The Screenwriter's Legal Guide (3rd Edition)

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This authoritative guide will help both fledgling and established writers to negotiate the best deal, protect their work, and get fair compensation for it. One of the most powerful entertainment lawyers in Hollywood provides easy-to-understand, expert advice on all the legal issues involved in the business of screenwriting. He gives an enlightening explanation of the screenwriter's position in the industry and then provides a thorough discussion of contracts, options, and working with agents and lawyers. This ...
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Overview


This authoritative guide will help both fledgling and established writers to negotiate the best deal, protect their work, and get fair compensation for it. One of the most powerful entertainment lawyers in Hollywood provides easy-to-understand, expert advice on all the legal issues involved in the business of screenwriting. He gives an enlightening explanation of the screenwriter's position in the industry and then provides a thorough discussion of contracts, options, and working with agents and lawyers. This book shows screenwriters what to give up as a lost cause and what to hold out for. • Includes current Writer's Guild minimums and recent legal development • "A book that should be in every screenwriter's library."--Syd Field, author of Selling a Screenplay • This replaces 1-58115-021-0
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581153521
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/19/2008
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 1,033,600
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen F. Breimer, Esquire, is a partner of Bloom, Dekom, Hergott & Cook, one of Los Angeles' most prestigious entertainment law firms. He lives in Los Angeles.
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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 The screenwriter holds a unique position in Hollywood 1
Ch. 2 Contracts : a brief overview 7
Ch. 3 Option/purchase agreements : negotiating the price 11
Ch. 4 Option/purchase agreements : negotiable rights 21
Ch. 5 Option/purchase agreements : fixed compensation 49
Ch. 6 Option/purchase agreements : contingent compensation 55
Ch. 7 Option/purchase agreements : sequels, rewrites, and reversions 77
Ch. 8 Option/purchase agreements : other provisions to watch out for 95
Ch. 9 Commissioned screenplays 109
Ch. 10 Commissioned teleplays : the television marketplace 127
Ch. 11 Protecting your money 139
Ch. 12 Copyright, ideas, and titles 155
Ch. 13 Works based on source material 175
Ch. 14 Collaboration agreements 197
Ch. 15 The Writers Guild 215
Ch. 16 The role of the producer 289
Ch. 17 The art of negotiation 297
App. A Sample option/purchase agreement 305
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