DOI: 10.4324/9781003041115-2

Intellectual property (I.P.) is source material that is oft en (typically) not created by the screenwriter. In today’s TV landscape, the majority of shows are based on I.P. Series adapted from I.P. include: Bridgerton, Ted Lasso, The Queen’s Gambit, Watchmen, Euphoria, The Flight Attendant, Normal People, Babylon Berlin, and WandaVision. The most successful TV adaptation of all time is Game of Thrones. So, how to secure rights? The truth is, most aspiring writers don’t have the clout or financial means to secure rights on a hot property. Instead, they are beholden to the studios and networks who do, and who then seek out writers for hire. In such cases, you really have ...

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