Screenwriting Assignments Are on the Wane, but Here’s How to Break Into the Game (Guest Blog)

The Rep Sheet: ”It’s really about launching your client with a great piece of material and socializing them in the right way,“ MGMT’s Michael Diamond says

A big chunk of a screenwriter’s income often comes from assignments (which of course means their agent or manager’s income as well). Agents and managers use a grid to track open writing assignments at studios and production companies.

Since the 2007-08 screenwriters strike, the number of assignments has contracted significantly, MGMT Entertainment’s Michael Diamond explained. “When I was an assistant at UTA, there were hundreds and hundreds of assignments. And you could just go through those grids and position your clients for them.”

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Jim Cirile

Jim Cirile is an L.A.-based writer, producer and musician and the founder of He's written about the biz since 2002 for Script and Creative Screenwriting magazines, among other outlets. He is co-writer and co-executive producer of the animated horror feature "To Your Last Death," starring Morena Baccarin, Ray Wise and William Shatner.