ROME – The Black List has forged a link with Italy’s Writers Guild Italia (WGI), marking the first
non English-language writers’ org whose members’ scripts will have the opportunity to appear on
the prestigious Hollywood-based online scripts database.
The agreement follows similar partnerships The Black List has with the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW), the Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), the Writers Guild of Great Britain (WGGB), the Writers Guild of Canada (WGC), and The Writers Guild of Ireland (WGIR).
It marks major opportunity for Italian screenwriters, who are seeking to break out of national confines at a time when they can try to capitalise on the recent international success of films including Paolo Sorrentino’s “The Great Beauty” and gritty mob TV series “Gomorrah,” which has sold worldwide.
Though most WGI members write mainly in Italian they will be able to have translations of their scripts posted on The Black List database.
All WGI members will now be able to list their scripts online in The Black List, adding their script titles, loglines, tags, and representative information, and also monitor their work’s ratings and user traffic.
They will also receive a 20% discount on all Black List paid services, which are script hosting and evaluations.
“We believe this friendship only furthers our commitment to the idea that great storytelling knows no borders,” enthused WGI Los Angeles rep. David Bellini, who brokered the partnership.
The Writers Guild Italia (WGI) is the only writers’ guild in Italy. It was founded in 2013, following a partnership between the Film and Television Writers Association of Italy and the WGA West.