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New Web site to help scribes submit material
Patricof to launch GoodStory.com
November 4, 1999
Following in the footsteps of ScriptShark.com, HollywoodLitSales.com, screenwriters on the net may soon have a new outlet in pitching their scripts.
Variety magazine has reported that former Creative Artists Agency exec Mark Patricof is planning to launch a new script submission site in January 2000.
GoodStory.com (now in its beta testing phase) will allow aspiring scribes to submit synopses of scripts, articles, plays, short stories and books on-line for buyers or agents to consider, for a yet-to-be-determined fee.
Other features include areas for a bio, character breakdowns, and the ability to send material to interested parties and approving who receives the work via downloadable files. Also in the working stages are a database for reps or buyers to search for particular story elements, genre, locale and character traits or a writers' experience.
Patricof hopes to eventually offer chat rooms, free e-mail accounts, message boards, pertinent informational links, writing resources and job listings.
Patricof told Daily Variety. "We're building a business here. It allows buyers to break through the closed referral process to find new talent and new writers to discover an open door into the business."
The site has the makings of a major tool for Hollywood and for aspiring scribes who have little or no contact to the industry players. The site's board members include Jane Rosenthal, prexy of Tribeca Film Prods.; Ed Pressman, prexy of Edward R. Pressman Film Corp., scribe Steven Schiff ("Deep End of the Ocean") and Anthony Jacobson, former assistant in the William Morris Agency's film department, who has been named prexy of GoodStory.com.
"Amateur writers have no efficient forum to make their work available for sale," said Schiff. "You can't get work seen without representation. You can't get representation without writing credits."
This past year has shown several script deals being made over the Internet and some very big names entering the world of cyberspace. Most recently, Steven Speilberg and Ron Howard joined forces to create "Pop.com". With the creation of "GoodStory.com" it appears Hollywood is turning elsewhere for new material -- the Web.
"It's a great area for writers who aren't yet established to get a link to the industry or executives maybe not at the top level or at the starting level to be in communication with the audience they're looking for," Pressman said.
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