"My mission with Screenwriting Goldmine is to get scriptwriters hired. By supplying genuine information about how the UK TV industry actually works, I get script writers up and running"
New and revised from last year's edition
35 British production companies and literary agencies who want to read scripts from new writers...
(Once again, we've called them all so you don't have to!)
In early spring this year (2018) we called just about every single production company and literary agency we could find in the UK.
Contacting 413 companies in all took three people making nearly 500 telephone calls.
It was weeks of:
- Checking phone and contact details that had changed in the last 12 months
- Calling back phones that rang unanswered until they did reply
- Dealing with frosty professional receptionists, interns who Just Didn't Care, occasionally even reluctant agents who were sick of being asked the same question five times a day
- Very occasionally getting through to delightful people who actually wanted to hear from new writers!
After the inevitable schmoozing and general faffing around, when we finally got through to someone who actually knew the answer, we asked each of them just one question:
"Does your company read unsolicited scripts? Tell us how that works."
And, not happy to leave it there, when that was all done we put in another test wave of spot checks to double check the results.
90% of the people we called weren't interested.
The good news is, after calling 197 literary agencies and 214 production companies, we found a small but significant segment of 23 agencies and 12 production companies, right here in the UK, who said they want to read new work from new writers who don't have agents.
This includes some of the biggest players in the industry!
They are all compiled in this second edition of our popular printed booklet called 'Connect!'.
The contents of which are substantially different to the contents of the 2017 edition.
Some agents and production companies have been removed, some have been added, and contact details have been updated as necessary.
Also new this time is a long section of 60 production companies who said they were happy to read unsolicited scripts from writers, just so long as the writer does have an agent. This section will be extremely helpful for those of you who do have agents but want to start taking action of your own.
The nitty gritty
The booklet is 74 pages long this time, nicely laid out and printed, and includes summary details and contact info.
There is space by each entry for your notes so that you can keep track of all your submissions.
All of the companies and agencies included are significant players in the British TV industry - you can be sure you are not wasting your time by approaching them.
A5 sized, very neat, I think Connect! is a great addition to your toolkit if you're getting ready to send your script out.
What people say
Connect! is NOT a magic bullet - you still need to send in a great script and do it in the right way to get a response - but just to show you that some people are getting results, here's an email I received from a very happy writer who used the information in Connect:
"Screenwriting Goldmine provided me with the connection to production companies looking for new talent. Philip's recommendations for how to approach them and pitch were invaluable and TWO days later I heard from a script editor!" ~ Gabrielle Malcolm
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