Executives and Companies using The Television Writers Vault to scout projects are all well established, respected within the television producing community, and place a high value on reputation and relations within their community of network executives, producers and writers. Every company and executive that uses TVWritersVault.com has agreed to our Confidentiality/Terms of Service policy. Member writers may enter the Television Writers Vault using a unique username and password where they are then taken to a PERSONAL PROJECT STATUS PAGE linked to our database that will post LIVE activity of companies reviewing material. Executives viewing material posted with the TV Writers Vault may select statuses “Under Consideration”, “Pass”, “Requesting Contact with Writer”, or “Send Script for Review” as applicable for any projects reviewed. That status is then posted in real time to the specific writer’s status page under their title listings with date of activity. Our system sends automatic electronic notification to the Writer when any activity happens on their project. We make every attempt to keep the writer in the know of all activity regarding their projects.
Additionally, you, the writer, must be very clear on what you are presenting and know the difference between a generic idea (“stock idea”) and a clearly developed concept for a show. Vague, generic, or stock “Ideas” are not protected by copyright law. It is the specific and unique expression of an original concept that is protected as an “Intellectual Property”. Therefore, the more specific and original you are, the more protection you have.
Anyone who intends on making progress and building relationships in the entertainment industry must understand that success is built on collaboration, and you cannot move forward unless you are willing to expose your creations. People who are legitimate have no need to steal ideas, as it puts their relationships at risk with everyone related to producing the show if they subject themselves to a potential lawsuit. It’s too easy for an executive to keep a relationship open with a writer who can consistently bring them good ideas, rather than risking reputation and relationships for one idea that may or may not come to fruition in the market. With that said, you should only deal with companies and executives that have reputable track records. Also important to know is that we DO NOT allow any writers to search or view our database of projects. Only industry executives that have been screened and are current members may review projects in our database.
How do you improve the level of protection your original work has? Get time-stamped “Proof of Creation” to establish third-party validation of your project establishing creation at a specific time prior to marketing your project. CreatorsVault.com is a web-based archival system where you can upload your original written material to a protected database and in return receive a time-stamped electronic certificate and “CV Number”. Your material is then archived in original form and only released as third-party evidence in the event of any legal proceeding or arbitration. Upon registration with CreatorsVault.com keep the registration certificate in your personal files, and simply type your “CV Number” on your show treatment whenever submitting the project to potential buyers and industry executives. Return to submit your show to the Television Writers Vault and we will return formal confirmation of your materials received.
Save all correspondences with any company that engages you via our services. When a company or executive makes an offer to “option” (buy) your show, that’s the time to seek the assistance of an entertainment attorney to provide sound negotiation and settlement of terms to your favor.