Agents, Talent Managers and Lawyers

Finding representation to advance your writing career

By  Michael Barmish

For years, the traditional representative for the screenwriter has been the agent. Recently, however, talent managers and lawyers have played an increasing role in helping screenwriters, not only on the legal side of the business but on the artistic path of providing advice and guidance.

But what are the differences between an agent, a talent manager, and a lawyer when it comes to the business of screenwriting?

Which is the best option? And, what is the best way to pursue representation? In this guide, we’ll explain the differences between each expert and examine the various options available to you.

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By the end of this guide you will be able to:

  • Understand the differences between agents, managers and entertainment lawyers.
  • Learn why a manager may be the better choice when first searching for representation.
  • Know what to expect when being signed by an agent.
  • Create a checklist of things to look for when seeking representation.


  • Who’s Who in Representation
  • When Do You Look for Representation?
  • Agent or Manager?
  • Starting Your Career with a Talent Manager
  • What to Expect From an Agent
  • What Can You Expect From a Talent Manager?
  • Checklist of Things to Look For


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Publisher: Moviesoft
Author: Michael Barmish
Release Date: 19/06/2020
ISBN: 978-1-913580-24-7
Language: English
Download format: epub