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What is an If Come Deal?


This is a type of development deal that a TV studio may choose to sign with a writer. When the studio acquires a project, it must make a development deal with the writer in order to secure its rights to the show before pitching to networks. There are two basic kinds of development deals. IF-COMES and PAY-OR-PLAY. An if-come deal states that the studio pays the writer only the pitch is bought by the network. If the pitch doesn’t sell to a network, the writer doesn’t get paid and the studio loses no money.


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