As promised yesterday, here's my EXCLUSIVE video interview with Black List creator Franklin Leonard about the site's newly launched service, Black List 3.0.
For those who don't know, the Black List has been around since 2005 and is is an annual list of Hollywood's most liked unproduced screenplays. As their website boasts,
"Since its inception, more than 125 past Black List scripts have become theatrically released feature films grossing over $11 billion in total and winning 20 Academy Awards from over 80 nominations.
Both 2010 and 2011 Academy Award Best Pictures THE KING’S SPEECH and SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE were Black List scripts. Along with Diablo Cody’s JUNO and Aaron Sorkin’s THE SOCIAL NETWORK, Black List scripts have won four of the last eight screenwriting Academy Awards."
Franklin Leonard has worked in Hollywood since 2002 and was most recently Vice President, Creative Affairs at Overbrook Entertainment. Before that he was a Director of Development at Universal and has also worked at Appian Way.
(Apologies for some of the sound issues, folks. One of our mics decided to have a little fun with us.)
Franklin wanted me to correct two misstatments he makes in the interview. First, current membership is at over 1,100, not one thousand. Also, the site only has about 3600 titles on it, not 5000.
Hopefully you found this interview useful and please pass it along!
Related: The What, How, and Why of the Black List: The Long Answer by Franklin Leonard