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Script coverage is the term used for the analysis and reviewing of screenplays. In Hollywood, it’s usually part of the creative development process. It is the first review step that a spec script receives as it makes its way up the chain of command at a studio, production company or literary agency or management company.
The idea behind coverage was that an assistant could read a script and then give the producer a breakdown of the project and suggest whether they should consider making it or not. The final score given to the producer would be one of the following:
Pass: This means that the reader thinks that the script is not something that the producer should move forward with. Usually, scripts that are “passed on” miss the mark in at least a few key areas
Consider: This means that the reader thinks that the script is strong enough for the producer to “consider moving forward with”. While the script may not be absolutely production ready, it is close enough that it is worth the producer’s time
Recommend: This means that the reader “recommends production move forward”. This is a reader effectively saying, this script is almost perfect and very little development is necessary
Based on this score, a producer would read the recommended scripts and maybe the first Act of the considered scripts. Since 90-95% of scripts receive a pass, this narrowed down the number of scripts producers needed to read by a lot.