STATUS: I “ignored” email for two days so I could catch up on some royalty statement reviews and contract issues. If the email wasn’t imperative, I waited until the end of the day to start responding. Unfortunately, it’s easy to get behind in a big hurry.
What’s playing on the iPod right now? PRIVATE DANCER by Tina Turner
There’s no such thing as a free lunch, right? I wish Hollywood would understand that there should be no such thing as a free option.
Now in talking to my film co-agents, I do know that Hollywood has also gotten hit hard by the downturn in the economy. That finding money is tougher now than it has been in years. I get that.
But I’m also sensing an interesting trend as of late. I am actually getting more inquiries about the film rights availability for a lot of my client’s projects than I have in years past.
I can’t be the only agent who has gotten a slew of interest lately only to discover when push comes to shove (as in do you have money to option said project), the interested parties say they were hoping for a free option—that they would like to “test the waters” or “shop it around” or “try to get it set up somewhere.”
And then on top of a free option they want an exclusive to boot!
Uh-huh. And I’d like to win the Powerball lotto or inherit the Hope diamond too.