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Title: The Paper Man Rides On
Genre: Comedy
Draft: Third
Length: 112 pages
Logline: A high school student, struggling with confidence in himself, finds a mentor in an aged Paper Man, Chosen One of an ancient order of newspaper deliverymen. As the Paper Man trains his pupil in the art of delivery, he faces threats from a renegade band of unsanctioned paperboys—threats that may destroy the world.
Title: Enraptured
Genre: Comedy/Horror
Draft: Fourth
Length: 117 pages
Logline: When a geeky high school senior fails to find a date for the prom, he joins a Satanic cult hellbent on bringing about the Rapture—getting rid of all the goody two-shoes and bringing about hell on Earth.
Title: Tones of Home (Screenplay)
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Draft: Third
Length: 111 pages
Logline: Tired of fighting the pressure from family and friends, insurance adjustor Robin Kelley has reluctantly agreed to settle down and marry her longtime boyfriend, a successful CPA. When her high school sweetheart, washed-up rock star Girth McDürchstein, learns of Robin’s upcoming nuptials, he races from Los Angeles to the little town of Cedar Point, Iowa, intending to stop her. Once he arrives, Girth starts to see the virtues of a “boring” small-town life—but all Robin sees is the excitement and glamour she passed up.

Will Robin abandon a stable but predictable future to live out her own rock-star dreams?

Title: Disappear
Genre: Thriller
Draft: Third
Length: 121 pages
Logline: A pair of siblings hide out in Chicago while they try to expose the government organization responsible for a military assault that killed the entire populous of their rural town.
Title: Tones of Home (Novel)
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Length: 100,000 words
Synopsis: Tired of fighting the pressure from family and friends, insurance adjustor Robin Kelley has reluctantly agreed to settle down and marry her longtime boyfriend, a successful CPA. When her high school sweetheart, washed-up rock star Girth McDürchstein, learns of Robin’s upcoming nuptials, he races from Los Angeles to the little town of Cedar Point, Iowa, intending to stop her. Once he arrives, Girth starts to see the virtues of a “boring” small-town life—but all Robin sees is the excitement and glamour she passed up.

Will Robin abandon a stable but predictable future to live out her own rock-star dreams?

Title: Measuring Girth
Genre: Situation Comedy
Draft: First
Length: 31-page show bible, plus six scripts approximately 30-35 pages each
Logline: In mid-2009, a small subsidiary of an enormous television production entity tasked a harried young executive with a challenge: bring his bosses three “ready-made” series to pitch to a cable channel in need of original programming. Completely out of his depth, the young executive turned to his writer friends for help. One of these friends was D. B. Bates.

Over the course of four years, Bates had spent his spare time writing a blog chronicling the exploits of a fictional rock band, Abysmal Crucifix. By this time, the jokey misadventures of a single character had spawned an entire universe of oddballs and increasingly intricate storylines. It was both a blessing and a curse that literally nobody read this blog: a blessing in that adapting stories into television episodes would not be noticed, and a curse because the paltry number of unique visitors made it difficult to demonstrate such a weird project would have a built-in fanbase.

The pair pressed on, developing the idea together. They shifted focus from charismatic frontman Girth McDürchstein to his straight-woman foil, publicist Lacey Greenwood. The central conflict revolves around her efforts to remake Girth’s shattered public image, despite his resistance and pathological inability to understand why the outside world views him as a washed-up creep.

The “Measuring Girth” eBook begins with a show bible used to (unsuccessfully) sell the concept’s merits as a long-running, profitable television show. It also contains complete teleplays for six unproduced scripts for the show that never happened, written by Bates on spec after he agreed that complete scripts would enhance the selling points highlighted in the pitch and the show bible. His young executive friend agreed; the bosses didn’t.

Title: Debt Collection
Genre: Action
Draft: Third
Length: 107 pages
Logline: Ex-CIA operative Merritt Stone arrives in a small village in Nigeria to learn the identities of the men who stole his sister’s life savings. There, he discovers a much bigger problem: a heroin trafficker’s corrupt stranglehold over the villagers’ lives.
(Written with a Partner Who Prefers Anonymity)
Title: Objects in Mirror
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Draft: Second
Length: 110 pages
Logline: Cynical rock journalist Meghan Larris has earned a reputation as a harsh critic and blunt interviewer, alienating many of pop music’s brightest stars. After verbally abusing a veteran coworker’s enthusiastic review, Meghan finds herself one mistake away from losing her career. In desperation, Meghan pitches an interview she hasn’t yet landed, with the recent winner of the wildly popular reality competition show Pop Icon.
Title: Reader.
Genre: Literary Fiction (that’s a euphemism for “Navel-gazing Bullshit”)
Length: 145,000 words
Synopsis: After graduating from film school, Stan McCague moves from Chicago to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of working as a Hollywood screenwriter. Instead, he finds work as a Hollywood reader, analyzing the scripts others write for dicey producers, shady literary managers, and anybody else who will pay him for his opinion. Along the way, he plots against friends who are plotting against him, moves through an array of bad romantic relationships, and struggles to understand why his life and career have left him unfulfilled.

Will Stan ever find happiness? If he does, does he even deserve it?


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