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When we wrote at the end of September that 2011’s spec market is the strongest we’ve seen in at least five years, we crossed our fingers and hoped we weren’t jinxing it for the rest of the year. Turns out we needn’t have worried: Buyers are still buying, and October is on track to be the biggest month since March. Here are the highlights from the past couple of weeks:
• Warner Bros. keeps putting its Harry Potter money to excellent use: With the purchase this week of a Matt Damon & John Krasinski-penned spec for Damon to direct, the studio has purchased a baker’s dozen spec scripts in 2011. That’s nearly double the second-place studio buyer (Columbia).
• ICM’s two spec sales in October put the agency’s 2011 tally at 10, firmly in contention among the agencies. WME and CAA stayed in first and second place with 13 and 12 sales, respectively, and UTA is right behind with 11.
• New Wave’s Josh Adler and Mike Goldberg just keep crushing it: They’ve set up four specs since joining New Wave mid-year, and if you count the ones they sold when they were still at ROAR in the spring, their total for 2011 is a staggering seven. They’ve become the manager equivalent of WME’s Mike Esola.
If you’re not on our mailing list, you might have missed the updated Pitch Sales Scorecard we sent out earlier this week. The intro has a bunch of observations that we wouldn’t have noticed if we hadn’t been tallying spec sales and pitch sales simultaneously.
Each of the following production companies has been attached to at least one spec sale so far this year. Companies and items in bold are new since the last scorecard.
1st Degree Productions
21 Laps (2)
Big Kid Pictures
Disruption Entertainment (2)
Hollywood Gang (2)
Katsmith Productions (2)
Langley Park (2)
LBI Entertainment (fka Yorn Company)
Marc Platt Productions (2)
Matt Tolmach Productions
Michael De Luca Productions
Nick Wechsler Productions
Silver Pictures (2)
Temple Hill (2)