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Posted: June 14th, 2006, 5:31pm Report to Moderator
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Quoted from The Screenplay Agency FAQ
Q) Why is there no phone number? I want to talk to someone...


Looks like you've got your answer from Phil.  This little gem from their website didn't inspire a lot of confidence either.

I would advise you to listen to Phil.

He spends more time sniffing out leads than most people around here -- with his own fair share of bad experiences to show for it -- some good ones, too, though -- and I would trust his judgement on this matter.

Run.


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Yup, I almost signed with them once. Complete mistake. Bail now.


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Posted: June 14th, 2006, 5:33pm Report to Moderator
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Too Late! I've signed with them and got the Critique done. They say it's up to me if I want to go with their Editor or not.
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Posted: June 14th, 2006, 5:35pm Report to Moderator
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If I bail I know I'll never find a true Agent. My screenplay is on this site. They are my only hope for now.
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They are not a legit agency!  They are scam artists!  They never turn down writers, no matter how bad they are (no offense to you).  Everyone is promising to them, as long as you pay for their editors to work on your script.

Did you send them any money?


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$95 dollars so far...
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Then their work is done already I think...  


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They'll probably keep sucking money out of you... from what I've heard of them... it's not good .


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Chad, you will never ever sell anything through them.  They got your money and they'll try to get more.  That's how they operate.

I sent them notes from my script doctor when I sent them my signed contract.  I figured I could get around their sneaky shit that way.  I didn't realize until afterwards that, while I didn't send them any money, they'll get 10% of anything I make off my script, The Burnout.

After using Scriptblaster, I received a letter from a producer who wanted either my agent, manager or lawyer to send them the script (I couldn't do it directly).  When I e-mail this news to Sherry Fine, I was told they wouldn't do it.  It goes against company policy.

You figure that out.

If you can, put a stop payment on your check and ignore all future correspondences with them.  It's not as if they'll take you to court.


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Anyone know a reputable Agent I can contact???
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Contact the WGA and ask for their agents list.

Here's a previous discussion on The Screenplay Agency:

http://www.simplyscripts.net/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?b-film_contests/m-1149266726/


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Chad, do as Phil says and put a stop payment on the cheque. They are a fraud and you'll never sell your script through them. As it is, they'll probably be due 10% of any future sale of your script.

I should go bump up the other thread...


EDIT: Looks like Phil has already bumped up the agency warning thread, thanks.


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Looks like you beat me to it Phil.

Everyone who is in contact with a manager or agent - one of the first questions that you should always ask is:

Q. How many scripts have been sold through your agency.

If the answer is zero - then you should be wary.


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chad
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Oh, I'm getting out! But after they did the critique, now they come to the Editing part. I told them reliable sources have warned me against them and I'm getting out.
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Googling the name of the agency and its representatives will tell you a lot.


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