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Creative consultant is a credit that has - particularly in the past - been given to screenwriters who have "doctored" a movie screenplay. It is often given by producers in lieu of official credit. Those given this credit in the television field work closely with an executive producer and head writer/showrunner. They are involved in the writing process (proposing and editing story outlines/scripts). Sometimes they are given the credit of executive consultant, story consultant or script consultant.
"Creative consultant" is not listed by the Writers Guild of America as one of its standard credits to be given to writers in television and film. The WGA discourages the use of credits not included on their list and requires that a waiver be obtained in order to credit someone as a creative consultant in television or film. Tom Mankiewicz's credit as Creative Consultant for Superman: The Movie appeared after the writers' credits, leading to a dispute which Mankiewicz ultimately won. In 1993, the producers of Ace Ventura: Pet Detective were fined by the WGA for giving writer Steve Oedekerk a creative consultant credit.
As of February 2, 2008, the minimum for a long-term story projection (when written by a writer other than the head writer) for a non-prime time serial is:
- 3 months or less: $15,302 (used to be $14,785)
- 6 months or less, but more than 3 months or unspecified: $22,953 (used to be $22,177)
- 12 months or less, but more than 6 months: $30,601 (used to be $29,566).
Notable creative consultants
- Kay Alden (All My Children, One Life To Live, and General Hospital)
- William J. Bell (Days of our Lives)
- James L. Brooks (The Simpsons)
- Betty Corday (The Young and the Restless)
- Brian Frons (All My Children and One Life to Live)
- Matt Groening (The Simpsons)
- Kevin James (The King Of Queens)
- Lynn Marie Latham (The Young and the Restless)
- Harding Lemay (Guiding Light)
- Agnes Nixon (Loving)
- Bob Odenkirk (Tim and Eric Awesome Show Great Job)
- Bill Hader (South Park)
- Vince Gilligan (The X-Files)