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The Black List in French Vanity Fair

The Black List is featured in the February issue of Vanity Fair France.

Writers Guild of Israel Partnership

We officially partner with the Writers Guild of Israel.

Cassian Elwes Fellows at Sundance

Heather Faris (RIPPLE) and Marcus Pelegrin (YOU HAVE SEEN THEIR FACES) are announced as the 2018 Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellows, Heather attends the Sundance Film Festival.

Autograph Retreat at Sundance

For the second year, we partner with the Autograph Collection's Hotel Park City for a weekend of events celebrating the very best of the Sundance Film Festival.

Yolanda Avery's NANA'S SECRET RECIPE

Yolanda Avery's comedy NANA'S SECRET RECIPE becomes the ninth produced feature made from a blcklst.com script.

Black List Movies on iTunes

For the first time ever, movies made from Black List scripts are now available in one exclusive location: iTunes. Check out nearly 200 films made from Black List scripts, including Best Picture winners ARGO, SPOTLIGHT, SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, and many more.

Thirteenth Annual Black List

RUIN by Ryan and Matthew Firpo tops the list, with Mario Correa's LET HER SPEAK coming in second, and DADDIO by Christy Hall rounding out the top three. The 2017 Black List features a record number of scripts by and about women.

HOPE Live Read

Karen McCullah and Kirsten "Kiwi" Smith's HOPE, a romantic comedy, debuts on the Black List Live stage! Aubrey Plaza, Glen Powell, and David Krumholtz star.

THE MISERABLE ADVENTURES OF BURT SQUIRE Live Read

2016 Black List script THE MISERABLE ADVENTURES OF BURT SQUIRE by Ben Bolea kicks off our fall Black List Live season! Matthew Modine and Milo Ventimiglia star.

DESOLATION premieres at LAFF

The seventh fully produced blcklst.com script, DESOLATION, by Matt Anderson and Michael Larson-Kangas, premieres at LAFF.

TIFF Panel with Franklin and Kate

Franklin and Kate moderate the 3 for 30 Screenwriting Panel at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival with Sean Baker, Nora Twomey, Anita Doron, and Loung Ung.

Corey Deshon's HELL IS WHERE THE HOME IS

Corey Deshon's thriller HELL IS WHERE THE HOME IS becomes the eighth script found on blcklst.com to head into production.

James Raue's PSYCHOANALYSIS

James Raue's PSYCHOANALYSIS becomes the sixth produced blcklst.com script.

WIF Partnership

The Black List partners with WIF LA for the second year of the Episodic Lab for Women Writers, and, adds a Feature Lab for Women Writers with go90 and WIF.

Lane and Ruckus Skye on BLTR

Lane and Ruckus Skye join Franklin and Kate on the latest episode of The Black List Table Reads to talk about RATTLE THE CAGE/ZINZNA’s path to the screen.

SAVING CHARLIE CHAPLIN Live Read

Justin Shady’s 2016 Black List script SAVING CHARLIE CHAPLIN, a 1930s-set caper comedy, becomes the third Black List Live! read of 2017. Jon Hamm, Paul Reubens, and Randall Park star.

THE GAUNTLET OF PHILLIP MONTEGA on BLTR

David Gay’s THE GAUNTLET OF PHILLIP MONTEGA becomes the last full Earmovie on The Black List Table Reads. An action comedy, PHILLIP MONTEGA stars Jay Ellis, Teo Briones, and Arielle Kebbel.

BLTR Concludes

Saying goodbye is never easy, but The Black List Table Reads comes to a close with the season three finale featuring Franklin and Kate.

Annual Black List Dinner

We celebrate writers from the 2016 Black List with a Palihouse dinner.

THE PROMISE on BLTR

Chris Salmanpour’s political thriller THE PROMISE debuts on The Black List Table Reads. THE PROMISE stars Houshang Touzie, Omid Abtahi, and Oded Fehr.

SELZNICK'S FOLLY on BLTR

Gesha-Marie Bland’s SELZNICK’S FOLLY, a behind the scenes look at GONE WITH THE WIND from the POVs of Hattie McDaniel and David O. Selznick, debuts on BLTR, starring Yvette Nicole Brown.

REVOLVER Live Read

We partner with Brooklyn Academy of Music! Our first BAM live read is Kate Trefry’s 2016 Black List script REVOLVER, a female-driven comedy about Beatlemania. Valorie Curry and Donal Logue star.

ScriptBook Launches

The Black List partners with ScriptBook to provide script analysis via AI, but suspends the product due to feedback from writers.

Symbolic Exchange Announced

Black List Lab writer Jason Young is named as the very first recipient of our partnership with Symbolic Exchange based on his script SCARLETVILLE.

Urbanworld Partnership

The Black List partners with Urbanworld to provide hosting and evaluations for their screenwriting competition, which specifically aims to highlight writers of color.

JAMES CAMERON'S TITANIC Live Read

Our first Black List Live! Read of 2017 is JAMES CAMERON’S TITANIC by Jen D’Angelo, starring Judy Greer and Constance Wu.

THE HOUNDS OF HOUSE REARDEN on BLTR

Sean Patrick Geraghty’s THE HOUNDS OF HOUSE REARDEN, a werewolf thriller, debuts on The Black List Table Reads. Cooper Thornton and Gregory Itzin star.

Website Redesign

WIth the help of Evoke and the Gravillis Inc., we redesign our website to make it easier to use.

Psychology of Storytelling

Lindsay Doran Psychology of Storytelling at the WGA Theater

Black List in the Atlantic

The Black List is the featured story in the Altantic Monthly.

MAGGIE'S DAWN on BLTR

MAGGIE’S DAWN, a post-apocalyptic action thriller, debuts on The Black List Table Reads. Aisha Tyler, Wendi McClendon-Covey, and Wade Rogers star.

Indigenous Media Short Films

Five short films based on blcklst.com scripts that were selected for the Indigenous Media incubator, The Big Script, debut.

Cassian Fellows at Sundance

Keely Wise (PLAIN JANE) and John Hoffler Jr. (THREE SUMMERS) are selected as the 2017 Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellows and head to Sundance!

Allison Schroeder on BLTR

Future Oscar nominees Allison Schroeder (HIDDEN FIGURES) and Luke Davies (LION) join Franklin and Kate on The Black List Table Reads.

Noah Oppenheim on BLTR

Noah Oppenheim joins Franklin and Kate to talk about the journey of his script JACKIE from the annual Black List to the big screen.

Autograph Retreat at Sundance

Our official partnership with Autograph Collection Hotels, The Retreat, kicks off at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival at Hotel Park City!

Todd Komarnicki on BLTR

SULLY screenwriter Todd Komarnicki joins Franklin and Kate on the newest episode of The Black List Table Reads.

Third Annual Black Party at Palihouse

We celebrate the annual list and the Young Storytellers Foundation with our Annual Black Party at Palihouse.

Eric Heisserer on BLTR

Future Oscar nominee and annual Black Lister Eric Heisserer joins Franklin and Kate (in her Black List Table Reads debut!) to discuss 2012 Black List script ARRIVAL.

Twelfth Annual Black List

Elyse Hollander’s Madonna biopic, BLOND AMBITION, tops the 2016 Black List. Other noteworthy scripts include LIFE ITSELF, THE POST, LETTERS FROM ROSEMARY KENNEDY, and LINDA AND MONICA.

Barry Jenkins on BLTR

Future Oscar winners Barry Jenkins and Tarrell Alvin McCraney join Franklin on the first interview episode of The Black List Table Reads for season three.

BLOOD FROM A STONE on BLTR

Season three of The Black List Table Reads begins with Bill Palmer’s throwback action comedy BLOOD FROM A STONE starring Paul Scheer, Gregg Henry, and Liza Lapira.

NEW COKE Live Read

Black List Lab participant Max Schwartz brings his script NEW COKE, a satire of the 1980s Cola Wars, to the Black List Live! stage. Bob Odenkirk and Donald Faison star.

Hasty Pudding Fellow Selected

Alex Rollins Berg is selected as the second Hasty Pudding Institute Screenwriting Fellowship winner.

SCARLETVILLE sells

Centropolis buys SCARLETVILLE by Jason Young, a 2016 Black List Lab participant.

Women in Genre Dinner

Women Writers in Genre join us for dinner at DeSano's.

Collyer Fellowship

The Black List partners with the Writers Guild of America, East, and the Writer’s Guild Institute to host submissions for the 2016-2017 Michael Collyer Memorial Fellowship.

I BELIEVE IN AMERICA Live Read

Terry Clyne’s 2016 Black List script I BELIEVE IN AMERICA, a look behind the scenes of the making of THE GODFATHER, debuts in NYC. Paul Schneider, Allison Williams, and Ben McKenzie star.

Horror Writers Dinner

For the third year, we host an annual dinner for Horror Writers Dinner at DeSano's

Google Fellows Selected

Gabriel Mizrahi (ACCELERATOR), Selyna Warren and Marissa Shields (HAZED), and Alex Greenfield and Ben Powell (THE VESSEL) are the first recipients of the Google Computer Science in Media Fellowship.

Annual Screenwriters Lab

The 2016 Black List Lab for Feature Screenwriters includes future annual Black Lister Tom Dean, Lauri Donahue, Julie Lynch, Black List Live! writers Noga Pnueli and Max Schwartz, Jason Young, and Christine Zosche.

Autograph Collection Partnership

Our official partnership with Autograph Collection Hotels begins!

Psychology of Storytelling

For the first time, Lindsay Doran’s THE PSYCHOLOGY OF STORYTELLING goes east, and makes its debut as a part of the 2016 New York Film Festival.

Genre Writer/Rep Dinner at DeSano

Top genre writers from the site are connected with industry members at DeSano's.

Happy Hours

Four new cities host Black List Happy Hours this month: Portland, Denver, Philadelphia, and Montreal!

Chapman Partnership

The Black List partners with Chapman University for an innovative membership for graduating film school students.

Warby Parker event at TIFF

The Black List and Warby Parker host a celebration of Black List writers with films at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival.

Trey Ellis Talks HOLY MACKEREL!

Writer Trey Ellis is interviewed about his upcoming Black List Live! read HOLY MACKEREL! in Slate.

HOLY MACKEREL Live Read

Trey Ellis' look behind the scenes of AMOS N’ ANDY, HOLY MACKEREL!, kicks off the fall season of Black List Live! It stars David Allen Grier, Mykelti Williamson, and Yvette Nicole Brown.

KATIE SAYS GOODBYE at TIFF

The fifth fully produced blcklst.com script, KATIE SAYS GOODBYE by Wayne Roberts, debuts at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival! Wayne continued with RICHARD SAYS GOODBYE, starring Johnny Depp.

MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER Live Read

The Black List and Warby Parker present Noga Pnueli’s script I’M STARTING TO SUSPECT MY TEENAGE DAUGHTER IS AN ALIEN FROM OUTER SPACE starring Parker Posey and Molly Ringwald.

Latinx Writers Dinner

We return with our monthly dinner series, bringing together Latinx writers at DeSano's.

WIF Episodic Lab Begins

The first annual Black List and Women In Film Episodic Lab for Women Writers begins! Six writers and two writing teams are selected for the inaugural lab.

Women in Comedy Dinner

The 3rd annual Women in Comedy Dinner is hosted at DeSano's.

YSF After Dark

As a part of our continued support of the Young Storytellers Foundation, the Black List sponsors the After Dark V Summer Fundraiser.

Chris Salmapour and StudioCanal

StudioCanal/The Picture Company book partnership recipient Chris Salmanpour to adapt THE PARIS ARCHITECT.

ATX Winners Announced

ATX partnership winners announced: “The contest, which was announced this January, drew over 1,000 applicants. 16 winning scribes have been selected...“

Franklin in Harvard Magazine

Franklin Leonard is profiled by Harvard Magazine in a cover story -- “The Outsiders’ Insider: How Franklin Leonard's Black List is Reshaping Hollywood.”

Comedy Rep Dinner

Comedy writers from the site are connected with industry members at our latest monthly dinner at DeSano's.

Olga joins the team

Olga Vasileva is hired as a part of our engineering team!

Asian-American Writers Dinner

We celebrate Asian-American Writers at our monthly dinner at DeSano's.

Writer Search

The site allows writers to create profiles including demographic information, and industry members can search for writers.

YSF on The Black List Table Reads

We celebrate Young Storytellers by highlighting five young writers on The Black List Table Reads!

Google Partnership

The Black List partners with Google for the Computer Science Education in Media Fellowship.

COLLEGE REPUBLICANS Live Read

Black List Live! presents Wes Jones’ #1 2010 Black List script COLLEGE REPUBLICANS starring Mae Whitman, Alexis Bledel, and Shannon Woodward.

Black Writers Dinner

We host our second annual dinner for Black Writers at DeSano's.

Warby Parker Partnership

The Black List begins its official partnership with Warby Parker! Warby Parker is our partner in presenting the Black List Live! series.

SHOVEL BUDDIES Premiere at SxSW

The fourth fully produced script from a blcklst.com script, Jason Hellerman’s dramedy SHOVEL BUDDIES, debuts at SXSW! SHOVEL BUDDIES stars Bella Thorne and Kian Lawley.

WIF Episodic Lab

Women in Film and The Black List launch the first ever Episodic Television Lab aimed at female writers.

Chad Hartigan on BLTR

Filmmaker Chad Hartigan (MORRIS FROM AMERICA) and Black List Live! Writer Mike Rosolio (REAGAN) join Franklin on a new episode of The Black List Table Reads.

THE HITCH on BLTR

Troy A. Miller’s THE HITCH is our final episode in season two of The Black List Table Reads. THE HITCH stars Jack Falahee and Angela Gots.

REAGAN Live Read

Mike Rosolio’s 2015 Black List script REAGAN debuts at Black List Live! REAGAN stars John Cho, James Brolin, and Nathan Fillion.

Emma Stone in LETTERS FROM ROSEMARY KENNEDY

Emma Stone attaches to Nick Yarborough’s found on blcklst.com script LETTERS FROM ROSEMARY KENNEDY.

Jason Hellerman on BLTR

ATX TV Festival founders Caitlin McFarland and Emily Gipson and SHOVEL BUDDIES writer Jason Hellerman join Franklin on The Black List Table Reads.

TV Writer Rep Dinner

We host a dinner to connect television writers from the site with agents and managers at DeSano's.

BUBBLES sale

Isaac Adamson’s BUBBLES, the #1 script on the 2015 Black List, lands at Starburns.

Psychology of Storytelling

Lindsay Doran returns with her talk The Psychology of Storytelling.

Oscar Night 2016

SPOTLIGHT wins for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay for Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy. THE REVENANT takes home Best Director.

Josh Singer on BLTR

Future Oscar-winner Josh Singer joins Franklin on The Black List Table Reads to talk about his 2013 Black List script SPOTLIGHT.

Athena Fellows Selected

Dee Chilton (DARKEN SHIP), Britta Lundin (SHIP IT), Jennifer Noonan (ASSIMILATION), and Kristina Zacharias (RESTAVEK) are selected as a part of our inaugural partnership with the Athena Film Festival.

Happy Hours go international

Black List Happy Hours expand officially, with Atlanta, Albuquerque, Chicago, Minneapolis, San Francisco, and Toronto chosen as the first new cities.

FOREVER JIAYING on BLTR

Kristina Lauren Anderson turns her script FOREVER JIAYING, 1937 into an episode of The Black List Table Reads starring Georgina Haig and Jessika Van.

Chris Salmanpour and StudioCanal

Chris Salmanpour is named as the first recepient of our partnership with StudioCanal/The Picture Company based on his script THE PROMISE.

Isaac Adamanson on BLTR

Two writers who’ve been #1 on the annual Black List, Isaac Adamson (BUBBLES) and Kristina Lauren Anderson (CATHERINE THE GREAT) join Franklin on The Black List Table Reads.

Friends of the Black List Dinner

We celebrate out annual Friends of the Black List Dinner at DeSano's once again.

LOOSE WOMEN on BLTR

Jeffrey Belanger’s female-driven Western LOOSE WOMEN, starring Robin Weigert, Sandy Martin, and TaiVon McKinnney, debuts on The Black List Table Reads

JODY on BLTR

JODY, Chris Kyle and Jason Wilborn’s NFL drama, starring Matt Del Negro, Constance Zimmer, and Ashley Greene, debuts on The Black List Table Reads

Phyllis Nagy on BLTR

Phyllis Nagy and Emma Donoghue drop by The Black List Table Reads to talk about their awards-season scripts for CAROL and ROOM.

EDDIE THE EAGLE Premiere

The third fully produced blcklst.com script, EDDIE THE EAGLE by Sean Macaulay and Simon Kelton, has its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival as the famed secret screening.

ATX Partnership

The Black List partners with the ATX Television Festival! This partnership selects TV writers for staffing consideration with companies such as Amblin Entertainment and Bad Robot.

Cary Fukunaga on BLTR

BEASTS OF NO NATION and TRUE DETECTIVE director Cary Fukanaga joins Franklin on the first Black List Table Reads interview episode of the year.

HOSERS on BLTR

HOSERS debuts as the first and only television episode of The Black List Table Reads after its live taping at the Fast Company Innovation Festival in November 2016.

Cassian Fellows at Sundance

Kristina Zacharias (RESTAVEK) and Terrell Garrett (TWITCH) are announced as the 2016 Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellows, and head to Sundance.

ANGEL'S FLIGHT on BLTR

ANGEL’S FLIGHT, a revisionist LA noir by Jill Isaacs, arrives on The Black List Table Reads. Milo Ventimiglia, W. Earl Brown, and Anne Heche star.

Billy Ray on BLTR

Billy Ray and future Oscar-winner Charles Randolph discuss their new films on The Black List Table Reads, THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES and THE BIG SHORT.

BLTR named iTunes Best

The Black List Table Reads are named as one of iTunes Best Podcasts of 2015!

Eleventh Annual Black List

Isaac Adamson’s unconventional biopic of Michael Jackson’s pet chimp BUBBLES tops the list. Other notables include MISS SLOANE, MOVE THAT BODY (retitled as ROUGH NIGHT), and CHAPPAQUIDDICK.

BLTR in IndieWire

Indiewire names BLTR as one of the best storytelling podcasts.

CELERITAS on BLTR

Kimberly Barrante’s CELERTIAS (an annual Black List script that was first hosted on blcklst.com) debuts on The Black List Table Reads. CELERITAS stars Jake Abel and Justin Chatwin.

Alex Garland on BLTR

Screenwriters Abi Morgan and Alex Garland join Franklin on the newest episode of The Black List Table Reads to talk about their new films, SUFFRAGETTE and EX MACHINA.

WINTER KING on BLTR

THE WINTER KING, a family holiday comedy by Mickey Fisher and Brian DePetris, arrives on The Black List Table Reads. Jason Ritter, Mae Whitman, and Haley Joel Osment star.

Annual Black List Party

For the second year, we celebrate the Young Storytellers Foundation at our annual party celebrating the release of the annual Black List.

EL FUEGO CALIENTE Live Read

EL FUEGO CALIENTE by Ben Schwartz, a telenovela-style update of SOAPDISH, debuts at Black List Live! Jaime Camil, Roselyn Sanchez, and Don Cheadle star.

Ben Schwartz on BLTR

In anticipation of his upcoming Black List Live! Read, screenwriter/actor Ben Schwartz joins Franklin on The Black List Table Reads.

Indigenous Media Partnership

The Black List partners with Indigenous Media and Josh Hutcherson for a new partnership aimed at developing indie features.

John McNamara on BLTR

TRUMBO screenwriter John McNamara joins Franklin on the newest episode of The Black List Table Reads.

HOSERS Live Read

Jacob Isser’s HOSERS debuts at the Fast Company Innovation Fest, becoming the first and only time the Black List has staged a live reading of a pilot. HOSERS stars Jason Biggs and Rumer Willis.

THREE MONTHS on BLTR

Season 2 of The Black List Table Reads debuts with Jared Frieder’s moving dramedy, THREE MONTHS, starring Christopher Cousins, Frances Fisher, and Frieder.

Friends of the Black List Dinner

We return with our Friends of the Black List dinner at DeSano.

Los Angeles Mini-Lab

Our final minilab of the year takes place in Los Angeles, with writers Corey Bodoh-Creed, Chloe Hung, Sabrina Siebert, and Mary Unser.

Psychology of Storytelling

Lindsay Doran returns with her talk The Psychology of Storytelling.

Chicago Mini Lab

We head to Chicago for our third minilab for the year! Writers Maggie Clancy, Mark Fleming, Anna Hozian, and Brian Trapp are selected for this minilab.

Athena Partnership

Our partnership with the Athena Film Festival begins, including a feature minilab for female screenwriters, our very first lab for women only.

SF Mini Lab

Our third minilab of 2015 takes place in San Francisco, with writers Sarah Archer Moulton, Rachel Bublitz, Elizabeth Oyebode, and Joe Rechtman.

Horror Writers Dinner

Things get spooky with our second annual Horror Writers Dinner at DeSano.

Lorene Scafaria on BLTR

Annual Black Lister Lorene Scafaria (NICK & NORAH’S INFINITE PLAYLIST) joins Franklin on the Black List Table Reads to discuss her new film THE MEDDLER.

BLTR with Uzodinma Iweala

Novelist Uzodinma Iweala joins Franklin on The Black List Table Reads to discuss the feature adaptation of BEASTS OF NO NATION, Netflix’s first original film.

Toronto Mini-Lab

The Black List minilabs continue. Writers Erin Cardiff, Stephen Davis, Mary Goldman, and Timothy Visentin join us at Toronto International Film Festival.

Graham Moore on BLTR

Oscar-winner and #1 Black Lister Graham Moore (THE IMITATION GAME) joins Franklin on the newest episode of The Black List Table Reads.

McKenna Grace cast in GIFTED

Mckenna Grace is cast in Marc Webb’s GIFTED, and becomes the first live read actor to reprise their role in the feature film.

Writer Rep Dinner

At this month’s dinner at DeSano’s, we introduce feature writers who have had high-scoring scripts on blcklst.com to agents, managers, and other industry executives.

CARTOON GIRL Live Read

Randall Green’s 2014 Black List script CARTOON GIRL debuts at Black List Live! CARTOON GIRL stars James Marsden, Jessica Alba, and Luke Wilson.

CHROME NOIR on BLTR

Kent Tessman’s futuristic mystery CHROME NOIR arrives in full on The Black List Table Reads. Colin Hanks, Zachary Levi, and Katie Lowes star in this episode, the season one finale.

BLTR in Guardian

The Black List Table Reads are recognized as one of the best podcasts to take on holiday in The Guardian: “Perfect show for any movie buff looking for a fix.”

Anne Hathaway attached to THE SHOWER

Following the Black List Live! read in June, Anne Hathaway attaches to produce and star in Jac Schaeffer’s THE SHOWER.

NYU Partnership

Following our partnership with the NYU Purple List, the NYU School of Professional Writing Partners with the Black List to provide free hosting and evaluations for all selected students.

Women in Comedy Dinner

Our second annual dinner celebrating Women in Comedy takes place at DeSano’s.

ALMA Partnership

ALMA becomes second non-English language guild to partner with The Black List, thanks to the work, once again, of David Bellini.

MR. MALCOLM'S LIST on BLTR

Suzanne Allain’s comedy of manners MR. MALCOLM’S LIST, which stars Ashley Madewke, Rose McIver, and Parminder Nagra, debuts on The Black List Table Reads.

Robert Towne on BLTR

Legendary screenwriter Robert Towne (CHINATOWN, THE GODFATHER) joins Franklin on The Black List Table Reads live from the Nantucket Film Festival

Writers Dinner

Screenwriters who work primarily in the world of Adaptations are celebrated at our latest monthly dinner at DeSano’s.

TERRIBLE PARENTS on BLTR

Kevin Oeser’s private school comedy TERRIBLE PARENTS, starring Paul Scheer, June Diane Raphael, Rob Huebel, and Janie Haddad Tompkins, arrives on The Black List Table Reads

Annual Black List Dinner

The Black List and Dockers partner once again to celebrate the top ten screenwriters from the 2014 Black List at A.O.C.

University Partnerships

The Black List partners with Northwestern’s Cold Cut showcase and UCLA’s Showcase for graduate screenwriting students.

BLTR with Frederick Mensch

Writer Frederick Mensch, director Elliot Lester, and star David Oyelowo join Franklin to discuss NIGHTINGALE on the very first interview episode of The Black List Table Reads.

THE SHOWER Live! Read

Black List Live! starts the summer with Jac Schaeffer’s female-driven sci-fi comedy THE SHOWER, a 2014 Black List script, starring Felicia Day, Gillian Jacobs, and Chelsea Peretti.

Black List Live! Read NYC

Black List Live! arrives in New York City with Jason Orley’s 2014 Black List script BIG TIME ADOLESCENCE starring Alex Wolff, Zosia Mamet, and Michael Angarano.

NIGHTINGALE debuts on HBO

"The likelihood of a first-time screenwriter making it to HBO are slim, and NIGHTINGALE is the first screenplay from the Black List website to be produced by any film company." - The New York Times

Aussie List Partnership

The Black List partners with the Aussie List, Australia’s version of the annual Black List.

WB Selects New Writer

Suzanne Allain is selected as second recipient of the Warner Bros. partnership based on her script MR. MALCOLM’S LIST.

WGA-E Dinner

We team up with our partners at the Writers Guild of America, East for a dinner celebrating NYC Writers at OTTO.

NYC Mini Lab

We launch our first screenwriting minilab for the year. Arla Bowers, Hunter Burke, Joel Dorland, Yvonne Paulin, and Ian McWethy participate in the lab

Black List Table Reads

Stacey Maltin’s cultural clash dramedy THE OTHER SIDE premieres on The Black List Table Reads. THE OTHER SIDE stars Darren Criss, Tammy Blanchard, Jerry Adler, and many more.

NYWIFT Partnership

The Black List officially partners with New York Women in Film and Television (NYWIFT) to help support the Meryl Streep Writers Lab for Female Screenwriters over 40.

Purple List Partnership

Following success with the Columbia Blue List, The Black List extends its partnership for screenwriting students to include the NYU Purple List.

Writer Director Dinner

With help from the Sundance Institute, we celebrate independent writer/directors at our second monthly dinner at DeSano’s.

Happy Hour goes cross country

The Black List Happy Hour expands for the first time, with our first New York City happy hour taking place at Houston Hall in Manhattan.

First Episode of Black List Table Reads

The Black List Table Reads debuts! Our first episode is Tim Talbott and Malcolm Spellman’s outrageous comedy BALLS OUT, starring Paul Scheer and Casey Wilson.

Panel at Lincoln Center

As a part of our week of New York City programming, The Black List partners with Lincoln Center to host a panel: The Business of Screenwriting, featuring Michael Zam, Chris Sparling, and Lara Shapiro.

Black List in Bloomberg

The Black List Table Reads are announced via an article in Bloomberg: "Hear the Movies You Can’t See."

Black List Live! Read

Our first live read for 2015 is Tom Flynn’s 2014 Black List script GIFTED, a dramatic family comedy starring Armie Hammer, Frances Fisher, Gina Torres, and Gina Rodriguez.

Works in Progress Series

2014 Cassian Elwes fellow Matthew Hickman brings his script AN ELEGY FOR EVELYN FRANCIS to the Works in Progress reading series.

Writers Guild of New Zealand Partnership

Our partnership with the Writers Guild of New Zealand begins.

Friends of the Black List Dinner

Our second annual Friends of the Black List dinner launches our dinner series at DeSano’s.

Psychology of Storytelling

Lindsay Doran returns to the WGA Theater in Beverly Hills with her talk The Psychology of Storytelling.

StudioCanal Partnership

The Black List partners with StudioCanal/The Picture Company to select a "European writer for a blind script deal in a wide range of genres, including action-thriller and suspense."

Oscar Night 2015

Graham Moore wins Best Adapted Screenplay for THE IMITATION GAME. FOXCATCHER, WHIPLASH, and AMERICAN SNIPER are among other notable nominees, with WHIPLASH winning three Oscars.

Writers Guild of South Africa Partnership

The Black List begins its partnership with the Writers Guild of South Africa, our first partnership with an African guild.

END OF THE TOUR Dinner

Once again, we partner with Dockers at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival to celebrate David Margulies’ 2013 Black List script THE END OF THE TOUR.

Sundance Diversity Partnership

The Black List begins an official partnership with the Sundance Institute’s diversity initiative.

NFL Selects Writers

John Arends and Jeff Williams are selected as the two writers that will complete a two-step blind deal with the NFL and The Company to work on football-themed scripts as a part of our partnership

Mike Harden receives Cassian Elwes Fellowship

Mike Harden is named as second the Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting fellow based on his script A GOOD MAN, a crime drama set in Boston.

Annual Black Party 2014

We celebrate the 2014 Annual List with a party at Palihouse.

Tenth Annual Black List

Kristina Lauren Anderson’s CATHERINE THE GREAT (previously hosted on blcklst.com) tops the list. Other notable scripts include MANCHESTER BY THE SEA, MONEY MONSTER, and THE FOUNDER.

Black List in LA Times

"Franklin Leonard’s Black List can help greenlight screenplays."

Writers Guild of Italy Partnership

The late David Bellini is instrumental in forging the partnership between The Black List and the Writers Guild of Italy

Playwrights Dinner

This month, we celebrate Playwrights in Film and Television at our dinner series at Palihouse

Black List Live! Read

YOUR BRIDESMAID IS A BITCH by Brian Duffield is our fourth Black List Live! read. Ben Feldman, Tessa Thompson, Zachary Levi, and Adrienne Palicki star.

Black List Live! at AFF

Black List Live! heads south to the Austin Film Festival for a reading of Dan Sterling’s 2011 Black List script FLARSKY, starring Mike Birbiglia and Erinn Hayes.

Black Writers Dinner

Ava DuVernay co-hosts the first annual Black Screenwriters Dinner at Palihouse.

Guanajuato Film Festival Partnership

Partnership with Guanajuato Film Festival begins, giving finalists in Mexico’s largest film festival a chance to host their scripts on the site.

Horror Writers Dinner

Our first annual Horror Writers Dinner happens at Palihouse.

Black List Live! Read

Alison Brie, Nathan Fillion, Melanie Lynskey, Seth Green, Jean Smart, Justin Bartha, and Dean Cameron, and Cooper Thornton star in THE SEEKERS OF PERPETUAL LOVE by Victoria Strouse at Black List Live!

Tyro Kyle Francis receives Martin Katz fellowship

Tyro Kyle Francis is named as first Martin Katz Fellowship recipient for his thriller script BLOOD CREEK.

Works in Progress Series

Our third Works in Progress reading is Sara Saedi’s comedy WHAT WE KNEW THEN, starring Troy Ruptash.

Second Annual Black List Lab

John Arends, Savy Einstein, Callie Lane, Troy A. Miller, Simon Nagel, and Kevin Oeser are selected for the second annual Black List Lab for Feature Screenwriters.

Work in Progress Series

For the second reading in our Works in Progress series, we present Max Borenstein’s 2008 Black List script WHAT IS LIFE WORTH.

Andrew Bluestone awarded WIGS deal

WIGS taps screenwriter Andrew Bluestone to develop an original webseries off the strength of his script PILLS.

Psychology of Storytelling

Lindsay Doran returns to the WGA Theater in Beverly Hills with her talk The Psychology of Storytelling.

Summer Action Writers Dinner

For our third dinner, we host Summer Action writers at Palihouse alongside the evening’s host, Simon Kinberg.

First Works in Progress Reading

The Black List launches “Works in Progress” readings beginning with Brian Duffield’s unproduced script, I’M GOING TO KILL EVERYONE, starring Marianna Palka.

First Happy Hour

The very first monthly Black List Happy Hour launches at Melrose Umbrella Company in Los Angeles, where it continues to this day.

Women in Comedy Dinner

The Black List launches its inaugural dinner to celebrate Women in Comedy at Palihouse.

Writers Guild of Canada Partnership

Partnership with the Writers Guild of Canada marks the second international partnership for the Black List.

NIGHTINGALE debuts at LAFF

Frederick Mensch’s NIGHTINGALE, the first fully produced script from blcklst.com, debuts at the Los Angeles Film Festival.

Martin Katz Fellowship

Opt ins open for the very first Martin Katz/TIFF Independent Screenwriting Fellowship.

First monthly writers dinner

We begin our monthly dinner series at Palihouse to bring screenwriters from the community together once a month for drinks and dinner.

Launch redesign

The Black List website gets a design overhaul.

First Black List Live! Read

Black List Live! stages its very first reading at the historic Los Angeles Theater in downtown LA. Stephany Folsom’s 2013 Black List script 1969: A SPACE ODYSSEY stars Kathryn Hahn & Lance Reddick.

Annual Black List Dinner

For the second year in a row, The Black List partners with Dockers to celebrate the top 10 writers from the annual Black List at AOC in Los Angeles

Oculus Rift event

The Black List hosts a demo of the Oculus Rift technology for screenwriters and filmmakers in Los Angeles.

NFL Partnership

Expanding the scope of our partnerships, the Black List partners with the NFL and The Company to select two screenwriters to “write an NFL-themed screenplay under a WGA minimum two-step deal.”

Columbia University Partnership

The Black List allows student screenwriters at Columbia University to receive free hosting and evaluations on the site for their showcased scripts.

Fox Partnership

Fox partners with The Black List, seeking dramatic television writers.

WIGS Partnership

In its first deal with a digital platform, the Black List partners with WIGS to find female-driven television dramas from the site.

Kate and Megan join the team

Kate Hagen and Megan Halpern are hired by The Black List as Manager of Operations and Support and Director of Events, respectively. Kate is now Director of Community.

Writers Guild of Great Britain Partnership

Writers Guild of Great Britain partners with The Black List, becoming the first international Writers Guild to have an official partnership with the website.

Oscar Night 2014

AMERICAN HUSTLE and DALLAS BUYERS CLUB are notable Black List nominees of the night.

Disney Partnership

The Black List partners with Disney for a partnership aimed at identifying diverse writers for a paid one-year residency housed in Disney’s live-action production group.

Hasty Pudding Fellowship

The Hasty Pudding Institute Fellowship opens for the first time, seeking scripts that “increase the visibility of satire and social commentary in the arts."

Psychology of Storytelling

The Black List presents producer Lindsay Doran's legendary talk The Psychology of Storytelling for the first time in Los Angeles.

TBS / TNT Partnership

The Black List partners with TBS and TNT to “promote diversity in the industry by identifying talented writers to develop scripts and concepts for the networks.” This partnership is the first focused on television.

Dockers dinner at Sundance for WHIPLASH

The Black List partners with Dockers once again to celebrate Damien Chazelle’s 2012 Black List script WHIPLASH, future winner of the Grand Jury & Audience Awards at Sundance, and three Academy Awards.

Ninth Annual Black List

Andrew Sodorski’s HOLLAND, MICHIGAN tops the list. Best Picture winner SPOTLIGHT by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy and Jason Dean Hall’s Oscar-nominated script for AMERICAN SNIPER are other notables.

Tasha Huo awarded WB Deal

Tasha Huo is selected as the recipient of the very first Warner Bros. partnership, chosen for her writing sample THE DARKNESS, a revenge thriller about The Black Belle.

Matthew Hickman selected for Sundance Fellowship

Matthew Hickman becomes the very first writer selected for the Independent Screenwriting Fellowship with Cassian Elwes thanks to his drama script, AN ELEGY FOR EVELYN FRANCIS.

Cassian Elwes Partnership

The Black List partners with producer Cassian Elwes to take writers to the Sundance Film Festival as a part of the Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellowship.

First Annual Screenwriters Lab

Jan Arnold, Minhal Baig, Robin D. Fox, Gia Gordon, Nick Malik, and Casey Scharf are the first six writers selected for the Black List Lab for Feature Screenwriters.

WB Partnership

The partnership with Warner Bros. gives one writer a two-step blind script deal worth around $93,000. This partnership is aimed specifically at WGA-defined diverse writers.

Black List Annual Dinner

The Black List partners with Dockers to celebrate the top 10 writers from the 2012 Black List at AOC in Los Angeles.

WGA-W Partnership

WGA West members can now enjoy a 20% discount on all blcklst.com services, as well as free script listing. All WGA-W members are offered one free month of hosting to launch the partnership.

BROKEN COVE sale

BROKEN COVE by Declan O’Dwyer becomes the first blcklst.com script sold in an international sale.

Terry joins the team

Terry Huang becomes the first official Black List employee. He currently holds the position of Director of Product and Data.

Black List in VentureBeat

"We are saying that if you are good, the only distance between you and becoming a full-time Hollywood screenwriter is your talent."

Oscar Night 2013

Chris Terrio’s ARGO becomes the third Black List script to win Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay. Quentin Tarantino wins Best Original Screenplay for DJANGO UNCHAINED.

ARGO in The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal chronicles how Oscar-winner ARGO escaped the Black List.

More writers find representation

Bob Ingraham and Richard Cordiner become the next two writers to find representation via blcklst.com. Ingraham signs with Benderspink, and Cordiner signs with Verve and Kaplan/Perrone.

Partnership with WGA-E

A partnership with the WGA-E entitles all active members to 20% off all hosting and evaluation services on blcklst.com -- they can also list scripts on the site for free.

Justin Kremer signs via website

Justin Kremer becomes the very first writer to be signed after being discovered via blcklst.com with his script MCCARTHY.

Franklin on ScriptNotes

Franklin Leonard appears on a live taping of ScriptNotes 60 at the Austin Film Festival to talk about the brand new Black List website!

Black List Website Launches

It begins: blcklst.com officially launches as a screenwriting hub for aspiring and professional writers and industry professionals.

Black List Website Announcement

"If you write scripts, think of it as a screenplay contest with rolling admission and as many prizes as there are good scripts.”

Meryl Streep on Charlie Rose

“There’s this list I gather, that travels around all the offices in Hollywood and everybody knows about it -- The Black List -- the greatest scripts that are not produced, and maybe not producible.”

Oscar Night 2012

THE DESCENDANTS takes home the Best Adapted Screenplay for Nat Faxon, Jim Rash, and Alexander Payne, who is also nominated for Best Director.

Seventh Annual Black List

Graham Moore’s THE IMITATION GAME tops the list. Others include WHEN THE STREET LIGHTS GO ON, CHEWIE, DJANGO UNCHAINED, and SAVING MR. BANKS.

Graham Moore Hired by WB

Warner Bros. hires Graham Moore for THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY following his number one placement on the annual Black List with THE IMITATION GAME, acquired by Warner Bros in a 7-figure spec deal.

First Industry Member Website

Only open to industry members and serves as a script database, THE IMITATION GAME becomes “the most popular available new script among several hundred beta-test users of blcklst.com.”

GITS Becomes Official Black List Blog

Go Into the Story becomes the official screenwriting blog of the Black List, thanks to the tireless, passionate, and brilliant work of maestro Scott Myers!

Oscar Night 2011

THE KING’S SPEECH becomes the second Black List script to win Best Picture; David Seidler wins Best Original Screenplay. THE SOCIAL NETWORK wins Best Adapted Screenplay for writer Aaron Sorkin.

NPR Interview with Franklin

"Being blacklisted in Hollywood means a whole different thing these days. Being on it can be one of the best things for a budding young screenwriter."

Sixth Annual Black List

Wes Jones’ COLLEGE REPUBLICANS tops the list. Other notable scripts include JACKIE, ALL YOU NEED IS KILL, ARGO, MARGIN CALL, CHRONICLE, and SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN.

First Live Read at AFF

First live read takes place at the Austin Film Festival: Maggie Carey’s THE HAND JOB. Stars Aubrey Plaza and Bill Hader will eventually also star in the final film, THE TO DO LIST, released in 2013.

Oscar Night 2010

Quentin Tarantino’s INGLORIOUS BASTERDS is nominated for Best Original Screenplay, and Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner’s UP IN THE AIR is nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Fifth Annual Black List

Christopher Weekes’ THE MUPPET MAN tops the list. Other notable scripts include THE SOCIAL NETWORK, THE KING’S SPEECH, PRISONERS, and CELESTE AND JESSE FOREVER.

First Iteration of Black List Website Launches

We launch the first website, which serves as a repository for past annual Black List scripts.

Oscar Night 2009

SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE becomes the first Black List script to win Best Picture; Simon Beaufoy takes home Best Adapted Screenplay. Other nominations include IN BRUGES, FROST/NIXON, and THE WRESTLER.

Fourth Annual Black List

Kyle Killen's THE BEAVER tops the list. Other notable scripts include INGLORIOUS BASTERDS, THE DESCENDANTS, FOXCATCHER, and UP IN THE AIR.

Oscar Night 2008

JUNO & LARS AND THE REAL GIRL are nominated for Best Original Screenplay; Diablo Cody's JUNO wins. THERE WILL BE BLOOD & THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY are nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Third Annual Black List

Danny Strong's RECOUNT tops the list. Other notable scripts include SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE, THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, IDES OF MARCH, and THE REVENANT.

Oscar Night 2007

Michael Arndt's LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE wins Best Original Screenplay, a Black List first; BABEL and THE QUEEN are also nominated. LITTLE CHILDREN is nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Second Annual Black List

Craig S. Zahler’s THE BRIGANDS OF RATTLEBORGE tops the list. Other notable scripts include THERE WILL BE BLOOD, FROST/NIXON, SUPERBAD, & (500) DAYS OF SUMMER.

First Annual Black List

Allan Loeb’s THE THINGS WE LOST IN THE FIRE tops the list. Others highlights include Diablo Cody’s JUNO and Nancy Oliver’s LARS AND THE REAL GIRL.