SCREENWRITER COLLABORATION AGREEMENT
THIS AGREEMENT made effective as of the _____ day of ______________, _______.
[NAME OF WRITER #1]
whose address for service is
- and -
[NAME OF WRITER #2]
whose address for service is
(individually referred to as a “Co-Writer” and collectively as the “Co-Writers”)
WHEREAS the Co-Writers desire to write in collaboration an ________________________ (original story,
outline, treatment, screenplay, etc.).
NOW THEREFORE, in consideration of the execution of this Agreement, and the undertakings of the
parties as hereinafter set forth, it is agreed as follows:
1. The Co-Writers hereby agree and undertake to collaborate in the writing of the
_________________ (hereinafter referred to as the “Work”), currently entitled “_____________”, which
Work shall be about ______________________________ [describe].
2. The Co-Writers shall collaborate in the writing of the Work and upon completion thereof shall be
joint owners of the Work, sharing equally in all right, title and interest to the Work, including without
limitation all rights of ownership, copyright and otherwise.
3. The parties contemplate the completion of the Work on our about __________ [insert date]. Such
date is an estimate only, and failure to complete the Work by such date shall not be construed as a breach
of this Agreement on the part of either Co-Writer.
4. Upon completion of the Work, the Work shall be registered with the Writers Guild of America
(“WGA”) (East or West) as the joint work of the Co-Writers. If the Co-Writers agree that additional
registration of the Work with the United States Copyright Office is necessary, both Co-Writers are to be
listed as authors of the Work and as copyright claimants of the Work.
5. If, prior to the completion of the Work, either Co-Writer elects to voluntarily withdraw from the
collaboration, which withdrawal must be in writing, the remaining Writer shall have the right to
complete the Work alone, or in conjunction with one or more other collaborator(s), and in such event the
percentage of ownership, as hereinbefore set forth, shall, if requested by either Co-Writer, be revised by a
written amendment agreed to by both Parties, or, if the parties are unable to agree, decided by arbitration
in accordance with the procedures hereinafter set out. The continuation of the Work by the other Co-
Writer shall occur only with the consent of the Co-Writer legally owning or controlling any pre-existing
material upon which the Work is to be based, including, but not limited to, a completed outline,
treatment, script, book, short story, article, photograph, video, film, sound recording, artwork, or life
6. In the event that, prior to completion of the Work, either party commits a material breach of its
obligations hereunder, and such breach remains uncured for a period of ____ days following receipt of
written notice of the breach from the non-breaching party requesting its remedy, the non-breaching party
may terminate this Agreement by written notice of termination, effective upon giving of the notice. Such
notice of termination shall be filed with the WGA (East or West) if one or both parties are members.
7. Any contract for the sale or other disposition of the Work, where the Work has been completed
by the Co-Writers in accordance herewith, shall require that the story and writing credits be given to the
Co-Writers in the following manner:
by _______________________ & ________________________.
8. Neither party shall sell or otherwise voluntarily dispose of the Work, or his/her share therein,
without the prior written consent of the other party, which consent, however, shall not be unreasonably
9. Expenses of any amount for which the parties are mutually responsible shall be incurred only
with prior written mutual consent. Either party may elect to solely bear an expense in order to advance
the production or promotion of the Work and, in any such instance, the party making the expenditure
shall not later claim full or partial compensation for such expense from the other party.
10. The parties agree that, for the purposes of this Agreement and unless otherwise stated herein, the
Co-Writers shall share the proceeds from the sale or any other disposition of the Work and the rights and
licenses therein and with respect thereto, including but not limited to motion picture rights, sequel rights,
remake rights, television film rights, television live rights, stage rights, radio rights, merchandising,
novelization and other media publication rights. All such proceeds shall be applied as follows:
(a) firstly, in payment of commissions, if any;
(b) secondly, in payment of any expenses or reimbursement of either party for expenses paid
in connection with the Work; and
(c) thirdly, the balance to be shared equally by the Co-Writers.
11. Should the Work be sold or otherwise disposed of and, as an incident thereto, the Co-Writers
should be employed to revise the Work or write another media presentation thereof, the total
compensation provided for as a term of such employment shall be shared equally by the Co-Writers. If
either Co-Writer is requested to be involved in such revision but shall be unavailable for collaborating
therein (which unavailability shall be evidenced by a written confirmation thereof, signed by such Co-
Writer), then the other Co-Writer shall be permitted to do such revision and shall be entitled to the full
amount of compensation in connection therewith.
12. If either party hereto shall be employed in any capacity other than in connection with the
rewriting or revision of the Work (e.g., as an Executive Producer), the other Co-Writer shall not be
entitled to either any compensation or credit in connection therewith.
13. If either party hereto shall desire to use the Work, or any right therein or with respect thereto, in
any venture in which such party has a financial interest, whether direct or indirect, the party desiring to
do so shall notify the other party of that fact and shall afford such other party the opportunity to
participate in the venture or in the proportion of such other party’s interest in the Work. If such other
party shall be unwilling to participate in such venture, the party desiring to proceed therein shall be
required to pay the unwilling party an amount equal to that which the unwilling party would have
received if the Work or right, as the case may be, intended to be so used had been sold to a disinterested
person at the price at which the same shall last have been offered, or if it shall not have been offered, at its
fair market value which, in the absence of mutual agreement of the parties, shall be determined by
arbitration in accordance with the arbitration procedures of the WGA, and the determination of the WGA
arbitration committee as to all such matters shall be conclusive and binding upon the parties hereto.
14. If either party (hereinafter “the First Party”) desires to transfer his/her rights to a third person,
he/she shall give written notice personally or by registered mail to the other party (hereinafter “the
Second Party”) of his/her intention to do so. In such case:
(a) The Second Party shall have an option for a period of _______ (____) days to purchase the
First Party’s share at a price and upon such terms indicated in the written notice.