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Top producer Weinstein calls for film credit change

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Image caption Weinstein was speaking at the inaugural Produced By conference, organised by the Producers Guild of America, in New York

Oscar-winning producer Harvey Weinstein has called for a change to film credits, to distinguish between financial and creative input.

He argued that clearer credits would avoid "that five-people-on-stage car crash" that he was a part of in 1999 when Shakespeare in Love won an Oscar.

At a Producers Guild of America event, he said creative producers deserved to be "taken a little more seriously".

Shakespeare in Love's best film win marks Weinstein's only Academy Award.

Speaking at a conference in New York this weekend, Weinstein called for a 'CPGA' category - 'C' for creative - as well as a separate producer category for those contributing finance to a film.

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Image caption The triumph of Shakespeare in Love at the 1999 Oscars prompted a rule change

In 1999, Weinstein, Donna Gigliotti, Marc Norman, David Parfitt and Ed Zwick all took to the stage to accept the Oscar for Shakespeare in Love and each took turns to make a speech

It led to the Academy's decision, in conjunction with the PGA, to implement caps on the number of producers who could be eligible for a production credit in the future imposing a "three producer limit" on nominees and winners.

Explaining the circumstances, Weinstein said: "In the contract, it said that Ed Zwick [who developed the script] and Marc Norman [who wrote the original script] were to be designated 'producers."

"These guys made enormous contributions to the project - in the development stage. Neither of them were ever on the set, they were never in the editing room and they were never involved in any post-production.

"These two guys were never there. These two never did anything in the producing sense. I didn't say anything because the team said, 'Don't say anything. It's the Oscars. Let it go. Wait 20 years.' So here I am!"

"I know you're working 24-hour days," Weinsten told Vance Van Petten, national executive director of the PGA, on Saturday. "But add two hours to that and figure this out."

Earlier this year, the Academy announced that producer duos "who meet certain criteria" will be allowed to compete as a single producer, which creates the possibility of more producing nominees for best film in 2015.

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