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Old 06-25-2014, 01:38 PM   #1
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Default Prudent?

Hello everyone!

I hope all here today are doing well.

My question today is: I am wondering if it is prudent to let producers know you have other production companies looking at the same script?

I have three production companies (so far) that have requested and are (hopefully) currently reading one of my feature scripts.

I read somewhere (it was probably here in the forums) that you can let them know other producers/prod co's are also reviewing and showing interest.

It was said that this mention can "kick" them into gear, as we all know that getting the proverbial ball rolling in this line of work can sometimes be slooooooow, and writers may not hear back from anyone for quite a long time.

Of course I do not wish to push or rush anyone, but I would like the prod co's to know that they are not the only ones interested in my script so they won't "lollygag" and wait a long time to review and potentially consider, when another prod co may be faster than them in this aspect.

Has anyone else here heard of this and has anyone else done this? And if you did what were the results?

Or is this not cool to do?

Also, what are your recommendations as far as how long to wait after their request and the sending of the script before contacting them to find out how it is going. (it's only been a week for mine, and I know that's not very long to wait, and I am not planning on contacting anyone yet for a while longer if no word).

I thank you all in advance and wish everyone here much success in all you do.
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Old 06-25-2014, 03:55 PM   #2
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Don't do it unless they personally ask or send you a release form that asks which other companies are reading
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Old 06-25-2014, 04:01 PM   #3
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Don't do it if other companies are only agreeing to read.

Do it if other companies are engaging in a real conversation to option/buy the material or sign you as a client.
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Old 06-25-2014, 04:35 PM   #4
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What Keith said.

With novels and short stories, it's one at a time and you would want to disclose if some other publisher was reading the same material.

With screenplays, it's normal for a script to go wide and have maybe fifty or more companies reading the same script at the same time. It's just the way things are done. So no reason to mention it, and mentioning it might seem like a challenge. If a producer asks me if anyone else is reading the script, I will be honest. But no reason to mention that if you aren't asked.

Recently I had two companies interested in an option/purchase agreement on the same script and I told each about the other... in hopes of starting some sort of bidding war. The bidding war did not happen. Each offered to *match* the other guy's price. So it came down to which would be the best home for my script.

You don't want to do anything that may seem like it's challenging the producer before they've made you an offer on your script. That's burning the bridge in front of you. A million companies will read your script, it means nothing. It's a job application.

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Old 06-26-2014, 11:59 AM   #5
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Companies will already assume other companies are receiving your script, unless you told them it's an exclusive submission. Personally, if I'm an exec and I get an email saying "FYI, other companies are reading this as well", my first thought will be "And nobody's bitten yet." But Keith is also right - if you get an option offer or something, maybe make that call and tell them it's about to be taken off the table.

Two weeks is the minimum (in my opinion) you should wait before any type of follow up after a submission.
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Old 06-26-2014, 01:28 PM   #6
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Thank you everyone for your words of advice.

I guess I read the posting wrong when it said someone recommended letting prod co's know others are reading.

Perhaps they meant when they get an offer.
That makes more sense.

I hope all here are well and that everyone is getting closer to their dream.
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