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Black List Expands to Television and Web Series, Now Welcomes Series Pilots

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood November 13, 2013 at 1:31PM

The Black List has launched its expansion into television and episodic scripted content. Beginning November 13, writers worldwide can upload their original pilot scripts (and, optionally, their series bibles) to the script database, request evaluations by professional script readers, and make their scripts available to the Black List's membership of 2,000-plus industry professionals.
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The Black List has launched its expansion into television and episodic scripted content. Beginning November 13, writers worldwide can upload their original pilot scripts (and, optionally, their series bibles) to the script database, request evaluations by professional script readers, and make their scripts available to the Black List's membership of 2,000-plus industry professionals.

Writers can categorize their scripts, including multi-cam/single-cam, procedural/serialized, length of season, prospective number of seasons, and in more than 60 genres and over 800 tags.

As with feature film scripts, writers pay $25 per month to host and index each of their pilots (the series bible is no additional charge) on the site, accessible only by the Black List community of professionals (and by their fellow writers if they choose to make them available.) They can further pay for evaluations by professional script readers hired by the Black List.

Evaluations for pilots meant to be longer than 30 minutes will cost $50, just like feature scripts, and those meant to be 30 minutes or less will cost $30. WGA East and West members can list their material for free (without hosting it), just as they can with their film scripts.

Plus, Black List founder Franklin Leonard states, “writers retain all rights to sell and produce their work and are free to negotiate the best deal they can get. All we ask is an email letting us know of their success.”

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.