The Tracking Board, in partnership with The Script Lab, is excited to present a new episode of ANATOMY OF A SALE. This week, we are joined by Bellevue Productions’ Jeff Portnoy as he goes over the inception of feature spec BODY CAM from scribe Richmond Riedel, which sold to Paramount Players with Malik Vitthal directing and Mary J. Blige attached to star. Portnoy discusses the experience of his first read of the project, the shape of the market at the time of the sale, and what to do post-sale.
Jeff Portnoy is a literary manager at Bellevue Productions, one of the best spec-selling management companies in town. Bellevue has consistently appeared toward the top of every end-of-year list for the past three years. Jeff alone had four or more clients appear on the Hit List, Black List, and Young & Hungry List each of the past three years. He’s set up projects all over town, including Cobweb which sold to Lionsgate with Point Grey Pictures and Vertigo Entertainment producing, Happy Little Trees with Unique Features, and Forty Minutes in March with John Wells Productions.
Anatomy of a Sale centers on the story behind the story, as in each episode we’ll hear from the industry’s top executives, representatives and writers chronicling their journey from the birth of a script to its eventual success. You’ll learn about the struggles of taking a project to market, the painstaking hours that go into breaking the narrative, the ups and downs of industry reception, and much more. So sit back, relax, and study the inner-workings of the Anatomy of a Sale.
This episode is produced by Emily Dell and edited by Rob Schultz. For more video content, head over to TSL 360: The #1 Screenwriting Education Video Library. Be sure to stay up to date on Jeff Portnoy and all spec and sale related news by subscribing now.
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