New York a Mecca for Top Screenwriters

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With the Hollywood awards season now upon us, movie fans will turn their attention to Sunday’s 81st Golden Globe Awards, as this year’s edition of honoring people who  bring stories to life on the big screen is celebrated.

This week – Jan. 5, to be exact – also marks  the eighth National Screenwriters Day. So, decided to take a break from monitoring developments in New York online casinos and look at which states have produced some of the best screenwriters in the history of film-making. We utilized to collect the top 100 grossing screenwriters in Worldwide Box Office who are from the United States. We then utilized the IMDB’s database to find the birthplace of screenwriters to find which states have produced the most. Here is what we found out:

States with the Best Screenwriters

Overall RankState# of Screenwriters
1New York29
3New Jersey7


New York Tops the List

The Empire State earned a No. 1 overall ranking with a total of 29, seven more than Hollywood's landlord, California, which garnered 22. New York’s neighbor, New Jersey, placed third with seven. Florida (five) and Illinois (four) rounded out the top five. Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Pennsylvania all tied for sixth with three.

Who are some of the top screenwriters from the New York? There are many to name, but the top screenwriter hailing from the state is Buffalo native Christopher Markus, who landed at No. 3. Markus is one of only three screenwriters to top more than $9 billion in worldwide box office (No. 1 James Cameron, No. 2 Stephen McFeely). Markus’s films generate an average of $779.88 million per movie, which include “Avengers: Endgame,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” “Captain America: Civil War” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

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Lou Monaco had been East Coast Scene columnist for Gaming Today in Las Vegas since June 2019, covering the East Coast sportsbook scene with emphasis on NJ and PA. He also currently is a part-time writer for the high school sports department for NJ Advanced Media ( in Iselin, NJ. Lou has over 30 years sports experience with previous stints at ESPN SportsTicker, Daily Racing Form and Oddschecker.