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Old 03-17-2018, 06:01 PM   #11
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Default Re: Family/Children Scripts?

Places like MarVista do a lot of their stuff as acquisitions from independent producers or working hand in hand with independent producers, so you ought to contact the (smaller) production companies they're purchasing from.

Likewise, Hallmark does a lot of acquisitions as well, but from a smaller stable of producers. For Hallmark and Lifetime the movies they produce in-house are higher budget, but that's a tough biz to get into.

The range of stuff that counts as family/children is pretty wide, from the standard Christmas dog movies (which are often really just romcoms with a prominent dog in the movie) to kids movies like my masterpiece, COP DOG (still causing irreparable psychological trauma to children to this day, now in Argentina).

Real kids movies like you maybe saw when you were a kid are pretty thin on the ground nowadays. They don't get a theatrical release unless they've got Dwayne Johnson along for the ride and there don't even seem to be many channels that buy them. Places like Disney and Nick mostly do series. But I think there's a market at Red Box of all places and there's hope that places like Netflix/Amazon Prime might be going after kids content. But it's all pretty volatile for the market now.
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