The Black List Blog

This is the official blog of The Black List

Kate Hagen

Writer. SVP at @theblcklst. Spooky.

Franklin Leonard

Founder & CEO of the Black List; Host of the Black List Table Reads; Story, politics, and football (soccer) fan

Lauren Brown

Chief of Staff at The Black List

Latest Posts

On Black List website opportunities and mandatory evaluations.

Starting today, the Black List will require at least one paid evaluation from our readers in order to be considered for our programs.

The Sundance Diaries: Christopher Hwisu Kim

Today, we‘re sharring reflections from Christopher Hwisu Kim, the 2023 Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellow about his experience…

Reflections on the Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellowship from Leslie Nipkow

With the opening of submissions for another year of the Cassian Elwes Independent Screenwriting Fellowship, we’re pleased to bring you…

The Black List Interview: Ximena García Lecuona on ANYTHING’S POSSIBLE

Today, we talk with Ximena García Lecuona about her first feature as a screenwriter, the 2020 annual Black List and 2019 GLAAD List script…

The Black List Interview: Lauren Hadaway on THE NOVICE

Today, we Kate talks with Lauren Hadaway about her debut film, THE NOVICE, which is now nominated for five Independent Spirit Awards…

Why We Write: Jennifer Lucic

Writing…my escape.

The Black List Interview: Van Billet

Today, we talk to screenwriter Van Billet about how the past, present, and future have shaped his life as a writer. Van’s script, SAVING…

Why We Write: Nathan Illsley

When I was 12 years old, I wrote and directed my first “film.” It was an 8-minute slasher called RED FACE, shot on a handheld VHS camcorder…

On Pricing at the Black List Website (Part 2)

More on the very long queue for script evaluations and what we’re doing about it.

Why We Write: Charlie Ricottone

The decision to dedicate my life’s work to writing didn’t come easy. As the child of a successful businessman, I found myself trying to…


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