Originally Posted by Gumsandals
Getting back to the original question, is the "norm" in Hollywood taking out an option nowadays without paying the screenwriter a fee for a limited amount of time for a producer to find funding/distribution?
Does it really matter what everyone else is doing in the industry?
What matters is what you expect as a writer. If you expect to be paid a fee to option your work, that's all that matters. If you want to option your spec for $1 or $10k it's your business. It's your IP.
Good luck and hopefully it will get resolved.