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Screenwriting Workbook

Screenwriting Workbook

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This is an example of a (American) release form. Some producers ask that you send a
signed release form along with your script.

Note- It is not advised that you use this exact form in Australia.

Writers' Script Network suggests that you ensure your attorney looks over the release
form and that you have fully read and understand it before signing and using it.

Writers' Script Network accepts no liability or responsibility should any disagreements or
suits, with third parties, result from use of this release form.

RELEASE FORM

Date: _____________________________
Writers' Name: _____________________

TO:______________________________

Following your request, I am submitting to you the following Script/s (referred to as "The
Material") for your consideration:
TITLE: ___________________________________________________

Registration/copyright #: ________________________________

PRINCIPAL CHARACTERS:
_____________________________________________________

BRIEF SUMMARY OF PLOT: (Log line)_____________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________
________________________________________________________________________

I realize that you (and your staff) are in the production and/or management of material for
motion picture, television and/or other media and, as such, are likewise engaged in the
search for material and literary properties and the development of ideas, stories and
suggestions for exploitation in any and all entertainment media which said production or
management necessitates. Such material, ideas or suggestions may relate to format,
theme, characterizations, treatments and/or means of exploiting a production based on
such ideas and suggestions once completed. As a result, I recognize that you will not
discuss, consider or read ideas, scripts, treatments, formats or the like submitted to you by
persons not in your employ without first obtaining the agreement of the person
submitting same to the provisions of this letter.

I hereby acknowledge and agree as follows:

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I warrant that I am the sole owner and author of the above described material and that I
have the full right and authorization to submit the material to you. I agree that any part of
the submitted material which is not novel or original and not legally protected may be
used by you without any liability on your part to me and that nothing herein shall place
you in any different position with respect to such non-novel or non-original material by
reason hereof.

You shall not be under any obligation to me with respect to the submitted material except
as may later be set forth in a fully executed written agreement between us. I realize that
you may have had access to and/or may have independently created or have had created
ideas, themes, formats and/or other materials which may be similar to the theme, plot,
idea, format or other element of the material now being submitted by me and I agree that
I will not be entitled to any compensation by reason of the use by you of such similar
material.

Sincerely, Signature:
____________________________________________

Print Name: ____________________________________________
Your Street Address: _____________________________________
Town/City: ____________________________________________
State: _________________________________________________
Postal/Zip Code: _________________
Country: ______________________________________________
Telephone: ____________________________________________
Fax #: ________________________________________________
Your Email Address: ____________________________________

Source: http://www.writerscriptnetwork.com/release_form.php

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