Pitch it to me
Why does Robert accept ideas from non-writers (and writers without agents) when other producers do not?
Two reasons. One, Kosberg has made a speciality of selling ideas to Hollywood. Most producers develop a few ideas that they hope to personally oversee through completion.
Two, he believes that anyone, regardless of their lack of connections to the film industry, can come up with a great movie idea. Hollywood is a numbers game — the more ideas you have, the better your chances of success. So listening to ideas from “outsiders” is in his best interest.
Can I submit ideas via my iPhone or other mobile device?
Yes! iPhone and Android apps are forthcoming.
After I submit my idea, does it belong to you?
No, your ideas remain your property. You can submit them to other producers as well as us at the same time if you want (Please let us know who so we don’t overlap). If we succeed in selling your idea, you keep all the money paid by the studio, for your specific idea. Our compensation comes as producers.
Will I receive feedback from you about my idea?
Only if we like it. Then you will receive a telephone call from Robert to discuss how we might pitch (present) your idea to studios orproduction companies. If there were any we were could give feedback on each idea we would, but it’s simply not possible.
Why must I “sign my life away” on the release form?
Studios don’t want to face nuisance lawsuits and will not listen to any idea unless they are contractually protected against legal action. To protect his relationships in Hollywood, Kosberg insists that he is legally protected. One-sided release contracts are a fact of life in Hollywood.
What if I have a full-length screenplay? Can I send that instead of a pitch idea?
Not right off the bat. The first thing is to get Robert interested in the idea in your script. If he likes the idea, he will call you. You can mention in your submission that you have a completed screenplay, or treatment.
How much money can I make selling my story to Hollywood?
That varies, depending upon how much the studios want your idea. If your idea is hot enough that more than one studio wants it, you will earn more. Typically, you can expect between $5,000 and $50,000 to have your idea optioned. If the movie gets made, you will most likely earn a substantial bonus. All of this is negotiable.
Do you take a percentage of the option money?
No. The option money is all yours. We are not agents. We receive producer’s fees from the studio for bringing them the idea and for supervising the creative development of the idea and script.
Does Robert pitch television ideas as well as features?
Yes. Robert pitches TV movies of the week, new series ideas and game shows. He does not pitch ideas for episodes of shows currently on the air.
Does Robert pitch reality TV series?
Definitely. Can I submit ideas from a book? Yes, but avoid books that are well known because the chances are they are already optioned. Often obscure pulp novels will have good story hooks — perfect for pitching. In your pitch make it clear that it comes from a book. You need not tell Robert the title, nor do you need to obtain film rights to the book at that point.
Does Robert pitch sitcoms?
He does accept ideas for sitcoms, but they are a tough sell as a pitch. That’s because the studio/network isn’t buying just a premise, but a creative team that can actually produce good shows week after week.
A good “show runner” with a so-so concept will have a better chance than a nobody with a great concept. Compare that with a reality series where the concept or gimmick is the big thing, not the execution of the idea.
Can I submit ideas for film sequels?
You can always submit them, but sequels are hard to pitch. We don’t encourage you spending time on these.
Can I resubmit the same idea if I’ve improved the pitch?
Not unless you’ve changed the idea substantially.
If the studio likes my idea, can I star in the movie?
Not likely. Casting a film is a separate process from finding ideas and developing scripts. Getting cast in a film is difficult even for established actors whose names’ you recognize.
Must I be a citizen of the United States?
No. One of the exciting things is that we are getting submissions from all over the globe — Europe, Brazil, New Zealand, Australia, Russia, Thailand, Japan. The only consideration is that submissions must be in English.
Can I ask to write the screenplay if my idea is bought?
Yes, you can ask. If you have an idea that is hot, you will have more leverage. If the idea is less hot, you will have less leverage.
Can I have control over how my idea is treated?
No. Creative control in Hollywood is a rare commodity, held by a few directors and stars.
Robert’s looking for…
Robert is always looking for high concept material. Keep in mind that contemporary subject matter is easier to sell than period stories.
We’re always looking for ideas that are unique, unusual, and outrageous.
The most popular subjects are comedies, romantic comedies, action comedies, thrillers, action, science fiction, and fantasy.[/private]