I'm moderating a panel for the WGC in February at McGill on "What Do I Want In My Contract?"
What should you ask for when you option a feature film or a TV series? The Writers Guild’s basic contract (the Independent Producer Agreement) covers many basic terms, but others aren’t codified, including lots of ways veteran writers get paid on the back end, your right to write new material, and the crucial “Created by” credit in TV. Plus, what’s all this fine print?Check out the Facebook Event page.
We’ve invited an agent who reps writers to talk about what writers can and should ask for; a producer’s lawyer to talk about what’s easy for producers to give and what’s hard; and a representative of the Writers Guild of Canada to talk about what contract terms end up in disputes. The panel will be moderated by Alex Epstein, who’s worked both sides of the table. Audience members will be able to ask questions.
This event is aimed at professional, emerging and aspiring screenwriters, but filmmakers of all kinds may find it illuminating.
Also, if you have questions you want me to bring up at the panel, please email me.
Labels: contracts, rights, WGC
Will there be a way to a transcription of this event? Maybe an audio/podcast of it?
I'd love to be there, but I won't be able to make the trip all the way from Vancouver just for it.
We'll do our best to record it.
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