It’s a partnership. We both work on TV shows outside of Driving Arizona where there’s a showrunner who is in charge and there’s a hierarchy on staff, but in the realm of a project written and produced by us, there’s equal footing. There has to be. Now there are areas where one of us might feel like we have more expertise and we’ll voice that. Or I’ll know that Joe definitively knows what we should do in a situation and I’ll defer to him, but we write and make decisions as a team.
A writer being brought in to help someone with an idea materialize it into a script is a pretty common thing and I think each situation dictates the terms of that relationship. If you’re the one paying for the project, you get to make the final call. But keep in mind that you brought that person in for a reason. And I can’t say it enough – let the best idea win. If your name is on the project or if people know you worked on it, you’ll get the credit you’re looking for anyway.
If that doesn’t answer your question, I’m happy to clarify!