With apologies to Eliot, this is the way the Spring selling season ends: Not with a bang but a whimper. And not just in the spec market, unfortunately: May's pitch sale numbers were solid, as you'll see in this week's Scoggins Report, but we haven't seen any in June so far. We'll have to see abnormally high numbers in the second half of 2014 to end up on par with the last two years' totals.
You'll see what we mean when we publish the updated Pitch Market Scorecard later this month. For now, you'll have to content yourself with the May 2014 Pitch Market Roundup. As always, it's embedded below, and as always, you can click here to download it to your heart's content.
Out with the bad news, in with the good.
Okay, maybe "good news" is a stretch, but while the spec market has been slowing down lately, the pitch market has been speeding up. Not a ton, admittedly, and pitch sales are still down from this period last year (and the year before that, for that matter), but the steady month-over-month growth we've seen since January is respectable.
This edition of the Scoggins Report is the April 2014 Pitch Market Roundup, and since its overall numbers are the same as the Pitch Market Scorecard we published at the end of April, feel free to skip the top of page one and jump straight to the details.
As always, the Scoggins Report is embedded below. And as always, you can click here to download it to your heart's content.
We're playing catch up in the Scoggins Report again this week, this time with the pitch market. As you'll see, the number of monthly pitch sales in February and March (6 each) improved quite a bit over January, but still lags behind 2013's monthly numbers. That's made up for, though, by one of the juiciest take-away stats we've seen in a while: Fox bought a total of 5 pitches in February and March, for a total of 6 already this year. That would have been the 3rd highest yearly total in 2013, and it's not even May.
Slow-ish numbers or not, there's still plenty to sink your teeth into in this week's newsletter, so on with the show. Our Pitch Market Roundup Roundup -- combining February and March numbers and script details in one document -- is embedded below. As always, you can click here to download it to your heart's content.
We're so late with the Scoggins Report this week we're skipping the semi-witty intro. We'll be back into the groove next week with the February scorecards.
Meanwhile, scroll down for the January 2014 Pitch Market Roundup, or click here to download the PDF.
We're so late with the Scoggins Report this week we're skipping the semi-witty intro. Scroll down for the November 2013 Pitch Market Roundup, or click here to download the PDF.
There's a lot to celebrate today. Not only because today is arguably the best day of the year, but because there's a lot to cheer about from October's pitch market. Ten things, to be specific, as you're about to see for yourself.
Scroll down for the October 2013 Pitch Market Roundup, or click here to download the PDF (Don't worry, it's not a scene from Saw).
We're a few days late posting this week's Scoggins Report, so we'll dispense with the semi-witty asides and get straight to the point. The September 2013 Pitch Market Roundup is below, and for those of you who like to add stuff to your Dropboxes, click here to download this week's PDF.
As we note at the top of this week's Scoggins Report, August's pitch sales numbers ended up as expected: On par with 2011 and 2012, but still the second slowest month of the year to date (after January). Fair warning: September's unlikely to be much better, since the first half of the month includes two Hollywood holidays and the Toronto Film Festival.
If you're like us, though, you're still full of giddy anticipation for the Fall selling season, and anxious to see who will end up buying and selling the most pitches through the end of the year. Since we love few things more than proper context, we used the top of the August 2013 Pitch Sales Roundup to note the top three studios, agencies and management companies so far this year. There were a couple of surprising bits, but we'll let you discover them for yourselves.
The August 2013 Pitch Market Roundup is below, and for those of you who like portable editions, click here to download this week's PDF.
Coming off a slow four weeks or so bracketing the 4th of July holiday, the second half of this month's Pitch Market picked up considerably. As you'll see from the top of this week's Scoggins Report, July ended up with the most pitch sales in three months.
Not only that, but the mix of buyers suggest some green shoots as we head into August. Scroll down or click through to the PDF to see the bits we think are most promising. If next month ends up like 2011 and 2012, we won't have more than 4 pitch sales to talk about in the next Pitch Market Roundup, but who knows? July used to be super slow, too, but the last three years have been pretty strong.
The July 2013 Pitch Market Roundup is below, and for those of you planning to be away from your desks, you can click here to download this week's PDF.
The Pitch Market's second half of June was very similar to the second half of May -- just one additional pitch sale since the Pitch Scorecard two weeks ago ("Outliers," to Fox). May's slow-down was thanks to the combination of Cannes and Memorial Day, and with no hard data to go on we're blaming June's on the start of summer break.
We're halfway out the door for the 4th ourselves, but before we bounce we wanted to get the May 2013 Pitch Market Roundup up. It's below, and for those of you who prefer to peruse it on your tablets, you can click here to download this week's PDF.
You know things have been slow when the three most recent posts on Spec Scout's blog are the three most recent Scoggins Reports. As you'll read for yourself, the Cannes/Memorial Day double-whammy has given buyers and sellers alike a two week break in the spec market, and there's been just 1 pitch sale announcement in the second half of the month as well.
So no need (and little fodder) for repartee. The May 2013 Pitch Market Roundup is below. And for those of you who prefer to peruse it on your tablets, you can click here to download this week's PDF.
A quick programming note: As you can see, The Scoggins Report has a beautiful new home on SpecScout.com, which relaunched yesterday with a vasty improved new look and feel as well as a ton of behind-the-scenes improvements, from quicker load times to the site's ability to be used in mobile browsers (finally!). Jason will continue to do here what he'd been doing at ScogginsReport.com; if you're a bookmarker, the blog's new home page is SpecScout.com/scogginsreport. To see archived editions of the roundups and scorecards in each category, use the nav box at the top of the right column of the page.
And now back to our regularly scheduled program, brought to you by SpecScout (obviously).
Here's the big takeaway from this week's Scoggins Report: The end of April marks the first time this year with double digit sales of both specs and pitches. Hopefully, that metric throughout the rest of 2013 will echo 2011, when it happened 5 times (starting with March), rather than 2012, when it only happened once (also in April), primarily because of the drop-off in pitch sales last year.
As we noted in the intro to the April 2013 Pitch Market Roundup, below, April's pitches were pretty evenly distributed across the usual buyers and sellers, with a handful of significant exceptions, which we highlight on page one of the newsletter. The PDF is visible, downloadable and printable below -- depending on your browser, you may need to hover over the bottom right of the embedded document for the controls to appear.
And when you're done, please take a minute to surf around the new SpecScout.com and let us know what you think.
The 2013 spec script and pitch markets remind me of this past weekend’s Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix, in which two different teams had both drivers neck-and-neck with each other for the last third of the race (with very different results). So, too, specs and pitches — one week more specs sell than pitches, the next it’s the other way around, and then back to specs again.
As you’ll see from the March 2013 Pitch Market Roundup, that’s been the pattern for the past month, and as of today, sales of each are basically even (22 pitches vs 23 specs). There’s a week left in March, but I’m expecting both markets to remain relatively quiet since we’re in the midst of Spring Break and Passover and Good Friday/Easter are this week. (Go ahead, prove me wrong, Hollywood. Please.)
The pitch sales just keep coming. As we note in the intro to this week’s Scoggins Report, pitches are selling as well or better than specs for the first time since the first half of 2011.
But don't take our word for it -- check out the February 2013 Pitch Market Roundup, below.
As we mention in the opening of this week’s Scoggins Report, this is one of our favorite weeks of the year. The start of the Spring selling season is like a clean white board, full of hope and promise. (Not unlike SpecScout.com, come to think of it.)
The spec and pitch markets are off to a healthy start — not quite as robust as 2012, which was unusually active, but ahead of 2011 already, and there are three days left in the month yet.
The 2012 Pitch Market is ending on a high note. As you’ll see from this week’s Scoggins Report, in addition to December’s 9 pitch sales (the second highest monthly total in 2012, after April’s 14) there were two the week after Thanksgiving. All the glorious details are available on the December 2012 Pitch Sales Roundup, as usual.
Happy New Year, Hollywood!
We knew November’s pitch sales total would be low, but as you’ll see from this week’s edition of the Scoggins Report, it was ridiculously low. Granted, there are a few days left in the month, but as it stands, if November’s sole sale so far had happened one day earlier, we’d be looking at a goose egg.
But hey — don’t let that stop you from checking out the November 2012 Pitch Market Roundup!
The Scoggins Report went on hiatus last week to sync up with the calendar, and we hoped to be able to report explosive numbers when we picked back up this week with the October 2012 Pitch Sales Roundup. Alas, no such luck. Don’t get me wrong, October’s numbers were perfectly respectable and we found some good tidbits to highlight in the intro, but we were bummed to return and discover no new pitch sales had been announced last week.
As expected, there haven’t been all that many pitch sales over the past four weeks, thanks to the many, many distractions built into September (Labor Day, TIFF, Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kippur) plus buyers’ heavy focus on spec scripts (7 so far this month). Nevertheless, four pitch sales so far this month is basically on par with September 2011′s number (5).
The August 2012 Pitch Sales Roundup is a couple of days earlier than we’d like, but the publishing schedule is what it is.
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