How complicated can writer credits be? I mean, you just list down the people who wrote the story and scripts, right? Wrong. As it turns out, every detail matters and there is a difference between ‘and’ and ‘&’ on the credits.
Let’s assume that a movie was written by both Quentin Tarantino and Woody Allen. Should you use “Written by Quentin Tarantino and Woody Allen” or “Written by Quentin Tarantino & Woody Allen”? Believe it or not, the meaning is totally different in each case.
Here’s how it goes. (the article continues after the ad)
QUENTIN TARANTINO & WOODY ALLEN
When you see the ampersand being used, it means that the writers worked together on the script – as a team. Therefore, they are treated as one person for WGA purposes.
QUENTIN TARANTINO AND WOODY ALLEN
On the other hand, when you see the ‘and’ conjunction, it means that the two writers worked on the script independently and at different times. In this case, the most substantial contributor is in first place.
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