THE HIT LIST 2013 (FULL LIST)

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HOT SUMMER NIGHTS by Elijah Bynum
In the vein of “Stand By Me,” a dark coming-of-age tale centered around a teenage boy who befriends the town rebel, falls in love and becomes entangled in a drug ring during the summer of 1991.

GENRE
Coming-of-Age | Drama

REPRESENTATION
Verve | Aaron Hart, Adam Levine, Melissa Solomon, Tanya Cohen, Zachary Carlisle
Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment | Alex Lerner, Josh Goldenberg, Sean Perrone

STATUS
Flashlight Films producing.

BIOGRAPHY
An agency assistant turned screenwriter, he currently has “Hot Summer Nights” set up at Flashlight Films and “Mississippi Mud” with Darko Films. He also earned a spot on the 2013 Young & Hungry List.

89

A BOY AND HIS TIGER by Dan Dollar
Story chronicles the early career of Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson, and his struggle with the sudden popularity, coverage, and licensing battles that came with creating one of the most influential comics of a generation.

GENRE
Drama | Biopic

REPRESENTATION
CAA | Alexandra Trustman, Jon Cassir
Industry Entertainment | Michael Botti

STATUS
Warner Bros. Pictures | Appian Way, Romark Entertainment & Vertigo Entertainment producing.
Leonardo DiCaprio, Rock Shaink & Roy Lee producers.

BIOGRAPHY
His project “A Boy and His Tiger” earned a TB Recommend in 2012, which led to his signing at CAA and Industry Entertainment, and would earn him a spot on the 2013 Young & Hungry List.

82

SECTION 6 by Aaron Berg
Story follows British spymaster Sir Mansfield Cummings and the origin of MI6, the British intelligence agency.

GENRE
Action | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
Verve | Aaron Hart, Adam Levine, Adam Weinstein
Caliber Media Co. | Adam Simpson-Marshall

STATUS
Universal Pictures | Caliber Media Co., Grey Matter Productions & Marc Platt Productions producing.
Adam Siegel, Adam Simpson-Marshall, Lawrence Grey & Marc Platt producers.

BIOGRAPHY
Warner Bros., Sony, Fox and Paramount were all engaged in a heated bidding war for “Section 6” before it sold to Universal for a reported seven-figure amount, an incredible feat considering this was his first sale.

79

REMINISCENCE by Lisa Joy
In a Bladerunner-esque Manhattan, Nick Bannister is a futuristic “archaeologist” who helps clients relive and often get lost in their happiest memories. But when one of his client’s memories holds clues that implicate a wealthy and powerful family in drug trafficking and murder, Nick finds himself on the run to unravel a series of mysterious crimes which continually lead back to the very woman he loves.

GENRE
Sci-Fi | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
UTA | Julien Thuan, Kassie Evaschevsky, Keya Khayatian, Larry Salz, Marissa Devins

STATUS
Legendary Pictures producing.

BIOGRAPHY
A television writer for shows such as “Pushing Daisies” and “Burn Notice,” she earned her first feature sale for “Reminiscence” in the form of a seven-figure paycheck from Legendary Pictures.

76

PURE O by Kate Trefry
When a college student facing graduation starts suffering from uncontrollable violent thoughts, she becomes obsessed with finding out what they mean.

GENRE
Coming-of-Age | Comedy | Drama

REPRESENTATION
Caliber Media Co. | Lee Stobby

STATUS
Available.

BIOGRAPHY
With some of the biggest names in Hollywood selecting her script “Pure O” as the winner of our 2013 Launch Pad Competition, she was quickly signed by Lee Stobby at Caliber Media Co. and has since found herself up for some of the biggest assignments around town.

72

THE GOLDEN RECORD by Aaron Kandell & Jordan Kandell
Inspired by the incredible true story of how Carl Sagan fell in love while leading the wildest mission in NASA history: a golden record to encapsulate the experience of life on earth for advanced extraterrestrial life.

GENRE
Romance | Drama

REPRESENTATION
Verve | Adam Levine, Rob Herting, Tanya Cohen
Hopscotch Pictures | Sukee Chew

STATUS
Hopscotch Pictures producing.
Sukee Chew producer.

BIOGRAPHY
Identical twins that graced the 2013 Young & Hungry List, the duo have projects set up at Paramount, Heyday, Warner Bros. and RKO.

67

TRANQUILITY BASE by Daniel Turkewitz
When a global disaster strikes Earth, fifteen astronauts fight to secure a spot in a moon base only designed to support six.

GENRE
Sci-Fi | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
APA | Chris Ridenhour, David Saunders
Energy Entertainment | Brooklyn Weaver

STATUS
20th Century Fox | Scott Free Productions producing.
Brooklyn Weaver, Jonathan Krauss, Michael A. Pruss, Michael Schaefer, Ridley Scott & Rock Shaink producers.

BIOGRAPHY
A finalist in our first ever Launch Pad Competition, his project “Tranquility Base” was discovered by one of our judges (Brooklyn Weaver) and quickly set up at Fox with Ridley Scott producing. This, being his first ever script sale, also earned him a spot on the 2013 Young & Hungry List.

65

HOLLAND, MICHIGAN by Andrew Sodroski
When a traditional Midwestern woman suspects her husband of infidelity, an amateur investigation unravels.

GENRE
Comedy | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
CAA | Alexandra Trustman, John Garvey
Principato-Young Entertainment | Peter Dealbert

STATUS
Le Grisbi Productions producing.
Adam Kassan, John Lesher & Sean Murphy producers.

BIOGRAPHY
With his project “Holland, Michigan” set to go with Errol Morris directing and Naomi Watts starring, he was recently tapped to write “Vor V Zakone” for Warner Bros. on his way to earning a spot on the 2013 Young & Hungry List.

62

INK AND BONE by Zak Olkewicz
An editor is dispatched to help a reclusive horror writer finish his latest book and she soon discovers he’s being held prisoner in his house by everything he’s ever written.

GENRE
Horror | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
WME | Daniel Cohan
Caliber Media Co. | Will Rowbotham

STATUS
Dimension Films
Bob Weinstein producer.

BIOGRAPHY
Topping the 2013 Blood List, he’d already earned a spot on the 2012 Hit List and the 2012 Young & Hungry List with his spec “Marked.” In 2013, he followed that up with his first spec sale, “Ink and Bone” to Dimension, and his first pitch sale, “Elimination” to Fox Searchlight.

60

THE SHARK IS NOT WORKING by Richard Cordiner
A look behind the scenes at the making of one of the most troubled film shoots that would go on to become the first modern blockbuster — “Jaws.”

GENRE
Drama

REPRESENTATION
Verve | Adam Weinstein, Rob Herting
Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment | Aaron Kaplan, Sean Perrone

STATUS
Available.

BIOGRAPHY
Transitioning from ad executive to screenwriter, he has now set up back-to-back projects at Warner Bros. with his adaptation of the book “Spacesuit: Fashioning Apollo,” and his behind the scenes look at the set of “Jaws,” (the first of two on this list) “The Shark Is Not Working.” He also earned a spot on the 2013 Young & Hungry List.

59

A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD by Alexis C. Jolly
Set in 1950s Manhattan, story follows Fred Rogers’ journey from a naive young man working for NBC to the host of the beloved children’s PBS show, “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.”

GENRE
Drama | Biopic

REPRESENTATION
APA | Adam Perry, Chris Ridenhour
Echo Lake Entertainment | Amotz Zakai, Dave Brown, James Engle, Zadoc Angell

STATUS
Treehouse Pictures producing.
Juliet Berman, Justin Nappi & Kevin Turen producers.

BIOGRAPHY
Prior to setting up the Mr. Rogers biopic, “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” he was a staff writer on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.” He is currently writing the Tammi Terrell biopic for State Street Pictures and Kat Graham. He also appeared on the 2013 Young & Hungry List.

56

1969 A SPACE ODYSSEY OR: HOW KUBRICK LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LAND ON THE MOON by Stephany Folsom
In 1969, a strong-willed female in a male dominated workplace is tasked with getting the world’s most temperamental director, Stanley Kubrick, to pull off the greatest con of all time.

GENRE
Drama

REPRESENTATION
Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment | Aaron Kaplan

STATUS
Available.

BIOGRAPHY
She is currently developing a television series for Momentum Entertainment Group, and is producing two short-form documentaries for National Geographic. She has also earned a spot in the record books with us, delivering the longest title ever to grace a Hit List.

53

BURY THE LEAD by Justin Kremer
An ambitious journalist falsely reports that a police commissioner’s suicide is a murder, only to learn that it’s the truth, and now he’s in the middle of the conspiracy.

GENRE
Crime | Drama | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
CAA | Alexandra Trustman, Jon Cassir, Matthew Rosen
Madhouse Entertainment | Adam Kolbrenner, Chris Cook

STATUS
Madhouse Entertainment producing.
Adam Kolbrenner producer.

BIOGRAPHY
Prior to 2013, he earned a spot on the 2012 Hit List and the 2012 Black List with his spec “McCarthy.”

51

CAPSULE by Ian Shorr
A young man mysteriously begins to receive metallic capsules containing messages from his future self.

GENRE
Sci-Fi | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
UTA | Charles Ferraro, David Park, Jason Burns
Mosaic | Langley Perer

STATUS
20th Century Fox | Hutch Parker Entertainment producing.
Hutch Parker & John Zaozirny producers.

BIOGRAPHY
Already an alumni of the 2011 Young & Hungry List, the 2011 Hit List and the 2011 Black List, he marks his glorious return with not one, but two scripts on the 2013 Hit List with “Capsule” and “Spring Falls.” But don’t stop there; “Capsule” also earned him a spot on the 2013 Blood List.

REVELATION by Hernany Perla
Pitched as “12 Monkeys” meets “Silence of the Lambs”. A prison psychiatrist meets a death row inmate on the verge of his execution who claims to be the only thing stopping the end of the world. As she begins to investigate his predictions, she finds them to be eerily accurate, and that she may be a central figure in the events to come.

GENRE
Supernatural | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
Original Artists | Chris Sablan
Madhouse Entertainment | Ryan Cunningham

STATUS
Circle of Confusion & Lotus Entertainment producing.
Anil Kurian, Bill Johnson, David Alpert, Jim Seibel & Stephen Emery producers.

BIOGRAPHY
A former executive at Lionsgate and Ombra Films, he has since set up “Revelation” with Circle of Confusion and “Day One” at MGM. In 2013 he earned spots on the Blood List and The Young & Hungry List, and produced the film “Ghost Team One.”

50

MISSISSIPPI MUD by Elijah Bynum
A character driven thriller set in the South that is in the vein of a Coen Brothers film. Story focuses on a down on his luck guy who happens to be in the middle of major financial problems when he accidentally runs over and kills a runaway girl.

GENRE
Thriller

REPRESENTATION
Verve | Aaron Hart, Adam Levine, Melissa Solomon, Tanya Cohen, Zachary Carlisle
Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment | Alex Lerner, Josh Goldenberg, Sean Perrone

STATUS
Darko Entertainment producing.
Elijah Bynum & Michael Hoy producers.

BIOGRAPHY
An agency assistant turned screenwriter, he currently has “Hot Summer Nights” set up at Flashlight Films and “Mississippi Mud” with Darko Films. Prior to landing two specs on the 2013 Hit List, he also earned a spot on the 2013 Young & Hungry List.

49

BURN SITE by Douglas Simon
When a father with a dark background finds his daughter brutally murdered, he seeks to uncover the truth – and revenge.

GENRE
Drama | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
Verve | Bill Weinstein, Chris Noriega, Melissa Solomon, Rob Herting
Generate | Chris Pollack

STATUS
Mark Sourian Productions producing.
Mark Sourian producer.

BIOGRAPHY
Prior to writing “Burn Site,” he co-wrote the film “Demonic,” which James Wan produced and his co-writer Will Cannon directed.

46

THE CIVILIAN by Brian Pittman & Rachel Long
An American doctor’s identity is stolen by a covert operative and the only way he can clear his name is to assume the dangerous mission of the spy who stole it.

GENRE
Action | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
UTA | Michael Sheresky, Ramses Ishak
Management SGC | Scott Carr

STATUS
Nu Image/Millenium Films producing.
Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, Christine Crow, John Thompson, Mark Gill & Trevor Short producers.

BIOGRAPHY
One of the busiest writing teams in town; the husband and wife team sold two specs in 2013 with “Incarnate” and “The Civilian,” completed scripts for director Rob Cohen and producers Todd black and Alex Siskin, and saw their 2010 spec sale “Dawn Patrol” wrap production.

45

FURY by David Ayer
In 1945, an American tank crew fights against the German army in its last throes.

GENRE
Action | Drama | War

REPRESENTATION
CAA | Todd Feldman

STATUS
Columbia Pictures | Crave Films, Le Grisbi Productions & QED International producing.
Bill Block, Ethan Smith & John Lesher producers.

BIOGRAPHY
Following up his 2012 film “End of Watch” he landed one of the richest, and fastest progress to production deals of 2013 when his script “Fury” sold to QED International for $1 million dollars, and went into production starring Brad Pitt, Michael Pena and Shia Lebouf just six months later.

42

THE POLITICIAN by Matthew Bass & Theodore Bressman
Pitched as “Bad Santa” in the world of politics, story follows a disgraced former Governor and his accomplice on the run from the FBI and US Marshals.

GENRE
Comedy

REPRESENTATION
WME | Rich Cook, Solco Schuit
Principato-Young Entertainment | Peter Principato
Circle of Confusion | Julian Rosenberg

STATUS
Columbia Pictures | Mark Gordon Company & Point Grey Pictures producing.
Evan Goldberg, James Weaver, Mark Gordon & Seth Rogen producers.

BIOGRAPHY
Former assistants to Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, this writing duo paired with their former bosses to start a bidding war around town for their spec script “The Politician,” which Columbia would win over Paramount in a mid-six figure payout.

40

THE BREATHTAKING BLUE by Jason Marx
After Earth’s gravity mysteriously reverses, a group of survivors desperately try to discover the origin to the mind-bending disaster. All the while they must cling to the planet’s surface to keep from falling “down” into the sky below them.

GENRE
Sci-Fi | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
Industry Entertainment | Andrew Deane, Ava Jamshidi

STATUS
Amazon Studios producing.
Andrew Deane producer.

BIOGRAPHY
An AFI and 2012 Young & Hungry List alum, when not spending time with his wife and his impossibly sweet nine-year-old daughter, he is developing projects with Jodie Foster, Mark Johnson, Michael Shamberg, and Goldcrest Films, who are producing his latest spec “Shudder.”

39

BROKEN COVE by Declan O’Dwyer
Story follows a man returning home to rural Ireland after the murder of his brother, only to get sucked further and further in to the dark past he left behind.

GENRE
Crime | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
WME | Chris Donnelly, James Farrell, Mike Esola, Solco Schuit
Energy Entertainment | Brooklyn Weaver

STATUS
Energy Entertainment & Thunder Road Pictures producing.
Basil Iwanyk & Brooklyn Weaver producers.

BIOGRAPHY
Already a well-established director on the BBC series’ “Atlantis,” “Merlin,” “Robin Hood,” and “Being Human,” he sold his first spec script “Broken Cove” to Thunder Road in 2013 and earned a spot on the 2013 Young & Hungry List.

37

SEA OF TREES by Chris Sparling
An American man and a Japanese man meet in the “Suicide Forest” in Japan and instead of killing themselves, embark on a journey through the forest together.

GENRE
Drama

REPRESENTATION
UTA | Charles Ferraro
Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment | Aaron Kaplan, Sean Perrone

STATUS
Gil Netter Productions producing.
F. Gary Gray & Gil Netter producers.

BIOGRAPHY
Being no stranger to The Hit List, having earned spots in 2010 and 2011 with his spec scripts “Sheep Meadow” and “Incident of 459,” he also wrote the film “Buried” starring Ryan Reynolds, which landed him on the 2009 Black List and Blood List and was honored with a ‘Best Screenplay’ award from the National Board of Review. Adding one more list to his belt with a nod on the 2011 Young & Hungry List, he went into production on his directorial debut “The Atticus Institute” in 2013 and attached Gus Van Sant and Ken Watanabe to his latest spec script “Sea of Trees.”

34

BEAST by Zach Dean
Pitched as “Out of the Furnace” meets “Sons of Anarchy.” With the hope of starting over, a reformed criminal with an ultra-violent past returns home, but when he finds his own family leading his teenage son down the same path of destruction, he will stop at nothing to save his child.

GENRE
Crime | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
UTA | Charles Ferraro
Madhouse Entertainment | Adam Kolbrenner

STATUS
Available.

BIOGRAPHY
First landing on everyone’s radar with a mention for his spec script “Layover” on The 2010 Hit List, he has since gone on to see his script “Deadfall” premier at Tribeca starring Charlie Hunnam and Eric Bana, his project “The Lightkeeper” land at Working Title with Stephen Gaghan attached to direct, his script “Kin” earn him a spot on the 2011 Young & Hungry List, and his introductory script finally find a home at Endgame and Thunder Road.

32

THE BRIGHT AND HOLLOW SKY by Robin Fox
Two boys, alone in different parts of the country, struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic world of brutality and loss.

GENRE
Coming-of-Age | Sci-Fi | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
Caliber Media Co. | Lee Stobby

STATUS
Available.

BIOGRAPHY
A quarterfinalist in the 2013 Nicholl Fellowship, he was also chosen for the Blacklist Screenwriting Lab.

30

EXTINCTION by Spenser Cohen
When Peter’s dreams about an alien invasion become reality, he fights desperately to protect his family while on the run from the invading forces. Along the way, he starts to question the reality of the world he’s living in, leading to a final reveal that flips the table on him and the audience.

GENRE
Sci-Fi | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
WME | Allysa Bauer, Cori Wellins, Mike Esola, Solco Schuit
Energy Entertainment | Brooklyn Weaver

STATUS
Good Universe & Mandeville Films producing.
Alexander F. Young, Anna Halberg, David Hoberman & Todd Lieberman producers.

BIOGRAPHY
One of the busiest new writers in town, he has sold 3 specs in the past 13 months with “Extinction,” “Untitled Drone Program” (his 2012 Hit List mention), and planned directorial debut “High Value Target.” Currently, he is writing “Singularity” for director Roland Emmerich.

29

SHOVEL BUDDIES by Jason Mark Hellerman
Pitched in the vein of “Stand By Me” meets “The Spectacular Now.” Takes place over 24 hours when four teenage friends complete the “Shovel List” (a will/bucket list) their best friend left for them before he died of Leukemia.

GENRE
Coming-of-Age | Comedy | Drama

REPRESENTATION
CAA | Alexandra Trustman, John Garvey, Matt Martin
Management 360 | Ali Itri, Dean Schnider

STATUS
Management 360 producing.

BIOGRAPHY
Currently an assistant to producers Michael Costigan and Ben LeClair, he exploded onto the scene in 2013 with his emotionally-driven coming-of-age spec script “Shovel Buddies” and is now developing the alien invasion project, “We Used to Look Up” and the small town thriller “Vanished.”

27

DUDE by Olivia Milch
Four female best friends trying to get through the last semester of high school before going their separate ways.

GENRE
Comedy

REPRESENTATION
ICM | Alex Saks, Bryan Diperstein, John Burnham, Ted Chervin
Mosaic | Jimmy Miller, Langley Perer

STATUS
Mosaic producing.

BIOGRAPHY
Set to follow in her father’s footsteps, but not take any handouts along the way, she has a number of big projects underway to kick off 2014, including her directorial debut “Dude,” and “Little Women” which she is penning for Sony and DiNovi Pictures. In 2013 she also earned a spot on the 2013 Young & Hungry List.

26

THE BERMUDA TRIANGLE by Daniel Kunka
After the Bermuda Triangle mysteriously starts to expand and threatens Earth with a global disaster, a disgraced fighter pilot, a burly scientist and a plucky NTSB investigator team up to stop it.

GENRE
Action | Adventure

REPRESENTATION
ICM | Harley Copen, Kathleen Remington
Madhouse Entertainment | Adam Kolbrenner

STATUS
Warner Bros. Pictures | Atlas Entertainment & Madhouse Entertainment producing.
Adam Kolbrenner, Andy Horwitz, Charles Roven, Richard Suckle & Robyn Meisinger producing.

BIOGRAPHY
Already an alum of this list, his “Agent Ox” landed on our 2011 Hit List before earning him a spot on the 2012 Young & Hungry List, and selling to Columbia Pictures and Original Film. In 2012 he was attached to write one of the hottest pitches in town (and still the best rip-o-matic we’ve ever seen) “Crime of the Century” with director Dan Trachtenberg for Universal, and then in 2013 his spec script “The Bermuda Triangle” landed at Warner Bros., Atlas Entertainment and Madhouse Entertainment.

WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS by Tasha Huo
When a young girl’s parents die, she journeys to the Underworld to bring them back, only to discover along her quest how to come to terms with death, not conquer it. In the vein of “Neverending Story” meets “Pan’s Labyrinth.”

GENRE
Fantasy | Adventure

REPRESENTATION
Gersh | Lee Keele, Michael LoSasso
Cousin Pete Management | Pete Letz

STATUS
Kickstart Entertainment producing.

BIOGRAPHY
A genre writer and world-builder, she is as interested in video games, “Game of Thrones” and “Harry Potter” as she is in classic literature and ancient history. After an MFA in screenwriting, degrees in history and literature, and a year at Oxford University, she went on to have her first script make the Nicholls Fellowship Top 30. She is also an alum of the 2013 Young & Hungry List.

WITHER by Stephanie Koff
In a world where failed attempts at genetic perfection leave every new generation dead by age 25, Rhine Ellery is kidnapped and sold to a sadistic scientist as a bride for his son. To escape her gilded cage, she must earn her husband’s love before his father discovers that humanity’s cure is coursing through her veins.

GENRE
Sci-Fi | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
Gersh | Greg Pedicin, Jeff Greenberg
New Wave Entertainment | Josh Adler, Matt Ochacher, Michael Pelmont

STATUS
Prospect Park & Violet House Productions producing.
Aly Michalka, AJ Michalka, Jeff Kwatinetz & Rob Carliner producers.

BIOGRAPHY
Though a newcomer to the world of screenwriting, she tackled 2013 like an established veteran, adapting the best selling book series “The Chemical Garden” for Violet House, being tapped to tell the famed tale of “Marco Polo” for Warner Bros., earning a spot on the 2013 Young & Hungry List, and finding a home for her new spec “Wither” at Prospect Park.

24

THE COMPANY MAN by Andrew Cypiot
Based on true events, this is the story of former CIA agent Edwin Wilson who went behind enemy lines to secure weapons contracts and report information back to the CIA shortly after the Cold War. Edwin had a meteoric rise in the agency until company policies changed and he was unceremoniously fired, but he continued to operate as a man without a country and became public enemy number one in the US Attorney’s office.

GENRE
Biopic | Drama

REPRESENTATION
Verve | Adam Weinstein, Rob Herting

STATUS
Mark Sourian Productions producing.
Josh Kazdan & Mark Sourian producers.

BIOGRAPHY
Making a return to the spec world in 2013, previously he’d won the 2006 UCLA Screenwriters Showcase, and earned a First Place spot in the 2006 Samuel Goldwyn Screenwriting Awards.

23

ELSEWHERE by Mikki Daughtry & Tobias Iaconis
Pitched as “The Vow” meets “Sixth Sense”, after surviving a car crash that kills his fiancee, a man befriends a mysterious woman who rescues him from his grief. In each other they find love and a new life… until something begins to intrude upon their happily-ever, when ghosts from the past start to drive them into madness.

GENRE
Romance | Supernatural | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
Paradigm | David Boxerbaum
Madhouse Entertainment | Adam Kolbrenner

STATUS
Available.

BIOGRAPHY
Beginning their writing relationship in 2011, this writing team hails from Georgia and Germany. One a military brat, the other a theater major, they began working together with one goal in mind — to tell great stories.

22

CRIMINAL byDavid Weisberg & Douglas Cook
The right man in the wrong body. A dead CIA operative’s memories, secrets and skills are implanted into an unpredictable and dangerous prison inmate in hopes that he will complete the operative’s mission.

GENRE
Action | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
Resolution | Adam Kanter, Martin Spencer
Benderspink | Daniel Vang, Jake Wagner, JC Spink

STATUS
Nu Image/Millenium Films | Benderspink producing.
Avi Lerner, Boaz Davidson, Chris Bender, Christa Campbell, JC Spink, Lati Dana Grobman & Mark Gill producers.

BIOGRAPHY
Another writing team making the return to the spec market in 2013, they have already crafted some of your favorite films from the 90s, including “The Rock” and “Double Jeopardy.” They have also recently sold their spec “Blank Slate” to Bold Films, and they’ve been tapped to write “The Money Plane” for Summit, Benderspink and Di Bonaventura.

21

HOW TO DEFEAT YOUR OWN CLONE by Edward Ricourt
Pitched as “Chronicle” meets “Looper.” Story centers on the last remaining humans as they attempt to survive a clone revolution.

GENRE
Sci-Fi | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
CAA | Frank Jung, Matt Martin, Matthew Rosen
Madhouse Entertainment | Adam Kolbrenner

STATUS
Gotham Group & Hypnotic producing.
Dave Bartis, Doug Liman, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein & Eric Robinson producers.

BIOGRAPHY
Having already graced the 2010 Hit List with his spec (and now film), “Now You See Me,” he is making a return appearance with his spec “How to Defeat Your Own Clone,” which is to be produced and directed by Doug Liman. Currently keeping his time are his projects “Now You See Me 2” for Summit, “Anomaly” for Relativity and Roth Films and “One Hundred Percent Lunar Boy” for Bazelevs, and director Timur Bekmambetov.

TCHAIKOVSKY’S REQUIEM by Jonathan Stokes
Before he can unveil Sympathy Pathetique, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s final and most personal work, to the world, a renowned conductor must uncover the true cause of death for Russia’s most famous composer.

GENRE
Drama | Mystery

REPRESENTATION
UTA | Alan Halderman, Geoff Morley, Michael Sheresky, Ramses Ishak
Management SGC | Scott Carr

STATUS
Available.

BIOGRAPHY
With “Tchaikovsky’s Requiem” earning a spot on the 2013 Hit List he has become the one and only 4-time repeat offender, having had a spot on our 2010 list with “Murders & Acquisitions,” our 2011 list with “Blood Mountain,” and our 2012 list with “Border Country.” To say he has fans around town would be an absolute understatement. While first earning a spot on our Hit List, he has since gone on to also notch his name on the 2011 Black List, as well as the 2012 Young & Hungry List.

UNITED STATES OF FUCKIN’ AWESOME by Alisha Brophy & Scott Miles
Pitched as “The Hangover” meets Funny or Die’s “Drunk History.” When Jefferson finishes writing the Declaration of Independence, Washington and Franklin take him out to celebrate. After a night of debauchery they wake up and realize the document is missing. If they can’t find it in time to be signed at the Continental Congress, there will be no America.

GENRE
Comedy | Period

REPRESENTATION
Circle of Confusion | Ashley Berns

STATUS
Available.

BIOGRAPHY
The writing duo are currently writing “Good to Be Dead” for Aldamisa Entertainment, and previously earned a semifinalist spot in the Nicholl Fellowship.

20

THE INDEPENDENT by Evan Parter
Pitched as “The Ides of March” meets “All The President’s Men.” With America’s first viable Independent Presidential Candidate poised for victory, an idealistic young journalist uncovers a conspiracy, which places the fate of the election, and the country, in his hands.

GENRE
Thriller

REPRESENTATION
Paradigm | Ida Ziniti
Madhouse Entertainment | Ryan Cunningham

STATUS
Available.

BIOGRAPHY
Writing cross platforms for books and scripts alike, his script “The Independent” was a semifinalist in the 2013 Nicholl Fellowship.

THE MAYOR OF SHARK CITY by Michael Sweeney & Nick Creature
When a difficult film shoot spirals hopelessly out of control into a living nightmare, an ambitious young director must face his greatest fears to turn a troubled production into the biggest movie of all time. Set on Martha’s Vineyard during the summer of 1974, this is the untold story of the making of “Jaws.”

GENRE
Drama

REPRESENTATION
The Rothman Brecher Agency | Jim Ehrich
Heroes and Villains Entertainment | Markus Goerg, Mikhail Nayfeld

STATUS
Available.

BIOGRAPHY
Writing one of the two fascinating ‘behind the scenes’ looks at the making of “Jaws” to make the list this year, the pair also graced the 2013 Young & Hungry List. Having met at UNLV, the duo merged their studio and independent backgrounds allowing them to write big mainstream ideas from a gritty, character driven perspective.

19

RED STRAIN by Matthew Waynee
Pitched as “Children of Men” meets “The Raid.” In a future where victims of a contagious virus are locked away in huge quarantine towers, a black-market courier discovers his latest package holds the key to stopping the virus.

GENRE
Action | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
APA | Adam Perry, Chris Ridenhour
Echo Lake Entertainment | Dave Brown, James Engle

STATUS
Bobby Sabelhaus & John Zaozirny producers.

BIOGRAPHY
Prior to writing “Red Strain,” he previously wrote the Jim Caviezel — Greg Kinnear starrer “Unknown.”

18

HINDENBURG by Jacob Held
In 1937, a flight officer on the Hindenburg Zeppelin must foil the plans of an unknown saboteur aboard the airship as it crosses the Atlantic. In the course of his hunt, the officer comes to discover a Nazi plot with world-altering stakes. Pitched in the vein of “Valkyrie” and “Titanic.”

GENRE
War | Thriller | Period

REPRESENTATION
Verve | Adam Levine, Rob Herting, Zachary Carlisle
Madhouse Entertainment | Adam Kolbrenner, Chris Cook

STATUS
Madhouse Entertainment & Mark Sourian Productions producing.
Adam Kolbrenner, Chris Cook, Mark Sourian & Robyn Meisinger producers.

BIOGRAPHY
Jacob is an AFI graduate and a 2013 Young & Hungry List alum.

ON YOUR DOORSTEP by Michael Sherman & Steve Desmond
When a young journalist suspects that an abducted girl is being held somewhere in her own neighborhood, she decides to delve into the secret lives of her neighbors to determine which one is capable of the horrific crime.

GENRE
Thriller

REPRESENTATION
APA | Adam Perry, Malcolm Hamilton, Sheryl Petersen
Elevate Entertainment | Jenny Wood

STATUS
Elevate Entertainment producing.

BIOGRAPHY
This writing team is making a return trip to the Hit List after their 2011 Hit List script “Chet Cunningham: Galactic Investigator.” All of this helped to land them on the 2012 Young & Hungry List and the 2013 Blood List for “On Your Doorstep.”

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EMPIRE by Ben Ripley
Pitched as “Safe House” meets “The Usual Suspects”, story centers on a struggling young war vet who lands a high-profile security job protecting a VIP client inside a highly secured building, that may not be all that it seems.

GENRE
Action

REPRESENTATION
Gersh | Bayard Maybank, Robert Hohman
Mosaic | Michael Lasker

STATUS
Regency Enterprises | Mark Gordon Company & New Regency Productions producing.
Drew Simon & Mark Gordon producers.

BIOGRAPHY
Having had a busy couple years since earning a spot on the 2007 Black List with his spec script “Source Code,” he has since gone on to write the remake of “Flatliners” for Columbia and Laurence Mark, “Wxyz” for Warner Bros., “7th Day” for Dino De Laurentiis, “Run for Your Life” for Universal, and most recently “Empire” which has landed at New Regency and Mark Gordon Company.

MECHA by Ben Magid
A young survivor of a robot uprising must find a way to avoid detection.

GENRE
Sci-Fi | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
WME | Mike Esola
Energy Entertainment | Brooklyn Weaver

STATUS
Sierra/Affinity producing.

BIOGRAPHY
After landing on the 2006 Black List for his twisted take on “Pan,” he was hired to adapt “Hack/Slash” for Universal and “Invasion” for Summit before setting up specs “Thirteen” with Universal and “Mecha” with Sierra/Affinity.

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MOST WANTED by David Drew Gallagher
Pitched as “Bridesmaids” meets “Enemy of the State.” Maggie and Nicole want what every girl wants — to be wanted, and after an uncharacteristic night of pill-popping, heavy drinking and a random hookup in a club bathroom with a mysterious man, they find they are wanted by the entire NSA.

GENRE
Action | Comedy

REPRESENTATION
DMG Entertainment | Brian McCurley, Chris Fenton

STATUS
DMG Entertainment producing.

BIOGRAPHY
Quickly becoming an established young comedy writer, he has seen his work produced in the sequel “Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj” and “Wild Hogs,” and he has projects “Schooled” and “Nine Lives” set up at Disney and “Runt” set up at The Weinstein Company.

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NICHOLAS by Leo Sardarian
With the Roman empire on the brink of collapse, a 4th century bishop takes up arms to lead the armies of Constantine the Great into battle against the ruthless emperor, changing the face of Rome and begetting one of the greatest legends in history.

GENRE
Drama | Period | War

REPRESENTATION
APA | Adam Perry, Chris Ridenhour
Management 360 | Adam Riback, Ali Itri

STATUS
Level 1 Entertainment producing.
Bill Todman & Joe Russo producers.

BIOGRAPHY
Transitioning from the world of casting to screenwriting, his first ever spec “Nicholas” has already earned him a spot on the 2013 Young & Hungry List, and is now set up with Level 1 Entertainment.

PLANET X by Olatunde Osunsanmi
While on an intergalactic research mission, three astronauts are forced to challenge their perception of reality to uncover the purpose behind their mission and unveil the secrets of Planet X.

GENRE
Sci-Fi | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
Verve | Adam Levine, Bryan Besser, Tanya Cohen, Zachary Carlisle
Caliber Media Co. | Adam Simpson-Marshall, Dallas Sonnier

STATUS
COTA Films & Vertigo Entertainment producing.
Adam Stone, Ben LeClair, Michael Costigan & Roy Lee producer.

BIOGRAPHY
In 2010 his spec “Dark Moon” earned him a spot on both the Hit List and the Black List before selling to Warner Bros. and landing him in the directors chair for fellow Hit List alum John Swetnam’s “Evidence.” His latest spec “Eden” has landed at Gold Circle, and is also being prepped for him to direct.

QUEEN OF HEARTS by Stephanie Shannon
Oxford instructor Charles Dodgson (aka Lewis Carroll) tells stories to the dean’s daughter Alice and her sisters, while falling in love with the dean’s wife.

GENRE
Drama | Fantasy

REPRESENTATION
CAA | JP Evans, Matt Martin, Matthew Rosen
Brillstein Entertainment | David Mcilvain

STATUS
Available.

BIOGRAPHY
Prior to landing on this list, her spec script “Queen of Hearts” earned her a winning spot in the 2013 Nicholl Fellowship.

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DON’T MESS WITH TEXAS by David Feeney & John Quaintance
A cop and a prisoner flee crooked cops while on the run in Texas.

GENRE
Action | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
CAA | Andrew Miller
UTA | Larry Salz
Art/Work Entertainment | Cindy Ambers

STATUS
Universal Pictures | Anonymous Content & Pacific Standard producing.
Bruna Papandrea, Dana Fox & Reese Witherspoon producers.

BIOGRAPHY
With an extensive history writing in television on series’ such as “New Girl,” “Ben & Kate,” and “2 Broke Girls” the team returned to the film world for the first time since 2006 with their spec “Don’t Mess With Texas.” And how did it do? Following an intense 3-buyer bidding war, Universal won the project, and has since begun to package the film with Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara.

HYPERBARIC by Dominic Morgan & Matthew Harvey
Pitched as “Training Day” meets “Das Boot.” A traumatized sailor must confront the fear that cut short his promising navy career, when he’s forced to pilot a homemade drug submarine.

GENRE
Action | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
APA | David Saunders, Steve Fisher
Energy Entertainment | Brooklyn Weaver

STATUS
Voltage Pictures producing.
Brooklyn Weaver, Craig Flores, Nicholas Chartier, Rock Shaink & Shannon Gaulding producers.

BIOGRAPHY
No strangers to TB, this U.K. writing team had graced the 2010 Hit List with their spec “The Bridge,” and made an appearance on the 2011 Young & Hungry List before earning a top 10 spot in our first ever Launch Pad competition, signing with manager Brooklyn Weaver, and selling their contest spec “Hyperbaric” to Voltage Pictures.

KILLING SPREE by Derek Elliott & Jack Donaldson
Heartbroken after being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, a guy’s best friends devise the perfect plan for his recovery and teach him how to sleep with as many women as humanly possible.

GENRE
Comedy

REPRESENTATION
Verve | Rob Herting, Zachary Carlisle
Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment | Aaron Kaplan, Josh Goldenberg

STATUS
Untitled Entertainment producing.

BIOGRAPHY
After their spec “Killing Spree” landed on the 2013 Young & hungry List, directors David Posamentier & Geoff Moore signed on to direct the project for Untitled Entertainment.

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TO KNOW THE NIGHT by Chris Chun
After losing his fiancé, a struggling man returns to his hometown and tries to put his life back together. Things get more challenging when he develops a friendship with an eccentric girl who–unbeknownst to him–shares a connection to his tragic past.

GENRE
Drama

REPRESENTATION
Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment | Aaron Kaplan, Sean Perrone

STATUS
Available.

BIOGRAPHY
Born and raised in Monterey, CA, and graduated from UC Berkeley in 2010. he loves food, sports, and battling insomnia.

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OMEGA POINT by Cameron Alexander
Pitched as being in the vein of “Chronicle.” A reclusive artist suffering from the loss of his fiancé helps a mysterious crash-landed Artificial Intelligence rebuild a transport home and develops a unique friendship in the process- but a ruthless government investigation threatens to stop them at any cost.

GENRE
Sci-Fi | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
Resolution | Abram Nalibotsky
Rosa Entertainment | Sidney Sherman

STATUS
CBS Films | Rosa Entertainment producing.
Sidney Sherman producer.

BIOGRAPHY
His spec “Omega Point” will go down as the first ever spec sale for newly minted agency Resolution. He is currently transitioning from the world of music videos to film, and his progress has already earned him a spot on the 2013 Young & Hungry List.

PATIENT Z by Mike Le
In a post-apocalyptic world, a man with the ability to speak the language of the undead interrogates zombies with the hopes of finding Patient Zero and a cure for his infected wife.

GENRE
Action | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
APA | David Saunders, Kyle Loftus
Hung Entertainment Group | Jonathan Hung

STATUS
Screen Gems | Vincent Newman Entertainment producing.
Vincent Newman producer.

BIOGRAPHY
Prior to earning a spot on the Hit List, his spec “Patient Z” sold to Screen Gems and earned him a spot on the 2013 Blood List.

SPRING FALLS by Ian Shorr (story by John Zaozirny & Jon Danforth-Appell)
While shooting a video yearbook for their high school, a pair of estranged best friends discover a malevolent force is taking over their town.

GENRE
Sci-Fi | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
UTA | Charles Ferraro, David Park, Jason Burns
Mosaic | Langley Perer

STATUS
John Zaozirny producer.

BIOGRAPHY
Already an alumni of the 2011 Young & Hungry List, the 2011 Hit List and the 2011 Black List, he marks his glorious return with not one, but two scripts on the 2013 Hit List with “Capsule” and “Spring Falls.” But don’t stop there; “Capsule” also earned him a spot on the 2013 Blood List.

WHERE THE DEAD LIE DOWN by Nathan Shepherd
A down-and-out crime novelist stumbles into a hunt for stolen Afghan drug money and struggles to outrun the violent ex-Marine searching for the cash, as well as various cops, vets, and a pair of violent Hasidic lawyers.

GENRE
Action | Drama

REPRESENTATION
Resolution | Adam Kanter, Martin Spencer, Rich Green

STATUS
Available.

BIOGRAPHY
Already earning him a spot on the 2013 Young & Hungry List, his new spec “Where the Dead Lie Down” is currently being packaged by Resolution.

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DEVIL’S PUNCHBOWL by Alex Schenker & Max Schenker
After inheriting a pristine Montana ranch, Dylan and his expecting wife Savanna fight to survive a century old blood feud raging on their land that has become known as the Devil’s Punchbowl.

GENRE
Thriller

REPRESENTATION
Gersh | Greg Pedicin
Generate | Jeremy Platt

STATUS
Available.

BIOGRAPHY
The writing team has already earned spots on the 2011 Blood List and 2013 Young & Hungry List, and are set to adapt a super-secret book in 2014.

THE FIXER by Bill Kennedy
Pitched as “Pulp Fiction” meets “Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.” Story follows a mob fixer who retires to repair his broken family, but when his son is uninterested in his father’s affections, he turns back to work and finds a willing protege in a young drug dealer.

GENRE
Thriller

REPRESENTATION
WME | Daniel Cohan
Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment | Josh Goldenberg

STATUS
Available.

BIOGRAPHY
Prior to hitting the market with his spec “The Fixer,” he wrote the upcoming Glen Powell — Haley Joel Osment film “Sex Ed” and landed in the writers room as a staff writer on “House of Cards” and the NC series “The Odyssey.” Going into 2014 he is hard at work on the adaptation of “Cyberstorm” for Fox and Chernin Entertainment.

FULLY WRECKED by Jake Morse & Scott Wolman
Pitched as a buddy cop comedy with a befuddled cop and his foul-mouthed R-rated talking car.

GENRE
Action | Comedy

REPRESENTATION
Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment | Josh Goldenberg

STATUS
Hurwitz & Schlossberg Productions producing.
Hayden Schlossberg & Jon Hurwitz producers.

BIOGRAPHY
With a creative and executive background at work, this team managed to make something not seen since the 80s fun again – bringing a car to life. In doing so, their new spec “Fully Wrecked” also landed “Harold & Kumar” and “American Pie” vets Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg as producers, and a mention on the 2013 Young & Hungry List.

STRINGS by Rob McLellan
Pitched as “Inception” meets “Usual Suspects.” To escape a seemingly endless debt, a team of thieves with the ability to time-travel agree to help a beautiful stranger take on a dangerous series of heists. But as the science behind the robberies becomes more and more unstable, the thief realizes that this femme fatale is more than she seems…

GENRE
Sci-Fi | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
APA | Chris Ridenhour
Caliber Media Co. | Adam Simpson-Marshall

STATUS
Available.

BIOGRAPHY
With credits in the VFX world, and some behind the camera work, his big break came when he won the 2010 Enter The Pitch Film Competition and set up his short films “Rahab” and “ABE” with Footprint Films and MGM. Following that, he expanded his horizons and created the new spec “Strings,” letting him marry his VFX abilities, writing, directing into a visually stunning experience.

THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE by Ian Goldberg & Richard Naing
In a small-town family-owned mortuary, father and son coroners receive a mysterious homicide victim: a beautiful young “Jane Doe.” As they attempt to figure out how she died and who she is, they discover increasingly bizarre clues, which hold the key to terrifying secrets.

GENRE
Horror | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
APA | Kyle Loftus, Mike Goldberg, Sheryl Petersen
CAA | Kathy White, Matthew Rosen, Rick Lefitz, Sonya Rosenfeld, Tom Young
New Wave Entertainment | Josh Adler, Matt Ochacher

STATUS
42, Goldcrest Films International & Imposter Pictures producing.
Benjamin Pugh, Eric Garcia, Fred Berger, Nick Quested, Pascal DeGove & Rory Aitken producers.

BIOGRAPHY
Their spec “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” landed them a spot on the 2013 Blood List, and a home at Imposter Pictures and 42.

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BLIND SKY by Jeff Walton
Pitched as “Bourne Identity” with an elevated twist. Suffering impaired memory following a car accident that no human should have survived, a Pentagon employee accused of targeting the U.S. satellite defense system must elude a multi-agency dragnet and shadowy forces as he tries to figure out who or what he is and if he’s betrayed his country… or the entire human race.

GENRE
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
UTA | Charles Ferraro
DMG Entertainment | Chris Fenton

STATUS
Available.

BIOGRAPHY
Prior to earning a spot on the 2013 Hit List, he set up the spec “South for the Winter” at Sony Animation, and was tapped to write the sequel to “Surf’s Up” for the studio, and “Once Upon a Zodiac” for Unicorn Studios.

JOE BANKS by Patty Jones
The son of a Nobel Prize-winning novelist via a genius sperm bank is determined to follow in his father’s footsteps, but suddenly finds himself on a wild odyssey with his real father, a drinking, man’s-man, lothario author of airport novels who was stripped of his own Nobel after a sex scandal.

GENRE
Comedy | Drama

REPRESENTATION
Benderspink | Daniel Vang

STATUS
Available.

BIOGRAPHY
Hailing from Vancouver, she is a newcomer who broke onto the scene with her 2013 Nicholl Fellowship winner “Joe Banks.”

THE KILLING FLOOR by Bac Delorme & Stephen Clarke
After discovering heroin smuggled in cattle, an ex-Marine working at a Montana slaughterhouse tries to sell the drugs to support his family while avoiding the dealers hunting for their stolen heroin.

GENRE
Crime | Drama

REPRESENTATION
WME | David Karp, Jordan Cerf
Fourth Floor Productions | Jeff Silver

STATUS
Cross Creek Pictures & Le Grisbi Productions producing.
Adam Kassan & John Lesher producers.

BIOGRAPHY
Making the jump from being the first ADs to the Coen Brothers to tackling their own work, the team earned a spot on our 2013 Young & Hungry List before landing director Martin Campbell on their Cross Creek and Le Grisbi produced spec “The Killing Floor.”

WHERE ANGELS DIE by Alexander Felix
Pitched as being in the vein of “Drive” meets “Taxi Driver.” A suspended inner city social worker tries to protect a young girl and her mother from the girl’s father, a psychotic killer who’s just been released from prison.

GENRE
Drama | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
CAA | Alexandra Trustman, Chelsea Reed, Matt Martin
Energy Entertainment | Brooklyn Weaver
TBD | Thomas Carter

STATUS
Brooklyn Weaver & Roy Lee producers.

BIOGRAPHY
Directors Assistant turned writer, he broke onto the scene in 2013 with his spec script “Where Angels Die,” a Top 10 placement on Scriptshadow and a spot on the 2013 Young & Hungry List.

WOLVERTON by Michael Stark & Terrell Garrett
In turn of the century London, Jack Wolverton, gentleman thief, specializes in stealing the arcane, the accursed and the occultic. With war about to break out, only he can stop the world’s most powerful artifacts (The Monkey’s Paw, The Hope Diamond and the Portrait of Dorian Gray) from falling into the wrong hands!

GENRE
Action | Adventure

REPRESENTATION
Currently unrepresented.

STATUS
Available.

BIOGRAPHY
Prior to earning a top 3 placement in our Launch Pad Competition, the team worked in the video game and music industries. Following their 2013 Young & Hungry List mention, they have begun writing a top-secret “Untitled Action Thriller” project, and have begun developing projects with Davis Entertainment and Radar Pictures.

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ALL THE GOOD ONES GET AWAY by Elliot San
Pitched as a contained sexual thriller described as “Perfect Murder” meets “Funny Games.”

GENRE
Drama | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
WME | Solco Schuit
Energy Entertainment | Brooklyn Weaver

STATUS
Brooklyn Weaver & Scott Stone producers.

BIOGRAPHY
In his first foray into the market he set out to reintroduce the erotic thriller to Hollywood with his spec “All the Good Ones Get Away.” Following a competitive situation, producer Scott Stone paired up with Brooklyn Weaver to pick up the project.

THE ASTERISK by Alex Paraskevas & Jordan Goldberg
Pitched as being in the vein of “Beverly Hills Cop” and “Lethal Weapon.”

GENRE
Action | Comedy

REPRESENTATION
UTA | Emerson Davis, Keya Khayatian
Oasis Media Group | Benjamin Rowe

STATUS
Warner Bros. Pictures

BIOGRAPHY
Quickly becoming one of the hottest writing teams in town, they currently have “Sprawl” set up at Universal & Blumhouse, “The Gun Eaters” at Paramount, and even took a stab at rewriting the Wally Pfister directorial debut “Transcendence” for Warner Bros. and Alcon. Previously the pair made their list debut on our 2011 Young & Hungry List, and followed that up with a spot on the 2011 Black List.

CAMP DAVID by Anil Kurian & Mark Hosack
During a summit held at Camp David, the Iranian President is assassinated leaving the US President, a former spy, to unravel the conspiracy before Iran retaliates with a nuclear weapon.

GENRE
Action | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
Paradigm | Chris Smith, Mark Ross
New Wave Entertainment | Josh Adler, Matt Ochacher

STATUS
Available.

BIOGRAPHY
After individually setting up projects as producers and executives around town, this duo began working together on the project “White Knuckle” (Hosack as writer, Kurian as producer) for Intrepid and followed that up with their latest spec “Camp David.”

CATFIGHT by Amelie Gillette
When an insecure high school girl starts dating a boy, his psychotic ex-girlfriend gets out of juvie and challenges her to a fight.

GENRE
Comedy

REPRESENTATION
CAA | Barry Kotler, Dan Rabinow, Grant Kessman, Ted Miller
Management 360 | Eryn Brown, Guymon Casady

STATUS
Screen Gems | Olivia Bridge Entertainment producing.
Alex Tanaka, Brian Gatewood & Will Gluck producers.

BIOGRAPHY
Currently staffed on the Jason Bateman produced series “Growing Up Fisher,” her work has spanned “The Office,” “Animal Practice,” “The Hater” column for The Onion, and our very own 2013 Young & Hungry List.

LINE OF DUTY by Cory Miller
Pitched as “Macbeth” meets “The Departed.” The story is a modern retelling of Shakespeare’s play that focuses on the tragic rise and fall of NYPD Officer Sean Stewart, a heroic narcotics detective pushed to the dark side of police corruption by his scheming wife and a well-timed prophecy.

GENRE
Action | Adventure

REPRESENTATION
APA | Adam Perry, Chris Ridenhour, Malcolm Hamilton
Luber Roklin Entertainment | Bryan Brucks

STATUS
Bedford Falls, Lotus Entertainment & Luber Roklin Entertainment producing.
Bryan Brucks, Edward Zwick, Jim Belushi, Marshall Herskovitz & Matt Luber producers.

BIOGRAPHY
A newcomer to the Hollywood machine, he drew on his own experience in the NYPD to write his first spec “Line of Duty,” which was snatched up by Lotus Entertainment and Bedford Falls.

PADRE by Mike Maples
Pitched as being in the vein of “History of Violence”. When a lone priest with a murky past is left for dead by a vicious border town militia, he crawls back to life only to discover that the thugs who left him were actually the Sheriff’s Department in the small town he seeks refuge in.

GENRE
Thriller

REPRESENTATION
Luber Rocklin Entertainment | Bryan Brucks

STATUS
The Exchange producing.

BIOGRAPHY
A relative newcomer to the scene, his spec “Padre” is currently set up with The Exchange, while his other revenge spec “Kill Her” is making its rounds around town.

ROSE by Nathaniel Halpern
A woman begins to covet the life of the woman she’s fashioning her life after.

GENRE
Drama | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
CAA | Jacqueline Sacerio, JP Evans

STATUS
Focus Features | ImageMovers producing.
Jack Rapke, Jackie Levine & Robert Zemeckis producers.

BIOGRAPHY
Currently staffed on the upcoming ABC series “Resurrection,” he landed the assignment to mold the true story of turn of the century NYC cop Joe Petrosino for Lionsgate, and in 2013, he landed a spot on the 2013 Young & Hungry List and saw his spec “Rose” sell to Focus Features.

SPINBACK by John Swetnam
Story follows a soldier returning from war to discover his brother, a famous DJ, has been murdered and that the only way to discover who killed him is to go deep undercover into the world’s largest electronic dance music circuit.

GENRE
Action | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
Paradigm | David Boxerbaum

STATUS
Summit Entertainment | Broken Road Productions producing.
Jeremy Stein, Sean Robins & Todd Garner producers.

BIOGRAPHY
Fast becoming a powerhouse multi-hyphenate of young Hollywood, since 2011 alone he’s set up “A Game of Hide and Seek” with Author Solutions, the retitled “Into the Storm,” the “Untitled Thai Thriller” with New Line, “Step Up 5” with Summit, and launched his production shingle Mad Horse Films alongside Alexandru Celea. His Hit List pairings have been notable as well; with Hit List alum Olatunde Osunsanmi helming his spec “Evidence” and with 2013 Hit List spec “Detention” being one of the first to fall under his Mad Horse label.

THE WOLF’S HOUR by Bradley Marcus & Kevin Marcus
A werewolf is recruited by the Allies to stop a Nazi plot to drop poison gas on England during World War II… all while searching for his long lost blood brother.

GENRE
Action | Adventure | Supernatural

REPRESENTATION
Resolution | Martin Spencer, Pamela Goldstein
Zero Gravity Management | Jeff Belkin

STATUS
Chris Morgan Productions producing.
Chris Morgan producer.

BIOGRAPHY
Following their spec sale for “Once Upon a Time” to MGM, this identical twin writing team set up “The Farm” with director Xavier Gens set to direct, and earned a spot on the 2013 Young & Hungry List.

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AGATHA by Allison Schroeder
Pitched in the tone of “Sherlock Holmes” meets “Romancing The Stone”, story speculates about really happened when Agatha Christie went missing for 11 days.

GENRE
Action | Adventure | Drama

REPRESENTATION
UTA | Jenny Maryasis, Lucinda Moorhead
Benderspink | Jake Weiner, JC Spink

STATUS
Paramount Pictures | Benderspink & Disruption Entertainment producing.
Cale Boyter, Chris Bender, Jake Weiner, JC Spink & Mary Parent producers.

BIOGRAPHY
Already established in the television world, she’s penned the TV movies “Mean Girls 2” and “Ladies Man: A Made Movie” and was staffed on the updated version of “90210” before being hired to write the pilot “Side Effects” for Awesomeness TV.

ANONYMITY by Shane Joseph Willis
In the future, a corporate thief who replaces his own memories with the identities of those around him must race against time to recover a stolen virus threatening to bring down the whole system if he ever wants to restore his own memory and reunite with his beloved wife.

GENRE
Sci-Fi | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
Rosa Entertainment | Sidney Sherman

STATUS
Rosa Entertainment producing.
Sidney Sherman producer.

BIOGRAPHY
Immediately following our TB Recommendation of his script “Anonymity” he signed with Rosa Entertainment, and had his spec “Anonymity” hit the town. He followed that up with a spot on the 2013 Young & Hungry List, and the development of an “Untitled Sci-Fi/Action Project.”

CAMDEN by Lucas Carter
The president’s daughter is kidnapped and the undercover Secret Service agent protecting her is forced to save her and risk losing the love of his life.

GENRE
Action | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
Energy Entertainment | Brooklyn Weaver

STATUS
Intrigue Entertainment & The Exchange producing.
Alan Simpson, Alex Vinnitsky, Brian O’Shea, Laura Ivey, Lucas Carter & Tariq Jalil producers.

BIOGRAPHY
A former assistant to Harvey Weinstein, turned studio executive at The Weinstein Company, he is currently the VP at Intrigue Entertainment. In 2013 his creative side expanded as he notched a spot on the 2013 Young & Hungry List with his spec “Camden” and boarded project “Intrusion” and “The Contract” as a producer.

CARRIED BY SIX by LaToya Morgan
Pitched as “No Country For Old Men” with a female lead, when a dust storm cuts off all communication, a small town deputy is the last line of defense against deadly drug traffickers descending on a sleepy Texas border town.

GENRE
Action | Drama

REPRESENTATION
CAA | Elizabeth Newman, Jon Cassir, Sonya Rosenfeld
Echo Lake Entertainment | Dave Brown, Matt Horwitz, Zadoc Angell

STATUS
Available.

BIOGRAPHY
Currently staffed on the critically acclaimed NBC series “Parenthood,” she was previously a writer for “Shameless” before extending her reach into film with her first spec “Carried By Six.”

DETENTION by Kristy Lowrey
Pitched in the vein of “Disturbia.” After moving to a new town, a troubled teen witnesses her classmate’s murder… only to discover the killer is her new principal.

GENRE
Thriller

REPRESENTATION
APA | Malcolm Hamilton, Mike Goldberg
New Wave Entertainment | Josh Adler

STATUS
Mad Horse Films producing.
John Swetnam producer.

BIOGRAPHY
Her first spec “Detention” was one of the first projects put into development by writer/producer John Swetnam’s new company Mad Horse Films.

FIX by Ryan Jackson
A bullied teen hires a drugged-out psychopath to kill his tormentors in exchange for drugs, only to find himself in the crosshairs when he can’t pay up.

GENRE
Horror | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
DMG Entertainment | Brian McCurley, Chris Fenton

STATUS
Available.

BIOGRAPHY
A member of the 2013 Young & Hungry list, he was also a semifinalist in the 2010 Nicholl Fellowship and has recently landed a job writing multiple projects for ARO Entertainment.

HIGHRISE by Peter Dowling
Pitched as “Misery” in a skyscraper, a woman is kidnapped and kept hostage in a multi-million dollar penthouse by an obsessively enamored man after they have a one-night stand.

GENRE
Thriller

REPRESENTATION
APA | Debbie Deuble Hill, Ryan Saul, Sheryl Petersen, William Lowery
Industry Entertainment | Ava Jamshidi

STATUS
Fox 2000 | Jon Shestack Productions producing.
Jonathan Shestack producer.

BIOGRAPHY
After making a name for himself when he sold his script “Flightplan” back in 2005, he did a little writing/directing with the indie film “Stag Night.” He now has more than half a dozen scripts in various stages of development with “Reasonable Doubt,” which he penned, scheduled to be released in 2014. He has his name attached as writer, producer, or director to all of his current projects.

OFFERINGS by Matias Caruso
A down on their luck couple must offer seven increasingly horrid sacrifices to the evil spirit that took their daughter.

GENRE
Supernatural | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
Caliber Media Co. | Jennifer Au

STATUS
Available.

BIOGRAPHY
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina he worked as a lawyer before turning to screenwriting. After writing numerous shorts, his spec “Rage” is currently in development at Motion Theory with Grady Hall attached to direct.

PRIMROSE by Travis Betz
Set in the year 1899, “Primrose” follows the journey of two lovers on a carriage ride down the Primrose Path, a demonic road created by the Devil and the one place on Earth that God doesn’t know exists.

GENRE
Period | Supernatural | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
CAA | Barry Kotler, Elizabeth Newman
Gotham Group | Eric Robinson, Matt Shichtman, Peter McHugh

STATUS
Radar Pictures producing.
Mike Weber & Ted Field producers.

BIOGRAPHY
Beyond writing, Travis counts directing, producing and acting to his resume. His feature “The Dead Inside” won Best Supernatural Film at the 2011 Shriekfest.

SIX IMPOSSIBLE THINGS BEFORE BREAKFAST by Andrea Scully & Eric Saiet
A humorless man comes home for his mother’s funeral and must rediscover his imagination with the help of his imaginary friend.

GENRE
Comedy | Drama

REPRESENTATION
Gersh | Brandy Rivers, Greg Pedicin
Industry Entertainment | Ava Jamshidi

STATUS
Hopscotch Pictures producing.
Sukee Chew producer.

BIOGRAPHY
The duo were members of the 2013 Young & Hungry List and currently have their script “Fortunate” set up at ABC Family with Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan executive producing. They are also writing scripts for both Fox Animation and Amazon Studios respectively.

THE UNSACRED by Amanda Gusack
Pitched as “The Ring” meets “The Conjuring.”

GENRE
Horror | Thriller

REPRESENTATION
Paradigm | David Boxerbaum
Zero Gravity Management | Eric Williams

STATUS
Screen Gems | Riche Productions producing.
Alan Riche & Peter Riche producers.

BIOGRAPHY
Amanda wrote and directed the films “The Betrayed” and “In Memorium” and “Unsacred” is currently in development at Screen Gems and Riche Productions.

 

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THE HIT LIST
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7 Responses to THE HIT LIST 2013 (FULL LIST)

  1. Some good stuff on here — congrats to all.

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