FILM & T.V. DEVELOPMENT F.A.Q.'s
Agent vs. Manager
NOTE: In the entertainment industry, the role of a "talent agent" (or "agent") is to get his artist-client work. The role of a "manager" (or "personal manager" or "business manager") is restricted to only giving business and career advice. The reason for this distinction is that, in California and New York, agents must be licensed and are heavily regulated, whereas managers need not be licensed and are largely unregulated. Persons acting as legitimate managers in these states, in order to avoid licensing and regulation, are very careful not to procure employment for their clients, even if such procurement were merely incidental to their overall management services. Managers acting as unlicensed agents in California and New York risk having their contracts voided and thus, losing all their commissions.
WHAT IS CEC'S PERCENTAGE OF A WRITER'S WORK?
10% on the sale of the project.
HOW LONG ARE THE TERMS OF SIGNING WITH CEC?
Negotiated, but usually a year.
DO YOU REPRESENT BOTH FILM AND TELEVISION WRITERS?
MUST YOUR WRITERS BE WGA MEMBERS?
DO YOU READ REQUESTED SCRIPTS YOURSELVES?
All requested scripts are read in house.
DO YOU REPRESENT BOOK AUTHORS?
Only if they are seeking to have their book adapted into a screen or television project.
DO YOU DEVELOP NEW MEDIA PROJECTS?
We do - but with an eye toward connecting them to film and /or television possibilities.