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What is The Spec Bank?

The Spec Bank is the world’s largest resource for high-concept, production-ready TV commercial scripts. It was founded by Dan Sorgen, an LA-based copywriter.

Who is it for?

Directors who want to break into commercial directing. Writers who want to see their concepts shot for free. Production companies that want to add killer commercials to their reels. Actors who need TV commercial scripts for audition practice.

How does it work?

After you join, you can read hundreds of scripts from The Vault. When you see scripts that interest you, email us at info@specbank.com to check their availability and reserve them. If a script is already reserved, we’ll check if the person who reserved it is willing to release it to you.

How much is it? How do I join?

See our signup page.

Where do you get the scripts?

From working creatives at top ad agencies across the country. Many of the scripts are for actual campaigns, while many others are original ideas conceived by creatives who want to add great commercials to their reels.

Are the scripts any good?

Each script is carefully selected for quality of concept and production value. You won’t find lame local commercials or run-of-the-mill car dealer spots. Just good ideas that will make you and your reel shine.

Can I see some samples of your scripts?

Sure! Download them here.

I'm a writer. Can I submit scripts? Is it free?

The Spec Bank is the best way to bring your ideas to life and build your reel. We welcome all script submissions and it’s 100% free to submit scripts. We’ll send out your scripts to the entire membership and cc: you. Email your scripts to us at submit@specbank.com.

What do I get with membership?

Access to, and use of, hundreds of top-notch TV commercial scripts. Members can view one-line descriptions of each script as they browse The Vault. We’ll also post and announce your completed spots for free.

Anything else?

Occasionally we are contacted for exclusive directing opportunities from some of the country’s top ad agencies. You’ll be given the chance to respond to those opportunities.

Do you remove scripts from the database once they're shot?

Yes. We understand that no one wants to shoot a spot that someone else has already shot. (It’s out of our control if the writer has someone else shoot a spot, but so far it’s never happened.)

How do I cancel my membership? How long do I have to be a member?

You can cancel your membership at any time. However, you must be a member to develop, direct, and produce our scripts. Also, you must be a member to have your completed spot posted on our Samples page (though it will remain there after you unsubscribe).

Do I have to pay to use the scripts?

No. Your membership covers everything.

Do I have to work with the writers?

Yes. It’s to your benefit to have the writers involved, though it’s up to them how involved they’d like to be. You must invite the writers to your shoots.

How many scripts can I reserve?

As many as you like, but if another member expresses interest in one of your reserved scripts, you must cut your reserved list to two scripts.

I'm looking to get into commercial directing. Any advice?

Don’t start shooting until you read our interview with Jeff Nicosia, co-founder of SpotLab (formerly Group 101 Spots). It’s invaluable free advice that others have paid thousands of dollars to hear.

Can I use one of your scripts commercially?

Not for the basic membership fee. Contact us to discuss commercial use fees.

I have a cool project that needs a director. Can you help?

Yes! Email us at info@specbank.com and/or check out our Hire a Director page.

I need a copywriter for my project. Can you help?

We have access to a broad network of copywriters at some of the best advertising agencies in the country. Click here to find out more.

Do you have any testimonials?

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