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THR Classic: CAA responds to query letters in record time

Form rejections sent out almost immediately

Widely regarded as one of the top agencies in Hollywood, CAA has not let the industry stature go to its head. Surprisingly, the representation powerhouse routinely responds to query letters in 48 hours or less.

“We like to get that form letter rejection in the mail as soon as possible,” said Judy Denton, an associate in CAA’s legal department. “We feel for unknown writers and realize the waiting can be hell. That’s why we’re committed to informing them (a) we have not read their query, (b) we will not consider their concept and (c) any similar ideas we get involved with in the future were developed independently.”

Adds Denton: “I think writers appreciate our expediency in the matter.”

The practice serves to remind aspiring writers that CAA hasn’t forgotten about the hardworking scribe still trying to get his or her foot in the proverbial Hollywood door.

“How could we forget about them?” asked Denton. “We send them close to fifty ‘status notices’ each day.”

The status generally being?

“Rejected. We have no interest in their scripts, thus the status of their project is dead on arrival.”

** This THR Classic was first posted in October 2008 **

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Query letter overestimates script’s potential by $200 million

Any film based on ‘Thrill Squad’ destined to lose money

Aspiring screenwriter Jack McDonald insists his spec script ‘Thrill Squad’ is the perfect blueprint for a $200 million summer blockbuster, but WME agent Bill Weinstein isn’t buying it.

“A movie about elite roller coaster designers who have to save the planet from alien invaders?” asked Weinstein. “I don’t know what some of these kids are thinking.”

Upon learning McDonald is not a kid, but a 42-year-old lawyer, Weinstein shrugged.

“Sad,” he moaned. “Really sad. On the bright side, at least the guy has a fallback.”

Despite not getting a response from WME or any of the other five dozen agencies and management companies he queried, McDonald remains convinced Thrill Squad has blockbuster written all over it.

“I don’t understand why I haven’t had any read requests,” he said. “I mentioned this would be a perfect vehicle for an ensemble cast of Tom Cruise, George Clooney, Will Smith, Brad Pitt and a few A-list actresses – what more do they want?”

Added McDonald: “It’s like Dark Knight and Lord of the Rings, only better.”

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CAA responds to query letters in record time

Form rejections sent out almost immediately

Widely regarded as one of the top agencies in Hollywood, CAA has not let the industry stature go to its head. Surprisingly, the representation powerhouse routinely responds to query letters in 48 hours or less.

“We like to get that form letter rejection in the mail as soon as possible,” said Judy Denton, an associate in CAA’s legal department. “We feel for unknown writers and realize the waiting can be hell. That’s why we’re committed to informing them (a) we have not read their query, (b) we will not consider their concept and (c) any similar ideas we get involved with in the future were developed independently.”

Adds Denton: “I think writers appreciate our expediency in the matter.”

The practice serves to remind aspiring writers that CAA hasn’t forgotten about the hardworking scribe still trying to get his or her foot in the proverbial Hollywood door.

“How could we forget about them?” asked Denton. “We send them close to fifty ‘status notices’ each day.”

The status generally being?

“Rejected. We have no interest in their scripts, thus the status of their project is dead on arrival.”

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