The Artful Writer
wants writers to work credits out between themselves.
Ch'yeah, right. I'm struggling, struggling
to come up with a situation in which a writer would say to another writer, "No, no, really, you did most of the work. You take all the credit."
I have a friend who rewrote a guy's script on which the guy was using a one-shot pseudonym
for various, um, legal reasons. Guy insisted on his pseudonym
keeping the credit that he, himself, did not want.
I also have a friend who had a script rewritten by a story editor who then tried to grab shared credit, although this is not allowed under any
circumstances under WGC rules.
"You just keep thinking, Butch. It's what you're good at."
As it turns out, if writers did want to determine credits for themselves, neither of your cited examples would be an issue.
The WGA allows for some writers to employ pseudonyms, but they may only opt for this after the final credit determination is made.
Additionally, if a story editor (considered a production executive under the MBA) was seeking credit, the WGA would move into an automatic arbitration, so there wouldn't even be a moment where the writers could choose the credits for themselves.
I don't know the WGC credit rules, so my suggestion may not make any sense north of the border...
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