screen·​writ·​er | \ ˈskrēn-ˌrī-tər How to pronounce screenwriter (audio) \

Definition of screenwriter

: a writer of screenplays

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Recent Examples on the Web Fukunaga wound up writing the script with Scott Z. Burns and recent Emmy winner Phoebe Waller-Bridge, along with frequent Bond screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, "Daniel Craig faces off with Rami Malek’s supervillain in the ‘No Time to Die’ trailer," 4 Dec. 2019 The group taps – and often finances – projects by local screenwriters and directors that tackle Miami’s profound oddness. Phillip Valys,, "'The city still needs Borscht’: Souped-up Borscht Film Festival screening weird art films in Miami," 15 Nov. 2019 The setting for the story, originally featuring Italian characters and largely set in Milan, has been altered by the screenwriters and directors Mihal Brezis and Oded Binnun (yes, there are two directors as well; this was clearly a communal effort). Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Etruscan Smile': Film Review," 31 Oct. 2019 Refinery29: This movie was written by a brand new screenwriter. Kelsea Stahler,, "Why Oscar-Winner Hilary Swank Agreed To Fight A Robot On Netflix," 7 June 2019 That any of this works at all is a testament to screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, who were essentially tasked with maintaining a giant juggling act for the duration of a feature film. Scott Meslow, GQ, "Avengers: Infinity War," 24 Apr. 2018 Not much is known about McAdams’s private life at the moment, but she was spotted holding hands with screenwriter Jamie Linden back in summer of 2016. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Rachel McAdams Is Reportedly Pregnant With Her First Baby," 22 Feb. 2018 The walkout by some 12,000 Writers Guild of America screenwriters lasted from November 2007 to February 2008 and affected dozens of TV shows in the name of fairer wages. Fernando Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "10 years ago, the writer's strike came to an end. Here are the TV shows that changed.," 14 Feb. 2018 No studio is involved yet, but King has brought on screenwriter John Logan. Christian Holub,, "Michael Jackson biopic in the works from Bohemian Rhapsody producer," 22 Nov. 2019

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1920, in the meaning defined above

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“Screenwriter.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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: a person who writes screenplays

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