Interesting… very interesting. Saw this on a blog a couple of days ago:
Abbot Management is currently accepting Film and Television Screenplays for consideration.
The Producers and Production Companies that accept our submissions expect a professional quality product. That being said, most of our Screenplay submissions will be rejected, some will be placed in our Development Library, and few will be selected for representation and sent out for Producer / Production Company consideration. Regardless of our decision, in most cases our coverages are forwarded onto our writers so they understand what works / does not work with their Screenplay – free of cost.
Free coverage? Nice. Usually writers pay services $60+ for “industry-quality” coverage of their scripts. Intrigued, I surfed on:
Our team includes an East Coast Manager, a West Coast Manager, an Entertainment Lawyer, a Development Manager, and fifteen Script Readers.
We currently represent 13 screenwriters and are developing the works of 28 Screenwriters in our Development Library. In our short history we have received over 500 submissions, and represent only the highest quality in film and television Screenplays.
[Note 12/15/09: The above info was accurate as of January 2008. It is my understanding that Abbot has now received over 2,000 script submissions, and I’m sure their staff/infrastructure has changed dramatically.]
Sounds great: best case = management, worst case = free coverage. I googled and found another blog mention, with an apparent quote from Tim Lambert, the guy who runs Abbot.
Their original idea sounded a little like inktip, but these guys are in an entirely different business. While inktip charges writers to participate, these people charge no upfront fee but become your manager, so they get a cut of any deal that results. So that is their goal: to generate deals. Sounds even better – and free coverage is a genius “gimmick” to get tons of submissions fast.
Why so fast? They want to accumulate new clients and scripts NOW in preparation for the big feeding frenzy to fill the vacuum after the strike ends.
But I’m a small, petty, and skeptical guy (i.e., a writer), so I keep googling. There are 3 Tim Lambert’s (1 a writer/director) listed on imdb, but no “abbot management” – and no mention in the HCD – but then again, he said the company is new.
I give these guys points on their business plan and strategy, but… are they on the level? One thing optioning Supervillain DIDN’T do for me was get me representation, and I could really use that. Why should I be suspicious if it’s free? This is still Hollywood. Plus, if they sign you and they end up being less than professional, that reflects poorly on you and your work.
So… anybody submitted to these guys?
[Note 2/21/08: In the weeks since I wrote this post, I have submitted two screenplays to these guys. They are new, but I like what I have seen so far. As your personal guinea pig who came out alive, I encourage writers to submit their stuff and learn from their coverage.]