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JohnI
Posted: January 2nd, 2018, 12:39pm Report to Moderator
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I know imdb pro list contacts of producers, agents, directors, etc. Is it also listed if they take open submissions? I know Backstage does but has a smaller listing.

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I know imdb pro list contacts of producers, agents, directors, etc. Is it also listed if they take open submissions? I know Backstage does but has a smaller listing.


No, it doesn't.  It may have:

- The firms website link
- general contact site (email address)

What you really have to do is go firm by firm and check their site to see if the accept submissions. Most do not.


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I've noticed that IMDB has limited access to previous options that were available to standard (free) accounts. Those options have now gone to pro.



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I've noticed that IMDB has limited access to previous options that were available to standard (free) accounts. Those options have now gone to pro.



Yep.

I have Pro - but not sure it is worth it as it doesn't really give you much of anything that you can't find on Google searches. Still debating its merits.


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I bought pro for one year... actually by accident as it went through after a free trial... so I went through the year and used it, but in my opinion, it isn't any better than LinkedIn which is free.


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I used to use Done Deal Pro... I liked the way you could search for criteria.. that way you could narrow down 'who' was buying what ...then make a list of maybe the top thriller buyers and then I would sometimes have to go to imdb to get contact info if it was not on DDP. It saves so much time to figure your marketing plan out then contact people that are not buying what you are trying to sell.

I have imdb pro as well but hardly ever use it.

I have not been serious about writing since I started working full time but hopefully I'll retire this year some time and can get back to writing again.


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I used to use Done Deal Pro... I liked the way you could search for criteria.. that way you could narrow down 'who' was buying what ...then make a list of maybe the top thriller buyers and then I would sometimes have to go to imdb to get contact info if it was not on DDP. It saves so much time to figure your marketing plan out then contact people that are not buying what you are trying to sell.

I have imdb pro as well but hardly ever use it.

I have not been serious about writing since I started working full time but hopefully I'll retire this year some time and can get back to writing again.


So you preferred Done Deal over IMDB?


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Well it was easier to search the archives say over the last year to see if certain companies were buying thrillers... you could use it to tailor who to call or email... but then there is VERY limited contact info on Done Deal Pro... so I would use imdb. I also used to buy the creative directory every year. I didn't buy one last year. But I have a lot of addresses in there... I am also a member of the tracking board forums and in there you can find contact information for certain execs as well.


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Cool - thanks


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With IMDb though all you really get is access to an agent. That's easy enough info to find out for free, IMO.


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With IMDb though all you really get is access to an agent. That's easy enough info to find out for free, IMO.


They've now moved box office figures to PRO. Which you can easily find elsewhere.

But, they've also removed the ability to browse production and distribution companies to see their slate of films. Which was very useful.

Of course, you can find this info on the web if you search, but it was very easily accessible on IMDB before.


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With IMDb though all you really get is access to an agent. That's easy enough info to find out for free, IMO.


You can get to more than that. Sometimes even the agent will not respond to an email... once I contacted the Director of Photography of an upcoming Melissa McCarthy movie. He said he was about to hop a plane and would read it on his trip(even though it was not something he normally does). My thinking was that if he thought the script was MADE for Melissa and was good enough... he could push it to the people I needed to get it to. Sometimes you can go down the line... and find people that can help you get 'in' the door. With my scenario... he didn't ever get back to me which means he either hated the script, didn't read it or didn't think it was good enough for Melissa to be interested in. I'll never know but it was a one in million luck try.

If you do not have a closet of great scripts though, and I do not, then it's sort of a waste of money IMO. So I may let my subscription cancel soon.. if anyone needs to hop on for anything though hit me up in a pm and I'll give you my access code so you can try it out before you spend the money.


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Dustin
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I tended to concentrate on directors, actors, and producers. I do know of one DP that is also a director but he is also listed as such. DPs/cinematographers are generally employed and don't have much sway in terms of actual story. Maybe it's because their job is all lighting and camera angles - their judgement on what makes a great story isn't something expected. So, I wouldn't take much from it that you didn't hear from them again. They, more than likely, simply wasn't in a position to help.

True though too, you never know, so it's always worth a shot.


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If you have a script to shop I think it's essential. Not really worth the money they charge per month, but the service is essential.

It not only gives you info on talent reps, it tells you who produced, directed, financed, etc. not only movies in production, but movies in development. So you can stay on top of trends, and solicit those financiers who are doing projects that closely match yours.

Plus if you're going to send someone's IMDB page to someone else, they assume you're going to send the Pro link.

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