Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Paul Zeidman Interviews CI's Jim Cirile

For some bizarre reason, Paul Zeidman thought it would be wise to interview ME for his Maximum Z blog as part of his series of grilling screenplay consultants...

Ask a Straight-Talkin’ Script Consultant!

Jim Cirile - Coverage Ink

The latest in a series of interviews with script readers and consultants who would be worth your while to work with if you want to get your script in shape. Today’s spotlight is on Jim Cirile of Coverage Ink.

1. What’s the last thing you read/watched that you thought was incredibly well-written?
After binge-watching “Sons of Anarchy” season 6, you really have to marvel at the craftsmanship. The upheaval and complications are so constant as to be ludicrous, yet it’s so devilishly well-written that you just strap in and hold on tight. And blowing our own horn a bit, the last script I read which was truly special was Brandon Barker’s “Nottingham and Hood,” which we found as part of our last Get Repped Now! promotion this summer. We got him into Benderspink, where he’s now working with their head of lit Jake Wagner. So, win-win. A real talented guy with a bitingly funny comic voice.

2. How’d you get your start reading scripts?
Kind of fell into it, really. I originally founded Coverage Ink to offer my small handful of analysts, whom I’d assembled to help develop my own material, to other writers at low cost. Getting feedback from smart readers is a major part of my process and always has been. In fact, the very first person I met when I moved to Los Angeles 20 years ago was a union studio reader, and that fellow was enormously gracious in giving me feedback and teaching me how the biz really works. Over time, as a writer myself, I gave feedback to plenty of other writers and realized I had a lot to say in that regard. Our approach is based around writer empowerment – giving constructive feedback as opposed to humiliation. This is in part a reaction to some of the astonishingly humiliating and unhelpful coverage I’ve received on my own scripts and have seen others receive over the years. I figured there had to be a way to give helpful guidance without belittling the writer. So all of that combined to get the CI ball rolling in 2002.

Read the rest right here!


Monday, October 13, 2014

Coverage Ink's GET REPPED NOW! Returns

We got Brandon Barker into BENDERSPINK. Are you next?


Summer 2014 we launched our first Coverage Ink's Get Repped Now! The response was tremendous. Five scripts were judged “considers” – four features and one TV pilot. We’re enormously pleased to report that Benderspink head of lit Jake Wagner is now working with writer Brandon Barker based on the strength of his feature spec “Nottingham and Hood.”

For a limited time only, three incredible literary representatives:


Jake Wagner (Benderspink) Chris Mills (Magnet Management), and Jeff Belkin (Zero Gravity) will personally read any scripts submitted to Coverage Ink for script analysis that garner a "Consider" for script (roughly the top 5% of submissions on average.) Wagner and Belkin will read the feature scripts; Wagner and Mills will read the TV pilots.

That’s all there is to it.  The door is open.  If you've got the goods, you've got a real shot of getting a kick-ass manager. Bring it!



1) Click the SUBMIT IT button.

2)  Fill out the online release and order form and then upload your screenplay or teleplay.

3) You will receive a confirmation and a Paypal invoice from CI
for the screenplay analysis within 24 hours .

4) You will receive your analysis back within ten calendar days*. If you wish to receive it faster, select semi-rush ($25 additional, 5-day turnaround) or RUSH ($59 additional, 48-hour turnaround.) 

*NOTE: If we are at capacity, we may have to push your coverage delivery back. Due to the huge response last time we were running about 4-5 days behind at the end of the Get Repped Now! promotion. We’ll let you know when you submit if we anticipate a delay.

Considers will be sent to Belkin, Mills and Wagner with our recommendations and the coverage. Script submissions that score below consider ('Consider with Reservations' and 'Pass') will not be forwarded, but you will have a solid road map for how to make your script rock in the form of a detailed, thoughtful and empowering script coverage report. 

Please note that if you enter early enough, or select rush or semi-rush, you may have a chance to polish and resubmit before the 11/9 deadline, giving you a second chance (please check on rush availability before submitting)

STANDARD COVERAGE COST: $129 for features, $99 for 1-hrs and $79 for 1/2 hrs. This includes a detailed 10-14 page coverage report analyzing every aspect of the screenplay. For more info please see the FAQ page at www.coverageink.com.

We're very excited to be offering this, and we hope this will be the first of many such opportunities for writers. Good luck, everyone!


* You may submit as many screenplays or teleplays as you wish before the deadline.

* All scripts entered will receive full screenplay coverage from an experienced analyst from the Coverage Ink (CI) team.

* Only screenplays and teleplays that receive a "consider" for script will be forwarded to Wagner and Belkin for features or Mills and Wagner for TV.

* Offer ends at 12:01 AM 11/10/14.

* Offer only valid on screenplays submitted for coverage to Coverage Ink.com between 10/13/14 and 11/9/14.

* Allow 10-14 days to receive your standard analysis back from CI.

* Offer open to everyone over the age of 18 worldwide where permitted.

* All genres are accepted.

* Feature scripts must be below 125 pages to qualify; TV pilots below 65 pages for a one-hour.

* Short film scripts, treatments and outlines, plays and manuscripts are not eligible for the Get Repped Now! promotion (however, we do review these all the time and are happy to do so! Contact us for more info or a quote.)

* Screenplay and Teleplay submissions must be in industry standard format.

* If your script receives a consider, please allow 4-6 weeks to hear back from either Belkin, Wagner or Mills. If they are interested, they will contact you directly. If they are not, Coverage Ink will get back to you with the reason they passed. 

* Coverage Ink is entitled to no compensation for any deals that may occur with your material. We are merely providing an introduction and validation. We are not attaching ourselves in any way.

* By participating in this offer, you agree to have your screenplay sent to Belkin, Mills or Wagner for consideration for possible representation. If you do not wish to have your material sent out, just let us know.

* The decision of the Coverage Ink reader is final. 

* The decision of whether or not to offer representation is up to Belkin, Mills and Wagner.

* If you receive a Consider, you may elect to do a polish draft based on the coverage before submitting to Belkin, Mills or Wagner (strongly recommended. That’s what coverage is for in the first place – to help you iron out all the bugs before making those crucial submissions.)

* Coverage Ink is not affiliated in any way with Zero Gravity, Benderspink or Magnet Management.

* Coverage Ink team members, partners and associates past or present are not eligible. 


Founded in 2002, top-rated Coverage Ink is a leading independent screenplay analysis/development service used by emerging writers, established scribes and management and production companies. Coverage Ink is currently in production on its first animated feature "Malevolent," starring Morena Baccarin, Ray Wise and Bill Moseley. Visit us at www.coverageink.com.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Patrick Tobin's CAKE Premieres at Toronto; Amy Lowe Starbin's KELLY & CAL Platforms Nationally

Patrick Tobin
We're very excited to note that Patrick Tobin's CAKE, which was a Top Ten winner in our Writers on the Storm screenplay competition last year, has premiered at Toronto International Film Festival.

The indie stars Jennifer Aniston in her grittiest role yet -- as a woman with chronic pain issues trying to get her life back on track. The all-star cast includes William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman and Sam Worthington. Check out what The Hollywood Reporter has to say about it right here.

CAKE was directed by Daniel Barnz (Phoebe in Wonderland, Beastly). We'll be keeping an eye on it. Nice going, Patrick!

Jennifer Aniston in "Cake"
On a related note, this is a great time for indie cinema, because CI reader Amy Lowe Starbin's movie KELLY + CAL, starring the radiant Juliette Lewis, opened this week at select cinemas across the US.

Amy Lowe Starbin
Lewis plays a former punk rocker turned suburban mom who finds an unlikely relationship with a 17-year-old disabled boy played by Jonny Weston. The IFC release is drawing spectacular reviews, such as this one here from a little paper you may have heard of called The New York Times, who said, "The performances of Ms. Lewis and Mr. Weston crackle with authenticity. Like a good punk-rock song, this bracingly honest, tough-minded vignette stays true to itself."

And Entertainment Weekly gave it a "A."


Watch the trailer for KELLY + CAL right here:


Here's a current list of screenings, so check it out if you can and support great indie cinema. You rock, Amy!

9/5 - IFC Center - New York, NY
9/12 - Alamo Drafthouse Cinema - Houston, TX
9/12 - PFS Theater at the Roxy - Philadelphia, PA
9/19 - Arena Cinema - Hollywood, CA
9/26 - Carolina Asheville - Asheville, NC
9/26 - Wilmette Theaters - Wilmette, IL
9/26 - Shea 14 - Scottsdale, AZ
9/26 - Raleigh Grande 16 - Raleigh, NC
9/26 - Cinema Detroit - Detroit, MI
10/3 - Cosford Cinema - Coral Gables, FL
10/3 - Mary D. Fisher Theatre - Sedona, AZ
10/3 - Jean Cocteau Cinema - Santa Fe, NM
10/3 - SIE Film Center - Denver, CO
10/3 - SIFF Film Center - Seattle, WA
10/17 - Cinema Paradiso - Fort Lauderdale, FL


Writers on the Storm is on hiatus for the time being. In the meantime, we are focusing on our Get Repped Now! promotions, which will be quarterly. The next Coverage Ink's Get Repped Now! begins October 13, 2014.

Monday, September 01, 2014


Coverage Ink, a leading independent screenplay analysis/development service since 2002, has announced that client Brandon Barker is now working with Benderspink Head of Management Jake Wagner.

Brandon Barker
Coverage Ink discovered Barker as part of their recent Get Repped Now! promo. All scripts evaluated during the promo period that received a consider were guaranteed to be read by Benderspink's Wagner (features) or Chris Mills from Magnet Management (TV).

Barker's script was one of five considers submitted to Wagner and Mills. His "Nottingham + Hood," a medieval Midnight Run that thrusts together the Sheriff of Nottingham and a certain emerald-clad archer, grabbed Wagner's attention. After meeting with Barker, Wagner informed Coverage Ink that they were now working together.

"He wants to send out 'Nottingham + Hood'," says Barker, "and will work with me on (my new) sci-fi thriller script. I think we have very similar tastes. Talked about our favorite movies... had a great time!"

"Get Repped Now!" went better than I ever could have hoped," says Coverage Ink founder Jim Cirile. "We accomplished exactly what we set out to do -- nurture a lot of up and comers and bash down a door or two. Getting Brandon into Benderspink is fantastic, but even more importantly, hopefully we've empowered a lot of writers to take their craft to the next level via detailed script coverage."

The other considers received during the promo period were BAND OF ANGELS by Katherine Craddock, EVERMOON by Michael Cravotta, HEREDITARY (pilot) by Craig Berger, and PAN KRATOS by Demosthenes Daskaleas.

Coverage Ink is bringing back Get Repped Now! October 13th through November 9, 2014, and Cirile says the plan is to hopefully add at least one additional top literary manager to the list. "I hope everyone is hard at work polishing those scripts, because the cream rises, as Brandon Barker's great script shows."

For more information please visit CoverageInk.com.


Monday, August 18, 2014


Luther Mace showing us How It Is Done.
Boom! Our client Luther Mace takes 1st Place in Scriptapalooza TV with his HOUSE OF CARDS spec. And he was kind enough to send us a lovely note: 

I want to say THANK YOU because 1st place happened…


You guys were so incredible.  Thank you, again, for the insightful notes. TK was so passionate about HOUSE OF CARDS and gave such incredible notes. I really feel without her insightfulness and commitment this may not have happened.

--Luther Mace

WHOO-HOO! Now that is kick-ass. All we ask is, Luther, when you're staffed on House of Cards, to get us a policy meeting with President Underwood. We have a few things to say about his policies... ;)


Tuesday, August 12, 2014


Update on our GET REPPED NOW! promotion: Today we sent off our five considers to Magnet and Benderspink. Crossing fingers for these very talented writers! They are:

>> BAND OF ANGELS by Katherine Craddock
>> EVERMOON by Michael Cravotta
>> HEREDITARY by Craig Berger
>> PAN KRATOS by Demosthenes Daskaleas
>> NOTTINGHAM & HOOD by Brandon Barker

Let's all pull for these guys! And for everyone who sent your scripts in (almost 200 of you!) we are pulling for you guys as well. We plan to do another GET REPPED NOW! promotion in the fall. Plus we're hoping to add another manager. So get to work and polish and tighten and chisel and bulletproof those scripts, and then blow us away. 

“Write with the door closed, rewrite with the door open.”― Stephen King


Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MORENA BACCARIN Announced as Star of "Malevolent"

Morena Baccarin, who received an Emmy Award nomination for her work on Homeland, has been cast in Coverage Ink Films' new production MALEVOLENT. 

The animated horror feature film, directed by Jason Axinn (Starpocalypse), concerns a dying, wealthy industrialist (Ray Wise, Robocop, Twin Peaks) who calls his estranged kids together, ostensibly to discuss his will -- but what he has in mind is something else entirely. Baccarin stars as Gamemaster, from an alien race that stages bloody conflicts among humans and then wagers on the outcome. The Hollywood Reporter broke the story.


Ms. Baccarin is of course well-known to genre fans due to her roles in Joss Whedon's Firefly, Stargate and V. MALEVOLENT also stars Bill Mosley ("The Devil's Rejects") and Dani Lennon ("Bite Me"). The film is executive produced and written by Coverage Ink's Jim Cirile and Tanya Klein ("Liberator") and produced by Cindi Rice and Paige Barnett (Space Guys in Space, Bite Me.)

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