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UPDATE: Trio Added To Cast Of The Black List Event In LA

By | Wednesday June 4, 2014 @ 2:58pm PDT

blacklistUPDATED, 2:58 PM: Three more actors are set for the Black List‘s June 14 table read of 1969: A Space Odyssey, Or How Kubrick Learned To Stop Worrying And Land On the Moon. Clark Gregg (Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Avengers) will play CIA Director Richard Helms, and Mad Men regulars Aaron Staton and Rich Sommer will portray astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, respectively.

PREVIOUSLY, May 30: The online community that connects moviemakers and writers plans a June 14 table read at the Los Angeles Theatre of Stephany Folsom’s 1969: A Space Odyssey, Or How Kubrick Learned To Stop Worrying And Land On the Moon The story involves a White House Public Affairs assistant who hires Stanley Kubrick to direct a fake moon landing in case something goes wrong with Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s lunar visit. Kathryn Hahn of Parks And Recreation will play the assistant, Jared Harris of Mad Men will play Kubrick, Thomas Sadoski of The Newsroom will play NASA Public Affairs administrator Julian Scheer, and Shannon Woodward of Raising Hope will play Kubrick’s assistant, Kara Downs. “Our mission with the Black List has always been celebrating great screenwriting and the writers who do it, and presenting this script to an audience with actors like Kathryn, Jared, Thomas, and Shannon gives us an extraordinary opportunity to continue that mission in a very exciting way,” says co-founder Franklin Leonard.

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The Black List And Fox Team To Find New TV Drama Writers

By | Tuesday April 8, 2014 @ 10:00am PDT
Mike Fleming

blacklistEXCLUSIVE: Fox Broadcasting Company has partnered with The Black List to find television drama writers for Fox projects. The way it will work is, The Black List will solicit scripts to be evaluated by its in-house readers, and will recommend a short list of scribes to Fox for consideration. If Fox likes them, a drama script deal or drama staff position might be the result. Writers can begin submitting material today, to, and the program ends May 1 at 11:59 PM. Read More »

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The Black List Goes Ivy League

By | Thursday March 20, 2014 @ 9:00am PDT
Mike Fleming

blacklistHarvard’s Hasty Pudding Institute of 1770 has created a Hasty Pudding Institute Screenwriting Fellowship in conjunction with the Black List. The idea is to increase the visibility of satire and social commentary in the arts and will bestow a $20,000 grant to help aspiring writers of satire or social commentary to continue developing scripts and projects in that tradition. The grant will be curated by the Hasty Pudding Institute and the Black List, Franklin Leonard’s service that tracks the best unproduced scripts. Read More »

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Black List Teams With TNT & TBS For Diversity Initiative

By | Monday February 3, 2014 @ 11:26am PST

The Blacklist logo (screenplay)This latest deal for Franklin Leonard’s script service comes about six months after a tie-up with Warner Bros, which resulted in a two-step WGA minimum deal worth about $93,000 for Tasha Huo, who was a Universal assistant at the time. Today’s announcement marks the first TV network deal for the Black List, which is expanding into episodic content in its quest discover writers from underserved demos. Here’s the release:

Related: Black List 2013: Full Screenplay List

TNTTBSTNT and TBS are partnering with The Black List on an initiative to promote diversity in the industry by identifying talented writers to develop scripts and concepts for the networks. TNT and TBS are the first television networks to team up with the Black List following the site’s expansion into episodic content. The networks will be looking for writers from diverse backgrounds for possible blind script deals and staffing consideration on TBS and TNT series, with the goal of signing script deals with particularly strong writers in the half-hour comedy and hour-long drama genres.

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Resolution Signs Black List Writing Twins Shea & Evan Mirzai

By | Wednesday January 8, 2014 @ 5:21pm PST

Shea Mirzai & Evan MirzaiEXCLUSIVE: Twin comedy writers Shea (pictured on the left) and Evan Mirzai, who last month scored their second Black List mention in two years, have signed with Resolution. The brothers’ romantic comedy script Doppelgangers made the scripting kudos list in 2012 before their action comedy spec Diablo Run earned a spot in 2013′s edition.That makes the Mirzais one of just four Black List repeaters in 2012 and 2013. Said script, about two best friends road tripping in Mexico who are forced to enter a thousand-mile death race with no rules, landed them representation at Resolution and will be produced by Atmosphere Entertainment’s Mark Canton, David Hopwood, and Matthew Einstein. Resolution’s Martin Spencer and Remington Franklin will rep the pair on the feature lit and talent side while Ian Greenstein handles TV. Meanwhile, the Mirzai brothers are developing a TV comedy pilot with BroBible founder/CEO Douglas Banker, Alex Garinger, and Banker’s Five All In The Fifth Entertainment shingle. They’re also exec producing two TV projects for YouTube act FatAwesome. The currently unmanaged duo is repped by Stone, Meyer, Genow, Smelkinson and Binder.

Related: Black List 2013: Full Screenplay List

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Cassian Elwes To Tyro Scribe Matthew Hickman: You’re Going To Sundance!

By | Thursday December 19, 2013 @ 11:32am PST
Mike Fleming

cassianEXCLUSIVE: Indie producer Cassian Elwes and The Black List chief Franklin Leonard have chosen screenwriter Matthew Hickman to attend the 2014 Sundance Film Festival as the recipient of the inaugural Cassian Elwes Screenwriting Fellow. Elwes, whose producing credits just this year include Dallas Buyers Club, All Is Lost, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints sundance-2014__131210193644__131217201040and Lee Daniels’ The Butler, hatched this plan in October for aspiring scribes who are agent-less and haven’t made more than $5000 writing. The scripts were chosen from among those displayed on the Black List service. The winner gets their trip paid for, and will be mentored by Elwes as he makes his way around the slopes for the films he will undoubtedly be talking up at Sundance. Hickman was chosen from among 10 finalists for his script An Elegy For Evelyn Francis. That work was described by the Black List’s evaluation as “a script that never lets up; it constantly plows through the consequences of every action, raising the dramatic tension and emotional stakes at every level.”

Elwes wants to make this an annual event. Who knows where Hickman ends up, but aspiring writers need a leg up and this seems a worthy gesture, as did the one I wrote about yesterday, in which neophyte scribe Tasha Huo got a blind script deal through a program initiated by Warner Bros’ movie chief Greg Silverman and The Black List. Hey, you never know. Read More »

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Warner Bros Alliance With Black List Leads To Script Deal For Universal Assistant

By | Wednesday December 18, 2013 @ 1:48pm PST
Mike Fleming

blacklistEXCLUSIVE: Four months after aligning with The Black List to find new writing talent in under-served demos, Warner Bros has selected the first writer who’ll get a two-step WGA minimum deal. It’s Tasha Huo, and the surprising thing is that the aspiring screenwriter has worked as an assistant at Universal since 2009. Huo was chosen for her writing sample The Darkness, a revenge thriller about The Black Belle, a young woman who carries out a mission that will allow her to avenge the murder of her mother. Huo graduated Mills College, has an MFA from Boston University and attended Oxford. Greg Silverman, who initiated the two-year deal with The Black List’s Franklin Leonard, will oversee the project with Jesse Ehrman. They chose Huo from among 10 scripts selected by The Black List from scripts that were hosted on the site. That writing deal is worth about $93,000. Huo is repped by Gersh and Cousin Pete Productions and Management.

Jean-Francois Richet Tapped To Direct Black List Script ‘Pox Americana’
Black List 2013: Full Screenplay List

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2013 Viewfinder List: ‘Fool’s Day’, ‘Noah’ And ‘Controller’ Top Shorts List

By | Wednesday December 18, 2013 @ 1:22pm PST
Mike Fleming

Here’s the new Viewfinder List, the entertainment industryFool'sDay survey which polls studio executives, producers and creatives for their top 10 short films, commercials and/or music videos. This is similar to The Black List, as the Viewfinder List honors short form content and the directors who made them. The list was created by producer Jeff Schroeder, Aaron Schmidt (Langley Park Pictures) and Patrick Chu (FilmNation). In recent years, some of the shorts have been optioned and some of their directors have gotten jobs — and hey, the attention never hurts. This year’s top vote-getter, Fool’s Day, was directed by Cody Blue Snider, the son of Twisted Sister frontman Dee Snider. Here is the website where it is possible to watch the shorts:

Viewfinder List 2012
Viewfinder List 2011

Votes: 17
Fool’s Day, directed by Cody Blue Snider
Agents: WME – Roger Green, Solco Schuit
Managers: Circle of Confusion – Zach Cox

Noah, directed by Patrick Cederberg & Walter Woodman
Agents: WME – Jeff Gorin, Jordan Cerf, Simon Faber, Andrew Mathes, Ryan McNeily, Sarah Self
Managers: Anonymous – Bard Dorros, Tariq Merhab, Michael Sugar

Controller, directed by Saman Keshavarz
Agents: UTA – Emerson Davis, Ramses Ishak, Michael Sheresky
Manager: Energy – Angelina Chen

Room 8, directed by James Griffiths
Agent: CAA
Managers: Fourth Floor Productions – Jeff Silver, Chris Goble Read More »

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Jean-Francois Richet Tapped To Direct Top 10 Black List Script ‘Pox Americana’

By | Wednesday December 18, 2013 @ 9:20am PST

MV5BMTM3NDU0NjA4OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTYwODIwNTE3._V1__SX640_SY720_EXCLUSIVE: Jean-Francois Richet, whose two-part gangster epic Mesrine was nominated for 10 French Cesar awards — winning three, including Best Actor for Vincent Cassel and Best Director for Richet — has been tapped to direct Pox Americana for CODE Entertainment. The Frank John Hughes-scripted Pox Americana made the top 10 on the just-published 2013 Black List and tells the story of an Army officer and an Indian scout in the New Mexico Territory in the 1850s who are sent by the U.S. President to lead a special ops team to assassinate the head of the Navajo nation.

CODE Entertainment is fully financing the movie, which will start production in 2014 and is currently casting.  The company is in post-production on The Forger, starring John Travolta, Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan, and is in prep for Mission: Blacklist, starring Twilight’s Robert Pattinson. Read More »

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Black List 2013: Full Screenplay List

By | Monday December 16, 2013 @ 6:40pm PST

The Blacklist logo (screenplay)UPDATED WITH VOTES, LOGLINES & REPS: The annual Black List today revealed the best unproduced screenplays of the year, as voted on by over 250 film execs. A total of 72 scripts made the cut in the 2013 edition of the yearly ranking compiled since 2004 by Franklin Leonard, with Andrew Sodroski’s Holland, Michigan receiving the most votes of all. As usual there are plenty of familiar names on this list, including Jason Fuchs for his Pan screenplay that’s set up at Warner Bros with Joe Wright aboard to direct, and Jason Dean Hall’s American Sniper, another Warners project. Black List alumni that have gone on to Oscar and box office glory include Argo, The King’s Speech, and Slumdog Millionaire. This year 33.3 percent of Black List entries have financiers attached; 68 percent have producers attached; and 5 writers or writing teams don’t have agents. Here is the list by votes, with votes by agency here and manager reps here. More complete info as it comes:

Black List 2013: Agency Scorecard
Black List 2013: Managers Scorecard

2013 Black List Screenplays

Andrew Sodroski
When a traditional Midwestern woman suspects her husband of infidelity, an amateur investigation unravels.
Agency: CAA
Agents: Jon Cassir, John Garvey, Ali Trustman
Management: Principato-Young Entertainment
Manager: Peter Dealbert
Production: Le Grisbi Productions

Aaron Berg
An exploration of the formation of Great Britian’s secret intelligence agency, Military Intelligence, Section 6, known as MI6.
Agency: Verve
Agents: Bryan Besser, Adam Levine
Management: Caliber Media
Manager: Adam Marshall
Financier: Universal
Producers: Grey Matter Productions, Marc Platt Productions

Simon Stephenson
A forty-something pediatric allergist, who specializes in hazelnut and is facing a divorce, learns lessons in living from a wise-beyond-her-years terminally ill 15-year-old patient when she crashes his weekend trip to a conference in San Francisco.
Agency: UTA
Agents: Peter Dodd, Geoff Morley, Julien Thuan
Producer: Tom McNulty

Patrick Ness
An adolescent boy with a terminally ill single mother begins having visions of a tree monster, who tells him the truths about life in the form of three stories, helping him to eventually cope with his emotions over his dying mom.
Agency: Michelle Kass Associates
Agents: Michelle Kass

Debora Cahn
The true story of Jack Goldsmith, a young attorney who took charge of the White House’s Office of Legal Counsel, then courageously took on Vice President Cheney and his powerful inner circle when he discovered they were running a number of illegal activities through their so-called “Special Program”.
Agency: CAA
Agent: Craig Brody
Financier: The Weinstein Company
Producer: Spring Creek

Elijah Bynum
A teenager’s life spirals out of control when he befriends the town’s rebel, falls in love, and gets entangled in selling drugs over one summer in Cape Cod.
Agency: Verve
Agents: Zach Carlisle, Tanya Cohen, Aaron Hart, Adam Levine, Melissa Solomon
Management: Kaplan/Perrone
Managers: Josh Goldenberg, Alex Lerner, Sean Perrone

Geoff Tock, Greg Weidman
A man goes to space to destroy the ship that, upon going sentient, killed his wife.
Agency: WME
Agents: Daniel Cohan, Solco Schuit
Management: Fourth Floor Productions
Managers: Chris Goble, Jeff Silver
Production: 21 Laps Entertainment

Jason Mark Hellerman
Over 24 hours, four teenage friends try to complete the “Shovel List” (a will/bucket list) left for them by their best friend before he died of Leukemia.
Agency: CAA
Agents: John Garvey, Ali Trustman
Management: Management 360
Managers: Ali Itri, Dean Schnider

Frank John Hughes
In the Old West, a group of soldiers go on a mission to slaughter a peaceful tribe in retaliation for another tribe’s attack on a white settlement, only to suffer at the hands of a devastating disease.
Agency: UTA
Agents: Peter Dodd, Charles Ferraro
Financier: Code Entertainment
Producer: Code Entertainment

Lisa Joy Nolan
An “archeologist” whose technology allows you to relive your past finds himself abusing his own science to find the missing love of his life.
Agency: UTA
Agents: Kassie Evashevski, Keya Khayatian, Julien Thuan
Financier: Legendary Entertainment

Evan Parter
With America’s first viable independent Presidential Candidate poised for victory, an idealistic young journalist uncovers a conspiracy, which places the fate of the election, and the country, in his hands.
Agency: Paradigm
Agent: Ida Ziniti
Management: Madhouse Entertainment
Manager: Ryan Cunningham Read More »

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Black List 2013: Managers Scorecard

By | Monday December 16, 2013 @ 12:03pm PST

Black List 2013: Agency Scorecard
Black List 2013: Full Results

The Blacklist logo (screenplay)Managers — By Number Of Scripts*

Kaplan/Perrone – 9
Madhouse Entertainment – 5
Fourth Floor Productions – 4
Caliber Media – 3
Energy Entertainment – 3
Management 360 – 3
Anonymous Content – 2.5
Principato-Young – 2.5
Benderspink – 2
Echo Lake Entertainment – 2
Generate – 2
Industry Entertainment – 2
Management SGC – 2
Mosaic – 2
Oasis Media Group – 2
3 Arts Entertainment – 1
Apostle Pictures – 1
Brillstein Entertainment Partners – 1
Brookside Artist Management — 1
Heroes & Villains Entertainment – 1
HertzbergMedia – 1
Hopscotch Pictures – 1
Luber Roklin Entertainment – 1
New Wave Entertainment – 1
Prolific – 1
Silent R Management – 1
The Gotham Group – 1
Underground – 1
Unified Management – 1
Untitled Entertainment – 1
Zero Gravity Management – 1
Circle of Confusion – 0.5
No Manager – 9

*Half scripts indicate a writing team shared by two companies

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Black List 2013: Agency Scorecard

By | Monday December 16, 2013 @ 11:59am PST

Related:Black List 2013: Full Results

The Blacklist logo (screenplay)Agencies — By Number Of Scripts*

CAA – 16.5
WME – 16.5
UTA – 11
Verve – 7
APA – 4.5
Paradigm – 4
ICM – 3
Gersh – 1.5
Original Artists – 1
Resolution – 1
Rothman Brecher – 1
Michelle Kass Associates – 1
No Agency – 4

*Half scripts indicate a writing team shared by two agencies

Related: Black List 2013: Managers Scorecard

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‘Ink And Bone’ Tops 2013 Blood List – The Black List For Genre Scripts

By | Thursday October 31, 2013 @ 10:30am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Franklin Leonard’s Black List has become a buzzy barometer for promising screenplays, but here’s a genre-centric version of the script service suited for the spooky season. The Blood List names the 13 best unproduced horror, thriller, and sci-fi scripts of the October-to-October calendar year as voted on by more than 100 film execs. This year’s #1 pick: Ink and Bone, Zak Olkewicz’s horror spec about a writer held hostage by his own creations that Dimension snapped up earlier this year. Independent manager/producer Kailey Marsh runs the annual Blood List, which has no affiliation with the more mainstream-leaning Black List but in its fifth year is turning out more and more high-profile alums. 2012 Blood List topper The Disciple Program landed at Universal with Mark Wahlberg attached to star for Morten Tyldum, while Barbara Curry’s 2011 selection The Boy Next Door is in production under the Blumhouse banner with Jennifer Lopez starring.

The 2013 edition was voted on by 108 feature execs, each of whom chose their top three favorite genre screenplays. Seventy-seven of them earned votes, with screenplays requiring a minimum of four votes in order to make the final cut. The 2013 class is announced, as it has been for four years, on Halloween: Read More »

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Warner Bros Turns To The Black List To Find Screenwriters In Under-Served Demos

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: After using The Black List as a way to scout screenplays worth buying, Warner Bros has made the first alliance between a major studio and Franklin Leonard‘s screenplay evaluation service. The goal is to give opportunities to scribes who might not otherwise get a chance. Using the diversity guidelines from the WGA‘s Executive Summary that shows how far out of the mainstream minorities, women and some other groups are in the makeup of working screenwriters, The Black List will recommend a short list of five writers every six months who come from what the WGA identified as an under-served scribe demographic.

One of those writers will be offered by Warner Bros a two-step blind script deal worth around $93,000. The initial plan is for this program to run for two years, which will mean deals for four writers will get a foot in the door. The first short list of writers will be turned over to Warner Bros around Thanksgiving.

“For a black kid from Georgia, I’m acutely aware of the access issues the industry struggles with, and I’m excited to be part of a first step toward addressing this,” Leonard told me. “I’m optimstic that other organizations in the industry will access this also, both for the purposes of diversity, but also for the benefit of their bottom lines.” Leonard said the program will … Read More »

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The Black List Launches Screenwriters Lab

By | Tuesday July 9, 2013 @ 10:05am PDT

LOS ANGELES (July 9) – This morning, the Black List announced that it will host the inaugural Black List Screenwriters Lab from September 30-October 5, 2013, inviting six nonprofessional screenwriters to an all-expense paid screenwriting workshop with four screenwriting mentors including already confirmed Billy Ray (HUNGER GAMES, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS) and Kiwi Smith (LEGALLY BLONDE, the upcoming EXPENDABELLES). Scott Myers, host and founder of Go Into The Story, the Black List’s official screenwriting blog, will serve as an additional mentor.

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WGA West Partners With The Black List

By | Tuesday June 25, 2013 @ 10:05am PDT

The new partnership between the Writers Guild Of America West and script service The Black List will give WGAW members discounted rates on paid Black List services, including script hosting and reader evaluations. The website in turn will promote WGAW resources and educational info. Here’s the announcement made today:

Los Angeles – The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) and script-hosting website The Black List have formed a strategic alliance with a mutual goal to advocate on behalf of writers, as well as benefit Guild members by providing them with a credible platform to help spotlight their work within the entertainment industry.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger To Star As Dad Of Zombie-To-Be In ‘Maggie’

By | Friday June 21, 2013 @ 1:18pm PDT

The erstwhile Governator continues his showbiz renaissance playing a father helping his daughter comes to terms with her slowly becoming a zombie. Variety reports that Arnold Schwarzenegger will star in Maggie, based on the Black List script by John Scott 3. Henry Hobson will direct the unusual take on the zombie-apocalypse genre. It starts shooting in the fall.

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Big Beach, De Line Pictures Nabs Vera Herbert Black List Script ‘Don’t Make Me Go’

By | Wednesday April 3, 2013 @ 9:49am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVEBig Beach and Donald De Line’s De Line Pictures have made a deal for Don’t Make Me Go, the script by Vera Herbert that made last year’s Black List. It tells the story of a single Dad who, after learning he has a serious illness, takes his teenage daughter on a road trip to find the mother who abandoned her years before. In the process, he seizes his final opportunity to teach her essential life lessons.

De Line will produce with Big Beach’s Marc Turtletaub and Peter Saraf. Big Beach will finance the film. Leah Holzer of Big Beach and De Line’s Jacob Robinson will oversee development. Read More »

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Two More Black List Site Scribes Nab Rep Deals

By | Tuesday January 15, 2013 @ 6:09pm PST

A pair of writers have landed deals after being discovered on The Black List‘s online pay service for unrepresented screenwriters to have their work analyzed by industry pros. Benderspink has inked Bob Ingraham based on his script Possum, which centers on a team of thieves who incorporate an autistic man with unique skills into their group as they prepare for their biggest heist yet. The deal came together quickly, with the deal signed Monday after the firm downloaded Ingraham’s screenplay from Franklin Leonard’s service — the script is being prepped to go out with a new title. Meanwhile, Verve and Kaplan/Perrone have signed Richard Cordiner based on his script The Shark Is Not Working, which chronicles of the making of Jaws. Of course, the first writer to land a deal from the service — Justin Kremer, who signed with CAA based on his screenplay McCarthy, chronicling the rise of Sen. Joe McCarthy’s anti-Communist fervor — was discovered to have previously interned for Leonard’s site, which led many to question whether the operation launched in October was legit. But we’re hearing that more deals are in the works, so maybe there’s something to it.

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