script·​writ·​er | \ ˈskrip(t)-ˌrī-tər How to pronounce scriptwriter (audio) \

Definition of scriptwriter

: a person who writes scripts

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Recent Examples on the Web And after becoming passionate about storytelling following his NBA career, Bryant would deliver a speech that no scriptwriter could ever write. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Opinion: Kobe Bryant deserved to give what would have been a memorable Hall of Fame speech," 4 Apr. 2020 One scriptwriter in November 2018 proudly took to Twitter to celebrate his recent win at the Eurocinema Film Festival, the event that didn’t take place. Katie Kilkenny, The Hollywood Reporter, ""People Can Be Exploited": How Below-the-Radar Film Festivals Prey on Struggling Moviemakers," 31 Oct. 2019 There’s a two-year wait for skilled line producers, who oversee productions, Mr. Ladegaard said, noting there is also a shortage of scriptwriters, cinematographers and directors. Lisa Abend, New York Times, "The World Wants More Danish TV Than Denmark Can Handle," 14 Dec. 2019 Following Boyle and Hodge’s departures, it was reported that original scriptwriters Purvis and Wade were drafted in to rework the script in September 2018. Suyin Haynes, Time, "A Guide to the Many Setbacks That Have Plagued the Bond 25 Production," 22 July 2019 The final installation featured a digital game — complete with 160 pages of story, thanks to a team of developers and scriptwriters — and a giant ice cream ship weighing 10,000 pounds as an Instagram op. Lindsay Weinberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Rachel' Latte, Anyone? How Pop-Up Cafes Became TV’s Hottest Spinoff," 15 Nov. 2019 These grueling set pieces are all of a piece with the picture's sledgehammer approach; likewise the scriptwriters' tendency to spell everything out as if the viewers were too dumb to puzzle things out for themselves. Neil Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Some Beasts' ('Algunas bestias'): Film Review | San Sebastian 2019," 7 Oct. 2019 By stripping away the myriad problems financial restraints impose on an individual, stories involving millionaires let scriptwriters focus on emotional tribulations—the deepest feelings a 30,000-foot view from a private jet can afford. Farah Mohammed, Quartzy, "“Succession” and the allure of the millionaire family drama," 12 Nov. 2019 Onstage, moderator David Wild, a rock journalist and Grammy scriptwriter, got a text from another favorite Tarantino soundtrack source, Neil Diamond, suggesting the director sync a few more tunes in his next project. Los Angeles Times, "How Quentin Tarantino got the ‘60s sound for ‘Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood’," 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of scriptwriter

1911, in the meaning defined above

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“Scriptwriter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of scriptwriter

: a person who writes the written form of a play, movie, television show, etc. : a person who writes a script

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