2021 is about to begin! We’ve combed through the Internet to present you with a hugely comprehensive list of which companies currently accept screenplays. From solicited queries to unsolicited queries welcome, you’ll have more than enough options to pursue.
Let’s get started!
Only Solicited Queries Allowed
When you query a production company, you send them a letter/ Email. This letter should be aimed at the company’s development executives. Keep the letter short, about a few paragraphs to explain your screenplay.
Then ask whether the development executive has further interest in reading the whole thing. Make sure you provide your contact information as well!
Send queries to companies who have produced your kind of content in the past. Sending a company a rom-com that does horror movies is the quickest way to get on the do not respond list forever.
Do your research.
Here is a list of production companies accepting solicited queries in 2020. We’ll provide some background and the contact info for each.
1.) 3 Arts Entertainment
3 Arts Entertainment was founded in 1991 in Beverly Hills by Howard Klein, Michael Rotenberg, and Erwin Stoff. The company produces both films and television. Movies by the company include Unbroken and Edge of Tomorrow. Some TV show examples are It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Mindy Project, and The Office.
Based in Los Angeles, Archetype has four managers at current: Shepard Smith, Desiree Middlebrook, David Server, and Ray Miller. Server is in charge of finding new directors and writers and everyone else talent. The company has worked on such productions as The Boys, Find Me in Paris, and The Walking Dead.
3.) Avalon Management
With locations in New York, LA, and London, Avalon Management specializes in live comedy in the UK and the US. Some of the US-based productions they’ve worked on are the Comedy Central TV show Workaholics and Amazon Prime Video’s Catastrophe, which was nominated for an Emmy.
4.) Black Box Management
The creation of Lowell Shapiro and Mike Dill, Black Box Management in LA supports artists and screenwriters in branded content, digital content, television, and film.
5.) Brillstein Entertainment Partners
Since 1991, Brillstein Entertainment Partners has welcomed talented comedy writers in television. The Brillstein Company had existed before then since 1969. At the time, founder Bernie Brillstein was involved in such works as Saturday Night Live and The Muppets Show. This production company does work in film on occasion, including movies like Happy Gilmore and The Cable Guy.
6.) DMG Entertainment
As a “global media and entertainment company,” Beverly Hills’ DMG Entertainment runs the gamut in entertainment, including areas like next-gen tech, video games, comic books, TV, and film. Their film library includes work on Twilight, Iron Man 3, and Resident Evil: Afterlife.
7.) Echo Lake Entertainment
Echo Lake Entertainment encompasses digital programming, film, and television. Headed by Mike Marcus, a former CAA lead agent who also worked as MGM Pictures’ COO and president, Echo Lake produced eight films that were eligible for Academy Awards.
8.) Farah Films & Management
A very, very small production company with one to two employees, Farah Films & Management is led by New Jersey-based film producer Dan Farah.
9.) The Gotham Group
Founded by Ellen Goldsmith-Vein in West Hollywood in 1994, The Gotham Group has worked on many films over the years, including The Spiderwick Chronicles, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Blackway, and All Together Now.
10.) Guy Walks Into a Bar
Todd Komarnicki’s Guy Walks Into a Bar is another small production company to add to your list. Kormarnicki is a novelist and playwright who has worked on Elf, Meet Dave, and Sully.
11.) Haven Entertainment
LA mainstay Haven Entertainment produces TV, films, digital entertainment, and books. Their TV works include Play by Play, Youth & Consequences, and In the Vault. In film, Haven Entertainment has produced Life Partners, More Than a Game, and Under the Electric Sky.
Since 2004, Manage-ment has worked with high-level directors and writers to bring television and film productions to life. Some of their television work includes such acclaimed shows as Mozart in the Jungle, Narcos, House of Cards, Breaking Bad, and Mad Men.
13.) Management 360
Management 360 was founded in 2002 by David Lane Seltzer, Eric Kranzler, Daniel Rappaport, Suzan Bymel, Evelyn O’Neill, and Guymon Casaday.
14.) New Wave Entertainment
As entertainment marketers, New Wave Entertainment has brought to the world such works as The Broken Hearts Gallery, The Trial of Chicago 7, The Boys, Animaniacs, and 13 Reasons Why. They have worked on films like Artemis Fowl and Suicide Squad as well.
15.) Nine 8 Entertainment
Nine 8 Entertainment in LA was founded by Andrew Trapani, who also works as a producer for the company. Trapani’s work includes CBS Films’ Winchester with Helen Mirren.
16.) Rain Management Group
Working in areas of consulting, management, and production, Rain Management Group in LA has produced many programs that win Golden Globes and Oscars. Those programs include Suspicion, Final Space, A Million Little Things, and The Handmaid’s Tale.
17.) Rosa Entertainment, LLC
As an independent TV and film production company, Rosa Entertainment has produced a variety of films. Those include Go Tigers!, Stand and Be Counted, Lonely Hearts, and The Widows’ Adventures.
18.) Untitled Entertainment
The LA talent agency Untitled Entertainment also has locations in London and New York.
Unsolicited Queries Welcome
The following production companies should accept unsolicited queries. That means you can send your screenplay straight to them without any query letter first. Best of luck!
1.) Aligned Entertainment
Santa Monica’s Aligned Entertainment is a talent management firm that works with professionals involved in both film and TV, including Broadway, independent and studio films, and cable and network television.
2.) Aperture Entertainment
From The Prince to Desiree, A Deadly Adoption, and Monogamish, Aperture Entertainment has brought many great works to screens everywhere.
3.) The Cartel
The staff at The Cartel have more than 50 years of experience altogether in producing television and film. Their better-known TV works include Judging Amy, Lucifer, Brooklyn 99, NY Undercover, and Black Lightning. The Cartel’s works have sold to such cable and broadcast outlets as Disney Channel, Lifetime, HBO, Showtime, MTV, USA, Starz, and NBC.
4.) Circle of Confusion
Circle of Confusion runs the Circle of Confusion Television Studios, which is a partnership with ITV Studios America. The production company also offers internships, providing you another chance to get your foot in the door.
5.) Energy Entertainment
Since 2000, when Brooklyn Weaver founded the company, Energy Entertainment has grown to embody the best in written and visual entertainment. Their project resume includes Bates Motel, Black Mass, Deadpool, Out of the Furnace, Run All Night, and Z for Zachariah.
6.) Good Fear
The talent managers at Good Fear appreciate screenwriters who are passionate about storytelling through the mediums of either film or television.
7.) Heroes & Villains Entertainment
Working in areas such as new media, comics, video games, TV, and film, Heroes & Villains Entertainment has a large roster of television and film clients.
8.) Jon Klane Company
Malibu’s own Jon Klane Company has more than 30 years in the industry partnering with television and film producers, directors, and writers. The company’s works include Moneyball, Jonah Hex, The Sandlot, Ransom, and Nash Bridges.
9.) The Levin Agency
Sid Levin’s production company The Levin Agency offers literary and film services as well as consulting.
10.) The Mission Entertainment
Production and management company The Mission Entertainment was founded by Andrew C. Coles, who today is the company’s CEO. Their work includes the film Queen & Slim, TV show Twenties, and docu-series Happy Birthday Project.
11.) MXN Entertainment
If you’re looking to get into independent film or TV, try MXN Entertainment. This production company, led by Michelle Knudsen and Mason Novick, has taken home awards for works like Young Adult, Red Eye, Ricky and the Flash, and Juno.
12.) Pulse Films
The Los Angeles branch of Pulse Films was founded by Thomas Benski, who is also its CEO. From non-fiction to scripted TV, film, music videos, and commercials, Pulse produces it all.
13.) Silent R Management
Jewerl Ross, the namesake, and founder of Silent R Management, is an LA native who worked for film companies such as Paradigm and ICM. Ross decided to open Silent R in 2006, and the rest is history.
14.) Zero Gravity Management
For a chance to work with TV and film studios of all sizes, reach out to Zero Gravity Management. Their filmography includes Ozark, Beasts of No Nation, The Accountant, A Family Man, and The Outsider.
You still have time to make the most of 2020 by submitting your screenplay to a production company. The companies we reviewed today take solicited or unsolicited offers, so it’s time to prep your screenplay and shoot your shot. Best of luck!
Now its time to here from you:
What companies are you plaining to contact?
What have you been doing to get your foot in the door otherwise?
Whatever your answer is lets here it in the comments below.