On March 11th, Writers Guild of America, East held a talk with Jeff Baron about screenwriters branching out into writing plays and books.
Jeff has had four original screenplays optioned by major Hollywood studios and his TV credits include “The Tracey Ullman Show,” “Sisters, Almost Grown (David Chase),” “A Year in the Life” and multiple projects for Nickelodeon.
His play “Visiting Mr. Green” is one of the most produced plays in the past 15 years, with over 500 productions in 42 countries, and his plays “When I Was Five,” “Mothers Day” and “Mr. & Mrs. God” have international lives as well.
His first novel “I Represent Sean Rosen” was published by HarperCollins last March, and is now in its second printing. His follow-up novel “Sean Rosen Is Not for Sale” will be published in March 2014.
Using examples from his work, Jeff apoke about the differences among the forms in terms of the role of the writer, the ownership of the project, the craft, the collaborative process, the contract and ownership of one’s work, how to get your work seen, and how and how much writers are paid.
Here are two video highlights from the talk:
Jeff Baron Discusses Branching Out Into Theater
Jeff Baron Discusses Branching Out Into Books