WGA East Partners With The Black List
The guild teams up with the screenplay resource in order to help give screenwriters greater access to creative execs.
The Writers Guild of America, East has partnered with The Black List, which produces an annual list of the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood, as chosen by industry executives. The partnership allows Guild members to receive a discount to host their work on the new Black List subscription site, which includes access to the annual Black List, the site’s new real-time portal, as well as the opportunity to register and protect their screenplays.
WGAE members will also receive a 20 percent discount to have The Black List’s professional script readers review and offer notes on their work.
"The Black List makes it possible for screenwriters to get their work read and considered by people in the industry," said WGAE Executive Director Lowell Peterson. "We are proud to support this extension of The Black List concept."
Said Franklin Leonard, founder of The Black List: "(W)e are frankly a bit beside ourselves about this partnership with the Writers Guild East. The Guild exists to advocate for writers, and it is a mission we share."
The Black List was started as a survey of several dozen executives’ favorite unproduced scripts seven years ago, and has grown to survey more than 300 executives, which the organization says is an estimated 60 percent of Hollywood’s studio system’s executive corps. More than 200 Black List scripts have been produced into films grossing $16 billion-plus in worldwide box office. Black List scripts have won 25 Academy Awards – including the last two of the last four Best Pictures (Slumdog Millionaire and The King’s Speech) and five of the last eight screenwriting awards (Juno, Slumdog Millionaire, The King’s Speech, The Social Network and The Descendants) – from 148 nominations.
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