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Script Partners: How to Succeed at Co-Writing for Film & TV, 2nd Edition by Claudia Johnson, Matt Stevens

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ElevenMaking the Business Relationship Work

“Rough business this movie business. I may have to go back to loan-sharking just to take a rest.”

—Chili Palmer (John Travolta), Get Shorty

“I used to say, ‘Don’t write with a partner—I don’t like teams,’” confesses Brooke A. Wharton, a Hollywood entertainment attorney and author of The Writer Got Screwed (but didn’t have to). “But that’s changed now as I’ve seen really mature teams that have come together, where they’ve taken two careers that were good and made a career for both of them that was great.”

While that great career certainly depends upon a strong creative relationship, a strong business relationship is essential as well. “You have to think of your collaboration as a small business,” she ...

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