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Digital Screenplay Market Scriptd Adds Curation Element to Bolster Scripts From Underrepresented Groups

Exclusive: The forward-thinking database brings screenwriters and potential buyers together, and a new component seeks to serve that idea better than ever.

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Think of Scriptd like IMDb, but for unproduced screenplays. The digital marketplace boasts an intuitive interface that makes it easy to sort through (totally digital) stacks of scripts, all looking for a home to call their own. First launched in 2015, the website packages each script for maximum readability, first listed by title, author, and logline, along with tags denoting if it’s a film, television, or web project. Click on a script, and you can read its first few pages and reach out if you’d like to purchase the full script or are eager to chat about picking up the rights.

Perhaps it’s too easy. In an effort to maximize the browsing capabilities of Scriptd and help shine a light on the works of traditionally underrepresented groups, Scriptd has now added a curated function in partnership with industry experts. Per Scriptd, their aim is simple: “to both increase inclusion and quality, helping ensure more great stories get the green light. And more diversity means more money at the box office­­.”

The curated content is available now under a brand new tab on the website, which is designed to be a hub for new screenplays from emerging talents from groups who are often overlooked in the industry, included women, people of color, and members of the LGBTQ community. If you’re looking for something truly new, it will be there.

The section will be curated by a vast array of partners, including members of the Alliance of Women Directors, NALIP (National Association of Latino Independent Producers), and TFI (Tribeca Film Institute), and writers such as Jessica Bendinger of “Bring it On.” Their individual picks are all prominently featured for easy browsing, all the better for Scriptd visitors to see what new material is sparking with industry luminaries.

As founder Denise Hewett explains, “We’re offering an unbiased space featuring extraordinary work that industry leaders love in an effort to shift the way content is discovered and produced.”

Recent Scriptd scripts have been optioned by Carmen Milian and Charlene Tineo, along with “Insecure”s Jay Ellis and his producing partner Aaron Bergman under their company Black Bar Mitzvah.

Additional partners on this new initiative include The Bitch List, SeriesFest, Athena List, Roadmap Writers, Adolescent Content, and writer Ken Lazebnick.

You can find out more about SCRIPTD (and browse the site!) right here.

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