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Logliners Hosts Paperless Table Read with Final Draft Reader App

Billing it as the first fully “Paperless Table Read,” Logliners hosted a reading of a feature film script last night using Final Draft’s relatively new Reader app. The professional cast of performers read from their digital scripts on Apple iPads, distributed to them prior to the event, and gave the script’s writer and other invited industry guests the chance to hear the dialogue read out loud for the first time.

Final Draft was on hand to see their product in action in its natural habitat.

“We’re very excited to be a part of this unique event,” said Scott McMenamin, Vice President of Sales at Final Draft. “We expect that in the not-too-distant future an all-electronic table read will be nothing out of the ordinary. The Final Draft Reader app was designed to help cast and crew get their work done more easily and efficiently, and we hope it becomes an important part of paperless production.”

While writers are anxious to get their hands on the next generation of the Final Draft app, which will allow them to write actual script pages on their iPad, iPhone and Android devices, studio executives, agents and others are enjoying the free Reader app so far. With the ability to enter notes into a script on the fly, it suits their needs for development meetings and table reads just fine.

While Final Draft has not set a date for the release of their fully functioning writer app, they have confirmed it is coming this year. We expect it to hit the market sometime in the next two or three months. Price point is as yet undetermined, but a competitive introductory price is expected for early adopters.

Last night’s reading was of Tom Power’s supernatural horror script From the Grave. The event was sponsored by Media Services, Final Draft and PGAGreen.

Labor Guide Launch Party Rocks Hollywood

We had a blast with all our friends at the Labor Guide Launch Party Los Angeles last night at The Station Hollywood in the W Hotel! Prizes were raffled, Labor Guide Lemonades and appetizers consumed, and scintillating conversation exchanged at our fourth annual running of the event. Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate with us and to our generous sponsors for helping us make it all happen. Already looking forward to next year!

“We’re lucky to have such wonderful sponsors and guests, who just seem to make the party better every year,” said Leimomi Coloretti, Media Services director of outreach and events. “It’s truly an honor to host this event, where we get a chance to connect with all these amazing people in the industry and learn about the great things they’re working on. Thanks to everyone who made it out!”

Screenwriters See Drop in Jobs, Pay in 2010

For the first time since the strike, in 2010 WGA scribes found less work and made less money than in the year before, according to the guild’s annual report. The number of writers reporting earnings fell 4.5% to 4,244, while the total amount earned dropped 2.9% to $928 million – representing decreases of 200 writers and close to $30 million in earnings, respectively. As studios continued the trend of favoring presold titles such as comic books, novels and remakes over original feature scripts, there was not only a smaller pie last year, but fewer pieces for screenwriters.

The numbers were buoyed somewhat by the TV sector, in which working writers only dropped 1% and pay actually went up almost 3%, to a record $532.1 million. But the number of feature writers reporting earnings fell by over 11%, and earnings dropped almost 10% to $392.7 million.

The highlight of the report was the increase in residuals collected for both film and TV writers last year. WGA members collected $315.8 million in reuse payments in 2010, an increase of 10% over 2009 and the first time the figure has broken the $300 million mark. The increase was largely attributed to a massive surge in Pay TV residuals, which more than offset a slight drop in home video residuals for the year. TV writers again led the field, accounting for some $160 million in total resids, vs $142 million for feature scribes – representing increases of 12.8% and 6.1%, respectively.

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