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Old 02-09-2017, 08:03 PM   #1
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Default Potential Manager Wants 3 Year Contract

I have a potential manager that is interested in my partner and me. She asked us to sign a contract for 3 years - is this normal? Thanks!

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Old 02-09-2017, 08:56 PM   #2
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Default Re: Do managers represent a team and the individuals?

Do you want them to represent you as a solo writer?

They may elect not to. I know somebody who is repped as both a solo writer and as part of a team at a big management company, but their agent only reps the team.

You should talk to these managers about how they want to work with you on that.
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Old 02-09-2017, 09:02 PM   #3
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Default Re: Do managers represent a team and the individuals?

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Do you want them to represent you as a solo writer?

They may elect not to. I know somebody who is repped as both a solo writer and as part of a team at a big management company, but their agent only reps the team.

You should talk to these managers about how they want to work with you on that.
Thanks for the help! So I actually heard back from the manager and cleared that section up. I tried deleting my post but couldn't figure out how to! Instead, I changed to to another question I had. Trying to make the most of a confusing situation I guess haha
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Old 02-10-2017, 11:23 AM   #4
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Default Re: Potential Manager Wants 3 Year Contract

Three years is a lot. I mean, I would balk at two, and I've only ever had handshake agreements with rep.

But there are rep I would sign an agreement with if they asked, so it's hard to say.
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Old 02-13-2017, 01:26 PM   #5
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Default Re: Potential Manager Wants 3 Year Contract

Three years is a long time. There is generally no regulation of management companies like there is for talent/literary agencies, so I suppose they can write in whatever they want, but I'd be hesitant to sign with a rep for that long.

For WGA signatory reps, Rider W of the WGA basic agreement states "The term for a services representation agreement, whether initial or otherwise, shall not exceed two years."

Also, if you submit a piece of material to the rep and they do not sell it with a year, you can notify them that they no longer rep that material for sale and are not entitled to collect commissions on it.

There are also clauses stating that if the rep doesn't procure you work equaling $10,000 in the past ninety (90) days you can terminate the contract.

You can read the whole thing here: http://www.wga.org/uploadedFiles/wri...cts/agency.pdf

If there are no protections for you in this three year contract, I'd be wary. Good luck!
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Old 02-14-2017, 11:20 AM   #6
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Default Re: Potential Manager Wants 3 Year Contract

It's not normal at all. Any reputable manager will not actually have you sign a contract. This protects them as much as it protects you.

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