Entertainment Law

PRODUCTION & POST-PRODUCTION

Independent television and film production has exploded in recent years due to a variety of factors. The proliferation of multiple new online content platforms that are starving for content and advancements in digital video technology and the affordable availability of cutting edge editing, sound and other film production equipment have made it financially possible for independent producers and production companies to create high quality TV and film for a fraction of the cost of a studio picture.

The firm is experienced in providing legal support for every type of production from a $50 million feature film to a low budget, web based unscripted streaming project. Our services help clients avoid the common pitfalls that effect many productions and ultimately we help the production save money and make distribution sale and delivery easier. We handle the legal and business aspects of the production so producers can focus on realizing their creative vision while still making money for themselves and their investors.

The production services provided by the firm include but are not limited to:

  • Negotiation and preparation of various agreements including agreements for co-producers, producers, casting, crew, talent and locations;
  • Licensing agreements for music and/or composers;
  • Preparation and filing of required documents with any applicable union or guild signatory (SAG-AFTRA, WGA, DGA);
  • Screenplay clearance report, including clearance analysis of alternative names, locations, logos or other items identified as not clear for use;
  • Clearance forms and contracts to obtain company and/or product clearances;
  • Product clearance agreements and product placement agreements; and
  • Legal opinion letters (fair use opinion letter, E&O opinion letter, title reports, copyright reports, chain of title).

Post Production

The production services provided by the firm include but are not limited to:

  • Post-production agreements (post-production sound contract, post-house contract, SFX contract, ADR contract, vendor agreements);
  • Assist with obtaining E&O insurance policy, including all required contracts and documentation;
  • Main/end titles and billing block compliance; and
  • Obtain approvals and/or waivers from unions, crew, talent or other above-the-line personnel (still approvals, key art approvals, credit waivers, etc.).

Chain of Title:

  • Review, draft, and negotiate chain of title contracts for acquiring rights and hiring writers; and
  • Register screenplay and film with the U.S. Copyright Office.

Legal Advice:

  • Legal advice and research during preproduction and production (insurance claims, city licenses, permits, etc.).

If you are seeking assistance with the production of a television or film project, contact us at 800-590-6905 or click here.

The initial consultation is always complimentary.

At the conclusion of the initial consultation, all clients are provided a comprehensive assessment of their legal needs, the time involved to provide the proposed services and the projected costs.

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