Screenwriters create screenplays for film and television.

What does a Screenwriter do?

Screenwriters create screenplays for film and television. They also research and develop concepts for original screenplays. Conversely, screenwriters also write and adapt existing events or stories into scripts. They secure work by meeting with studio executives to pitch ideas for scripts or a studio commissions them to write concepts already in development.

How much does this career make?

According to Ziprecruiter, Screenwriters maintain a national annual salary of $60,722, which is an hourly wage of $29.19. In general, entry-level producers start around $39,500 annually. Senior-level producers make an annual average of $99,500. The range in salary widely depends on factors including skill and seniority level.

What impact does this career have towards the film industry?

Screenplays are the foundations of film. Without a solid script, film productions would be directionless. Screenwriters create the bare bones of the screenplay in characters, dialogue, and storyline. Sometimes, they work with producers to further develop the script. However, the screenwriter’s creativity is usually the driver behind the story of a film.

What is the job outlook for a Screenwriter?

Film revenue is forecasted to grow to $392.34 billion by 2025. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), job opportunities for writers (including Screenwriters) are expected to increase at a rate of 9% percent during the 2019-2029 decade (

Judd Apatow, screenwriter

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Judd Apatow
Film & TV Industry Essentials contributor, Screenwriter, Director, Producer

Screenwriting Credits: This Is 40, Funny People, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story, Knocked Up, The 40-year-old Virgin

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Executive Producer | Producer | Casting Director | Casting Assistant | Associate Producer | Storyboard Artist

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