Screenwriting Agents: The Top 23 Hollywood Literary Agencies

Much of what is commonly known about screenwriting agents has “truthiness” but isn’t true.

Misconceptions persist because the agency business is somewhat secretive.

There are lots of very powerful agents and agencies that keep a low profile on purpose.

Screenwriting Agents – Overview

When you watch Entourage, The Player, Ray Donovan, Californication, or Swimming With Sharks – you see the intelligence, high-stakes strategic thinking, aggressive mindset, sense of humor, and more.

But you miss the personal elements, factual backstory, and real-world situations that are crucial to understanding agents and persuading them to represent you.

That’s why I’ve gathered videos, interviews, and profiles, and created an overview of the landscape.

Hopefully this will help you sound like a professional when the topic of agents comes up and perform well in meetings with these influential decision-makers.

If you’re ready to get an agent, check out my course How To Get An Agent.

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Two Categories Of Screenwriting Agents

Screenwriting agents and their agencies tend to fall into two main categories:

  • The “Big Four” Agencies
  • Boutique Agencies

The Big Four (and we will talk more about them in a moment), are WME, CAA, UTA, and ICMP.

Everything that’s not these four I’m calling a “boutique.”

Now, some may dispute this categorization scheme because there are a number of what I’m calling “boutiques” that are more like a mid-sized agency such as Gersh, Innovative, and Paradigm.

Sometimes, these three agencies are referred to as part of “The Big Seven.”

As you become more of a Hollywood insider, these distinctions become important.

For now, what I really want you to understand is this:

Most of the deals in Hollywood are handled by The Big Four.

You need to be very familiar with these companies.

The Big Four Hollywood Literary Agencies

1. William Morris Endeavor (WME)

Founded in 1898 as a vaudeville booking service, the William Morris Agency is Hollywood’s longest running talent and literary agency. There are 273 agents at WME.

In 2009, William Morris merged with Endeavor Talent Agency to form William Morris Endeavor. In 2012, Silver Lake Partners acquired a 31 percent stake in WME and that has been subsequently upped to 51 percent.

William Morris Endeavor became Hollywood’s biggest agency when it acquired sports and media talent agency IMG for $2.4 billion in 2014, so now the combined WME-IMG comprises more than 5000 employees.

Hollywood literary agent Rob Carlson“Working at a talent agency is like working for the CIA. You get to know what’s going on at the networks, at the studios, you have access to all this talent, on-screen and off. At Sony or Disney or NBC they only know about themselves. At an agency you know everything about everybody — even in the mailroom.”

Rob Carlson, William Morris Endeavor agent

Here’s an interview with Patrick Whitesell, co-CEO of WME:

To see inside WME’s office, here are four videos that were made for staff meetings at WME. They are parodies and are snarky, but you get to see inside WME, the screenwriting agents, the assistants, the conference rooms, the screening room, and more.

Here you can find profiles of agents Rob CarlsonRich Cook, Simon FaberBlake FronstinTheresa KangDoug Lucterhand, and WME Story Editor Christopher Lockhart.

2. Creative Artists Agency (CAA)

Founded in 1975, by five agents from the William Morris Agency, CAA was the largest talent and sports agency in the world for many years and remains a powerhouse. In 2010, CAA created a strategic partnership with global private equity firm TPG Capital.

TPG initially had a 35% stake in the agency and in 2014, but raised that to a majority 53% stake by paying $225 million in equity. This was the first time that CAA was not owned by its operating principals.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, CAA had $647 million in revenue and $121 million in profits in 2014CAA is estimated to be valued at more than $1 billion. There are currently 267 agents at CAA.

While many people regard CAA as having the best movie star client list, this April, 12 agents moved to UTA. The New York Times explained, “The exodus of agents from CAA was seen as pointing toward a change in internal culture…” Creative Artists loyalists, however, have ardently argued that nothing has changed at the agency — that it remains as effective and focused as ever.”

Maha Dahkil CAA Hollywood Literary Agent“We’re always communicating; we’re always switched on. I feel this umbilical cord to what I do, whether on the phone or e-mail, and it starts really early in the morning. A lot of us have overseas clients — I definitely do — and it just continues.

But because things are harder now, I find that our interactions are more personal and meaningful because it’s not just transactional. It’s not like: ‘Here’s your deal; here’s the good news.’ It’s really tougher going into the bad news with people.”

Maha Dahkil, Creative Artists Agency agent

John Campisi talks about how he became a literary agent at CAA in this video:

Here are profiles of agents Maha DahkilJohn Garvey, Risa GertnerLaura LewisSusie FoxMichael Kives, Sonja RosenfeldBeth Swofford, and Tom Young.

3. United Talent Agency (UTA)

Founded in 1991 as a merger between the Bauer-Benedek Agency and Leading Artists Agency, UTA now has 167 agents and more than 350 employees in Beverly Hills and New York.

In 2014, UTA acquired N. S. Bienstock (the leading broadcast and news agency) to make UTA the world’s largest agency in the broadcast news space.

CEO and Co-Founding Partner talks about the future of content in this video:

Here are profiles of agents Steve CohenAllan Haldeman, Blair KohanJenny Maryasis, and Brian Nossokoff and Jeremy Zimmer.

4. International Creative Management Partners (ICMP)

Founded in 1975 with the merger of Creative Management Associates and International Famous Agency. In 2005, Rizvi Travers bought controlling interest in ICM for $75 million. In 2006, ICM acquired the Broder Webb Chervin Silbermann Agency.

ICM completed a management buyout and formed a partnership with the new name ICM Partners in 2012. There are 145 agents at ICM Partners.

In the following interview, you can listen to Ted Chervin and Greg Lipstone describe how they restructured ICM, their plans and what they are focused when shaping the agency going forward.

Here are profiles of various screenwriting agents Chris SilbermanMark GordonMichael KaganJessica Lacy and Scott Mantell.

Boutique Agencies

These agencies typically have one to five literary agents.

I have included boutique agencies and companies that I have personally worked with or have had client’s scripts included on the Black List in the last three years.

The following list is made in alphabetical order:

1. Abrams Artists Agency

2. Agency for the Performing Arts (APA)

APA has 80 agents including Brian DowMike BerkowitzMarc KamlerChris Ridenhour, and Ryan Saul

3. The Alpern Group

4. Brant Rose Agency

5. Callamaro Literary Agency

Interview with Lisa Callamaro

6.  Don Buchwald & Associates

7.  The Dravis Agency

8. Featured Artists Agency

9. The Gersh Agency (Gersh)

Gersh has 75 agents including Sean Barclay, Nick CollinsSteve GershRandi GoldsteinBob Holman, and Sarah Self.

10. Innovative Artists (Innovative)

Innovative has 70 agents including Michael Pio and Jim Stein.

11. Jim Preminger Agency

12.  Kaplan Stahler Agency

13. Maggie Roiphe Agency

14. Original Artists

15. Preferred Artists

Interview with: Paul Weitzman

16. Paradigm (Paradigm)

Paradigm has 160 agents including David BoxerbaumJason CunninghamDebbee KleinChristopher LicataManny NunezBen Weiss, and Ida Ziniti.

17. Rothman Brecher Kim Agency

18. RWSG Agency

19. Verve (Verve)

Verve has 13 agents including Bryan BesserPamela GoldsteinAbram Nalibotsky, and Adam Weinstein.

In addition, here is a complete list of the WGA Signatory Agencies.

At a bare minimum, if you are considering signing with one of the screenwriting agents at a Hollywood literary agency, it should be on the WGA List.

Interviews With Screenwriting Agents

Check out these three group interview videos which feature many top agents from the major Hollywood literary agencies.

This interview features Maha Dahkil (Motion Picture Agent, CAA), Leslie Siebert (Managing Partner, Gersh), Debbee Klein (Co-head Literary Department, Paradigm), Lorrie Bartlett (Partner, ICM), Sharon Jackson (Partner WME), and Blair Kohan (Motion Picture Agent, UTA).

Agents and executives included in the Hollywood Reporter‘s “Next Gen” List share the biggest misconceptions, pet peeves, and bad advice they’ve been given.

Books About Screenwriting Agents

If you’d like to dive in and learn more about the mindset of screenwriting agents, how they work, and also how they have built their careers, here are three great resources:

In addition, I have created a detailed course How To Get An Agent that covers what agents look for in new clients, how to get their attention in the right way and what to say when you meet with prospective agents.

As there is constant flux in the agency business, if an agent or agency information should be updated, please email me.

Please note: Agents at the Hollywood literary agencies in this post do not accept unsolicited submissions.

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Discussion About Screenwriting Agents: The Top 23 Hollywood Literary Agencies

  1. Oladele Medaiyese

    I am a screenwriter from Nigeria, how will I get my works into the hand of a screenwriting agents in Hollywood for review and consideration?

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Oladele,

      The main way that agents find new clients is by referral from someone they already know. This can be more challenging to do from outside the United States, but it can be done. I have created a new course How To Get An Agent which covers how to do identify the right agents for you and how to approach them in the right way.

      • Tombari

        I’m Nigerian!

        I’ve submitted several times to Amazon, re-edited more than 30 times and re-submit but it didn’t meet their needs.

        Then i went to submit my script to an agent in Nollywood (Nigeria), he told me that my script would require lots of CGI and FX graphics and effects, that Nollywood don’t have such facilities.

        I met an Independent/new producer on LinkedIn, he told me that my script requires a lot of budget that only big producers can look into my script, that he’s just new and can’t afford the production of my script for now. I don’t know what to do again.

        You said something like in other to get this agents listed in this article you must have a referral. My question is how do i get a referral?

      • Stephanie Palmer

        Getting a referral seems simple, but it depends on your specific network and your projects. I go through how to do it in detail in my course How To Get An Agent.

  2. shadi

    i need your help, i am a writter from iran and i have 1 novel and 1 screenplay. please help me find out a great anacy for talk.

  3. Sam

    Hi Stephanie — this is an incredibly useful page, and I am considering purchasing your course. However, none of the 20 agencies listed here accept unsolicited manuscripts. I’m wondering what I would do with the information in your course if, at the end of the day, I still have nobody to send a script to. Is there a simple answer to this that I’m missing? Thanks, Sam.

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Good question, Sam. The simple answer is that primary way that agents find new clients is by referral, not by unsolicited submissions. The course covers how agencies actually find new clients and the steps to take so you are introduced to agents in the right way and at the right time.

    • Jock Doubleday


      I’ve been writing for 28 years. I have 68 plays, 10 feature-length screenplays, and more. Not a single word of my screenplays has been read by anyone in the industry.

      I also write science-fiction stories. Every word of every science-fiction story I’ve written has been read by someone in the sci-fi magazine industry, because in this industry, material matters.

      In the film biz, however, material is irrelevant. It’s who you know.

      Have a good day.

  4. Jerry Guarino


    Thanks, I have followed your blogs and articles for a few years now. I may finally have a script that requires an agent to represent me. This article has been very helpful.


    • Stephanie Palmer

      Very glad this was helpful to you, Jerry. Good luck on the agent search!

    • Camilla Tibbs

      Hey Jerry,

      I’m an independent agent, send me your script @

      Trust me, this is your big break.

      • Steve

        I’m a writer director / from England / I have 8 scripts all different / from horror to the under dog becoming the hero/ to a HOLLYWOOD TEN-POLE / scripts / I need to find and agent that believe in my work and me Thanks

      • Russel Jonathan Bonguen

        Hi camilla, I’m on the look out for an agent. I have written my 3rd script called “The News Diva” which I tested the concept idea in the latest Cannes Film Festival. It had very encouraging returns from a Hollywood executive who recommended a producer to “read- the script- with an eye toward producing”. Let me know if you are interested to represent it.
        @Stephanie, I follow your blog and read your articles every day for 2 years now. It really is helping me shape my career as a Screenwriter.

      • Lee Avery

        Camilla, like you, I’ve read some crap scripts. Hateful Eight was one of them. My aunt just produced The MEG. I sent her my first script in a series. Why is it necessary to have an agent? If the script is good, it speaks for itself. My fans love my script. They want more. Pushing me to write faster, lol But agents have a purpose, and do I need one?

      • Joanne Thomas

        Hello Camilla,
        My name is Joanne Thomas. I am so glad that you are an independent agent. It’s so great that you were willing to reach out to those who are in need of an agent. I was wondering if you would be interested in the completed and copyrighted screenplay of my friend, Joe who is also in need of an independent agent like yourself. May I have Joe contact you to discuss his completed screenplay as well as his second screenplay which is in the working process? It will be greatly appreciated if you could allow us to do so! Thank you so much in advance!

  5. Jose Menendez

    The furthest I’ve gotten so far was when I submitted my screenplay to Amazon Films, on Thursday I got their evaluation. It says my screenplay does not meet the needs of their Development Slate at this time. Today I asked one of their representatives via live chat what exactly was Amazon’s needs at the time, no one had any but said if I make significant changes I can resubmit it. If if i do, I ‘m sure it will lose it’s originality and dynamic character interplay. Do you happen to have a list of screenplay agents and what type of screenplays they are looking for?

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Good that you have completed your script and are paying attention to feedback, Jose. The needs of specific screenplay agents are changing all the time and not published publicly. In my opinion, it is much harder to write an outstanding script than it is to get an agent. Keep writing and keep submitting!

    • Lee Avery

      It will change the originality if the script. They need to change, not you.

  6. Vernita

    Looking for a literary agent

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Getting an agent can take work and knowing who to approach and how to approach them in the right way. I have a new course called How To Get An Agent that answers these questions and more.

  7. Kenn Woods

    I am a published author of a Civil War non-fiction book, “The Soldier’s Words.” I would like to have it made into a documentary by the history channel. Can anyone assist me with this? Thanks, Kenn

  8. Tom Ball

    I have many scripts for your perusal, if that is OK?

    • Stephanie Palmer

      That’s terrific that you have lots of completed scripts. Personally, I’m not looking for projects to produce.

  9. Troy

    Do you find agents to be a little lazy? Is the fear of thinking outside the box such a hurdle that security to reply on the three Rs (remakes, ripoffs and really bad sequels) the key to remaining employed in LA? I just read that there is to be a remake of the John Candy movie “The Great Outdoors” with Kevin Hart? Really? What next? The Godfather? Jaws? Kramer vs Kramer? The Maltese Falcon?
    Who are these agents that find the new “untold” stories from new writers? I’d like to be one of their finds.

    • thomas n tunstall

      With Hollywood, who knows? One comment with regard to your analysis above – The Maltese Falcon was the third try at bringing the story to the screen. Maybe the trick to remakes is picking a previous flop with the hopes of turning it into a classic.

  10. P.Rangarajan B.Sc.,

    I am more then 18 yr exp in Indian Film Industry. I Hold on any type of Script, please support me.

  11. Tom Ball

    A little bit above this form, you say agents in this post do not accept unsolicited submissions. Do you mean the top 17 or just the paragraph about the post?

  12. Lucius Strong Abraxax

    I need a new representative for my movie, someone free?

    • Stephanie Palmer

      All agents work on commission, meaning that you don’t pay them upfront. Rather, they take a percentage of any deals they make for you.

  13. Frank

    Looking for a agent

  14. Darlene Floyd

    I would like to submit my new screenplay entitled OBSESSED WITH MADEA to Tyler Perry Studios.

  15. Harley Rich

    I have a script at Truth Entertainment. One of the co-founders, Tony, said it’s one of the best scripts he has ever read. Done right it would get a nomination. Problem is Joe Newcome-cofounder and CEO told me he has 4 projects on his slate. 2 or more years until they can do anything. (too early for an option). I’ve spoke to Risa Shapiro at UTA. Her client, Steve R McQueen wants to play the lead. I spoke to him at a car show they have for his grandfather every year in Chino. Risa won’t get involved until it’s fully funded. My entertainment attorney called someone he knows at ICM Partners and she hasn’t called him back yet. It’s been a month now. I feel like I’m at the finish line but can’t cross. HELP

    • Stephanie Palmer

      This is a very common experience, Harley. Often getting projects produced feel like mountain climbing- you see the top of the mountain and it looks so close, but it takes a lot longer and a lot more effort than expected to reach the top. Keep at it.

  16. D. L. Walton

    I have a TV series idea. It is focused on a Class Reunion…a 25 year reunion.

    The lead would be just a middle class man in the upper Midwest. He’s left his past behind for the last 25 years…he doesn’t really remember his days in school or who his real friends were, not really anyway. He’s been diagnosed with a rare form of blood disease. Their may, or may not be a cure. He feels so alone!

    One day he gets an invitation in the mail for his high school 25-year reunion. It’s not something he’s even remotely interested in attending and throws the invitation on the dining room table. And continues to be in his dark fog, wishing he had someone to share his misery with…yet not really.

    A couple of days later he gets a call…”Hello…Brian? Yes, who is this? It’s Debbie! Debbie, Debbie…Debbie who? Debbie Green, we were classmates at Battle Creek Creek Central! Yeah, Yeah, I remember (searching his memory for what she might have looked like)…what can I do for you? Sara Gilkey and I just heard your health. I’m so sorry! Anyway, we’ve arranged to have a raffle to raise money for your medical bills at the upcoming class reunion and wanted to make sure you’re planning to attend. Shit,he thought, that’s the last thing I want to do, now where the hell is that invitation?”

    At the reunion, he was surprised to see that he remembered more faces, not necessarily names, than he thought. He spent the evening reacquainted and actually rather enjoyed himself. Towards the end of the evening the Master of Ceremonies announced the raffle would begin. It went on for almost an hour. At the end, almost $200,000 was raised! How can that be, he thought.

    Debbie handed him a listing of every who contributed, with their contact information. At that moment he decided visit every person and personally thank them.

    So, each episode would then feature a different classmate he goes to visit.
    – Drug dealer
    – CIA Agent
    – High level officer stationed in Afghanistan
    – A black market arms dealer
    – A NY playwright
    – A Chicago cop
    – A senator

    On and on…

  17. Jaime Olmos

    Very informational!

    • Stephanie Palmer


  18. Lexilien Marc

    That is the place I have been looking for, your guys are great for what your have been doing. I want to know if the place is the right place for me to believe I could find an agent for my scripts.

  19. Franz Wolf

    Remember the first scene of Iron Man III: When Guy Pearce (Killian) meets Stark in the lift, having some important things to tell. Stark in his arrogance is not interested. Therefore Killian gives him two cards to call him back. Stark says – analogously:
    “Well, one card not to call you and the other to throw it away!”
    This is exactly how American agencies and production companies ( and German, too) treat unknown screenwriters. Remember, too, every well known screenwriter was not well known from the beginning. That kind of ignorance could be the grave of new ideas or innovations.

    My name is Franz Wolf, I am a German author and screenwriter. Attempts to get in contact with a production company in the USA
    or GB fail usually. There were several correspondences with Mr. Spielberg, Mr. Scorsese, Mr. Emmerich – who was born just a few miles from my home (and I was not invited to his wedding- a disgrace) – but all these contacts were closed in the phrase: We do not accept unsolicited material. Once Mr. Emmerich told me, that ,thriller’ was not his genre. Well, thats a stance.
    But remember: The Razzie Awards never go to movies written by unsolicited works…
    But what to do when you have written 10 novels, including a thriller, a real page turner, but you are a beginner in the scene? You don’t have any reputation. So now I try to get in contact with a serious produktion company in the USA or with a director.
    But it seems production companies and their ,chiefs’ are shielded from the real word. The result is: Nobody will ever even read my script.
    Even German agents won’t answer, and so do agencies in the USA. 100 Letters written, not a single respond, a single reaction like: “We got your screenplay, it is not suitable”, or the like. That is devastating! Because the readers of the novel devour it.
    But the worse thing is: no one gives me a respond on my question: What else to do?
    Writing other 100 letters with the same result?
    On the other hand you read: An US actor who has never written a screenplay before gives his ,firstling’ work to a well known director and – they produce a movie. Unsolicited…I think thats unfair.
    My plot is a ,thriller’.
    Just to try to find someone to read it, is that a tall order?
    Maybe you can – and will! – help me.
    Franz Wolf


      Franz, this is a real heartbreaking story. How can talented work go unnoticed like this? This is a travesty. Hopefully the author of this article can help us? It seems like you’re running over and over again into the proverbial BRICK WALL. I hope someone in a production company will discover your great work. Don’t give up!

    • Mandeep

      Hi Mr. Franz Wolf, I also live in Germany. I have some contacts who are looking for some thriller or action script. Drop me your email id I will give a link.
      Best Regards

  20. G.J. LaRouche

    I wrote a “Wonder Woman” script in 2014. Warner Brothers just released “Wonder Woman” to much success. WB has announced that it will release a sequel slated for December of 2019. Director Patty Jenkins and Geoff Johns are working on the treatment right now. My script is ready to go and is very good. Do you know of any agents who would be willing to represent me? Thanks!

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Warner Brothers isn’t going to be looking for a complete script to purchase as they already have the project in development with the original team.

    • Nikki

      G.J., I too had a Wonder Woman script in the works before there was going to be a movie… but once they announced the film, I scrapped it. Why? Because what Stephanie says is true. Being a no one in Hollywood, they wouldn’t have taken a look at my script. But hey, what they had was amazing and I was not very optimistic!

  21. Steven Meyer

    I am a author and I want it to be produced into a movie who do I talk to?

    • Ann borden

      Need advice and an agent or screenplay writer

  22. Harry Kleinman

    I have written award winning screemplays – and was even flown to LA to receive an award. Still, I can not find representation! I am a good writer, teach English, and possess wonderful stories. I’ve come to the conclusion that Hollywood is such a closed society that outside competition is unwelcome.

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Harry, I suspect you’re closer than you think. The problem is that your conclusion about Hollywood being closed to competition, with respect, is based on a faulty premise – that if you are a good writer with good ideas, that should be enough. It’s not. You also need the right strategies and tactics to get in the right rooms with the right people and to know what to do and say when you get there – and that stuff (networking, meeting strategies, etc) has little to do with writing. I cover how to handle these topics in my digital courses – you might consider taking a look at How To Be A Professional Writer and How To Get An Agent.

    • E

      It must be frustrating, at your level and still not hook somebody that (you would think, logically) should be interested. Your comment was the most frightening to me out of all of them, because I’m nowhere near that kind of confidence in my writing, yet still believe some of my ideas would make great or at least interesting movies.
      Stephanie is definitely trying to help, but I must say… her claiming your conclusion is based on an faulty premise, only to describe next as basically the building blocks for that very premise, is exactly what you’re talking about. Not that she is part of the problem, or means to be, because she is directly trying to help with it offering courses and advice here. However, “knowing the right (this and that and… sigh)” is absolutely the kind of ridiculous world you’re trying to decipher. When society becomes “closed”, or part of the clique, gang, or hip party, they tend to forget they have built silly little rules and expectations that none of them are going to explain, and that is sometimes an initial filter for necessity of time management, clientele they think they need to sift through, etc… but it also blinds them into the same arrogance little kids have when simply being in the tree-house first. The prerequisites to getting into that tree-house is flippant and makes no sense at times, but you still have to figure it out if you still want in.

      You are right, and though Stephanie’s words of “strategies and tactics” replace what we really know it as, you still may need to train with her course to just play the game. Even if it’s a stupid game.

    • darryl

      i agree with Harry its like the dance of 7 veils only with more being added or an never ending onion being peeled back. It’s the old catch 22 cant’ get published as i can’t get an agent, can’t get an agent cause i cant get published. I have never seen such a backward approach to marketing talent. I mean look at some of the drival that makes it to screens from “dude where’s my car to the umpteenth sequel of Pirates of the Cornybean, Jack is getting a little long in the tooth, dontcha think? Its an industry still walking around in the dark ages with respect to not only marketing itself as fresh and inventive, all standing around naked, but the don’t know their naked so they comment on everyones’ clothes not to appear stupid. So many archaic rituals. Should be something called the Script Xchange. Here’s a bunch of genres stocked with scripts. If you want to see past the logline, please provide me with all of your contact information, from there we will move on to the synopsis. Like it so far? Put your credit card in and read the synopsis for a fee. Not outrageous, just something for those buying to have some skin in the game. From there if you like what you see, then you strike a deal with our A.I. super agent, negotiate the writer’s fee with it, download your script and voila your off to the movie set!! There, I just put half of Hollywood out of a job.
      I’ve had the key to entry for awhile (a script key) but the players keep changing the dang locks on me,

  23. Ronald

    how do I know what agency is good for me?

    • Stephanie Palmer

      They represent other clients who have careers like the kind of career you’d like to have, they are responsive, get you good meetings, and you like and trust them.

  24. lamon jackson

    i am currently enrolled at Academy of Art University in San Francisco for the Writing for Film and Television program and i am currently looking for an agent. What is the process and how much does it cost.

    • Stephanie Palmer

      The process I recommend is outlined in my course. Also, getting an agent shouldn’t cost you anything. Agents work on commission; they are only paid when you make money. Any agent or manager who charges you is a scammer and should be avoided.

  25. Samuel Johnson

    I’m Sam and I’m a new screenwriter from Houston and I been calling and emailing agencies and producers all day every day for the past 7 months already, none of them ever contacted me back and some said they don’t take unsolicited and it’s ridiculous! Are there any agencies or producers that can actually respond quick enough? Thank you

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Sorry to hear it, Sam, but you’re experiencing a common issue. Getting an agent, manager, or bringing a producer on board is a complex thing and cold-calling these powerful people isn’t a strategy that works (as you’ve found out the hard way). However, you clearly are determined and you’ve persevered. My course, How To Get An Agent, is designed for people like you.

  26. billy kwack

    looking for a literary agent for screen writing, badly

  27. billy kwack

    looking for a literary agent, this is my first script, Super Mario Brothers, it’s finished. I’m now working on Legend of Zelda then Smash Melee. Please e-mail me, I’ll be on again after the weekend. O.K thank you

  28. billy kwack

    what kind of fee’s do I have to pay? I heard agents get paid only if the script sells, is that true?

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Yes, agents work on commission so they are paid only when you are paid. You do not have to pay upfront fees.

      • Charles Sargent

        Author of Sins of Henry County. I need a good screen play writer

      • Stephanie Palmer

        Hi Charles – Please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance regarding finding a freelance screenwriter to hire.

  29. billy kwack

    one more thing are you located here in new York?

    • Stephanie Palmer

      No, I’m not based out of NY though I travel there occasionally.

      • billy kwack

        hello, I used one of Shigeru Miyamoto’s Nintendo game idea, Super Mario Brothers and built it as a movie script. The movie is about Wario getting tossed into the mushroom kingdom. Taken from Brooklyn by Monty moles, in the beginning of the day of Mario, Luigi, Waluigi and Wario skipping a day of elementary school to set up an amazing summer. Wario in the mushroom kingdom, with serious memory loss. Toad’s father, Toad , Peach, Daisy and Yoshi take care and adopt Wario and raise him. Mario , Luigi and Waluigi thinking Wario being killed by furry creatures, they still keep the memory of Wario close. Wario’s last request was for them to become plumbers when they grow up. Years later they kept that promise. Mario and Luigi decide to go cross country to the deserts to try out there self built Go-carts, good on dirt , rocks, now sand. While the brothers test driving in the desert going over a dune they hit a spiny shell, causing a flat tire. Now there stuck near a portal to the mushroom kingdom. The brothers now going through confusing events with warps a pokey appears. Pokey grabs the brothers one by one, tossing them into the mushroom kingdom. The bothers now in the mushroom kingdom. Wario at age 18 going through a dream finding out his origins, now wants to go back home to his troubled. Wario going against the king’s rules of not leaving the kingdom. Wario now home finding his mother really troubled with drugs, hatred builds in Wario, causing Wario to cause homicide. Wario decides to return to the kingdom for revenge, building his own kingdom with Bowser and Bro’s. Waroi also stealing items to make him almost unstoppable in his quest for revenge. The brothers rescue Daisy from Wario, gaining the people of the mushroom kingdoms trust. The brothers joining Toad, Peach, Daisy and Yoshi in stopping Wario. The brothers not believing Wario as an antagonist. The brothers helping and learning in giving back to nature, replanting tree’s and mushrooms learning there ways. One thing about the mushroom kingdom, they have never been to war. Wario wants the Galaxy cube the most powerful item in the kingdom, to close the kingdoms portals . The kingdom needs a portion of earths air to survive. In order for Wario to gain the Galaxy cube he must steal a precious stone for riddle rock, to open rainbow road. The road leads to a invisible castle, where the Galaxy cube rests. Wario hiding from villagers and kings men in holes stealing Wind flight a flute that controls creatures. The 3 lightning strike an item that needs 3 lighting bolts to take you back and fourth from the kingdom to earth. Wario’s main objective was creating a force field in the mountains owning them. Wario destroyed every castle in the mushroom kingdom, betraying everyone he once loved and trusted. Destroying what the people in the kingdom believed in nature. Wario secretly building flying ships for war. There’s only one thing that Wario still has his love for Toadette. Wario uses an item to warp Toadette to Brooklyn. Wario don’t want Toadette to be hurt.

        who can I show this to?

      • billy kwack

        I forgot other people can read this, sorry Stephanie

  30. Matosha Elliott

    I wrote 2 plays while I was incarcerared.1 on my life story n the other one based on life’s reality that being ignored.When in a abusive relationship with Men,drugs,money,family.My plays caught the eyes of many people such as Administrators of the prison I was in n they took it to Head of the facility which was the warden.They allowed me to bring both plays to life.I got started putting my staff together which were inmates n also I had inmates try oit for different parts,they had to look like n act like that character, some of them also needed to be able to sing,then,I put the music to the scenes that was needed.I also got clean state sheets by me working in the clothes closet in the women’s prison I had access to things.I would ask the Lt.could I use somecof the sheets she said yes she said Elliott don’t u cut those sheets up,if u do Imma write u up.I said ok,but me being talented let GOD use me n my gifts.I got the sheets n ask the little old lady in the kitchen could I have some kool-aid that haven’t been diluted yet.She said what you going to with it in I told her n she helped me by giving any color kool-aid I want n that’s how I made beautiful costumes for the ladies n they also had a news team to come in n see the show.I wrote,produced,n did costumes n did all the music for it n I also did my props.I just want someone to read my material.I can be reached at (972)748-6115Thank you so much for taking the out of your busy schedule to assist me.I love to write.

  31. rahul verma

    thanks for information but please can you tell me how can i talk to them via email,
    or how can submit my screenplay

  32. billy kwack

    can a movie star help get an agent? And what about a good story line and title?

    • billy kwack

      Stephanie are you an agent?

  33. Hassan el sharkawy

    I search for an honest agent to market my story for movies studio?

  34. James Warren

    I had a game show developed by a promotion company, Now I want to get it to television networks for consideration. Could you guide in the right direction?

    • Stephanie Palmer

      I’m not a game show expert, but take a look at the other posts about reality TV and think like this: you don’t go directly to the networks. You interest a producer who has worked on a game show and that person sends your project up the chain of command until a network asks you to come in.

      • James Warren

        I had a game show developed by a promotion company, now I want to get it to a television network for consideration; could you guide in the right direction?

        Thank you, that is a start in the right direction.

  35. Oxide Green

    Know anything about Ken Rotcop’s pitchmart? Would it be a good way for a first time screenwriter to sell their script, or get a good agent? If most agencies refuse to look at unsolicited work, could this be a good way to make connections, and make a sale?

    • Stephanie Palmer

      I have heard of Ken Rotcop’s Pitchmart, but I have never attended.

      ​A pitchfest is a good way to practice, but not usually to make a sale. Rarely do people show up who have the decision-making power to actually buy your work. That said, I still recommend doing it, and I’ll note that some pitchfests (e.g. The Pitch Conference at American Film Market) are legit opportunities to connect with decision-makers.

      ​If you go, I’d love to hear about your experience.

  36. Joseph Lennon McCord

    I have a screenplay that’s in the the top 8% of the semi finals at Nicholl./ 2017 Should I be soliciting agents and managers, or let things lay and wait for them to come to me?

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Tough to say, but in general, no – you need to be in the top 1% to attract their interest. That said, there are a variety of things to consider. Finding a rep is a difficult and complex undertaking. The best advice I have is contained in my course, but whether you decide to get proactive or wait, keep writing. The more material you have, the more attractive you will be to reps.

  37. Sandra

    Stephanie, This article was very informative as usual. My problem is the same as many others with the “unsolicited submissions.” I have a screenplay ready that’s based on my self-published novel. Any help would be appreciated.

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Yes, there is a high bar to clear to get an agent. Everyone has the same problem – but by building a network, learning how the agent business works, writing material designed to attract agents, and identifying the right potential agents for you, you can succeed.

  38. Shirley Felder

    I have an MFA and I’m trying to find an agent. I don’t really know anyone who can refer me. Any suggestions?

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Finding an agent is a difficult and complex undertaking. Best advice I can give you is contained in my course, How To Get An Agent.

  39. Kellie

    Most of these agencies don’t want unsolicited materials and new screenplays. Getting frustrated and unhappy about finding an agent.

  40. D. Compton Ambrose

    Hi! I’m Davian, sometimes go by D. I have schizophrenia so I struggle with disorganized thoughts and actions. I do, however, have a complete screenplay and storyboard which has been looked at by a few of the cast and crew of Aliens. I was told that once I get funding, I have sponsorship waiting on me, but I realize that I need an agent if I am to get studio support. They seem to be on board with it, and want me to succeed, and expressed interest in the film. It is called Xenophobia, and I’m wondering if I shouldn’t just go ahead and put it on the Black List. Considering the fact that I’ve already got some insider information and connections, where should I go from here? Do I really need an agent, or would it be better to go with a Kickstarter and GoFundMe as opposed to trying to get studio support.

    PS: I should add that I have difficulty navigating social life in general, but I’m an idiot savant when it comes to conception filmmaking. I know all the ends-and-outs from pre-production to post-production. I know exactly how much I need to get, and how to get there, I’m just struggling with which path to take to get there, and which one is more reliable. So really, the only issue at this point is money.

    – D.

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Davian, Congrats on completing your script and storyboard- that is a major accomplishment. If you can create your project without studio support, I recommend that path as you will have more creative control. There are benefits to studio support, but there are many drawbacks as well.

  41. Mark Krebs

    We have a feature film project, “The World Class City”, which is a comedy, a dark comedy. The full script and a summary are available.
    We are looking for co-producers and a director.

    The project would be shot in Toronto, Ontario. We are able to develop the budget and line produce the project.

    Would you be interested in receiving a copy of the script?

    Our agent/lawyer can provide a disclosure agreement.

    Thank you.

    Yours sincerely,


    Mark Krebs, CEO

    Weltschmerz Productions Inc.

    28 Dingwall Avenue

    Toronto, Ontario

    Canada M4J 1C3

    tel. 416-845-8099

  42. Deborah Henry

    Terrific article. Looking for an agent right now.
    Thanks for all your help,
    Deb Henry

  43. Ismaghil Moa


    I am trying to get an agent who can connect me with movie producers. I would like to work with a movie producer to make a movie in Niger regarding the attacked that killed 4 US soldiers. I am a US citizen, I live in Portland Oregon, I was born and raised in Niger. Thank you

  44. Eric Wagner

    Hello Stephanie, your list of scriptwriting contests is perfect. Thank you so much for all the hard work in providing such wel-researched information!
    I have a finished novel,
    For which I’m seeking an agent’s representation. I also have a few finished screenplays, one in particular, a low-budget western set in New Mexico in 1863 that deals with racism, religion, magic and adventure.
    Do you yourself represent authors? Do you review material for referrals?
    Your goodinaroom website reflects your kind and caring personality and I would love to work with you, or your guidance.
    Please now that I am very grateful for your work.
    May you and yours be very blessed,
    Your friend in, Santa Fe, New Mexico,
    Eric Wagner-Barrena

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Thanks so much for your note, Eric. I do not represent authors as I am not an agent or a manager. I do review material as a consultant, however, my consulting schedule is booked. I highly recommend a key member of my team Ryan Dixon who does offer consulting and could be very helpful. I’ll send you an email with more details.

  45. Tiny Ford

    Hi Stephanie

    Most people on the comment section here seems to struggle due to the fact that they are not from America, so I guess I’m not alone on this. I’ve read many books and blogs from many people who claim that they “know the secret formula to get your script into Hollywood”. Needless to say most of them are only published on low budget made for TV movies.
    Then I got on your site and thought “okay finally this is where I’m going to find what I need to know” and then I saw that it is only a paid course. Being a student from South Africa I have no way of buying the course, BUT that won’t stop me from following your blogs and trying to take what advice I can find from there.

    Hopefully one day I get to sell at least one of my scripts and meet you in person to thank you for the role you would’ve played if following your blogs gave me what I needed to break through

    • Stephanie Palmer

      That’s right, Tiny. I publish a lot of my best content for free on this website. My courses are for those dedicated writers who want the complete strategies – and for whom the free content doesn’t go far enough. For you, consider getting involved locally – see if you can succeed in creating content for TV/Film in South Africa.

  46. Mercedes Sher

    The interviews are inspiring.
    Production of my screenplay, Martini and Chicken Soup aka Mary’s Faith,
    will make another fantastic interview for the successfully. aggressive agent.

  47. Carlos Rios

    How often are these agents updated???

    • Stephanie Palmer

      This was updated recently, though agents also frequently change agencies so I recommend reading the Hollywood Reporter and Variety to keep up with the daily shifts in agency employment status.

  48. Gillian Wang

    We are going to make a Chinese war hero movie based on true story. Can you recommend me a Hollywood based scriptwriter who can read/write in Chinese?


    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Gillian, I don’t have a specific recommendation though I know they exist as I have worked with a handful of Hollywood-based screenwriters who write and read Chinese. I recommend looking through International Screenwriters Association and Stage32 to find writers who meet your criteria. I also recommend contacting A3 Foundation.

  49. Anne Z. Smith

    How do I go from top, crime reporter/writer and produced award winning documentary to getting a crime show on tv? My daughter just finished show for ID Discovery and it is just one of dozens we have that is included in show we have done a Synopsis for Also, we both have exclusive rights to books we are finishing up.
    TV show that was just broadcast would be excellent story for Lifetime. I was an investigative reporter for 45-years and worked for large, Metro newspapers and have excellent stories not yet broadcast by any other network. My daughter and I have penned some good ideas for shows. I’d like to advance from just selling story ideas to selling and developing programs for a network.

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Anne – you’ve got a lot of experience and that’s great. It’s an advantage to selling a show – but not a big one. You have to prove you can write full, produceable, excellent scripts. Check out this post for more information: How To Become A Writer For TV.

  50. R.H Schwartzman

    I have a real story about Madonna.It is a love clasic about the relationship between her and the real biological father of her children Rocco and Lourdes ,which she managed to keep hidden from the media by creating a whole reality show with Guy Ritchie and Carlos Leon (who were hired by M to play and act as the fathers of the children).More details and facts (clues in her songs ) may be revealed for the right price.
    My Telephone – 00447448936444

  51. Robert Cochrane

    Hey Stephanie,

    One particular question: as someone who once was around the industry – I got a pair of Indies made in the late 90’s/early 2000’s – but never had the commercial success I was looking for, does that experience work for or against me trying to get an agent at this stage?

    I am confident in my writing and have a script that’s been vetted by a few trusted source ready to pitch, plus two more in the same genre – but am a bit unsure of the exact next step.

    As I mentioned before – I’m definitely interested in your How to get and Agent course, but money is very tight and I need to account for every nickel going in a productive line.

    Thanks for your great work and inspiration.

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Thanks, Robert. When you “re-introduce” yourself to Hollywood, your prior experience can work for you and/or against you – a lot depends on whether you are perceived to have become better/wiser since you were last in the game. In general, having anything produced is better than not, and you can share what you’ve learned and what you’re applying to your work now.

  52. George Snider

    I am looking for a agent to have my works shown.

  53. M. Phillips

    Police Procedural
    I have written a cutting edge treatment for a procedural not seen since the Wire. The topic is the most talked about today and based on the work of a 20 year cop who himself is as unorthodox and cutting edge as the show itself. I have worked on a script, however, I am an academic and not a screenwriter. Does anyone have thoughts on collaborating? I’ve registered my treatment and am not some wish-upon-a-star person who fantasizes about being T.V. writer but rather one with what I believe is a treatment worth a glance. Any suggestions appreciated!


  54. Dave Southworth

    I am currently putting the finishing touches on a movie script entitled The Academy: or Much Ado about Miss Boobs. This is the story from my novel Franklin Hall, which is generally based on a true story. Please check out the popup for a rough description. I am 80 years old and would like to sell the rights to this script as soon as possible. I would prefer to hire an agent that can accomplish this and ring my cash register. Please send me your comments. Thank you!

  55. Antonio D. Bryant

    Hello I’m a screenplay writer. I have a script A Baltimore Testimony it’s a nonfiction. I’m in need for agent to represent me. thanks.

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Check out my posts on the subject and course on How To Get An Agent.

  56. Danyale watkins

    really want to get more information on this subject

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  59. Carol Mulhern

    I have written a screenplay based on my book regarding Veterans Affairs where I was subject to harassment for several years by Financial Health Management Services (FHAS). They consistently committed fraud and violated the Veterans Benefits. It is a factual story about how ridiculous, malicious , self -serving VA management officials can be.

  60. Ghassem Bahramian

    Please just tell me how I can get access to an agent; by phone, letter or by sending flower or maybe I should ask the president for a literary agent? Saying just NO to unsolicited submission is not right. The cinema industry should make possibilities for the people who have no agent but, have talent.

    • Stephanie Palmer

      I understand that it is frustrating, but Hollywood is a business that works based on referrals and recommendations. For people who do not have any connections or who don’t want to do the work involved to build relationships initially, winning a top screenwriting contest can be a means of getting access. Here are my recommendations for the 14 best screenplay contests to enter in 2018.

  61. Jayaraj

    Please help me to find an agent.

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Jayaraj,

      We definitely can help you learn HOW to find an agent through our consultation services. Please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance.

  62. beki

    I have 20 movie synopsis and I need any help
    best wish

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Beki,

      Please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance.


    Do these agents are available to Indian screenwriters also . I am an Indian screenwriter

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Irfan,
      Yes. Many, if not all, of the major agencies (CAA, WME, ICM, Gersh, UTA, etc) have international offices and/or often represent international clients.

  64. David Mathias

    I have several novels and screenplays. My latest effort is a television series cast in Ireland – humorous

  65. Dbouring

    Hi I am an ordinary person who will not be getting into the world of hollywood. I do however have a story that I know will be a major success if put into film. I just don’t know how to go about doing that. I have written a short pitch and have also written a brief outline of who the characters are and what the main storyline of the movie will be. Is this enough for me to get someone in hollywood interested in my idea? If not what else do I need to do? And if so what needs to be my next step?

    • Stephanie Palmer

      The first step is to write a screenplay or get a newspaper or magazine to publish your story.

  66. Don Wenzel

    I recently authored a faith-based screenplay, well- reviewed. It’s a Period Family Drama set in Texas during the Great Depression titled “The Boxcar Kid.” After his friend is killed “riding the rails,” a teenage orphan impersonates him. While bringing hope to a shantytown he finds healing for the wounded spirit that haunts him. Strong themes of hope and forgivenessl. I would appreciate any help in identifying an agent/Agency that is receptive to Christian works. Please be specific.
    Thank you, in advance – DON W

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Don,

      Please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance.

  67. misara

    i have script i need fix the script and sell it.i need agent for my script .i need your help for that.thanks

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Misara,

      Please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance.

  68. Ola Ray

    Hi I Co-Stared in the Thriller Short Film and I wrote a tell all Book about my life and is looking for Representation. Thanks

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Ola,

      Thanks for the comment! Please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance.

  69. Shavonda Kidd

    I need an agent for me and my daughter. I have one complete screen play/ movie. And sent one in to a contest; waiting… Working on three others… And together we have two tv shows. We have worked on sets and been extras/ speaking/roles in movies. HELP! Movies are copyrighted & WGE registered

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Dear Shavonda – Thanks for your comment! Please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance.

  70. Charles Sargent

    I have investigated a 40 year old cold case. My book is Sins of Henry County.

  71. Charles Sargent

    .My book is Sins of Henry Countt. I need a screenplay writer

  72. Kathleen Milner

    Do any of the Hollywood Literary Agencies have Screenwriting Agents in New York?

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Kathleen – Great question! All the major agencies have offices in New York City. Some literary agents might be based there and if not, LA-based agents fly in on a regular basis to meet with their NYC and east coast-based clients.

  73. darryl

    I am going to make an uneducated guess that in the world over there are probably 100.000 people that have either written a script, have one in draft or are thinking about writing one. Kind of like the 49ers who all flocked to California in the gold rush hoping to make their fortunes. Alas, for many they went home broke, with only tiny handful actually striking it rich and those would be the smart people who were hawking shovels, picks and tin pans to them. Kind of what we see in the industry today.
    There are several good comments from fellow writers on here basically with the same frustration factor all new writers have. I can’t get and agent cause i cant get published, and I cant get published cause I can’t get an agent. Vicious circle. The script game is like the dance of the 7 veils, only each time one gets removed, the dance adds another to block your vision or not unlike peeling back the endless layers of onion skin. Its an archaic system that hasn’t changed in decades on how to market product. Oh sure, they can make movies, good and bad, but as far as the perimeter players the selling of the script part sucks. I have a novel idea. Somebody should invent Script Xchange. Its a place where writers can upload their product to a shelf on a place called the Internet. Prospective buyers can then review the genres and have a gander at the logline. If, something piques their interest then they can pay a small fee to read a synopsis. Hey, they have to have some skin in the game. From there, if they like it and want to read the script again and its all copy-written material, they can download the script paying a option review for a period of time, not forever as I’ve seen scripts run from landing on a desk to a decision made in matter of hours to produce it. Once the studio has decided to option it and buy it, they negotiate the fee with our Artificial Intelligent super agent and boom, deal! There i just put all of the managers and script agents out of business.
    A lot of good writers with excellent material have been wandering around for years with a key (script) only to find Hollywood keeps changing the locks to the doors. Get with the technology, thus script nonsense doesn’t have to be so freaking complicated.

  74. Johnny O'Bryant, Jr

    I’ve written a faith-based script for a movie. I’m trying to locate someone to review it.

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Johnny – Thanks for your comment. Please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance.

  75. Ashok Malli

    I am published author and I have written a script for Hollywood movie…The pitch is Jurassic Park and survival adventure against Ferocious Hybrid animals in Congo basin where Professor Kumar and his team are on Treasure hunt!

  76. Ashok Malli

    I am published author and I have written a script for Hollywood movie…The pitch is Jurassic Park and survival adventure against Ferocious Hybrid animals in Congo basin!

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Sounds like a lot of fun, Ashok!

  77. Ashok Malli

    I have a great script…Please Find me a Hollywood movie agent!

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance.

  78. Shari Harris

    I write a book that explain that God and Lord Christ are brother. God’s son is Adam and for Lord Christ’s son is Jesus. Adam and Jesus was cousin. So people read the Holy Bible it tell the story of God and Lord Christ.
    Am not a screenwriter I fall in school I had to take special education classer and I never understand words. OI did my best to write this book. “Entryway Into Yesteryears” the book explain time travel.
    I need help to make this a movie.

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Shari – Thanks for your comment.Please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance.

  79. Lisa Eve

    Thank you for the very informative information above. My name is Lisa Eve, creator and screenwriter of Replica. We are currently finishing episode two of the nine episodes I have written and I am seeking a literary agent for the TV show. I have also written a screenplay based off of my first published novel. It has been a task trying to hone in on the appropriate way to secure an agent. I happen to have the direct information to Netflix’s Acquisitions Director for independent films, however, per the information on the internet, reaching out directly to them is considered unsolicited material. I would appreciate any advice you can offer.

    Kindest regards,
    Lisa Eve

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Lisa – Thank you for the comment! Please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance.

  80. sharon michaels

    I am a produced writer, sold a 2 hour movie to CBS. I have 3 projects ready to go. One is a tv series
    (family saga –follows 7 generations of females from an American family). I also have 2 features. I can’t even find a credible agent willing to accept a query letter. I’m not a kid — and I never quit (strong ballet tenacity)
    Seems I should be able to connect with at least one agent — even if its a rejection. Feel stone walled.

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Sharon – I’m sorry to hear that you feel stone walled. This has happened to everyone in entertainment at one time or another. If you’re interested in getting some career strategy in regards to getting connected with agents and managers, please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance.

  81. Edward Neequaye

    Hello, I’m Edward wrote a pilot for a television show similar to Dave Chappelle show, here’s a trailer

    If interested you can also contact me at 7734479795 thank you and have a great day.


    Hello people, I am Pierre Ronald, Author, Actor and Screenwriter, I am contacting you regarding my scripts”CONFRONTED”, ” JUST FOR A RIDE”, SITUATE PARTIES”, BERTO&CARRIE”, WRONGFUL DEATH”. I wanted to sell them, those could make great motion pictures. If you need any contact me either by email or tel:917-965-8657. Thank you.

  83. Steve Dolan

    I am the author of two hardcover, publisher-paid novels, and I have two screenplays ready for review. The Ingenue is about a freshman girl who is bullied by the son of the school’s principal. After the school board, police, media and general public get involved, the girl finds a unique way to vanquish the bully before a large crowd at a stadium.

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Steve – The Ingenue sounds like it has a very intriguing set up and premise. If you’re looking for advice on how to market the script and navigate Hollywood’s agency system, please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance.

  84. Kiko Alcarria

    You that agent would recommend?

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Kiko – If you’re looking for agent/agency recommendations, please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance.

  85. Giovanni

    hi I’m from curacao, and I’ve written a screenplay for a movie and a series, but I’m having trouble finding a agent

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Giovanni – Thanks for your comment. Please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance.

  86. David Stalzer

    Hello. I’m David.
    I am currently working on a horror screenplay. My first attempt at writing one.
    It’s a horror screenplay and it’s going well.
    Friends have asked what I’m gonna do when it’s finished.
    It’s about 90% complete.
    Someone suggested finding an agent.
    I have no idea the steps required to do that.
    I’m just looking for information
    Thank you

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi David – Thanks for post and congrats on almost finishing your first script. That’s a major accomplishment. Please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance regarding how to land representation and getting your script in front of the right decision makers.

  87. John Birmingham

    Hello Stephanie,

    Amazingly helpful article! I am a screenwriter, actor and filmmaker, also a musician who has written, produced and starred in 3 musical feature films. My resume can be seen at my website. I have never had an agent as I funded my own projects and worked in independent film all these years. How do I contact one of the literary agents and one who can represent me as an actor so that I can get my movies funded on larger budgets and land larger acting roles? Do I need some sort of agent to represent me just to be able to contact the bigger agents and ask if they want to represent me as a writer or actor? Also, can I just pay a professional to get me an agent? I have earned some money in real estate so I have some saved. Or is it easier just to move to L.A. and meet people in person so they see who I am and what I am really good at, my lifetime of creative ability and hard work in film and music and my original creative ability as a writer, actor and other creative above the line jobs. How do I do this? Will taking your course get me in the door to get an agent? May I pay you in person as a consultant? I love L.A. and lived there for 7 years while attending film schools, so I have no problem travelling there for work or living there, maybe getting a temporary second home to meet people and work in the industry again. I have done more internet stuff out here in Virginia, also real estate. I feel I am ready to go A-list as I have done indy and internet for 20 years, since I was a teenager. I may just go to L.A. this winter and socialize, work on movies, act, etc., get a smaller agent. But I really feel as though I can get a bigger agent now. Is it all about who you know? Should I just go there and meet people, go to events, maybe work somewhere, so I meet the right people? I am really good as a new idea person and know how to write well as an originator, also acting. I may move my family out there too, the mother of my children and my two sons and her new baby. They are in entertainment and make a living at it online. But none of us are A-list yet. Do we have to go out there in person and do it, meeting people, agents, etc… or can we just keep doing the internet stuff from wherever in the U.S. or in the world (or Mars, lol, that’s a new one)… just get a lot bigger at the internet stuff we have already earned money at? Well, I want to take your course or if you provide phone or email consultation I am interested in that, if I can pay you for email advice. Okay, thanks Stephanie! What a helpful article!

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi John – Thanks for the comment! Please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance on all of your questions.

  88. Jack Mead

    I have a cable series, that would run for years, I would send you 2 years of the series, ( email) to read and see what you think, t a little sexual, lots of action.
    You won’t be sorry for spending the time, Money for all involved Let me know, don’t let this get away
    Jack Mead 303-653-1079

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Jack – Thanks for your comment! Please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance.

  89. Denise R. Smith

    I am desperately looking for agent. I have completed a screenplay, now working on the squeal and also writing the book on the first on. Very busy. This story was written with Mr. Ron Howard in mind. It is a fantasy / science fiction, with loads of special effects, action, drama and humor and will keep the audience on the edge of their seat from beginning to end. Hope someone can represent me. Thank you. Denise Smith.

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Denise – Thanks so much for you comment! Please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance regarding your project.

  90. Emmanuel Ansah-Antwi

    I write fiction in drama and screenplays of which l am seriously looking for literary agents to take up the prose and auction the screenplays. Now that l am told, these literary agents do not entertain unsolicited queries. What is the way forward for me and others in the same ship? I am residing in Africa.

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Emmanuel – Thank you for the great question! Please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance.

  91. Jose A. Tuero

    Good morning,
    How does someone like me who is not a screenwriter get someone to at least look over an idea I have for a conspiracy thriller. I have managed to write a crude but descriptive movie overview of the main characters, plot, and climatic parts of the movie.
    Thank you
    Jose Tuero

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Jose – Thank you for your comment! Please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance.

  92. Christopher Walden

    Hello Stephanie,
    You have an impressive C.V.
    I am a currently retired former TV exec for 40 years and the winner of four regional Emmy awards as a Program Executive and Executive Producer.
    Since retiring I have written a ‘coming of age’ comedy about a stereotypical collection of unique characters in a continuum of care nursing-retirement home. I guarantee you will laugh at the characters, see their unique personalities and are the huge potential audience of boomers in or approaching active retirement, and contemplating the future.
    The material is protected as intellectual property. I no longer have the contacts with the networks and cable nets I once had, so I am looking for guidance on making an agent money with this, and marketing the material to a content producer. An agent will not be disappointed by the thought and quality of work that had gone into ‘Home S***T Home’.
    Thank you.

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Christopher – Thanks for your comment! Please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance.

  93. Robin Woldorf

    I am searching for a literary agent (WGA signatory) for representation of a completed screenplay – used Final Draft 10, have logline and synopsis, copywritten and WGAW registered. I’ve been a member of the DGA for over 10 years and in production for longer. I worked as a DGA location manager on features, pilots, and series and graduated from Northwestern University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science from the School of Speech, majoring in Radio-TV-Film. What is the best way to start reaching literary agents for an action-thriller? Do agents take submitted scripts? Please advise.

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Hi Robin – Thanks for the comment. If you haven’t done so, please read my blog on How to Get an Agent. If, after reading, you’d like to get a deeper sense of what will be involved, please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance on landing an agent.

  94. Dr Raymond Olivier

    I wonder if somebody who is a good film writer contact me to give some details of true love story similar to Spelendor in the grass (Natalie Wood and Waren Beaty) and Love Story (Rayan Oniel and MacGray).
    Although I am a retired Pharmaceutical Doctor but now I would like to write one or two books . Unfortunately my English is not very good in technical words of love story . I have very much confidence if somebody help me to write or translate the books for Screenwriting will be nominated for Oscar. The name of book may be better to be True Love Story of Natalie who is my wife and she is ill now and disable becouse of Dementia and stoke. I appreciated who ever is interested to conact me on +4401323470173 or my mobile +447733621200. Thank you very much and looking forward to hearing from you. Yours Sincerely Raymond Olivier.

    • Stephanie Palmer

      Dear Raymond – Thank you for your comment! Please email me at and I will send you a recommendation for someone who can offer you individual guidance.