Friday, January 11, 2008

Trial scripts

A guest post from Gail Renard, Chair of the Guild's TV Committee:

Calling all TV writers! The Guild recently has received queries from members writing trial scripts, particularly for long-running series. There seem to be many variations on the theme. Sometimes writers are well paid; other times not at all. Sometimes the scripts are used; sometimes binned. The feedback from production personnel on these scripts runs the gamut from helpful to you must be joking.

The Guild takes the working conditions and welfare of writers seriously, so we’re gathering information about how production companies and broadcasters elicit, pay for (or not) and contract trial scripts. If you have an experience to share (good or bad; experienced writer or novice) then we'd love to hear from you. Of course all info will be treated as confidential.

Email your comments to Naomi at

As ever, you speak and the Guild acts!

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