Live Q&A session with Richard Vetere and Cheryl Davis
You want to adapt your novel, your play into a screenplay. Novelist and screenwriter Richard Vetere and Authors Guild general counsel Cheryl Davis answer the important questions you need to know about adapting your work for the screen. Does your contract with your publisher allow you to do it? If so, how do you approach the adaptation process? What creative questions should you ask yourself first? What characters do you keep, which do you lose? What locations should be in the movie? Can you create new characters, new events? If you’re writing a series of books, can you then use those new characters in the series? If you work with another writer, what are your rights in the screenplay? There is an art to adaptation, as well as the business of making sure your rights are protected. Submit your questions for this live Q&A. Register now, space is limited.
Richard Vetere wrote the novel The Third Miracle and co-wrote the screenplay adaptation starring Ed Harris, produced by Francis Ford Coppola and directed by Agnieszka Holland released by Sony Picture Classics. He also wrote the teleplay adaptation of his own stage play The Marriage Fool for CBS TV Films starring Walter Matthau and Carol Brunet which was the highest rated TV Film ever. He recently received a grant from The Russo Brothers Film Forum to write, direct and produce a documentary Where Are We Now? The Italian American Today.
Cheryl Davis is the General Counsel of the Authors Guild. Prior to joining the Guild, she was a partner at the firm of Menaker & Herrmann LLP, where she specialized in intellectual property and wrote a number of articles and made presentations about how artists can protect their intellectual property.