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Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 06-17-2019, 11:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 369
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: How to identify managers within agency who could be a fit

To get a foot in the door at an agency, you need someone vouching for you, usually a development exec who likes your work. That exec will know whom at the agency to approach.
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 05-30-2019, 04:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 389
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: How do you know itís time to fire your manager? (first manager)

Wait a couple of weeks and have a straightforward "Are you still interested in repping me?" conversation. I felt the same way about my first agent; things started off hot and then cooled, and after a...
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 05-23-2019, 03:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 429
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: Opinions on idea of sending script to a top production company

You're way overestimating how much thought anyone at the company is going to give to this. It'll be received by some groggy assistant or receptionist who's gonna read that mouthful of history you...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 04-02-2019, 11:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,557
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: Is not living in LA or NY a dealbreaker for managers & agents?

As others have said, TV pretty much means LA or NY.

For features, you can certainly get things started from another city, but it's a liability. 95% of my income originates in generals and pitching,...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 03-21-2019, 03:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 429
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: Selling a public domain spec while another film is already in development?

There's certainly no shortage of competing projects in Hollywood. A lot depends on what the other project is.

If the other project is just some script that a prodco optioned and still hasn't gotten...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 03-19-2019, 11:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 921
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: Credit

I've been through an arbitration, and ultimately it's subjective based on the panel of writers judging, although there are guidelines in place for them to follow. I thought I had a clear case for...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 02-28-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 436
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: Manager Commission on Scripts & Novels

Traditionally, a film lit manager doesn't get a piece of novels. But it's not a bad idea to double-check that understanding between the two of you. Also, don't expect or ask him/her to do any work on...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 02-22-2019, 10:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 561
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: HELP Formal Offer?

Joe is correct. It's a manager's job to sift through the many scripts that come his/her client's way and weed out whatever doesn't already have money (or other solid attachments) in place. "Formal...
Forum: Producers, Production Companies, Studios & Networks 02-19-2019, 10:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,238
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: Amateur move?

It's not an amateur move, it's a smart move. Execs are hoping you'll do something like this. There's nothing they like more than IP, especially IP they already own. Go for it.
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 02-06-2019, 10:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 725
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: What About The Others?

Don't reach out. It's great you got that meeting, but it won't mean much to the other places and might rub them the wrong way.
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 01-24-2019, 02:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 690
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: What's in a "Bio"?

One short paragraph telling them who you are, where you're from and what projects you've set up before and who was involved.

"Iknonuffin is a screenwriter originally from Taiwan, now based in Los...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 01-24-2019, 02:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,124
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: "Is it Financed?"

I have zero problem with an agent asking if there's financing. Your rep does the same thing - if someone calls your rep with a writing opportunity, their first question is whether it's set up and...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 01-22-2019, 02:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 428
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: End Of Option

Unless your agreement is different from any I've ever had, you don't have to do anything. Let the date pass, you're free and clear*

(*except for any paid rewrite work based on the producer's notes...
Forum: Script Deals 01-14-2019, 10:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,337
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: My wife sold a pitch to Universal!

Thanks crew.

Articles always seem to focus on producers and stars when it's the screenwriter who goes in and sells the damn thing in person. Lori's the best.
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 12-21-2018, 10:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 825
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: Querying Management Companies

Sure, why not? There's really no downside.
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 12-20-2018, 09:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 795
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: Carrot and stick

There's nothing wrong with turning something down. No one takes it personally. As I mentioned, if anything it makes them want you more. It's definitely better than going after something you're not...
Forum: Script Deals 12-19-2018, 01:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,337
Posted By ProfessorChomp
My wife sold a pitch to Universal!

...with Ben Affleck attached to produce and star!

https://deadline.com/2018/12/ben-affleck-i-am-still-alive-movie-deal-kate-alice-marshall-universal-pictures-lori-evans-taylor-1202523056/
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 12-19-2018, 01:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,415
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: If your manager doesn't like a particular script...

That note almost always means bigger emotional stakes for the character, not budget.
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 12-19-2018, 01:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 795
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: Carrot and stick

If you have a rep, certainly don't turn down things yourself. That's their job. It's also their job to say "But what did you think about the book idea Travis brought you?"

If you don't have a rep,...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 12-14-2018, 11:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,078
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: I have a problem with a co-writer

You definitely don't owe the guy 700 bucks.

As for the 10k, you'll never owe that to him yourself. This was not a WGA sanctioned rewrite, and you're not a signatory, you're a writer. The only way...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 12-13-2018, 10:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,354
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: Addendum To Rep Post

What Ed said. I remember the days when I only had three viable projects collecting dust :) Now I've got at least a dozen.

The one that already hit the town - let it go for now. You can't ask a rep...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 12-05-2018, 10:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 796
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: Have you ever asked your manager to hire you?

We're seeing this more and more with managers - they've always not-so-secretly wanted to be producers on their clients' movies, but they're DYING to EP their clients' TV shows and get that producing...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 11-06-2018, 05:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,013
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: Bad in a Room

Pitching is very important for a screenwriting career. 95% of my income comes from pitching, either my own stuff or to land open writing assignments. Good news is, you don't need to be an incredible...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 10-29-2018, 11:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,824
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: WGA "No Writing Left Behind" campaign

I'd be curious if this heavy-hitter friend has ever landed a job by writing up a pitch doc. I have no doubt that he/she lands a lot of work, I just wonder if it's the jobs where a pitch doc was asked...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 10-25-2018, 03:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,824
Posted By ProfessorChomp
Re: WGA "No Writing Left Behind" campaign

It's difficult to say no when execs ask you to write something up for the boss. Every writer wants to please, to keep the momentum. But we have to put our foot (feet?) down.

One thing I remind...
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