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									                   FREELANCE TELEVISION WRITER’S CONTRACT

      This Agreement is entered into on the               day of                           ,
             between _________________________ (“Producer”) and
_____________________ (“Writer”).

       1.      ENGAGEMENT:

        Producer hereby employs Writer to render services in the writing, composition,
preparation and revision of the literary materials described in paragraph 3 hereof (“the Work”),
for a proposed television program presently entitled                         (“the Program”)
Writer accepts such engagement and agrees to devote his/her services in a competent, diligent
manner, in accordance with the instructions, control and directions of Producer.

       2.      MINIMUM BASIC AGREEMENT:

      This agreement is subject to all of the terms and provisions of the Writers Guild of
America 1988 Theatrical and Television Basic Agreement (hereinafter referred to as the
“MBA”).

        3.     FORM OF WORK: The work to be written by Writer hereunder shall consist of a
teleplay

               (a)    The work shall be based upon material owned or acquired by Producer
under such conditions that Article 16 (Separation of Rights) of the MBA shall not inure to the
benefit of Writer.

                (b)    Writer shall, at Producer’s option pursuant to this agreement, write a
complete teleplay including continuity and dialogue based on such story and, if such option is
exercised, the teleplay written pursuant thereto shall be deemed included as part of the “Work”
hereunder. Such option may be exercised in accordance with the MBA.

       4.      COMMENCEMENT DATE AND DELIVERY OF WORK:

      Writer shall commence services hereunder on _______________ and shall write,
complete and deliver the work to Producer as follows:

                       (1)      First Draft: Within fourteen (14) days after commencement date of
Writer’s services with respect to the teleplay. For such proposes, if the work consists solely of a
teleplay, then Writer’s services with respect to the teleplay shall commence on a date designated
by Producer but not later than fourteen (14) days after delivery of the story. If the work consists
of a story with option for a teleplay, and Producer exercises its teleplay option pursuant to the
provisions of paragraph 3(c), Writer’s services with respect to the teleplay shall commence on a
date designated by Producer but not later than fourteen (14) days after delivery of the story.

                     (2)     Final Draft Teleplay: The final draft teleplay, with such revisions
and changes incorporated therein as Producer is entitled to require from Writer pursuant to the



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MBA, shall be delivered to Producer within five (5) days after each request by Producer for such
revisions and changes.

Time is of the essence to this agreement; Writer’s agreement to commence services and deliver
the work within the time specified herein is a material consideration for the execution of this
agreement by Producer.

       5.      COMPENSATION:

         On condition that Writer complies with all of his/her obligations hereunder, Producer
shall pay to Writer, as the Writer’s total compensation for all services rendered hereunder and for
all rights granted to Producer, the amounts set forth below:

              (a)     Basic compensation as follows, payable upon delivery to Producer of the
respective completed portion(s) of the work specified below:

                       (1)    For story (or plot outline, rewrite, polish or              ) the sum of
                              ....................$

                       (2)    For first draft teleplay, if required
                              hereunder, the sum of ..................................$

                       (3)    For final draft teleplay, if required hereunder, the sum
                              of ..................................$______

                              Total basic compensation, the sum of $_____


        Pursuant to the MBA, Producer shall pay directly to the Writers Guild of America, Inc.,
all applicable Pension, Health and Welfare Funds which become payable by reason of Writer’s
services hereunder.

                (b)     If Writer is entitled under the MBA to receive compensation in addition to
that provided for above in this paragraph 5 (including, without limitation, compensation for
television reruns, foreign telecasts, theatrical exhibition and other uses of any television program
produced from the work), then such additional compensation shall be paid to Writer at the
minimum applicable rate specified in the MBA, subject to all of the applicable terms and
conditions therein contained. Any portion of the compensation payable under this agreement
which is in excess of the applicable minimum amount to which Writer is entitled under the MBA
may be applied by Producer, to the fullest extent permitted under the MBA, against all additional
amounts which Writer may be entitled to receive pursuant to the MBA.

       6.      NO OBLIGATION TO USE SERVICES:

        Nothing herein contained shall be construed as requiring Producer to utilize any of
Writer’s services or to produce or broadcast any television program based upon any story,
teleplay or other material written by Writer hereunder, or to
								
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