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Old 11-30-2018, 04:01 PM   #1
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Default If your manager doesn't like a particular script...

...is it okay to pitch it elsewhere?

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Old 11-30-2018, 07:18 PM   #2
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Default Re: If your manager doesn't like a particular script...

To other managers... no.
To production companies? Sure. If they like it, your manager will probably be happy to further the talks.
To production companies your manager introduced you to? I would be polite and say to the manager, “Hey - I know you’re not in love with this, but I think x would dig it. Would you mind if I shot them an email and the logline?

Did your manager say why he/she didn’t like the script?
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Old 11-30-2018, 07:29 PM   #3
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Hi, and thanks for responding.

The script is a female-driven thriller that was actually optioned at one point by the EP of an award-winning Matthew McConaughey vehicle. Long story and not worth blathering about.

Anyway, she thinks the protagonist is “unsympathetic” and although the concept is good, she finds it “implausible.”

As I liken this a “vampire story without an actual vampire,” that’s perplexing to me.

I mean, come on: There’s a panoply of big budget films where “plausible” isn’t a factor.

I feel weird about this now. What do I do?

Thanks, again. Appreciate the time you took to respond.
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Old 11-30-2018, 08:00 PM   #4
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Based on your description, it sounds like it’s a “taste” response.

My experience with managers is that it’s tough to find one that resonates with your entire body of work. If it were my script, and if I was really passionate about it, I would check in with a few of my own contacts that I thought might respond. The caveat is, that can backfire if you send the wrong project to someone who already likes your work.

Another option is to sit on it and wait for another opportunity (and see how things play out with your current manager.) If you love it, you might consider writing it as a book. Not every project has legs, and sometimes it’s just not worth the push. And sometimes it is. It’s so hard to tell, and that’s one of the frustrating things about this business.

I wish you luck, whatever you decide to do with it.
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Old 12-01-2018, 08:48 AM   #5
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Great food for thought. Thanks so much and I wish you the best with your projects.
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Old 12-01-2018, 10:39 AM   #6
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You’re very welcome, and thank you so much for your well wishes.
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Old 12-01-2018, 10:59 AM   #7
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Default Re: If your manager doesn't like a particular script...

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...is it okay to pitch it elsewhere?

Thanks, guys.
Short answer, absolutely.

Long answer, your manager works for you, not the other way around. If your manager is unwilling to send it out, you just do it yourself. It's not their career, it's yours. I just had the same thing happen to me. New spec. Had fabulous feedback from readers, all positive, which is not an easy thing to get, and my manager hated it. I sent it to my agent... he said it was the best spec he's read this year. He's sending it out... but I'm also using my contacts to send it out myself... It's my career. My script. I own it. I believe in it. I get to do with it what I want. Don't let fear stop you from doing what you need to do.

It doesn't do you any good sitting in a drawer because one person didn't like it. Market it out there yourself. It's what you did before you had a manager. I wish you success.
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Old 12-01-2018, 01:03 PM   #8
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Absolutely. And yes, your manager might get pissed. If they do? **** em'. I've dropped managers who have issues with me sending out my own work. If they aren't going to do their job, I will. Every script I've sent out on my own has led to either a General Meeting, Option, or Assignment. I'm not going to sit on a script I know is good. Right now, I only have an Attorney, and won't be signing with anyone who isn't okay with this. I've made 6 figure sales from querying a script my bum manager wouldn't do **** with. No one is going to work as hard for you as you. Remember that.
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Old 12-01-2018, 02:04 PM   #9
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I’m in a similar boat now, trying to figure out what to do with a pilot that agent has deemed too similar in tone to an existing, well received TV show. My pilot is based on IP so I’m considering writing an article about the topic to draw attention to it that way.

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Old 12-01-2018, 04:01 PM   #10
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Ed and Cth, you've been a lot of help through the years and I appreciate it.

The more I think about this the more upset I become. This is a script that has received some great feedback. When it was optioned by the crazy SOB, who I won't name, there was interest from some really fine talent. That said, people can't wait forever. The option ran out (thankfully), and the rights reverted to me.

I did and do have a director attached. A talented Indie guy who has been very supportive. He would jump at the chance to direct if the opportunity presented itself. Another reason why I don't get my rep's unwillingness to even give it a shot.

Since my OP, I emailed her and said that I would take another look at the script and see if I can make the protagonist "more sympathetic." That said, I think that's bullshit. Just trying to go along to get along, I guess.

Her response was that unless she's really "in love" with a project, edits won't matter. What the hell. I didn't and won't respond to that as I'm afraid I may say something I'll regret later.

So, I will take your advice and pitch it myself. Meanwhile, if there are any interested parties here, seeking a female-driven thriller, please PM me.

Again, thank you. Sounds like you guys are kicking ass. Good for you.
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