[ The Writers' Guild of Great Britain, London. ] Folder of material from the papers of screenwriter Jack Pulman, containing 43 items relating to his work for the Guild, including arbitration decisions, reports, circulars, correspondence, minutes.

Jack Pulman (1925-1979), British screenwriter [ The Writers' Guild of Great Britain, London ]
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Jack Pulman, 31 Steele's Road, NW3. [ The Writers' Guild of Great Britain, London. ] 1966 and 1967.
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Folder of material from the Jack Pulman papers. 43 items in good condition, lightly aged. The Writers' Guild of Great Britain, established in 1959, is a Trades Union for writers working in television, radio, film, theatre, books and multimedia. Pulman began his career while studying economics, and his understanding of the business side of screenwriting is evident in his arbitration decisions contained in this collection. His distinguished career is well described on the British Film Institute's website. His work for British and American television gained him plaudits as an 'adaptor-extraordinary', beginning with a 1965 version of Thomas Mann's 'Buddenbrooks' for the BBC, and including Henry James's 'Portrait of a Lady' (BBC, 1968) and 'The Golden Bowl' (1972), as well as 'David Copperfield' (NBC, 1970), 'Jane Eyre' (NBC, 1971), 'War and Peace' (BBC, 1973), and the controversial 'I, Claudius' (BBC, 1976). He was also responsible for the two feature films 'The Executioner' (1970) and 'Kidnapped' (1971). His original television series 'Private Schulz' (BBC, 1981) was widely admired. The 43 items include minutes of meetings, reports, circulars (including items signed by secretaries Alan Sapper and Alan Griffiths), and a press release. Notable among the items are: ONE: A thirty pages of typewritten drafts of a 'Guide to Arbitrators [amended in manuscript from 'Arbitration Procedure'] by Jack Pulman', with a few autograph emendations. TWO: Documents relating to Pulman's arbitration in the cases of screen credits for three scripts: 'Grigsby' (released in 1970 as 'The Last Grenade'); 'The Long Duel' (released in 1967); and an episode of the TV series 'The Saint', titled 'The Helpful Pirate' (aired in 1966). These consist of Pulman's detailed and perceptive decisions, with some scene breakdowns by him. With nine pages of autograph notes. THREE: Ten-page typewritten document by 'D. L. [i.e. Dudley Leslie (1905-1998)]', titled 'Notes on a policy for British Films Production in the 1970's'. Dated April 1967. FOUR: 'First draft of the proposed revisions to the Screenwriting Credits Agreement between The Film Production Association of Great Britain and The Writers' Guild of Great Britain (as agreed by the Film Committee of the Guild, 1966)'. Six-page typescript. FIVE: TLS to Pulman from Michael Pertwee, on SWG letterhead, containing a detailed summary of a meeting with 'John Terry of NFFC'. SIX: Typed arbitration decision by Dudley Leslie in case of film 'Maroc 7', with covering letter from Leslie to Pulman, 26 May 1967. SEVEN: Letter to Pulman from Michael Franklin of the Writers Guild of America, with copy of letter to him from director Dino De Laurentiis. EIGHT: 'Discussion Paper on Exhibition by George Markstein'. NINE: 'Proposed revisions of the Screenplay Agreement of 1st February, 1962 between the Television and Screen Writers Guild (now the Writers' Guild of Great Britain) and the British Film Producers Association and the Federation of British Film Makers submitted in June 1966'. Six-page typescript. ITEM: 'Draft revisions of Screenplay Agreement – January 1966'. Seven-page typescript. ITEM: 'The Screenwriting Credits Agreement between the British Film Producers' Assocation and the Federation of British Film Makers and the Screenwriters' Guild. To operate on and from 1st July, 1964.' Four-page typescript. TEN: 'The structure and trading practices of the industry. Comments by the F. B. F. M. on the report of the C. F. C. Sub-Committee.' 'On behalf of the F. B. F. M. | A. W. Filson | Secretary'. Six-page typescript. ELEVEN: 'The agreement on screenplays for cinema films between the British Film Producers Association and the Federation of British Film Makers and the Television and Screen Writers' Guild. To operate on and from 1st February, 1962.' Four-page typescript.