Mysteries of Screenwriting Credits: & vs “And”
Posted on May 16, 2018 at 8:41 am
Scott Myers has an excellent guide to understanding the arcane world of screenwriting credits. For example:
Here’s the deal with “&” and “and.”
When you see an ampersand (&), that means the writers worked together on the project and are considered — at least for that project — a writing team. So whatever revenue they generated in the form of compensation, production bonuses, and residuals gets split. If it’s two writers as a team, each gets 50%. If it’s three writers as a team, each gets 33%. In the case of a movie like “The Simpsons Movie,” which has 11 writers with Screenplay By credit, each with an ampersand between them, I have no clue how they divide that pie.
When you see the word “and” between two or more writers, that means the writers worked independently of each other and are not considered part of a team. So for instance if you look at the writing credits for The A-Team, you’ll see this:
Written by Joe Carnahan & Brian Bloom and Skip Woods
That means that Messrs. Carnahan and Bloom are considered a writing team on the project while Woods’ contribution was as a solo writer.