Wells forms writer co-op at WB

Group gives screenwriters a voice

Wells

Kazan

Schulman

By Michael Fleming
Variety
March 19, 2007

Nineteen top scribes have enlisted in the Writers Co-Op, a production venture to be housed at John Wells Prods.

Co-Op is designed to give gross participation to screenwriters, along with a voice in how their scripts are turned into films. It will be staked under a first-look deal by Warner Bros., where Wells is based.

Over the next four years, the Writers Co-Op will generate at least 18 scripts from writers who will risk their usually high upfront salaries for the reward of receiving first-dollar gross, the right to participate as producers and a guarantee they will not be rewritten without their consultation and approval. The scribes will also have a say in the decisionmaking process from development all the way to post-production.
The Co-Op starts with Ron Bass ("Rain Man"), Henry Bean ("Internal Affairs"), David Benioff ("Troy"), Scott Frank ("Out of Sight"), Robert Nelson Jacobs ("Chocolat"), Kazan ("Reversal of Fortune"), Callie Khouri ("Thelma & Louise"), Richard LaGravanese ("The Fisher King"), Phil Alden Robinson ("Field of Dreams"), Bruce Joel Rubin ("Ghost"), Stephen Schiff ("The Deep End of the Ocean"), Schulman ("Dead Poets Society"), Ed Solomon ("Men in Black"), Dana Stevens ("For Love of the Game"), Robin Swicord ("Memoirs of a Geisha"), Michael Tolkin ("The Player"), Rafael Yglesias ("Fearless"), and the writing team of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel ("City Slickers").

"This is a great moment for screenwriters," said Wells, who'll provide half of the overhead and staff infrastructure, with Warner providing the rest. "This undertaking champions the writer's voice, as well as affords artists an opportunity to reap a more substantial reward from their work in exchange for assuming more upfront risk."
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