Inside Coverfly’s Plan to Reinvent How Hollywood Discovers Screenwriters

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As pressure builds on Hollywood to find screenwriters with stories that reflect the life experience of a diversified audience, Coverfly, a software company that recommends writers to studios, is turning to Big Data to help fill the need. Coverfly has already been used by studios, film festivals and script coverage services to handle the influx of screenplays they get each day. But in recent years, Coverfly has amassed a searchable database for producers, managers, literary agents and executives to find emerging, yet unsigned writing talent. And with the COVID-19 pandemic as a backdrop, Coverfly’s platform has been a boon for industry players looking to discover talent without the benefit of film festivals or in-person meetings. Here’s just one example: Kyra Jones was an aspiring screenwriter based in Chicago when she joined Coverfly in 2018. As a Black woman and feminist with a background in discussing intimate relationships and sex, Jones had won two different screenwriting prizes for her work and was a finalist in several other competitions. Though she had yet to find representation, Coverfly rated her as among the top 3% of all emerging screenwriters. And after participating in a bi-annual pitch week event hosted by Coverfly, Jones was...

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