Reality shows, webisodes, animation videos, indie films or any other content project share many common issues. In this section I provide information that will help you avoid pitfalls that I see daily.
It is important to know all of the potential areas that your project may encounter. One or more of the following can apply to any kind of audiovisual production: structuring financing, executing script options or making acquisition deals, protecting intellectual property, reviewing screenplays for potential legal issues, clearing rights, drafting agreements for talent, crew, location, equipment, props, or other miscellaneous matters, reviewing rough cuts to identify potential legal issues, drafting opinion letters for errors and omissions insurance, negotiating distribution agreements, and monitoring contractual obligations.
I have served (IMDB) as legal counsel on projects for over 15 years. Most of my experience has been as Production Counsel, helping projects with one or more of the above mentioned tasks. I have also negotiated many deals with show brokers, showrunners, networks, and studios, and structured creative solutions that fit unique situations, such as an established brand entering into a reality show deal or a digital content creator cross-promoting using social media.
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If you are further along and ready to start your project you may want to download my affordable Reality TV Agreement Package or Independent Film Agreement Package. This will give you the basic agreements every production company needs to have to secure all rights for the project. Although it is always advantageous to consult a qualified attorney, I created this package to help those who could not afford to retain a lawyer. Having these agreements in place before you start will help you avoid many of the issues that I see on a daily basis and stifle the success of projects.
What can I say about Richard other than he is an awesome guy and truly a pleasure to work with. I’ve known Richard for a few years and he is my “GUY TO TURN TO” for all things entertainment law. I’ve worked with him on reality tv show deals and other entertainment projects. He is the one of the most honest and reliable lawyers I have ever had a chance to work with”
– Jasmine Diaz – Celebrity Matchmaker/Show Broker