Screenwriting : Amazon Studios by Lendell Wallace

Lendell Wallace

Amazon Studios

I was wondering if any has heard any good or bad things about posting scripts on Amazon Studios? I have Googled and got some feedback but hard to say if it is legit.

Pierre Langenegger

Seems legit from everything I've heard. One of my contacts from another site made $300k from his script during their first year.

Lendell Wallace

That's good to know Pierre. I guess I have nothing to lose, because my script is not posted anywhere else and not making me any money.

Pierre Langenegger

That's right Lendell, nothing to lose. Good luck to you.

Lendell Wallace

Thanks Pierre.

Lendell Wallace

Thanks for the advice CJ, nice to hear from you again.

Lendell Wallace

CJ would you put one of your scripts on there?

Laurie Ashbourne

It is 100% legit (I am a consultant for them) a word of advice, make your project private. It will get the review without public comment.

Lendell Wallace

Thanks Laurie for the information and yes I will be doing it private.

Bill Costantini

Pierre - are you sure your contact made 300K from a single script on Amazon? No disrespect intended, but I can't believe that's an accurate figure.

Lendell Wallace

Congrats CJ for Notable Project.

Phillip "Le Raconteur" Hardy

Amazon's new policy allows a quick review of your work without strings attached. What Laurie said about going private is good counsel and I echo what CJ said about a major player allowing anyone to submit. Try to get your material into Netflix. So, I say submit away.

Pierre Langenegger

Bill: Perhaps I got the wrong amount. It was what I was told by a mutual connection but it was certainly up there. I believe it wasn't a straight out purchase but consisted of monthly winnings combined with a six month prize ... or something along those lines, it's all a little vague now but I just remembered the amount and was pretty blown away by it but it seems like everything about the Amazon system has now changed. Happy to stand corrected by those closer to the source.

Bill Costantini

Pierre - sounds like a lot of cash, according to a couple of the other posters. I'm pretty surprised Amazon was giving out that type of money for a script.

Pierre Langenegger

Bill, if memory serves me correctly, the monthly prize was something like $20k and you could win multiple months on the same script just by submitting the next draft. It all seemed pretty phenomenal. This was when Amazon Studios first launched, they had a shit-load of money and really wanted to enter the film industry in a big way and draw a lot of attention. It seems reasonable the strategy would change after a couple years.

Lendell Wallace

How do I get my script to Netflix Phil?

Phillip "Le Raconteur" Hardy

Lendell: My statement about Netflix was not meant to be encouraging but quite the opposite. Unless you have heavy hitting representation and Netflix is interested in seeing something... As they say in the Sopranos, "Forget about it." But in case you think I'm being hard hearted, here is there submission policy: "We do not take inquiries about partnerships or sponsorships at this email address. If you are submitting a film for consideration: unfortunately, we do not accept or review unsolicited materials or ideas. For that reason, we will not consider any materials or ideas we receive that were not specifically requested by Netflix or submitted via an aggregator or established agent through the appropriate channels." https://media.netflix.com/en/contact-us

Lendell Wallace

Sorry Phil I must have misunderstood, but thanks for the 411 on Netflix. I should have known they would make it hard on screenwriters. I like that show Orange Is The New Black, they have been picked up for 3 more seasons i heard.

Phillip "Le Raconteur" Hardy

Lendell: Nothing to apologize for my friend. We're all salmon swimming up the same stream.

Lendell Wallace

It's all good Phil.

Phillip "Le Raconteur" Hardy

Lendell: Amen!

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