A bit of a rant here. So the Black List, y'know the one, has teamed up with Warner Bros in Australia to sign up a writer to a blind deal. Of course the catch is that you have to have your script uploaded to the BL and also, while it's not a must (suuuuuuuuuuure), it's recommended that you have at least one evaluation done on your script. Now there's also no guarantee any writer will get a blind deal, so this whole thing could lead to nowhere for everybody.
As a writer in Australia I can tell you it is a ridiculously closed of industry for people trying to break in. Agencies willing to accept fresh writers? Virtually nil. Companies that accept submissions here? Can't find them. Local, state or federal government funded opportunities to unproduced writers? HA! Sure opportunities arise from such government funded places that offer funding but every single time it's "must be produced, have a writing credit, have a director or producer attached with credits etc". Now we finally have a major player in the country willing to look at fresh writers and it even does state a similar blurb about produced writers with credits etc so I think that fresh writers are wasting their time and money.
I am so sick of this pay to play rubbish. A. The BL has about a .0005% success rate for a start and B. Having to fork out $165AUD to simply have a script hosted and then evaluated by a nobody with who knows what qualifications to have any opportunity is rubbish. I understand these companies would no doubt be inundated with a flood of poorly written rubbish if they opened the doors (Cough Amazon Studios Cough) but this is not the way to do it either. I don't know if there's any other Aussie screenwriters on here but this country has a joke of an entertainment industry that just loves it's closed doors and not allowing people to be a member of the club unless they're already a member of the club.