Can the Dramatists Guild review contracts from international production companies or publishers?
Business Affairs is happy to review contracts members receive from international companies as long as they are unsigned and pertain to the member’s role as a writer for the theatre. However, because the industry standards and laws vary between countries, we cannot assess international contracts in the same way that we review contracts from the United States. We ultimately recommend contacting the other country’s writers’ guild or hiring a personal attorney with experience working in the country of question. Dramatists Guild members working in Great Britain can also access some of the services from the Writers’ Guild of Great Britain for free through our Good Neighbour Initiative
Can I use a Dramatists Guild sample contract for an international production?
Our sample contracts were not written to apply to laws outside of the United States. You may have luck using them as a starting point, but we ultimately recommend contacting the other country’s writers’ guild or hiring a personal attorney with ...
Does the Guild review contracts? What contract will you review? How should I send them to you?
The Business Affairs Department will review a member’s unsigned contracts for theater-related matters. This includes production agreements, collaboration agreements, publishing agreements, agency agreements and underlying rights agreements. The ...
What contracts will you NOT review?
The Guild cannot review any contracts that you have already signed, since any advice offered in that context could be interpreted as legal advice. The Guild will also only review contracts that involve a Guild member, and only in a member’s capacity ...
What are my obligations as a Dramatists Guild member?
When you join the Dramatists Guild of America, you are joining a voluntary membership association, not a labor union. As such, no one is required to join the Guild in order to have a work produced, and no one is entitled to be a Guild member, ...