Posts tagged ‘Scoggins Report’

June 27, 2013

Loglines for Specs that Sold in 2012 (& What You Can Learn From Them)

The year-end market scorecard is out over at The Scoggins Report, and 132 spec scripts were sold in 2012. While this number feels depressingly low, it actually matches the 15-year high of 2011. Erik Bork has analysed the common features of the sold scripts in a great new article on ScriptMag:

The point of this post is not to discourage you – as you consider how many tens of thousands of scripts did not sell, so that these 132 could. My point is to offer a few observations about those scripts that sold, and especially about their content – as evidenced by the logline and genre information the “Scorecard” includes.

I think reading these loglines can be incredibly helpful for aspiring professional screenwriters, to get a sense of what makes a marketable concept. It’s one thing to hear that “a great logline is important, and the first thing to focus on.” Which is true. It’s another to read the actual loglines of scripts that actually sold, in the last year.

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January 24, 2013

What Hollywood Bought in 2012

For those of you who keep tabs on these sorts of things, the Scoggins Report is out recounting all of the spec scripts that sold in 2012 (to studios — I don’t believe independent film sales are included. Correct me if I’m wrong) and the genres that those scripts belong to.

Ta-dah!  The actual moment you were waiting for:  The unveiling of the 2012 Year-End Spec Market Scorecard.  This is our fourth annual edition, marked not only by a series of incremental improvements to the format and data but by something unprecedented since we’ve been covering the market:

2012′s total number of spec sales — 132 — is exactly the same as 2011′s.

We know, we reported a couple of months ago that 2012 had improved over 2011 significantly, but in preparation for this week’s monster Scoggins Report we combed through all our data once again and recalculated all our numbers yet again.  At the end of the day (or year, as it were), 2012 ended up exactly on par with 2011.

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