Trend Alert: When Unrepresented Scripts Cause a Stir in Hollywood

Jeff Lock's “Beef" becomes the latest screenplay to make the rounds without a U.S. agent or manager.

Who needs a U.S. agent or manager to sell a script in Hollywood?

Just hours after FilmNation Entertainment nabbed Krysty Wilson-Cairns screenplay Aether on March 13, another unrepresented script began making the rounds and causing a stir.

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Jeff Lock's Beef began hitting the desks of development executives last week on the same day Aether sold. Neither script had U.S. representation, an unusual way for a script to be shopped.

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In the case of Aether, Wilson-Cairns was repped only by a U.K. agent. Hollywood attorney Tara S. Kole came in to close the deal. Similarly, Lock, who works as the assistant to high-profile TV director Allen Coulter (The Sopranos, Extant), made the rounds without an agent. His script about a manager at a fast food chain who gets in over his head with bookies is described as being in the vein of Fargo.

In recent days, Beef has been gaining momentum within the development community, much in the same way as Aether, with Lock being pursued by multiple agencies and high-level producers jockeying to set it up with a financier.

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Alas, Lock decided not to go it alone. The writer has signed with Industry Entertainment, the management company behind such literary clients as David DiGilio (Tron) and Michael Brandt & Derek Haas (Wanted).

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