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Hollywood Script Credits Dispute Resolved in Arbitration

Friday, April, 10, 2015

A lengthy dispute between writers and an arbitration process conducted by the Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) to determine proper credits for the forthcoming film Jurassic World has resulted in a final determination that none of the involved writers support.


The film’s director, Colin Trevorrow, and his writing partner Derek Connolly had sought sole writing credit, but a rival claim Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver sent the credits into arbitration as per WGA rules. Trevorrow had specified that while he acknowledged that Jaffa and Silver had contributed to the overall story, they had not actually written any part of the script and should not receive an official WGA credit.


However, after a lengthy arbitration process conducted by the WGA, the final credits on the film will be “Screenplay by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Colin Trevorrow & Derek Connolly; Story by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver; Based on characters created by Michael Crichton.”


Both writing teams have stated they will abide by the ruling and consider the matter finished. However, both also stated their dislike of the current WGA arbitration process, citing the way it makes writers appear antagonistic and credit-hungry when in fact they are merely seeking acknowledgement of the work they have done. In the world of collaborative Hollywood scripts, writing duties are often confusing, as even slight contributions can be credited and substantive writing can be eliminated in revisions. The WGA arbitration process is frequently criticized as overly combative and aggressive.