In short, no, that person is not inherently entitled to any credit, especially if his contribution was just notes or feedback. If that person came up with the idea for the screenplay, he is still not entitled to credit. Much in the way ideas are not copyrightable but screenplays are, it is the execution of […]
What do the different writer credits mean?
Writer credits are complicated, and unparsing them for any particular project may be an impossible task without talking directly to those involved. Every detail matters: “&” and “and” mean two different things, for instance (writers connected with “&” are a writing team, while those connected with “and” are not). Generally, different credits represent how much […]
What is scale?
“Scale” is the minimum a WGA signatory can pay a screenwriter — whether it’s purchasing a spec script or hiring a writer to work on a script. Each type of job (e.g original screenplay, outline, rewrite) has a set price. These rates are the subject of WGA negotiations, and change every year. In features, rates […]
How much does a screenwriter make?
Screenwriters’ incomes can vary wildly. Every year, the WGA sets a minimum their signatories can pay a screenwriter for a project. This is known as “scale.” The WGA’s site shows the current schedule of minimums. A screenwriter working for a WGA signatory can be paid anywhere between scale and — well — anything. First time […]
What does arbitration mean for screenwriters?
When a movie is complete, the producer submits a list of final credits to the WGA, and gives a copy of the final script to all writers involved. If any writers disagree with the proposed credits, they can file for arbitration. (Arbitration is automatically triggered if the director or any producers are credited in any […]
Who decides who gets credit for writing a movie?
When a movie is complete, the producer submits a list of final credits to the WGA, and gives a copy of the final script to all writers involved. If any writers disagree with these credits, they can file for arbitration. (Arbitration is automatically triggered if the director or any producers are credited in any writing […]