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Old 03-30-2006, 06:22 PM   #1
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A Producer's assistant sent me a release form a while back for one of my other scripts. Is it unethical to simply use this form again for my new script, send the script to the assistant RE: SCRIPT AS REQUESTED?

Or should I email this assistant and ask if he/they would be interested in a read of this new script?
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Old 03-30-2006, 07:39 PM   #2
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I don't think ethics is really a question.

They'll better remember you if they liked your last script and are looking at another. I'd e-mail them to touch base and 'pitch'.

If they didn't like your last script, just don't remind them who you are. . I've found people to be more responsive once thev're already read something.
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Old 03-30-2006, 07:44 PM   #3
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Ethics are always in question.

Some would say do what you can to get it out there.

It's a pretty big producer and I just don't want to burn any bridges.

I'm not sure he would remember me or my script. I never got a response back after I sent my script, and as an assistant I would think he reads so many scripts, he couldn't remember one he read last week, let alone last year.
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Old 03-30-2006, 08:25 PM   #4
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More than ethics, the issue of where the script came from will be your problem. I've sent stuff in to people I've spoken to a day earlier, called to confirm they received it, and they're like, "What is this again? Who are you?"

If they see it with their release, and don't recall where it came from, it won't be a priority to read. They may just toss it.

Ethically, it's not a big deal. But there's really no advantage to doing it. And if they do catch it, they may remember you as the writer that tried to slip one by them. Unless they love it.

In that case, you'll be the genius.
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Old 03-30-2006, 08:30 PM   #5
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Old 03-31-2006, 07:42 AM   #6
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I would advise against doing this. If no one has actually requested the script in question, and there's not been any expression of interest, you're very likely wasting your time. Your possession of the company's standard release form is not intended as an invitation to submit material willy-nilly. And if you're ever called on it -- "When did I request this? Who are you?" you'll look like a fool or worse.
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Old 03-31-2006, 05:12 PM   #7
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I agree with Muckraker.

Pitch the new one and see if he likes the new concept. If he likes the concept, he'll request the script... (unless he recognizes your name and remembers he hated your last script.)

If he doesn't request it, try other people.

If you send it unasked for, I think there are more possibilities you will end up looking bad than good.
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