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Old 11-14-2013, 01:22 PM   #641
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Hey Michael,

Hope you've had a good week. I've got a question for you -- when it comes to thrillers right now, do reps have a preference for those involving certain types of main characters? Say, with storylines involving major crime fighters/proponents like federal agents, drug cartels, and Navy Seals. Or powerful figures like the President (Olympus Has Fallen, White House Down). And the stakes often involve a lot of people or a powerful person getting harmed/killed (i.e., are extremely high).

I'm just wondering if Hollywood considers specs with less powerful people -- the local corrupt police chief, the neighborhood gangleader/druglord -- too simple these days. My question arises from a quick scan of spec sales in the last two years. The fact that there were two big ones involving direct attacks on the White House seems (at least in part) to bolster my view.

Would love to know your thoughts.
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Old 11-19-2013, 01:33 PM   #642
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Hey Michael,

Hope you've had a good week. I've got a question for you -- when it comes to thrillers right now, do reps have a preference for those involving certain types of main characters? Say, with storylines involving major crime fighters/proponents like federal agents, drug cartels, and Navy Seals. Or powerful figures like the President (Olympus Has Fallen, White House Down). And the stakes often involve a lot of people or a powerful person getting harmed/killed (i.e., are extremely high).

I'm just wondering if Hollywood considers specs with less powerful people -- the local corrupt police chief, the neighborhood gangleader/druglord -- too simple these days. My question arises from a quick scan of spec sales in the last two years. The fact that there were two big ones involving direct attacks on the White House seems (at least in part) to bolster my view.

Would love to know your thoughts.
It all has to do with the concept. The character needs to fit that concept and fit it well.

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Old 11-19-2013, 03:23 PM   #643
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It all has to do with the concept. The character needs to fit that concept and fit it well.

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Great - thanks!!
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Old 12-17-2013, 09:15 AM   #644
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Happy Holidays!!! Quick question, when would be a respectful time to stop querying for the holidays? I was contemplating whether I should send any out today. Also, when would be a good time in January to start that engine back up?
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Old 12-17-2013, 05:09 PM   #645
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Happy Holidays!!! Quick question, when would be a respectful time to stop querying for the holidays? I was contemplating whether I should send any out today. Also, when would be a good time in January to start that engine back up?
I'd stop now and not try again until January 7th. I won't even be looking at queries until then and probably just delete them on sight if they interrupted my vacation (when we are all recharging for the new year).

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Old 12-18-2013, 10:01 AM   #646
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I'd stop now and not try again until January 7th. I won't even be looking at queries until then and probably just delete them on sight if they interrupted my vacation (when we are all recharging for the new year).

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And then is there another lull for the "Sundance" time period or OK to go back to full speed after the 7th as a rule of thumb? Thanks!
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Old 12-18-2013, 08:24 PM   #647
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Michael - a little late but congrats to you and your guys on the Black List. I'm looking forward to seeing how things move forward.
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Old 12-19-2013, 11:32 AM   #648
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And then is there another lull for the "Sundance" time period or OK to go back to full speed after the 7th as a rule of thumb? Thanks!
I think the Sundance lull only really hits producers/execs in the independent film world and agents/managers who have indie film clients. It's not like all of Hollywood shuts down to celebrate independent film for a week.
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Old 01-02-2014, 08:21 PM   #649
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Hey Michael,

If you have the time: I have been told that if you are an aspiring writer, you shouldn't even bother writing original pilots, since tv is more exclusive, and as an unknown you really have zero chance to break into tv unless you climb the tv ladder, etc...

I get that TV is more about the pitch, but I feel like, especially on the drama side, it at least happens -- if it's a great idea with a great execution, it's at least possible to attract some attention.

Do you consider/look at original pilot scripts -- or from your POV is the attitude more, it's not worth your time unless the writer's already on a show on the verge of getting staffed...?

Thanks in advance.
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Old 01-31-2014, 12:15 PM   #650
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Michael - a little late but congrats to you and your guys on the Black List. I'm looking forward to seeing how things move forward.
Thank you. Very happy for those guys.

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