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Minds Eye Entertainment Options "The Wretched" Dec 30, 2010
Minds Eye Entertainment optioned "The Wretched" by writer John Saunders and Nirajan Maganti after discovering it on InkTip. Minds Eye Entertainment produced "Lullaby for Pi" (Forest Whitaker) and has a slate of upcoming features starring Jessica Biel, Milla Jovovich and Sarah Wayne Callies ("The Walking Dead"). For writers John Saunders and Nirajan Maganti, this is their second option.
Kat Green Options "Planning for Christmas" Dec 30, 2010
Kat Green with New Symphony Pictures optioned "Planning for Christmas" by writer Marc Bloom after finding it on InkTip. New Symphony and CEO William R Greenblatt produced "Warbirds" (SyFy) and "Home of the Giants" (Haley Joel Osment, Danielle Panabaker) among other titles. For Bloom, a recent finalist in the 2010 Horror Screenplay Contest, this is his second script optioned through InkTip this year.
Plagianos Attaches Madsen to InkTip Script Dec 30, 2010
Elias Plagianos with ESP Films optioned the script "City of Lies" by writer James Foye after discovering it through InkTip and has attached Michael Madsen in the lead role. Madsen, best known for his roles in Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" films and "Reservoir Dogs," has starred in two features discovered through InkTip: "Christmas Crash" and "Outrage." Plagianos found the script for "City of Lies," originally titled "Elm City," on the site while at Cannes, where he was screening his breakout feature "The Crimson Mask." Foye's script tells a gritty tale of a lone wolf detective who investigates human trafficking. This is his first option through InkTip.
Michael Egan Signs On To "Tandori Apocalypse" Dec 30, 2010
Michael Egan with Ghastly Fun Films has entered into a co-production deal on Barry Duffield's feature script "Tandoori Apocalypse" after discovering it on InkTip. Egan, based in Australia, read the script and contacted Duffield, who just happened to be optioning the script to producer Kristian Eek, who is based in New Zealand. Egan and Eek then decided to work together toward a co-production deal. Egan last optioned a script from InkTip entitled "Blood-Sucking Leeches & Flesh-Eating Maggots." For writer Barry Duffield, this is his sixth option.
Darren Seeley Options "Breaking Eggs" Dec 30, 2010
Darren Seeley has optioned his short thriller, "Breaking Eggs," to Louis Byrne. Louis is a filmmaker out of Perth, Australia who has also optioned a Stephen King short titled "Suffer the Little Children."
Robert Cain Options "King of the North" Dec 23, 2010
Robert Cain with StoryArk Media optioned the animated family feature script "King of the North" from writer Michael Camp, after discovering it on InkTip. Cain's recent credits include the animated feature "Foodfight!" which featured the voices of Charlie Sheen, Eva Longoria Parker, and Chris Kattan, and "The Amateurs" which starred Jeff Bridges, Ted Danson and Joe Pantoliano, among others. Writer Michael Camp already has a couple dozen feature screenplays and novels under his belt.
Ron Smith Hires John Scott Dec 23, 2010
Ron Smith with Scary Clown Productions hired John Scott to write a mini-series entitled "Birth Rites" after discovering him through InkTip. After Ron was referred to John by Christopher Eadicicco, who optioned one of John's scripts through InkTip, he optioned a short script by John and hired him to pen "Birth Rites" based on the strength of his writing style. This is the second InkTip success for John, who recently won the PAGE International Screenplay Contest in the thriller/horror category with his script "Maggie."
Ron Hamilton Hires Duncan Kellett Dec 23, 2010
Rob Hamilton with Mind Venture Pictures hired writer Duncan Kellett to co-write the feature psychological thriller "Serpent," after discovering the writer through InkTip. Rob started this new company with fellow filmmakers AJ Hordijk and Brandon Rose, after winning a World Music and International Film Festival award for his short film "The Patient." This is Duncan Kellett's sixth option or hire on a feature script, and his first through InkTip
Cerise Fukuji Options "Wives of Wall Street" Dec 23, 2010
Cerise Fukuji of Hana Road Productions optioned Sonya Evans' television pilot "Wives of Wall Street" after meeting her through InkTip. Fukuji has been producing for film and television since 2000 including several television series and the feature "Net Worth" (starring Daniel Baldwin and Michael T. Weiss). This is Evans' first success through InkTip.
Cameras Roll on "Santa's Dog" Dec 23, 2010
Derek Zemrak and Leonard Pirkle of Zemrak/Pirkle Productions commenced principal photography on "Santa's Dog," a feature script by writer John Pizzo after finding it through InkTip. Zemrak produced the 2007 feature "Fallen Angels," which starred Michael Dorn (Star Trek: TNG), Bill Moseley and Adrianne Curry, the first winner of "America's Top Model." However, more recently, YouTube addicts may have heard of Zemrak and Pirkle's names as they produced 2008's feature film "Ryan and Sean's Not So Excellent Adventure." That project starred Ryan Higa and Sean Fujiyoshi, YouTube's famed comedy duo, whose channel, NigaHiga, is the most subscribed channel in YouTube's history-and still #1. Zemrak is also the founder and President of the California Independent Film Festival, now in its 12th year. Pizzo's scripts have already resulted in two produced features found through InkTip, with another on the way: "Devil's Dominoes" (2008, starring Eric Roberts), "8 of Diamonds" (2006, starring Daniel Baldwin and Vincent Pastore) and "Chicago Blues," currently in pre-production with William Forsythe and Daniel Baldwin attached.
Joseph Nasser Hires Toby Osborne Dec 17, 2010
Joseph Nasser with the Nasser Entertainment Group hired Toby Osborne to pen a feature with the tentative title "Tattoo," after discovering Toby through InkTip. This is Nasser's second assignment for Toby, who was initially hired a year ago to pen an episode for a TV action series. Nasser's credits include "The Boxer and the Kid," which starred WWE legend "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, "Christmas Crash" with Michael Madsen, "Desperate Hours" with Tom Berenger, "The Building" with Erica Durance, and "Courage" with Jason Priestley, among many others. And ALL of the titles you just read were written or co-written by writers discovered through InkTip! Hopefully we'll be able to mention Toby Osborne's "Tattoo" as a produced feature in an upcoming newsletter.
Sacha Parisot Options "The Vault" Dec 17, 2010
Sacha Parisot with Parisot Productions has optioned "The Vault" by Glenn Brown after discovering it through InkTip. Parisot recently directed the feature "Decomposing Tony Maslow" and produced the horror feature "Reservation." This is Glenn's first success through InkTip.
Whitt Brantley Discovers James Gorrie Dec 17, 2010
Whitt Brantley with WBMT Literary, Film and Television discovered writer/director James Gorrie on InkTip and signed him as a client. Two scripts caught Whitt's eye this time around: "Lucky Like Us," a coming home story for the War on Terror generation, and "The Paris Match," in which an NYC attorney meets an old pal in Paris and finds his life in danger as he unwittingly gets entangled in a drug ring run. Gorrie's previous credits include "The Indian," starring Matt Dallas and Alison Haislip, which he wrote and directed. This is Gorrie's first signing with an agent and his first success through InkTip.
Jonty Egginton Options Katz Short Dec 17, 2010
Barry Katz has optioned his short script, "The Sum of Loss" to UK producer/director Jonty Egginton. Jonty recently completed filming on Barry's short "The Sandwich Shop," which he also found on InkTip. The short film has been renamed "Saudi Sammies" and will be making its rounds in various film festivals in the near future. Barry will also be taking an active role as a co-producer on "The Sum of Loss." You can learn more about Jonty as a filmmaker at www (dot) jontyegginton (dot) com.
Marvis Johnson Hires Eric Weinstock Dec 9, 2010
Marvis Johnson of Buck 50 Productions hired Eric Weinstock to rewrite a feature after discovering him on InkTip. Marvis just directed the feature "A Talent for Trouble" (Brandon T. Jackson, Mekhi Phifer). Buck 50 also has a book publishing group and is growing its catalogue. Writer Eric Weinstock has had repeated success through InkTip and has several more spec scripts available.
Scatena and Rosner Hires Alex Greenfield Dec 9, 2010
Gato Scatena and Jordan Rosner of Scatena & Rosner Films, LLC hired Alex Greenfield to pen a feature-length MOW for them after meeting Alex through InkTip. Gato and Jordan have a few properties in development, including "Hollywood Douchebags," a script of their own which was picked up by Wendy Kram (former VP with Hearst Entertainment and Granada Entertainment whose credits include "Mad Money" with Diane Keaton, Katie Holmes and Queen Latifah) through InkTip. Alex Greenfield was the head writer of WWE's weekly sports/entertainment show, SMACKDOWN before branching out into a career as a feature writer and penning movies and mini-series for NBC, Spike TV, ION Television and the Hallmark Channel.
Trudy Sargent Hires Ramin Nematollahi Dec 9, 2010
Trudy Sargent with Red Pictures hired writer Ramin Nematollahi to pen her latest feature-length documentary project "Swan... One Man's Journey," after discovering the writer through InkTip. Trudy initially met Ramin when she optioned his short script "The Boy who Became King," and that project developed into a working relationship that now has Ramin on board as a co-producer. This is Ramin's first feature-length success through InkTip.
Holly Rice Options "Shell Shock" Dec 9, 2010
Independent producer/director Holly Rice optioned "Shell Shock", an adrenaline charged drama, written by Monica Romano after discovering it on InkTip. Holly is an artist at heart. Based near Dallas, Texas, Holly has worked on projects such as "Reel Dudes" with David Maddox, "Habitat for Humanity" with the Southwest Community of Motion Picture Artist, and several projects for her local community. She is very excited to be working with Monica on this exceptional script about Monica's own experience with PTSD. This is not a war story, but one that explores the triumph of the human spirit after trauma. The screenplay was a finalist in The Hollywood PAGE Awards (2009). The pair will be producing the short together. Monica and Holly expect great things from the "Shell Shock" film. You can learn more at www(dot)shellshockmovie(dot)com.
Sammy Montana Options "Tick Tick BOOM!" Dec 2, 2010
Independent Producer/Manager Sammy Montana executed a short option on "Tick Tick BOOM!" by Don Perez, after reading the script on InkTip. "Tick Tick BOOM," about a man who wakes up on a subway with a bomb handcuffed to his wrist and a cell phone ringing in his pocket, was precisely the sort of high concept suspense/thriller script Montana needed for one of his clients. This is Perez' first option through InkTip.
Joseph Nasser Options "BAIT" Dec 2, 2010
Joseph Nasser with the Nasser Entertainment Group optioned the feature action/horror script "BAIT" from Dennis Curlett after meeting the writer through InkTip. Nasser's credits include "The Boxer and the Kid," which starred WWE legend "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, and among many others. "BAIT" was a finalist in the Page International Screenplay Competition, and this is Curlett's first success through InkTip.
Jenny Frankfurt Options "Friends Like Us" Dec 2, 2010
Jenny Frankfurt with Highstreet Management optioned "Friends Like Us" from writer Barbara Kymlicka after discovering it on InkTip. Frankfurt, who previously ran the literary department at Handprint Entertainment, established her own management company. Kymlicka, who has had four of her scripts optioned in 2010 alone, has written for both feature films and television, including the 2005 film "Killer Bash" (found through InkTip), starring Cory Monteith from "Glee."
Steve Grothaus Options "Heartless" Dec 2, 2010
Director Steve Grothaus has optioned the short script "Heartless" from scribe Maurice Blocker. After discovering it on the site, Steve worked with Maurice to get the tone of the script perfect before heading into production this fall.
Every Time I go to Staten Island... Nov 24, 2010
Don Cato with ChipAway Productions optioned "Every time I go to Staten Island something bad happens..." from Irin Evers, who was discovered through InkTip. Evers was actually found and signed by Whitt Brantley with WBMT Literary, Film and Television, who was browsing the site for material he could sell to his clients. The script with the lengthy but oddly memorable title has won or placed high in over twenty five contests, including the Nicholl Fellowship (top 7%) and the Sundance Lab (top 10%). You may recall we mentioned this a few months ago, when the option negotiation was underway; well, it's now complete. Multiple ASC award winner William Wages is attached as DP with Don Cato set to direct, so we're looking forward to mentioning this one again after the holidays, with a big name on board
Sean Hoessli Options "Sightings" Nov 24, 2010
Sean Hoessli with Code Blue Pictures optioned "Sightings" from writer Mark Lukens after discovering it on InkTip. Sean, an AFI producing graduate, has a background in visual effects, working on effects-heavy films such as "Piranha 3D," "Gamer," "Sin City," "Hellboy" and the "Star Wars" Saga at ILM. Considering Sean's background, the low-budget "found footage" UFO project penned by Mark is a good match. This is Mark's second option.
Jason Allred Options "Mile 42" Nov 24, 2010
Jason Allred of BreakAway Entertainment, LLC optioned the feature script "Mile 42" by screenwriter John Dowgin, after discovering it on InkTip. The film will be directed by Jason and produced by J. Scott Smiley. Allred and Smiley have worked together on a number of projects over the years, including the recent "127 Hours" with James Franco, and their own documentary "The Downline." This will be the second script they've optioned through InkTip, and writer Dowgin's first option through the site.
Art Birzneck Hires Cody Yarbrough Nov 18, 2010
Art Birzneck of Birch Tree Entertainment and former Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Ernie Reyes Jr., have hired Cody Yarbrough to pen a feature martial arts/action script after reading one of Cody's scripts on InkTip. The project, titled "Karate Cops," was announced at the American Film Market and covered in an article in The Hollywood Reporter last week. Karate Cops, the first of a three picture slate to be produced by Birzneck and Reyes Jr., is about a pair of detectives battling a super-villain who is trying to take over a mystical martial arts kingdom in Chinatown, and is scheduled to shoot in San Francisco in April. This is Cody's second feature deal through InkTip.
Alan Steinman Options "No Strings Attached" Nov 18, 2010
Alan Steinman of AV Media optioned "No Strings Attached" by Richard & Brian Averill after discovering it on InkTip. The thriller script focuses on a student's deadly affair with his professor's sexy and dangerous wife. Steinman co-produced the 2008 feature "Killer Movie," which starred "The Big Bang Theory's" Kaley Cuoco and "Gossip Girl's" Leighton Meester. The Averills wrote and directed the 2004 feature "Simple Revenge," which aired on Lifetime and Showtime.
Susan Johnston Options "Prey: Origin of Species" Nov 18, 2010
Susan Johnston, President of Select Services Films Inc., has optioned both the graphic novel and feature screenplay adaptation for "Prey: Origin of Species" from InkTip writer Michael Lent after meeting him through InkTip. Susan received the Maverick Filmmaker honor from Cinequest in 2006 and is currently the VP of Production of Big Vision Studios as well as Founder and Director of the New Media Film Festival. She attended our most recent Pitch & Networking Summit, both as a panelist and producer, and that's where she met Michael, who was in attendance as both a panelist and a writer. His resume features writing and producing credits in film and television, as well as the authorship of a number of books and graphic novels. This latest one, a screenplay adaptation of a graphic novel, is his first option through InkTip.com. Says Michael: "The old maxim that 'You have to be in it to win it' is especially true in Hollywood and InkTip is a great way to get you and your work out there competing in the game."
Chris Vig Buys "Jackpot" Nov 18, 2010
Gwenhyver Davies has sold her short script "Jackpot" to Chris Vig of Sceneday. Chris discovered the short on InkTip. Based out of Chicago, Sceneday seeks the best writers and the strongest short scripts for use in Sceneday features. Gwenhyver is an award winning screenwriter with a degree in philosophy. She is the winner of the American Gem Literary Festival in 2008 and winner of the Cheltenham Screenwriters Festival Script_1 Competition 2009. She works in all genres and formats and was the subject of an interview by Devon and Cornwall Films for the article titled "Philosophy and the Art of Screenwriting." Although she has made short films with other filmmakers, this is her for sale.
Scatena & Rosner Option "One Eighty" Nov 11, 2010
Gato Scatena and Jordan Rosner of Scatena & Rosner Films, LLC optioned the feature thriller script "One Eighty" from BD Young after discovering it on InkTip. Gato and Jordan have a few properties in development, including "Hollywood Douchebags," a script of their own penning which was picked up by Wendy Kram (former VP with Hearst Entertainment and Granada Entertainment whose credits include "Mad Money" with Diane Keaton, Katie Holmes and Queen Latifah) through InkTip. BD Young already has over two dozen options under his belt and a slate of MOW and feature films already in distribution, all of which started through InkTip in some way, and will be assisting with some of the production duties on "One Eighty" as well.
Robert Alexander Options "The Shakespeare Conspiracy" Nov 11, 2010
Robert Alexander with the publicly traded production company Motion Picture Hall of Fame, Inc. (MHFM), optioned the book "The Shakespeare Conspiracy" from author Ted Bacino after discovering the logline in the InkTip Magazine. Ted Bacino is a veteran theater director and teacher whose students have won Tonys and overseen television networks, but this is his first book. Bacino is now adapting his book "The Shakespeare Conspiracy," a tale of murder, mayhem and manhunts in the underbelly of gay 16th Century England, into a feature screenplay for the Motion Picture Hall of Fame.
Cameras Roll On "Finding Mr. Wright" Nov 11, 2010
Nancy Criss with Nandar Entertainment commenced principal photography on "Finding Mr. Wright," a feature script by Jake Helgren she discovered on InkTip. Criss, who is directing the comedy, has completed a number of features over the last few years. "Finding Mr. Wright" stars Matthew Montgomery, Rebekah Kochan and David Moretti. On the horizon for Criss are several upcoming projects in development she found on InkTip.
Michael Harkins Options "Red Sky Country" Nov 11, 2010
Michael Harkins optioned "Red Sky Country" from Johnny B. Dunn after finding it through InkTip. Harkins has worked for such companies as Focus Features and Scott Rudin Productions. This is for Harkins' feature thesis project in USC's prestigious Peter Stark Producing Program. Currently under the direction of Lawrence Turman, the Peter Stark Program exposes students to the full spectrum of the entertainment business with a network of USC professors and grads. Their alumni have gone on to win Oscars, Emmys and Golden Globes. This is writer Johnny Dunn's second option.
Anson Fogel Options "Can't Make It Rain" Nov 11, 2010
Anson Fogel with FORGE Motion Picture optioned the short script "Can't Make It Rain" from InkTip writer Steven Kogan. FORGE is a small production company in Colorado that has over 20 years of experience in adventure travel, action sports, advertising and commercials. You can read more about them at their website forgemotionpictures.com. This is the first option for scribe Steven Kogan.
Kat Green Options "Crimes of the Mind" Nov 4, 2010
Kat Green of New Symphony Pictures optioned the feature script "Crimes of the Mind" from scribe Paul Cooper after discovering it on InkTip. New Symphony and CEO William R Greenblatt produced "Warbirds" (SyFy) and "Home of the Giants" (Haley Joel Osment, Danielle Panabaker) amongst other titles. Writer Paul Cooper has won three Emmy Awards for his excellence in writing. He wrote the five-time Emmy award-nominated film "Maldonado Miracle," which starred Peter Fonda and was directed by international star Salma Hayek. A veteran writer of over 60 produced titles, including episodic television shows and features for networks such as Disney Channel and Hallmark, Paul has several more scripts for consideration.
Joseph Nasser Options "Holding Cell" Nov 4, 2010
Joseph Nasser with the Nasser Entertainment Group optioned the feature thriller script "Holding Cell" from Alan Barkley after discovering it on InkTip. Nasser's credits include "The Boxer and the Kid," which starred WWE legend "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, and was based on a family friendly script by an InkTip writer. Writer Alan Barkley has had two short scripts optioned through InkTip (one of which, Bar Flies, was produced and screened at eight film festivals in 2009), but this is his first feature success.
Paul Weitzman Signs Carlos Ramos Jr. Nov 4, 2010
Paul Weitzman with the Preferred Artists Agency signed writer/director Carlos Ramos Jr., after meeting him through InkTip. A former intern in Warner Bros.' Stars program, news director for Fox, and a graduate of the prestigious ABC/Disney Producers' Program, Carlos Ramos had already worked on production staffs of such shows as "Ugly Betty," "Lost," and "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" before coming to InkTip for a feature script. He found, purchased and directed the thriller "Kill Katie Malone" by Mark Onspaugh, which starred Dean Cain and Masiela Lusha. "Kill Katie Malone" was picked up recently by American World Pictures, and premieres this weekend at AFM.
Fidel Namisi Options "The Interview" Nov 4, 2010
Clark Ransom has optioned his short script "The Interview" to Fidel Namisi of Coal Stove Pictures after it was found on InkTip. This is Clark's second short optioned from InkTip. His first, "The Imposters", is in post. Coal Stove Pictures is an emerging film production company in South Africa, looking to form strong working relationships with partners based throughout the world.
Alan Chu Options "Sleep" Oct 28, 2010
Alan Chu of Childhood Dreams Productions optioned "Sleep" by Michael Part after finding it on InkTip. The sci-fi-thriller script tells the story of a man who has a bomb implanted into his brain. Alan began his career as a development exec at Oliver Stone's Ixtlan Productions, working on films including "JFK" and "Natural Born Killers" and then segued into producing on projects such as "The Art of War" and "Witchblade." He just directed the feature "1,001 Ways to Enjoy the Missionary Position" based on a stage play and starring Amanda Plummer. Writer Michael Part has sold several scripts over the years for various producers and studios including Warner's, Fox and Disney, which produced his feature "A Kid in King Arthur's Court" starring Daniel Craig and Kate Winslet.
Alexia Melocchi Discovers Pagano & Parente Oct 28, 2010
Alexia Melocchi with Little Studio Films discovered writing duo Micki Pagano and Tony Parente on InkTip and signed to represent them as their manager. Alexia is a long-time InkTip member who reps international writers, directors and other producers, as well as produces feature films through her production entity, Little Studio Films. The script which caught her eye this time was "Dream," winner of the 2009 Script Savvy Screenwriting Contest. Between the two of them, Pagano and Parente have commercial and documentary writing experience, standup experience through Second City in Chicago, and a number of award-winning shorts on their resume already. This is their first success through InkTip.
Cameras Roll on "The Possession" Oct 28, 2010
Eduardo Sanchez with Haxan Films commenced principle photography on "The Possession," which was co-written by Jamie Nash whom he met through InkTip. You may already know some of Sanchez' work; he broke into the business back in '99 with a little film he wrote and directed for $60K titled "The Blair Witch Project." Since that one went on to make $141million, Sanchez did another innovative horror/thriller titled "Altered," which we featured on the cover of the InkTip Magazine as it was written by Jamie Nash. Ed and Jamie have been working together ever since.
Georgina Higgins Options "Chit Chat Click" Oct 28, 2010
Georgina Higgins has optioned the short script "Chit Chat Click" from Ramona Baillie after finding it on InkTip. A current film student in the UK, Georgina has written and directed several shorts including "Branded" and "Love, Hate" that have been in the festival circuit. She also worked on television productions with Channel 4 and the BBC. Ramona has optioned a number of shorts as well as a feature script through InkTip.
Sean Hoessli Options "Paw and Disorder" Oct 21, 2010
Sean Hoessli of Code Blue Pictures has optioned the feature script "Paw and Disorder" from scribes Alistair Bryson, Ivan Chapman and Edward Chapman after finding it on InkTip. Sean, an AFI producing graduate, has a background in visual effects, working on effects-heavy films such as "Piranha 3D," "Gamer," "Sin City," "Hellboy" and the "Star Wars" Saga at ILM. The script, "Paw and Disorder," is a family comedy about a cop who is reincarnated as his partner's dog and their ongoing wacky crime-fighting partnership. This is the writing trio's first option through InkTip.
Susan Johnston Options "One Frosty Christmas" Oct 21, 2010
Susan Johnston, President of Select Services Films Inc., has optioned "One Frosty Christmas" from InkTip author Laura Hesse after discovering her on the site. This is Laura's second option with Susan, the first one being a Canadian knee slapper titled "Gumboots, Gumshoes & a Pig Named Gertrude." Susan received the Maverick Filmmaker honor from Cinequest in 2006 and is currently the VP of Production of Big Vision Studios as well as Founder and Director of the New Media Film Festival. Laura Hesse is an accomplished novelist and screenwriter who owns the publishing company Running L Productions.
Joseph Nasser Hires David Nelson Oct 21, 2010
Joseph Nasser with the Nasser Entertainment Group hired David Nelson to pen "Rescue," a faith based action adventure feature set against the war in Afghanistan, after meeting the writer on InkTip. You may remember another faith-based feature Nasser produced from an InkTip-sourced script titled "Courage," which starred Jason Priestly and Andrea Roth. This is David Nelson's first hire through InkTip.
Tony Picciotti Optioned "Ivory Tower" Oct 21, 2010
Tony Picciotti optioned "Ivory Tower" from Tim Stickler after discovering the writer on InkTip. Tony, an East Coast musical filmmaker and theater director, recently completed the festival award winning "Beautifully Cruel," which was written by another writer found through InkTip and featured on the cover of the latest issue of InkTip Magazine. Tim Stickler placed in the top 15 of the 2008 Slamdance Screenwriting Competition on another project, and this is his second project underway with Tony Picciotti.
Short "The Pool" is Produced Oct 21, 2010
Thomas Hefferon produced the short script "The Pool" by TJ Hundtofte after discovering TJ on InkTip. Thomas originally found a different script by TJ, but was drawn to "The Pool". After a few rewrites together, they submitted it for state funding in Ireland. Out of over 300 people they were chosen as one of three to make the film and were given a grant. The film was finished in February and was accepted into the prestigious 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. Since then it has played at seven other major festivals including Palm Springs, Newport Beach, the Galway Film Fleadh in Ireland and the Rushes Soho Film Festival, where it won the runners up prize in the International category. In February of this year Thomas and TJ wrote a new short entitled, "Switch." Again they submitted it for Irish state funding, and it was chosen! Shooting began at the end of September.
Kat Green Options "Teacher's Pet" Oct 14, 2010
Kat Green of New Symphony Pictures has optioned the feature script "Teacher's Pet" from scribe Michael Part after discovering it on InkTip. New Symphony and CEO William R Greenblatt produced "Warbirds," (SyFy), "Night Class" (Sean Young/Lifetime), "Pucked" (Cary Elwes, Jon Bon Jovi) and "Home of the Giants" (Haley Joel Osment, Danielle Panabaker). Writer Michael Part has sold several scripts over the years for various producers and studios including Disney, which produced his feature "A Kid in King Arthur's Court" starring Daniel Craig and Kate Winslet.
Derek Nixon Hires Andrew Pozza Oct 14, 2010
Derek Lee Nixon with Ari Star Entertainment commissioned Andrew Pozza to pen his latest feature project, "Schizophrenic Love Story," after meeting the writer through InkTip. Derek actually knew Andrew in college and reconnected with him years later after discovering one of his scripts on the site. Their first project together, "Halletsville" was produced last year with Gary Busey in the starring role. This is their second project together since reconnecting on InkTip.
Anita Thomas Hires Stephen O'Reilly Oct 14, 2010
Anita Thomas hired scribe Stephen O'Reilly to co-write the short script "The Martyr" after finding him on InkTip. Anitra was taken by Stephen's writing after reading "a beautifully written short on [InkTip] called "3rd Row, 1st Seat." "The Martyr" was an original story was by Katherine Anne Porter that Anitra got the rights to. Anitra executive produced the short and starred in it along with Adrian Martinez.
Elizabeth Fowler Discovers Bob Shayne Oct 14, 2010
Elizabeth Fowler of Clear Pictures Entertainment, Inc. discovered writer Bob Shayne's perfect holiday comedy "Saving Christmas" through InkTip. Fowler's recent credits include the upcoming "Making Change" with Steve Guttenberg and Ed Begely Jr. and "Nice Girls Don't Get The Corner Office," which she'll be producing with Hollywood legend Robert Evans. Bob Shayne, meanwhile, is a well-known industry consultant and screenwriting professor with many awards and nominations, including two Emmys, Writers Guild, Mystery Writers and a Grammy.
Daryl Goldberg Options "Redemption's Game" Oct 7, 2010
Daryl Goldberg with Last Man Pictures optioned "Redemption's Game" from Robert A. Kramer after finding it on InkTip. Goldberg directed 2009's "Made for Each Other" (Patrick Warburton, Bijou Phillips). "Redemption's Game," a mixed martial arts script, is not Kramer's first success. He wrote the feature "Hidden Rage," currently in limited theatrical release.
Joseph Nasser Hires Evan Jacobs Oct 7, 2010
Joseph Nasser with Nasser Entertainment Group hired writer Evan Jacobs to pen another project for him after meeting him through InkTip. Nasser's latest feature film "The Boxer and the Kid," which starred WWE legend "Stone Cold" Steve Austin, was based on a family friendly script by Evan Jacobs and just recently completed principle photography. This latest project, tentatively titled "Hall Monitor," is Evan's fourth success through InkTip; according to Joe Nasser, Jacobs is "one of the best writers I have ever worked with."
Dana Wall Options "Devil's Poet" Oct 7, 2010
Dana Wall with D.W. Management and Productions optioned "Devil's Poet" from writers Joe Blackerby and Grant Smith after discovering the script on InkTip. D.W. Management was formed by a group of industry executives with a long list of credits between them, but Dana, who runs the literary side of the company, personally impressed us with her list of studio-level references. Joe Blackerby placed "Devil's Poet" on InkTip just this year, and though he has four other options underway, this is his first InkTip success.
Maurice Davis Options "Coldwater" Sep 30, 2010
Independent producer Maurice Davis optioned "Coldwater," a feature thriller script from screenwriter/author Michael Thompson after discovering the script on InkTip. Maurice Davis is repped by Jay Kennoff of Kennoff and Machtinger, and has been able to get his projects into the hands of studio execs and major agencies with Jay's referrals and backing. "Coldwater" is based on the true story of a sensational and baffling murder that occurred in the Deep South in 1929, and was the bronze prize winner at the 2005 Worldfest Houston screenwriting competition.
Williams Options "The Reformatory" Sep 30, 2010
Lamese Williams with Freeze Frame Entertainment optioned "The Reformatory" from writer Frazer Lee after finding it on InkTip. Williams produced the 2008 feature "Moola" and co-produced "Knuckle Draggers." Frazer Lee is based out of the UK, and was recently commissioned to write the horror/thriller feature "Panic Button," which has begun filming.
McNeill Options "30 Minutes or Less" Sep 30, 2010
Television director/producer Robert McNeill optioned the concept behind the script "30 Minutes or Less" from writer Keith Damron after discovering the original script through InkTip. McNeill was looking for material to take to studios as a pilot, and is now developing Damron's idea to take to showrunners as an original series. Some of McNeill's directing credits include "Chuck," "V," and "Dawson's Creek." Damron has been around the network block as well, having written for "Sliders" and the animated series "Justice League," among others.
Alan Barkley Options "Heart Rate" Sep 30, 2010
Alan Barkley has optioned his second short "Heart Rate" to Shawn Booth of RMS Productions. "Heart Rate" won First Place at the 2008 Vail Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. His other short, "Bar Flies," was acquired by Hazard Pay Productions of New York. David Broyles was the director, and it was screened at eight film festivals including the Austin Film Festival in 2009. Shawn Booth has many credits as a working DP and director, including the series "Lost," the hilarious Rob Scheider film "Naked Dawn," and his own films. At seventeen years of age, Shawn began his shooting career as a combat photojournalist in the US army, capturing Bosnia in 1994-95. The Texas native has also worked on such films as "SWAT", "Thirteen" and "National Treasure."
Kick-Ass's Chloe Moretz finds "The Rut" Sep 23, 2010
Sue Giordiano with the Hudson Agency picked up writer Kevin Caruso after discovering him on InkTip, and has since negotiated an option deal for producer and InkTip member Aaron Magnani with Aaron Magnani Productions on Caruso's script "The Rut," which Aaron Magnani is now producing. The project has Chloe Moretz ("Kick-Ass," "Let Me In") to star and Karyn Kusama ("Aeon Flux," "Jennifer's Body") attached to direct. Magnani was also a producer on the feature "Iron Doors," which was discovered on InkTip and featured on the cover of the InkTip magazine this summer and is also producing multiple projects both on his own and with prolific producer, Don Murphy, who has produced such diverse films as "Natural Born Killers" and "Transformers." With Rich Newey, Caruso previously co-wrote the feature "I Tried," starring legendary rap group Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Newey found Caruso through InkTip.
Steve Lustgarten Hires Gary M. Lumpp Sep 23, 2010
Steve Lustgarten with Leo Films hired Gary M. Lumpp to pen his latest feature horror project, tentatively titled "Harvester," after meeting the writer through InkTip. Lustgarten's first success in the industry came in the form of a Student Academy Award for a feature film he did in college back in '83. He's since gone on to distribute over eighty genre titles through his company, Leo Films. Gary Lumpp is an accomplished writer and director in his own right; his credits include last year's indie film "Serbian Scars," with Michael Madsen and Joe Estevez.
Mark Mensink Options "Jerry from Cleveland" Sep 23, 2010
Mark Mensink with Empyreal Films optioned "Jerry from Cleveland" from writer Greg Rempel after finding it through InkTip. Mensink is a writer/producer based in Vancouver. Rempel wrote and directed a low-budget feature entitled "The Murder" and currently has a feature script "Kill Bassi" in development with Zin Haze Productions, which produced "Bottle Shock" with "Star Trek" star Chris Pine. This is the third InkTip success story we've run in the newsletter for Rempel in the last year.
Jennifer Valenti Options "Bevel Down" Sep 23, 2010
Jennifer Valenti with Apple Box Media LLC has optioned "Bevel Down" from Travis Lemke after finding it on InkTip. Valenti is currently developing a slate of feature films for the next two years, including scripts she discovered through InkTip writers. This is Lemke's first option deal, and with the first planned to go into production early next year, he is a soon-to-be produced writer with more scripts to be discovered on the site!
Gregory Torrillo Buys "Letter from Lorca" Sep 23, 2010
Gregory Torrillo of Sweet Edge Films has bought the short script "Letter from Lorca" from scribe Charles Musser after finding it on InkTip. He intends to produce the short and use it to facilitate a deal for a feature film and has commissioned Charles to write the script.
Tim Johnson Options "Baby" Sep 16, 2010
Tim Johnson with Johnson Production Group optioned the script "Baby" from writer Andrea Marie Thompson after finding it on InkTip. Johnson executive produces several highly-rated MOWs every year, including "Held Hostage" starring Julie Benz ("Dexter," "No Ordinary Family"). Writer Thompson has written for "America's Most Wanted," local CBS news, as well as "USA Today" and "Men's Fitness," among other national publications.
Orange & Gordon Option "Bull Shark Bluff" Sep 16, 2010
Carmen Orange of Orange Grove Entertainment and Beverley Gordon of BrownBag Pictures optioned "Bull Shark Bluff" by Jake Helgren, after meeting the writer through InkTip. This is Jake's fourth option through InkTip, and his seventh option altogether. He has one feature now financed and going into pre-production.
Sanchez and Nash get "Possessed" Sep 16, 2010
Eduardo Sanchez, co-writer and co-director of the original "The Blair Witch Project," has partnered on a new project titled "The Possession" with writer Jamie Nash, whom Sanchez met through InkTip. This latest film will explore the thin line between demonic possession and psychosis, and it isn't their first project together; Sanchez and Nash first partnered on the innovative horror/thriller "Altered," which we featured on the cover of the InkTip Magazine, as well as the subsequent "Seventh Moon" with Amy Smart, among others.
Derek Nixon Options "Halletsville" Sep 16, 2010
Derek Lee Nixon with Ari Star Entertainment optioned the feature horror script "Halletsville" from Andrew Pozza after discovering it on InkTip. Derek actually knew Andrew in college and reconnected with him years later after discovering this script on the site. "Halletsville" was produced last year with Gary Busey in the starring role, and since reconnecting through InkTip, Derek and Andrew have already put some other projects into development, so look for announcements on those upcoming films soon.
Shawn Booth Options "Loose Lips" Sep 16, 2010
James Tuverson has optioned his action short "Loose Lips" to Honolulu based director Shawn Booth, who discovered the short on InkTip. It is slated for production in 2011. Shawn Booth has many credits as a working DP and director, including the series "Lost," the hilarious Rob Scheider film "Naked Dawn," and his own films. At seventeen years of age, Shawn began his shooting career as a combat photojournalist in the US army, capturing Bosnia in 1994-95. The Texas native has also worked on such films as "SWAT", "Thirteen" and "National Treasure." Shawn plans to shoot at least part of "Loose Lips" in Los Angeles.
Peter Fonda "Rides Alone" Sep 9, 2010
This week at the Toronto Film Festival, Peter Fonda will be announcing his involvement as producer and lead actor for a script which was discovered on InkTip. Joe Eckardt with Rock On! Films found the script "I Ride Alone" on InkTip and brought Peter Fonda on board. Now with financing almost wrapped, the're ready to go into pre-production. The original script was written by the late Kyrle W. Rosales, and will be dedicated to her memory. Joe Eckardt is also partnered with Jason Mewes as co-producer on another project he discovered on InkTip titled "Billy Joel's Car," with InkTip member Corbin Bernsen attached.
Rainwater Takes on "Sugar" Sep 9, 2010
Rotimi Rainwater with Village Entertainment is collaborating on yet another project, this one titled "Sugar," with writer Tony Aloupis whom he met through InkTip. You might remember reading about them in the trades, Rotimi originally discovered and optioned one of Aloupis' scripts on InkTip titled "Truckstop." He's been developing and packaging the project with Graham Taylor at Endeavor Independent handling financing and distribution. Rotimi has since put together or gotten hired on to a number of different projects with Tony, including "The Meaning of Life," a documentary about the eponymous philosophical conundrum, "Conversations with Andy," a documentary/biopic about the life of Andy Warhol, and "Black Samurai," a reworking of the 1970's graphic novel, and blaxploitation film of the same name. Tony Aloupis is also serving as an Executive Producer on "The Meaning of Life," proving that directors can not only find scripts, but writers and partners through InkTip.
Ted LoScalzo Options "The Body Farm" Sep 9, 2010
Ted LoScalzo with DrippingDead Films optioned the script "The Body Farm" from writer Kraig Wenman after finding it on InkTip. Kraig Wenman has now had 27 scripts optioned or sold. He has also had 10 of his feature scripts produced, with many more on the way. "With InkTip, the searches are so specific that the producer can find exactly what they're looking for..." Wenman said. "This saves both the writer and producer a lot of time."
Joseph Nasser Hires Lizanne Southgate Sep 9, 2010
Joseph Nasser with the Nasser Entertainment Group hired Lizanne Southgate to pen another script after discovering one of her writing samples on InkTip. Joe Nasser already has a long list of films to his credit including over ten independent features produced or released in the last year alone. Some of his recent titles are "Hunt to Kill," starring Eric Roberts and wrestling legend Steve Austin, and "What would Jesus Do?" with John Schneider. This is Lizanne's second project this year with Joe Nasser; the first one is a political thriller based on some recent true happenings in the Middle East.
Portelli & Lewis Option "Eville" Sep 2, 2010
Darren Portelli with Spiral Media Inc. and Sharon Lewis with Urbansoul Inc. optioned "Eville" from Allison McWood after discovering the script on InkTip. TV host Sharon Lewis was recently voted one of the Top 10 Most Powerful Women in Canada by Elle Magazine, and this project is being developed as a starring vehicle for her. Writer Allison McWood is a playwright and librettist with over 30 produced stage plays under her belt. "Eville," a high concept sci-fi script, is Allison's first feature screenplay option. The script was actually picked up less than a month after she posted it on InkTip.
Luke Moran Hires Paul Yarmoluk Sep 2, 2010
Luke Moran with Rebel One Pictures hired Paul Yarmoluk to pen the feature script "Coyote" after discovering him through InkTip. Luke Moran and his brother Kent produced the feature "Listen to Your Heart," in which they also starred alongside Cybill Shepherd. Writer Yarmoluk has been writing scripts for over 10 years, specializing in adaptations, developing scripts from original concepts and rewriting other writer's material.
Maurice Davis Options "Eden's Air" Sep 2, 2010
Producer Maurice Davis optioned "Eden's Air" from Steve Warren, after discovering the script on InkTip. Maurice Davis, a Burbank-based up-and-coming filmmaker, is represented by Jay S. Kennoff of Kenoff & Machtinger. Award-winning writer Steve Warren actually segued into screenwriting from a career as a fighter pilot, and one of his other scripts on InkTip just placed as a semi-finalist in the Nicholl Fellowship.
Tony Picciotti Options "Sidekicks" Sep 2, 2010
Tony Picciotti optioned "Sidekicks" from Tim Stickler after discovering the script on InkTip. Tony, an East Coast musical filmmaker and theater director, recently completed the festival award winning "Beautifully Cruel," which was also shot from an InkTip-sourced script. "Sidekicks" is already in final development with the goal of going into production in October of this year. This is Tim Stickler's first option, although we noticed that he placed in the top 15 of the 2008 Slamdance Screenwriting Competition with one of his other scripts.
John Palmer Hires Chase Spruill Aug 26, 2010
John Palmer with Tranquility Base hired Chase Spruill to pen his action/thriller "Recon" after meeting the writer through InkTip. Palmer is a special effects wizard and indie producer who recently partnered with Academy Award winning producer Ilya Salkind (the man behind "Superman" and the upcoming "Young Alexander the Great," among many others). Chase Spruill is a multifaceted feature and TV writer who took 2nd place in the 2009 Slamdance Teleplay Competition for a pilot he wrote titled "Standards and Practices," the same script which got Palmer's interest.
Joseph Nasser Hires Lyse Beck Aug 26, 2010
Joseph Nasser with the Nasser Entertainment Group hired Lyse Beck to pen a feature action film after discovering one of her writing samples on InkTip. Nasser will be co-producing this with Dallas Sonnier and the Caliber Media Company, with whom he also co-produced the InkTip-sourced feature "The Boxer and the Kid" starring "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. This is Lyse Beck's fifth contract with Joe Nasser.
Kaner & Bryan Discover John Loprieno Aug 26, 2010
Agent Dean Kaner with Marcus Bryan and Associates signed writer John Loprieno after discovering his feature comedy spec "Growing up Geek" on InkTip. Winner of the Chicago Scriptworks best screenplay award, this script had an obvious appeal to Marcus Bryan and Associates, a Chicago-based literary and talent agency. John Loprieno is a member of both the WGA and SAG, and is the Theater Arts Chair at Moorpark College in Moorpark, CA. This is his first InkTip success.
Melania Melcer Options "The Decree" Aug 26, 2010
Melania Melcer with Dryad Productions has optioned the short "The Decree" from scribe Keith Blackwell. She discovered the short on InkTip. Keith recently had another short on our site that made it to the Top 6 in the Champion Screenwriting competition.
Nahikian & May Option Pentzell Feature Aug 19, 2010
Katrina Nahikian and Christopher May with Bullet Heart Inc. optioned a feature comedy script from Christopher Pentzell after finding it on InkTip. We promised not to divulge the title, but if Pentzell's name is starting to look familiar to you, it's because you saw his name last month when we announced that he was hired to pen a feature script for David Winkler, producer of "Rocky Balboa" (Sylvester Stallone) and "Finding Graceland" (Harvey Keitel, Bridget Fonda). He won the 2006 Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition, and has sold, optioned, or been hired to write a bevy of scripts including the produced feature "The Wedding Video," which was on the InkTip Magazine cover.
Munire Armstrong Options "Song of Dust" Aug 19, 2010
Munire Armstrong with YN Films optioned the script "Song of Dust" by Philip Hyams after finding it on InkTip. Armstrong co-produced two projects this year, the feature "White as Snow" and the documentary "Tasha Diamant's Human Body Project." Hyams, based in Israel, but who divides his time between there and Toronto, is a tri-national publisher and author, and a former award-winning documentary producer for the CBC. "Song of Dust" chronicles the scandal of French literary figure Elissa Rhais. One of France's leading actresses is attached to the project.
Elias Plagianos Options "City of Lies" Aug 19, 2010
Elias Plagianos with ESP Films optioned "City of Lies" by James Foye after discovering it on InkTip. He found the script on the site while at Cannes, where he was screening his breakout feature "The Crimson Mask." Writer James Foye has been a finalist or semi-finalist in the most prestigious screenwriting competitions, but this is his first option through InkTip.
Jonty Egginton Options "The Sandwich Shop" Aug 19, 2010
UK based filmmaker Jonty Egginton has optioned the short script "The Sandwich Shop," which he found on InkTip, from Southern California writer Barry Katz. Jonty is a young, independent filmmaker who was searching for a script he could use for his next project. He found Barry through InkTip and discovered that he "had a natural flare for creating comical scripts written in a very natural way." The script is currently in preproduction and due shoot mid August. Barry has had two other shorts produced.
Joseph Nasser Hires Diane Meyer Aug 12, 2010
Joseph Nasser with Nasser Entertainment Group discovered writer Diane Meyer on InkTip and hired her to pen his next feature film. He originally read her script "Traded for Lies" while looking for an international thriller with a political message to option. He liked her writing style and hired her instead to write a new one from scratch. Joe Nasser is on set now filming another project which he sourced through InkTip titled "The Boxer and the Kid" with "Stone Cold" Steve Austin from WWE fame in the lead role. Diane Meyer is multi-published in non-fiction, has two novels in the works - one of which "Traded for Lies" is based on, and this is her first feature script hire.
Sammy Montana Discovers Sandor Stern Aug 12, 2010
Sammy Montana with Anarchy Management discovered veteran screenwriter Sandor Stern on InkTip and signed to represent him. Montana just launched his new representation firm after handling production and development for Trancas Films International (owners of the Halloween franchise), and though he's optioned scripts and signed writers through InkTip in the past, Sandor is his first major find under the new Anarchy shingle. Sandor's writing credits include MGM's "The Amityville Horror" and the TV movie "Gridlock" (David Hasselhoff), among many others.
Wayne Godfrey Options "Championship Manager" Aug 12, 2010
Wayne Godfrey, owner of London-based theFyzz Limited, optioned "Championship Manager" from Peter Sleeman after finding the script and writer through InkTip. theFyzz Limited is a rapidly rising production and finance company on the UK scene. Peter Sleeman got his start writing jokes for the BBC; this is his second feature screenplay option.
InkTip-found "Clonehunter" Released Aug 12, 2010
Andrew Bellware with Pandora Machine found the script "Clonehunter" by Eric Steele on InkTip and the now-completed feature is being released on DVD today. The sci-fi pic is Andrew's seventh feature directorial effort. The story of "Clonehunter" takes place in a dystopian alien city, but as Andrew tell us, "taking big-budget ideas and making them work for more sensible budgets is what we do!" Writer Eric Steele is represented by Sue Giordano of the Hudson Agency in New York.
Susannah Smith Options "No Soldier Left Behind" Aug 12, 2010
JD Simone has optioned his short script "No Soldier Left Behind" to Susannah Smith. Shooting is scheduled for early August. JD has written several feature scripts and has another short in production, titled "Blinded."
Daniel Zirilli Discovers Glase Lomond Aug 5, 2010
Director Daniel Zirilli with Popart Film Factory found scribe Glase Lomond on InkTip and teamed up with him to develop the feature action film "Pistoleros." We're excited to announce that Mary Aloe with Aloe Entertainment has now signed on as a producer on this project. Aloe's credits include "Battle in Seattle" (Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson) and the upcoming "Mary Mother of Christ" (Al Pacino). Zirilli and Lomond have collaborated on a number of projects already, including "Fast Girl" and the Warner Bros' distributed "Aces" (both featured on the cover of InkTip Magazine). Lomond now has seven feature film credits, including three which were distributed through Lionsgate, since being discovered by Zirilli on InkTip.
Upinder Raisauda Hires Linda Shayne Aug 5, 2010
Upinder Raisauda with Central Station Media, LLC hired Linda Shayne to write a feature after finding her on InkTip. Raisauda just directed the film "The Corner Shop" while completing other projects in California, in Canada and in Bollywood. Shayne has written films for Showtime, Brian Grazer, Disney and Roger Corman, directed for Nickelodeon and Warners Bros. Home Video and is currently developing a TV series for Mottola Entertainment. She directed a young Neil Patrick Harris and Thora Birch during her feature debut.
Stacy Davidson Options "Vision" Aug 5, 2010
Stacy Davidson of Odyssee Pictures optioned Arthur Vincie's "Vision," after discovering the script on InkTip. Odyssee Pictures is a Houston, Texas-based independent studio that produced the multiple award-winning feature "Sweatshop." "Vision," a sci-fi drama about a robotics researcher discovering humanity through her prototype, is Arthur Vincie's first option through InkTip.
Whitt Brantley Discovers Irin Evers Aug 5, 2010
Whitt Brantley with Whitt Brantley Management and Talent discovered writer Irin Evers on InkTip and signed him as a client. The script which caught Brantley's eye this time was the gritty urban drama "Every time I go to Staten Island something bad happens..." about a former gang member and art student who is desperately trying to save his older brother from gang life. The script placed in the top 10% of both the Nicholl Fellowship and the Sundance Lab, and Brantley already has an option negotiation underway on the property.
Jenn Page Options "Brownie Points" Aug 5, 2010
Jenn Page with Luminave Films has optioned the short script "Brownie Points" by Matthew W. Bertsch after discovering it on InkTip. "Brownie Points" is scheduled to shoot in July. Bertsch and his writing partner, Richard Nunez, are currently pitching their first feature-length collaboration titled "Carnation," which "On the Lot" runner-up, Jason Epperson, has agreed to direct. This is the first option short script for Matthew.
David Winkler Hires Chris Pentzell Jul 29, 2010
David Winkler with Winkler Films hired Chris Pentzell to pen an as-of-yet untitled original feature after discovering the writer on InkTip. Some of David's previous credits include "Rocky Balboa" (Sylvester Stallone) and "Finding Graceland" (Harvey Keitel, Bridget Fonda). The script Winkler read was "Can't Live With 'Em," Pentzell's 2006 Scriptapalooza Screenwriting Competition winner. Chris Pentzell has had a total of seven feature options or hires; three of those were through InkTip, including his first produced feature film "The Wedding Video."
Joseph Nasser Discovers Evan Jacobs Jul 29, 2010
Joseph Nasser with Nasser Entertainment Group went to camera with another feature film, "The Boxer and the Kid," based on a script he discovered on InkTip. Written by Evan Jacobs, this family-friendly feature about a child being mentored by a fighter stars "Stone Cold" Steve Austin from WWE fame in the lead role. This is Evan Jacobs' third option through InkTip; according to Joe Nasser, Jacobs is "one of the best writers I have ever worked with."
Paolo Vacirca Options "Stealing Mr. Right" Jul 29, 2010
Paolo Vacirca with Svensk Filmindustri optioned the script "Stealing Mr. Right" from Richard Roth & Greg Moulton after finding it on InkTip. Svensk Filmindustri produced and distributed many of cinema legend Ingmar Bergman's films such "The Seventh Seal," "Persona" and "Fanny & Alexander." Today, Sweden's major production company aims for broad audiences and has distribution deals with Summit Entertainment ("Twilight,") Spyglass Entertainment (Johnny Depp in "The Tourist") and others. This is the writing duo's third script option.
Birch & Tarazi Option "For Hayden's Sake" Jul 29, 2010
Yan Birch and Victoria Tarazi with Pure Entertainment optioned the script "For Hayden's Sake" by Maggie Franks after finding it on InkTip. The surfing-themed script comes at the right time with the US Open of Surfing beginning on July 31st. Birch and Tarazi just produced the feature "Tangerine Sky." Writer Maggie Franks is a lifelong surfer who has various scripts available.
Harpreet Singh Options "My Suicide" Jul 29, 2010
Marina Loos has optioned her short script "My Suicide" to Harpreet Singh from Canada. This is Marina's first option, and the logline was on the site for less than a month before being picked up.
Pascal Franchot Options "Rider" Jul 22, 2010
Pascal Franchot with Fastback Pictures optioned "Rider" from Michael Ezell after finding it through InkTip. Pascal's previous credits include "Gardens of the Night" (John Malkovich, Tom Arnold) and "Triple Dog" (Scout Taylor-Compton), among many others. Michael Ezell, who has worked as a makeup FX artist on films such as "Mel Gibson's Apocalypto," told us that his spec draft "was originally written to be a low budget post-apocalypse movie, but Pascal came in with some great ideas on how to write to a bigger budget." This is Michael's first option through InkTip.
John Murlowski Hires Steve Peterson Jul 22, 2010
John Murlowski with Maple Island Films hired writer Steve Peterson to re-write the feature thriller script "Next Stop Murder," after meeting Peterson on InkTip. Murlowski's credits include "Nowhere to Hide" (Meredith Monroe from Sony's "Vampires: The Turning") and "Cop Dog" (Alexander Chaplin of "Spin City"), both of which were sourced through InkTip. Johnson Chan, Murlowski's long-time partner, (and producer of "Smother" with Diane Keaton and Dax Sheppard), wrote and co-produced on the project. This is Peterson's third hire with Murlowski and Maple Island Films.
Betty Buckley Options Szczurko Pilot Jul 22, 2010
Betty Buckley with 1080 Entertainment optioned the teen series pilot "Mackenzie Daily: Web Reporter" from Michael Szczurko after discovering it on InkTip. 1080 Entertainment, specializing in television MOWs and documentaries, are best known for such titles as "Jurassic Fight Club" and "Nostradamus: 2012." Michael Szczurko has worked for over a decade as a television producer and post production supervisor on youth-oriented television series like "Zoey: 101" and "Drake & Josh." This is his first option through InkTip.
Mike Doto Options "Always Picked Last" Jul 22, 2010
Mike Doto with Seaside Pictures optioned the comedy script "Always Picked Last" from Steve Feld after finding it on InkTip. Doto will be directing this project following a successful festival run with his film "The Legacy." Feld has previously written and directed for sitcoms and documentaries for Disney and other networks and studios.
Soffer & Ford Option "Frankenstoner" Jul 15, 2010
Roger Soffer & Christian Ford optioned the feature comedy script "Frankenstoner" from Chris Pearson after discovering it on InkTip. "Frankenstoner" is now in pre-pro and out to financiers, with two A-list actors in talks for the lead roles and three Oscar Award-winning crew members signed on to the project. The script was so marketable, it landed Pearson representation with Rima Greer and the Above the Line Agency. Soffer and Ford's credits include "Slow Burn" with Josh Brolin, among others.
Joseph Nasser Hires Brent Jordan Jul 15, 2010
Joseph Nasser of the Nasser Entertainment Group hired Brent Jordan to pen a television pilot script after meeting the writer through InkTip. Nasser has already brought a number of InkTip-sourced scripts to the screen, including "Christmas Crash" with Michael Madsen, "Desperate Hours" with Tom Berenger, and "Courage," with Jason Priestly. Brent Jordan worked with Jim Manos Jr., showrunner and creator of "Dexter," on the pilot script. This is Jordan's first InkTip success.
Dean Kaner Discovers Richard Price Jul 15, 2010
Agent Dean Kaner with Marcus Bryan and Associates signed writer Richard Price after discovering his feature family comedy script "Piano Man" on InkTip. Marcus Bryan and Associates is a Chicago-based literary and talent agency. Richard Price's previous writing credits include "Catacombs" (through Columbia Tri-Star) and episodes of "Murder She Wrote." This is his first InkTip success.
Rosser Goodman Discovers Nyman & McNama Jul 15, 2010
Rosser Goodman with KGB Films discovered Nancy Nyman and Heather McNama's feature comedy script "The Untitled Meryl Streep Project" through InkTip. This is Nancy and Heather's second InkTip success story, and it's especially interesting because Rosser Goodman was originally looking for a writer to hire onto one of her KGB Films projects. And while she found the writer she was looking for, she also wound up falling in love with this script, meeting the writers, and signing on to direct it. "The Untitled Meryl Streep Project" also has on board producer Michael Garrity ("Rennie's Landing" with Jennifer Garner) and is being produced under Nancy and Heather's Two Girls Unleashed shingle.
Ira Posnansky Discovers "The Unwanted" Jul 1, 2010
Ira Posnansky with Eclectic Filmworks discovered the best-selling graphic novel "The Unwanted" by Scott Marcano on InkTip. Marcano adapted a spec screenplay based on the novel for Posnansky, who is now taking it to the studios. Posnansky, whose credits include "Conspiracy" (with Val Kilmer and Gary Cole), originally met Marcano on InkTip in 2006 when he hired him to write another project. Marcano's credits include MGM's "Bio-Dome" with Pauly Shore.
Gene Kraft Options "Ranch Dressing" Jul 1, 2010
Gene Kraft of Gene Kraft Productions optioned the script "Ranch Dressing" from Lynne Christensen after finding it on InkTip. Kraft is currently developing a script he found on InkTip with Oscar-winner Helen Hunt and Oscar-nominated cinematographer/director Lajos Koltai, who last helmed "Evening" with Meryl Streep, Toni Collette and Patrick Wilson, both attached. Christensen is represented by Barbara Bitela with the Silver/Bitela Agency.
John Murlowski Options "Christmas Mail" Jul 1, 2010
John Murlowski with Maple Island Films optioned "Christmas Mail" from Lorene Lacey after discovering it on InkTip. Long-time InkTip member Murlowski's credits include "Nowhere to Hide" (with Lochlyn Munro of "Daddy Day Care" and Meredith Monroe from Sony's "Vampires: The Turning") and "Cop Dog" (with Alexander Chaplin of "Spin City"), both of which were sourced through InkTip. Writer Lorene Lacey, who is repped by Barbara Bitela of the Silver/Bitela Agency, has had two other options recently, including another one through InkTip.
Larsson and Moreka Option "The Pimp Pad" Jul 1, 2010
Henrik Larsson and Joram Moreka of Wild Lunch Productions optioned the script "The Pimp Pad" from Joe Chun after discovering it on InkTip. Larsson began his career at a young age, playing one of the lead roles in two films by Oscar-nominated director Lasse Hallstrom and has since produced various internationally-financed features. Chun is represented by the Gersh Agency and this is his second feature length screenplay to be optioned.
Ted Bauman Options "Bond of Silence" Jun 24, 2010
Ted Bauman with Bauman Productions Inc. optioned "Bond of Silence" from BD Young after meeting the writer through InkTip. "Bond of Silence" will be distributed on the Lifetime Television Network with Charlie McDermott ("Hot Tub Time Machine") in the lead role. BD Young's first InkTip success took place all the way back in 2002.
Joel Reisig Discovers "Jailhouse Santa" Jun 24, 2010
Joel Reisig with Alpha Theta Chi Films, LLC optioned the script "Jailhouse Santa" from David Higlen after finding it on InkTip. Reisig's credits include "Fraternity House." Higlen both wrote and produced the festival award winning feature "Banking on Love." He also has several feature scripts available on InkTip.
Steve Felt Options "Echoes" Jun 24, 2010
Steve Felt with Powder Day Productions optioned "Echoes" from Steven Brown, after discovering it on InkTip. It actually started out as a short script, but Steven Brown helped develop a feature version of it at Steve Felt's request, and will be receiving an associate producer credit. This is Steven Brown's first option through InkTip.
Ehren Koepf Options "Psych Unit" Jun 17, 2010
Ehren Koepf with Fighting Ant Productions optioned the feature script "Psych Unit" by Mark Daniels after finding it on InkTip. He was a first assistant director on last year's feature "The Harimaya Bridge" (Danny Glover) and just produced the feature "The Singularity is Near" (with Pauly Perette, star of "NCIS"), based on futurist Ray Kurzweil's famous 2005 work. Mark Daniels, meanwhile, has had a number of scripts optioned by InkTip producers over the last year. In fact, this latest deal is the in-demand writer's eighth feature success through InkTip, with a few of these scheduled for production in 2010.
Joseph Nasser Discovers Dan Barwick Jun 17, 2010
Joseph Nasser with Nasser Entertainment Group optioned the feature script "Three Days and Two Nights" from writer Dan Barwick after discovering it on InkTip. Joe Nasser, with over three dozen feature films to his resume, has already added four new titles from scripts or writers found through InkTip in the last couple years: "Christmas Crash" with Michael Madsen, "Desperate Hours" with Tom Berenger, "Courage," with Jason Priestly ("Beverly Hills 90210") and Andrea Roth ("Rescue Me"), and "The Building." He also just executive produced "The Stranger," starring "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and Adam Beach. This script by Barwick finished in the top 5% in the Nicholl Fellowships Competition.
David Brady Options "Off Season" Jun 17, 2010
David Brady with David Brady Productions optioned the feature script "Off Season" from scribe William Walkerley after finding it on InkTip. Based out of Canada, David Brady specializes in long-form dramas and television and was nominated for two Golden Globes for his theatrical feature film "The Grey Fox," which was produced with Francis Ford Coppola's Zoetrope Studios and released through United Artist Classics. This is writer Walkerley's first option through InkTip.
Barry Perelman Discovers Simon Eldon-Edington Jun 17, 2010
Barry Perelman with The Barry Perelman Agency discovered Simon Eldon-Edington on InkTip and is now representing him as his agent. The script that caught Barry's eye was the high-concept rom-com "Truth be Told," which he found on InkTip and is now shopping to various production companies and broadcasters. On the horizon for Simon are two features in pre-production, "Carnage" and "Gunned Down," both starring Craig Fairbrass and with Danny Dyer also attached to the latter. We wish them the best of luck, and are looking forward to announcing "Truth be Told" again when Barry sells it!
Christopher Eadicicco Options "Chat" Jun 17, 2010
Martin Cox optioned his short script "Chat" to producer Christopher Eadicicco of Cry Havoc Films. Eadicicco is a partner at Cry Havoc Films, whose credits include "The Little Death." This is the first success on InkTip for Martin but his second short success. The pair are currently discussing future collaborations.
David Bellino Hires Diana Kemp Jun 17, 2010
Diana Kemp was hired by David Bellino of Second Wind Films to write an opening segment for a documentary he is currently working on. Diana and her partner Michael Gianfriddo are gaining interest in their collaborative television series. She and two other female collaborators, Lucy Cruell and Linda Scott, are also in contractual negotiations with a production company regarding their feature horror anthology, "Mistresses of Horror", which is also listed on InkTip by co-author Lucy Cruell.
Trudy Sargent Produces InkTip Short Jun 17, 2010
Trudy Sargent with Red Pictures produced the short script "The Boy Who Became King" from Ramin Nematollahi that she found on InkTip. Trudy co-produced it with Ramin, and she directed it as well. The short was shot in Los Angeles.
Jay Holben Options "Paranoid" Jun 10, 2010
Jay Holben of Adakin Productions optioned the feature script "Paranoid" by Kraig Wenman after finding it on InkTip. Jamie Neese will direct the thriller. Holben just completed producing and shooting the feature film "Two Million Stupid Women." His short film "Hunger" was selected by horror icon John Carpenter as one of his favorites in the AMC MonsterFest competition. He has also been a consultant for the hit series "Dexter" in addition to his career in cinematography, directing and producing. Writer Wenman has now had 26 scripts optioned or sold, with most occurring through InkTip. He has also had 10 of his feature scripts produced, with many more on the way. "With InkTip, the searches are so specific that the producer can find exactly what they're looking for by the specificity of their search categories" Wenman said. "This saves both the writer and producer a lot of time."
JC Crissey Hires Paul Robert Lingas Jun 10, 2010
JC Crissey of London Pictures Ltd. hired writer Paul Robert Lingas to rewrite a feature script after discovering him on InkTip. The project is a sci-fi/thriller feature called "Chancellor of the Western Solar Systems." Crissey is a British producer on over twenty projects including the UK arthouse-classic "Blinded" and Notting Hill-set musical "That Samba Thing," and continues to steer London Pictures Ltd.'s into sci-fi storylines. Writer Lingas has been commissioned to write feature scripts for a variety of production companies including two scripts for director Jordan Alan and the forthcoming "Swing Away," executive produced by Stratton Leopold ("Mission: Impossible III," the upcoming "Captain America") and George Stephanopoulos (the upcoming "Golf in the Kingdom"). He is a graduate of USC and has written or produced award-winning short films including 2006's "Damaged Goods," starring Constance Zimmer, known for her recurring roles on "Entourage" and "Boston Legal" and the award-winning "Wide Awake in Nothing" (aired on IFC).
Chris Lancey Options Bloom Feature Jun 10, 2010
Chris Lancey of Creative Arts Entertainment Group, Inc. optioned the feature script "Malicious Malpractice" by Marc Bloom after finding it on InkTip. Lancey just executive produced "The Stepson," which was written by InkTip writer Kraig Wenman and will be airing on Lifetime with Golden Globe-nominated Adam Beach (from Clint Eastwood's "Flags of Our Fathers" and HBO's "Big Love"). Writer Bloom lives in South Africa and has had numerous script options and writing assignments for producers based in both South Africa and the US.
Dean Blagg Hires James Dobkowski Jun 10, 2010
Dean Blagg of Winston Davis and Associates hired James Dobkowski to pen the feature script "Faith Ties" after discovering him on InkTip. It was actually producer Lawrence Kaldor who found Dobkowski first, when he saw the script "Kwanzaa Klaus" on InkTip. Kaldor forwarded that script to one of his producing partners who connected the writer with executive producer Dean Blagg (National Lampoon's "Gold Diggers"), who not only hired Dobkowski to write the script but also partnered with him as a co-producer on the project. James Dobkowski is currently in preproduction on a total of four projects, but this is his first that got started on InkTip.
Bradford R. Youngs Hires Lloyd Wagner Jun 3, 2010
Bradford R. Youngs and partner, writer Lloyd Wagner, whom he met through InkTip, have penned the real-time feature thriller "Ninety-One Minutes," and with the script now complete and ready, they're scheduled to start production next month. Bradford heads Twilight Entertainment/Twilight Studios, which produced numerous episodes of the CBS sitcom "Yes, Dear." This is Wagner's sixth project that has its roots on InkTip, and his first feature film to go into production.
Whitt Brantley Discovers Ocean Palmer Jun 3, 2010
Whitt Brantley with Whitt Brantley Management and Talent discovered writer Ocean Palmer on InkTip and signed him as a client. The script which caught Brantley's eye this time was a feel good story titled "The Raven of St. James's Park." Brantley remarked: "What really caught my eye is just how good the screenplay is in regards to structure and character development. The script definitely lends itself to a Merchant Ivory type of production on a reasonable budget and we already beginning to see interest in this property from producers and directors around the world." WBMT also represents Palmer's novella and screenplay titled "The Rise and Fall of Piggy Church," a surf-themed murder/mystery.
Larsson and Moreka Option "The Pet Sitter" Jun 3, 2010
Henrik Larsson and Joram Moreka of Wild Lunch Productions have optioned the feature script “The Pet Sitter” by Suzanne Gill and Ann Isherwood after discovering it on InkTip. Larsson began his career in the industry at a young age, playing one of the lead roles in two films by Oscar-nominated director Lasse Hallstrom. He also held the distinction of being the youngest non-fiction author to be published in his native Sweden. Since studying filmmaking in both Europe and Los Angeles, Larsson has produced various internationally-financed features. Moreka began producing features in his native country of Kenya. Since relocating to Los Angeles, he has co-executive produced the feature "Ghostly Revenge." Writers Gill and Isherwood are represented by Barbara Bitela, President of the Silver Bitela Agency.
Joseph Nasser Options "The Unheard" Jun 3, 2010
Joseph Nasser with Nasser Entertainment Group optioned the feature script "The Unheard" from writer Kolby Granville after discovering it on InkTip. Joe Nasser, with over three dozen feature films to his resume, has already added four new titles from scripts or writers found through InkTip in the last couple years: "Christmas Crash" with Michael Madsen, "Desperate Hours" with Tom Berenger, "Courage," with Jason Priestly (Beverly Hills 90210) and Andrea Roth (Rescue Me), and "The Building." We asked Kolby how this option came about and he replied: "I've had about a dozen plays produced and a dozen short stories published. I'm a writer, I write every day, and I just got tired of having dozens of screenplays sitting in a closet. So I started sending them out, and the results started coming in shortly thereafter."
Steve Gerbson Options "Whipple" May 27, 2010
Steve Gerbson of Steve Gerbson Productions optioned the feature script "Whipple" from writer Barbara Kymlicka after discovering it on InkTip. Gerbson has worked with such talent as Jerry Seinfeld, David Letterman, John Ritter, Bill Cosby and Shia LeBeouf in his 25-year career directing and producing television shows, features, documentaries and specials for such clients as HBO, FOX, ABC, Showtime & CBS. Kymlicka is repped by Characters Talent Agency's Ben Silverman, whose client roster also includes, among others, Evan Goldberg (writer and executive producer of Judd Appatow-directed hits like "Knocked Up" and "Funny People," and an upcoming Jay Baruchel comedy, which Silverman is co-executive producing). Kymlicka has written for both feature films and television, including the 2005 film "Killer Bash" (starring Cory Monteith from "Glee"), for which she was hired through InkTip.
Victoria Slater Options Cashill Feature May 27, 2010
Victoria Slater with Minor Distractions Entertainment has optioned the feature script "Unsinkable" from Jake Cashill after meeting him through InkTip. Slater, who ran the Producers' Guild mentoring program for six years, is putting together a slate of projects for 2010 and 2011, and we're happy to say that several scripts found on InkTip are in this slate. Jake's Cashill's agent, Sue Giordano with the Hudson Agency in New York, facilitated this option. She learned, through InkTip, that Victoria was looking for a specific type of script, pitched "Unsinkable" and landed the deal.
Cynde Harmon Options "Sparky" May 27, 2010
Cynde Harmon with Really Real Films optioned the feature horror script "Sparky" from Steven Labeille after discovering it on InkTip. Cynde is partnered with her husband Allan Harmon, who has worked on dozens of high profile projects like "Police Academy" and "Andromeda," the Gene Roddenberry series. Together they've produced such projects as "Trust," which was also found through InkTip, and the series pilot "Wolf Canyon," which was written by InkTip Scribes Michael Markus and Tim Stubinski, and nominated for a whopping seven Leo Awards this season, the most of any project in its category. This is Steven Labeille's first option through InkTip.
Jennifer Valenti Options "Chicken Salad" May 27, 2010
Jennifer Valenti of Apple Box Media, LLC has optioned the feature script "Chicken Salad" by Dean Watts and Bill Agnew after finding it on InkTip. Valenti was looking at the short script version before requesting the feature-length version from Watts. Apple Box Media, LLC is based in Tarpon Springs, Florida. Valenti states, "'Chicken Salad' is part of a slate of films we will be putting out over the next two years." Watts, meanwhile, is coming off a project he wrote titled "Defending Dr. Karl," now available on Amazon.
Scott Thomas Options "Old Village" May 20, 2010
Scott Thomas with Pacific Entertainment Group optioned "Old Village" from writer Matthew F. Perry after meeting him through InkTip. The original connection actually took place all the way back in 2004. Scott loved the script so much it stood out in his memory, so when one of his colleagues mentioned needing a similar script, Scott called InkTip, we tracked down the writer for him, and the option was secured. Some of Scott's previous credits include Newline's "Flight of the Living Dead," and the recently completed "Double Indiana," which was also discovered through InkTip, and which Scott is directing with producer Michael Z. Gordon (Executive Producer of "Narc" with Jason Patric and Ray Liotta, and Producer on Daniel Zirilli's "Circle of Pain" with Dean Cain and Bai Ling, also discovered through InkTip and the cover of next month's InkTip Magazine).
Chris Lancey Options "Love Struck" May 20, 2010
Chris Lancey of Creative Arts Entertainment Group, Inc. has optioned the feature script "Love Struck" by Michael & Alexandria Casey after finding it on InkTip. Lancey just executive produced "The Stepson," which was written by InkTip writer Kraig Wenman and will be airing on Lifetime with Golden Globe-nominated Adam Beach (from Clint Eastwood's "Flags of Our Fathers" and HBO's "Big Love"). Michael & Alexandria Casey have been finalists in several screenwriting competitions, with many of those scripts available on InkTip. Besides screenwriting, they have written several published books and are former professors of writing and film history.
Elias Plagianos Options Yarbrough Script May 20, 2010
Elias Plagianos with ESP Films optioned the feature script "Dark Noon" from Cody Yarbrough after discovering the script on InkTip. Elias won a number of festival lauds for his debut film "The Crimson Mask.” Cody consistently scores in the upper 10% at major screenwriting contests, including Austin and the Nicholl Fellowship, and he has other deals underway through InkTip, but this is his first official InkTip Success.
Lydia Martinelli Options "Dying to Live" May 20, 2010
Lydia Martinelli with Lane City Films optioned "Dying to Live" from writer Billy Person, after finding the script on InkTip. This was a fast and easy option, in light of the fact that Lydia originally set out to find a writer to hire to help develop an existing project. But Billy's script was so good, she optioned it and is now working with him on "Dying to Live" as well as on other projects in her portfolio. Billy Person has worked in the past as head writer on an online sitcom, and is finishing his MFA in screenwriting this year, but "Dying to Live" is his first feature option.
Yasmine Golchan Hires Jake Helgren May 13, 2010
Yasmine Golchan hired writer Jake Helgren to re-write her 60's-style romantic comedy "Battle of the Sexes" after discovering Jake on InkTip. Yasmine, whose credits include Warner Independent Pictures' "The Painted Veil" (starring Naomi Watts and Edward Norton), is building an impressive slate right now. Writer Jake Helgren, a Texas transplant living in Hollywood, now counts a total of six options to his resume in the last couple years, including three through InkTip.
Joseph Nasser finds "Courage" May 13, 2010
Joseph Nasser with Nasser Entertainment Group found Luis Cruz on InkTip, and as a result we're proud to announce that their first feature project together, the family-friendly MOW "Courage," will be airing this Saturday on GMC, the Gospel Music Channel, at 2PM PST. Joe Nasser already had three dozen feature credits to his resume before joining InkTip, but he's since gone on to produce a bevy of new feature films through scripts and writers he found on InkTip, such as "Christmas Crash" with Michael Madsen, "Desperate Hours" with Tom Berenger, and this latest project, "Courage," Starring Jason Priestly (Beverly Hills 90210) and Andrea Roth (Rescue Me). Some of Nasser's other films include: "Angel and the Bad Man" with Lou Diamond Phillips and John Schneider, "What would Jesus Do" with a cameo by Joe Nasser himself, and "The Building," which was written by another InkTip writer.
Moreka & Larsson Option "Pink's" May 13, 2010
Joram Moreka and Henrik Larsson of Wild Lunch Productions have optioned the feature script "Pink's" by Mark Tusher after finding it on InkTip. Larsson began his career in the industry at a young age, playing one of the lead roles in two films by Oscar-nominated director Lasse Hallstrom. He also held the distinction of being the youngest non-fiction author to be published in his native Sweden. Since studying filmmaking in both Europe and Los Angeles, Larsson has produced various internationally-financed features. Moreka began producing features in his native country of Kenya. Since relocating to Los Angeles, he has co-executive produced the feature "Ghostly Revenge." Writer Tusher is a former music critic for "The Hollywood Reporter" as well as a film critic and video store chain owner. Currently he is based in Colorado.
Jon Bonnell Options Perez Feature May 13, 2010
Jon Bonnell with Infinite Spectrum Productions optioned "Skinned" from Carlos Perez after discovering the writer through InkTip. This is actually Jon's second project with Carlos, who wrote Infinite Spectrum's feature sci-fi piece "Starquest: The Odyssey," which was featured on the cover of the last issue of InkTip Magazine. Carlos is a produced playwright whose strong character and dialogue writing helped as he made his transition into feature script writing. As we go to press here, Carlos has five feature films in distribution which he wrote for InkTip producers and directors, so don't be surprised if you see his name on the cover of a DVD at your local Blockbuster.
Mark Rudnitsky Options "Blacking Out" May 6, 2010
Mark Rudnitsky and Amy Krell with Page Four Productions optioned "Blacking Out" from writer Kirk Laughlin after finding the script on InkTip. Amy has some notable projects underway, like the fantasy MOW "Witchville," which is set to air on SyFy May 22, and Page Four has a number of other projects in development, including some titles discovered through InkTip, so their names are familiar to InkTip members who get this newsletter. Seattle-based writer Kirk Laughlin has worked in feature film as an editor and actor, and he makes his living writing and editing PSAs and other fundraising materials for non-profits and fundraising organizations, but this is his first feature screenplay option, so we're excited for him.
Nancy Criss Options Helgren Feature May 6, 2010
Nancy Criss of Nandar Entertainment optioned the feature romantic comedy script "Finding Mr. Wright" by writer Jake Helgren after discovering him on InkTip. Nandar is directing and co-producing the feature project with Matthew Montgomery and Proteus Pictures, and Rebekah Kochan is attached to star. Criss, who has produced the features "Fear House" and "Manje," won a festival award for best sci-fi picture for "Mindbender." She is currently producing and hosting the TV series, "On the Road Weekly." This latest discovery comes after she optioned another script of Helgren's she found on InkTip last year titled "Until Death." Montgomery, who starred in the last Nandar-produced and InkTip-sourced project, "Suffer the Child," has produced several features over the last few years and has two more slated for 2010. Overall, this is Helgren's second option with Nandar, and sixth feature spec option overall.
Joseph Nasser Hires Lizanne Southgate May 6, 2010
Joseph Nasser with the Nasser Entertainment Group hired writer Lizanne Southgate to pen his latest feature after meeting her through InkTip. Although we can't divulge much about this project of Nasser's, we can tell you it's based on real events which took place in the Middle East. Another one of Nasser's films which you may have heard about is the recently completed "Courage," starring Jason Priestly, which will be airing next week on cable television - for the day and time, look for an announcement in next week's newsletter. This is Lizanne's third InkTip success, and her fifth major career success as a writer altogether, and we're not counting her many contest wins. She won the $10,000 third prize just last month in the Kairos Movieguide Screenplay Contest.
David Brady Options "One-Eighty" May 6, 2010
David Brady with David Brady Productions optioned the feature script "One-Eighty" from seasoned television and feature scribe BD Young after discovering the title on InkTip. Based out of Canada, David Brady specializes in long-form dramas and television and was nominated for two Golden Globes for his theatrical feature film "The Grey Fox" which was produced with Zoetrope Studios and released through United Artist Classics. BD Young, meanwhile, has had more success through InkTip than we can easily remember, including a couple Lifetime MOWs going into production this summer.
Susan Martinez Buys "Surrogate Gran" May 6, 2010
Karen Buckton has sold her short script "Surrogate Gran" to Susan Martinez of New Image Entertainment. This isn't Karen's first success. She gained representation with Little Studio Films through InkTip, has been hired by Central Station Media to write a short dramatic film called "66," and had another comedy short purchased for production.
Brandon Rose Options "Holy Crap" Apr 29, 2010
Brandon Rose with the LA Feature Film Academy has optioned the feature comedy script "Holy Crap" from Luis Flores after discovering it on InkTip. Brandon is being mentored by William Wesley, founder of the L.A. Feature Film Academy, whose credits include the Lionsgate film "Route 666" (with Lou Diamond Phillips and Lori Petty). Centered in the Los Angeles Center Studios, the L.A. Feature Film Academy mentors students by getting the projects they discover made as for-profit films through their relationships with partners and distribution companies. Based out of Mexico, Luis Flores placed his faith-based comedy on InkTip after receiving a "high consider" from Scriptapalooza. This is his first option through InkTip.
Joseph Barmettler Hires Cassady Dixon Apr 29, 2010
Joseph Barmettler with New Integrity Films hired Cassady Dixon to pen "Fatal Kiss" an action-thriller script after discovering Dixon's feature biker/crime sample "Angel of Sin" on InkTip. Barmettler, a producer/director whose credits include last year's "Beach Kings" (MGM/Fox Home Entertainment) and the 2007 cult "Alien Secrets" (Warner Entertainment/Polychrome Pictures) got his start as a writer, so he's picky when reviewing writing samples. But Dixon, a graduate of Chapman University's screenwriting program, had the right background and writing sample for Barmettler's project. This is Dixon's first listing on the site and his first hire through InkTip.
Christopher Eadicicco Hires Anna Filameno Apr 29, 2010
Christopher Eadicicco of Cry Havoc Films has hired writer Anna Filameno to pen a feature script after finding her through InkTip. The project is called "Murder" and is based on one of Filameno's short stories. Eadicicco, a partner at Cry Havoc Films, whose credits include "The Little Death," read her feature spec scripts and found a good match with Filameno's writing style and ideas. This is Filameno's first hire through InkTip and fifth deal overall.
Eduardo Sanchez Completes "ParaAbnormal" Apr 29, 2010
Eduardo Sanchez finished "ParaAbnormal" the web series, which was written by Jamie Nash, whom he found through InkTip. You may already know some of Sanchez' work; he broke into the business back in '99 with a little film he wrote and directed for $60K titled "The Blair Witch Project." Since that one went on to make $141million, Sanchez did another innovative horror/thriller titled "Altered," which we featured on the cover of the InkTip Magazine as it was also written by Nash, with whom he first connected through InkTip. Sanchez and Nash have been working together ever since, and you can find some of the films they've made together on shelves at your local Blockbuster. "ParaAbnormal" was done as a new media experiment, and it went so well, they're hoping to do another season soon.
Mark Castaldo Options "Break" Apr 22, 2010
Mark Castaldo with Destiny Pictures optioned the feature sports drama "Break" from writer Matt Deller, after discovering him on InkTip. Deller got his start as a video game writer (Obsidian Entertainment's "Neverwinter Nights II"), before moving into feature screenplays. He is repped by manager Kathy Muraviov. Mark Castaldo is partnered with another InkTip producer on this project, Tim Vandesteeg; together they produced the multi award-winning documentary "My Run," which was written by another InkTip writer and narrated by Billy Bob Thornton.
Larsson and Moreka Option "Larry Jones" Apr 22, 2010
Henrik Larsson and Joram Moreka of Wild Lunch Productions have optioned the feature script "Larry Jones" by writer Paul Longo after reading it on InkTip. Larsson read the comedy script and found it funny and timely. After studying in Europe, Larsson began producing various internationally-financed features. Longo, a New York-based writer, had a script optioned though InkTip in December, with "Larry Jones" being his fourth InkTip script option overall.
Mark Andrews Picks Up Young Feature Apr 22, 2010
Producer Mark Andrews picked up the animated feature script "Ethan's Monster" by BD Young which he found through InkTip. Mark Andrews has produced and executive produced a number of features over the course of his career, in addition to specializing in film finance. And Brian Young holds the current InkTip record for the most scripts optioned in a single year, and is rapidly approaching the InkTip record for total films produced through the site, including two Lifetime MOWs which are going into production this summer.
Barbara Bitela Discovers Writing Duo Apr 22, 2010
Barbara Bitela with the Silver Bitela Agency discovered the family-friendly romantic comedy "The Pet Sitter" by writers Suzanne Gill and Ann Isherwood on InkTip, and has signed to rep the project. This was an easy call on Barbara's part; a lot of producers are clamoring for specs in this vein, and "The Pet Sitter" is already well developed, thanks to the long re-write process it went through with the help of Script PIMP.
Mitchell Galin Options Superhero Spec Apr 15, 2010
Mitchell Galin with Epiphany Productions optioned the broad audience spec “Grampa was a Superhero” from writers Chip Street and Sean Meehan, after finding it on InkTip. This was a good fit for Galin, a long-time industry insider whose credits include “Pet Sematary” and the Sci-Fi miniseries “Dune.” Writing duo Street and Meehan have worked in a variety of capacities in film and television over the years, but according to Street, the secret to their success was more than just bringing their backgrounds to bear on the script itself. “Grampa was on InkTip for well over a year,” Street related in a recent email. And even after Mitchell emailed them about it, “it was another six months before he was able to really read it and get back to us, during which time I kept in touch with him - but never asked if he'd read the script... it's about patience.” And they’ve been patiently working on their next script, “Faeries,” which is already a finalist at Shriekfest.
Derek Zemrak Options Pizzo Feature Apr 15, 2010
Derek Zemrak of Zemrak/Pirkle Productions has optioned the feature script "Santa's Dog" by writer John Pizzo after finding it through InkTip. Zemrak produced the 2007 feature "Fallen Angels," which starred Michael Dorn (Star Trek: TNG), Bill Moseley and Adrianne Curry, best known as the first winner of "America's Top Model." However, more recently, YouTube addicts may have heard of Zemrak's name as he produced 2008's feature film "Ryan and Sean's Not So Excellent Adventure." That project starred Ryan Higa and Sean Fujiyoshi, YouTube's famed comedy duo,, whose channel, NigaHiga, is the most subscribed channel in YouTube's history-and still #1. Zemrak is also the founder and President of the California Independent Film Festival, now in its 12th year. Pizzo's scripts have already resulted in two produced features found through InkTip, with one on the way: "Devil's Dominoes" (2006 starring Eric Roberts), "8 of Diamonds" (2008, starring Daniel Baldwin and Vincent Pastore) and "Chicago Blues," currently in pre-production with William Forsythe and Daniel Baldwin attached.
Steve Gerbson Options "Believe" Apr 15, 2010
Steve Gerbson of Steve Gerbson Productions has optioned the feature script "Believe" by writer Michael Haas after discovering him through InkTip. Gerbson, a 25-year veteran of the industry, has directed and produced numerous television shows, features, documentaries and specials over the years for various networks, including HBO, FOX, ABC, Showtime & CBS. He has also worked with various talent such as Jerry Seinfeld, David Letterman, John Ritter, Bill Cosby and a young Shia LeBeouf, in one of his first roles. According to writer Haas, "Believe" is a heartwarming and magical Christmas tale that will delight all audiences.
Jeff Ross Discovers Charles Robert Carner Apr 15, 2010
Jeff Ross with Jeff Ross Entertainment Inc. discovered writer/director Charles Robert Carner on InkTip, and is now officially representing him as a manager. Jeff is a long-time industry veteran who reps TV and film writers, authors and directors, and whose client list includes the writer of "Wag the Dog," the director of "A Diva's Christmas Carol" (starring Vanessa Williams) and the writer of the classic Harvey Keitel pic "Bad Timing." Carner is an industry veteran who's been writing, directing and even producing features for some time now; one of his current projects is a Roman period piece titled "War Dogs," with Thomas Jane and Ron Perlman attached.
Meryem Ersoz Buys Daniels Feature Apr 8, 2010
Director/producer Meryem Ersoz bought the feature thriller script "Out of the Mind's Eye" from InkTip writer Mark Daniels after finding it on InkTip. Meryem is a producer and partner in Red Pine Studios, where she has feature film, feature-length documentary, and national television broadcast experience. She is currently wrapping production on the "making of" featurette for the fantasy feature "Legend of the Seven Swords," which will debut at StarFest 2010 in April. Principal photography for "Out of the Mind's Eye" will take place in May 2011. This latest deal is Mark's seventh feature success through InkTip, although it's interesting to note that it was an outright purchase, and not an option.
Wendy Kram Options "Hollywood Douche Bags" Apr 8, 2010
Producer Wendy Kram, after discovering the buddy comedy 'Hollywood Douche Bags,' by Gato Scatena and Jordan Rosner through InkTip, has optioned the script and is gearing up to take it out to the market place. Kram is a former VP with Hearst Entertainment and Granada Entertainment, and served as an executive for production companies based at Sony, Universal and Walt Disney Studios. She has developed and produced several films including "Mad Money" starring Diane Keaton, Katie Holmes and Queen Latifah, and worked on projects for such names as Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Ellen DeGeneres, among many others. The short film, which Scatena and Rosner posted on YouTube, not only drew her attention, but she will also use it to set meetings with studio and production executives this week. Kram feels "What 'Animal House' was to fraternities and 'Zoolander' was to the world of male modeling, 'Hollywood Douche Bags' will be to the world of nightclubbing."
Bruce Lucas Options "19Hz" Apr 8, 2010
Bruce Lucas of Bruce Lucas Productions has optioned the feature script "19Hz" by best-selling non-fiction authors Marie D. Jones and Larry Flaxman after finding it through InkTip. Lucas, based out of New York, produced the 2003 short film "A Walk in the Dark" starring Mike McGlone ("The Brothers McMullen," "She's the One"). He calls Jones and Flaxman, authors of three books together, "brilliant writers." Lucas will be directing and co-producing the feature. This is the second script by Jones that Lucas optioned, and the first by Flaxman, so expect more announcements regarding these three in the future!
Daniel Zirilli Completes "Circle of Pain" Apr 8, 2010
Director Daniel Zirilli has completed production on his latest MMA/action feature "Circle of Pain," by writer Bobby Mort, whom Zirilli met on InkTip. "Circle of Pain" stars Dean Cain ("Kill Katie Malone," another recent InkTip-sourced feature) and Bai Ling ("Crank 2" and the upcoming "Love Ranch), along with some of the biggest names in MMA, like Kimbo Slice and Frank Mir. This film is wrapping up almost a year after we first announced that Zirilli had discovered Bobby Mort on InkTip and contracted with him to work on a series of action films. Zirilli notes: "Bobby is a very fast and sharp writer; he is right on the edge of breaking into the big leagues."
Tom Malloy Buys "The Brickhouse" Apr 1, 2010
Tom Malloy of Trick Candle Productions has bought the feature script "The Brickhouse" by writer Justin Hedges after finding it through InkTip. Lisa Demaine of Filmagic Entertainment, who initially discovered the script on the site and brought it to Malloy, will direct the feature, while Malloy, who just produced and starred in "The Alphabet Killer" (Eliza Dushku, Timothy Hutton) and "Love N' Dancing" (Amy Smart, Billy Zane and Betty White), will produce. According to Hedges, "Brickhouse" is a story of "two lost souls, an at-risk thirteen-year-old girl and a depressed, reclusive widower, and how their unusual friendship affects each other's lives for better and worse."
Greg Huge Options Canel Feature Apr 1, 2010
Greg Huge with Huge Pictures optioned the feature kids' superhero script "Half Sized Heroes" from Justin Canel after meeting Justin through InkTip. David Goldsmith, with his background and training on such studio features as "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," "Rush Hour 3," "Smokin Aces," and "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" will be helming this as his sophomore directorial feature. Greg Huge will be producing; his other credits include "3Play," and the upcoming "Silent Voice," with director Vondie Curtis-Hall ("Glitter") and Academy Award winner Marlee Matlin ("Children of a Lesser God") interested. This is Greg Huge's second project with writer Justin Canel; Greg originally met the writer when he optioned his crime/comedy spec "Vegas Finaglers" off the site, and to which he already has John Ottman (director of Sony's "Urban Legends: Final Cut") attached to direct.
Whitt Brantley Discovers Bill Freas Apr 1, 2010
Whitt Brantley with Whitt Brantley Management and Talent discovered writer Bill Freas on InkTip and signed him as a client. WBMT is built around Brantley's 27 years of experience in the industry, and negotiated its first sale shortly after forming in March 2009 with another sale on the horizon. The script which caught Brantley's eye this time was a comedy about a suburban family man who builds an amateur football league as a means to cope with his midlife crisis. Bill Freas has some heat on him, as he recently landed two script sales and one option on other properties. Brantley says of Bill's script: "Backyard Heroes is a hilarious comedy appropriate for the entire family."
Eduardo Sanchez Completes "Seventh Moon" Apr 1, 2010
Eduardo Sanchez with Haxan Films finished the feature film "Seventh Moon" which was co-written by Jamie Nash, whom he met through InkTip. You may already know some of Sanchez' work; he broke into the business back in '99 with a little film he wrote and directed for $60K titled "The Blair Witch Project." Since that one went on to make $141million, Sanchez did another innovative horror/thriller titled "Altered," which we featured on the cover of the InkTip Magazine as it was written by a writer he met through the site, Jamie Nash. Ed and Jamie have been working together ever since, and the DVD for one of their collaborations, "Seventh Moon," is getting a new promotional push by the distributor this month. If you want to see the sort of work a famous director can accomplish with an InkTip writer, look for "Seventh Moon" on the shelf at your local video store.
Max Perrier Hires Matthew Altman Mar 25, 2010
Max Perrier of Peter Proffit Pictures has hired scribe Matthew Altman to rewrite the feature script "Feed the Devil" after finding him through InkTip. Perrier last directed the feature "The Ante," which won a Gold Remi award at "WorldFest Houston" in 2008. He read Altman's feature script "Djinn," and not only found a talented writer, but also a good match after Altman provided solid suggestions on improving the "Feed the Devil" script. Altman is fresh off of an option deal with another InkTip producer and has more spec scripts available on the site, including the script, "Djinn," which initially interested Perrier in his style.
Roma Roth Discovers Steven Manchester Mar 25, 2010
Roma Roth of Reel World Management discovered writer Steven Manchester on InkTip and has signed to represent him as his manager. Roma Roth, a producer and manager and member of InkTip since 2000, is representing a number of high profile clients and projects including the feature adaptation of the comic book "The Phantom." Steven is the published author of 12 books whose work has appeared on NBC's Today Show, CBS's The Early Show, CNN's American Morning, BET's Nightly News and Good Day Atlanta. Three of Steven's short stories were selected "101 Best" for Chicken Soup for the Soul series. He's also written/produced several films: "Hearing Zoe" (Mulligan Gang Productions; 1999); "Acquaintances" (Rising Tide Entertainment; 2001); "Hurry Up & Laugh" (Abnormal Society Studios; 2003); "Flatlanders" (Abnormal Society Studios; 2004). He has had two other options through InkTip to date, including "Gooseberry Island," which was completed and released just last year.
"Blindsided" Hits Festival Circuit Mar 25, 2010
"Blindsided," the short film produced by Mark Cabaroy with Big Life Production LLC and iMarkFilms that was discovered on InkTip, has just been accepted into the Rincon International Film Festival, the New Filmmakers New York (April 7th) and New Filmmakers LA (April 8th), the Staten Island Film Festival, and the Connecticut Film Festival. The Rincon International Film Festival is held in Rincon, Puerto Rico, April 20th through 25th. "Blindsided" was written by Bruce E. Johnson. Mark Cabaroy is a New York Filmmaker residing in the Bronx. He has won acclaim for his character driven stories, most recently he was noted in blackboxoffice.com top five black directors of 2009 for his feature "Life's Passing Me By." Although Bruce E. Johnson's life's work has been building multi-million dollar facilities for the Catholic Church, he is an insomniac with writer's blood coursing through his veins. All of his stories have a unique twist at the end and contain social and psychological circumstances.
Howard Reichman Options Cohen Feature Mar 25, 2010
Howard Reichman with Village Filmworks optioned the feature "Honorable Men" from writer Jeffrey Cohen, after seeing it on InkTip. Jeffrey Cohen has written for MAD Magazine and National Lampoon, and was a staff writer on the Nickelodeon series "Get the Picture," but this is his first feature screenplay option. When we asked him about the process, he explained it all so succinctly we decided to pass it on to the rest of the writers in our network: “It was the logline that drew the producer to look at the longer synopsis, and the synopsis that drew them to download the script. This is a business built around the dynamic nature of verbiage. If it doesn't SOUND dynamic, you've already lost the most important battle - which is driving people to explore your work.”
Jack Messitt's MOW Airs on Lifetime Mar 18, 2010
Allan Harmon and Cynde Harmon of Really Real Films found the MOW script "Trust," on InkTip, which has now aired on TF1, Movie Central and Lifetime after Insight Films, in association with Really Real Films, completed production on it last year. The story, written by Jack Messitt, is about the wife (played by Jamie Luner of "All My Children") of a successful entrepreneur who receives a series of mysterious letters and emails, and must choose between searching for the author of these messages and investigating her husband's fidelity. Writer Messitt is no stranger to the feature film production process; a graduate of AFI, he has worked as a Director of Photography and Camera Operator on everything from feature films and television to music videos and reality shows (American Idol, Irreversi, Bones), and recently co-wrote and directed the horror feature "Midnight Movie."
Bruce Lucas Options "Twilight Child" Mar 18, 2010
Bruce Lucas of Bruce Lucas Productions has optioned the feature script "Twilight Child" by Marie Jones after finding it through InkTip. Lucas, based out of New York, produced the 2003 short film "A Walk in the Dark" starring Mike McGlone ("The Brothers McMullen," "She's the One"). He calls Jones, a best-selling non-fiction author with six books to her credit, "a brilliant screenwriter." Lucas will be directing and co-producing the sci-fi feature. They also have more projects in the pipeline together, so expect more announcements from these two in the near future!
UTA Signs InkTip Directing Duo Mar 18, 2010
Directing duo Obin and Amariah Olson - the Olson Brothers - landed representation with UTA. This was due to the fact that the Olson Brothers found an excellent script on InkTip titled "Nevermore" and shot the trailer for it, which they submitted to UTA. Their talented interpretation of the project puts them in a unique and coveted position, as their new reps (Doug Johnston and Jason Burns) work alongside the agents behind such actors as Johnny Depp, Harrison Ford, Sigourney Weaver, Seth Rogan, and the Olsen Twins. The trailer for "Nevermore" was really impressive, and now that they've taken this step in their careers, we're really looking forward to seeing what they do with the feature!
Jonty Egginton Options "Mother's Day" Mar 18, 2010
After looking on InkTip, Jonty Egginton has optioned the short script "Mother's Day" from scribe James Tuverson. Jonty has produced and edited the feature independent film "RH11", which represents the postal code where a group of six teenage boys grow up on a tough estate. James had this to say about Jonty, "He has an interesting story in the UK. Although just out of his teens, he has already filmed and produced the feature "RH11", which has gotten him significant media coverage for his accomplishments despite his age. After communicating with him over email, I couldn't help but want to help this young filmmaker develop this short screenplay for production." Jonty is looking forward to making "Mother's Day" a hard-hitting and thought-provoking film.
Whitt Brantley Discovers Jim Conover Mar 11, 2010
Whitt Brantley Management and Talent (WBMT) signed writer Jim Conover as a client after discovering him on InkTip. The script which interested Brantley is a true story western biopic by Conover about Bass Reeves, the first black man to serve as a US Marshal. WBMT is built around Brantley's 27 years of experience in the industry, and negotiated its first sale shortly after forming in March 2009 with another sale on the horizon. Jim Conover is a motivated writer; he financed, produced and directed the Worldfest Houston Bronze Medal winning western "The Showdown."
Christopher Eadicicco Options "Buddha Eyes" Mar 11, 2010
Christopher Eadicicco of Cry Havoc Films has optioned the feature script "Buddha Eyes" by writer Cynthia Kennedy after reading it on InkTip. Kennedy's script, which earned a Best Screenplay Award at Moondance in 2007, is an adaptation of her own true story novel of a mountain climber's journey back to Nepal. The script has won several other awards as well, and so Eadicicco is looking at prospective parties interested in developing this exotically-located and harrowing account. Eadicicco is a partner at Cry Havoc Films, whose credits include "The Little Death."
Greg Huge Options Canel Feature Mar 11, 2010
Greg Huge with Huge Pictures optioned "Vega$ Finagler$," a feature Crime/Comedy from Justin Canel after seeing it on InkTip. Huge, whose credits include "3Play," will be producing, with John Ottman (director of "Urban Legends: Final Cut") both at the helm and on board to compose the score for "Vega$ Finagler$." Some of his Composing credits include "The Usual Suspects," "The Cable Guy," "Urban Legends: Final Cut," Fantastic Four," "Superman Returns," "Valkyrie," and "Astro Boy." John is excited about being apart of "Vega$ Finagler$," and he and Greg are both very enthusiastic about moving forward with the project.
Alex Vais Options DeSeta's "River Rats" Mar 11, 2010
Alex Vais with Option Entertainment optioned the dramatic television pilot “River Rats” by William DeSeta after reading it on InkTip. Vais is developing it with his mentor, an Emmy Award-winning director who referred him to InkTip. William DeSeta is a produced screenwriter and published novelist whose name is already familiar to many studio-level producers and directors, since he’s had material optioned at studios in the past. This is his first option through InkTip.
Alex Vais Discovers Elmer Santiago Mar 4, 2010
Alex Vais with Versatyle Management Inc discovered writer Elmer Santiago on InkTip and signed him as a client. After working in development for a number of years, Alex started his new company and came to InkTip looking for scripts and writers to take to the producers and directors in his network. This is Elmer Santiago's first success through InkTip, although he already has a pilot in development with a production company in New York and is working closely with Alex to develop material for some of the production companies working with Versatyle Management.
Rosser Goodman Options "Love or Whatever" Mar 4, 2010
Rosser Goodman with KGB Films optioned the feature screenplay "Love or Whatever" from writer Dennis Bush, after reading it on InkTip. This discovery set a new InkTip record - the script, which was posted one Friday morning in January, was viewed by Rosser less than 12 hours later. Although already a produced playwright and published short story writer, "Love or Whatever" is Dennis' first feature screenplay.
Brandon Jamison Hires Jill Gatsby Mar 4, 2010
Brandon Jamison with Link Technologies Inc hired Jill Gatsby to pen a feature script after discovering her on InkTip. Brandon has an extensive background in commercial, video and short film production, and after developing a story with one of his producing partners, he came to InkTip to hire a writer. This is Jill's first assignment through InkTip, although she's already a seasoned writer - some of her credits include "Holyman Undercover" and the upcoming "Women Only" with Amanda Plummer (Pulp Fiction) attached.
Eric Williams Discovers Kevin Jones Feb 25, 2010
Eric Williams of Zero Gravity Management discovered writer Kevin Jones through InkTip and has signed to represent him as his manager. Zero Gravity Management represents such literary talent as the writers behind "Sherlock Holmes" (Robert Downey Jr.), "Cellular" (Kim Basinger, Jessica Biel) and "Phone Booth" (Colin Farrell, Kiefer Sutherland). This is Zero Gravity's second signing of an InkTip writer within the last six months. The management company has a production division which has produced such films as "The Cooler" (Alec Baldwin), "Chaos" (Jason Statham), "Running Scared" (Paul Walker) and several theatrical blockbusters in production and post. Writer Kevin Jones specializes in high-action thrillers and whose scripts have been finalists and won awards in several contests.
Gruenberg Discovers Greg Rempel Feb 25, 2010
Andreas Gruenberg of Gruenberg films discovered writer Greg Rempel on InkTip recently and signed to represent his thriller script "Sideswipe," which he's now taking to European television studios and production companies. Greg Rempel has had a remarkably successful streak this past year, including the option of a thriller script to New Symphony Productions through InkTip last summer, and a comedy script to the producers of last year's festival hit "Bottle Shock" shortly after that.
Adrian Mathai Options Billington's "Stitch" Feb 25, 2010
Adrian Mathai with Thunderbolt Entertainment optioned "Stitch" from writer Maurice Billington after meeting him through InkTip. Adrian has been instrumental in a number of independent feature films over the last few years, so when he was referred to InkTip, we were excited to help him find a first low budget project to produce under his new shingle. Writer Maurice Billington has been with InkTip literally since the beginning, so this isn't his first option by far - some of his previous successes include an option to TriCoast Studios, as well as multiple screenwriting contest wins.
Lenny Beckerman Discovers John Biemeret Feb 18, 2010
Lenny Beckerman with Anonymous Content signed InkTip writer John Biemeret. Biemeret was actually discovered on InkTip when a development executive at Cube Vision (Ice Cube's production company) found his script "Karate Guy" on the site and brought it to Anonymous Content to evaluate as a potential co-production. Anonymous Content represents several A-list and Academy-winning clients such as directors Steven Soderbergh and Gavin Hood, and actors Samuel L. Jackson. As a production company, their produced titles include "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," "Babel," and the hotly-anticipated "The Beaver," directed by and starring Jodie Foster along with Mel Gibson and Anton Yelchin. So we're especially excited to see an InkTip writer join their client list.
Susan Johnston Options Gottlieb Feature Feb 18, 2010
Susan Johnston, President of Select Services Films, optioned "Velveeta and the '63 Fleetwood Stigmata" from writer Barry Gottlieb after discovering it on InkTip. Susan, the VP of Production at Big Vision Studios and director of the New Media Film Festival, has picked up a number of scripts through InkTip already and is taking meetings with studios in the US and Canada. Barry Gottlieb, a syndicated humor columnist whose work has appeared in newspapers and magazines around the world including the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Sydney Morning Herald, and Ottawa Citizen, is also a novelist and biographer.
Joe Nasser Hires Duckworth Feb 18, 2010
Canadian scribe Blair Duckworth was hired by Joseph Nasser with the Nasser Entertainment Group to rewrite a feature project after being discovered through InkTip. This is the second collaboration between them as Duckworth had penned a 1-hour drama pilot for Nasser last year. Joe Nasser already has a long list of films to his credit including over ten independent features produced or released in the last year alone. Some of his recent titles are "Hunt to Kill," starring Eric Roberts and wrestling legend Steve Austin, and "What would Jesus Do?" with John Schneider.
Mark Rodriguez Options "My Secret Santa" Feb 11, 2010
Mark Rodriguez with MDR Entertainment optioned "My Secret Santa" from writer Mark Onspaugh after discovering the script on InkTip. Mark Rodriguez has an eye for marketable stories, and he's had a lot of easy success on InkTip in the past since discovering the "Spooner Brothers Mystery Adventures" and "Dorsai," a sci-fi adventure series based on the classic best-selling novel (which a brilliant writer optioned, adapted, and then posted on InkTip). Rodriguez made an offer on "My Secret Santa" because his wife and daughter both loved the script, and he knew it would resonate with a family audience. And in fact, it's working its way up the ladder at a family network right now. This isn't Onspaugh's first option through InkTip; recently, his script for "Kill Katie Malone" was produced just two months after being discovered on the site.
Sue Giordano Discovers Adam Cowley Feb 11, 2010
Sue Giordano with the Hudson Agency discovered Canadian animation writer Adam Cowley through InkTip and has entered into an agreement to represent him. Sue was specifically looking for Canadian writers for children's television. Sue Giordano is a WGA signatory agent listed in the directories who has signed other writers discovered through InkTip, and who has succeeded in landing these writers options and work, so we're always excited when we get to mention her latest find. Adam Cowley was formerly a comedy writer on the Canadian hit series "The Jon Dore Show," but this is his first time signing with an agent.
Christopher Eadicicco Options "Wheel" Feb 11, 2010
Christopher Eadicicco of Cry Havoc Films has optioned the feature script "Wheel" by John Scott after discovering it on InkTip. Christopher was looking for a richly-crafted, science-fiction, dramatic piece and not only found a fascinating tale in "Wheel" but ended up connecting with a talented writer he could collaborate with on multiple projects. In fact, Christopher is now in pre-production on a short film written by John called "Day Eight," which focuses on a group of four survivors in the wake of a disastrous event who begin to lose their sanity while huddled together in a bomb shelter. Principal photography for "Day Eight" will commence in March. Of John, Christopher says, "to find someone who is so passionate about their craft is a wonderful thing. It made the transition much smoother." Christopher is a partner at Cry Havoc Films, whose credits include "The Little Death." As for John, his experiences in the U.S. Air Force and NASA undoubtedly enriched his writing, and we're excited to see the projects that he and Christopher bring.
Loukas Doukas Produces InkTip Short Feb 11, 2010
Loukas Doukas has completed production on "Social Behavior," a short film written by InkTip scribe Davin Affrunti, which is currently being submitted to festivals. Discovered through InkTip, the film was directed and produced by Doukas, and written and co-produced by Affrunti. Director/producer Loukas Doukas' credits include the short film "Inferno" (2008). A product of San Francisco State University, Davin Affrunti is an award-winning optioned writer with several features in various stages of development and production.
Stephanie Rogers Signs Candy Fox Feb 4, 2010
Long-time InkTip member/manager Stephanie Rogers discovered author Candy Fox on InkTip, and is now signed to represent her. Stephanie is a manager based out of Las Vegas who has sold such projects for her literary clients as "Dead Still," a 3D film slated for production this year with the producer of "Journey to the Center of the Earth" on board, and "Hardrock," also a 3D feature film. Candy Fox is a documentarian and screenwriting instructor in Vermont who specializes in family-friendly and broad audience material.
Nancy Criss Options "Blood N' Bullets" Feb 4, 2010
Nancy Criss of Nandar Entertainment has optioned the script "Blood N' Bullets" by scribe Monte Moore after discovering him on InkTip. Criss, who has produced the features "Fear House" and "Manje," won a festival award for best sci-fi picture for "Mindbender." She is currently producing and hosting the TV series, "On the Road Weekly." Criss read some of Moore's scripts on the site and this led to her optioning "Blood N' Bullets." Moore was also commissioned by Nandar to design a poster for their recently completed short film "Suffer the Child," which was also found on InkTip.
Rob Walker Options "Liquid Sky" Jan 28, 2010
Rob Walker with Canyon Pictures optioned "Liquid Sky" from InkTip wordsmith Bernie Felix Jr. Walker is the sort of industry veteran about whom a movie should be made; he's directed features and television in both the US and the UK, he's written for TV and features, he's acted, and he was even a gogo dancer in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" with Donnie Osmond. Bernie Felix Jr. meanwhile is one of InkTip best and brightest upcoming writers. He wrote "Fiesta Grand," which was discovered on InkTip and distributed worldwide by Maverick Entertainment. "Liquid Sky" was originally written as an experiment by Bernie Felix, but it worked perfectly for Rob Walker.
Elizabeth Fowler Hires Mark Sevi Jan 28, 2010
Elizabeth Fowler of Clear Pictures Entertainment, Inc. has hired InkTip scribe Mark Sevi to pen "The Illuminati: Out of Chaos Comes Order" after discovering him on the site. Fowler originally discovered Sevi through InkTip and hired him to adapt the novel "Devil's Knot," which is now a Dimension Films project. Sevi is now attached as a producer to "The Illuminati," which has attached fan-favorites Lance Henriksen and Kevin Sorbo to join the cast of the secret society thriller. As a writer, Sevi has over 19 films to his credit.
Sam Montana Signs InkTip Scribe Jan 28, 2010
Sam Montana with Trancas International Films discovered InkTip writer David Jenkins through the site, and has signed to rep him as his manager. Trancas International Films is a multifaceted production and management company whose credits include the "Halloween" franchise, but you've probably seen Sammy Montana mentioned in this very same newsletter before, as this is the sixth writer or project he's picked up through InkTip. David Jenkins, who's written over a dozen scripts and had multiple options in the past, had this to say about the experience: "I've worked with other agents and managers in the past, but it was always a hip pocket arrangement, with them being interested in only one script. Sammy was the first manager who looked at my body of work before signing me." We're looking forward to mentioning upcoming projects as Montana and Jenkins continue to work together.
Christopher Cinnamon Options "The Imposters" Jan 28, 2010
Clark Ransom has signed an option agreement with Christopher Cinnamon for his short "The Imposters." The short was discovered on InkTip and is the first option for Clark. "My short never would have gotten so much attention without your site, and I really appreciate how professional you have both been with me," Clark said. Christopher works as an assistant director in the industry. He is looking forward to setting time aside to follow his own directing aspirations.
Cathy SitaRam Develops Short Jan 28, 2010
Scribe John Porter is developing a short with producer Cathy SitaRam, who discovered him through InkTip. John is having a successful run with his shorts on InkTip. In addition to working with Cathy, he optioned two of them at the close of the year, and we look forward to more success from him.
Joseph Barmettler Discovers Jack DuBois Jan 21, 2010
Joseph Barmettler with New Integrity Films contracted writer Jack DuBois to draft an outlaw biker script after discovering him through InkTip. Barmettler, an Emmy Award-winning producer/director whose credits include last year's "Beach Kings" (MGM/Fox Home Entertainment) and the 2007 cult mockumentary "Alien Secrets" (Warner/Polychrome) got his start as a writer, so he's picky when reviewing writing samples. But DuBois, with an MFA in screenwriting from UCLA and multiple options already under his belt, had the right background and writing sample for Barmettler's project. DuBois, who's won more Samuel Goldwyn Screenwriting Awards than any student in the history of UCLA, remarked "I've had a number of my screenplays optioned through the old industry way of knocking on doors and cold calling. Even though that approach still works, I like that the producers on InkTip actually know what they want to make."
KeJo Prods Completes "Rogue River" Jan 21, 2010
InkTip members Kevin and Jo Haskin with KeJo Productions and Jina Panebianco recently completed principle photography on KeJo's latest horror feature "Rogue River." Jina Panebianco, a long-time InkTip member/producer, originally met the Haskins when she discovered a script by Kevin and his writing partner Jason Bortz, back in 2008. Jina has a number of other projects underway, including "Hacienda," which she co-wrote with a writer she discovered on InkTip, and "Trudy 3-D," a horror film she developed with Kevin Haskin. "Rogue River" is being produced in association with Adam Targum and Zachary Ty Bryan, with Vision Entertainment Group and will be distributed in summer 2010. Aside from writing for, partnering with, and occasionally even hiring producers who discover him on InkTip, Kevin has also had two completed feature films in 2009, including "Sensored," which will hit shelves in WalMart and Target on April 6, 2010. He has two more projects on the slate for 2010: "Dick Black" (comedy), and "Size of Society" (drama) which will be going into preproduction soon.
Robert Fox Options "Untapped" Jan 21, 2010
Robert Fox of Fox Media has optioned "Untapped" by InkTip scribe Derek Craigie after discovering him through the site. Robert, who is based in Denmark, was looking for a character-driven script and found one in Derek's tale about an ex-con boxer who must tap into his own potential to save himself and his daughter. Robert has a heavy documentary and television background in Europe and has already optioned two other scripts from InkTip writers over the past six months. Derek is also an actor and has been featured on "CSI: NY" and "General Hospital." Thus, it bodes well that his first script led to his first option!
Mark Cabaroy Produces InkTip Short Jan 21, 2010
Mark Cabaroy with Big Life Production LLC and iMarkFilms produced the short film, "Blindsided," which he discovered on InkTip, and the film is currently being submitted to festivals. "Blindsided" was written by Bruce E. Johnson. It is about a beautiful blind psychic, Carly St. Johns, who is on a quest to track down the dangerous career criminal Randy Meyers with the help of her police department liaison Lieutenant Razzinksy. When fate traps Randy and Carly in the same hotel room, they must match wits in a psychological game of cat and mouse to see which one of them will get out alive. Mark Cabaroy is a New York Filmmaker residing in the Bronx. He has won acclaim for his character driven stories, most recently he was noted in blackboxoffice.com top five black directors of 2009 for his feature "Life's Passing Me By." Although Bruce E. Johnson's life's work has been building multi-million dollar facilities for the Catholic Church, he is an insomniac with writer's blood coursing through his veins. All of his stories have a unique twist at the end and contain social and psychological circumstances.
Sue Giordano Discovers Wayne Chadwick Jan 14, 2010
Sue Giordano with the Hudson Agency discovered Canadian animation writer Wayne Chadwick through InkTip and has entered into an agreement to represent him. Sue was specifically looking for Canadians with animation scripts she could sell to a network up North, and Chadwick had enough writing samples to interest her. Sue Giordano is a WGA signatory agent listed in the directories who has signed other writers discovered through InkTip, and who has succeeded in landing these writers options and work, so we're always excited when we get to mention her latest find. Although Wayne Chadwick is already represented as an actor, he is first and foremost a writer, so this is an important step for him.
John Palmer Hires Cecil Green Jan 14, 2010
Television veteran John Palmer of Tranquility Base Productions hired InkTip writer Cecil Green to write a television pilot titled "Justice," after discovering the writer on the site. Palmer began in 1958 as a performer on the original Walt Disney Production of the Mickey Mouse Club. He eventually honed his skills in special and visual effects, which led to various Disney projects in the 80's and 90's, including the Michael Jackson 3-D film "Captain EO." He's since worked as a special effects supervisor for his company on such features as "Armageddon," "Apollo 13," "Back to the Future II, "Space Cowboys," and James Cameron's "The Abyss," before producing his own independent projects "Rocket's Red Glare," "Deep Rescue" and the recently completed "Trunk." This is Cecil Green's first writing assignment through InkTip, and we don't think it'll be his last. Palmer actually stated in a recent email that "of all the InkTip scripts and synopses we read, Cecil's was the best. If you are looking for someone you can have confidence in referring for a special project, Cecil is your man." And Cecil even stated in a recent email that "this will be an incredible journey," which is precisely the sort of attitude that takes a writer far. So we're looking forward to more people discovering him in the near future.
Fabrication Picks Up Carlos Ramos Pic Jan 14, 2010
InkTip Wunderkind Carlos Ramos, an ABC/Disney Directors Fellowship alum who found his first feature "Kill Katie Malone" on InkTip last year, recently locked a distribution deal with Fabrication for the film. "Kill Katie Malone" was financed within two months of Ramos finding the script, and principle photography wrapped at the end of summer. Carlos Ramos is one of those unique directors who can take a script, get talent on board, and take it to camera in the amount of time that most up-and-comers spend setting up meetings.
Jermaine Anglin Options Short Jan 14, 2010
Music video director/producer and CEO of B.L.A.K Productions, Jermaine Anglin has optioned the short script "Mama I Saw Jesus" from Dennis Saxton. Jermaine found the short on InkTip. He is looking to break into the movie industry and decided to find a script on InkTip. He came across Dennis Saxton's short and fell in love with it. "Film is my passion," he said. He has worked with A-List Hip Hop and R&B artists such as Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, John Legend, and Trey Songs. Dennis has published two books: "The Guardian Next Door" and "Death of a Senator.' He is currently working on a feature screenplay and an un-published children book series.
Louis G. Friedman Hires Jim Ryan Jan 7, 2010
Louis G. Friedman of Production Logistics has hired InkTip scribe Jim Ryan to work with him on an original sci-non-fiction feature after discovering him on the site. As a veteran line producer and production manager, Friedman has been involved in the production of more than 65 films and television projects around the globe including such influential and record-setting movies as "Titanic," "Return of the Jedi," "Raiders of the Lost Ark," "American Pie" and "Starship Troopers." He last worked on "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" in Australia and New Zealand and is executive producing the upcoming, highly-anticipated "Piranha 3-D" for The Weinstein Company (directed by Alexandre Aja of "The Hills Have Eyes"). Jim Ryan, an attorney and published novelist, drew Friedman's attention with his InkTip listing "Einstein's Daughter," a script that won accolades in a number of U.S. film festivals in 2009.
John Palmer Hires InkTip Scribe Jan 7, 2010
John Palmer of Tranquility Base Productions has hired InkTip scribe Brandon Stephens to pen a pilot script for the series "Runway Girls." Palmer began in the entertainment industry in 1958 as a performer on the original Walt Disney Production of the Mickey Mouse Club. He eventually honed his skills in special and visual effects, which led to various work in the 80's with Disney, including the Michael Jackson 3-D film "Captain EO." As a special effects supervisor, he worked on such features as "Armageddon," "Apollo 13," "Back to the Future II, "Space Cowboys," and the James Cameron-helmed "The Abyss" before producing projects such as "Rocket's Red Glare," "Deep Rescue" and 2009's "Trunk," which was just released on DVD on December 15th. This is writer Stephens' first assignment, which occurred after Palmer read his script "Porn to Run."
Jeff Ross Signs Jonas Quastel Jan 7, 2010
Jeff Ross with Jeff Ross Entertainment Inc. discovered InkTip director and writer Jonas Quastel through our network, and is now officially representing him as a manager. Jeff is a long-time industry veteran who reps TV and film writers, authors and directors, and whose client list includes the writer of "Wag the Dog," the director of "A Diva's Christmas Carol" (starring Vanessa Williams) and the writer of the classic Harvey Keitel pic "Bad Timing." Jonas, whose directorial debut came with the 2002 feature "The Untold" (Lance Henriksen), last wrote and directed the 2008 feature "Scourge."
Frank J. Oliver Options Short Jan 7, 2010
Seattle filmmaker Frank J. Oliver discovered Breanne Mattson's short script "A Day With Death" on InkTip. He requested it, received a full copy to review within a day and enjoyed it immensely. He has formally optioned the script from Breanne. Frank stated "I enjoyed my experience on InkTip and how easy it was to make contact with the writers."