Often a writer will pitch an idea to a production company in the hopes that the production company will hire her to write the screenplay. (See Idea Rights, p. 51.) Or a filmmaker will have an idea or own the rights to literary property and need to hire a writer to turn that idea or property into a screenplay. (See Literary Adaptations, p. 65.)
At the outset it is critical that the production company that hires the writer complies with all of the state and federal labor and employment laws. (See Labor and Employment Law, p. 307; Hiring Cast and Crew, p. 117.)
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