An Independent Filmmaker/Producer/Investor may have an idea for a Script. The idea may require purchasing Rights from an Author and/or Owner of the literary story sought. The idea may be origin. Either way a Writer is required to be hired to create the Script from the literary story or original idea.
An Employment Agreement is used to hire a writer. The employed Writer receives a guaranteed payment for his labor, even if the script never gets produced. And if the script is produced, the Writer may or may not receive additional compensation in the form of a bonus or a percentage of profits.
As a “Work-for-Hire,” the Independent Filmmaker/Producer/Investor owns the Copyright. The Writer gets the money compensation for her/his/their skill , time and effort. The Independent Filmmaker/Producer/Investor gets the script. Since the Independent Filmmaker/Producer/Investor owns the work, she/he/they can produce the Project, shelve the Project or even hire someone entirely new to rewrite the Project.
This Agreement between the Writer-for-Hire and the Producer is drafted in plain English that is easy to read and comprehend. This is a five page, twenty-four clause legal Agreement. The Agreement may be filled in on your computer or printed out and filled in later.
We regularly receive feedback that we have successfully drafted our filmmaker contracts to be as complete as possible for all legal situations. However, should you experience a unique personal situation requiring the drafting of a special clause, please contact us at your convenience. Otherwise, you may be obliged to find a local entertainment lawyer experienced in the film making industry who will draft any and all other clauses for your Project’s unique situation or circumstance.
This Agreement is part of the Actor’s Deal, the Director’s Deal, the
Producer’s Deal, and the Investor’s Deal.