SERVICES

We specialize in providing production legal services for independent feature films, documentaries, short films and web series. We will draft, negotiate, review and finalize all the necessary agreements, licenses, releases and other documents throughout development, production, post-production and distribution. We assist and counsel producers and production companies in all aspects of production, including obtaining E&O Insurance, working with the unions and guilds in the signatory process, contacting talent reps and making offers to talent, and structuring and drafting profit participation definitions.

The following is an outline of production counsel services in connection with the production of an independent motion picture. This should not be considered an exhaustive list of services. Many factors, including budget, location(s), and labor/union issues, etc., will have an effect on what services are actually required. Nonetheless, the following is a valuable checklist for the production process.

 

  • Draft and file the Certificate of Incorporation/Articles of Organization for the “Production Entity.”
    • Draft By-Laws/Operating Agreement for the Production Entity;
    • Draft Corporate Resolutions re: production, SAG, if applicable;
    • Cause publication of notification of formation of LLC, if applicable.
  • Draft and negotiate Option/Purchase Agreement for Screenplay between Author and the Production Entity, Life Story Rights and/or underlying rights (as applicable).
  • Draft Form PA and register Screenplay(s) with US Copyright Office; draft assignment and document cover sheet re: Screenplay assignment to the Production Entity.
  • Draft and negotiate Agreement(s) between the Production Entity and Financier(s).
  • Draft and negotiate Offer Letters, Letters of Intent, Term Sheets and Attachment Agreements.
  • Advise in all union/guild matters and assist in signatory process with respect to SAG, WGA, DGA, IATSE,Teamsters, as applicable.
  • Negotiate and review Completion Bond Agreement, if applicable.
  • Advice and assist with all insurance forms and applications.
  • Draft, negotiate and review all Production Contracts, including:
    • Producer(s) Agreements
    • Director Agreement
    • Casting Director Agreement
    • Actor/Talent Deal Memos and Agreements
    • Production Services Agreements
    • Director of Photography Agreement
    • Line Producer Agreement
    • Unit Production Manager Agreement
    • Production Accountant Agreement
    • Payroll Services Agreement
    • Editor Agreement
    • Post Prod. Supervisor Agreement
    • Composer Agreement
    • Music Supervisor Agreement(s)
    • Master Use and Publishing/Synch Licenses (**see below)
    • Crew Deal Memos
    • Location Agreements
    • Releases-Extras, Vehicles, etc.
    • Vendor Agreements
  • Provide counsel on all distribution-related matters, including Distribution Agreements, Sales Agent Agreements, VOD Agreements, etc.
  • General counsel and advisement on all production legal matters throughout development, pre-production, principal photography, post-production and distribution on a priority basis.
  • Music clearance services provided at an extra charge.