Who pays the film script manager?

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  • 1 month ago

    You mean a screenwriter's manager? Nobody, per se.

    Managers and agents take 10-15% of what their clients make when landing a writing gig or a sale. The money comes from the producer, who hires the crew. They either hire a screenwriter (through a manager or agent they know or through mutual connection) to write a script for them from scratch based on their vision and needs or they buy a script from a screenwriter (through a manager, an agent, or a mutual connection) and then the script usually gets rewritten either by the same writer or a new one based on the producer's vision and needs. Managers and agents (reps) are basically the middlemen/womem of the industry. They're people with connections in the industry and so can open doors for you. Other people in the industry trust them to send their way writers and scripts that are not going to waste their time at least. Studios, TV networks, and most serious production companies do not accept unsolicited submissions, one needs to go through a rep (or a connection). Reps normally start at establised management companies, from the bottom, and then climb their way up to manager/agent. Sometimes, at some point, they leave to start their own company, taking their clients with them. They can do that because, at that point, they've made their own connections gained trust, and learned all about the biz by getting a lot of experience and watching how things are done. So, see, it's not an entry-level position or salary-based. A rep is a businessperson. To be able to pay their rent, they need to be sharks. 

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