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Rest In Peace, Rajeev Agarwal!

Rajeev Agarwal (15-9-1957 to 10-03-2019)

Eminent screenwriter and television director Rajeev B Agarwal passed away on March 10, 2019. He had a heart attack amidst work pressure with deadlines to be met on his latest project—“Ek Nayi Subah”, a Doordarshan series and is survived by his sons, Akira R Agarwal, Toshiro Agarwal and wife, Rita Agarwal.

Known for his vast contribution to the film and TV industry, mainly, Dekh Bhai Dekh, Neenv and Indradhanush, Rajeev started his career as a journalist, mentored by Khalid Mohammed, and worked with DHARMYUG, THE ILLUSTRATED WEEKLY OF INDIA, MADHURI, FILMFARE, THE TIMES OF INDIA, THE INDIAN EXPRESS, THE ECONOMIC TIMES, THE SUNDAY OBSERVER and THE INDIAN POST. Later he assisted Sai Paranjpye and Siddharth Kak in their films and documentary. He wrote more than 30 documentaries including Everest ’84, directed by Kak.

He was awarded the best director on TV in comedy in 2000-2001. His body of work on TV included INDRADHANUSH, NEENV, RAMAYAN (NDTV Imagine) (Dialogue), LAPATAGANJ (Story, screenplay & Dialogue), JAI MAA VAISHNO DEVI (Dialogue). MERI AAWAZ KO MIL GAYI ROSHNI (Dialogue. KABHI-KABHIE MERE GHAR MEIN BHUCHAAL AATA HAI. KARISHMA KA KARISHMA, MALINI IYER, Sitcom starring Ms. SRIDEVI and SHHH…KOI HAI (Story, screenplay & Dialogue), RAAT HONE KO HAI (Story, Screenplay & Dialogue), SHARARAT.

Rajeev also wrote more than a dozen films, which included Benarasi Jaasoos directed by Pankaj Parashar, Bhoot Uncle, Luka chuppi amongst others. He also directed TV serials like KABHI-KABHIE MERE GHAR MEIN BHUCHAAL AATA HAI (Star Plus),ZAMEER (Zee TV),IDHAR UDHAR Season 2,DADDY SAMJHA KARO (SAB TV), SURABHI (DD-1), CHHAPPAN BHOG (DD-1).

Currently, Agarwal was working on a film with Pankaj Parashar, a renewed season of Dekh Bhai Dekh with Aanand Mahendroo and dialogues for Mahima Shanidev Ki for Dangal TV. He was also one among the top twenty finalists for the first edition of Cinestaan’s Script Contest (supported by SWA), held last year.

The Screenwriters Association expresses its heartfelt grief at the sudden demise of Rajeev Agarwal and prays for his soul to rest in peace.

NOTE: Funeral for Rajeev B Agarwal will be held on March 12, 2019 (Tuesday) at 12:00 PM, 
at Oshiwara Crematorium, 11, Relief Road, Prakash Nagar, Dnyaneshwar Nagar, Jogeshwari West,
Mumbai.

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क़ानूनी मामलों में आर्थिक मदद के लिए एसडबल्यूए ने बनायी ‘लीगल एड पॉलिसी’!

यह एक बड़ी ख़बर है! स्क्रीनराइटर्स एसोसिएशन ने अपने सदस्यों के लिए एक ‘लीगल एड पॉलिसी’ की घोषणा की है जिसके ज़रिए इसके सदस्य कॉपीराइट चोरी, गोपनीयता उल्लंघन (ब्रीच ऑफ़ कॉन्फ़ीडैंशियेल्टी), भुगतान और क्रेडिट सम्बंधी मामलों को कोर्ट तक ले जाने में मदद पा सकेंगे। इस क़दम को उठाकर एसडबल्यूए ने एक बार फिर सिद्ध किया है कि वह अपने सदस्यों की ईंटलैक्चुल प्रॉपर्टी और जायज़ हक़ों की रक्षा के लिए वचनबद्ध है।

इस पॉलिसी के अंतर्गत, एसोसिएशन अपनी डिसप्यूट सैटलमेंट कमेटी (डीएससी) और विशेषज्ञ वकीलों की सलाह के आधार पर, सदस्यों को 50 प्रतिशत वक़ील की फ़ीस (अथवा एक निर्धारित राशि, दोनों में से जो भी कम हो) प्रदान करेगी। पॉलिसी के बाक़ी दिशा-निर्देशों को भी जल्द ही तय किया जाएगा। इस उपाय से उन सदस्यों की इंसाफ़ की लड़ाई मज़बूत होगी जिनके पक्ष में डीएससी ने कोई फ़ैसला दिया हो और जो मामले को कोर्ट ले जाना चाहते हैं पर आर्थिक रूप से कमज़ोर पड़ जाते हैं।

यह भी ग़ौर करने लायक बात है कि एसोसिएशन ने अपने अंधेरी वैस्ट स्थित दफ़्तर पर पहले से ही एक कॉपीराइट विशेषज्ञ वक़ील को पूर्णकालिक ‘लीगल ऑफ़िसर’ के रूप में नियुक्त किया हुआ है जिनसे सभी सदस्य मुफ़्त क़ानूनी परामर्श ले सकते हैं। (जो भी एसडबल्यूए सदस्य क़ानूनी परामर्श के लिए लीगल ऑफ़िसर से मिलना चाहें, वे legal.officer@swaindia.org पर ईमेल भेंजे।) इसके अलावा, एसडबल्यूए ऐसे कई और कॉपीराइट विशेषज्ञ वक़ीलों के सम्पर्क में है जो इसके सदस्यों को बेहद किफ़ायती दरों पर क़ानूनी मदद देने के इच्छुक हैं।

क़ानूनी मामलों में आर्थिक सहायता देने की ज़रूरत एक अर्से से महसूस हो रही थी। डीएससी ने इसका प्रस्ताव भी रखा था, क्योंकि कमिटी अक्सर शिकायतकर्ताओं की भरपूर मदद करने में ख़ुद को असहाय महसूस करती थी। बहुत से मामलों में किसी निर्माता या निर्देशक या साथी-सदस्य के ख़िलाफ़ अपने वाजिब हक़ों की लड़ाई में पीड़ित एसडबल्यूए सदस्य के पास कोर्ट जाने का ही आख़िरी रास्ता बचता है। यहाँ तक कि फ़ेडेरेशन ऑफ़ वैस्टर्न इंडियन सिने इम्पलॉयीज़ (एफ़डबल्यूआईसीई) के साथ मिलकर गठित हुई जॉइंट-डीएससी-कमिटी में अब तक चार दर्जन से अधिक मामले लम्बित हैं। एसडबल्यूए के फ़ेडेरेशन से डिसएफ़िलिएट होने के बाद, जल्द से जल्द डीएससी को और मज़बूत करने की भी सख़्त ज़रूरत थी।

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SWA announces Legal Aid Policy for its members!

This is indeed a big news! The Screenwriters Association has announced a Legal Aid Policy to help its member screenwriters fight their cases, related to Copyright infringement, breach of confidentiality, payments and credits; in court. This is a step in tune with SWA’s commitment to help its members defend their intellectual property, and get their due credits and remuneration.   

Under this policy, the Association will pay 50 percent of the lawyer’s fee, or a definite amount (whichever is lower), as per the recommendations of its Dispute Settle Committee (DSC) and a panel of expert lawyers. The detailed guidelines for the same are being worked out. This provision will give power to aggrieved members seek justice legally, in a situation when they might want to approach the court but lack resources, after the DSC has decided in their favour.

It is also important to note that this new move is in addition with SWA appointing a full-time Copyright expert lawyer as its Legal Officer, at its office in Andheri West, to offer legal consultation to members absolutely free of cost. (All members seeking an appointment with SWA’s Legal Officer for legal consultation are requested to send an email to legal.officer@swaindia.org ). Moreover, SWA’s legal cell is also in contact with copyright lawyers who’re willing to offer their services at concessional rates to screenwriters.

The need for legal aid was being felt for a long time. The DSC had recommended for it as there have been cases in which the committee would feel limited in helping out the complainant members who have been wronged by producers, directors or even fellow members. In fact, there have been more than four dozen cases, pending with the erstwhile Joint-DSC-Committee formed by SWA and the Federation of Western Indian Cine Employees (FWICE). After SWA disaffiliated itself from the Federation, the need to strengthen the DSC also seemed immediate.

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SWA and Amazon Prime Video organise discourse on International Women’s Day

It is often said that women are the largest untapped reservoir of talent in the world. On this International Women’s Day, Amazon Prime Video and the Screenwriters Association
invite you to an engaging discourse on ‘Women Shaping The Narrative in Media & Entertainment’ with illustrious women from the Entertainment fraternity who are truly pushing the envelope.

The panel will have:

Jennifer Salke (Worldwide Head, Amazon Studios)
Vidya Balan (Actor)
Zoya Akhtar (Writer-Director-Producer)
Guneet Monga (Producer)
Sooni Taraporewala (Writer-Director),
Sumukhi Suresh (Write-Stand up Comedian),
Ghazal Dhaliwal (Writer)

Moderated by:
Anuradha Sengupta (Journalist)
Date: March 8th, 2019

NOTE: To attend the event, RSVP to event@swaindia.org (You will need the confirmation email from SWA to attend.)
Please, RSVP by March 6th 2019 (midnight) as there are limited spots.

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SWA collaborates with FICCI-FRAMES for ‘Frame Your Idea’ 2019

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A unique platform to pitch your scripts and stories directly to movie producers! 

The 4th edition of ‘Frame Your Idea’, a pitching platform by FICCI-FRAMES for content producers to meet content creators; is scheduled to be organised in association with SWA on the sideline of the 20th edition of FICCI-FRAMES, on March 12-14, 2019.

Frame Your Idea, has in attendance the top studios, broadcasters, producers who would have their content teams looking for that next big idea they would want to grab, develop and put out there. The program aims to provide, a unique opportunity to creative minds to pitch their ideas, stories or scripts to leading content producers. For the content producers, FYI endeavours to provide an environment to find fresh creative works and minds, that may typically not be able to reach them.

An FYI participant gets a minimum of 4 slots to pitch, according to the submitted panelist preference on FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS.

To register fill in the Online Form at: http://payment.ficci.com/fyi_2019/fyi-register.html

SPECIAL DISCOUNT SWA Members!

(Register using your valid SWA Membership number and get 30 % off on the participation fees) 

Participant Fees for Non-Members: INR 5,000/- + GST (For packs of ‘4 Meetings)                              Participation Fees for SWA Members: INR 3,500/- + GST (For packs of ‘4 Meetings’)

Confirmed Production Houses at Frame Your Idea 2019: 

Feature Film

  1. Aamir Khan Productions
  2. Balaji Telefilms Ltd
  3. Bioscopewala Pictures
  4. Bling Entertainment Solutions Pvt.Ltd.
  5. Ellipsis Entertainment Media LLP
  6. Dharma Productions
  7. Drishyam Films Private Limited
  8. Elephant Studios LLP
  9. Fox Star Studios
  10. India Stories Media and Entertainment Pvt limited
  11. Jio
  12. Kabir Khan Films Pvt. Ltd.
  13. Kross Pictures
  14. Mumtaz Saba Productions
  15. Parin Multimedia Pvt. Ltd
  16. Rajkumar Hirani Films Pvt Ltd
  17. Rajshri Productions P Ltd
  18. Roy Kapur Films
  19. RSVP
  20. Shemaroo Entertainment
  21. Shakuntalam Telefilms
  22. Sikhya Entertainment
  23. SPE Films India Pvt. Ltd.
  24. Times Studio
  25. Viacom18 Motion pictures
  26. Zee Studios

Animation + Kids

  1. Bioscopewala Pictures
  2. Bling Entertainment Solutions Pvt.Ltd.
  3. Fused Bulb
  4. Disney
  5. Green Gold Animation Pvt Ltd
  6. Le Mantastic
  7. RSVP
  8. Shemaroo Entertainment
  9. Sikhya Entertainment
  10. Turner International
  11. Whacked Out Media Pvt Ltd 

Digital + Web Series

  1. Bioscopewala Pictures
  2. Bling Entertainment Solutions Pvt.Ltd.
  3. Colors Cineplex
  4. Dharmatic Entertainment Pvt. Ltd
  5. Ellipsis Entertainment Media LLP
  6. Filmkaravan
  7. Fused Bulb
  8. Eros Now
  9. Jio
  10. Mumtaz Saba Productions
  11. Parin Multimedia Pvt. Ltd
  12. RAJKUMAR HIRANI FILMS PVT LTD
  13. Rajshri Productions P Ltd
  14. Roy Kapur Films
  15. RSVP
  16. Shakuntalam Telefilms
  17. Shemaroo Entertainment
  18. Sikhya Entertainment
  19. The Story Ink
  20. Times Studio
  21. Viacom18 Motion pictures
  22. Whacked Out Media Pvt Ltd
  23. Zee Studios

TV

  1. Colors Cineplex
  2. Ellipsis Entertainment Media LLP
  3. Guroudev bhalla communication and networks pvt ltd
  4. Mumtaz Saba Productions
  5. Parin Multimedia Pvt. Ltd
  6. Rajshri Productions P Ltd
  7. Shakuntalam Telefilms
  8. Shemaroo Entertainment 
  9. Star TV

Documentary

  1. Bling Entertainment Solutions Pvt.Ltd.
  2. Fused Bulb
  3. RSVP
  4. Shemaroo Entertainment
  5. Sikhya Entertainment

The Screenwriters Association encourages all its members to make use of this one of a kind opportunity to writers to pitch their stories to over 50 production houses, film studios, TV channels and OTT platforms. Don’t forget to register your stories and screenplay with SWA before you pitch them.

All the best!

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DISCLAIMER: It is understood that under no circumstances the Screenwriters Association (SWA) shall assume any responsibility for or obligation or duty with respect to any part or all of the Frame Your Idea program (organised by FICCI-FRAMES), of any nature or kind whatsoever, or any matter or proceedings arising out of or relating thereto. SWA shall not be required to take any action of any kind to collect or protect any interest of its members in relation with Frame Your Idea program (organised by FICCI-FRAMES), and in no event shall SWA be liable to its member or members for any loss of intellectual property, anticipated profits or other consequential, special or indirect loss or damage of any nature arising at any time, whether arising under contract, tort (including negligence), strict liability or dispute situation or for any other cause whatsoever. However, SWA members can always approach its Dispute Settlement Committee (DSC) with their grievances, if any, related to Copyright infringement, credits and remuneration.