The Scoggins Report: Scorecard Through November 2011

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2011 Spec Market Scorecard as of November 11

With the end of the fall selling season at hand and impressive year-over-year numbers to analyze, it’s incredibly tempting to do a year-end review based on this month’s Scorecard. We’re going to exercise a little self-discipline, though, and hold off until next month. For now we’ll limit ourselves to our favorite highlights:

  • 2011’s total number of spec sales will almost certainly exceed 100. By our count, 90 scripts that came out this year have sold so far, plus another 9 that originally went out in previous years. Any way you slice it, this year’s spec market is up more than 50% over 2010.
  • Universal is in the midst of a fourth quarter comeback: The studio’s 3 spec purchases in October and November jumped it into a tie for third place with Fox, each of which has picked up a total of 6 so far this year. Hopefully one (or both) of them will surge ahead of second place Columbia’s 7 between now and the end of the year. Warner Bros. remains dominant -- its 4 purchases in October put it at 14 for the year.
  • CAA has taken a commanding lead among the agencies. Its 8 recent spec sales (an astounding 7 in October plus one so far in November) put its total at 22 for the year, well ahead of second place WME’s 17. UTA and ICM are still jockeying for third place, with 13 and 11 sales respectively. Fifth place remains up for grabs between APA (5), Gersh (5) and Paradigm (6).

Have a great holiday, everyone.

2011 Overall Spec Numbers (through Nov 11):

The below grid shows sales of scripts in the month they originally went out. In addition to the below, there have been nine sales of scripts that originally went out prior to 2011.

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

Specs

15

37

33

38

32

40

20

15

29

50

12

321

Sales

1

13

14

8

7

10

6

5

8

16

2

90

Percent

6.6

35.0

42.4

21.0

21.9

25.0

30

33.3

27.6

32

16.7

28%

Spec Sales By Genre (sold/total):

Genre (sales)

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

% of 2011 Spec Sales

Action/Adventure

0/2

1/4

2/6

1/9

1/5

1/8

1/3

2/6

2/8

1/5

12/56

12.1%

Comedy

0/5

1/12

4/7

2/11

2/12

4/13

2/8

0/1

0/8

5/15

0/3

20/95

20.2%

Drama

0/3

0/2

2/6

1/2

0/2

1/2

1/2

1/2

5/6

0/1

11/28

11.1%

Fantasy

0/2

0/1

0/1

0/4

0.0%

Horror

0/1

2/4

1/1

0/2

2/2

0/2

1/3

6/15

6.1%

Western

1/1

1/1

2/2

2.0%

Sci-Fi

0/2

1/3

3/4

1/2

1/3

4/3

1/2

2/2

13/21

13.1%

Thriller

1/5

6/10

7/16

1/12

2/9

2/9

1/5

4/9

2/4

1/9

1/3

28/91

28.3%

Spec Sales By Buyer - Studios:

Buyers (Studios)

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

2010

2009

CBS Films

1

1

2

0

2

Columbia

1

4

2

7

1

5

Dimension

1

1

0

1

Disney

1

1

2

2

2

DreamWorks

1

1

2

1

4

Fox

2

1

1

2

6

2

3

Fox 2000

1

1

2

0

Fox Searchlight

1

1

1

1

Lionsgate

2

2

1

3

New Line

1

2

3

0

0

Paramount

1

2

1

1

5

4

5

Relativity

1

1

2

6

3

Summit

1

1

2

3

2

Universal

2

1

2

1

6

2

6

Warner Bros.

2

1

1

2

3

1

4

14

9

6

Spec Sales By Buyer - Other Buyers:

<p>Buyers (Other)</p><p>Jan</p><p>Feb</p><p>Mar</p><p>Apr</p><p>May</p><p>Jun</p><p>Jul</p><p>Aug</p><p>Sep</p><p>Oct</p><p>Nov</p><p>Dec</p><p>Total</p><p>2010</p><p>2009</p>

1984 Films

1

1

0

0

After Dark

1

1

0

0

Alcon

1

1

0

1

Animation Picture Co.

1

1

0

0

Atmosphere

1

1

0

0

Between The Eyes

1

1

0

0

Bold Films

1

1

1

0

Boss Media

1

1

0

0

Caliber Media

1

1

1

0

Chernin

1

1

0

0

Crime Scene Pictures

1

1

2

0

0

Dark Castle

1

1

2

1

0

Davis

1

1

0

0

Emmett/Furla

1

1

0

0

Endgame

1

1

2

0

Freeman & Grossman

1

1

0

0

Gold Circle

1

1

2

2

1

Gracie Films

1

1

0

0

FilmNation

1

1

0

0

IM Global

1

1

0

0

Inferno

1

1

0

0

Intrepid

1

1

0

3

Mandate

1

1

2

2

1

Millennium/ Nu Image

1

1

0

0

Montecito

1

1

0

0

Motts 9

1

1

0

0

MPCA

1

1

0

0

Nasser Ent.

1

1

1

0

Pierre-Ange Le Pogam

1

1

0

0

Radar

1

1

2

0

RCR

1

1

0

0

Route One

1

1

1

0

Sidney Kimmel

1

1

2

0

1

Skydance

1

1

0

0

Stone Village

1

1

0

0

Ten Thirty-One

1

1

0

0

Valhalla

1

1

0

0

Wendy Finerman

1

1

0

0

Each of the following production companies has been attached to at least one spec sale so far this year. Companies in bold are new since the last scorecard.

1st Degree Productions

21 Laps (2)

Anonymous Content

Aversano Films

After Dark

Appian Way

Alliance Films

Automatik Entertainment

Big Kid Pictures

Benderspink

Berlanti Productions

Broken Road

Chernin Entertainment

Collider Entertainment

Contrafilm

Davis Entertainment

Disruption Entertainment (2)

EMJAG

Escape Artists

IDW

FilmEngine

Furst Films

Gary Sanchez Productions

Genre Films

Hollywood Gang (2)

Ixtlan

Josephson Entertainment

Katsmith Productions (2)

Langley Park (2)

Lawrence Gordon Productions

LBI Entertainment (fka Yorn Company)

Leverage Management

Linson Entertainment

Marc Platt Productions (2)

Mandeville Films

Matt Tolmach Productions

Michael De Luca Productions

Montecito (2)

Original Film

Panay Films

Pearl Street

Platinum Dunes

Nick Wechsler Productions

Protozoa Pictures

Radar Pictures

Red Hour

Safady Entertainment

Silver Pictures (2)

Stuber Pictures

Temple Hill (2)

Top Cow

Unbroken Pictures

Valhalla

Wigram Productions

WideAwake

Spec Sales by Seller - Agencies (sold/total):

Sellers - Agents

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

Efficiency

APA

1/4

0/4

0/1

1/3

0/1

1/3

2/6

0/1

5/23

22%

CAA

0/1

3/61

2/11

1/3

1/4

3/61

2/3

2/2

0/4

7/9

1/1

22/40

48%

Gersh

4/5

1/1

0/3

0/1

0/1

0/1

5/12

42%

ICM

0/2

0/1

3/4

1/4

0/3

1/4

1/1

1/0

2/3

2/3

11/25

40%

Innovative

1/2

1/2

50%

Original

0/2

0/1

0/1

2/3

1/2

3/9

33%

Paradigm

0/2

1/2

1/2

2/3

1/1

1/2

0/1

0/2

6/15

40%

The Agency

1/1

1/1

100%

UTA

0/2

5/6

1/31

2/3

2/4

1/31

1/3

1/5

0/1

13/30

37%

Verve

0/2

0/1

1/1

1/3

1/2

0/1

3/10

30%

WME

2/4

2/5

2/21

3/4

1/4

1/4

2/4

3/9

1/4

17/40

40%

1 Includes a script not counted toward the company’s 2011 efficiency rating because it originally went out prior to 2011.

Spec Sales by Seller - Management Companies (sold/total):

<p>Sellers - Managers</p><p>Jan</p><p>Feb</p><p>Mar</p><p>Apr</p><p>May</p><p>Jun</p><p>Jul</p><p>Aug</p><p>Sep</p><p>Oct</p><p>Nov</p><p>Dec</p><p>Total</p><p>Efficiency</p>

Baumgarten

1/1

1/1

Benderspink

1/1

0/1

1/2

3/3

0/1

0/1

0/1

5/10

50%

Binder & Assoc.

1/1

1/1

Brillstein

1/11

0/1

1/3

Brucks

0/1

0/1

1/1

0/1

1/4

25%

Caliber

1/1

0/1

1/1

0/1

2/4

50%

Circle of Confusion

2/51

0/1

0/1

1/5

0/3

0/2

0/2

1/1

4/21

15%

Elements

1/1

1/1

Energy

2/31

1/11

1/2

4/8

33%

Evolution

1/1

1/1

Field Ent.

1/1

1/1

FilmEngine

1/1

0/1

1/1

2/3

66%

Generate

1/1

0/1

1/2

Gotham

0/1

1/01

0/1

1/1

1/1

0/1

3/6

40%

H2F

2/4

0/1

0/1

1/1

0/1

0/1

1/2

4/11

36%

Hung

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/1

0/1

1/1

0/1

1/9

11%

Industry

1/2

2/2

0/1

0/1

0/1

3/7

43%

Kaplan/Perrone

1/1

0/1

0/1

0/2

0/1

0/1

2/3

1/2

4/12

33%

Kevin Donahue

1/1

1/1

Mad Hatter

1/1

1/1

2/2

Magnet

0/1

0/2

0/1

0/1

1/2

1/7

14%

Manage-ment

0/1

1/01

1/2

Management 360

1/1

1/1

100%

MXN

0/1

1/1

1/2

New Wave

1/2

1/2

1/1

1/2

4/7

57%

Principato/Young

0/1

1/1

1/1

0/1

2/4

50%

Realm

1/1

1/1

R.E.D.

1/1

1/1

ROAR

2/2

2/11

4/4

100%

Safran Co

0/1

0/1

1/1

1/3

33%

Silent R

0/1

1/1

1/2

Smart Ent.

1/2

0/1

1/3

33%

Underground

1/1

1/1

Wirehouse

1/1

1/1

1 Includes a script not counted toward the company’s 2011 efficiency rating because it originally went out prior to 2011.

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