The Biz: The Basic Business, Legal, and Financial Aspects of the Film Industry / Edition 2

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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." The Biz also includes a dozen useful sample forms and agreements. New to the 2nd Edition is an extensive and comprehensive updating of all chapters and the addition of a section about video on demand.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781879505698
  • Publisher: Silman-James Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2003
  • Edition description: 2nd
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 7.02 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Jargon Translation Guide 1
2 Money Matters 9
3 Entities 27
4 Private Offerings 37
5 The Budget 47
6 Guilds 53
7 Loans and Security Interests 61
8 Completion Guarantees 73
9 Distribution Agreements 85
10 Split-Rights Deals 107
11 Four Ways to Calculate Net Profits (Depending on Who's Asking) 121
12 GAAP Accounting Principles for Film Companies 129
13 Contingent Payments to Talent and Licensors 137
14 Law of Ideas 149
15 Copyright 155
16 Right of Publicity 163
17 Trademark 171
18 Credits 177
19 Talent 183
20 Litigation 191
21 Bankruptcy 197
22 Video on Demand 205
23 Taxation 215
App. Form A Limited Liability Company Operating Agreement 227
App. Form B "Sample Film" Loan and Security Agreement 237
App. Form C Notice of Assignment and Distributor's Acceptance 257
App. Form D "Sample Film" Inter-Party Agreement 261
App. Form E "Sample Film" Completion Guarantee Agreement 289
App. Form F "Sample Film" Producer's Completion Agreement 297
App. Form G Sales Agent Agreement 313
App. Form H Pro-Licensor License Agreement 317
App. Form I Pro-Licensee Short-Form Agreement 323
App. Form J Pro-Licensee License Agreement 327
App. Form K "Sample Film" Production/Distribution Agreement 345
App. Form L Short-Form Definition of Net Profits 373
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