Regarding "Howard Tim" (aka "Tim Howard"):
I submitted a query in response to the post below, from the ISA "Writing Gigs" blog. My logline/synopsis got an immediate request for the full script. That didn't surprise me, because my pitch gets that response more often than not. I sent the latest draft. A few days later, I received an e-mail message telling me that the company loved my script and that it was in the final running for production (although their ad implied that they would be accepting scripts for the next six months). Not 12 hours later, I got a "personal" e-mail from Mr. Tim (Mr. Howard) saying that he was so moved by my screenplay that he would steer it through the selection process, because he was in charge of the "selection committee". For this service, he asked me to pay him $3,000 up front.
I told him that if his company wants to make my film, he can send a contract to my copyright attorney, but under no circumstances would any money be paid to him by me.
Here's a copy of his ad (it may not be on the ISA site for long, because I have advised them that it is probably a scam):
LOOKING FOR QUALITY SCREENPLAY (GENRE IS OPEN) 2012.4.16 18:20
A new production company is seeking screenplay submission on any good genre. The screenplay must be a finished one, with lots of intrigues and creativity. If you have any screenplay that you want to see produced submit a query to this mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please don’t submit any screenplay yet unless on request. The genre (e.g.: action, thriller, horror, comedy, drama, suspense, Sci-Fi etc.) is open for now because we are looking for something captivating. The budget is open too; glad to say that the company has lots of fund to invest, looking at producing couple of scripts this year and next. Submission ends on 10.04.2012