You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti Awarded Email Delivery Control Patent

Longtime producing partners Kevin Spacey and Dana Brunetti, who have teamed on multiple movies and television projects, now carry a unique distinction in Hollywood — holders of a U.S. patent.

The duo was awarded patent 9306887 B1 on April 5 by the U.S. Patent Office for “systems and methods for implementing email delivery” and received the physical patent on Thursday. Brunetti unveiled the patent via his Instagram account.

“The invention relates to systems and methods for managing emails where an email server that may comprise one or more computer systems, and which may be part of an email system, receives an email addressed to a specified first user,” the abstract reads. “The email server may analyze the received email and access one or more electronic databases, which may comprise information related to one or more respective registered users of the email system. The databases may be stored on one or more computer-readable storage media operatively connected to the email server.”

Brunetti told Variety that the patent is aimed at providing a way for screening and managing non-authorized emails.

“It is like having a digital doorman at a velvet rope,” he said. “It allows in only the ones it knows or whoever is on the list and sends the others away with a message telling them they’re not approved. If they’ve been given a PIN or other access they can approve themselves. If they’ve been emailed by the user they’re pre-approved so their replies can get through and they won’t know the difference, but anyone can always be unapproved at any time.”

Brunetti said the idea emerged for several reasons — the first being Spacey’s frustration of having to change his email all the time when someone would forget to bcc a group of people and suddenly everyone on that list would have his email.

“With this system he could put his email address on the side of a building and still get emails only from people he wanted,” Brunetti added. “I also have my own frustration of people I don’t know easily contacting me at any time. Everyone has their phones attached to them now and I feel it is intrusive for anyone to be able to get a message freely to anyone at any time as long as they have their address.”

Brunetti also believes there are plenty of business applications covered by the patent.

“Just for this business alone it could help agents, attorneys, managers, etc. to stop getting unsolicited submissions or other unwanted contact from people like stalkers of client,” he explained. “Venture capitalists could use this as they get inundated with proposals seeking funding, and frankly everyone gets some sort of email contact that they don’t want that this would prevent. It could be as simple as contact from an ex or crazy neighbor, but the biggest thing this eliminates is spam.”

It’s the first patent for Spacey and for Brunetti.

After Spacey won acting Oscars for “The Usual Suspect” and “American Beauty,” he brought on Brunetti at Trigger Street Productions. It’s been a production company on “The Social Network,” “Captain Phillips,” “Fifty Shades of Grey” and the Netflix series “House of Cards,” in which Spacey stars as the President of the United States.

Brunetti and Spacey also agreed earlier this year for Trigger Street to be acquired by Relativity Media with Brunetti becoming production president. Spacey opted out of being chairman in March.

More Film

  • Josh Brolin, Kathryn Boyd. Josh Brolin,

    'Avengers: Endgame's' Josh Brolin: Thanos' Butt Is a 'Beautiful, Purple Peach'

    On the eve of “Avengers: Endgame’s” world premiere, everyone’s thoughts have turned to the one crucial detail that could be the difference between life or death for the Avengers: Does Thanos have a butt? “I don’t know what that whole thing is about! I really don’t!” Josh Brolin, who plays Thanos, told Variety‘s Marc Malkin [...]

  • Tessa Thompson'Avengers: Endgame' Film Premiere, Arrivals,

    'Avengers: Endgame's' Tessa Thompson Says Valkyrie Would Spoon Captain Marvel, Thor

    Tessa Thompson, who plays Valkyrie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and upcoming “Avengers: Endgame,” had no problem addressing speculation about the character’s sexuality at the “Endgame” red carpet premiere Monday. The “Sorry to Bother You” actress explained that she played her Marvel character as bisexual. “In the canon, [Valkyrie] is bisexual. You see her with [...]

  • WGA Agency Packaging Fight Placeholder Writer

    Writers Guild Says Over 7,000 Members Have Fired Agents

    Over 7,000 members of the Writers Guild of America have fired their talent agents, the Hollywood union said on Monday. As promised, the guild delivered a first round of termination letters to agents in a show of support for the WGA’s full-on war with the Association of Talent Agents. “Today the Guild delivered a first [...]


    Brazil’s Ancine Freezes Incentives, Threatening Film-TV Industry Paralysis

    Brazil’s Ancine agency, its foremost public-sector source of film funding, has frozen all of its incentive programs, potentially near paralyzing new production in Latin America’s biggest film-TV industry. The dramatic decision, which has left Brazil’s industry is a state of shock and intense fear for its future, comes as it has taken further hits. In [...]

  • Jennifer Lopez

    Jennifer Lopez Reteams With STXfilms on Romantic-Comedy Co-Starring Owen Wilson

    Jennifer Lopez is reteaming with STXfilms on the upcoming romantic-comedy “Marry Me.” Kat Coiro is directing the film and Owen Wilson is in final negotiations to join the pic, which will likely shoot this fall. The script was written by John Rogers and Tami Sagher, with a rewrite by Harper Dill. Lopez and Wilson both [...]

  • Steve Golin The Revenant Spotlight Producer

    Steve Golin, Prolific Producer and Founder of Anonymous Content, Dies at 64

    Steve Golin, an Oscar-winning producer who was founder and CEO of Anonymous Content, died Sunday in Los Angeles of cancer. He was 64. Golin was a pioneer in blending the business of talent management with production. Anonymous Content, which Golin founded in 1999, worked with a stable of big name artists such as Steven Soderbergh, [...]

  • David Leitch Kelly McCormick

    'Hobbs & Shaw' Director David Leitch, Kelly McCormick Sign First-Look Deal With Universal (EXCLUSIVE)

    Universal Pictures is signing David Leitch, his longtime producing partner, Kelly McCormick and their recently founded 87North Production banner to a first-look production deal. “David and Kelly have established themselves as a distinctive, stylish filmmaking team who can do it all, from contained thrillers to franchise tentpoles,” said Universal’s president Peter Cramer. “We are confident [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content