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Anybody receive the following email from Writers' Script Network?
"Energy Entertainment wants to see your script(s). As the demand is so great right now, please send scripts directly to them. They will consider every script.
As you know we have been working very hard to get our writers' scripts noticed and sold through our website, so it should come as no surprise that industry pros are now coming to us and making special requests.
A special request has been made by Energy Entertainment (a writers and directors management co.) to see your script(s). This newly formed company (October 99) is already making impressive headway within the industry. In their first month, two spec scripts were sold and just last week a television sale - FBI High ˆ to Peter Engel Prods. for NBC was made. Several deals have been brokered with Internet entertainment companies as well.
Phillip Parte, the Development Director is looking for all types of scripts, but they ABSOLUTELY MUST BE POLISHED, YOUR BEST WORK, PROPERLY FORMATTED AND COPYRIGHTED OR IN SOME OTHER WAY REGISTERED/PROTECTED. Energy Ent. welcomes the opportunity to work with represented and un-represented writers. All replies will be through e-mail, please be sure to include you e-mail address. Allow 4-6 weeks for a reply. Phillip will advise you of their decision.
To get special attention, please inform Phillip Parte in your cover letter that Writers' Script Network referred you.
Please send your script/s to: Energy Entertainment C/O Phillip Parte 15433 Brownwood Place Bel Air, CA. 90077 (310)472-7680
No fee was paid by Energy Ent to send you this e-mail. It is strictly a service to you. To the best of our knowledge, Energy Ent. is reputable and ethical.
I hope this helps you. Please feel free to forward this to your writer friends. We will be sending out another newsflash with a script request in another week, so if you know of a writer who would like to receive them please have them subscribe at http:/ www.writerscriptnetwork.net/newsletter.html
This newsflash gives you access to only one of the Industry professionals who use our web site. If you want over 200 of them to have access to your scripts, list them on our website, if you haven't done so already. If you aren't a registered member, go to http://www.writerscriptnetwork.com
Good Luck, Jerrol LeBaron President"
This seems to be a mass emailing. What concerns me is that Energy Entertainment currently has four of my scripts. I never queried this company; they requested scripts they saw listed at Hollywood Litsales. They asked me for three scripts in January and another script last month. The first three were requested by Alexandar Castaneda, while the fourth was requested by Brooklyn Weaver. I have not heard anything about these scripts... and now they're asking everybody for submissions.
I think maybe Mike Martin was right about these people after all.
Here's the email I got last night:
TO: All writers who received the NEWSFLASH email.
Please do not call or email Energy Entertainment.
All of their phone lines were tied up today. The purpose of the phone number was for writers who were mailing their scripts overnight. When you mail overnight it is best to have the phone number.
To reiterate: They just want GOOD scripts, well written and properly formatted. The genre, budget, location, etc., does not matter.
All replies from Energy Ent. will be through e-mail, please be sure to include your e-mail address in your cover letter. Allow 4-8 weeks for a reply. Phillip will advise you of their decision.
To get special attention, please inform Phillip Parte in your cover letter that Writers' Script Network referred you.
Please send your script/s to: Energy Entertainment C/O Phillip Parte 15433 Brownwood Place Bel Air, CA. 90077
Thank you very much for your cooperation. Sincerely, Jerrol
I have not requested any information from Jerrol LeBarron and do not have any queries out at this time. I'm sure it is a mass mailing.
I don't know about you, but I would be worried about any production company that claims to have the time and interest to read any and all unsolicited scripts from the world at large. Just a feeling . . .
Laz--Have you called them? If they've had your scripts since January, you should be following up by now. I sent them one in January (they contacted me about a contest I placed in) and when I contacted them in late March, they got right back to me.
NOW--here's my problem with them--and it's not a huge one.
THEY contacted ME about a romantic comedy. The guy who called was Mic Murphy and he said he was the director of development. When I contacted him in March to follow-up, he got back to me within a week saying that he'd had the head of the company read my script(Brooklyn Weaver?), but since they're known for teen comedies and thrillers, my romantic comedy wasn't appropriate for them.
Keep in mind that they requested it, knowing full well it was a romantic comedy.
I dismissed it as an excuse to pass on my script and went on my way. I would've preferred "it sucked" rather than the lame reason they gave, but what the heck. Ironically, I have a teen version of this same romcom...but oh well.
HOWEVER, a friend of mine then told me that ANOTHER director of development requested his script last September. In November, Mic Murphy requested his script again (while Energy still had it!). AND NOW there is ANOTHER director of development requesting ALL GENRES?? Large turnover there...and it seems they don't know what they want.
I'm all for giving ANYBODY the benefit of the doubt, but three dir of developments in the past 6 months and now this mass mailing seems like they're just grasping at straws...
And MAYBE that's okay.
Keep in mind this scenario...
Many people in town have one or two (or more) contacts they can go to with a killer script--and if the script is purchased or optioned, the person who gave it to them has a foot--no, a leg--in the door.
When I was an intern, the creative exec's I worked with all welcomed submissions from me stating that I would be compensated with money or an associate producer title or a crack at rewriting it--whatever.
Naturally, I did not go on the internet claiming to be a producer--anyone whose script I requested knew I was simply an intern who could get the right script in.
Which leads me back to Brooklyn Weaver. A while back on one of these boards someone said he was producing a film with Michael/Finney Productions. I went to the website, and sure enough, there was Brooklyn Weaver's name. I'd also heard that he was an assistant at one of the top literary agencies in town. Either way, he is someone with contacts and is now officially a producer, so two things in his favor. I have not spoken to him so I can't say anymore.
I'd always advise everyone to be cautious about who they're sending scripts to, keep in mind that many people with just a few connections might just be the right people. Do your homework, find out who and what they know, and use your best judgment.
If you contact them and they don't want to give you any info, don't return your calls...stay away.
Everybody has to start somewhere--even us lowly unknown writers...
Good Luck, Beth
Thanks, Beth. Good stuff.
So far, these are the names of Energy Entertainment personnel who have contacted me or other writers who post on this site:
Mic Murphy Alexandar Castaneda Phillip Parte Brooklyn Weaver Rosanna Kundrotas
The first three are directors of development; the last two apparently are the heads of the company. The latest director of development seems to be Parte. However, Castaneda is still there, it seems. When Brooklyn Weaver requested one of my scripts last month, I told him Castaneda had requested three others in January, and Weaver told me he'd check into it.
I've contacted Castaneda about those three scripts, and his repsonse was that he wants to see anything else I have. These people seem to be casting a very wide net. I'm still prepared to give them the benefit of the doubt, but I'm careful.
My two cents/take on this:
I was contacted by Mic Murphy to send ONE script in March. Sent it in early April.
Last week I received the email it seems the world of writers got. Thought it was odd they would broadcast their need for scripts eveyrwhere and encourage others to pass it along.
My thinking is - with two recent sales, the doors of opportuity are opening for them. Like we do as writers, they want to strike while they're considered hot.
My thinking is: they're reading the first few pages of the scripts sent in; if it's good, if they know a company or producer looking for that material, maybe they're reading more.
They're looking for their next SALE, not their next client.
Personally, I only sent in loglines and synopses, thinking they'd be overwhelemed by noon following their email. I was right - I think they tied up the "310" exchange all by themselves in CA!! I tried for 3 hours and kept getting the "all curcuits are currently busy" recording!!
I say, give them a chance. You might just have the right script at the right time. Until someone proves them wrong, let's give them a chance to prove themselves - and maybe even sell one of our scripts!
HEY YOU GUYS/GALZ!!!
They keep e-mailing me and trying to sell me consulting and subscriptions to their wonderful service. As I've been actively marketing my stuff for five years now, it's obvious to me that they're going for all your extra cash!
GO THERE AND BEWARE!!!D.G.
Are you sure you're talking about Energy Entertainment?
I've had nothing like that sent to me, nor has anyone I associate with mentioned anything like that with Energy Entertainment.
I got the same thing. I deleted it.
To tell you the truth, I'm pretty cautious about ANYONE who solicits ME. It doesn't usually feel right (9 times out of 10 it seems to be a "send it now or you'll miss the opportunity of a lifetime!")
I've got friends-of-friends who work in the industry. One guy told me he saw a closet stacked floor-to-ceiling with unsolicited scripts. UNSOLICITED, mind you - these people sent them in blind.
It kind of makes me wonder - if anyone's worth doing business with, why would they come out and look for me when there whole freakin' world is trying to crash their party?
Sure, maybe they're small, maybe they're starting out and maybe, just maybe they're legit.
But (sadly) I kind of feel the odds are against it. Think about all the garbage out here on the web - go to a search engine and type in "screenwriter", then try to find YOUR e-mail address/web site.
It just seems too good to be true. Anyone else feel particularly disheartened right now or is it just me?
Tim -- You sound like Groucho Marx, who said that he wouldn't belong to any club that would have him as a member.
That good or bad? ;)
Both, I guess, Tim.
No, I think it pays to be wary of these prodcos that cast a wide net. How are theye even going to read all those scripts? And if they do, what's the quality of the reader?
My guess is they might look at the logline, or at most, thumb through the first few pages.
Do these guys have a website? Newbie here.
Yes--Mike Martin was right after all.
I have had some contact with Energy also. I don't really want to discuss it on this baord, but if you have had any personal contact with Brooklyn Weaver and want to swap stories, please email me at email@example.com.
All MUST be kept confidential.
Anyone else get this email from WritersScriptNetwork?
"We want to thank the many talented writers who submitted their scripts to our company-- ENERGY ENTERTAINMENT.
Through Writers' Script Network we have discovered and signed up two new clients and a third one is on the way. We have only gone through half of the scripts and that is why many of you haven't received a response from us. If you gave us an e-mail address, you will get a response and we do expect to sign up a few more writers."
Interesting. Energy still has four of my scripts, which they requested back in January, and have yet to give me any definitive response to my follow-ups.
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