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Forum: Business Questions and Advice 11-20-2019, 08:05 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,005
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: New York Is Better Than LA

Netflix is building a huge studio right now. My Netflix show shoots in NY, as do others. There's a 30% rebate on the under the line budget... It's not impossible to shoot here, luckily. This will...
Forum: Writing TV 09-17-2019, 04:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,634
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Pilot Development

I'm finding people with pilots, just like everyone else. I just used to like the spec world better. I'm adapting. ;) The trouble is sometimes you hire someone who wrote a great pilot about their...
Forum: Writing TV 09-17-2019, 02:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,634
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Pilot Development

No, I used to love specs of other shows. But they're just not realistic with how fragmented the tv landscape has become. If it were a spec of a show I loved, I would be excited to read it - but...
Forum: Writing TV 09-17-2019, 10:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,634
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Pilot Development

I may be repeating some of what other people said, but:

Specs are dead dead dead as samples. The reason is, there are just too many shows. Everyone used to be familiar with Friends or Seinfeld... ...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 09-16-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 441
Views: 30,797
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Franklin Leonard

That's a good payday for a non-union gig. Nice. If you don't mind sharing, I'm curious - how will it pay out? Some amount up front, rest when it films, or the whole amount to write the script?
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 09-16-2019, 11:27 AM
Replies: 441
Views: 30,797
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Franklin Leonard

The five winners get the lion's share of the press and attention, but of course, getting close gets you some reads.

Let's say 70 people get success! That still means that 99% of the people who...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 09-15-2019, 12:56 PM
Replies: 441
Views: 30,797
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Franklin Leonard

Docgonzo makes a good point, but every source of amateur screenplays yields a pass more often than an offer of representation. There's no system that's going to find more than handful of great...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 09-12-2019, 02:55 PM
Replies: 441
Views: 30,797
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Franklin Leonard

You are demanding objectivity about a subjective act, the judging of art. It will never happen. And if someone tells you that they've figured out a way to do it, they are lying to you to get your...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 09-12-2019, 01:35 PM
Replies: 441
Views: 30,797
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Franklin Leonard

Yes. I have no reason to question his integrity. Do you?



There is a meaning that Franklin's shared multiple times. "It really is very simple: the number represents how likely a reader would be...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 09-12-2019, 12:29 PM
Replies: 441
Views: 30,797
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Franklin Leonard

I went back and read about the experiment I ran - Franklin said that scores from paid reviews that diverged by more than 2 points only accounted for 4% of submissions. That's actually pretty...
Forum: Classes, Contests, Conferences, Festivals, Groups, Panels & Seminars 09-12-2019, 12:01 PM
Replies: 441
Views: 30,797
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Franklin Leonard

FA4, you got two option offers and two representation offers from having used the Blacklist. You are a walking advertisement for it. There's no such thing as an objective analysis of art, so...
Forum: Writing TV 09-09-2019, 10:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,634
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Pilot Development

Networks are the only one with schedules anymore. For a spec pilot, they're already buying them, and the last realistic shot at selling is probably early January.

So I'd say now is the best time,...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 09-09-2019, 05:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,703
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: New Philosophy

I don't disagree with anything you're saying, but neither of them is repped now. If their worst case is that they're offered representation and they have to commit to being a team for some finite...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 09-09-2019, 02:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,703
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: New Philosophy

Well, the one thing you probably can't do with a shared credit spec is use it land an agent for just one of you.

But if neither of you have reps and there's something you really want to...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 09-09-2019, 01:39 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,703
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: New Philosophy

I think you're overthinking it. If you've got a project you're passionate about with another writer, write it. If whoever's rep likes it, they'll take it out. If it sells, maybe you decide to team...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 09-07-2019, 10:57 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,703
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: New Philosophy

I've co-written one off scripts with friends at different agencies. The agents figured out how to go out with it. It wasn't impossible. Or really hard. They just split up the town.
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 09-06-2019, 11:38 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,009
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: What are you looking for?

Read rest of thread.

Re: ageism: a ten year career is probably twice the WGA average. If a rep thought they'd get ten good years out of you, I don't see why a smart one wouldn't take you on.
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 09-06-2019, 11:31 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,009
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: What are you looking for?

Yes - the feature business is hurting, that's definitely true. Everything is harder. But I still think a great read, even if it's not obviously commercial, is the best calling card.

If it's a...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 09-05-2019, 02:31 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,009
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: What are you looking for?

I don't think good managers care as much about concept. They're not looking for one sale, they're looking for a writer with a great voice that can work for a long time.

My first successful feature...
Forum: Script Deals 09-04-2019, 10:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,124
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: The Crew -- Jeff

I RULE! YES! WHOO!

I mean, thanks.

I'm really lucky to have ended up with Kevin - he's awesome.
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 08-18-2019, 08:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,026
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Hollywood = McDonalds

If you’re trying to break in, whether or not the script is producible shouldn’t be your top concern. Very few projects start as original specs. You’re auditioning to get a job. If...
Forum: Agents, Lawyers & Managers 08-17-2019, 12:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,893
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Anybody Know Any Agents or Managers Open to Acquiring New Clients?

This is so true it hurts. There's not a rep out there who wouldn't take on a new client that excited them.
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 08-16-2019, 10:49 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,900
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Doing well in too many contests is a red flag for reps?

Hope it helps! The other thing I'd say is keep churning out scripts. A lot of people write a script... and rewrite it... and rewrite it...

You've got to put them to bed and move on. You never...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 08-16-2019, 11:56 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,900
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Doing well in too many contests is a red flag for reps?

This isn't meant to be snarky, just realistic: what does it matter? If you hear that "only the top 5 get attention," will you write your script any differently?

I'm a big believer in "put as...
Forum: Business Questions and Advice 08-15-2019, 05:49 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 3,900
Posted By JeffLowell
Re: Doing well in too many contests is a red flag for reps?

If you afford it, enter the big contests. Try the Black List. And also send query letters. And also network. Get a job in the business if you can. Pretty much the only guaranteed waste of time...
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