The Scoggins Report: September 2011 Scorecard

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2011 Spec Market Scorecard as of September 17

The fall selling season is finally in top gear -- as of this writing, nine new specs hit the market after a slow first half of September, as you can see from the first grid, below. There hasn’t been a ton of sales activity since the last edition of The Scoggins Report, but here are the highlights:

  • Buyers have been snapping up Thrillers at an unusual pace this year: They now make up over 41% of spec sales in 2011, well ahead of comedies (27%) and action/adventure (18%). In each of the last two years, thrillers and comedies ran neck and neck.
  • The agency rankings have shuffled in the past month. Previously, CAA was tied for 2nd with UTA (9 sales each) behind WME (10). As you’ll see from the sellers’ grids, below, CAA has edged into the lead, and ICM’s three sales in the past month have put it back in the hunt as well.

Speaking of rankings, earlier this week we gave a sneak peak of our long-awaited PowerGrid project to attendees of TheGrill, TheWrap’s annual media conference. Here’s a link to TheWrap’s coverage of the presentation. The PowerGrid will debut as an invite-only beta site in a couple of weeks. Scoggins Report subscribers will get first crack, naturally.

Talk to you in a couple of weeks. And happy new year, everyone.

2011 Overall Spec Numbers (through Sept 17) 1,2:

All Specs

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Total

Specs

16

37

33

39

31

40

20

15

8

239

Sales

2

9

15

6

6

10

6

5

1

60

Percent

12.5

24.3

45.5

15.3

19.3

25

30

33.3

12.5

25.1

1 Tallies sales of scripts in the month they originally went out. All other grids in this report are straight tallies of each month’s sales.

2 Feb, Apr, July and Aug numbers do not include the sale of a script that went out prior to 2011. March numbers do not include two sold specs that originally went out prior to 2011.

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

1/5

2/9

1/5

2/8

0/0

2/3

1/2

10/38

18.3%

Comedy

0/5

1/12

6/9

1/11

2/12

4/13

2/8

0/1

0/2

16/73

26.6%

Drama

0/0

0/3

0/1

2/6

1/2

0/2

1/2

1/2

0/1

5/19

8.3%

Fantasy

0/0

0/0

0/2

0/1

0/0

0/1

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/4

0%

Horror

0/1

2/4

0/0

1/1

0/0

0/2

2/2

0/0

0/0

5/10

8.3%

Western

0/0

0/0

0/0

1/1

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

1/1

1.6%

Sci-Fi

0/2

1/3

2/4

1/2

1/3

3/3

1/2

1/2

0/0

10/21

16.6%

Thriller

1/5

5/10

8/16

1/12

2/9

3/9

1/5

3/9

1/2

25/77

41.6%


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

DreamWorks

1

1

2

1

4

Fox

2

1

1

4

2

3

Fox Searchlight

1

1

1

1

New Line

1

1

0

0

Paramount

1

2

1

4

4

5

Relativity

1

1

2

6

3

Summit

1

1

3

2

Universal

2

1

3

2

6

Warner Bros.

2

1

1

2

3

9

9

6


Spec Sales By Buyer - Other Buyers:

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

Bold Films

1

1

1

0

Caliber Media

1

1

1

0

Crime Scene Pictures

1

1

2

0

0

Dark Castle

1

1

2

1

0

Davis

1

1

0

0

Gold Circle

1

1

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

Radar

1

1

2

0

RCR

1

1

0

0

Route One

1

1

1

0

Sidney Kimmel

1

1

0

1

Skydance

1

1

0

0

Stone Village Pictures

1

1

0

0

Ten Thirty-One

1

1

0

0

Valhalla

1

1

0

0

Wendy Finerman Prods

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

Anonymous Content

Aversano Films

After Dark

Appian Way

Alliance Films

Automatik Entertainment

Big Kid Pictures

Benderspink

Berlanti Productions

Chernin Entertainment

Contrafilm

Davis Entertainment

Disruption Entertainment (2)

EMJAG

Escape Artists

IDW

FilmEngine

Furst Films

Genre Films

Hollywood Gang (2)

Ixtlan

Josephson Entertainment

Katsmith Productions

Langley Park (2)

Leverage Management

Linson Entertainment

Marc Platt Productions

Mandeville Films

Matt Tolmach Productions

Michael De Luca Productions

Montecito (2)

Original Film

Panay Films

Pearl Street

Platinum Dunes

Nick Wechsler Productions

Radar Pictures

Silver Pictures

Stuber Pictures

Temple Hill

Top Cow

Wigram Productions

Valhalla

WideAwake

Yorn Company

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

Sellers - Agents

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Overall Efficiency

APA

1/4

0/4

0/1

1/3

0/1

0/0

1/3

0/0

0/0

3/16 19%

CAA

0/1

3/61

2/11

1/3

1/4

3/61

2/3

2/2

0/2

11/28 39%

Gersh

0/0

3/5

1/1

0/0

0/0

0/3

0/0

0/1

0/1

4/11 36%

ICM

0/2

0/1

3/4

1/4

0/3

1/4

1/1

1/0

2/2

8/21 38%

Innovative

0/0

0/0

0/0

1/2

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

1/2 50%

Paradigm

0/2

1/2

1/2

2/3

0/0

1/1

1/2

0/1

0/0

6/13 46%

The Agency

0/0

0/0

1/1

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

1/1 100%

UTA

0/0

0/2

5/6

1/31

2/3

2/4

1/31

0/0

0/0

9/21 43%

Verve

0/2

0/0

0/0

0/1

1/1

1/3

0/0

0/0

0/0

2/7 29%

WME

0/0

2/4

2/5

2/21

3/4

1/4

1/4

0/0

0/0

10/23 43%

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

Baumgarten

0/0

0/0

0/0

1/1

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

1/1 100%

Benderspink

0/0

0/0

1/1

0/1

1/2

3/3

0/1

0/0

0/0

5/8 63%

Brillstein

0/0

0/0

0/0

1/11

0/1

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/2 0%

Brucks

0/0

0/0

0/1

0/0

0/0

0/1

0/0

1/1

0/0

1/3 33%

Caliber

0/0

0/0

1/1

0/0

0/0

0/1

0/0

1/1

0/0

2/3 66%

Circle of Confusion

0/0

2/51

0/1

0/1

1/5

0/3

0/2

0/0

0/0

2/16 13%

Energy

0/0

0/0

0/0

2/31

0/0

0/0

1/11

0/0

0/0

1/3 33%

Evolution

0/0

0/0

0/0

1/1

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

1/1 100%

Field Ent.

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

1/1

1/1 100%

FilmEngine

1/1

0/1

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

1/2 50%

Generate

0/0

1/1

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

1/1 100%

Gotham

0/1

0/0

0/0

1/01

0/1

1/1

0/0

1/1

0/0

2/4 50%

H2F

0/0

0/0

2/4

0/1

0/1

1/1

0/0

0/1

0/0

3/8 38%

Industry

0/0

0/0

1/2

0/0

2/2

0/0

0/0

0/1

0/0

3/5 60%

Kaplan/Perrone

0/0

0/0

1/1

0/1

0/1

0/2

0/1

0/0

0/1

1/7 14%

Kevin Donahue

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

1/1

0/0

0/0

1/1 100%

Mad Hatter

0/0

1/1

0/0

1/1

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

2/2 100%

Manage-ment

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/1

0/0

0/0

0/0

1/01

0/0

0/1 0%

MXN

0/1

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

1/1

0/0

0/0

0/0

1/2 50%

New Wave

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

1/2

1/2

0/0

0/0

2/4 50%

Principato/Young

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/1

1/1

1/1

0/0

0/0

2/3 67%

Realm

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

1/1

0/0

0/0

0/0

1/1 100%

R.E.D.

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

1/1

0/0

0/0

0/0

1/1 100%

ROAR

0/0

1/2

2/11

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

2/3 67%

Silent R

0/0

0/1

0/0

0/0

1/1

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

1/2 50%

Smart Ent.

0/0

0/0

0/0

1/2

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

1/2 50%

Underground

0/0

1/1

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

1/1 100%

Wirehouse

0/0

0/0

1/1

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

0/0

1/1 100%

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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