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With dozens of new spec scripts hitting the market each month, it's easy for great material to slip through the cracks. With Spec Scout's coverage library, you'll know which ones are worth your time. Access is free, but limited to certain industry pros. Want in?

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      A better way to track specs. Not every script that hits the market is an exceptional piece of writing, and no one has time to thoroughly evaluate several hundred scripts every year. That's why we've built a first-of-its-kind coverage library, developed a screenplay scoring system called the Spec Scout Score and rolled everything up into a website designed for the specific needs of entertainment industry pros.

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      Members only. Spec Scout's coverage library is only available to entertainment industry professionals, which means agents and managers, directors and producers, development and production executives, plus assistants to all of the above.

      The spec market, quantified. Spec Scout lists virtually every spec that's hit the market since the beginning of 2011, plus favorites from 2010 and earlier. Our expert coverage includes all the details you'd expect:

      Buyer and seller information
      Actor, director and producer attachments
      Multiple loglines
      Detailed yet concise synopses
      Comments and scores for scripts above 68.
      Genres and sub-genres
      Locales and estimated budget ranges
      And much, much more.

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      Constant updates. We track the market and add projects to the database daily, and our readers turn in their coverage on a 24/7 basis.

      Our 100-Point Scale. As we discuss in depth on the screenplay coverage page, we built the Spec Scout Score to help separate the wheat from the chaff. The score represents a "wisdom of the crowd"-style assessment of the script's overall quality by a crowd of people we've rigorously trained. The higher the score, the better the screenplay, and the more likely it is to be worth your time.

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      Fresh voices. One of the reasons we developed the Spec Scout Score was to make it possible to assess aspiring writers' material alongside the material that agents and managers take into the marketplace. Writers submit their scripts to Spec Scout to be covered and rated using the same criteria we use to evaluate the pros' work, and when a script scores 68 or above, we offer inclusion in our database at no additional charge.

      To be clear, writers cannot pay for inclusion in Spec Scout's database, they must earn their way in by writing superior material. Only the highest scoring scripts make it into the system this way, which keeps the amount of "noise" in the system to a minimum.

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      Our readers. Our evaluation team is comprised of a dozen seasoned readers, each of whom has been exposed to countless produced and unproduced screenplays through previous experience writing coverage in development, at agencies and management companies, and in other professional environments.

      Further, each reader whose coverage appears in Spec Scout's database has undergone our thorough feature analysis training program to ensure the highest quality and consistency throughout our library.

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      Most Recent of Spec Market 2014
      • Seducing Ingrid Bergman Black List Set Up 2014 Written by Arash Amel
        Based on Chris Greenhalgh’s eponymous novel. Ingrid Bergman and war photographer Robert Capa engage in a passionate, life changing romance in post-World War II Paris.
        Market December 15, 2014    Sold December 15, 2014
        Producer Uday Chopra, Arash Amel, Jonathan Reiman
        Agent Brian Siberell, Ida Ziniti (CAA)
        Manager Matt Rosen (Grandview)
        Financier YRF Entertainment
      • Boston Strangler Black List Set Up 2014 Written by Chuck MacLean
        In the 1960s, a determined detective puts his life and career on the line to solve the case of the Boston Strangler.
        Market December 15, 2014    Sold December 15, 2014
        Producer Kevin McCormick
        Executive Aaron Schmidt
        Actor Casey Affleck
        Agent Jon Cassir, John Campisi, Alexandra Trustman (CAA)
        Manager Ben Rowe (Oasis Media Group)
        Studio Warner Bros.
        Production Langley Park Pictures
      • Bird Box Black List Set Up 2014 85.2 Written by Eric Heisserer
        A woman tries to lead her children to safety after the world is invaded by monsters who turn you insane upon sight.
        Market December 15, 2014    Sold December 15, 2014
        Producer Scott Stuber, Chris Morgan
        Executive Jon Mone, Jay Polidoro, Jeffrey Kirschenbaum, Ainsley Davies, Michael Clear
        Agent Rich Cook, Jason Spitz (WME)
        Manager Julie Bloom (Art/Work)
        Studio Universal
        Production Bluegrass Pictures, Chris Morgan Productions
      • Echo Black List Set Up 2014 77.5 Written by
        A CIA drone coordinator battles his own psychological health while trying to decipher whether his wife has been replaced.
        Market December 15, 2014    Sold December 15, 2014
        Producer Shawn Levy
        Executive Dan Levine, Steve Asbell, Dan Cohen
        Agent Jeff Barry (ICM)
        Manager Stephen Crawford (Industry)
        Studio Fox
        Production 21 Laps
      • Syndrom(e) Black List Set Up 2014 75.4 Written by Mark Heyman
        A detective solving the case of a disturbing film with subliminal images that is killing people who come in contact with it discovers a greater evil.
        Market December 15, 2014    Sold December 15, 2014
        Producer Steven Zaillian, Garrett Basch, Steven M. Rales, Mark Roybal
        Executive Geoff Stier, Jeff Sommerville
        Agent Jon Cassir, John Garvey, Rob Kenneally (CAA)
        Manager Matt Rosen (Grandview)
        Studio Paramount
        Production Film Rites, Indian Paintbrush
      • The Man In The Rockefeller Suit Black List Set Up 2014 78.4 Written by David Bar Katz
        The story of Clark Rockefeller, a con artist thought to be American royalty until he kidnapped his young daughter initiating a manhunt that revealed his true identity.
        Market December 15, 2014    Sold December 15, 2014
        Producer Donald De Line, Andrew Haas
        Agent Trevor Atsbury, Craig Brody (CAA)
        Manager Jennifer Levine (Untitled)
        Studio Fox Searchlight
        Production De Line Pictures
      • The Cascade Black List Set Up 2014 83.6 Written by Kieran Fitzgerald
        Based on the documentary style film “The Day Britain Stopped” directed by Gabriel Range, an oil tanker collides with an Iranian patrol boat in the Strait of Hormuz, triggering a chain of tragic disastrous events.
        Market December 15, 2014    Sold December 15, 2014
        Executive Kira Goldberg
        Producer Ridley Scott, Steven Zaillian, Garrett Basch, Elishia Holmes
        Actor Michael Schaefer, Cate Blanchett
        Agent Ryan Feldman, Stuart Manashil (WME)
        Studio Fox
        Production Film Rites, Scott Free
      • My Friend Dahmer Black List Drama 2014 Available Written by Marc Meyers
        Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by John Backderf, Jeffrey Dahmer struggles with a difficult family life as a young boy and during his teenage years he slowly transforms, edging closer to the serial killer he becomes.
        Market December 15, 2014
        Producer Marc Meyers, Jody Girgenti, Adam Goldworm
        Manager Adam Goldworm (Aperture)
        Production IBID Filmworks, Aperture
      • Huntsville Black List Drama Produced 2014 Thriller Written by Anthony Ragnone II
        In a sleepy southern town a man with a haunted past encounters an attractive young woman who moves in next door.
        Market December 15, 2014    Sold September 17, 2015
        Director Eric England
        Actor Shea Whigham, Anya Taylor-Joy
        Executive Fouad Mikati, Karam Abulhusn, Candice Abela
        Agent Bob Hohman, Mark Hartogsohn (Gersh)
        Manager Allison Doyle (Project D Media)
        Production Coalition Group
      • The Circle Drama Hit List Produced Sci-Fi 2014 Thriller Written by James Ponsoldt
        A young female tech worker takes a job at a powerful Internet corporation, quickly rises up the company's ranks, and soon finds herself in a perilous situation that involves privacy, surveillance, and freedom - and her decisions and actions will determine the future of humanity.
        Market December 5, 2014    Sold June 30, 2015
        Actor Tom Hanks, Emma Watson
        Producer Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Anthony Bregman, Laurie MacDonald
        Director James Ponsoldt
        Agent Andrew Cannava, Bec Smith (UTA)
        Manager Brad Petrigala (Brillstein Entertainment Partners)
        Production Playtone, Likely Story, Parkes+MacDonald Image Nation
        Based on the David Eggers novel of the same name, published by McSweeney's in October 2013.

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