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The Black List's New Site Finds 'McCarthy' Screenwriter Justin Kremer a Home at CAA

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 19, 2012 at 1:36PM

A month into its new online service allowing screenwriters to have their work read, reviewed and (potentially) pursued, the Black List announces its first success story. After submitting his script to the Black List site "out of sheer curiosity," writer Justin Kremer has signed with CAA.
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Ted Hope, Franklin Leonard
Ted Hope, Franklin Leonard

A month into its new online service allowing screenwriters to have their work read, reviewed and (potentially) pursued, the Black List announces its first success story. After submitting his script to the Black List site "out of sheer curiosity," writer Justin Kremer has signed with CAA. His script, "McCarthy," about the rise of Senator Joseph McCarthy's anti-communist excitement, was up on the Black List four days after it launched. It quickly became the highest-rated script on the site after getting a stellar rating by its first professional reader. Over 1100 screenplays have been uploaded to the site since its launch.

Kremer says, "The script had been completed for some time and was collecting dust in a drawer. The response I've received has been truly incredible. None of this would have been possible without the Black List site. The avenue it has provided has been invaluable, and one that I expect to breed many success stories."

Black List founder Franklin Leonard adds, "We're incredibly happy for Justin and even more so for everyone who will get to read 'McCarthy' and the screenplays that he will have an opportunity to write now that he is represented by a major agency. He's a hell of a writer whose great work simply hadn't been exposed prior to his uploading it to our site. This is, simply put, why we created it."

Leonard goes on to note his excitement in the subject matter, as Hollywood's Mccarthy-era "blacklist" was partially the namesake for his organization's name. "My personal interest in this period of Hollywood history is no secret..I'd be lying if I said I didn't read the script as soon as the review was completed to be sure someone wasn't playing an elaborate practical joke."

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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.