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 (JC) 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 over 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. He is the co-creator along with Tanya Klein of the upcoming animated horror feature Malevolent, starring Morena Baccarin, Ray Wise and William Shatner.
Tanya Klein (TK) is a partner in Coverage, Ink. She has wide-ranging experience in both film and theater. She spent many years in NYC as a writer/director where her plays have been seen Off-Broadway, as well as in international festivals like FringeNYC. She also spent the better part of a decade as Artistic Director of a theater company where she directed and/or produced close to a hundred productions and conducted writing and directing labs. On the film side she has a slew of produced shorts to her credit (as well as straight to web fare) and is a writer/Exec Producer with Coverage Ink Films. She is the cowriter and co-executive producer of the upcoming animated horror feature “Malevolent” starring William Shatner, Morena Baccarin, and Ray Wise. She loves all genres but has a particular love of indie and geek-centric fare.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
LA-based producer and development executive DW has worked for Lionsgate, selling the rights to Academy Award winner CRASH and several installments of the SAW series, as well as at Universal Pictures and Warner Brothers. He has helped develop projects such as BATTLESTAR GALACTICA and STAR TREK (2009.) DW brings a personal love of graphic novels, a passion for manga, and the desire to adapt both for the screen.
KS graduated with a degree in video production and a concentration in screenwriting. Since moving to Los Angeles he’s worked at multiple top tier literary management companies over several years, collaborating with managers and producers on various film and television projects. Additionally, he’s worked for The Scriptwriters Network, The Great American Pitch Fest, USC First Pitch and The New York Film Academy Pitch Fest.
Originally from the east coast, but now resides in Los Angeles, MG is a repped writer who got his start on the production side of several primetime television shows. Eventually, he became a writers’ assistant on a sitcom for TV LAND. Also, he’s produced several indie horror features and has written and produced a comedy pilot presentation for a major studio. He is strong with 1/2-hr comedies and genre fare in particular.
CD earned his MFA from the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and is a member of the WGA. Primarily a television writer, he has been staffed on three one-hour dramas and has developed with many production companies and studios. On the feature side, he’s co-written a feature for Warner Premiere. As a reader, CD gives the scripts he covers the same, all-out effort and consideration he gives in the writers’ room.
An award-winning screenwriter, essayist and critic with a special passion for the action and crime genres. He has written on film for the National Film Registry and is the co-author of a best-selling book on screenplay structure. ML grew up in Pittsburgh and resides in Burbank, CA. Favorite films include GOODFELLAS, DIE HARD, JFK, and WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT.
DB is a graduate of the Vancouver Film School, a former development executive, and a produced screenwriter (in film & TV). Between development and screenwriting, DB has worked on 15 produced features. He prefers genre material in both TV & film (thriller, action, sci-fi, horror) but is always game for a good comedy.