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Old 02-02-2006, 03:37 PM   #11
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Default FLEE! Run like hell!

Dude.
What they are doing is not legit.
The writer doesn't pay for the budget. EVER.
And $2500? No way that's a legit fee.
NEVER PAY AN UP FRONT FEE|
EVER.

Here's a post from another site
11/30/04 Hi, I have been contacted by a production/management company called Celebrity Endeavors. They asked for my work via E-Mail, and have just contacted me to say that the script has potential. They have said that the script needs a coverage report to show me where I need to concentrate on, and that they will recommend someone. Have you ever heard of Celebrity Endeavor.

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Old 02-02-2006, 03:38 PM   #12
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Ah, there you go. If that's the "CE" in question, it sounds like a scam.

Now go to CL and see if you can find an independent producer to help you develop and package the project.
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Old 02-02-2006, 03:42 PM   #13
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scamming bull****ters. walk.
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Old 02-02-2006, 03:47 PM   #14
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I read the original post. It's a rip-off.
Thank you English Dave. I was afraid that could be a possibility. So, I will go back to the drawing boards. I guess I have to learn a lot more about the literary/tv business industry before I start putting out any money. I didn't have any money to give to begin with, but I would have tried looking for ways to pay for the budget to be done in Movie Magic. Thanks again.
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Old 02-02-2006, 04:12 PM   #15
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Hello Cole,
They (CE) wanted me to pay $2500 to have a reader prepare a budget done in Movie Magic. I don't think they (CE) wanted me to actually pay for the whole production costs associated with the budget. (I am a newbie. So, I don't know if there is a difference between having to pay for a budget and having to pay a reader to prepare a budget.) Thank you Cole.
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Old 02-02-2006, 04:20 PM   #16
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Scribbler, here's the scam okay?

They ask you to pay or the budget. You do.

They say things are going great. They need some more for marketing. You pay.

Etc. Etc. Etc.

This IS NOT REPEAT NOT THE WAY IT IS DONE. NEVER.

IDEAS ARE PITCHED NOT BUDGETS

IF ANYONE SAYING THEY ARE INVOLVED IN PRODUCTION ASKS A WRITER FOR MONEY IT IS A SCAM - NO IFS NO BUTS.

NO LEGITIMATE PRODUCTION COMPANY ASKS THE WRITER FOR MONEY - EVER!!!!!!!!

STAPLE THAT TO YOUR FOREHEAD
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Old 02-02-2006, 04:22 PM   #17
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Dave, have you sent me that cheque yet so I can go pitch your script to HBO?
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Old 02-02-2006, 04:23 PM   #18
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Dave, have you sent me that cheque yet so I can go pitch your script to HBO?
I thought you said Cash?
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Old 02-02-2006, 04:25 PM   #19
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Hey, it's your money. Send it however you like.
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Old 02-02-2006, 04:58 PM   #20
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Well, damn, I didn't know those jokers were still in business. I wish I could pull up some posts from the old Done Deal; there was a long thread around two years ago about Celebrity Endeavors.

Let me be real clear to Scribbler... they are full of sh!t. That is coming from someone with experience. I sent them a script a few years ago. They called all excited about the idea, talked how it was moving up the latter and ready to be greenlit, similar to your situation. At that time they were passing themselves off as a management company.

Right when I was ready to go with them they sent me this email talking about how they wanted to move fast, how I was the last writer they were going to take on for the season and they needed me to send them a check for a reader to evaluate the script so that I could start the rewrites -- a reader recommended by them, of course.

I sent them a quick reply saying that if they were so excited about the project then I would be more comfortable working from the notes of their own in-house reader (who I don't think existed). They promptly lost interest.

Make of that what you will, but no real company production company is going to ask a writer to pay for a budget.
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