These are the questions most frequently asked by people contacting the WGGB Head Office.
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Full Members of WGGB have free access to our credit arbitration service.
There is lots of advice online about writing treatments – Wikipedia is a good place to start.
There is no set procedure. Try the BBC Writersroom for more information, or contact the production company in question.
Full Members of WGGB can be contacted via our Find A Writer online directory if they have uploaded a profile.
An option is when you sign a contract giving the rights over a script to a production company for a set period of time. We generally advise members not to sign options unless they feel they are getting full value for their work. We are unable to offer non-members specific advice about options.
WGGB has several different categories of membership, suitable for writers of all levels of experience. Find out more about how to join and what you get in return.
There are no current minimum rates agreements in these areas.
WGGB cannot offer advice about script writing courses – there are lots of them and unfortunately we are not in the position to comment about which are the best.
No, WGGB does not provide a script reading service.
For general advice about becoming a TV or radio writer, try the BBC Writersroom. A general web search should also provide lots of helpful articles.
WGGB does not help writers find agents or publishers and does not act as an agent, publisher or production company. Information about getting an agent or publisher can be found in Writers’ And Artists’ Yearbook.
WGGB does not believe that registering a script gives you any significant protection from copyright infringements in this country. However, if you wish to register your script both the Writers Guild of America, West and the Writers Guild of America, East offer the service for a fee, as does The Script Vault in the UK.
As an author you automatically have copyright over your script, unless you assign it to someone else. You do not have to go through any formal procedure – if you wrote it, and you have not infringed someone else’s copyright, then the copyright is yours. Copyright means that no one can use your work without your permission.
As an author you also have moral rights over what you have written, unless you waive them in a contract. Moral rights include the right to be identified as the author or director of a work as appropriate, the right to object to the derogatory treatment of a work and the right to object to false attribution of a work.
There is a good explanation of UK copyright law on Wikipedia.
WGGB members can contact the office for advice about copyright. We are not able to give any advice to non-members.
All Full and Candidate Members of WGGB are entitled to use our free contract vetting service.
You can find details of WGGB agreed minimum rates on the rates and agreements page.
The pension scheme is open to Full Members of WGGB writing for TV, radio and film and can enable you to get contributions from employers such as ITV and the BBC.