Screenwriting : Not Receiving Credit by Tony Cella

Tony Cella

Not Receiving Credit

I wrote a couple fake political ads satirizing Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton. A few directors expressed interest, but only one, besides myself, managed to produce a video. In addition to casting the film before securing an option agreement and lying to me about his progress throughout the process, he didn't credit me with writing the screenplay. After emailing him several times, he added my name to the video's description, but there's are no credits at the end of the film. It's not a great film that will catapult my career, but I deserved credit for my work. How have other screenwriters handled not receiving credit?

Anthony Cawood

What did you agree in the option agreement?

Tony Cella

We agreed he would have the videos released by mid-October--he only released one in November--and I would receive credit.

Gerard Thoolen

Maybe you can talk to a lawyer, see if you can sue him, just to let him know nobody will play with you.

Anthony Cawood

Well, he's not kept to the agreement you made, if you haven't already done so I'd write to him and ask he sticks to the agreement... and never work with him again of course!

Dan MaxXx

I know one Writer who solved Credit problems with a Louisville slugger baseball bat, smashed the Avid keyboard of the Director/Editor. Chalk your project as a learning experience. In the future, work with people willing to collaborate. If not, get paid $$$ and walk away.

Tony Cella

@Gerard: I don't have the money for a lawyer. If it was a big paid gig, I would consider it though. @Anthony: Of course. I've talked to him and he's dragging his feet. He added my name to the YouTube video in the description with improper capitalization. The product was mediocre to such a degree that I'm considering just sending the take down orders. @Dan: For sure. The only reason I optioned the script for free was because it's related to the election and would lose relevancy after the 8th.

Dan Guardino

Who got the credit and did you register the script with the WGA?

Tony Cella

No one received credit. I don't register with the WGA because it has no legal value.

Dan Guardino

Tony the reason I asked is because the WGA will act as an arbitrator in a dispute over credits.

Tony Cella

That's good to know for future reference. The film was of such low quality that I sent take down notices. Vimeo has already removed the video.

Anthony Cawood

Good result Tony, re WGA and arbitrations, doesn't that only apply to signatories of the WGA agreement when it involves WGA members?

Elvira Drake

So much thievery going on! So little respect for writers. smh

Tony Cella

The videos were taken down. I'm definitely being more careful about who I work with in the future. Craigslist is such a joke.

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