This is a plain-English outline of the creative rights preserved for writers of film and television in the Writers Guild of America Theatrical and Television Basic Agreement.
In the MBA, there is a provision that allows writers to buy back their unproduced, original, theatrical scripts within a certain window.
Separated Rights is one of the most important, and perhaps least understood, areas of the WGA Basic Agreement. Due to the importance of Separated Rights, it is imperative that writers know and understand what these rights are and how they are obtained.
The purpose of this guide is to provide Companies with a basic knowledge of the minimum provisions of the WGA Theatrical and Television Basic Agreement ["MBA"].
The purpose of this guide is to provide writers with a quick reference to some of the rights to which you may be entitled under the WGA Theatrical and Television Basic Agreement (better known as the "MBA"). It also contains other information beneficial to writers working on films under the Writers Guild's jurisdiction.