The Report: The New Black Lists
Hollywood insiders are now ranking everything, from horror scripts to short films to hated executives.
Someone might need to create a Black List for Black Lists. Five years after then-assistant Franklin Leonard first gained notoriety for his survey of the most-liked unproduced screenplays in Hollywood, there has been a recent proliferation of film-related rankings for insiders. The Blood List features the best unproduced horror scripts. The Hit List tracks hot spec scripts. Viewfinder highlights emerging directors by ranking top commercials, short films and music videos. And such parodies as the Brown List, which ranks the least-liked entertainment executives (2010 winner: CAA agent Pat Brisson), and the Wish List, which includes fake screenplays like My Bridesmaid Is a Slutty Assassin, keep popping up. Why so many lists? “There isn’t enough time for everyone to be reading everything,” says Kailey Marsh, an assistant-turned-manager/producer who started the Blood List last year. “If you get a bunch of people’s opinion, hopefully it’s a vetting system.” Viewfinder, a website conceived by WME assistant Jeff Schroeder and organized by Aaron Schmidt, an assistant at Langley Park Pictures, and Patrick Chu, an assistant at Montecito Picture Co., could become an influential platform by letting viewers watch the videos that made the list. Ricardo de Montreuil, whose The Raven short tops the list, has signed to direct Lowriders for Universal and Imagine Entertainment, and Mark Wahlberg will produce and star in a Raven feature.