Hollywood Dealmaking: Negotiating Talent Agreements

Hollywood Dealmaking: Negotiating Talent Agreements

by Dina Appleton, Daniel Yankelevits
     
 
Two entertainment attorneys and Hollywood insiders explain all the ins and outs of negotiating in the movie industry, including back ends, gross and adjusted gross profits, deferments, box office bonuses, copyrights, and much more.

This easy-to-follow reference–written clearly, without confusing legal jargon–is packed with expert insights on

Overview

Two entertainment attorneys and Hollywood insiders explain all the ins and outs of negotiating in the movie industry, including back ends, gross and adjusted gross profits, deferments, box office bonuses, copyrights, and much more.

This easy-to-follow reference–written clearly, without confusing legal jargon–is packed with expert insights on distribution, licensing, and merchandising. The book's invaluable resource section includes definitions of lingo for acquisition agreements and employment deals, twelve ready-to-use sample contracts, and a directory of entertainment attorneys in both New York and Los Angeles. With the negotiating tips in this guide, agents, writers, directors, actors, financiers, and filmmakers will save thousands of dollars in attorney fees.

Editorial Reviews

Booknews
The authors (both legal affairs consultants in Hollywood) present an overview of the major contractual agreements that producers, writers, directors, actors, and crew make with Hollywood studios during the production of movies and television shows. The definitions and processes of Hollywood contractual law are spelled out and sample contracts are included in appendices. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781581152289
Publisher:
Skyhorse Publishing
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

What People are saying about this

Gavin Polone
Much of what I have achieved in the entertainment industry has come as a result of my ability to negotiate deals. Unfortunately, my understanding of the process came through the inefficient process of trial and error. Hollywood Dealmaking provides a quick understanding of everything one needs to know to negotiate Hollywood talent agreements.
— Gavin Polone, motion picture and television producer
Alan Poul
I wish I could have had this book when I was starting out in the business. It would have made the process of deciphering the various codes and intricacies of the filmmaking business immeasurably easier. An invaluable reference work.
— Alan Poul, Executive Producer, Six Feet Under
David J. Matlof
This is an invaluable resource for anyone seeking a primer on our business.
— -David J. Matlof, Partner, Armstrong Hirsch Jackoway Tyerman & Wertheimer
Marti Blumenthal
Provides a thorough guide to the key issues confronted in talent negotiations. The authors display their extensive knowledge of the dealmaking process.
— Marti Blumenthal, Partner, Writers & Artists Agency

Meet the Author

Dina Appleton is the Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs at Writers & Artists Agency, a talent and literary agency with offices in New York and Los Angeles. She is a member of both the Law Society of Upper Canada and the California State Bar and serves on the Beverly Hills Bar Association's Entertainment Law Executive Committee and the USC Entertainment Symposium's Planning Committee. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.

Daniel Yankelevits is an executive in the Business and Legal Affairs Group at DreamWorks SKG and teaches an annual entertainment law seminar at UCLA. He previously served as Director of Business Affairs at HBO and at New Line Cinema and was co-chair of the Beverly Hills Bar AssociationÌs Entertainment Section. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

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