The Biz: The Basic Business, Legal and Financial Aspects of the Film Industry. / Edition 4

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Today's film industry is a legal and financial obstacle course that independent filmmakers must learn to master. The most comprehensive guide to negotiating that obstacle course is The Biz, a highly accessible overview of the industry's important business, legal, and financial aspects.

Filled with industry-savvy advice, it clearly explains

raising financing

business structuring

securities laws

budgeting essentials

dealing with the guilds


completion guarantees

distribution deals

calculating net profits

film-industry accounting practices and contingent payments

copyright, publicity, and trademark laws

screen credits and talent demands

litigation problems


taxation of film companies

Internet distribution of films

film-industry business jargon

…and much more.

The Biz also includes a dozen useful sample forms and agreements.

The 4th Edition comprehensively updates all chapters.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781935247043
  • Publisher: Silman-James Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2011
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 396
  • Sales rank: 410,058
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix

1 Jargon Translation Guide 1

2 The Basics 11

3 Sources of Financing 21

4 Entities 33

5 Private Offerings 43

6 The Budget 53

7 Guilds 59

8 Loans and Security Interests 67

9 Completion Guarantees 79

10 Distribution Agreements 91

11 Video on Demand 113

12 Split-Rights Deals 121

13 Four Ways to Calculate Net Profits (Depending on Who's Asking) 133

14 GAAP Accounting Principles for Film Companies 141

15 Contingent Payments to Talent and Licensors 147

16 Law of Ideas 159

17 Copyright 165

18 Right of Publicity 173

19 Trademarks 183

20 Credits 189

21 Talent 195

22 Litigation 201

23 Bankruptcy 207

24 Taxation 217

Appendix 233

Form A Limited Liability Company Operating Agreement 235

Form B Loan and Security Agreement 243

Form C Notice of Assignment and Distributor's Acceptance 261

Form D Inter-Party Agreement 267

Form E Completion Guarantee Agreement 295

Form F Producer's Completion Agreement 303

Form G Sales Agent Agreement 319

Form H Pro-Licensor License Agreement 323

Form I Pro-Licensee Short-Form Agreement 329

Form J Pro-Licensee License Agreement 333

Form K Split-Rights Production/Distribution Agreement 353

Form L Short-Form Definition of Net Profits 383

Index 384

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    good basic source

    an easy introduction to the topic

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