Free Collaboration Agreement

This Screenwriters Collaboration Agreement is between two writers who agree to collaborate in the writing of a screenplay. This agreement sets forth the title of the work, what the work is based on and the time when the work should be completed. This Collaboration Agreement also sets forth the percentage each writer will own in the work and the screen credit given to both.

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THIS SCREENWRITERS’ COLLABORATION AGREEMENT (the “Agreement”) made on this _________________ day of _____________________, 20_________ by and between
_______________________________ of __________________________________________ and
_______________________________ of _______________________________________________ (referred to as the "Parties" and "Co-Writers")
The Parties are desirous of writing a work entitled “________________________________”, (the “Work”) in collaboration with each other. Such work shall be based on:
Now, therefore, in consideration of the execution of the Agreement, and the undertakings of the Parties as hereinafter set forth, it is agreed as follows:
Ownership Percentage
The Co-writers shall collaborate with each other in the writing of the Work and upon completion of the Work the Co-writers shall be the owners of the Work in the following percentages:
Co-Writer Name and Percent __________________________________: ____ %
Co-Writer Name and Percent __________________________________: ____ %
Upon completion of the Work, the Co-writers shall register the Work with _______________________________________ as the joint work of the Co-writers.
It is contemplated that the Work will be completed by not later than ________________________, provided, however, that failure to complete the Work by such date shall not be construed as a breach of this Agreement on the part of either party.
If at any time, prior to the completion of the Work, a Co-writer decides to voluntarily withdraw from the collaboration, it shall provide the other party a notice in writing. Upon receipt of such withdrawal notice the other Co-writer shall have the right to complete the work alone, or in conjunction with another collaborator.
Either Party may terminate this Agreement prior to completion of the Work, effective with the giving of written notice of termination, in the event that the other Party commits a material breach of its obligations, and the breach is not remedied within thirty (30) days of receipt of written notice of the breach requesting its remedy.
Upon completion of the Work by the Parties in accordance with the terms of this Agreement, writing credit to the authors in the following manner shall be given in the event of any contract for the sale or other disposition of the Work:
by ________________________________ & ________________________________.
Neither Party shall sell, or otherwise voluntarily dispose of the Work, or their share therein, without the prior written consent of the other, which consent, however, cannot be unreasonably withheld.
Any and all expenses of any kind whatsoever which shall be incurred by either or both of the Parties in connection with the writing, registration or sale or other disposition of the Work shall be shared in the following manner: _________________.
All money or other consideration whatsoever derived from the sale or other disposition of the Work shall be applied as follows:
Firstly towards payment of commissions, if any, then to the payment of any expenses or reimbursement of either Party for expenses paid in connection with the Work, and at last to be divided between the Parties in proportion of their ownership.
Each Party hereto warrants and represents to the other that any material written or provided by him or her in connection with the Work is not in any way a violation of a copyright or common law or right of privacy and that it contains nothing of a libelous or illegal character, and each party agrees to indemnify and hold the other harmless against any loss or damage arising out of a breach of any of the foregoing warranties and representations described in this clause.
Notices by mail shall be addressed to each Party's address as given above, or to such other address as such Party may hereafter specify by notice duly given.
The terms and conditions of this Agreement shall be binding and inure to the benefit of the executors, administrators, and successors of each of us. This Agreement may not be assigned or modified by either party without the prior written consent of the other. Any of the terms and conditions of this Agreement may be modified by a written amendment signed by both Parties.
Each Party shall defend, indemnify and hold harmless the other Party, their successors, licensees and assigns from and against all claims, liabilities actions or causes of action, judgments, recoveries, damages, costs and expenses (including attorneys' fees) arising out of or in connection with any breach or alleged breach of any of his/her representations, warranties, covenants or agreements herein or any use, exploitation or dissemination of his or her material.
General Provisions
This Agreement shall be governed by, construed and enforced under the laws of the State of _______________________, and suit may be brought in connection with this Agreement only in the State or Federal courts located in the State of ______________________. If for any reason any provision of this Agreement is adjudged by a court to be unenforceable, such adjudication shall in no way affect any other provision of this Agreement or the validity or enforcement of the remainder of this Agreement, and the affected provision shall be modified or curtailed only to the extent necessary to bring it into compliance with applicable law. This Agreement expresses the entire understanding between the Parties, and supersedes any previous agreement, whether written or oral, between the Parties. This Agreement may be modified or amended only by a writing signed by the Party to be charged with said modification or amendment. Both Parties agree to execute any documents which may be reasonably required in order to confirm the rights granted hereunder.

ACCEPTED AND AGREED this __________ day of ___________________, 20____.

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