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Landon and I tend to endorse the idea that “no news is good news,” but it’s sadly not applicable in this case: The slow start to the 2016 spec market we last reported in April has continued through September.

This…

Damn, Hollywood. This isn’t exactly how we’d hoped to reboot the Scoggins Report.

In a perfect world there’d be a couple dozen or so spec sales to discuss by this point in the Spring Selling Season, not to mention a handful of seven figure deals pointing to a renewed interest in original material all over town, and screenwriting careers getting jumpstarted left and right.

This is not a perfect world. By a lot.

As is our way, we found a sliver of a silver lining and pointed it out at the end of the introduction of the Scorecard. But we’d be the first to say we’re whistling in the dark.

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Finally: The 2015 Year-End Spec Market Scorecard is complete. (All together now: “Thanks, Landon!”)

We’ve got Q1 2016 spec market numbers coming along shortly (again, thanks to Landon, who’s taking over writing the entire Report from now on), but since those who cannot remember the past are blah blah blah…

The interesting thing about 2014 spec market was that the studio buyers stepped up to buy 1/3 more spec scripts than they had in 2013, but non-studio buyers stayed away in droves, resulting in low overall sales numbers compared to the previous three years.

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Year three of our annual pilot season one-shot, assembled by the crack team of Cindy and Landon. The analysis was particularly insightful (if I say so myself), thanks to having three years of numbers to play with; if I had to choose, I’d say this is the single strongest edition of The Scoggins Report we’ve ever published.

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Full credit goes to Cindy Kaplan for pitching and doing all the legwork to pull the Pilot Season Scorecard editions of The Scoggins Report together. This was the 2nd year we compiled it, and as we made clear in the intro, comparing year-over-year numbers made our hearts sing.

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2013 was the last time we saw triple digit spec sales numbers. Sigh.

Nice to see the byline on this one, btw. Cindy + Landon + Jason = The Dream Team.

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Remember when Mike Esola was at WME and used to dominate the spec and pitch sales scorecard every year? And was at the top of the pitch sales tally for the third year in a row in 2013?

Yeah. That was cool.

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Remember when there were two years in a row with 132 spec script sales? 2011 and 2012?

Yeah. That was cool.

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Our second annual pitch market scorecard. The numbers were down significantly from 2011’s triple digit sales, and 2013 was only slightly better. But look on the bright side: At least there were lots of spec sales to make up for it.

Note the absence of the big red header…and the really ugly formatting in its replacement. Steve Jobs I am not, obviously.

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