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August 20, 2018 73 comments
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Screenwriting Managers List of the Top 130 Hollywood Management Companies

This is a comprehensive list of the top screenwriting managers and literary management companies currently working (mainly in Hollywood) who are worth submitting queries to.

There are over 130 managers on the list, and the best news is that each one is looking for new writers just like yourself.

While it’s true screenwriting managers are often flooded with queries and submissions, they’re often much more open to receiving them than screenwriting agents. You can read more about why it’s a good move to contact managers over agents in our post, How to Get a Screenwriting Agent and Manager.

This Screenwriting Managers List Is Divided Into 3 Sections

♦  Accepts unsolicited queries. These are all managers and management companies who welcome queries and submissions from writers without representation and without a referral from an industry professional they know.

♦  Does not accept unsolicited queries. These screenwriting managers and literary management companies state they do not wish to receive unsolicited material from writers.

♦  Unknown submission policy. These script managers and companies don’t state a preference one way or the other.

Hopefully, this will better help you navigate all the various managers in the list, although, when it comes down to it there’s not as great a difference between “solicited” and “unsolicited” as you may imagine. We’ll discuss this in more detail below.

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Preparing to Query Screenwriting Managers

The first thing you’ll want to do is make sure you have at least two high-quality screenplays in your portfolio that are ready to send out into the industry. How do you know when they’re “ready”? When they’ve achieved at least one of the following:

♦  Received high praise from an agent, literary manager, producer or executive

♦  Created a buzz on an online pitch site, such as the Blacklist

♦  Won or placed very highly in one or more of these best screenwriting contests

♦  Received a “Recommend” from one or more script coverage services

If your screenplay hasn’t achieved all or any of the above, we highly recommend that you DON’T START SENDING IT OUT to screenwriting managers. They get a ton of submissions and yours will most likely get lost in among them.

Don’t make the same mistake as many aspiring writers by querying screenplay managers without having scripts that are guaranteed to impress. Two, but preferably three, amazing screenplays.

There’s no point putting yourself out there with just one awesome script if that’s all you have. The first question any respectable manager will ask is, “What else have you got?” And you’d better be able to show them another script that’s equally as good if you don’t want to blow your big chance right there and then.

The Query Letter

Next, you’ll need to craft an effective query letter, or “query email” in most cases.

Make no mistake: this pitch needs to be red hot. It needs to be short, sweet and compelling, enticing its reader to simply have to read that screenplay.

This is your one moment to shine.

Include a logline, short synopsis of the script and simple personal bio, remembering to mention that time you met at the Austin Film Festival, that referral you received, or the fact you placed highly in the Nicholl contest.

We don’t have space here, but there’s a ton of useful information out there on how to write a great query letter. Look it up and, if needs be, even pay a pro script consultant to take a look at it before approaching the screenwriting managers on this list.

It may also be a good idea to write a longer synopsis of around two to three pages in length, in case a manager requests to read that first rather than the whole script.

Finally, create a spreadsheet, detailing the name of each Hollywood management company or literary manager you’ve approached, who you spoke to or emailed, and when, and what the outcome was. Trust us, this step is invaluable.

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Working Out Which Screenwriting Managers to Query

While our list of script managers is pretty comprehensive, they may not all be suitable for you, or open to accepting your submission. Therefore, it’s worth drilling the list down a little so you’re only querying those managers who may not only make a good fit, but also be likely to be interested in your material.

The obvious place to start with is the screenwriting managers in the first section of the list who openly accept unsolicited queries.

These managers don’t mind if you’ve never met, haven’t been referred by anyone they know in the industry or if you don’t have any representation of any kind.

They’re actively looking for new writers and so there’s nothing standing in your way from querying them. (There may well be many of these managers hiding in the third “unknown submission policy” section too.)

Breaking the Rules

This is not to say screenwriting managers who say they don’t want to receive unsolicited material necessarily mean it. It’s not as uncommon as you may think for writers who’ve ignored the “no unsolicited submissions” notice and sent in a query anyway, to receive an email saying, “Normally we don’t accept unsolicited queries, but please send over your script.”

There’s no harm in sending these screenplay managers in the second section a query also. After all, what have you got to lose? The worst that can happen is your email will be deleted, but if you send an outstanding query and logline, you stand a slim chance of it catching someone’s attention.

Screenwriting Managers and Genre

Another good tactic is to first target all the managers on the list who share your genre sensibilities. Look up all those who represent writers who’ve written movies similar to ones you’ve personally enjoyed, and are similar to your own, and reach out to them.

If you have a low budget indie thriller, for example, it’s possible that the literary manager who represents Jeremy Saulnier is more likely to be interested in your material than one who represents Judd Apatow.

As a new writer, it’s also a good idea to start by targeting the smaller literary management companies and newer screenwriting managers who are yet to establish huge client rosters, as opposed to the bigger, more established managers.

Smaller companies and new managers often have more time and attention to give aspiring writers and their blossoming careers and are hungrier for success.

Sending Your Query Letter 

Once you have everything in place and the time has come to actually contact the managers on your list, make sure you find out who to address your query to and what their individual submission policy is.

If they accept unsolicited queries, they’ll often have specific instructions on this on their website. (We’ve linked to these pages in the list.) If, as in many cases, they don’t, then it’s a case of trying to find the name of an assistant at the Hollywood management company who you can personally address your query to.

Try to avoid sending generic queries to “Whom it may concern,” or “Sir/Madam,” as this just looks like you’re mass querying everyone in town at once. If all you have is a phone number or email address, but no idea who to contact, call or email and ask who you should send your query to.

Getting Personal

Once you have a name, individually craft your query to that person and either call or email them. (There are hardly any managers left who only read actual snail mail letters.)

If you have a confident phone persona, calling can be a great option as it’s a better way of establishing a human connection. An email, on the other hand, can easily wind up in a trash folder, be deleted or simply forgotten about.

Sending out queries to screenwriting managers means just that—you’re only querying whether they’d be interested in reading the script, so avoid sending it right away. Or anything else, like a full synopsis, character breakdown, pictures and such like.

How and When to Query Screenplay Managers

Most managers also prefer to receive queries in the body of the email, rather than in an attachment. If they’re intrigued by your query, they’ll get in touch and request to read either a full synopsis or the screenplay itself.

Finally, make sure you don’t send your query letters out over weekends, public holidays or other times when screenplay managers are less likely to be fully focused on work. The best time is probably mid-week.

Next Steps

If you don’t hear back right away, don’t panic. Resist the temptation at all costs to leap on the phone and call all the literary management companies you queried, demanding to know why they haven’t yet responded. If they don’t get in touch, they’re probably not interested.

However, there are a number of possible favorable responses to your query:

♦ A request to read a synopsis. Great, send it in!

♦ A request to read the script. Even better. Ask what their submission policy is and send it in

♦ A request to read something else. In this case, you should ask whether they want to read a synopsis or the whole script and send it in

After receiving one of the three responses above, it’s permissible to follow-up your submission to your screenwriting managers after a couple of months. Again, keep the query to the point, friendly and professional.

While You’re Waiting… 

But while you wait, you should be writing, honing your craft, networking and hitting up more screenwriting managers with fresh queries. If you don’t hear anything back or anything favorable about your query, synopsis or screenplay after a literary manager has read it, then it may be a case of rethinking your strategy or the quality of your work.

The great thing is that screenwriting managers genuinely want to find new talent.

They need you as much as you need them, so you have more power in this situation than you may realize.

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But first… an IMPORTANT NOTICE

As we stated in the first section of this article, you only have one chance to impress so make sure you have at least two high-quality screenplays under your belt BEFORE querying the screenwriting managers on this list.

All of the information contained in the list is freely available on the web from the screenwriting managers themselves, but they don’t like being inundated with material. Go easy on them and on the follow-ups, and be polite and professional.

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Let us know what you think of our Screenwriting Managers List in the comments section below. Have you got a screenplay manager? If so, how did you get him/her? What strategies do you use in trying to snag the attention of screenwriting managers? We’d love to hear your thoughts.

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73 Comments
  1. Sean says:

    Amazing! Thanks so much Script Reader team. This is a phenomenal resource. Keep up the great work.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks, Sean!

  2. Amber says:

    You always write fire materials that are so helpful! Thank you so much for the screenwriting manager list!

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks for the feedback, Amber!

  3. Atasa James Bankoje says:

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    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks for your kind words, Atasa.

  4. Peter says:

    Thanks so much for putting this information together. I can’t wait to find a screenwriting manager!

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Good luck, Peter!

  5. Bill Kelly Jr says:

    Thank you for the list and the helpful article on how to best query managers. A really nice service.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks a lot, Bill – hope you find it useful.

  6. Kristine Husicker says:

    Amazing! There are 18 screenwriting managers in the “ACCEPTS UNSOLICITED QUERIES” that I haven’t hit up before.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Yes, there are quite a few 🙂

  7. Suzanne Lutas says:

    Thank you so much for your generosity with such invaluable resources and pieces of advice. Much appreciated.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      You’re welcome, Suzanne.

  8. Donald Lorincz says:

    A quick thanks for the info. Now, I have a lot of letters to write.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Good luck, Donald!

  9. James Freeman says:

    This list is AWESOME!!!

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks, James – good luck with the search.

  10. Jake the film guy says:

    Exactly what I needed this very week as I’ve been hitting a wall in cold pitching decision makers. Thank you!

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Glad we could help – good luck contacting screenwriting managers!

  11. Mariana Ramos says:

    Thank you, that was very very helpful!

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      You’re welcome, Mariana!

  12. Erik says:

    Many thanks! very practical resource! I am an Asian from Hong Kong, aspiring to be a Hollywood scriptwriter, just left my job to focus my screenplay a year ago. I was struggling how to enter the business. Studied your other blog posts, I think I need to have a Manager. Do I have to physically meet the Manager in LA? or Could I have one online and visit LA when potential grows? As I am currently unemployed, it is better to save cost with the latter.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Yes, you can make connections from where you are by writing a bunch of great scripts and then make the move if you can at a later date.

  13. Rick Heintz says:

    Thank you so much for this. I have officially bugged every manager on your list (ones accepting queries of course) and have noticed an uptick on my shows Facebook page so I know they’re at least getting the info.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Best of luck, Rick.

  14. Kevin Karp says:

    Can you repost the download link for the list of managers? It isn’t on this page, or anywhere else on this site.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      You need to click the “download managers list” button.

  15. Lyric Nelson says:

    WORDS CANNOT EXPRESS MY GRATITUDE. You guys are out here doing the hard work for us writers, BLESS YOU.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks, really appreciate it 🙂

  16. Kenneth says:

    You guys are the best! This is a goldmine.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks a lot, Kenneth!

  17. louis kaufman says:

    What might happen if I contact a manager who knows I contacted another manager? Should I only contact one at a time?

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Contacting one at a time would take too long. I wouldn’t worry about it, the chances of two managers discussing your script are pretty remote.

  18. Deoanand Nath says:

    Thanks a lot!
    I’m a Scriptwriter based in Mumbai, India. This list and your articles are a gold mine. Now we need to dig out our stories and make them glitter!

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      That’s the spirit, Deoanand – best of luck with the writing!

  19. Don says:

    Hi! I was wondering how often this list is updated. I see from my Google search that this was originally published in August 2018.

  20. Hamza hope says:

    Hamza hope
    i just want to take some time out to say thank you to you guys, you’re amazing and God bless you all.
    I’m a young writer from Nigeria and I’ve been selling script, most of my clients always say to me to look out into Hollywood because of my kind of storytelling. I’ve sold over four films here.
    I have series and feature films, romantic to actions on ground i need to get it out into Hollywood. I really need help.
    you tools has really improve my skills in a great way…Thank you.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks for reaching out, Hamza, and best of luck with the writing!

  21. Vikki Wells says:

    Hi! Is getting a producer’s manager the same folks/ companies and process?

  22. Nô Brito says:

    Dear Sirs,

    I wish I could read some ready complet screenplay for me to optimize my reading and learning in writing.
    I have already read some books and I also have written some screenplays, but I still do not feel so confident to send it to an agent.
    I live in Brazil.
    Regards,
    Nô Brito.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Hi there. We’d recommend checking out these posts on how to write a script.

  23. Randy Jon Morgan says:

    What a wonderful service. One would expect to pay big bucks to obtain similar information from a retail book, or spend many hours of searching to attain this information. Thank you.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks, Randy – much appreciated!

  24. Art says:

    Do the same for agents please.

  25. Vince says:

    Fantastic list, saved me much research of screenwriting managers

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      You’re welcome, Vince!

  26. David says:

    Pretty cool list. helpful to know the names cause otherwise I’ll just be googling the word managers. But I wish I knew which kinds of movies they did. One of the tips says to look up by Genre, but I none of these names are sutomatically recognizable. What genre or top movies do they have?

  27. AJ says:

    DO you have a service where I can pay you to blast my query letter to screenwriting managers?

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      We don’t, AJ. There are other companies out there that will but it’s probably best to put in the time and do it yourself.

  28. Kabeer CHAUDRY says:

    I have sent my script to dozens of these screenwriting managers and have not gotten any where what am i doing wrong??

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      We’d recommend getting someone to check your query letter/email and approach. Maybe it’s not the script but something that’s putting people off before they read it.

  29. Gary says:

    One question. Is it acceptable to eMail the Q letter, or should it be mailed?

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      It’s okay to email but a proper letter is probably better as most writers just email.

      1. Gary says:

        Alright. Another question-When writing the Q letter I have multiple screenplays completed (3) I noticed most Q letters are centered around one at a time. Seems a bit redundant to mail 3 separate letters. Is there a proper way to combine all three letters? Plus I also have multiple new screenplays and a TV Pilot in progress. I don’t want to seem to push-e but seems like I would be a better fit for a company to get involved with because I have an ongoing creative process/ideas in play.

  30. Dani Dutkiewicz says:

    Thank you Script Reader one million and please continue the great work.

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks, Dani!

  31. Tom Goldmann says:

    How do I know how long to wait before following up with a manager? Thanks great list!

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      It’s best to leave it at least a couple of weeks before following up.

  32. Afolabi Cisse says:

    can anyone tell me if I need to buy Final Draft to write my script before sending to managers?

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      You don’t have to buy FD but we recommend purchasing a professional screenwriting software. You can find our top 5 choices here.

  33. Martyna says:

    Hello! I can’t download the list – it gets me into “page not found” after I typed my email, name and clicked “download manager list”. Is it still downloadable?:)

  34. Anthony says:

    The List is no longer there….

  35. Katelyn says:

    Really really great information! Thank you!

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Katelyn, thanks for reading!

  36. Hanna says:

    Thank you 100 times over for this xoxox

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Thanks, Hanna!

  37. Kelly King says:

    I now know where to go and how to start! Thank you so much!

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      Good luck, Kelly!

  38. Sally says:

    I cannot download this, nor can I see a list of literary managers or firms. Please respond.
    Thanks!

    1. Script Reader Pro says:

      You need to click the button at the end of the post that says: “DOWNLOAD MANAGERS LIST”.

      1. Abdul says:

        Sir,
        Please send Managers list.
        Thank you

  39. Virgil Burton says:

    Hi I would like for you guys to send a agent/manger that wouldn’t mind working with a up coming writer with alot of ideas

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