Hollywood Dealmaking Negotiating Talent Agreements for Film, TV and New Media

ISBN-10: 1581156715

ISBN-13: 9781581156713

Edition: 2nd 2009

Authors: Daniel Yankelevits, Dina Appleton

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Hollywood Dealmakinghas become the go-to resource for new and experienced entertainment attorneys, agent trainees, business affairs executives, and creative executives. Entertainment attorneys and Hollywood insidersDina AppletonandDaniel Yankelevitsexplain the negotiation techniques and strategies of entertainment dealmaking and detail the interests and roles of producers, writers, actors, directors, agents, and studio employees in crafting a deal. This new edition captures the dramatic changes over the past five years in the film and television industry landscape, with two new chapters: Reality Television details the sources of revenue, syndication possibilities, and format sales of these shows as well as the talent deals that are made and the Internet/New Media chapter delves in new digital formats such as mobile phones, game consoles, video-on-demand, and web-based apps, and explains where today's revenues are generated, where the industry is headed, and talent negotiation issues. All the ins and outs of negotiating are explained, including back ends, gross and adjusted gross profits, deferments, box office bonuses, copyrights, and much more. This easy-to-follow reference 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. InHollywood Dealmaking, readers will recognize the key players in the process, understand the "lingo" of crafting deals, learn how to negotiate agreements for the option and purchase of books and screenplays, be able to negotiate employment deals for all members of a film or television crew, understand payment terms and bonuses, and be able to register copyrights in scripts and other literary works.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/12/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.166
Language: English

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. �

Introduction to The Dealmaking Process
The Players
Studios versus Independent Producers
The Art op Negotiation: Tips from Industry Players
The New Landscape: Observations of Industry Players
Right Acquisitions Agreements
The Option/Purchase Deal
Life Story Rights Agreements
Deal Point Summary: Option/Purchase Agreements
Feature Writer Employment Deals
Making the Deal
Deal Point Summary: Feature Writer Agreements
Television Writer/Producer Agreements
The Economics of Television
Making the Deal
Writers on Staff
Overall Deals
Deal Point Summary: Television Writer/Producer Agreements
Feature Film and Television Director Agreements
The Deal: Feature Directing
Television Directors
Deal Point Summary: Director Agreements
Film Producers
Services: The Producer's Role
Making the Deal
Deal Point Summary: Producer Agreements
Feature Actor Agreements
Negotiating the Deal
Deal Point Summary: Feature Actor Agreements
Television Actor Deals
Negotiating the Deal
Holding Deals
Movies for Television/Movies of the Week
Deal Point Summary: Television Actor Agreements
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
Sample Editor Agreement
Deal Point Summary: Below-the-Line Agreements
Net Profits
Feature Film Net Profits
Key Terms
Negotiable Issues/Areas of Complaint
Gross and Adjusted Gross Receipts (AGR)
Television Net Profits
Deal Point Summary: Net Proceeds Negotiations
The Basics of Copyright Law
Questions About Copyright
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Reality Television
What is Reality TV?
Digital Content Deals
Rights Granted: Copyright Is Key
Method of Transmission
Type of Service
Authorized Devices
Fees/Allocation of Costs
Barter Deals
Reserved Rights
Security Measures
Reporting Frequency
Warranties and Indemnities
Subsequent Productions
Consultation and Approval Rights
Guild Applicability
Deal Point Summary: Digital Content Agreement
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
Exhibit "A": Short Form Assignment
Shopping Agreement/Attachment Agreement
Pilot/Series Television Writer/Producer Agreement
Form of Reality Series Participant Agreement
The Lingo
About The Authors
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