BREAKING… The Black List is film executive Franklin Leonard’s hot unproduced screenplay pecking order which he began in 2004 and releases annually every December. But since its inception, aspiring screenwriters have asked Leonard et al how to get discovered by Hollywood. And people in Hollywood have asked Leonard et al how to find great screenplays. So, in the next few weeks, the Black List will be launching a brand new service on its website:

If you write scripts, think of it as a screenplay contest with rolling admission and as many prizes as there are good scripts. If you turn good scripts into movies, think of it as the most efficient way to find them. Either way, we think you’re going to like it.

If you’re a writer, you’ll be able to pay a small monthly fee (probably $30/month) to make your script available to our industry membership. You’ll also be able to pay (probably $50 each) for brief evaluations from our team of professional (though anonymous) script readers, so that we can direct your script into the right hands.

Unlike other similar opportunities, you’ll still own your script and be free to negotiate its sale with and to whomever you like for whatever price you like.

The new service is not directly related to the actual Black List which is compiled every year from the suggestions of hundreds of film executives who each contributes the names of up to 10 of their favorite scripts and will not be released in theaters during that calendar year. But these new services are a way to help screenwriters all the same. Since the Black List is known for catapulting dozens of scripts into production and screenwriters out of oblivion. Diablo Cody’s Juno, Nancy Oliver’s Lars And The Real Girl, Scott Neustader’s and Michael Weber’s 500 Days Of Summer, are just some of the screenplays which appeared on The Black List and then were made. It’s also a “big dick” measuring contest for the Hollywood agencies and managers.

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