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Old 05-17-2006, 06:23 PM   #1
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Default What to do if a Prodco requests script?

Should I send a script to a Prodco if I'm unrepresented?
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Old 05-17-2006, 06:37 PM   #2
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Default Re: What to do if a Prodco requests script?

Not if they haven't requested it.
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Old 05-17-2006, 08:05 PM   #3
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But YES if they have requested it.

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Old 05-17-2006, 08:16 PM   #4
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I have no intent to send a script unrequested. My question is about any disadvantage in sending it without an agent or laywer.

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Old 05-17-2006, 09:02 PM   #5
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If they ask you to send it directly, then by all means do so. If they ask that you send it through your rep, then hire an entertainment attorney or find an agent or manager to submit it for you.
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Old 05-17-2006, 09:06 PM   #6
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If they want to buy it or option it - get a lawyer... one with a hat like the one Jake is wearing in his photo would be a good idea.

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Old 05-17-2006, 09:13 PM   #7
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Default Re: What to do if a Prodco requests script?

I think sstaubin (and please correct me if I'm wrong) might be concerned about how he is perceived by the Prodco if he submits a requested script without representation.

Does the Prodco have a one pile for scripts from writers with rep. and another larger pile for writers without? (The logic here being that if a writer had representation, then the writing must be good.)

Or does the work always speak for itself?
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Old 05-17-2006, 10:18 PM   #8
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Default Re: What to do if a Prodco requests script?

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If they want to buy it or option it - get a lawyer.
I will ask just for the sake of the discussion ...

1. Do "entertainment attorneys" exist outside, say, L.A. and New York?

2. Am I correct that such attorneys generally charge as an agent does (a flat percent of any money paid to the writer) instead of bilking the client on the basis of "billable hours"?

3. Oh, and this question, too: Should the attorney not only have a Viking hat but also the beard?
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Old 05-17-2006, 11:25 PM   #9
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I would guess there are entertainment lawyers in other major cities - for musicians and artists and writers.

Mine charges a flat rate (5%), but I talked to others who charged 10% if you don't have an agent. Also - some may charge by the hour for services until you are established as a guy who makes money for the firm.

Also - there are organizations like California Lawyers For The Arts that provide low cost legal advice for artists. Maybe a similar organization in your nearest big city. The reason why you need a lawyer is that *they* have a lawyer and their lawyer is going to try to make the best deal for their client (which is the worst deal for *you*).

The hat will frighten the producer's lawyers, but beards might make them look old... and no one wants to look older than 25 in Los Angeles.

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Old 05-18-2006, 11:16 AM   #10
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Default Re: What to do if a Prodco requests script?

I know some lawyers who not only charge a flat rate to submit a script and also 4-5%, if the script is purchased. But only if you don't have an agent or manager to submit your script.
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