Site targeting writers
IFilmpro.com already has one in ScriptShark.com. Now competing Web-based film biz resource Creative Planet has acquired online screenplay service GoodStory.com for an undisclosed amount of stock.GoodStory bowed earlier this year as a venture from Internet incubator and investor Kaufman Patricof Enterprises, the New York-based company founded by former Creative Artists Agency exec Mark Patricof. Site is still in its soft-launch phase, now months after it hit the Web. Acquisition gives Creative Planet a way to target the writing community, something its previously acquired portfolio of Web tools didn’t do. GoodStory enables scribes to post loglines from their screenplays and then control which interested agents, managers or producers are given access to read the manuscripts via e-mail. Site’s services will be integrated within Creative Planet’s redesigned site but will still operate as a separate destination. “We’re very happy with the technology KPE has developed because it gives the writer the ability to grant authorization to interested readers,” said Allen DeBevoise, prexy and CEO of Creative Planet. As a result of the sale, GoodStory prexy Anthony Jacobson and the company’s small staff have moved from New York to Creative Planet’s Los Angeles offices. Jacobson was a former member of the William Morris Agency’s motion picture department. “With GoodStory, Creative Planet provides the principal forum for interaction between writers, agents and buyers,” DeBevoise said. “Writers and their representatives are able to promote their work in a centralized online marketplace while retaining complete control over the viewing and distribution of their material, while buyers and agents are able to find written material using multiple search criteria.” Acquisition is Creative Planet’s eighth over the past seven months. Company has also purchased database the Studio System, Movie Magic Budgeting and Movie Magic Scheduling, advertising and musicvid resource the Source Maythenyi and Columbus Entertainment.