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Choosing Between Agents, Managers and Lawyers

QUESTION FOR FILMTVLAW.COM:I’m an experienced showrunner with two series under my belt. I’m shopping around a third but getting shut out of all but current connects and friends. I never went the agent route, but now considering agent vs. manager...
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Warner Bros. Chiefs On The Present And Future Of Film & TV

Each year, the Producers Guild Of America (PGA) hold the Produced By Conference to discuss the state of the industry with film and TV powerhouses. Good times. Bad times. Things are certainly changing fast. Screenwriters and producers...
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When Social Media Meets Research, How Do You Know What To Believe?

When there’s a “wow” moment at an awards show or when a new movie trailer drops online, people around the world grab their phones and race to social media to voice their opinions. Even more people jump on just to read the...
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Where Does The Legal Battle Between the ATA and the WGA Leave Producers?

With the ATA (Association of Talent Agents) and the WGA (Writers Guild of America) deep in a legal battle for the foreseeable future, where does that leave producers? Here are some practical tools to help producers connect with writers and navigate...
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What Are We Really Selling?

Early in my career, I learned one of the shrewdest questions an entrepreneur can ask themselves, "What are we really selling?" For example:  You are not selling grass seed. You are selling a greener lawn.You are not selling boilers....
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Why Screenwriters Should Write With A Producer’s Cap On

Screenwriters need to think strategically about what they’re writing and why they’re writing it. Are you writing for yourself, a screenwriting contest, or are you looking to position your work in the marketplace? Charles Borg spoke with Creative...
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There Will Always Be A Market For A Script We Can’t Put Down

“There Will Always Be A Market For A Script We Can’t Put Down” Says Seth Renshaw Seth Renshaw worked in PR, media sales and then with CAA’s Marketing department before transitioning to film and television with David...
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Producer Jason Mirch Discusses The State Of The Entertainment Industry

Jason Mirch is a feature film, television, branded entertainment, and digital content producer and executive with over 15 years of experience. Mirch was the Head of feature and television development at Image Nation, a finance and production company...
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Breaking In: Representation – GETTING SIGNED

When one of my clients emerges from a meeting with a potential manager that, for all intents and purposes, seems to have gone well (good flow to the get-to-know-you conversation, interests in similar types of projects, maybe a few people in common...
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“Make Them Forget They’re Reading A Script” Says Manager Jonathan Hersh

As part of our continuing series of interviews with agents and managers, Creative Screenwriting Magazine spoke with Jonathan Hersh from Housefire Management about how screenwriters should be working with their representatives.How does a screenwriter...
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Manager Andrew Kersey’s Advice To Screenwriters...

Manager Andrew Kersey’s Advice To Screenwriters: “Develop Your Craft. Develop Your Voice And Your Time Will Come.” Creative Screenwriting Magazine spoke with manager Andrew Kersey who represents screenwriters. He shares his...
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Are You Ready To Enter The Screenwriting Marketplace?

Every screenwriter has toiled for years on their film and TV scripts. They’ve written, got screenplay feedback and rewritten their scripts. You may have even attracted the interest of a literary agent or manager who’ve helped your polish...
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Should I Work For Free?

Should you work for free? That depends on what you mean by “work” and by “free.”Work is what you do as a professional, when you make a promise that involves rigor and labor (physical and emotional) and risk. Work is showing...
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You're Not Going To Win An Oscar...

You're Not Going To Win An Oscar......but hold on, I'll explain.I'm sure most of you did it Sunday night at some point in the evening (if you watched the Academy Awards). You imagined what you would say if you were up on that stage accepting...
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Scaring Up Funds: How to Acquire Investors When Your Movie’s in Horror

Scaring Up Funds: How to Acquire Investors When Your Movie’s in Horror, the Most Profitable Genre of Them AllBy Brian Herskowitz and Tony Timpone on November 14, 2017There are a few paths you can take to finding investors for your...
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Desperation, Dread, & Determination

I call them the triple D’s of screenwriting. Dread. Every screenwriter experiences this eventually. You get to a place where it feels like it’s all over. You’ll never get that agent. The manager will never call you back. Will...
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Have a Horrible Holiday

Horror Equity Fund discusses the relationship between Horror and the Holidays. 'Twas the night after X-mas and all through the house…  bodies and corpses were starting to mount...Most people don’t think of Horror when they think...
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Money for Nothin' and Copyright For Free

There are all kinds of works in certain subject or use categories that copyright will not protect.  These “uncopyrightable” works can be freely copied and exploited by everyone.[1]  1.                  Ideas Copyright does...
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Model NDA: Nondisclosure Agreement

This Guide provides a simple Model Nondisclosure Agreement (NDA), controlled by California law and venued, for any action, in San Francisco. This is a fairly broad NDA for parties seeking to collaborate, partner, or buy or sell interests in...
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Model Screenwriter Collaboration Agreement in California

This Guide provides a simple Model Screenwriter Collaboration Agreement to be performed in California and arbitrated, if necessary, in San Francisco. The Agreement assumes that the two writers are equal in authority (no one is the boss over the...
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