your scripts to Hollywood
Pitch Rules and Release From Liability
will be required to sign a release form identical or
closely similar in intent and content to the one below
when you pick up
your tickets to pitch. Among other things, the form
affirms that the material you will pitch is yours. In addition, it
the Screenwriting Expo and participating pitch executives from
liability for claims that your idea was misappropriated at the pitch
festival. Many writers have similar ideas.
do not consent to signing the release below, DO NOT buy pitch tickets.
Tickets are not refundable.
2011 Screenwriting Expo Golden Pitch
and Story Pitch Festival
Westin Los Angeles Airport Hotel
5400 Century Blvd., Los Angeles CA 90045
1. You must be registered at the Screenwriting Expo in order to pitch.
2. You agree to the Release and Waiver below as a condition of
buying pitch tickets. You agree that you will forfeit your
tickets with no refund if you refuse to sign the Release and Waiver,
which is required by all of the companies receiving pitches,
3. All sales are, absolutely and unequivocally, final. As with
most event tickets, no requests for refunds will be granted under any
circumstances for any reason whatsoever. By buying the tickets,
you deprive others of the opportunity to buy them.
4. You may resell your tickets on site to other registrants who must
then sign the Release and Waiver on site.
Release And Waiver Agreement
1. I have supplied truthful and accurate information in the application
2. The material that I will pitch is mine, I have exclusive rights to
the material, and the material is original to me.
I understand and agree that the burden of securing copyright or WGA
registration for my screenplay or idea lies entirely with me.
4. I have read and understand the rules
and intentions of the Golden Pitch Festival at The 2011 Screenwriting
I agree to hold Creative Screenwriting Magazine, The Screenwriting
Expo, their parent organization Inside Information Group, Ltd., all
producers, managers, agents, production companies, and participants in
the Golden Pitch Festival at The 2011 Screenwriting Expo, their
subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, representatives, employees, and
volunteers, harmless from and defend them against all claims, demands,
losses, costs, damages, judgments, liabilities, and expenses (including
attorney's fees) arising out of or in connection with any and all
claims or third parties, whether or not groundless, based on any
screenplays, plots, characters, or ideas submitted during the Golden
Pitch Festival at The 2011 Screenwriting Expo or on any screenplay,
film, or material developed out of those screenplays, plots,
characters, or ideas.
6. I acknowledge that because of the
Reviewers’ [those producers, agents. managers, production
companies, et al hearing and reviewing pitches] position in the
entertainment industry, the Reviewers receive numerous unsolicited
submissions of ideas, treatments, stories, suggestions and the like,
and that many such submissions received by the Reviewers may be similar
to or identical to those developed by the Reviewers or the
Reviewers’ employees or otherwise available to the Reviewers. I
understand that I will not be entitled to any compensation because of
the use by the Reviewers of any such similar or identical material. I
further understand that the Reviewers would refuse to accept or
otherwise evaluate my material in the absence of my acceptance of each
and all of the provisions of this Agreement. I shall retain all rights
to submit this or similar Material to persons other than the Reviewers.
I acknowledge that no fiduciary or confidential relationship now exists
between the Reviewers and myself, and I further acknowledge that no
such relationships are established between the Reviewers and myself by
reason of this agreement.
7. I agree to defend, indemnify and
hold Inside Information Group, Ltd., Creative Screenwriting, The
Screenwriting Expo, their officers, contractors, and employees, and the
Reviewers harmless, with counsel of the Reviewers’ choice, from
and against any and all claims, expenses, losses, or liabilities
(including, without limitation, reasonable attorneys' fees and punitive
damages) that may be asserted against the Reviewers or incurred by the
Reviewers at any time in connection with the Material, or any use
thereof, including without limitation those arising from any breach or
alleged breach of the warranties and promises given by me herein.
I agree that if, as a result of my involvement in the Golden Pitch
Festival at The 2011 Screenwriting Expo, I am approached by a Reviewer
interested in optioning or purchasing the film or television rights to
the Material, I will negotiate with the Reviewer in good faith for the
terms, conditions and amount of the payment for such use.
the Material is submitted by more than one person, the word
“I” or “Writer” shall be deemed changed to the
plural, and this agreement will be binding jointly and severally upon
all the persons so submitting the Material.
10. I agree to give
the Golden Pitch Festival at The 2011 Screenwriting Expo organizers
written notice by registered mail at their street address as set forth
in the address portion of this letter, of any claim arising in
connection with the material or arising in connection with this
agreement, within ten (10) calendar days after you acquire knowledge of
such claim, or of the Golden Pitch Festival at The 2011 Screenwriting
Expo Organizers’ breach or failure to perform the provisions of
this agreement, or if it be sooner, within ten (10) calendar days after
you acquire knowledge of facts sufficient to put you on notice of any
such claim, or breach or failure to perform; your failure to so give
the Golden Pitch Festival at The 2011 Screenwriting Expo Organizers
written notice will be deemed an irrevocable waiver of any rights you
might otherwise have with respect to such claim, breach or failure to
perform. The Golden Pitch Festival at The 2011 Screenwriting Expo
Organizers shall have thirty (30) calendar days after receipt of said
notice to attempt to cure any alleged breach or failure to perform
prior to the time that you may further assert any claim or cause of
11. Arbitration. In the event of any dispute concerning
the Material or concerning any claim of any kind or nature whatsoever,
arising in connection with the Material or arising in connection with
this agreement, such dispute will be submitted to arbitration. Each
party hereby waives any and all rights and benefits which he or it may
otherwise have or be entitled to under the laws of California to
litigate any such dispute in court, it being the intention of the
parties to arbitrate, according to the provisions hereof, all such
disputes. Either party may commence arbitration proceedings by giving
the other party written notice thereof by registered mail and
proceeding thereafter in accordance with the rules and procedures of
the American Arbitration Association. The arbitration shall be
conducted in the County of Los Angeles, State of California and shall
be governed by and subject to the laws of the State of California and
the then prevailing rules of the American Arbitration Association. The
arbitration shall employ a single arbitrator experienced in the motion
picture industry. The arbitrators' award shall be final and binding and
a judgment upon the award may be enforced by any court of competent
writers will be required to click on a copy of this form when buying
tickets, AND will be required to sign and turn in a printed version of
form when picking up pitch tickets. DO NOT BUY TICKETS IF YOU DO
NOT AGREE TO THIS AGREEMENT. TICKETS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE.
If you sell or swap your pitch
tickets at the Expo. the buyer(s)/acquirer(s) will be required to sign
a copy of this form and turn it inor will lose the right to pitch
without a refund.
Pitch Festival 2011 Release And Waiver Form-- End of Agreement.