Re: [screenwriters-261] Acquiring Screen Rights for a Persons Story/Newspaper Feature

From: Steven Schenck
Sent on: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 4:14 PM
It is a mess from both sides - Most writers change enough names and places to avoid the conflict - 

An editor I worked for once described the process as milking an angry bull - no milk and a lot of pain.

Now that you have contacted the writer - even if they never write back - they will have the ability to claim to have been the catalyst for your work and entitled to a percentage of your income from the script. Good lawyers can cost more than you will ever make and smart lawyers on both sides will run up the fees until you both pay out of pocket.

Move the script to Hawaii and then write-off your vacation there as research.

Good luck

Steve




On Nov 27, 2013, at 3:52 PM, Lee <[address removed]> wrote:

Who knows what goes into acquiring screen rights to a story about a dude, and/or the newspaper feature that told his story?

Not looking for you to answer every question right now, but resources/FAQs/etc that might be helpful.

I have reached out to the newspaper reporter, she hasn't written back yet.

I have never done so before, total N00b.

Thanks
Lee

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