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Who reads for CI? The very nature of their jobs demands anonymity. We cannot divulge who our readers are, but they are degreed, working industry professionals with strong development skills and thousands of scripts and coverage reports under their belts. They have worked for big production companies with studio deals and indies alike, and for several of the 3-letter agencies.

Minimum requirements for a story analyst at Coverage Ink includes a degree in film and/or screenwriting and at least one year experience working for a reputable agency, production company or management company. As well, readers must pass a test and a “shakedown cruise” wherein we compare their analyses against our senior readers to make sure they not only can see both the big picture and the minutiae, but also that they have the ability to convey their ideas in a clear and informative and empowering way. We don’t let anyone loose on a script until they survive the gauntlet and prove they’ve got the goods.

And don't worry, with Coverage, Ink. your work will remain anonymous. Coverage, Ink. will never expose your script to anyone.

Here are mini bios of some of the Coverage, Ink team:


WGA member Jim Cirile is the founder and owner of Coverage, Ink. For a decade, Jim covered the biz with his Agent’s Hot Sheet column for Creative Screenwriting magazine. As well, he was a regular contributor to Script magazine. With two decades experience in screenwriting, development and production, Jim has sold, optioned, rewritten or written for hire a plethora of scripts and enjoyed a multipicture studio deal (Lionsgate.) Jim has a certificate in screenwriting from the UCLA Professional Program and may be the only person in history ever to rewrite the Coen Bros. (the unproduced “Guido.”) A former writer for “Weekly World News,” Jim is mostly focusing on consulting, mentoring and script doctoring lately while producing original genre-oriented feature film projects through Coverage Ink Films.

Senior CI analyst AS is a multi-award-winning screenwriter who also hails from the UCLA Professional Program. She works professionally as a script doctor and contest coordinator and she reads or has read for CI, Scriptshark, Script Alley, Slamdance, New Regency, Senator Entertainment, and many contests. Wonderful with character, structure and especially dialogue; loves all genres. And by the way, she's both incredibly insightful and tough as nails.

DS earned a BA in Film Studies from UNLV and an MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute.  He worked as a writer’s assistant to two top writers with multiple studio deals in addition to working as an office assistant to a top Hollywood producer, reading and covering hundreds of scripts.  DS then spent seven years in management, representing writers, directors and producers in film and television, managing careers and developing & packaging projects with clients.  He currently teaches film at the university level in Los Angeles.

Chicago native JT is a senior CI story analyst and a line producer for big name commercials, but his passion is writing. JT has been writing and reading scripts for two decades. JT's eye for detail is second to none. He has also read for the Gersh Agency, Lorimar and New Line Cinema and is a Writers Boot Camp alumni. A genuine movie nut, JT loves sci-fi, sports, Western, and genre films, and has encyclopedic knowledge of pretty much every TV show ever.

Senior CI analyst BF is an optioned and produced screenwriter, and has written or ghostwritten over 20 feature-length horrors, thrillers, and dramas.  As a writer/producer, his short horror/TV pilot has screened internationally at over twenty festivals, winning best short film, and placing as finalist in multiple television festivals.  He has won grand prize in The Writer’s Network competition, been an official selection in the Tribeca Film Festival All Access program, and been a finalist in the Sundance Writer’s Lab, Slamdance, and Project Greenlight. He has written coverage on over 800 screenplays and teleplays, including pre-production screenplays, and scripts by Academy Award nominees and leading contest winners.  He currently reads for several indie NYC film production companies as well as CI.

From Michigan, where he was film reviewer for the Michigan Daily paper and a coordinator for the Ann Arbor Film Festival, multi-award-winning screenwriter/analyst AK moved to LA in 2006 and cut his teeth working at New Line Cinema. While there, he became a top reviewer for both and, where he was screenplay reviewer of the month. AK now works as an analyst for several indie prodcos as well as Coverage, Ink, while he continues to develop his own material as well as teach writing for a popular online writing course.

With a B.F.A. in Film, KO is a repped WGA writer who has optioned several original screenplays, including one to Sony. He recently set up a TV pilot at CBS/Paramount and is shopping another. Worked as reader for Phoenix Pictures as well as various websites dedicated to helping writers develop their material through coverage and development notes. KO has sold several TV pilots and is a working, represented TV writer. Loves quirky, unusual or noir material as well as action/adventure and studio-style films.

As a former assistant at a motion picture lit agent’s desk at ICM for almost three years, EY read “about 1.5 billion” scripts (his words) and recalls even though he had weekends off – he didn’t really. He left in 2007 to become a writer’s assistant on a 1-hr dramatic TV show and later became a staff writer on that long-running show. EY is now a represented, working TV writer, is cutthroat when it comes to grammar and structure and is more studio guy than indie.


Hailing from the UCLA Master’s Program in Screenwriting, SH has won numerous awards including the Harmony Gold Excellence Award and the Jay Grossman Comedy Writing Award. He works as a screenwriting tutor for UC Irvine and has designed online screenwriting courses for UCLA. As a story analyst, he has worked for Storm Entertainment, Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, Concorde-New Horizons, Award-Winning Screenwriters and ScriptPIMP, among others, and he also works as a writer/copy editor on magazines.


LO hails from DreamWorks Animation’s story department, where she has worked since 2005. Her recent credits include every monstrous animated hit DreamWorks has ever made. She has also worked in development at three other production companies and graduated Magna Cum Laude from BU. Strong on comedy and character, LO is our animation expert.


RD graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from The University of Massachusetts and began a career as a newspaper reporter before moving to Los Angeles to earn his M.F.A. in screenwriting from Loyola Marymount University. On the production and development side he has read for Phoenix Pictures and Artist International. His agency experience entails reading for International Creative Management, and work in the literary department at both Metropolitan Talent Agency and The Agency for the Performing Arts.


SH (2) is an award-winning writer and producer who received an MFA from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cal State Long Beach. Her scripts have attracted major talent and her films have proven profitable around the world. She continues to develop and produce projects for the screen. Strong on character-based comedy and a wide variety of genres from small and quirky to big and bold.


JS has a degree in English as well as a BFA in film. In addition to working as a writer/producer in the film industry for over 15 years, JS has also worked with the Sundance Institutes Directors Lab for over a decade. He teaches film production and writes professionally in a number of different mediums from screenplays and teleplays to graphic novels and prose. He offers gentle patience, cutting insight and creative solutions.


Hailing from Germany, TK is a New York screenwriter/playwright/ director producer. She was Artistic Director of a NY theater company for close to a decade and conducted writing, directing, and acting labs. She’s directed close to a hundred shows and several short films. She’s produced numerous stage productions, short films and a web series. Her plays have been seen Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway, as well in international theater festivals like FringeNYC. Three of her screenplays have been produced as shorts and several of her feature-length scripts have won contests.  She is a producing partner in Coverage Ink Films and loves drama as well as all things geeky, though her sensibilities lean indie/European.


A story analyst since 2009, EC has read for producers and writers all over Hollywood and the U.S. EC holds an MFA in film and screenwriting from BU with supplementary backgrounds in production, fiction, and playwriting. Not only does EC love to dissect story to see what makes it tick, he holds a special affection for those stories that strive to stand above the rest through excellence and creativity, no matter the genre.


With an MFA in Screenwriting from Loyola-Marymount, SC is an award-winning screenwriter who has been doing coverage since 2003 for companies like ICM, Mel Gibson and Denzel Washington's companies, Evergreen Studios and Participant Media. He currently teaches screenwriting at the university level.


LH studied film at Emerson College, then earned her Master's in Screenwriting at Boston University. She is a freelance writer and works as a story analyst for the Gersh Agency.


SH(3) is originally from Chicago. A reader for Scriptapalooza and Nasser Literary Management, he has also worked for Scenario and Lighthearted. He likes all genres and enjoys creative problem-solving, often proposing solid solutions to the story issues he finds.


Hailing from a small beach town in North Carolina, AL earned a BA in Film Studies from UNC-Wilmington.  She headed west to California where she earned her MFA in Screenwriting from the American Film Institute.  Since graduation, she's been hired to write a feature film currently in post-production and continues to develop multiple projects with a focus on one-hour television dramas.


A graduate of USC's School of Cinematic Arts and a writer for well-known online news/entertainment sites, GW has read for Paramount and CAA, worked many industry jobs, and once hit Morgan Freeman with a door (by accident). Writing experience includes over a million words published plus a scary amount of script doctoring. Loves films from micro-budget indies to huge studio movies, providing first and foremost that the screenplay works!


KC has studied writing for film and television at Boston University and UCLA.   She's been a professional script analyst for over six years with companies such as Final Draft, Slamdance, and Coverage Ink, among others.  A produced playwright, she has had works produced in America, Britain, and France (in translation).


UK-based MG has worked as a script consultant for various indie production companies and for countless individuals. She’s read for the London Screenwriters’ Festival, the Underwire Festival, Just Effing Entertain Me, the Nevada Film Office, NYC Midnight, New Writing South and The Film Festival Guild. She reviews movies for Raindance Film Festival and has been a contributing editor to the Universal Film Magazine and What The Dickens? magazine. She has had various short films and stories produced and published while building up her own consultancy business.


Born and raised in Texas, DS(2) received a degree in Creative Writing & Motion Pictures from the University of Miami before completing his MFA in Screenwriting at the American Film Institute.  Since then, his Hollywood journey has taken him from working for major studios, to developing independent film projects, to teaching screenwriting, and everything in between.  Currently working as a professional writer in both features and television, DS loves to cut to the heart of a any script and help draw the most unique, honest, and compelling story to the surface.













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