Occasionally, the Guild may need to investigate a particular issue related to the determination of credits on a project. The most common investigations are those to determine whether a writer is entitled to be included as a participating writer on a project, and, therefore eligible to compete for credit. During the course of such an investigation it may be necessary to enlist the assistance of an expert reader.
What Is an Expert Reader?
An expert reader is used to analyze literary material and give an opinion on an issue based on his/her reading of the material. Expert readers are drawn from a pool of writers who are very experienced in Guild rules and procedures. Generally, an expert reader has served as an arbiter on numerous arbitrations and may also be a member of the Screen or Television Credits Committee. An expert reader will not be asked to serve as an arbiter or in any other capacity in the determination of credits for the same project.