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The Black List Launching Web Site That Tracks Most Popular Scripts In Real Time

EXCLUSIVE: Film executive Franklin Leonard has maintained The Black List for the past six years to champion hundreds of talented screenwriters and unproduced scripts. Well over 125 screenplays have been made into movies, and they’re responsible for 20 Oscars and roughly $10 billion in worldwide grosses. Today Leonard expands The Black List by launching a website that tracks Hollywood’s most popular scripts in real time. Blcklst.com bases its info on polling hundreds of high level studio and production company executives who are directly involved in moviemaking. The subscriber-only web site ($20 a month) will expand the pool of movie professionals to include agents and directors who will identify the scripts they like best. Blcklst.com algorithms will sort them by a number of criteria: most popular, and most popular dramas or comedies of the past week, month or whatever. For example, on Tuesday night, I broke news of the sale to Warner Bros of The Imitation Game about math genius Alan Turing. It has been the most popular available new script among several hundred beta-test users of Blcklst.com over the past couple of months.

One thing, though, Leonard’s website will not be open to the general public, however. Verified membership will be expanded to include agents, managers, directors, actors, and writers who will rate scripts according to what they like best. Additionally, the verified subscription format is designed to prevent data manipulation. Interestingly, there will be no “worst of” categories. (Gee where’s the fun if there’s no trashing or bashing?) The parameters … Read More »

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The Black List 2010: Agency Count

The Black List 2010: Manager Count
The Black List 2010: Screenplay Roster

Some of these numbers may change as the list is made more accurate today:

CAA: 20
WME: 17
ICM: 12
UTA: 11
HML: 3
Gersh: 3
Agency for Performing Arts: 2
Verve: 2
RWSG: 1
Featured Artist Agency: 1
Kaplan Stahler Agency: 1
Original Artists: 1
Paradigm: 1

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The Black List 2010: Manager Count

The Black List 2010: Agency Count
The Black List 2010: Screenplay Roster

Some of these numbers may change as the list is made more accurate today:

Circle of Confusion: 7
Management 360: 6
Industry Entertainment: 5
Anonymous Content: 4
Gotham Group: 4
Madhouse Entertainment: 4
Kaplan/Perrone: 3
Mosaic: 2
Profilic: 2
Caliber Media: 2
Brucks Entertainment: 2
Film Engine: 1
Underground Films:1
EMC Entertainment: 1
Kapital Entertainment: 1
Heroes & Villians Entertainment: 1
Tom Sawyer Entertainment: 1
Energy Entertainment: 1
Fineman Entertainment: 1
Tantillo Entertainment: 1
The Collective: 1
Brillstein Entertainment Partners: 1
Alan Gasmer & Friends: 1
Smart Entertainment: 1
Aperture: 1
Media Talent Group: 1
Principato Young: 1
Exile Entertainment: 1

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