Independent Producers' Guide to Film and TV Contracts


Author: Philip Alberstat
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780240515830
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 476
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First time film-makers, producers and writers will find this Independent Producers' Guide an essential reference tool. The numerous examples of typical legal agreements contained in the book are wide ranging; from the deals that a producer must make at the outset of a project to acquire source rights, through to production and co-production and distribution arrangements for the finished product.Each agreement is closely annotated with comments and guidelines on how the deals are structured. They provide simple explanations of provisions contained within the agreements, identifying potential pitfalls faced by producers as well as giving general advice. The accompanying free CD-ROM contains templates of all agreements found in the book. These are intended to be downloaded and tailored for your own use.Philip Alberstat is Head of Media for Coudert Bros solicitors and was formerly Head of Legal and Business Affairs for Hat Trick Productions and Head of Media and Entertainment of leading law firm, Baker & McKenzie. Philip has worked extensively for companies in the film and broadcasting industries and given advice in relation to many film and television projects including feature films such as Richard III and various television movies, including Princess in Love and Bad Face, and the television series LEXX. He has worked on films such as Naked Lunch, Patriot Games, Such a Long Journey and Beautiful Joe, as well as acting for numerous writers and directors. He is Legal Editor of Channel 21, is on the editorial board of Entertainment Law Review and on the International Advisory Boards of the Toronto International Film Festival and the British Independent Film Awards. He also speaks at seminars and conferences on media-related subjects and lectures in Media The European Film Institute. Philip was the winner of the 1997 HIFAL

The Insider's Guide to Film Finance


Author: Philip Alberstat
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 113604129X
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 280
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Financing an independent feature film production is a highly complex process. This book demystifies the legal and commercial implications of a film from start to finish. It provides a detailed survey of each of the processes and players involved, and analyses of the legal and commercial issues faced by all of the participants in a film financing transaction. Packed with legal advice and straight forward explanations this is an essential reference for filmmakers worldwide. With contributions from leading professionals around the world, and an up-to-date international approach, this is an invaluable tool for producers, and others involved in the film industry. Includes: Case studies, Sample Recoupment Schedules, Alternative Financing Models, Glossary of Film Financing and Banking Terms Philip Alberstat is a media finance and production lawyer specialising in film, television and broadcasting. He has worked on films such as The 51st State, Goodbye Mr Steadman, Tooth and numerous television programmes and series. He is on the editorial board of Entertainment Law Review and is the author of The Independent Producers Guide to Film and TV Contracts (2000), and Law and the Media (2002). Philip is involved in raising finance for film and television productions and negotiating and structuring film and television deals. He undertakes corporate and commercial work and handles the intellectual property aspects of broadcasting and finance transactions. He has also executive produced numerous film and television productions. He won an Emmy Award in 2004 as an Executive Producer of the Film, "The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie". Philip joined Osborne Clarke as a partner in February 2002. Prior to that he was Head of Legal and Business Affairs with one of the largest independent TV production companies in the UK. He was previously Head of Media at Baker & McKenzie and began his career at Olswang. He was winner of the Lawyer/Hifal Award for Solicitor of the year in 1997 and is listed in Legal Experts in the area of Film Finance/Media.

Media Production Agreements

A User's Guide for Film and Programme Makers
Author: Philip Alberstat
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136177574
Category: Social Science
Page: 336
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Media Production Agreements is an invaluable reference tool for film, television and video producers and has been written specifically for all those involved in the media industry. Providing legal information and sound advice on the structuring of deals and negotiated agreements, this authoritative guide identifies potential pitfalls in the drafting and arrangement of contracts and proposals. Media Production Agreements contains legal agreements which independent producers, writers and all those involved in the film and television industry are faced with at the outset of a project. Typical agreements and sample contracts are presented in the text and practical explanatory notes provide clarification, caveats and advice. Contracts and agreements discussed include: * option and literary purchase * writer's and director's agreement * co-production agreement * distribution agreement * location agreement * non-disclosure agreement * release from a living person * release for extras * name product and logo release agreement * licence to reproduce still photographs.

Dealmaking in the Film and Television Industry

From Negotiations to Final Contracts
Author: Mark Litwak
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781935247166
Category: Law
Page: 590
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Dealmakingthe popular, award-winning "self-defense" book for everyone working in the film and television industryis now expanded (with more than 120 additional pages) and updated to include the latest legal rulings and entertainment technology developments. Addressing a general, non-attorney readership, it is a fascinating, highly accessible guide to current entertainment law's peculiarities, "creative" practices, and practical applications. Armed with Dealmaking, filmmakers can save themselves thousands of dollars in legal fees as they navigate the shark-infested wa- ters of the entertainment business. Whether you're a producer, writer, director, or actor, Mark Litwak will help you make the most of your business dealings while steering you clear of the many contractual traps that may await you.

Contracts for the Film & Television Industry


Author: Mark Litwak
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781935247074
Category: Law
Page: 483
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Contracts for the Film and Television Industry is an invaluable collection of sample entertainment contracts accompanied by legalese-free discussions of their key concepts and terms. The third edition of this popular handbook is revised and expanded (adding 18 new contracts) making it the ultimate entertainment-law guide for all independent filmmakers, who, armed with it, can save themselves thousands of dollars in legal fees. Contracts for the Film and Television Industry contains 80 contracts covering: Basic provisions of entertainment contracts; Depiction and copyright releases; Literary submissions and sales; Artist employment; Collaborations; Music; Financing; Production; Distribution and exhibition; Merchandising; Retainers; and much more, including a glossary of relevant terms.

The Independent Film Producers Survival Guide: A Business and Legal Sourcebook


Author: Gunnar Erickson,Harris Tulchin,Mark Halloran
Publisher: Schirmer Trade Books
ISBN: 0857124986
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 256
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In this comprehensive guidebook, three experienced entertainment lawyers tell you everything you need to know to produce and market an independent film from the development process to deal making, financing, setting up the production, hiring directors and actors, securing location rights, acquiring music, calculating profits, digital moving making, distribution, and marketing your movie.

Producing for Hollywood

A Guide for Independent Producers
Author: Don Gold,Paul Mason
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 162153135X
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 288
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Budding filmmakers, television producers, directors, writers, and students get a crash course on the independent production scene in this riveting account of the business and its key players. Now revised to reflect the latest production trends in the entertainment industry, this book is packed with never-before-revealed secrets about the challenging and exciting role producers play in bringing a film or television pilot to the screen, told by two veteran, award-winning producers. Readers will learn what skills and traits they need to succeed as the mastermind behind an independent production, including insider tips on how to assemble and manage a talented ensemble of writers, directors, actors, and crew-members. The book also includes up-to-date contact information for film festivals and foreign distributors, as well as sample budgets, film partnership proposals, and other forms. Aspiring film and television artists will find the practical understanding and insight vital to success.

The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers

A Legal Toolkit for Independent Producers
Author: Thomas A. Crowell
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1136067493
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 469
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* How can you use a state's film tax credits to fund your film? SEE PAGE 63. * You have an idea you want to pitch to a production company; how do you safeguard your concept? SEE PAGE 77. * How can you fund your production with product placement? SEE PAGE 157. * How do you get a script to popular Hollywood actors and deal with their agents? SEE PAGE 222. Find quick answers to these and hundreds of other questions in this new edition of The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers. This no-nonsense reference provides fast answers in plain English-no law degree required! Arm yourself with the practical advice of author Thomas Crowell, a TV-producer-turned-entertainment-lawyer. This new edition features: * New sections on product placement, film tax credits and production incentive financing, Letters of Intent, and DIY distribution (four-walling, YouTube, Download-to-own, Amazon.com, iTunes, and Netflix) * Updated case law * Even more charts and graphics to help you find the information you need even more quickly. This book is the next best thing to having an entertainment attorney on retainer!

The Complete Film Production Handbook


Author: Eve Light Honthaner
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1136053069
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 496
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This book is for working film/TV professionals and students alike. If you're a line producer, production manager, production supervisor, assistant director or production coordinator--the book has everything you'll need (including all the forms, contracts, releases and checklists) to set up and run a production--from finding a production office to turning over delivery elements. Even if you know what you're doing, you will be thrilled to find everything you need in one place. If you're not already working in film production, but think you'd like to be, read the book -- and then decide. If you choose to pursue this career path, you'll know what to expect, you'll be prepared, and you'll be ten steps ahead of everyone else just starting out. New topics and information in the fourth edition include: * Low-budget independent films, including documentaries and shorts * Information specific to television production and commercials * The industry's commitment to go green and how to do it * Coverage of new travel and shipping regulations * Updated information on scheduling, budgeting, deal memos, music clearances, communications, digital production, and new forms throughout

Clearance & Copyright

Everything You Need to Know for Film and Television
Author: Michael C. Donaldson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781879505988
Category: Law
Page: 507
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Now extensively revised, updated, and expanded, "Clearance and Copyright" is the industry-standard guide to almost every conceivable rights issue that filmmakers, video-makers, and television producers might encounter: from the initial acquisition of material through the rights situations that arise during pre-production, production, post-production and release. Legalese-free, well-written, it's a must-read for all producers, directors, and writers -- whether they make feature films, shorts, documentaries, television programs, music videos, or Internet content -- and those who advise them. Armed with this book, you can protect yourself and your work from disastrous legal actions and save thousands of dollars in attorney fees. You can even learn how to save money by exercising your rights to use certain materials without paying anyone.

The Insider's Guide to Independent Film Distribution


Author: Stacey Parks
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1136066373
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 216
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Innovation in technology means that almost anyone can make an independent film these days. Although this may be good news for aspiring filmmakers, it also means that the oversupply of independent films on the market has caused acquisition prices to dramatically decrease. As a result, producers and investors rarely recover their initial investment in the films they make. But don't be discouraged! Use this book to learn the realities of the market in advance and map out a winning distribution plan. This comprehensive manual for filmmakers and producers dedicated to film distribution and the marketplace could mean the difference between getting your film out to the public and keeping it "in the can." Learn how to sell your movie to a studio, a cable network, a video distributor, or international buyers. Self-distribution and other alternatives to traditional distribution are also considered. As well, you'll hear some success stories from producers and hear directly from buyers what they are seeking. Stacey Parks has worked with dozens of hungry filmmakers to get their films a distribution deal and knows how frustrating the whole process can be. Let her tell you how you can take control of your filmmaking career and start getting your work seen by audiences with a few little-known distribution secrets. Features include: * Interviews and case studies with producers and distributors * Ten Ways to Market Your Film for Self-Distribution * Sales Projections per Territory * Distribution Resource Listings * Negotiation tips for distribution agreements * Sample distribution agreements

Hollywood Dealmaking

Negotiating Talent Agreements for Film, TV, and Digital Media (Third Edition)
Author: Dina Appleton,Daniel Yankelevits
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1621536599
Category: Performing Arts
Page: N.A
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"I wish I could have had this book when I was starting out in the business. An invaluable reference work." —Alan Poul, producer, Westworld The legal resources of studios and networks are legendary, often intimidating independent producers, writers, actors, directors, agents, and others as they try to navigate through the maze of legal details. This invaluable reference presents the interests of talent as well as the point of view of creative executives, producers, entertainment attorneys, agents and managers, and major guilds—making clear the role that each plays in the dealmaking process. Readers will find expert insights to talent and production deals for television, feature film, video, and the Internet, as well as an in-depth overview of net profits and other forms of contingent compensation. Hollywood Dealmaking, Third Edition, also addresses digital and new platforms, changes resulting from new union agreements, and the evolution in feature film back-end (profit participation) deals. In addition, this comprehensive guide includes: Explanations of employment deals Details of rights acquisition Basics of copyright law Sample contracts and forms Glossary of industry lingo and terminology And much more! Peppered with facts on the deals of superstar players and with summaries in each section to clarify complex legal issues, Hollywood Dealmaking, Third Edition, is an essential resource for industry novices and veterans alike who want to sharpen their negotiation skills and finalize the deals they have been seeking.

Understanding the Business of Entertainment

The Legal and Business Essentials All Filmmakers Should Know
Author: Gregory Bernstein
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1317680510
Category: Art
Page: 314
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Understanding the Business of Entertainment: The Legal and Business Essentials All Filmmakers Should Know is an indispensable guide to the business aspects of the entertainment industry, providing the legal expertise you need to break in and to succeed. Written in a clear and engaging tone, this book covers the essential topics in a thorough but reader-friendly manner and includes plenty of real-world examples that bring business and legal concepts to life. Whether you want to direct, produce, write, edit, photograph or act in movies, this book covers how to find work in your chosen field and examines the key provisions in employment agreements for creative personnel. If you want to make films independently, you’ll find advice on where to look for financing, what kinds of deals might be made in the course of production, and important information on insurance, releases, and licenses. Other topics covered include: Hollywood’s growth and the current conglomerates that own most of the media How specific entertainment companies operate, including facts about particular studios and employee tasks. How studios develop projects, manage production, seek out independent films, and engage in marketing and distribution The kinds of revenues studios earn and how they account for these revenues How television networks and new media-delivery companies like Netflix operate and where the digital revolution might take those who will one day work in the film and TV business As an award- winning screenwriter and entertainment attorney, Gregory Bernstein give us an inside look at the business of entertainment. He proves that knowing what is behind filmmaking is just as important as the film itself.

Producing for Profit

A Practical Guide to Making Independent and Studio Films
Author: Andrew Stevens
Publisher: CRC Press
ISBN: 1317309618
Category: Art
Page: 348
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In Producing for Profit: A Practical Guide to Making Independent and Studio Films, Andrew Stevens provides real-world examples and his own proven techniques for success that can turn passion into profit. Far more than just theory, the book outlines practical applications that filmmakers of all levels can use to succeed in today’s ever-changing marketplace. Readers will learn how to develop screenplays that are commercial, and how to negotiate, finance, cast, produce, sell, distribute, and market a film that will make a profit. The book contains numerous examples from the author’s own films, including sample budgets, schedules, and a variety of industry-standard contracts. This is the definitive book that every producer must have!

Think Outside the Box Office

The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution and Marketing for the Digital Era
Author: Jon Reiss
Publisher: Hybrid Cinema
ISBN: 9780982576205
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 354
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As the digital revolution has democratised film production, a new hybrid model of distribution is the way independent filmmakers can take control of their own distribution. This approach is not just DIY or Web-based - it combines the best techniques from each distribution arena, old and new. In Think Outside the Box Office, Reiss explains audience identification and targeting, negotiating split-rights agreements, the new role of film festivals and more.

The Movie Business

The Definitive Guide to the Legal and Financial Secrets of Getting Your Movie Made
Author: Kelly Crabb
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780743264921
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 504
View: 9999

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A straightforward business and legal guide for novice movie producers covers a wide range of topics, including intellectual property laws, financing, and production challenges, in a guide that also provides in-depth coverage of understanding and negotiating a movie contract. 30,000 first printing.

The Indie Producers Handbook

Creative Producing from A to Z
Author: Myrl A. Schreibman
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
ISBN: 0770433510
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 270
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Myrl Schreibman has written a comprehensive and practical, step-by-step guide for organizing and running a film from pre-production through post-production and delivery. This invaluable resource provides fundamental tools to produce a more thorough, more organized, and more professional film production. Packed with engaging and useful anecdotes, Schreibman provides a superlative introduction and overview to all of the key elements in producing for film and television. Useful to film students and filmmakers as a theoretical and practical guide to understanding the filmmaking process, Schreibman fills his manuscript with practical examples from his considerable personal experience in the film industry. Loaded with insider tips to help filmmakers avoid the pitfalls of show business.

Investing in Movies

Strategies for Investors and Producers
Author: Joseph N. Cohen
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1351814826
Category: Art
Page: 252
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Investing in Movies: Strategies for Investors and Producers is a useful guide for investors and producers looking for an analytical framework to assess the opportunities and pitfalls of film investments. The book traces macroeconomic trends and the globalization of the business, as well as the impact these have on potential returns. It offers a broad range of guidelines on how to source interesting projects and advice on what kinds of projects to avoid, as well as numerous ways to maximize risk-adjusted returns. While focusing primarily on investments in independent films, industry veteran and author Joseph Cohen also provides valuable insights into the studio and independent slate deals that have been marketed to the institutional investment community. Features of this book include: A guide to the minefield of film investing for the potential investor, giving students and aspiring professionals an insider perspective; A detailed explanation of the risk and rewards inherent in the film business and how to evaluate projects; Thorough coverage of the cast of characters that populate the film space, and advice on building relationships to optimize opportunities.

Clearance and Copyright

Everything the Independent Filmmaker Needs to Know
Author: Michael C. Donaldson
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Law
Page: 398
View: 6264

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This well-written legalese-free guide provides filmmakers with essential advice on almost every conceivable rights issues they might encounter -- from the initial acquisition of material through the situations encountered in pre-production, production, post production, and final release. Armed with this book, filmmakers can protect themselves and their work from disastrous legal actions and save thousands of dollars in legal fees. This is the first book devoted to the clearance and copyright issues that affect the film and video community, is a must read for all filmmakers -- especially producers, directors, and screenwriters -- whether they make features, shorts, documentaries, or music videos.

From Reel to Deal

Everything You Need to Create a Successful Independent Film
Author: Dov S-S Simens
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
ISBN: 0759520763
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 432
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From screenwriting & budgeting to marketing, Simens provides encyclopedic, precise, & creative instruction for putting your vision up on the screen.