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Spec Spotlight: Jeff Bushell Sells 'Bad Dog' to Lionsgate

Screenwriter Jeff Bushell’s latest spec has gone to the dogs. But in his case, that’s actually a good thing. Bushell’s comedy spec script Bad Dog is about an adorable mutt who’s also Satan’s favorite hellhound, and it was recently purchased by Lionsg...

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Spec Spotlight: Peter Gaffney Sells Sci-Fi Spec 'Don't Go in the Water' to Universal Pictures

After setting up sci-fi specs at both LeVision Entertainment and Lionsgate, New York-based screenwriter Peter Gaffney went on to reportedly sell his spec script Don’t Go in the Water to Universal Pictures in the mid-to-high six figure range. 

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Spec Spotlight: 'Fantasy Camp' Writer Sid Karger

What do you do if you grow up in the John Hughes suburbia of Chicago and you want to make movies? If you’re Sid Karger, you follow his footsteps… into advertising. “I didn’t know anyone in film, so I didn’t know how to get into it,” Karger said, addi...

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Spec Spotlight: 'This Is Us' Screenwriter Kay Oyegun Sells 'Assisted Living' to Paramount

Witty, charming, laugh-out-loud funny: three ways to describe 31-year-old Kay Oyegun’s feature script, Assisted Living. The comedy, which took Oyegun 10 months, seven different outlines and five drafts to write, sold to Paramount for a high six again...

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Spec Spotlight: Javier Gullón, Writer of 'N'

Photo Courtesy of https://www.espinof.com/ With Hollywood chasing down IP after IP, why toil over a 110-page original spec script when you can write and sell a 20-page short story instead?

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Spec Spotlight: Michael and Shawn Rasmussen's "Crawl" is Fast-Tracked by Paramount

Eight years after John Carpenter directed The Ward, writers Michael and Shawn Rasmussen’s work is in the hands of horror royalty again.

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Spec Spotlight: Jacob Chase's "Infinite"

Jacob Chase’s spec, Infinite, was a long time coming. Inspired from his own life events and love of epic adventure movies, he outlined the script and was ready to write it when he sold a TV series, Harmony, to ABC. Needless to say, that overtook his ...

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Spec Spotlight: Steve Desmond and Michael Sherman Talk Harry’s "All Night Hamburgers"

Writing partners Steve Desmond and Michael Sherman recently landed a deal with Warner Bros. Pictures after a bidding war for their feature-film spec, Harry’s All Night Hamburgers, based on the Hugo Award-winning short story Why I Left Harry’s All-Nig...

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Spec Spotlight: Matt Tente, Screenwriter of "Green Rush"

When it comes to drugs, there’s been a complete one-eighty from the harsh mandatory minimum sentencing rules enacted in the 1980s to the booming medical marijuana industry of today. A dealer convicted 20 years ago could be released from prison now to...

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