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Dina Appleton

Articles by Dina Appleton

The Ins and Outs of TV Series Writer Deals

The television business has undergone a dramatic change in recent years. In the past, studios would lavishly spend millions of dollars on long-term development deals with TV writers referred to as 'overall deals' in the hope that during the two to four year term of such arrangements (during which the studio is paying the writer's overhead plus a salary), the writer will ... (read more)

Can I Keep the Rights to my Characters' Images?

Duane Eaders of WA asks:
Is it possible to retain the rights to your characters -- names, appearance, etc. -- once you have sold your screenplay? For example, what if you have developed a character/person/creature that you intend to expand into a franchise of multiple films, toys, games and so on... (like Gremlins, Jack Ryan, Spy Kids)? How do you continue to le... (read more)

Are Sequels Fair Game?

I am interested in writing a sequel to someone else's movie. I was wondering, do I need permission from the original filmmakers, or can I just write the screenplay and market it as one of my own spec scripts?

Margaret C., Far Hills, NJ

Dina Appleton & Daniel Yankelevits respond: Great Question. Here's the answer -- you are free to go ahead and write the scr... (read more)