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Old 02-02-2009, 01:24 PM   #1
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Default Does CAA rep newbies?

Does CAA ever rep new screenwriters?--That is, screenwriters who only have a few specs to promote that have not yet been picked up?

How about any of the other big 5 agencies?

Obviously, I have no expectation to be repped by a star agent right off the bat, but I just want to get a better idea for how wide I should cast the net...

Thanks in advance for your advice...
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Old 02-02-2009, 01:40 PM   #2
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Default Re: Does CAA rep newbies?

Anyone will rep a great script.
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Old 02-02-2009, 02:34 PM   #3
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Even if it's your first?
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Old 02-02-2009, 02:45 PM   #4
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Even if it's your first?

Yeah, but you have to be good at convincing the agents when pitching the script. Good luck.
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Old 02-02-2009, 03:09 PM   #5
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Sorry to be the naysayer here, but you'll have a very, very tough time getting in the door at any of the top agencies without a referral. Some writers may claim that they did get their query read and script requested, but I haven't seen any cases where a cold query landed someone actual representation at one of the top tier agencies. But if anyone here wants to prove me wrong, I'm open to it.
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Old 02-02-2009, 04:18 PM   #6
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We have a client who got repped at CAA off a cold query. The agent then hooked her up with us, management, which of course is entirely ass-backward as to how it usually goes.
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Old 02-03-2009, 08:29 AM   #7
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We have a client who got repped at CAA off a cold query. The agent then hooked her up with us, management, which of course is entirely ass-backward as to how it usually goes.
That is ass backwards. lol.

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Old 02-03-2009, 10:09 AM   #8
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Sorry to be the naysayer here, but you'll have a very, very tough time getting in the door at any of the top agencies without a referral. Some writers may claim that they did get their query read and script requested, but I haven't seen any cases where a cold query landed someone actual representation at one of the top tier agencies. But if anyone here wants to prove me wrong, I'm open to it.
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Old 02-03-2009, 11:55 AM   #9
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Not officially, but I got hip-pocketed by an agent at CAA off a cold query. This was a few years back though. You'll have more email filters to deal with today.
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Old 02-03-2009, 12:41 PM   #10
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We have a client who got repped at CAA off a cold query. The agent then hooked her up with us, management, which of course is entirely ass-backward as to how it usually goes.
that is really amazing. did your client have other substantial credentials though? or was he a total newbie which they accepted? ive found CAA to be the hardest place to get read out of all the agencies.
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