View Full Version : WHY have an agent before sending material to producer(s)?

08-02-2004, 09:36 PM
Have read this 2 or 3 different places -- DO NOT send out material to a producer or production cos. without having an agent first.

No explanation behind it though, so why not send it yourself if they have you sign a release form first?



08-03-2004, 11:02 AM
Your screenplay is probably taken a bit more seriously if it comes recommended by a good agent. Also, good agents can get your screenplay read more places, more strategically. They know who's looking for what, who's legitimate, who's about to lose her job, etc. -- and they can sometimes build up the hype to make your screenplay more desirable and valuable.

But what if you have a great script but no agent? If you can scare up some willing industry readers, go for it.

08-04-2004, 12:00 PM
Thanks, Joan!:)

08-06-2004, 06:36 PM
I agree with what was said. Studios and producers don't like to waste their time with scripts from un-established writers, which is justified most of the time, when they can receive a script from an agent they already know and have a relationship with. That said, it's not impossible to get a script to a producer if you don't have an agent, just next to impossible. The logic of the whole situation is that if you're not "good enough" to get an agent, why should the producer think you're good enough to seriously consider, himself? With an agent comes immediate credibility.