Click here for Done Deal Pro home page

Done Deal Pro Home Page

Loading

Go Back   Done Deal Pro Forums > Business > Agents, Lawyers & Managers
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 01-28-2014, 08:27 PM   #1
sallain
Regular
 
sallain's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 225
Default Manager relationship question

Over a year ago a manager responded to my cold query and asked me to send him my script. I never heard back so I emailed him again about a different script. He then told me he really enjoyed the first one, and yes, send him the next. He liked that one, too, and told me he had a producer friend who might be interested (though later he apparently changed his mind about showing him.) In all, he's liked three out of four screenplays I've sent him, and during a phone conversation told me he thought I was very talented, but didn't want to sign a contract. So I guess what we have is a hip-pocket relationship. (I only know that term from DDP. )

I'm really confused, because to my knowledge he's only taken one of my scripts out, and that to a producer I asked him to approach.

And now my real question:

I recently queried a producer who requested my script. She's had it about three weeks now. Should I follow up with her, or ask the manager to do so? I had this happen twice before: two really big name producers requested my scripts through queries I sent, and each time they passed. (Although one company sounded like they were on the fence and told me they had been in meetings about my script.) I wonder now if I'd asked the manager to follow up if the response would have been different.

Is that what I should do in this situation? Or is that not done? I really don't get the business side of all this, and I don't understand why this manager doesn't take anything of mine out even though he apparently likes it. He's even told me he's got ideas for places to take a certain script, and then months later seems to forget he's ever said such a thing.

Any advice?
sallain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2014, 09:01 PM   #2
ProfessorChomp
Regular
 
ProfessorChomp's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 412
Default Re: Manager relationship question

I'd say email the manager and mention that a production company requested your script and now has it. If the manager says "Cool, let me check in with them", then by all means, let him/her. If he doesn't offer to, screw him. Do it yourself, then start looking for a manager, because this one's not really interested.

As for the past experiences, I doubt not having the manager make the call factored at all into the production company's decision. Them liking a project enough to put it into development has zero to do with who made the phone call, it's about the material. Plenty of writers get production companies interested in their material without representation. In fact, that's how a lot of people end up with representation to begin with.

Good luck!
ProfessorChomp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-28-2014, 09:08 PM   #3
sallain
Regular
 
sallain's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 225
Default Re: Manager relationship question

Thanks, David! This is really good advice. I appreciate you taking the time to respond.
sallain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2014, 02:52 AM   #4
Mintclub
Regular
 
Mintclub's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 322
Default Re: Manager relationship question

I've never forgot the first thing one of my reps said to me "if one of us isn't working hard enough for you. Cut the chord. It's not personal. It's business." Ask yourself (honestly) if this person has your best interests at heart and is helping steer your career in the right direction. If the answer to this is a resounding no. Move on. Find someone that wants to be a part of your journey. There's plenty of hard working, passionate managers out there. Why settle?
Mintclub is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2014, 07:09 AM   #5
sallain
Regular
 
sallain's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 225
Default Re: Manager relationship question

Quote:
Originally Posted by Mintclub View Post
Move on. Find someone that wants to be a part of your journey. There's plenty of hard working, passionate managers out there. Why settle?
Thanks for the input. I totally agree, in theory, but this is easier said than done. I was congratulating myself that I'd found one manager; it wasn't exactly easy. I have queried others who aren't interested in my screenplays. I have two period pieces, and a fantasy/rom-com/musical.

At the end of 2012 one producer read my first script, loved it, and asked if I could I send her anything else. I only had one complete script at that time but I sent two others that were only partially completed. She read those and asked if we could talk over the phone. I was so excited; I was sure she was going to option my screenplay or give me a writing assignment. When she called she told me she'd never made a personal call to a writer in her career thus far, but she felt that she had to tell me how much she liked my work and how creative I was, but that if I didn't stop writing period pieces I would never get a job in Hollywood.
sallain is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-29-2014, 09:00 AM   #6
Gssstudios
User
 
Gssstudios's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: L.A., CA
Posts: 94
Default Re: Manager relationship question

I don't have much to add, other than giving an enthusiastic nod to the advice already dealt.

Best of luck. Exciting news.
__________________
"...it is the thousandth forgetting of a dream dreamt a thousand times and forgotten a thousand times."
––Franz Kafka "Investigations Of A Dog"
Gssstudios is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:46 PM.


Powered by vBulletin Version 3.6.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Done Deal Pro

eXTReMe Tracker