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Writer Employment Agreement

  1. Date
  2. Producer
  3. Writer
  4. Assigned Material
    • treatment
    • notes
    • adaptation
  5. Credits
  6. Employment
    • page limit
    • where delivered
  7. Committed Material
    • first draft
    • re-write
    • due dates
  8. Compensation
    • upon execution
    • upon first draft
    • upon re-write
    • second re-write option
    • polish option
    • soundtrack
    • music publishing income
    • merchandising
  9. Reading Periods
    • deferral of services
  10. Screenplay Credit Bonus
    • sole credit
      • payment
      • back-end contingent compensation
    • shared credit
      • usually one-half of sole credit amounts
    • who has final determination of writing credits
  11. Expenses
    • general
    • living and traveling
  12. Rights
    • ownership
    • alteration rights
    • rental rights
    • permission to use name and likeness
  13. Remakes and Sequels
    • conditions to allow writer to share
    • amounts
  14. Contingencies
    • delay by writer and termination right of producer
    • force majeure
    • default by writer
  15. Producer allowed to assign rights?
    • producer allowed to sell
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