ScriptPartner™ Bringing aspiring writers into the Netflix age

ScriptPartner is a Limited Liability Corporation that maintains an extensive online presence. We are an online database and limited social media network designed to connect aspiring writers of stage and screen with both one another and potential producers who may help them bring their works to life.

The customer base that ScriptPartner serves is split in two groups:

The first group is writers who would like to showcase their material. It may be for films, television programs, even stage productions. All are welcome, across lines of age, gender, race, etc.

The second group is potential producers seeking to provide any sort of support to a production idea - financial support, in-kind contributions, or advice/guidance.

To achieve this, ScriptPartner combines the structure of a file sharing/reading website with the basic tenants of a social media platform.

Sample of ScriptPartner layout.

Scripts will be uploaded to the site in HTML format. This allows practically any computer or mobile device to access the full text and provides protection against theft or illegal downloading.

ScriptPartner is unique in that it not only serves as a host website for scripts, but it also provides the ability for users to copyright their material via the US Copyright Office for new writers and the WGA for established ones.

Many aspiring writers are often hesitant to share material online due to fears of having their ideas stolen. This copyright protection availability remedies that and provides a safe space to upload materials.

Connectivity between Artists and Producers

Another way that ScriptPartner is unique is that it aims to connect those two tiers together - the aspiring writers and producers. Similar to LinkedIn, messaging, contact information, feedback, etc may be exchanged on our site to foster real-life connections that may lead to a production.

Successful interactions will be reported on our website and used in subsequent marketing. Stories of success are what will sell the legitimacy of ScriptPartner.

Storyboards, Concept Art, and Show Bibles are also welcome.

ScriptPartner's content is also not just limited to scripts - storyboards, concept art, and show bibles may also be uploaded to draw attention to an artists project or profile.

Potential print and online advertisement subjects.

The message of ScriptPartner would be spread through the usage of advertisements in online and print format in places frequented by our intended audience (indie film mags, production message boards, off-broadway bulletins, etc).

Our marketing and advertising would be focused on these niche areas, and we aim to establish partnerships with certain publications in exchange for ad placement.

Annual Revenue Stream (projected)

The income for ScriptPartner is split by solid margin.

85% of our income comes from the subscription fee's paid by both writers and producers to be members of the site, similar to fee-for-service sites like Amazon Prime or Netflix. 15% comes from the revenue generated by our on-site ads.

Artists, in exchange for the access granted by ScriptPartner, pay a flat-rate of $25.00 per month. Producers pay a lower rate of $7.99 a month, depending on how many artists they come into contact with.

Membership is split between Producers and Writers. The Artists rate is higher due to producers already having easy access to scripts/ideas, and because the artists are paying for more exclusive access.

Our Target market is split as well
  • On the "Artist" side, we aim to cater to ambitious young afficianados of film, television, and the stage. This can range from aspiring writers all the way to active workers in the industry.
  • On the "Producer" side, we aim to cater to anyone inside or outside the studio system who wishes to help fund a potential production.

In terms of expenses, ScriptPartner would require minimal staffing, but substantial effort in order to succeed properly. Our projected salary budget is a total of $115,000 - including occupancy, equipment, legal, and advertising costs. We'd start off with just one staff member for the first six months and hire an additional IT Coordinator in the 3rd quarter.

ScriptPartner is an LLC with aspirations of becoming a B-Corporation - held to an independent set of standards. We are confident that we are able to meet the performance and legal requirements to become officially certified as a B-Corp.

Abandoned P.S 109 - E. 99th Street, Manhattan. Future ArtSpace Housing Project?

ScriptPartner's support for struggling artists goes beyond our website. In the wake of the Ghost Ship fire in Oakland, we recognize the importance of artist housing availability. We shall donate 1% of our annual profits to ArtSpace, for the purpose of their conversion of an abandoned school into housing units.

  1. Eliminates the need to have a friend of a friend in the industry.
  2. Provides fresh source of ready-to-read materials for producers with oversaturated Hollywood/studio scripts.
  3. Open to all parties - you don't need to be an established writer or producer to join.
  4. You also don't need to be new to the industry (see below).
  5. Anything can happen within this field.

Established directors like John Carpenter, Gus Van Sant, Lexi Alexander, and Ava DuVernay started off as independent visionaries and still maintain ties to the independent film industry today. Figures such as these may be excellent spokespersons for ScriptPartner.

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