Howdy, fellow scribes! As many of you know, I wrote the Agent’s Hot Sheet column for Creative Screenwriting magazine for ten years, until the magazine’s sad demise five years ago. Agent’s Hot Sheet was such an incredible opportunity I can barely put it into words. For a decade, I got to interview the top literary agents and managers in town and grill them about things that writers need to know — like how to get their attention, what to write, and how not to blow it. It was a doctorate-level course in the movie business, and I am forever grateful to CS founder Erik Bauer for the chance.
By the by, I’ve assembled all those columns into a 240-page e-book, which you can find right here.
I’ve always thought it was a shame to lose that incredible platform for dispensing knowledge to screenwriters. There had to be another venue for it, and not just some rinky-dink thing no one reads. And so it was that last month, I pitched a reboot of Agent’s Hot Sheet to leading industry trade The Wrap. I figured the time was right to bring back the column and talk about the myriad changes in the biz — and how those changes affect writers and their representatives. The Wrap’s response? “Can you have 1,000 words by end of the month?”
Why, yes. Yes, I can.
And so it is with ginormous pleasure that I announce my first guest blog for The Wrap: “Why Top Agents & Managers Are Steering Clients to TV.” If all goes well, I’ll have new articles up every month — once again talking to an elite panel of lit agents & managers about things of importance to writers. Make no mistake — it may have a different name (The Rep Sheet), but…
Agent’s Hot Sheet is back, baby.
— Jim Cirile