Contracts for the Film & Television Industry

Contracts for the Film & Television Industry

Contracts for the Film and Television Industry is an invaluable collection of sample entertainment contracts accompanied by legalese-free discussions of their key concepts and terms. The third edition of this popular handbook is revised and expanded (adding 18 new contracts) making it the ultimate entertainment-law guide for all independent filmmakers, who, armed with it, can save themselves thousands of dollars in legal fees. Contracts for the Film and Television Industry contains 80 contracts covering: Basic provisions of entertainment contracts; Depiction and copyright releases; Literary submissions and sales; Artist employment; Collaborations; Music; Financing; Production; Distribution and exhibition; Merchandising; Retainers; and much more, including a glossary of relevant terms.

The Structure of American Industry

Thirteenth Edition

The Structure of American Industry

The major American industries—agriculture, petroleum, electricity, banking, telecommunications, movies, college sports, airlines, health care, and the beer, cigarette, and automotive industries—intersect our lives every day. Studying these industries raises a number of economic questions: How are the individual industries organized and structured? What is their history? What are the dominant organizations in each field, and what share of their market do they represent? What is the nature of competition in these fields, and how effectively does it govern economic decision making? The nature of these industries also raises a host of public policy challenges: What significant policy issues do they pose, what options are available for addressing them, and what role can and should the government play? Unlike other books that offer economic treatments focused on theoretical expositions and analyses, the thirteenth edition addresses all these questions in a manner that treats each industry in a comprehensive, holistic way. Brock’s approach focuses on everyday experience, enhancing readers’ understanding through examples that emphasize incident and detail. Each chapter, written by an expert in the field, has been updated or rewritten for this edition. A new chapter on the movie industry has been added as well. This outstanding overview of American industry offers the reader a live laboratory of clinical examination and comparative analysis.

The SHORT! Guide to Producing

The Practical Essentials of Producing Short Films

The SHORT! Guide to Producing

In this book, Charles Merzbacher offers a concise, definitive guide to the essential skills, techniques and logistics of producing short films, focusing on the practical knowledge needed for line producing and overseeing smaller-scale productions. Drawing on insights from real-life production scenarios, veteran filmmaker and instructor Charles Merzbacher takes producers through every stage of the production process, from fundraising, preproduction and planning to the producer’s role in postproduction and distribution. Key topics include: Finding a worthy project; Schedules and budgets; Managing the casting process; Recruiting and managing crew; Location scouting; Legal and safety issues; Running a production; Negotiating music rights; And much more! An accompanying website—available at theshortseries.com—offers document templates for contracts, call sheets, budgets and other production forms, as well as sample production documents and short video guides featuring top industry professionals.

From Script to Screen: The Importance of Copyright in the Distribution of Films

From Script to Screen: The Importance of Copyright in the Distribution of Films

The objective of this publication is to introduce the novice filmmaker to the legal and business-related issues needed to participate in what is now a well-structured global marketplace for films. It provides a broad overview of the principles and standards currently observed and practiced in the film industry at the international level.

Own Your Lemons

How To Make Your IP Profitable

Own Your Lemons

The Second Edition of Own Your Lemons is currently in production and will be available this Fall! ************************ A lemon can be many things from a delicious citrus fruit to a dud of a car but most importantly it is something you can own. The idea for Own Your Lemons came to me when I was a freshly faced law student learning the basic of contracts, property law, and family law. As the daughter of Dr. Mary Lemon Brooks nephew I have always been interested in the fundamentals of law and how law connects the world. My first legal fellowship after graduating law school focused on art and entertainment law it was there I learned the fundamentals of intellectual property from renowned entertainment attorney John Renaud of Turner/Time Warner. In this second edition of Own Your Lemons I am delighted to share some of these internal secrets with you. When you first think of intellectual property (IP) what comes to mind? Is it the last commercial you watched on YouTube or the last item you bought in the grocery store? IP plays a large part in the branding and marketing we all see on a daily basis from slogans like “Where's the beef?” and “We have the meats” to characters like “Flo” and “Jake” promoting car insurance and even logos like the Adidas apparel three stripes and Nike’s coveted swish mark. Characters, slogans, and logos are the main elements of promotional IP but only a small part of the IP market. The great thing about America’s IP market system is owning the product and owning the promotion. Here in the US there are two federal offices which grant intellectual property rights. The US Copyright Office grants a copyright under specific circumstances. A grant of right allows you as the owner to protect your work from being copied and used without your permission. The US Patent and Trademark Office grants patents and trademarks under certain circumstances. Patents, Trademarks and Copyrights are the only types of intellectual property. Now it gets complicated, think of those Flo and Jake characters from your favorite car insurance ad they are people too! State laws in the United States of America grant publicity rights to individuals promoting products. You may be thinking this doesn’t make any sense and you are right it doesn’t make sense it makes cents. Literally every time your likeness is shown in association with a product or brand someone is making a royalty. Chang ching! As someone interested in owning lemons the cost of manufacturing and marketing can be steep if you don’t do your homework first. Building brand quality can take years whereas ideas are one in a million unlike those complicated combinations of slogans, logos, characters, products, and people. For more on IP purchase the digital copy of Own Your Lemons in Google Play Books. *****************COMING SOON*************************** Mind Your Lemons Give Your Lemons

The Creative Artist's Legal Guide

Copyright, Trademark and Contracts in Film and Digital Media Production

The Creative Artist's Legal Guide

Demystifying the fundamental principles of intellectual property, this practical resource, essential for anyone trying to navigate today's rapidly changing media environment, provides creative artists with the legal concepts needed to deal safely with lawyers, agents, executives and others. Original.

Marketing to Moviegoers

A Handbook of Strategies and Tactics, Third Edition

Marketing to Moviegoers

While Hollywood executives spend millions of dollars making movies, even more money is poured into selling those films to the public. In the third edition of his comprehensive guidebook, Marketing to Moviegoers: A Handbook of Strategies and Tactics, veteran film and TV journalist Robert Marich plumbs the depths of the methods used by studios to market their films to consumers. Updates to the third edition include a chapter on marketing movies using digital media; an insightful discussion of the use of music in film trailers; new and expanded materials on marketing targeted toward affinity groups and awards; fresh analysis of booking contracts between theaters and distributors; a brief history of indie film marketing; and explorations of the overlooked potential of the drive-in theater and the revival of third-party-financed movie campaigns. While many books have been written on the business-to-business aspect of film promotion, Marich’s volume is one of the few that focuses on the techniques used to sell motion pictures to those in a position to truly make or break a film—the public. A highly navigable handbook that breaks down a complicated process into manageable strategies in an easy-to-read style, Marketing to Moviegoers is a must for all professionals and students in today’s rapidly evolving film industry.

Dealmaking in the Film & Television Industry

From Negotiations to Final Contracts

Dealmaking in the Film & Television Industry

Dealmaking—the popular, award-winning “self-defense” book for everyone working in the film and television industry—is now updated to include the latest legal rulings and entertainment technology developments. Addressing a general, non-attorney readership, it is a fascinating, highly accessible guide to current entertainment law's peculiarities, “creative” practices, and practical applications. Armed with Dealmaking, filmmakers can save themselves thousands of dollars in legal fees as they navigate the shark-infested waters of the entertainment business. Whether you're a producer, writer, director, or actor, Mark Litwak will help you make the most of your business dealings while steering you clear of the many contractual traps that may await you.