Predicate Proposal - Screenwriter

Field Name: Screenwriter

Type of value: entity

Number of values accepted: multiple

Tooltip description: Person(s) who wrote the script for subject item

Full description: Screenwriter is a writer who practices the craft of screenwriting, writing on which mass media, such as films, television programs and video games, are based.

Examples of proper use:

Examples of improper use:

Citation Required?: yes

Also known as: writers, written by, scriptwriter, scenarist

Usage in other schemas:

Constraints: Only applies when Subject has the “Is a” value “Creative Work”

I’m assuming this would not include the writer of an original work which was adapted into a movie, but useful to clarify. But what about the original writer of a remake of a movie with substantially the same script?

Also unclear whether this would include a staff writer on a sitcom, for example.
Or a joke writer for a televised live comedy show.
IMDB uses the simpler “writer”.

I’m just repeating this question.
@jen @jed

I think @rivettp raises some good questions here. Broadly, this seems fine but I think it’d be good to clarify where this would/wouldn’t apply. I think the movie case is pretty straightforward, but what about TV shows? How would screenwriters be included; what data is even available for this?

One source that I think we could consider following here is the WGA screen credits manual, which I believe is one of the standards for this:

Starting on page 20 of the pdf are definitions for screenplay, writer, written by, screenplay by, adaptation by. etc.

And for TV shows, which is similar but has some variation (definitions start on page 22 of pdf):

And finally, IMDbs definitions for writing credits: IMDb | Help

I am not sure how many of these we would want to have as predicates, or if it would be best to use Writer even though not very specific, but at least some further material for definitions and thinking about these predicates.

@jen This is interesting, thank you Jen. I find it difficult to answer (do we need so many predicates?).

I have an important question for you. I found a predicate Screenplay by. Could you give Examples of proper use and Examples of improper use of this predicate? Perhaps this predicate (Screenplay by) is what I want?