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Old 07-05-2006, 01:51 AM   #1
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Default Unsolicited Production Co Contact

I try to follow the listed or posted submission and/or query policies of production companies (even though they are frequently wrong) because I thought it was more professional, but recently I ran an unrepped writer who sent out synopsis to several production companies who didn't accept unsolicited queries and long story short, got the call, the meeting and the option.

I realize that most companies refuse unsolicited material either because they don't have the staff to read it or because they want to protect theirself if they have a similiar project in the works, both of which makes sense. On the other hand, I also wonder how often unsolicited material really DOES get read.

I'm so conflicted and frustrating over trying to decide how to approach this game because lately, I see more people having success by breaking down the door than through persistent knocking.
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Old 07-05-2006, 04:08 AM   #2
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Default Re: Unsolicited Production Co Contact

You get read in various ways:

1) Having an easily pitch-able, high-concept idea which you present via phone, email, fax or query letter.

2) Having good phone presentation skills.

If they request, submit via a lawyer or sign a release.

Some places are fortresses but with the right approach/project you can get round the 'no-submissions' policy at most prod. co's. If you are totally convinced that your project is perfect for prod. co. X why would you be deterred by their submissions policy?
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Old 07-05-2006, 08:50 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by msmarinajb
ong story short, got the call, the meeting and the option.
was it a free option?
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Old 07-05-2006, 07:46 PM   #4
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No, it wasn't a free option, but appearently not a life changing amount either.

In the position I'm in, I'd take a free option on a project because a few thousand bucks here or there isn't going to make a difference in my life, but I don't advertise that in most cases.

I had never thought about just simply calling a production company and pitching over the phone, do deciscion makers actually take calls from people they don't know?

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Old 07-06-2006, 11:12 AM   #5
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I was meant the writer you represented.

on the phone:

http://messageboard.donedealpro.com/...ad.php?t=15951
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