Q: I’m a member of the WGA. I have a friend who’s just starting out as a producer and has an outline he really wants to develop. He’s got just a little bit of money (less than WGA minimums) to pay me to write the script, which I’m going to do in my off time just to help him out. My only concern is that I don’t want him to get in trouble with the WGA. Is that an issue?
A: I hate to get biblical on you, but I believe you’re a little too concerned about the potential splinter in your friend’s eye when you have a potential log in your own. I’m assuming that your buddy with a handwritten outline working out of his apartment is not a WGA Signatory. Since he has no contractual relationship with the WGA, there’s not much they can do to him. You, on the other hand, do have a contractual relationship with the WGA as one of its members.
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