TO OUR ESTEEMED CLIENT NINO ABATE!!
I.E PRODUCTIONS INC AGREES TO PRODUCE THE GAMBINO SQUAD
Scott Rosenfelt and Billie Greif of i.e. Productions, Inc. have agreed to produce
a feature-length motion picture of the screenplay “The Gambino Squad” WRITTEN
BY NINO ABATE. The Gambino Squad is based on the best-selling book “Boss
of Bosses”, the true story of the FBI’s most sweeping and successful
prosecution of the Mafia in American law enforcement history. “The book
is a classic and a movie based on the screenplay will likely become a classic
in the crime/gangster genre,” says Nino Abate of Two Peas Entertainment.
RECOGNITION COUNTS IN THE LONG RUN
You reviewed a script of mine YEARS ago called Fashionably Dead. I was just on
the cusp of figuring out screenwriting and this was an early draft that was a
complete disaster, but was starting to become my voice/vibe. You were the first
one to see talent in the mess and tell me I was a screenwriter. That meant so
much to me at that time because I was so frustrated at the crap on the page that
was not an accurate reflection of the visions in my head.
I rewrote that while also writing two others. Within several months, the rewrite
of Fashionably Dead and another script I wrote got me an agent and manager and
then just a few months after that, the third script won the Nicholl Fellowship.
Thank you for encouraging a struggling writer. (and could you burn that old draft
of Fashionably Dead-- it was hideous :)
(Response from Craig-it's gratifying to be able to see and appreciate the gold
and encourage deserving writers when so much of the biz can be so unfairly all
BIG STUFF FROM PRESTIGIOUS NICHOLL-
I wanted to say thanks for the help and valuable input you gave my script, "The
Forgiving of Emma Rose". You critiqued the script twice. Emma Rose has advanced
to the Semifinal round of Nicholl Fellowships competition. A large reason for
this is because of the important feedback you gave me which took the script to
the next level.
Now I'm not honing my pencil yet to write my Oscar speech (I would prefer a fat
check actually). But I just wanted to say thanks. If it advances further, I'll
let you know.
BIG CONGRATS TO A FINE WRITER FROM THE NETHERLANDS MICHIEL NIJK for his impressive
showing as a semi Finalist in the 4th Annual Zoetrope Screenwriting Contest.
“The fruits of our work--Again many many thanx for you input, quidance
and support!” Michiel
A FLATTERING MONTH!
Stephanie O'Leary here. Before too much more time slips away, I wanted to thank
you for the kind and encouraging note that accompanied the return of my hard
copy script BULLSEYE ON BROADWAY, as well as the copious amount of time you spent
with me on the phone analyzing each page. I never expected to receive that kind
of personal attention for my consult dollar - talk about "bang for your
I've been looking at BOB through new eyes since we spoke, and feel more empowered
in tackling the rewrite with your Outlining and Character Arc tools. Indeed,
I've discovered that Cajun is too passive and my "Hero's Journey" is
often overshadowed by Bull's -- an imbalance that could render my Protagonists
evolution inconsequential. Hence, I'm working on making Cajun more pro-active
and clarifying dialogue with more Stage Direction (among
other things ...)
But I wanted to tell you that one of the most eye-opening things I learned from
you is that submitting your script for a consult (or a Script Notes meeting)
is like Defending Your Thesis. If you don't have a consistent Through Line, and
if you don't have a system of Checks and Balances with Set Ups and Pay Offs that
you can readily reference, your aren't ready to Pitch and your script Needs Work.
A sobering realization, but necessary, and I deeply appreciate gaining this insight.
My Stained Glass guy in England is waiting for a call, so I've got to run. Keep
THANX MUCHO STEPHANIE