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The Scoggins Report
by Jason Scoggins & Cindy Kaplan
October 29, 2012
Pitch Sales Roundup
When we went dark last week to sync up with the calendar, we hoped we’d be returning to report on an insanely busy month for spec sales. Alas, we could have written this edition last Monday after all, since there wasn’t any pitch sale activity during our hiatus.
All’s far from lost, though. As you’ll see below, October thus far has seen perfectly respectable pitch sales numbers by 2012 standards, just not as high as 2011’s. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that one or two more will be announced this week (maybe something Halloween-themed, or perhaps an almost as scary “Frankenstorm” project?).
In the meantime, here are our favorite tidbits from October’s sales:
• Four of October’s six pitches were from writer/performers (Sacha Baron Cohen, Leah Rachel, Jason Segal and Rebel Wilson). That qualifies as a trend, by journalism standards, so we’re expecting other buyers to jump on the bandwagon. “Untitled Tig Notaro Tragicomedy,” anyone?
• Universal bought 3 of October’s 6 pitches, bring the studio’s year-to-date total to 11 (just shy of the dozen it bought in 2011) and extending its lead over second-place studios Paramount and Warner Bros. (9 each so far).
• WME’s powerhouse MP Lit Department teamed up with the Talent Departments (and Sharon Jackson in particular) in a big way last month: The agency sold all four of the aforementioned writer/performer projects and is now just three pitch sales shy of its 2011 tally (25).
The monthly raw numbers are below along with weekly breakdowns and the details of each sale. Hang in there, East Coast.
4 Comedy 1 Drama 1 Sci-Fi
3 Action/Adventure 2 Comedy 2 Sci-fi 3 Thriller
Weekly Activity Breakdown
Week of September 30
• “The Lesbian”
• “Untitled Threesome Comedy”
• “Untitled Zak Penn Sci-Fi Project”
Week of October 7:
• “Untitled Rebel Wilson Comedy”
Week of October 14:
• “Untitled Harnick/Cion Romantic Comedy”
• “The Other F Word”
Week of October 21:
• No pitch sales announced
Pitch Sales (alphabetical by title)
Untitled Harnick/Cion Romantic Comedy
Writers: Annie Harnick & Nick Cion
Reps: ICM (Bryan Diperstein, Esther Newberg, Josie Freedman, Todd Hoffman)
Buyer: Sidney Kimmel Entertainment
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Notes: Harnick and Cion are currently students at Harvard and Princeton, respectively.
Writer: Sacha Baron Cohen (story)
Reps: WME (Adam Venit, Jeff Gorin, Nick Stevens, Sharon Jackson)
Attachments: Cohen will star and produce through his Four by Two Films.
Notes: Cohen won’t write the script; Paramount is already out to writers to take over.
Logline: Inspired by Cecil Chao, the Hong Kong billionaire who offered $65 million to any man who succeeded in marrying his lesbian daughter. Chao’s offer made international headlines following reports that his daughter had a French church bless her relationship with her longtime girlfriend.
The Other F Word
Writers: Jason Segel & Drew Pearce
Reps: WME (Sharon Jackson, Greg Hodes, Melissa Myers, Philip D’Amecourt) and Abrams Entertainment (Stacy Abrams)
Attachments: Segel and Pearce will executive produce.
Notes: Based on the documentary of the same name.
Logline: Explores the world of aging punk rock musicians as they transition into fatherhood and try to maintain the contrast between their anti-authoritarian lifestyle with the responsibilities of being a dad.
Untitled Rebel Wilson Comedy
Writer: Rebel Wilson
Reps: WME (Jessica Kovacevic, Lisa Harrison, Sarah Self, Sharon Jackson, Stephanie Ritz) and 3 Arts (David Becky)
Attachments: Wilson will star and produce.
Untitled Threesome Comedy
Writer: Leah Rachel
Reps: WME (Erin Junkin, Hanley Baxter, Rich Cook) and Anonymous Content (Adam Kossack, Adam Shulman)
Attachments: Gary Sanchez’s Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Kevin Messick, and Chris Henchy will produce.
Untitled Zak Penn Sci-Fi Project
Writer: Zak Penn
Reps: CAA (Joe Cohen, Robert Bookman) and Anonymous Content (Adam Kossack, Adam Shulman)
Genre: Sci-fi action
Attachments: Penn will direct. Chris Morgan will produce through his Chris Morgan Productions.
Logline: Under wraps, but said to be in the vein of “Chronicle.”
About The Scoggins Report:
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