These are free sample collaboration contracts and forms posted online by writer James A. Conrad (me), co-author of Filmmaker's Dictionary with Emmy Award-winning producer-director Ralph S. Singleton. Website: jamesaconrad.com. They are based on versions previously available elsewhere on the Internet, but have new material added to them.
In some instances, other websites have copied these versions and are offering them, which is perfectly fine, since contract forms cannot be copyrighted (at least in the United States where I am). These contracts can be used as is or you can copy and paste them into a word processor and revise them as you wish. The Word documents can be edited once you save them to your computer.
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The collaborating writers may also want to initial each page in handwriting to indicate their acceptance. Having the signatures notarized is an option but is not a legal necessity for them to be valid. If you link to here, please link to this entry page and not my individual contract files, which do not appear in search engines.
|Note from James A. Conrad: If my free contracts and forms have helped your feature film, short film, TV series episode, or documentary production, or if any of the other media resources available elsewhere on my website have similarly been of assistance (psychokinesis research for your storyline, movie or episode title research, etc.), a "thanks" credit on your production's IMDb entry, which will show up on my IMDb entry, would be nice and appreciated, but is not required. If you are just getting started in film or television, a credit for me as such would mean that you and everyone else on your production would be linked in a "degrees of separation" through me to just about everyone in current and old Hollywood (see list of celebrities here).|
Screenwriters' Collaboration Agreement
All .doc versions are in Word 2003 and can be edited. Any changes you make while viewing the Word document online will not alter the original file after you leave. It is suggested, therefore, that you download the document to your computer first and then edit as desired if needed.
Web Page Version: 2 Writers (view online, prints 5 pages)
Web Page Version: 3 Writers (view online, prints 5 pages)
Web Page Version: 4 Writers (view online, prints 6 pages)
Note: Writing teams of four or more writers require a team waiver if at least one of them is a member of the Writers Guild of America West or East. The member(s) submit the waiver request to the Guild. Three writers or less do not require a waiver.
What if your script is being written by three writers, one of whom only provides the story? Sample filled-in contract.
Research - Movies with a writing team of three or more screenwriters (1930 - present):
Supplementary contract forms:
Print the following add-on forms using the above settings:
Another contract: Author Collaboration Agreement