How can I protect my project legally as
You can register your TV Script or concept at
for time-stamped and archived record of your original writing.
You will then print your assigned "CR Number" on
all work posted or submitted to the TV Writers Vault for marketing
to buyers. Keep paper copy of all submissions or correspondences
with any company you come in contact with. Most importantly,
don't forget that copyright law only protects the unique expression
of any intellectual property, so concentrate on creating original
aspects of your show that are not derivative of other shows.
I created a concept for a show, but need
assistance in developing and writing it. Can you help me?
We are always open to any questions the current
members or non-member writers have regarding the creative
development of a specific project. If you are seeking
professional guidance or services for the development or
writing of your project, please contact
Scott Manville , our founder, for advice or services
related to the development and marketing of your project.
For details of development and writing services,
Can't I just pitch my ideas directly to
Yes, but it is a general rule among production companies
and industry executives to not take unsolicited submissions.
The TV Writers Vault
acts as a neutral archive where producers may scout projects
and writers may submit projects, both under protective guidelines.
Why don't production companies take unsolicited
In the television industry, more so than film, companies
are very protective of their right to develop a variety of
concepts within any given genre or theme, and would only be
exposing themselves to a potential lawsuit by blindly accepting
a submission that may conflict with the content of projects
they already have in development. Companies agree to using
because writer members agree to the industry standard material
release form that clarifies the liability of the production
company along with acknowledging there is no binding agreement
unless a written option proposal is made. The most attractive
aspect of our service to the television industry is that we
present an efficient and growing creative source pool for
the development executive or producer to review original material
What are my chances of selling a project
using your service?
If you are a writer with limited business
relations within the television community the TV
Writers Vault can be a valuable marketing tool for gaining
real exposure to a significant slate of member companies that
are currently buying and producing original projects for television.
If you are an established television writer, or a writer who
already has representation, our service may provide you
with more direct contact with companies who are not familiar
with your work, or those you have not yet reached through
your current network of contacts. With programming and development
of intellectual properties being of a subjective and circumstantial
nature we would be misleading to claim that we can guarantee
any amount of success for a writers work posted. It is a business
of creating the right product in the right way at the right
time with the right company finding it. We provide you, the
writer, with the most difficult link in that process... the
link between your creation and the eyes of an executive scouting
new projects to produce.
Do I need an Agent?
Agents have a terrific ability to match projects with players,
but are in a position to only give attention to those clients
who already have industry status or are currently working
as writers, therefore they are best at managing careers, not
starting them. For a new writer, the best strategy is to use
an entertainment attorney, not an Agent to negotiate and close
any deal proposal for a project you have sold. A lawyer won't
take 10 percent of your sales in perpetuity as an agent would,
and usually charges only a nominal fee that is deducted from
any option money earned and perhaps 5% of the deal beyond
that. Get your projects out there to the people and places
that can bring you offers, and once you receive a legitimate
proposal, bring in an entertainment attorney to negotiate
and close the deal to your best possible interests. Once you're
a working writer with a slate of projects in development,
then you'll be in need of an agent, and more importantly,
the Agent will need you.
Are the production companies using TV
Writers Vault.com screened for legitimacy?
Writers Vault is an internet based service that is only
available to currently active and established production companies
and executives within the television community. We personally
check all possible public records as well as personally communicate
with the subscribing executives upon registration review and
during membership. We typically turn down four registrations
for every one company that we accept as an industry member.
We understand that within the entertainment community there
is an abundance of "fringe" unscrupulous types who
call themselves producers or make claim to their relations,
but in fact have no legitimacy within the working structure
of Hollywood. The summit of our goals is to help the TV Writer
sell projects to the television industry, therefore we will
only build our foundation with reputable and proactive companies.
What is the best way to get a Producer
to acquire my project?
Having a completed script can help a project
along in development and enable a producer to better see the
projects potential, but unless you are able to concentrate
your story or program format into a brief synopsis with a
highly marketable "logline", a producer will never
invest the time in reading the entire script or treatment,
and there is no chance of the project being produced. The
foundation of any project's success is built on the ability
of the executives and producers to communicate the project
efficiently throughout the development process, not to mention
the fact that if a busy executive isn't interested in the
basic concept or premise of your show they will never invest
the time in reading a full script. The sale is in the originality
and power of the concept, and that is where an executive will
see it's potential entertainment value. In the end, it is
similar to the broadcasting Network communicating that very
basic and original concept to the viewing audience in the
advertising and marketing of the show. At the TVWritersVault.com
we help the writer bring their project to this form of presentation,
and provide the industry executives with exactly their preferred
method of reviewing materials for development and sale.