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Franklin Leonard's Black List can help green-light screenplays
Franklin Leonard's Black List can help green-light screenplays

Franklin Leonard wasn't looking to upend the system. He just wanted some good vacation reading. In 2004, Leonard was working as a development executive at Leonardo DiCaprio's production company, Appian Way, charged with sifting through piles of screenplays in search of the diamond in the rough that might spark the actor's interest. With tens of thousands of scripts pouring into the industry every year, most of them lousy, it often felt like a Sisyphean task. Looking ahead to some time off, Leonard decided to try an experiment. He emailed some 90 or so fellow development executives and asked them to name the 10 unproduced screenplays they'd liked the best that...

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