New Web site to help scribes submit material
Former Creative Artists Agency exec Mark Patricof is hoping the Internet can help discover a few good scribes, launching script submission Web site GoodStory.com in January.Once officially launched, the site (now in its beta testing phase) will enable aspiring scribes to submit synopses of scripts, articles, plays, short stories and books online for buyers or agents to consider, for a yet-to-be-determined fee. Writers will also be able to include bios of themselves, character breakdowns and digitally send material to interested parties, approving who receives the work, as downloadable files. A database for reps or buyers to search for particular story elements, genre, locale and character traits or a writers’ experience, is also planned. GoodStory will also eventually offer a variety of features, including chat rooms, free e-mail accounts, message boards, pertinent informational links, writing resources and job listings. Anthony Jacobson, a former assistant in the William Morris Agency’s film department, has been named prexy of GoodStory.com. He was tapped exec producer of the site in June. “Jacobson’s background and insight from the William Morris Agency coupled with the strength of the advisory board will give GoodStory.com the leverage it needs to encourage buyers and sellers in the entertainment and publishing industries to use this site to search for literary material,” Patricof said. Patricof, CEO of New York-based Web developer KPE, which launched the site, said GoodStory will generate revenues through posting fees charged to writers, as well as buyer subscription rates. It will include corporate sponsorships and advertising. Site will eventually open an office in Los Angeles. “We’re building a business here,” Patricof told Daily Variety. “It allows buyers to break through the closed referral process to find new talent and new writers to discover an open door into the business.” With backing from board members who include Jane Rosenthal, prexy of Tribeca Film Prods.; Ed Pressman, prexy of Edward R. Pressman Film Corp.; and scribe Steven Schiff (“Deep End of the Ocean”), the site could become a major business tool for Hollywood. “Amateur writers have no efficient forum to make their work available for sale,” said Schiff, who is scripting “Backup” at Universal for Mike Nichols and “Chippendales” for Barry Sonnenfeld. “You can’t get work seen without representation. You can’t get representation without writing credits.” Yet whatever the amount of new features it offers, GoodStory still follows in the footsteps of ScriptShark.com, HollywoodLitSales.com and now shuttered GoCoverage.com, that also enable aspiring writers to break into the biz by being read by industryites. Not only do the sites signal that Hollywood is turning elsewhere for new material, but also hopes it can find it on the Web. “It’s a great area for writers who aren’t yet established to get a link to the industry or executives maybe not at the top level or at the starting level to be in communication with the audience they’re looking for,” Pressman said. GoodStory is the latest addition to KPE’s portfolio of Web properties. The company, founded in 1996, has helped design and launch several Web sites for ABC, Showtime, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Hasbro, Princess Cruises and extreme travel magazine Blue, as well as Daily Variety.