Hollywood Dealmaking: Negotiating Talent Agreements

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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...

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249 pp., index; 23 cm. Tight, clean copy. CONTENTS: Introduction to the dealmaking process; Rights acquisitions agreements; Feature writer employment deals; Television ... writer/producer agreements; Feature film and television director agreements; Film producers; Feature actor agreements; Television actor deals; Crew (below-the-line) agreements; Net profits; The basics of copyright law. Read more Show Less

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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.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581152289
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to the Dealmaking Process
The Players
Studios versus Independent Producers
The Art of Negotiation: Tips from Industry Players

Chapter 2: Rights Acquisitions Agreements
The Option/Purchase Deal
Deal Point Summary: Option/Purchase Agreements
Life Story Rights Agreements

Chapter 3: Feature Writer Employment Deals
Making the Deal
Deal Point Summary: Feature Writer Agreements

Chapter 4: Television Writer/Producer Agreements
The Economics of Television
Making the Deal
Writers on Staff
Overall Deals
Deal Point Summary: Television Writer/Producer Agreements

Chapter 5: Feature Film and Television Director Agreements
The Deal: Feature Directing
Television Directors
Deal Point Summary: Director Agreements

Chapter 6: Film Producers
Services: The Producer's Role
Making the Deal
Deal Point Summary: Producer Agreements

Chapter 7: Feature Actor Agreements
Negotiating the Deal
Deal Point Summary: Feature Actor Agreements

Chapter 8: Television Actor Deals
Negotiating the Deal
Renegotiation
Holding Deals
Movies for Television/Movies of the Week
Deal Point Summary: Television Actor Agreements

Chapter 9: Crew (Below-the-Line) Agreements
Sample Deal Memo: Feature Film Composer
Sample Deal Memo: Television Pilot/Series Casting Director
Sample Deal Memo: Music Editor, TV Series
Sample Deal Memo: Postproduction Supervisor, Feature Film
Deal Point Summary: Below-the-Line Agreements

Chapter 10: Net Profits
Feature Film Net Profits
Key Terms
Negotiable Issues/Areas of Complaint
Gross and Adjusted Gross Receipts (AGR)
Television Net Profits
Conclusion
Deal Point Summary: Net Proceeds Negotiations

Chapter 11: The Basics of Copyright Law
Copyright Issues

Appendix A: Sample Contracts/Forms
Certificate of Authorship/Certificate of Employment
Nudity Rider
Publisher's Release
Materials Release/Submission Release
Annotation Guide
Personal Depiction Release
Life Story Option/Purchase Agreement
Screenplay Purchase Agreement

Appendix B: The Lingo



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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2002

    Hollywood Dealmaking: Negotiating Talent Agreements

    WOW! FINALLY A BOOK THAT DETAILS THE INS AND OUTS OF HOLLYWOOD DEAL NEGOTIATIONS. INTERESTING AND INFORMATIVE! THESE AUTHORS KNOW WHAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT. COOL QUOTES IN CHAPTER ONE. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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    Posted June 3, 2002

    Hollywood Dealmaking: Negotiating Talent Agreements

    EXTREMELY INFORMATIVE. EASY TO READ, HAS GREAT OUTLINES AND DEFNITIONS OF HOLLYWOOD LINGO. GREAT PRICE, TOO!

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