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The Pocket Lawyer for Filmmakers: A Legal Toolkit for Independent Producers

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* You have an idea you want to pitch to a production company; how do you safeguard your concept?

* There's a painting in the background of your independent film; is it necessary to clear the rights?

* The screenplay you and a friend wrote gets optioned; how do you split the proceeds fairly?

* How do you get a script to popular Hollywood actors or deal with their agents?

Find quick answers to these and hundreds of other questions in The Pocket Lawyer for Film and Video, the next best thing to having an entertainment attorney at your beck and call. Written by a TV-producer-turned-entertainment-lawyer, this no-nonsense reference provides fast answers in plain English: no law degree required! The Pocket Lawyer is designed to help producers reduce legal costs by providing the vital information needed to make informed decisions on the legal aspects of film, video, and TV productions.

Film and video production is a litigation lighting rod: actors get hurt, copyrights are infringed, and contracts are broken. Big-budget producers have lawyers on retainer, but many independent filmmakers are left legally exposed. Arm yourself with the practical advice in this book. You will not only avoid common pitfalls, but become empowered in your daily work. Too many otherwise competent producers turn over every aspect of the deal negotiations to their lawyers and agents. This book explains the principal deals common to every production, putting producers back in the co-pilot seat with their representatives.

The format is carefully designed for quick reference, so you get the answers you need, fast. Features include:

* Clause Companion: explains the meaning and impact of typical contract clauses, taking the headache out of reading them.

* F.A.Qs: instantly answers the most commonly asked legal questions.

* Warnings: alerts you to critical areas and common mistakes.

* Pro-Tips: advice on unions, escrow accounts, etc. for producers who want to distribute their video widely.

* Avoid legal pitfalls with this quick reference guide: get instant answers

* Written in plain English for filmmakers, not lawyers

* Three books in one: a handy manual on film contracts, a step-by-step guide to critical legal issues on and off the set, and a quick reference on copyright and intellectual property issues

Synopsis:

Find quick answers to hundreds of questions in The Pocket Lawyer for Film and Video. This no-nonsense reference provides fast answers in plain English with no law degree required! It is designed to help you reduce legal costs by providing the vital information you need to make informed decisions on the legal aspects of your film, video, and TV productions.

Actors get hurt, copyrights are infringed, and contracts are broken. Big-budget producers have lawyers on retainer, but as an independent filmmaker, you are left legally exposed. Arm yourself with the practical advice of a TV-producer-turned-entertainment-lawyer.

The format is carefully designed for quick reference, so you get the answers you need, fast. Features include:

*Clause Companion: explains the meaning and impact of typical contract clauses, taking the headache out of reading them

*F.A.Q.s: instantly answers the most commonly asked legal questions

*Warnings: alerts you to critical areas and common mistakes

Avoid common pitfalls, save money, avoid lawsuits, and become empowered in your daily work. The next best thing to having an entertainment attorney at your beck and call is having one in your pocket!

Thomas A. Crowell counsels his clients in New York and New Jersey on a wide range of entertainment law and intellectual property rights issues. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Crowell produced television news and children’s entertainment for over a decade.

Synopsis:

There's a painting in the background of your independent film; is it necessary to clear the rights? You have an idea you want to pitch to a production company; how do you safeguard your concept? Independent filmmakers face questions like every day and don't have the legal training to answer them, nor do they have enough money to call an entertainment lawyer every five minutes.

Table of Contents

GETTING STARTED; Development; Getting the Rights; Financing; Preproduction; PRODUCTION; The Production Office; Legal Issues on the Set; Shooting Permits; Child Actors; Intellectual Property; Shooting Schedules; Location Damage; Personal Injury; Transportation and Accomodations; Overtime and Overages; POSTPRODUCTION; Editing; Music Licensing; Reshoots and Doubling; Looping and ADR; Animation, Titles, and Special Effects; Laboratory Agreements; DISTRIBUTION; Distributors; Chain of Title and Deliverables; Net Profits; Royalties, Accounting, and Audits; Marketing and Promotion; Ancillary Rights; Assignment of Rights; LEGAL TAILOR; Appendix A, Contracts; Appendix B, Intellectual Property Law, Appendix C, Business Entities; Legal Resources; Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780240808420
Subtitle:
A Legal Toolkit for Independent Producers
Publisher:
Focal Press
Author:
Crowell, Thomas A.
Subject:
Motion pictures
Subject:
Business Aspects
Subject:
Entertainment
Subject:
Film & Video - Direction & Production
Subject:
Motion pictures -- Law and legislation.
Subject:
Independent filmmakers.
Publication Date:
20070305
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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Product details 368 pages Focal Press - English 9780240808420 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Find quick answers to hundreds of questions in The Pocket Lawyer for Film and Video. This no-nonsense reference provides fast answers in plain English with no law degree required! It is designed to help you reduce legal costs by providing the vital information you need to make informed decisions on the legal aspects of your film, video, and TV productions.

Actors get hurt, copyrights are infringed, and contracts are broken. Big-budget producers have lawyers on retainer, but as an independent filmmaker, you are left legally exposed. Arm yourself with the practical advice of a TV-producer-turned-entertainment-lawyer.

The format is carefully designed for quick reference, so you get the answers you need, fast. Features include:

*Clause Companion: explains the meaning and impact of typical contract clauses, taking the headache out of reading them

*F.A.Q.s: instantly answers the most commonly asked legal questions

*Warnings: alerts you to critical areas and common mistakes

Avoid common pitfalls, save money, avoid lawsuits, and become empowered in your daily work. The next best thing to having an entertainment attorney at your beck and call is having one in your pocket!

Thomas A. Crowell counsels his clients in New York and New Jersey on a wide range of entertainment law and intellectual property rights issues. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Crowell produced television news and children’s entertainment for over a decade.

"Synopsis" by , There's a painting in the background of your independent film; is it necessary to clear the rights? You have an idea you want to pitch to a production company; how do you safeguard your concept? Independent filmmakers face questions like every day and don't have the legal training to answer them, nor do they have enough money to call an entertainment lawyer every five minutes.
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