Copyright © 2019 NZWG (New Zealand Writers Guild)

Core Services

CONTRACT ADVICE, NEGOTIATION AND MEDIATION

  • To facilitate functional working relationships

  • Safeguard the rights of writers and to ensure that they are properly paid and credited for their work.

  • Assist producers in ensuring that they have all the chain of title documents that they need to receive funding and develop projects

 

CAREER ADVICE

  • Individual advice and goal setting

  • Assessment of options and ways forward for the writer and their projects

 

CREDIT ARBITRATION SERVICE

  • To ensure the correct crediting of work

  • Establish clear chain of title to secure development funding. 

  • An independent industry service that can settle disputes quickly and effectively, permitting amicable resolution so projects can move ahead

 

RATES ADVICE

  • Rates inquiries in office or via phone and email downloadable rates guide available free from website

 

E-BULLETIN

  • Weekly electronic newsletter sent to members and various industry contacts

  • Facilitates greater interaction and networking

 

FIND A WRITER

  • Online database of writers listing their areas of work including screenwriting, script assessment, genre and credits

  • A source of work for writers

  • Enables easier networking between producers and our members, and will be a great membership benefit. The NZWG will be utilising new media platforms to increase its profile.

 

LIBRARY

  • The largest specialist screenwriting library in New Zealand

  • Over 2000 film scripts.

  • Includes books on screenwriting, film making, film history, and filmmaker biographies

 

REGISTRATION SERVICE

  • Script registration service providing proof of copyright ownership from date of receipt

  • Scripts dated and sealed and stored in a secure off-site facility-electronic database of registrations kept by office

 

INFORMATION SERVICE

  • General writing advice and information given to writers (and other filmmakers), is usually career advice – for example: information on funding providers, film development, networking, copyright, collaboration, educational institutions and producers

  • Has often included film finance structuring, residual payment income streams, and co-production requirements.

 

MODEL CONTRACTS

  • Option, Purchase, Screenwriting, and Collaboration Agreements for film production are available free via the NZWG website

  • Service is used by writers and producers, saving all involved a lot of time and money.

 

PRODUCER’S DIRECTORY

  • Listing of New Zealand producers, their contact details and in most cases: what projects and material they are looking for and how they would like to receive it.

 

AUTHORSHIP FEES COLLECTION

  • The Guild liaises with collection agencies on behalf of members, including Screenrights and AWGACS – the Australian Writers Guild Authorised Collecting Society.

 

POLITICAL LOBBYING

  • The NZWG has a vital role in lobbying government organisations on behalf of screenwriters and filmmakers in general.

  • The philosophy of the NZWG is to always be as ready with solutions as it is ready to criticize.

  • The NZWG will always be prepared to work with other organisations to provide solutions to whatever issues may arise.