2016 Spec Script Deals Analysis: Genres
Scott Myers

These figures prove that Scott Krikpatrick is utterly wrong in the chapter ‘Genre: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly’ of his otherwise highly entertaining and illustrative book ‘Writing for the Green Light: How to Make Your Script the One Hollywood Notices’, http://amzn.to/2kt8we7. For ‘the ugly’ and ‘the bad’ are drama and comedy respectively. He states that they don’t sell. He dissuades in particular newcomers to pitch dramas. Not only that they would need an expensive cast to make them sellable. Also the opportunities of this genre for broadcast slots, VOD sales, and international presales suck. Then the deathblow: “Truth is, most dramatic script submissions are so awful, poorly written, and filled with such self-absorbed pretentiousness, that the mere indication that you are trying to pitch a story anywhere near the dramatic theme will sink your career before it even gets started!” Well, this is obviously not supported by the facts and figures that you, Scott, have accumulated and analyzed.

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