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Old June 8 2013, 02:00 AM   #12
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Re: Fact-Checking Inside Star Trek: The Real Story

Christopher wrote: View Post
I seem to recall that part of what made them leave was that Maizlish was doing script rewrites, something he shouldn't have been allowed to do under Writer's Guild rules. I don't have a source for that, though.
Here's a source on that:

[Maizlish had] become Roddenberry's point man and proxy, often writing memos on scripts and outlines, and sitting in on most story meetings, often without Roddenberry. He once fell asleep during a casting session, snoring loudly as an actress auditioned for her part. Sometimes he attempted to rewrite scripts. He worked on Michael Michaelian's 'Too Short a Season, Roddenberry admitted to [Robert] Lewin, 'just to help my thinking on it.' Inasmuch as Maizlish was a lawyer, not a writer or producer--or even on staff in any official capacity--this was a contravention of Writers Guild rules.

Joel Engel, Gene Roddenberry: The Myth and the Man Behind Star Trek, 1994, p.238
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