Screenwriting

How To Secure The Rights So You Can Write A Script

How To Secure The Rights So You Can Write A Script

When a writer discovers a great story that is not his own and is not public domain, the best way to secure those rights with little to no money is through a shopping agreement.  The writer takes a contract drafted up by an attorney or found from online and has the source sign off on it.  The agreement attaches you as the writer and gives you a short period of time to write a well-crafted script and shop the material around to people who have the financial means and network to get the project made.  In the agreement, it would be wise to also protect yourself by stating you as the exclusive writer to the project and even if the project doesn’t come to fruition during the contract’s time, the next person to secure the project’s rights has to get in touch with you because you had the rights first and have created a script.  The good news is that you have a script made, a meeting set up with the person who now owns the rights, and the opportunity to get your work read by people who could hopefully move your project and career forward.  The bad news is that if they don’t like the work you wrote, they have the right to find another writer.