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Template contract for scriptwriters with an independent film company?

Hi Shooters,

I have been writing short films for an independent production company for 5 years and things are starting to advance with them. They are currently seeking distributors and wish to use a feature film treatment, script and TV pilot that I wrote so they can market themselves.

However, I am reluctant to hand over my work as I would feel more comfortable if there was a contract set up between me and them outlining payment, rights etc. as I cannot continue working for free.

What tends to be in a writer's contract? Is there a standard fee or percentage writers are entitled to between independent production companies? Is there a template online I can find? Any information I would be very grateful for...

Many thanks for your help in advance.

Kind regards,


1 year ago