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Old 07-16-2019, 05:01 AM   #1
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Default Going Wide in 2019

Thought Iíd start a new thread on this as most of them about the topic of going wide are from a few years ago now. I may be wrong here but the approach seems to have shifted from the days of blasting the town with 100 plus subs to a more strategised, relatively large roll out thatís in stages. Iíve just had a script go out at and weíre into around 15 or so producers, all with Studio deals.

And so now the waiting begins...

Be good to hear from other DDíers whoíve had scripts go out in the last year or so and what their experiences of it all were like. The process, the strategy etc.

As things progress (or not) Iíll keep folks posted.
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Old 07-16-2019, 08:55 AM   #2
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Yeah, it's often a smaller and more targeted net... with a much longer wait, lol. I remember always hearing how scripts "went out wide" and then a week later there's a studio buyer or multiple buyers wanting to grab it up. Now it's all about producer attachments first. Sometimes the prodcos are big enough to be buyers themselves, but generally it's a building method. Everyone wants a package now.

My latest spec (high concept everyone was super pumped about) went out 6 WEEKS ago and we're still waiting on reads from 12+ of the 15+ major prodcos it was sent to. The summer vacation season isn't helping of course, but still.

A previous spec (smaller action/thriller) first went out almost two years ago, seemingly only got me a lot of meetings and assignment opportunities, but no buyer. It stayed floating around here and there for awhile - and only just last month did it find the right producer who's now boarding and putting it together with some attachments.

Seems gone are the days a script went out without an attachment to all the top studios and someone immediately grabbed it up for seven figures.
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Old 07-16-2019, 09:55 AM   #3
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Speaking of the shift/change of going wide, it seems like more managers do this without agents compared to like ten years ago?

When I look at the latest tracking boards, I wonder if it makes a lot of difference if an agent is "involved" in going out.
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Old 07-16-2019, 10:21 AM   #4
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Speaking of the shift/change of going wide, it seems like more managers do this without agents compared to like ten years ago?

When I look at the latest tracking boards, I wonder if it makes a lot of difference if an agent is "involved" in going out.
My first spec we took out wide last August. We didn't have an agent involved. Had an agent at a three letter place trying to package, but we got sick of waiting and needed to strike for a variety of reasons.

True story, period. 65+ prodcos. Over the weekend had producers fighting for territories. It was a naked spec and you aren't selling a $50m adult drama without attachments. But mission accomplished as far as getting it out there and I got fans at production companies and with buyers.

Next spec in November - went to a couple three letter places first. Got two A++ listers interested but had to go one at a time for exclusivity reasons. So it took a while. Ultimately passes. Ended up going with the three best fits for producers to take to buyers. Buyers liked, but wanted a package.

So still trying to package those two.

This last one, the "strategic rollout" has been a pain in the ass. No incentive to read quickly on the part of prodcos. Takes forever. We got it to the one buyer it makes sense for, but the slow drip sucks.
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Old 07-16-2019, 10:29 AM   #5
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Same - I’ve gone out with 4 things in the last year-ish. 2 TV shows, 2 features. It seems it’s incredibly slow going. I remember going out with stuff 4 years ago on a Friday and I’d get a bunch of responses Monday morning, like 8. Mostly passes obviously, but it seemed way quicker.

Nowadays: with the new show we’re only out to like 5 places. Haven’t heard from anyone. It’s been 6 weeks. Sh!t seems WAY sloooooooow nowadays.

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Old 07-16-2019, 10:33 AM   #6
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Iím just glad I correctly deduced what book it was. 😆
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Old 07-16-2019, 10:38 AM   #7
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Iím just glad I correctly deduced what book it was. 😆
Ha! Was my story confusing? Iím hungover. LOL
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Ha! Was my story confusing? Iím hungover. LOL
Ha, no I mean based on your past details I had already deduced that was the property.
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Old 07-16-2019, 10:44 AM   #9
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Ha, no I mean based on your past details I had already deduced that was the property.
Ahh gotcha. I donít really care at this point. Chick totally tried to screw me, so Iím no longer protective of her.
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Old 07-16-2019, 10:49 AM   #10
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But, youíve got a good detective eye, obviously! I didnít think Iíd given it away, but I guess if youíre smart, yes. LOL
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