Everyone knows the feeling: after months of pounding away at the keyboard, it’s finally done. You typed FADE OUT and you meant it this time. You finished your script.
Congratulations! Now what?
No matter what stage you’re at in your screenwriting career, sooner or later you’re going to send your script around town in the hopes that someone powerful reads it and likes it enough to call you about it. But who’s actually reading your script, and what are they looking for?
The short answer is, it depends. The long answer is a little more complicated. There are a lot of different types of entertainment companies out there, and they’re all looking for something different. I’ve evaluated projects for just about everyone: talent agencies, production companies, financiers, foreign sales agencies, theatrical distributors, studios, and more. They all get tons of scripts submitted every day, and someone has to go through them. Let’s take a look at what they want below.