Brit List is a selection of the most liked and recommended unproduced screenplays. The idea of assembling such a list originated from the U.S., where their misleadingly named Black List

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