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How to Manage Your Agent by Gervich Chad

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Writers-for-Hire—Open Assignments and Rewrites

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While every screenwriter dreams of having his script arrive on the screen unchanged, exactly as he wrote it, this doesn’t always happen. Actually, scratch that: it never happens. In fact, not only will your script get rewritten–probably countless times–it probably won’t even get rewritten by you. “Rarely does a writer who sells [a script or a pitch] take it all the way home . . . from the start of the script to actual production of the movie,” says David Boxerbaum, Senior Literary Agent at Paradigm. “I would say ninety percent [of scripts] become [open writing] assignments at some point, [meaning] ...

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