Reader Matt writes:
I, like you, am a PA/aspiring writer. I met a producer recently and pitched a script. To my surprise, he said he wanted to make the movie! He’s drawing up a contract, and now my writing partner and I find ourselves in need of an entertainment lawyer.
I’ve asked the writers on the TV show I work for, but all of their lawyers are incredibly expensive. It’s a Catch-22: I can’t afford a lawyer until I get paid, and I can’t get paid until I sign the contract.
Since you’re in a similar point in your career, I thought you might know a more affordable attorney?
You’ve sold a script, and now you need someone to look over your contract? This is a classy problem to have, my friend. I wish I was at a similar point in my career.
I asked some of my own writer acquaintances, and got the same response. A lawyer’s gonna run you several hundred dollars an hour to review a contract, and even more if you want to retain him. (Which is not advisable at this point; one script does not a career make.)
Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. Maybe one of my other readers can offer a better suggestion?