Hollywood Dealmaking: Negotiating Talent Agreements

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Allworth Press, 2002 - Law - 249 pages
A comprehensive guide to the process of making deals in the entertainment industry. Designed for independent producers, writers, actors, directors, agents, studio employees, financiers and film students, it presents negotiations techniques and strategies from seasoned professionals. It explains the interests of creative executives, producers, entertainment attorneys, agents and managers, major guilds, and the role that each plays in the deal-making process. The authors detail key issues in matters of copyright, net profits and back ends, gross and adjusted gross profits, deferments and box office bonuses, and more. The guide also defines the vocabulary for acquisition agreements and employment deals for actors, writers, directors, producers and crew members. Included are 12 sample contracts, checklists detailing essential deal points, and a directory of entertainment attorneys in New York and Los Angeles.

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Dina Appletonis the Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs at Writers & Artists Agency, a talent and literary agency with offices in New York and Los Angeles. She is a member of both the Law Society of Upper Canada and the California State Bar and serves on the Beverly Hills Bar Association's Entertainment Law Executive Committee and the USC Entertainment Symposium's Planning Committee. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and son.

Daniel Yankelevitsis an executive in the Business and Legal Affairs Group at DreamWorks SKG and teaches an annual entertainment law seminar at UCLA. He previously served as Director of Business Affairs at HBO and at New Line Cinema and was co-chair of the Beverly Hills Bar AssociationĚs Entertainment Section. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School and currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.

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