About Us

Screenplay Readers’ mission is  to provide constructive, insightful script coverage and feedback that helps writers, producers, agents, managers, talent, and filmmakers improve their scripts prior to submitting them for consideration or development.

Brian O'Malley (BSO) started his script reading career in 1994, reading and covering scripts for the literary agency Media Artists Group.  In 1997, he went to work as a script reader and script coordinator for legendary B-movie maverick Roger Corman (Little Shop of Horrors, Death Race 2000, Rock and Roll High School), then in 1999 assembled a team of top--notch script readers and filmmakers to launch SCREENPLAY READERS. Favorite Films: Dr. Strangelove, Putney Swope, Harold and Maude, Repo Man, A Clockwork Orange, City Lights, The Graduate, Monty Python and The Holy Grail, The Blues Brothers. Favorite Genres: cult, dark comedy, arthouse.

Our script readers have worked for world-class agents, producers, studios, and talent. Here's just some of them:

Bad Robot (JJ Abrams), 1492 Pictures (Chris Columbus), Silver Pictures (Joel Silver), Deuce Three Productions (Curtis Hanson), Disney, Miramax, Dimension, CAA, Universal, Paramount, SyFy, Slamdance, Sundance, Warner Bros. Studios, William Morris, Roger Corman, Samuel Goldwyn Company, Creative Artists Agency (CAA), Tribeca Film Festival, Hulu, Robert Evans Company, Fox Studios Bonafide Productions, Film Independent, Innovative Artists Agency, Red Varden Studios, Final Draft Big Break Screenplay Competition, Graham-Rozenweig Films, Heroes and Villains Entertainment, International Creative Management (ICM), London Screenwriter’s Festival, New Line, Blue Cat Screenplay Competition, Mark Gordon Company (Saving Private Ryan), MGM, Lifetime, Vin Di Bona Productions, Mashable, Buzzfeed, Nasser Entertainment, Page International Screenwriting Awards, Red Rover Films, Biograph, Silver Lake Film Festival, Downtown LA Film Festival, Silver/Bitela, Source Code, Spec Scout, Stage 32, Steve Guttenberg, The Firm, The Gersh Agency, Touchstone Television, Walden Media, Winkler Films, Yari Film Group

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Our Philosophy on Script Feedback

At Screenplay Readers, we believe that good script feedback must possess three essential components:

1) Script feedback must be honest, even if it’s what the writer doesn’t want to hear

We believe that without honesty, constructive and brutal honesty, the most problematic flaws about a script can’t be pointed out. In service of that honesty, we not only give our script readers permission to be as honest as possible, we also make sure our clients always know who’s reading their screenplay, unlike most script services. Clients are free to visit this page at any time to see our script readers’ faces, names, and bios.

2) Script feedback must have actionable suggestions (AKA all killer, no filler)

We believe that without insightful, specific, actionable suggestions on how to improve where those flaws, the feedback is of little or no use to the writer. In service of our dedication to actionable suggestions, we will never write fluff, self-help / or lean on motivational tripe or tropes when critiquing our clients’ work, nor hold the work to any particular “script guru’s” standard. (Hint about script gurus: If they’re not at the level of Shonda Rhimes or Aaron Sorkin, they’re not gurus, and are actually in the trenches with the rest of us.)

3) Script feedback must have immediacy

Without immediacy, the writer can’t act upon the suggestions with any speed. Without speed, the momentum for a rewrite could be lost. We make sure we gear our workflow towards quality first, of course, but speed is always a close second. We know that if a writer, producer, or agent can’t get her feedback quickly, it can set her back by precious days or even weeks.

Our Script Reader Roster

If you’re interested in working as a script reader for Screenplay Readers, please visit our script reader job page.

  • Analyst TAThomas Ambrosini (TA) received a Masters in Playwriting from the University of Edinburgh, graduating with distinction. He’s worked as a reader for the James Tait Black Awards, Britain’s oldest and largest literary prizes. He’s written for the stage, film, VR, and video games, and has worked with various production companies. Favorite Films/Shows: Pan’s Labyrinth, Birdman, Ex Machina, V for Vendetta, Lord of the Rings: Two Towers, Princess Mononoke, The Truman Show, Black Mirror, Rick & Morty, Bojack Horseman. Favorite Genres: sci-fi, drama, thriller, dark comedy.

  • reader jbJean Barker (JB) directed an award-winning short film and recently signed her first feature film screenwriting deal. She’s currently writing a comic book and has a webseries or two up her sleeve. Favorite Films: Y Tu Mama Tambien, The Truman Show, District 9, Amadeus, Nightcrawler, Dirty Pretty Things, True Romance, One Flew Over a Cuckoo’s Nest, Dirty Dancing, Magnolia. Favorite genres: Genre-defying blends, Sci-Fi, Romantic Comedy, Thriller

  • Reader SDSteve Deering (SD) has provided analysis for a variety of major studio features and got his start in development as an intern for The Robert Evans Company (Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown).  A screenwriter himself, SD has completed contracted studio assignments, along with polishes and rewrites.  Favorite Films: The Nightmare Before Christmas, Scream, Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Versus, The Shining, Mirrormask, Citizen Kane, Donnie Darko, The Graduate. Favorite Genres: Horror, Fantasy, Comedy.

  • reader kdKrishna Devine (KD) is a published author, independent film writer and director and has worked for several companies in all areas of film ranging from writing, on-set production, post production, visual effects, distribution and development. Favorite Films: Blade Runner, Battle Royale, American Psycho, Shaun of the Dead, The Jerk, Wet Hot American Summer, Reservoir Dogs, Fight Club, Aliens. Favorite genres: Dark Comedy, Thriller, Horror

  • reader jfJoel Fishbane (JF) is an award-winning author of fiction, non-fiction, theatre, and film. His work has been honored and performed at festivals, contests, and conferences across Canada, the United States, and overseas. He also works as an actor and has a B.A. in Creative Writing and Theatre from Concordia University. Favorite Films: A Very Long Engagement, Pan’s Labyrinth, Children of Men, Back to the Future, Inglorious Basterds, The Untouchables, Angels in America, Annie Hall, A Few Good Men, The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938). Favorite genres: Historical, courtroom drama, sci-fi / fantasy, screwball comedy, rom-com, musicals

  • Analyst LGLane Gjerstad (LG) has spent several years in film development working directly under award-winning independent film producers. She has provided coverage for major motion pictures, such as Oscar-winner Hacksaw Ridge, Washington DC Area Film Critics Association winner I Smile Back, and Lila and Eve (Viola Davis). Lane has a BFA in Dramatic Writing and Film. Favorite films/TV shows: Delicatessen, The Shining, Bernie, Heathers, Best in Show, Office Space, Idiocracy, Doctor Who, Broadchurch, King of the Hill. Favorite genres: black comedy, sci-fi, action/adventure.

  • reader mg2Michelle Goode (MG2) has worked as a script consultant on the 50Kisses movie and for multiple independent production houses: The Nevada Film Office, London Screenwriters Festival, Underwire Festival, NYC Midnight, The Film Festival Guild, and New Writing South. She served Universal Film Magazine as a contributing editor and was one of the finalists in the Sir Peter Ustinov TV Scriptwriting initiative.  Favorite films/Shows: In Your Eyes, Retreat, Boy Meets Girl, Twelve Monkeys, Stand By Me / Breaking Bad, Orange Is The New Black, Orphan Black, Waking The Dead,  Afterlife. Favorite genres: Thrillers, dramas and their sub-genres. ** Not available for Reader Requests, Extensive Script Notes, or Script Notes via Phone

  • reader lhLuke Harvis (LH) is a twice-produced screenwriter. His first film premiered at the SXSW Film Festival where it was acquired for distribution and has shown domestically and internationally. His second feature is deep into post production and will be released soon as a Netflix Original. Favorite movies: Aliens, Halloween, Terminator 2, Candyman, Full Metal Jacket, Ravenous, Seven, Hellraiser, Chinatown, Unforgiven. Favorite genres: Horror, Thriller, Action, Mystery, Romantic Comedy.

  • reader sgSam Gurney (SG) holds a First Class Honors degree in Film & TV Screenwriting. He has worked as Script Editor on a feature film for 104 Films, as well as providing coverage for numerous UK-based companies and independent producers. Writer/director of a short film currently in pre-production. Favorite films: Jurassic Park, RoboCop, Dr. Strangelove, Heat, Tootsie, Being There, Terminator 2, The Raid, The Thing, Train to Busan. Favorite Genres: Action, Comedy, Horror, Crime/Thriller.

  • reader bhBrian Hibbert (BH) holds a Masters in Screenwriting and currently has several TV and film projects in development with horror directing duo, the Vicious Brothers (Grave Encounters, Extraterrestrial). Past writing projects have starred notable performers such as cult movie icon, James Duval (Doom Generation, Independence Day) and pop star / wonder prodigy, Ryn Weaver (Interscope Records). Favorite Movies: Performance, Suspiria, Black Swan, Trainspotting, Mulholland Drive, The Dreamers, Labyrinth, Akira, Noriko’s Dinner Table, Let The Right One In. Favorite Genres: Dark Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

  • reader dl2D. M. Le (DL2) has worked as a reader for the talent and literary agencies ICM and Media Talent Group. She has an MFA in Screenwriting and teaches screenwriting and film analysis. Favorite films/shows: Spirited Away, The Royal Tenenbaums, Pan’s Labyrinth, The Lives of Others, Amelie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Mad Men, Daredevil, Black Mirror, The IT Crowd. Favorite genres: fantasy, dark comedy, character drama 

  • reader smSonali Mehta (SM) holds an MA in Screenwriting from Met Film School in London. She has written six short films and two television pilots, several of which have placed at International Film Festivals, like NYIFF. One of her pilots is currently under option with a producer. She has also worked in script development and editing with such companies as Focus Features, Big Light Productions (The Man in the High Castle, Ransom, Netflix’s Medici), Eclectic Pictures (Olympus Has Fallen), and 3 Arts Entertainment. Favorite films and television: Memento, Fargo, Ex Machina, Nightcrawler, Being John Malkovich, The Office, Broadchurch, The Good Place, Breaking Bad, and Arrested Development. Favorite Genres: Crime, Dark Comedy, Absurdist, High-Concept, Thriller, Mystery

  • reader srSam Robson (SR) was extensively trained in story at Scenario LA, a literary management company run by a former literary agent who worked at a “top 5” agency who was responsible for Christopher Nolan’s career launch, a development executive at an Oscar nominated production company who worked with the likes of Ridley Scott, Steven Soderbergh, and Wolfgang Petersen, and a creative producer who was instrumental in the development of Men In Black. Favorite movies: The Departed, Black Hawk Down, The Dark Knight, Training Day, Django Unchained, The Replacements, Any Given Sunday, Miracle, Old School, Inglorious Basterds. Favorite genres: Military/law enforcement thriller, drama, thriller, action, comedy.

  • Reader JRJason Rostovsky (JR) is an LA native writer and producer, with a B.A. in Screenwriting from Chapman University. He has worked in development at several high-profile production companies including Blumhouse Productions, Scott Free, and The Donners’ Company. Favorite Films: Dawn of the Dead, Pontypool, Cube, Suspiria, Rosemary’s Baby, Battle Royale, The Sweet Hereafter, Green Room, Alien, 10 Cloverfield Lane. Favorite Genres: Horror, Thriller, Dark Comedy, Sci-Fi.

  • reader ctC. E. Tucker (CT) has a Masters of Fine Arts in Screenwriting and worked for the Producer Travis Know as a story intern. His original screenplay won the grand prize at a major Texas screenplay competition. Favorite Films/Shows:  The Good The Bad and The Ugly, Toy Story, Knocked Up, The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, My Cousin Vinny, Oh Brother Where Art Thou, Blade Runner, October Sky, Cool Runnings. Favorite Genres: Action/Adventure, Comedy, Science Fiction. For Script Notes Via Phone, CT prefers Skype, or live text chat, as his speaking voice is very quiet due to the high audio quality possible with Skype. 

  • Analyst AZAdam Zanzie (AZ) is an award-winning writer/director currently based in Los Angeles, CA. He is a graduate of the David Lynch Master’s in Film program, and has covered screenplays for such producers as Brian Frankish, Scott Rosenfelt, Susan Landau Finch and Antonia Bogdanovich. Favorite movies: Pinocchio, Sunset Boulevard, High Noon, To Kill A Mockingbird, Lawrence of Arabia, The Wild Bunch, Jaws, Apocalypse Now, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Schindler’s List. Favorite genres: Thrillers, Westerns, Epics.

  • Analyst tzAnalyst TZ is Senior Vice President of Development for a literary and talent management firm. She has been in script development for over 15 years, has produced an award-winning independent film, and has worked on several other independent films. Favorite Films: Psycho, Jaws, The King’s Speech, A Civil Action, Rosemary’s Baby, Apollo 13, Field of Dreams, Wizard of Oz, Evil Dead, Grace and Frankie. Favorite genres: Horror-Thriller, Drama, Romantic Comedy/Dark Comedies

We support the WGA and keeping film jobs in Los Angeles

And finally, Screenplay Readers is proud to support the Writers Guild of America and its brotherhood and sisterhood of union writers, leadership, and staff working to keep the art and industry of screen and television writing vibrant and strong. We also support the movement to keep film jobs in Los Angeles and California via FilmLA.

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