New site covers H’wood for execs and wannabe scribes

Producers Steve Tisch, Jon Avnet and Howard Baldwin are launching today, hoping it becomes the place that Hollywood will go to for script coverage. Web site will provide notes to execs the next day and help discover wannabe scribes as well.

Heralded as a “virtual story department,” the site hopes to target the approximately 400 production companies that have deals with studios, as well as other execs, agents and writers working in film or television.

“If people are with a production company, they’re already pre-registered,” Judd Payne, the site’s co-founder and veep of the Steve Tisch Co., told Daily Variety.

Coverage will be featured on the site, available to all registered members through links, as well as a database for referencing archived material for those looking for scripts in turnaround. Negative coverage will also be posted.

Overnight spec script coverage will be available online daily at 9:30 a.m. Site is free for now.

While invited to join the site, agents are already keeping an eye on it as a potential deal-breaker for their clients.

As a separate service, unrepped scribes will be able to submit their work for review for $100. If a script receives favorable coverage, it is posted on the site. Negative coverage is not.

That service will begin with the first annual Hollywood Intl. Screenplay Competition later this year, with scripts read by studio story analysts and judged by Hollywood execs.

The site will eventually expand and take submissions year-round, in the manner of competitor

Payne, along with Bill Papariella, VP of production for Baldwin Cohen, and Brad Warrington, director of business development at Web site developer Dream Theater, will manage the site. Tisch, Avnet and Baldwin will serve as advisers.

Tisch and Black & Blu last week inked a first-look deal with Web site, getting a 72-hour window to grab rights to new scripts before they’re posted on the site.

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